Honeymooning: Baguio

July 30 – 31, 2014

Day 1

The day after Kuya Oli and Hilda’s wedding, the family decided to leave for Baguio in the wee hours of the morning. Land tripping was no biggie for my siblings, they’re so used to long drives in and out of Houston, within Texas or even out of state. They might have enjoyed this more, considering the fact that when we drive out of Texas, they’re used to seeing flat lands, fields and the occasional deserts—the drive to Baguio was definitely more interesting. To us honeymooners, this trip was just another chance to travel and enjoy each other’s company as a newly married couple…as I said, we’re milking this “honeymoon thing”! Haha.

You know you’ve finally reached your destination when you see the famous Lion’s Head along Kennon Road. And here’s our obligatory photo with the lion.

Wood carvings they were selling at the side of the street during the “lion-head” stop over.

And we made it—Baguio Townhouse Condominium, nothing beats free accommodation.

The Ramas siblings (previous generation, haha)

Our home for the night.

After we settled in, we went to visit the little tiangges by Mines View Park for souvenirs and decided where to eat lunch.

Baguio souvenir shirts and a whole lot more…take your pick!

taking #ootd shots by the souvenir shops

My sister Pauline, going for the Kpop look. Haha, I’m kidding langga.

My sister Angelie and her “I’m-too-cool-to-care” look. Haha.

Foodstop #1: Zenz Bar and Restaurant

We googled this place up, they had nice reviews and they just happen to be close to the place we were staying at, so lunch at Zenz it was. Thank God the place was empty, it felt like it was entirely ours.

The kids love sisig so we went ahead and ordered one—very tasty, a must try!

One of their best sellers, Pork Sinigang with Strawberries (P190.00)

Chocolate Bibingcrisp — a must try especially the Strawberry one.

The patio outside Zenz, the view there is amazing!

Rhea and Marco with happy tummies. Scrumptious meal indeed, good choice sweetie!

The view from Mines View Park

Talked my siblings into taking the obligatory Igorot photo. It was no problem since all of them like to dress up in costumes just like their ate. Haha

Mmmm hmmm sweetie… True sentiments? Haha.

John and his B.I.L (Brother-in-law)…haha, he made that nickname for Marco at the entrance of Mines View Park. My dad and my aunts ended up going to the grocery, we brought the kiddies to Burnham Park for a bunch of recreational activities

Marco driving the girl who was “in pain”. I bet you just didn’t want to ride the bike.

Bicycle Maniacs stopped so I could take a photo of them

Sidecar-ing with my sweetie, it doesn’t get any sweeter than this 😀

These dorks were trying to race

Been ages since I last biked, I was going for “no-hands” but only managed to do “one-hand”

While they were busy biking around, I was busy taking pictures and trying out this Strawberry-flavored taho. In my 28 years of existence, this has to be my first.

Next stop…boating

Look at the faces of these happy campers, they really were willing to try anything. Well it’s not all the time they can come home to the Philippines so I’m guessing they’re making the best out of this trip

This reminds me of Swan Lake in Enchanted Kingdom, only difference is we had actual paddles instead of bicycle pedals

The Captain and his 1st mate 😀

And of course we were going in circles..haha! Marco was trying to teach the kids the concept of paddling and which way to move the oars to row to whichever direction

After a long day at the park we headed back to the condo and rested for awhile until the next meal

Foodstop #2: Sage

How quaint this little place in all its pastel glory….reminds me of candy. Yum!

Everything we tried for dinner was impressively good but of course I went gaga over the desserts posted above. Below is a copy of their sample menu. Good call again, Marco! 2 out of 2 so far.

sage-menu-1 sage-menu-2

Here’s a copy of the current menu of Sage.

Day 2

The main agenda for today was to take the kids horseback riding. That has always been something my brother and I would look forward to every time we’d visit Baguio when we were younger. Our trip was never complete without this activity on our itinerary and my dad made sure of that, he’d tell us stories about his

Tres Marias—Me, Pauline and Marie

John

Marco

Pop

Angelie

Nicole

The only photo taken of all of us on horses and it had to be through an iPhone. #grrrblurr

The kids petting the horses at Wright Park.

We were ganging up on the “Korean looking” one (no racism intended)

Someone is clearly not in the mood for photos. It’s soooo easy to guess who….

We ❤ Baguio

Foodstop 3: Happy Tummy

ketchup-food-community

This place is actually located inside what we call the Ketchup: The Food Community— a melting pot for all sorts of cuisine, perfect place to be if you’re a foodie.

The best place to eat since it’s located right across Wright Park where we went for our horseback riding, how convenient is that.

Wood furnishings filled up the rather small but cozy area of this restaurant. I’d say it was going for a Filipino rustic vibe

Clearly loving Baguio and the Thai food that we’re about to have. Bon Appetit!

Last stop—Philippine Military Academy

My dad wanted the kids to take a look at some tanks and artillery , mostly left overs from WWII

Korean War Memorial

Honeymooners

Marco helping B.I.L up the tank

Pauline

Ann Marie

My hubby with the Ramas sisters (2nd generation)

Goofing around with the husband

Souvenir hoarding before driving back to Quezon City

Had a photo with some military men who happened to pass by

Baguio #ootd

~Rhea

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Honeymooning: Boracay

June 18 – 20, 2014

Next on the list for the “mini-honeymoon” was Boracay and since my family is here on vacation from Houston our “mini-honeymoon” ended up more like a family vacation. We didn’t really mind, besides our hotel was in Station 1 and theirs was in Station 3—quite a distance in between.

