We came home safe and healthy; happy and very thankful and grateful. I went to the church lighting candles, thanking for the well spent vacation and keeping us safe no matter how we almost crushed two cars on our way back. Our bus driver drove so fast, though I kinda liked it. Hehe.
Me and 4 other friends went to Maravilla Beach 🏖️ to celebrate one of our friends 27th birthday.
It’s also a perfect get away for us from our day to day life in the City. It became my thank you time for me aside from the food treats I gave myself for doing her part in every day responsibilities.
We rented a Nipa Hut. It is called “Kubo” in cebuano. For P 1,500.00, we’re able to schedule a check in at 2PM Saturday and check out at Sunday 12:00 Noon. But because we lived in LLC, we arrived at the place at night around 8:00PM.
Going to the place was only 2 rides from Super Metro to North Bus Terminal for only P25-30 each (sorry I forgot, please comment the current and correct rate for our viewers). From North Bus Terminal, we were so lucky that we’re able to get the last meme bus last trip going to Maravilla.
We paid around P150 each ( but I think it’s only P115? Please comment if you know the exact rate, I was very sleepy..) I remember now, I gave Cess P200 pesos and I told her to give me back P 30 pesos. So it was P 170 each (but I’m still not sure, I was very sleepy and I forgot things.)
It was a little challenging for me because I still haven’t slept since I worked at night and got out at 7:00AM PH time. So I slept on the bus very uncomfortably. The road was bumpy and everytime I fell asleep I’d wake up either hitting the person sitting next to me with my head or almost laying on my seatmates shoulder.
It went on and on just like that, until finally, after many questions asked to the conductor if we’ve already reach Maravilla, we finally arrived. The cottage host waited for us. She’s with her white puppy and she looks cute in her pajamas. She welcomed us and guided us to their place.
It was a humble little Kubo and I am so glad we all feel welcomed. We borrowed their butane, unpacking and started cooking. And after they’ve cooked rice, we started eating with chicken lechon that Cess bought while in transit. It was quite a clever move. Thanks Cess, tummy’s the happiest with our budgeted cup of rice. It even made the food so precious and delicious like we just wanted more.
There was a lamp too. Electricity went off for awhile and we’re lucky to have Jas’s lamp on hand. We were like camping outside our rented Kubo . Stars started becoming visible and Vien started reminiscing her childhood days, when the cities not so crowded and people weren’t so attached to technologies.
Vien shared that’s advisable to look up at the stars sometimes to unwind and free your mind, she said it’s also a good way to relax. Thanks vien for that nice advise, I learned “How to free up my mind” easily now. It also reminded me of my childhood life at the province where I used to also look up at the stars when I am not doing anything. I remembered that feel at it was the happiest.
Now I can free up my mind whenever I think of toxic people that’s really hurting my emotions or whenever I am overthinking and cannot figure out how to come out from getting stuck of the repeating bad old thoughts that keeps me angry. So the instruction to look up is actually to “Look at the stars, specifically. Not just the sky because the sky is the limit. You can look at the stars if you want.”
After that, after finally getting ready to eat, we let our birthday 🎈🎉 celebrant make a wish and blow her candle.
We all gave reviews and it’s all 5 out of 0-5. Chocolate is yummy. I’m so thankful and grateful. It’s so yummy and I look so happy not because it’s her birthday but because cake is yummy 😛. Cess asked, “Are u really happy?” Then I realized I am. I’m happy it’s Lykas birthday otherwise no one will buy that yummy cake 😂. I’m so thankful and grateful.
We went to the beach and chilled..
We were supposed to night swim but it was low tide so we stayed on the shore and just talking about anything but specifically someone who was supposed to be with us but didn’t pursue it due to OT at work. We just wanted to get to know him, so that the next time we see him in person we’ll feel okay.
