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Dear Diary,

Super late post……..  It’s been a month since our 2nd anniversary and I can’t believe I’ve been so busy that I wasn’t able to update you about what we did to celebrate.

We went to Siem Reap, Cambodia!

Yes, so I channeled my Tomb Raider persona and braved the heat and long walks to see the temple that Angelina Jolie set foot on.

The overgrown forest gives Cambodia’s temple a much more ancient feel.  You can get a day pass to visit all the temples which costs $20.  We only got to visit 3 temples.  Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm (which is were Tomb Raider was shot) and Angkor Wat.  By the time we got to Angkor Wat, I was really feeling the heat and I seriously could not go any further than after the entrance…  But at least we got good view of it. 🙂

So anyway, that’s an update.   I can’t believe it’s been 2 years that we’ve been married…  So far so good, we’ve had our ups and downs, but you know you’re really with the one when your ups matter more than your downs. 🙂

Enjoy my pictures of Cambodia below.  And a collage of pictures from 9 years ago, because that’s how long Hubby and I have known each other.

XOXO,

AvA_Martini

 

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Singapore and a New Me

Dear Diary,

A long long time ago, I used to work in Singapore.  It was my first time to work in a foreign country.  It was the first time to work away from my hubby (who was still my boyfriend back then).

During the year and a half that I was there, I had never been to the big tourist spots until it was a month before it was time to leave.  The only real reason I could think of was that I was never the lonely traveler kind.  I do not find pleasure in seeing a place without being able to share that moment with someone.  It also never occurred to me to ask some of my friends to come with me because well, I just never really felt like it until the month I realized I would be leaving the country and heading to another…

So I crammed Universal Studios in one night.  The Merlion in another.

Then after 3 years or so, I went back again.  This time I only had 2 days and 1 night to enjoy it.  But now I was with my husband.  Missing the place and being able to see it with him was probably why I was seeing Singapore in a new way.  I no longer saw it as the place that kept me away from my family.  It was something that I could share with my husband.

We stayed in Orchard Hotel located in, well, Orchard Road… 😛  We really loved the hotel and the breakfast buffet. Plus it was walking distance to the big malls near Orchard Road.  This hotel is owned by the same company that owns The Heritage Hotel in the Philippines, which we didn’t know then and we wondered why their logo was similar. 🙂

We may not have seen all the tourist spots that Singapore had to offer.  But I was just content to be with my husband in Singapore.  It just feels different this time.

Pics or it never happened! hehe Enjoy!

Kids at Weddings

Dear Diary,

Weddings are usually all about the Bride.  She’s the main actress and the one that should get the most attention.  But darn, those kids can really steal the scene sometimes.  You have the kids that are natural aisle walkers.  You have the ones that need more coaxing in order to get them to walk.  And then you have the ones that need to be accompanied to get them to walk down the aisle.  Of course special mention to those who run away in the wrong direction or just start to cry…

So here’s a collection of pictures I have of kids in weddings. Enjoy!

Check out other photo posts here:  Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

Dear Diary,

It’s been a while since my last update.  So I’ll just let you in on our last weekend getaway, which also falls on our Wedding Anniversary.

It’s not just the 1st year of our marriage, but also the 7 years of being a couple that we were celebrating.  Being married tests one’s EQ.  It’s not as simple as having a new roommate.  The 1st year is always the time when you test if you are able to adjust to each other’s personalities.  I have multiple-personalities so it’s much more complicated for him… hehe

But I’m happy that we’ve passed a milestone in our lives.  I know that 1 year is nothing compared to the couples who have been married for more than 50 years.  But this 1 year gives me a lot of hope for the future to come.  I’ve been around too many failed marriages that sometimes I fear the same might happen to me.  But I look at my husband, who seems to love me, despite all my flaws, and I feel like we can make it through anything that comes our way.

Sure, we’ve had fights about very trivial issues.  But one thing we seem to have established is that we both make up before we go to sleep or we make up when we wake up in the morning and have realized how stupid the fight was.  We’ve learned to accept that both of us have our own annoying habits.  And the best agreement of all is that we keep our issues to ourselves and not broadcast it on Facebook like some people like to do…

We celebrated our Anniversary for 2 days.  The day before our anniversary, we went to Ocean Park Manila with my family.  Then Hubby and I stayed overnight at the hotel nearby, which I had booked a month earlier for discounts.  We’ve been to Ocean Park before, but we just love the fishes, so we decided to go back.  They added a new attraction called, Trails to Antarctica.  It’s not as big as what I expected, but the place was great for pictorials.

