• Places,  Rest of the world

    Our JaFun Honeymoon

    When I was thinking of where to spend our honeymoon 6 months before our wedding, it was a toss-up between El Nido and Japan. But because I knew Deej would be excited to take a tour of the concrete jungle that is Tokyo, which is every game developer’s dream of doing, I decided to go for the latter. I patiently waited for a piso seat sale from Cebu Pacific (plugging! haha!) and was successful in booking a round trip ticket for only Php7,000! We’ve never been to Japan before so we also wanted to cross it off our list. We spent a total of 10 days in Japan – 7…

  • Family,  Loved ones

    An open letter to my niece Adia

    My Dearest Adia, It has been a month since you passed this life and I’m still finding it hard to believe that you are no longer here with us. For me, it still feels like you are just at home with your family and I’m looking forward to the next time I see you and play with you. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I excitedly wrote about you when you were in your mommy’s tummy and when you were born, my niece whom I fondly called “my mini me.” We were all very excited for you as you were the first baby girl in our family. Today, I…

  • Family,  Marriage

    Two for the Road!

    That’s the “catchphrase” I was hoping would stick when people think about me, my husband (Wow! I’m a wife now!), and our wedding last October 25. We didn’t have one overall theme for our wedding but if you can imagine a tag cloud, it would have these words: rustic, garden, outdoor, fun, whimsical, coral, teal, nature, travel, shabby chic, mason jars, instax, polaroids, strings of lights, etc. It’s been exactly one month since we said our I Dos but it’s honestly still kind of hard to believe that from looking at “October 25, 2014” as the day we’re anticipating for so long with much glee (and a little bit of…

  • Family,  Marriage

    Crossing Over

    It’s happening all at once. Preparing for a wedding that’s happening 3 days from now, finalizing hotel accommodations, packing for a 10-day trip to a country that requires more than one layer of clothing, still learning the ropes at my new job and trying to prove my worth, moving from an old office building to a new one, getting ready to move out of my home for 5 years, and anticipating a big move to another house located in a different and unfamiliar city. All of these should be exciting but knowing myself, even if I try hard, I’m not that type who easily copes with change. These chapters in…

  • Philippines,  Places

    Quick Guide to Planning Your Batanes Trip

    Batanes is such a big deal for us Filipinos mainly because it’s located in the northernmost part of the Philippines which is not easily accessible, and airfare is not necessarily affordable to every Juan (not yet maybe?). The moment I checked-in on Foursquare in Basco Airport, friends started liking and commenting that Batanes is also part of their Travel Bucket List. It is dubbed “the New Zealand or Austria of the Philippines” because as you wander or lay in the green grass overlooking the enchanting rolling hills in Batanes, you can almost hear the line “The hills are alive…” automatically play in your head. It is, without a doubt, a…

  • Life,  Musings

    The Calm Before the Storm

    It’s all coral and some teal for me ever since I decided on the color motif for our wedding which explains the quick theme update on this blog patterned after our wedding site. According to the countdown tool on the site, we have exactly 178 days until our wedding day and every time I glimpsed this countdown my mind goes, “Omg we only have XXX days to prepare!!!” But all is well… I think. Deej and I have been zen and relaxed ever since we finalized the wedding venue/date and booked the time-critical suppliers (thanks to bridal fairs we were able to take advantage of special packages and discounts!). Whenever…