I went on a walk to see what’s out there. But also because I wanted to have lone time by myself. It was quite and very refreshing. I recorded few videos of the flowing water and my legs just walking peacefully. I uploaded it in our FB page not for this site, but for Team Lodis FB page for fan. A page of gratitude. Well, in case you want to see it, the link will be available in the comment section below, so check it out. Or you may check http://www.facebook.com/teamthrifters
Since we’re not able to swim, we decided to return home, sleep early and wake up by 4 AM to catch the sunrise at the beach early morning. But we ended up watching anime movies right after cleaning ourselves and changing into sleeping beauty with nice outfits.
I woke up early around 1 AM coz my body wants to pee. The CR won’t open so I had to wake up the birthday girl and told her it wouldn’t open. But when she did, it opened anyway. Thanks Lykes! We went back to sleep and woke up with Viens alarm, it was already 4:00 AM and nobody went back to sleep.
I learned to sing a new song by Josh. Bestfriend by Josh, he’s Chinese who sings English song and it’s so beautiful, I fell for it. Plus, there was this cute puppy, visiting us. We thought he belonged to the Kubo owner but it doesn’t.
look how cute this little one was:
I had to leave him at the Kubo. But after leaving towards the sea, the Grandma took the baby dog with her outside of the gate. She said, “I thought the puppy was yours so I took it with me outside, then someone found it. It’s owned by a neighbor who lived next next door.” We thought it was theirs, but it was not.
And while we’re away, we had the best summer in 2021! The place is so side and open. It was huge, it was clean. It was a beach. I mean a real one. The best beach I have been so far. It’s so clean. Dude, you’re going to enjoy it. The view and everything. For me, Maravilla is the most memorable place for me since it is where I learned how to Back Float. It’s a goal that I set aside but kept my mind open to still get it. And when I was ready, my teacher came.
I asked her, “How can I back-float?” I said, “I can float facing down but facing up. So she said, “If you can float like that, you can also back-float. The problem is that you’re scared of drowning, water gets into your nose, your neck isn’t relaxed.” It’s was the truth. I acknowledge the truth that “Yes Indeed! I hold my neck up instead of let it float.” She said, “Relax and let your body rest in the water as you’re actually laying down your bed.” So I did exactly as she said. First, I covered my nose and close my eyes, but then she said, “Open your eyes, let go of your nose, then just straightened your body.” So I did looked up and relaxed and I realized how beautiful the gray sky was.
After that, it rained heavily, and I let them drag my two legs to the side of the shore, while my head and arms are resting, including my eyes. Soon as the rain 🌧️ hits us, I can feel the cold breeze it was so cold. As cold 🥶 as so cold. We returned to our rented Kubo quickly and cooked for for lunch. It was a yummy meal. Oh the taste of the “Dried Fish” salty and yummy cooked with White Conching Rice.
It was a nice meal and a nice burp. We ended our stay at Maravilla by cleaning up the place. Getting all the garbages which were already in their cellopahes to that bug trashcan the Old lady gave us. Washing the dishes and throwing everything we no longer needed on our trip, while keeping those we can still eat and use.
After cleaning up and putting things back to where it was before, the table and the chair, the butane etc. Including our selves by the way, we also cleaned up ang get ready for our next destination. While chilling, we divided all the expenses we incurred on that one night stay into 5. We only paid, P 544.50 each. But I only had to pay for P 505 because I still have P 30 change from my P200 bus fair.
There is no time for delay, we hurried and paid our Bills and move on. Bid our goodbyes and went on to Tabuelan terminal via a tricycle for only P 50 each. Before we checked out, we decided to buy Lechon for our lunch. So as soon as we arrived at Tabuelan terminal, we automatically looked for lechon.
While doing that, the motorcycles were also negotiating with us. We negotiated P125 going up to Bluehole from the terminal. It was a little expensive for us so we let it sit for awhile and move on with being a Dora the Lechon explorer. They asked our final decision but let go of the driver since we still haven’t made up our minds yet. We let it calm down but the driver followed us and another one. I have to constantly say NO until the rest have decided.