The next day, we went to Star City with my cousins and sister.  Star City is a theme park that’s been around for years since I was a kid.  But believe it or not, it was a first for hubby and me.  It’s not as “themed” as Enchanted Kingdom is.  It’s more like rides plopped together to make use of the space they have.

The roller coaster ride, Star Flyers, was short but was great fun.  I was mostly afraid that my feet would hit one of the metal bars…

They had a water log ride, Jungle Splash, that had 2 drops and 1 drop was pretty high and scary.  Make sure you’re holding on real tight…

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They had this really dizzying ride called Star Frisbee.  If you have a weak stomach, do not, I repeat, do not ride it…

And our favorite thrill ride, Surf Dance, was the best of them all.  The length and the surprise and G-force were just perfect!

Those were the thrill rides that were located in the grounds outside of the huge building.  Inside they had lots of more rides (mostly for kids) and lots of haunted houses that weren’t really scary unless you’re my sixteen-year-old cousin who had her eyes closed the whole time…

They also had a snow themed attraction, called Snow Village.  We weren’t allowed to bring our cameras here, so we don’t have any pictures.  But they have this high slide inside, which I would have to say, beats the slide that Ocean Park had in their Trails to Antarctica…

After the 2-day adventure,  both hubby and I are nursing our cough and cold that we probably caught in the Trails of Antarctica and Snow Village… Living in this tropical country means an hour or two in super cold places would really make us get sick…

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Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

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Kids Will Be Kids

Kids Will Be Kids

Frame 1: Weeee!
Frame 2: Weeeee!
Frame 3: Oooops!
Frame 4: Stop laughing!!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Which Ways – Featuring Steps or Stairs

I don’t often pose for the camera. I prefer being behind the camera than in front of it. But when you’re getting married, well that’s a different story. Months before getting married, we decided to have an Engagement Photoshoot (or also known as Prenup Pictorials here). And here are my two favorite photos taken on some fancy staircase. 🙂

Don’t forget to check the other posts by clicking on the link above. 🙂

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Caramoan Islands

Dear Diary,

As promised, here is the post about the 6 islands that we went to during our Caramoan Island Hopping.

Lahos Island

This was my favorite island out of the 3 that we went to on our first day. There are two beaches on this island. The one where our boat docked was littered with rocks, corals and shells. This is the part where I am happy about the decision of getting me and hubby a pair of aqua shoes each. The other side is hidden because the middle part of the island rises a bit and hides it from view. Once you make your step over to the other side, you’ll get smoother sand here. Although, it’s not powdery, the rocks are much further out. It started to drizzle and so we decided to eat our lunch during this time. We didn’t want to eat in the boat, so we tried to look for a spot to hide from the rain. Hubby found a place by investigating the other side of a small opening from the nearby rock formations. Of course, he was actually getting there the hard way and we found a safer way after he pointed the place out to us. So we camped out there and ate our packed lunch on the sand. We spent around 2 hours here before we decided to move on.

Matukad Island

The island just across Lahos. From afar, we could already see that there were a lot of tourists on this island. After seeing the powdery white sand and the clear waters, I could see why. We were told that there was a lagoon on top of the rocky cliffs but after looking at the climb I decided against going up or letting anyone from the group go up, because there was no safety harness and unless you were in great shape or a mountain climber, I would not recommend it. Although, I have seen the photos on the internet of what the beach looked like from the top, I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’m sure nobody got injured badly climbing it, probably just some bruises and cuts, but I was responsible for my younger cousins and I did not want anything bad happen to them on my watch…

We went around the beach to look for less populated areas and we did find a spot at the other side of the beach. I had to take off my aqua shoes so I could feel the sand between my toes. 🙂

Minalahos Island

Our last island of the day was located across the famous Gota Island. We decided not to go to Gota Island because they had an entrance fee of P300 ($7.50) to use their beach. This is where Survivor often films their show and which is why it’s pretty famous. This is also where Hunongan Cove Resort is located. Gota Beach is free to use if you’re checked in to that resort. So we docked at Minalahos instead. We ate our snack here and just waded in the water near our boat. A bit further out, the beach is full of seaweeds. And I’m not really keen on swimming with all those dark spots under me, freaking out when something slimy brushes my ankle. So I stayed away from that area. At around 5pm, we decided to go home since we were also kind of tired from the long trip and we didn’t want to get stuck in the islands when it gets dark.

Cotivas Island

For our second day, we first went to Cotivas Island. The trip to get here took almost 2 hours so we were really relieved to finally get off the boat. The sun was out today. No signs of the dark clouds that we encountered yesterday. RDS paid for our cottage (P50=$1.25) where we parked our stuff and where some of us decided to stay under for a while. The rest of us headed to the beach. It was low-tide and getting lower. We were at the left side of the island. We had to walk a bit to get to a part where the water was at our hips. After some time, we decided to head back to the cottage so we could eat our lunch.

