Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Officially engaged!

He asked, and I said Yes! :)

There’s always that one special moment when a man really sweeps you off your feet. It would be your most beautiful, most unforgettable. It happened one beautiful Sunday and I am still on cloud nine. 

I never would have thought that after all that we have been through and having come quite this far, we’d find ourselves to a place worth going further to – to a love that has not only been nurtured on halcyon days, but has worked through tough times. This is where we truly are.  

How could I not forget this? How could you not make me cry? How couldn’t you have taken me by the most beautiful surprise more when you proposed to me in front of the altar at the Basilica de Sto. Nino, took a beautiful ring out of the box, slipped it into my finger, and then said these words “I love you. With God as my witness, will you marry me?” 

How could you not touch my soul?

It was surreal. Beautiful. Perfect. We talked about settling down, yes, but he waited for the right time and he picked the best place to propose. The love that we have for each other wouldn’t be what and where it is now without God in it. Every day I thank God for giving him to me. 

You. My lover, my bestfriend. You, who, have been my pillar of strength, my joy, and my pain even. You, who, continue to fight for me even when I am facing my own demons; even when you have your own battles to deal with. We find ourselves knowing there is more to go, and I do not expect the road we are taking is easy. There was never a doubt in my mind what might lurk for us.  The thorns always come with the rose and that’s what makes it beautiful.

After all that we’ve been through, I know I have found myself to where I truly belong – with you. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

South trip: Terra Manna

I woke up unusually early on a Sunday morning to beat my cousin's ungodly calltime, which was at 4:30 am. We were going to check out a new resort, he had told me. The road all to ourselves, we drove to the south, myself hungry and beating grogginess with crazy convo.

Passing by several towns, we had to make a couple of stops to take photos and just marvel at breathtaking sights.

beautiful Barili sunrise

When we reached Badian, we had to stop several times for directions as there were no pre-approach signs to the resort. A few more stops and a wrong turn later, we finally arrived at Terra Manna. We were warmly welcomed by their staff who helped us how to explore the vast terrain. 

trail leads down to the beach

the spot looks perfect for a date night!

their well is adorned with fresh flowers everyday

Terra Manna's features make it an ideal respite for those who seek to be alone. The view allows the solitary soul to contemplate or meditate. Groups, however, can find that there is something for them here too. Terra Manna has become known a place for happy campers, beach bums, trekkers and even airsoft enthusiasts.

I'm not too sure, though, if it was the resort being surrounded by lush greens that gave me and my cousin mosquito bites. So you might want to bring and apply some insect repellant to keep these mosquitoes at bay.

Maybe if I could've stayed longer - I would've started writing a book, perhaps or finished titles I have put off reading while sipping on their freshly made, ice cold lemonade (which I could not get enough of, by the way).

the restaurant

Good food. Good time.

What's refreshing to note is that Terra Manna has an organic farm, of which the produce are freshly picked, prepared and served in their restaurant. I'd have to give my two thumbs up to their food - from their vegetable dishes, to their pasta, to their desserts. I especially loved their sweet and sour fish. I couldn't count the times I went back to the buffet table to get more of it.

To be blown away by the view is one thing. To enjoy good food is another. But to experience really great service by their staff is what would ultimately make me go back to a place. Terra Manna has all three of these things and I must say the long, early morning drive was worth it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shisha, anyone?

For a time, I've been looking all over for a shisha bar here in Cebu City but unsure whether they still exist. So when I happened to spot one when I was in Tagaytay, I decided to give it a try. Together with my good friend Rhea, we went to a shisha bar just across the hotel where we stayed. We were like giddy kids that were all too excited to try something new, for the first time - shisha.

Shisha originated in Persia about 500 years ago and is a water pipe used for smoking. Although it has been argued that shisha is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes, realistically though, much of the tar and nicotine is removed because of the water's filtration process.

Starter lessons, anyone?

We had a tough time picking out the flavor for our shisha but settled for a combination of mint and vanilla.Our shisha session started with the pipe already setup - but we were laughing because we didn't know how to smoke it. We had to call the owner, who was Iranian, to teach us how to smoke the shisha the right way. For hygiene purposes, we were each given a plastic mouthpiece for drawing smoke from the water through the pipe. 

Novel experience: Shisha

You need to make long draws on your pipe to smoke it good, and once the charcoals (placed on top of the disk) is exhausted, or when you notice that you're no longer smoking the flavor of your shisha, then your session is done. 

More than what's in the shisha, the fun part of it is its social element. Shisha is not about what you are smoking, but more of who you are smoking it with. As for me, I can't say shisha is something I'd be doing again - the experience was enough to satisfy my curiosity, but it was fun while it lasted.

Note to the reader: Shisha is not for the fainthearted nor for the worrywart. Unless you have zero tolerance for smoking, shisha is something you might want to try at least once in your life, and enjoy while it lasts.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Crispy Wings hour with Cebu bloggers

Friday snack time's just got better this October with Jollibee's Crispy Wings hour!

I had a fun Friday afternoon with several Cebu bloggers, in which we got to try, for free, Jollibee's newest product, Crispy Wings. With this product just recently launched, you can get to try their delicious Crispy Wings when you dine at Jollibee from 3 to 4 in the afternoon for all Fridays of October. 

Jollibee's newest product: Crispy Wings
image source: jollibeedelivery.com

I have and will always love Jollibee's Chickenjoy; but I find that their Crispy Wings tastes delightfully different, but delicious all the same. Fried to golden brown perfection, I love how Crispy Wings gives off that delectable crunch as I bite into it, more so that the inside is juicy, meaty and never dry. Dipping it in its sweet chili sauce is just pure bliss. 

Crispy Wings hour with Cebu bloggers

Together with Cebu bloggers for the Crispy Wings hour, it sure was delightful spending break time with them while munching on free samples of Crispy Wings. They were just as ecstatic as I was to try the new product and were even delighted as I was with its taste as well.

You can enjoy Crispy Wings with fries or rice or even bag a bucket of it for 6 or 12 pieces.

Unsure if chicken makes for a nice snack treat?Try Jollibee Crispy Wings for a change and be delighted.