We finally bought our Lechon and Puso. The task was being delegated by instinct. We knew what we have to do and do the part that we can and still haven’t done. While the other two was away, one actually met someone, our college classmates mother who had a store near Tabuelan terminal. We were being guided and advised to take the tricycle and a motorcycle instead. She said that it’s best to take the tricycle. So it was divided 3 by 2. The first motorcycle that had contact with actually followed us, and he’s the one who offered to get us a tricycle driver. He’ll gave our couple a motorcycle ride.
Finally, we made up our minds and went on. Oh Vien was a little not into it and the other. But it was on my list. It was my goal to go, so if they wouldn’t go I still would go. No one can stop me. We’re lost on our way up there, both drivers haven’t been there, so they asked people who knew and I ended up using Google map to guide our tricycle driver.
In the end, we arrived safely, but maybe it caused damages to my friends stomach, it was again a bumpy road and they showed disappointed faces they weren’t going to swim because it was crowded. They were all disappointed, so I paid the Table for only P 150 anyway. After all it was only me who wants to see the place and they weren’t just into it which was very understandable. It sounds like it’s my fault why I brought them there and they have to pay more 😂 Bleeh. But it was already approved at the GC a day before. So it was part of the plan, I shouldn’t have expressed so much interest in the area, but because of that, I saw something extraordinary and I learned a very important lesson.
“If you want something, do it yourself. You cannot get others approval because they have their own choice. It is their right to not like what you like to not always support you of your goals because they have their own goals to make as well. It’s the same pattern that goes on and on.”
These people are honest and it’s good. You cannot force them to support you unless they wanted it too. I am so blessed to have met them all. I’d rather have honest people around than few fake ones. It’s better to be hurt by the truth than to be happy with a lie. It’s better to see early signs which they already showed beforehand, but we didn’t listen because it’s part of our plan. It has to happen for better or for worst!
Although, it wasn’t what they expected to be and maybe it’s only me who have enjoyed the moment of being at Blue-hole, it still went well. The three others changed their minds and choose to deep their bodies in that very cold water. It was 6 feet deep and it’s the minimum deepness char. It was quite a thrill because we’re scared to get across the other side of the spring.
Oh it gave me a sense of relief knowing that Vien actually enjoyed her stay at the table. She guarded the place with our stuffs, I guess there was a reason why it all happened. She shared that while we’re away and she was alone, she was having fun listening to the boys in our next table, dancing, and just having fun.
She shared that she went to us but she wasn’t entertained, but she also understood that the three of us cannot see clearly from a far. We’re kinda blind 😂 and we weren’t wearing any glasses. Lyka can see but she didn’t look back because she also didn’t hear someone calling, so she also did not notice.
Thanks Vien for being so understanding! You’re very supportive as always even before on our college days which I mistook as a joke and a bully but you’re actually honest, “I just didn’t feel good about myself back then and it wasn’t your fault.” I will claim it now, “I’m pretty!” I hope you’ll claim yours too! “Pretty and so loving and intelligent.” A child-like heart like I also have.
I was once like you, who cannot see beauty in me, wondering about the truth. Should I believe or not? But believe me now “You’re so Beautiful Vien”, You are! Just like I was and still am 😂 char. We have to love ourselves or no one else will.
I graduated without honors but I’m glad YOU DID. At least one of us did 😉 and it’s more than enough! I’m glad you went. I’m glad you choose to be with us. Me and lyka will fight for our freedom and will do it gracefully. Our couple will face a new world and we will be here to support them by bettering our selves first then extending our graces to them!
Advance happy Wedding Day!!! 💓 You did all the cooking and we’re so blessed to have you both! 💜 Forgive us of our premonitions. Hahahaha – 😛! In the end of the day, we arrived home safely. They’re still searching who the real bride is, it’s actually me! 😛. I’m getting married and I am so happy!!!