After lunch time, we wanted to check out the other side of the island where we could see a sand bar from afar. We had to hike through ankle-deep waters to get there, occasionally stopping to get some pictures with the starfish. There are some sea-urchins on this part of the island, so it’s best to look where you’re going.

When we got to the sand bar, we were the only ones there. The others were either in their cottages avoiding the sun or moved on to other islands. But it felt like we owned the place. It’s probably why I have the most pictures taken here…

After some time, we decided to head to the next beach. When we got to the boat, we noticed that the people from the boat were pushing us out to deeper waters. So our boys decided to help push. We could here the boat dragging on the sand. One of the guys unfortunately stepped on a sea-urchin. And if you think you can just pull those spikes out, well they’re really deep inside and you have to coax them out with something acidic like vinegar, calamansi juice or your pee @_@ (that’s what they told me).

Manlawi Island

Our second island had a wider stretch of sand bar. We could see that there was long hike to get to the shore. So we chose to rent one of the floating cottages for P200 ($5.00) and just stay at the deeper end of the island bar. Deeper meaning below-the-knee that is. We greatly appreciated the shade the cottage offered to us. After basking in the sun at our previous island, we just lazily dipped our feet in the water and occasionally got out of the cottage to sit in the water under the shade. We had our snack here that RDS packed for us. One of my cousins even took a nap. We didn’t want to leave our cottage. If only we could get the boat to just drag us all while in the floating cottage, that would just have been perfect… But we had to move on.

Sabitang Laya Island

Our last island. The waters were now waist deep. The sun was slowly setting. After a while, the beach was all ours. The sand was like powdered milk. I wished we could have stayed longer. I wish I could have seen the sunset. But we didn’t want to ride the boat while it was dark and the waves were getting higher. So we had to say goodbye.

Gota Island

Even though we couldn’t go to the island, I was still able to capture it while our boat was maneuvering to Minalahos Island. 🙂

Pictures During the Boat Ride

Since some islands took a long time to get to, we still had a lot of scenery to keep us occupied. 🙂

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AvA_Martini

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Which Ways – Featuring Roads

I was going through my old pictures looking for roads and realized that I also had some collections of signs.  So here are my entries.

Pare in English is to remove the skin of a fruit, Pare in Filipino is slang for "buddy", and in Brazil it means STOP...

Pare in English is to remove the skin of a fruit, Pare in Filipino is slang for “buddy”, and in Brazil it means STOP…

Share Your World – 2013 Week 14 & 15

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?

I don’t really think people would watch a movie about my boring life… I’ve never had any paranormal activities.  I’ve never been taken.  And all those other things that seem to be plots for interesting movies…  But my life could pass for a TV Comedy Sitcom.  So I choose Courtney Cox to play me.  🙂

Photo Credit: Vanity Fair

Show us a couple of your favorites photographs?   If you are not a photographer, think of a favorite scene in your life and tell us about them.

My favorite photos are candid pictures of my husband.  I’m always holding the camera so I snap pictures of him when he’s not looking…  Of course he tells me not to post them on Facebook, but he never said anything about posting them on my blog. 🙂

What do you like most about home?

It’s our first home.  We chose it together.  We paid for it together.  We decorated it together.  I like that it’s ours.  But if we’re talking about the physical aspect, then I love our bed…

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it’s not always this neat… hehe and the shelves are now filled with books and other things…

What is one of your quirky traits?

I am obsessed with keeping my hands clean.  I always have hand sanitizer in my bag.  I do not like the sticky feeling of food when I prepare it and most often keep washing my hands while I’m cooking.  I don’t like touching dirty stuff.  (Hubby takes  care of the garbage…)  I have nightmares of public restrooms that are dirty.

What has surprised you about blogging?

I used to have an old blog I’ve kept for years.  No one reads it (except for occasional friends or relatives who stumble on it).  It’s just me ranting about stuff.  Then I started this one.  And I got my first like.  And then another.  And now, I still can’t believe strangers are reading my posts… 🙂  Plus, I now have cyberspace friends. 🙂

Which do you prefer sweet or salty?  Or both at the same time?

Sweet is my answer.  I can live without salty.  In fact, I don’t like salty.  I cringe when it get’s too salty.  So I usually buy the lite versions of chips.  Sweet and salty like kettle corn is acceptable.  As long as sweet is the dominant ingredient… I know I should lay off it, but I’ve thrown out my dream of becoming a supermodel since I was 9… hehe

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lotsa love…  Don’t forget to read what other people answered! 🙂

Share Your World – 2013 Week 14 & 15

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