We purchased our tickets months in advance during one of those Cebu Pacific promo sales and ended up flying to Boracay in 2 batches, the first batch consisted of me, Marco, Paulo, Pauline, Ann Marie and John while the second batch consisted of my parents and the two little girls Angelie and Nicole.

Day 1

Ramas siblings headed to Boracay, here we go! #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Tres Marias: Ann Marie, Rhea and Pauline at the luggage area. Notice how we’re all still the same height. haha.

Upon arrival, a shot of Boracay Airport from the outside

In the meantime this little boy is stuck with me.

Marco and I had a shuttle scheduled to pick us up as part of our honeymoon package but since my parents weren’t there yet, he took the liberty of going with my siblings to check them in, in Station 3 while I took John with me to Station 1.

It was John’s first time to ride a boat like this so he was extremely fascinated with the boat ride. He gladly took a single seat as soon as we entered the boat, I stayed behind him.

Fellow travelers getting off the boat

Look who’s pooped!

John took advantage of the spacious seat at the back of the shuttle, he took a power nap as we headed to the hotel.

Real Maris Resort and Hotel, Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona’s little sanctuary for a few days.

After the rest checked in their rooms in Station 3, they picked us up from Real Maris and we picked a small burger place while we were exploring the area. We decided to have a quick lunch there.

The Ramas(es) in Station 3….just waiting for Mom, Pop and the rest of the girls.

 

Who gets random cramps at the beach? I DO. <sigh>

 Swimming was a perfect way to wait productively.

We love basking in the sun, I don’t think grandmy (+) is going to be too happy with this photo.

I got a good dose of the beach

The rest of them finally arrived, as soon as they settled in we went looking for a place to eat.

We ended up in, where else… Mang Inasal. hahaha.

After super late lunch (more like merienda), we went to one of the mini convenient stores and bought groceries, just the usual bottled water and toiletries. Parted ways so we could get some rest, been up since early this morning. Marco and I headed back to Real Maris to take a power nap while the kids swam the entire afternoon in Station 3.

The family met up again for dinner. Randomly picked a rice topping place in Station 2 borderline Station 1, there prices were really dirt cheap considering that the meal portions were decent. They ranged from P55-P85/ meal, I just wish I could remember the name of the food place. Their green mango shakes were also very impressive…not bad at all.

Grabbed a bunch of drinks with these two guys before ending the night. The three of us go way back—–an 18 hour land trip from Houston, Texas to Port St. Lucie, Florida, yep, just the three of us.

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Day 2

Marco and I already had breakfast at the hotel since it was part of our Groupon Package, after eating we went straight to Station 3 to meet up with the rest of the family, we’re scheduled to go boating today.

And there they were…having breakfast right in front of the beach.

The boatmen had to take us to the other side of the island, something to do with the current being too strong in the other side during this time of the year.

We rented a boat for P3,500 for 3-4 hours inclusive of fins and snorkel gear, I’d like to think that’s not bad for 11 people. If we booked this with the hotels, I’m pretty sure it would come out more expensive.

The Coconut Express—-that’s what I’m talking about.

Mom, enjoying her butong (fresh coconut), can’t find these things in Houston.

So I have two sisters who are insanely scared of fishes and they agreed to go boating, why? hahaha.

Nicole: “Oh my god, Oh my god…are those fishes?!?”

Ummmm…yeah babe. we’re in the middle of the ocean. Duh. Hahaha.

Here’s the other scaredy cat who stayed inside the boat the entire time. Dry and taking vintage swimsuit selfies…that’s Pauline.

Here are some underwater shots that we took using my Olympus underwater camera. I’ve been hearing a lot of bad reviews about the specific Olympus model that I have, but I can’t complain, I’ve had this for 2 years or so and I really got it for cheap; up to now it is serving me well.

After the tour, the boatmen take you to an island for lunch and try to give you the “island life experience”….sinugba seafood, wooden chairs and tables under a nipa hut but the prices were way jacked up. Foreigners usually go for it because of the ambiance but if they only knew how much these things cost in the local market (very cheap), they probably wouldn’t.

I convinced my parents to wait until we get to the mainland for lunch.

The parentals finishing up their buko.

My husband and I came up with the cutest idea of getting the girls matching technicolored “Boracay Island” tops, something we found in the local market the night before. I think each shirt more or less just cost $1.50.

My siblings are pretty much new to the idea of riding tricycles as means of public transportation, and their tricycles are completely different from what we have in Cebu. You should’ve seen the expression on their faces—priceless! I’m glad my dad caught it all on cam.

Honeymooners—-indeed we are playing that role.

This is where we ended up having lunch—Boracay Ocean Club Resort.

The place looks a bit intimidating but you should seriously check out their lunch specials.

Chilling by the beach with my mister  before heading back to Real Maris to get ready for our complimentary “romantic dinner by the beach”.

Candlelit dinner by the beach, it was romantic while it lasted. As soon as we finished eating our dessert, a sand storm hit the shore and it started raining cats and dogs. Hahaha. I’m just glad we had dinner when we did, at least the romantic dinner didn’t go to waste. We enjoyed our wine inside the hotel and stayed in for the rest of the night.

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Day 3

Woke up early and took a boat out of the island, we needed to make that Cebu Pacific Caticlan Ilo-Ilo flight. We’re flying to Palawan from Ilo-Ilo.

~Rhea

Honeymooning: Cebu

June 15- 17, 2014

Reservations for the day after the wedding were already made in Shangri-La Mactan. We didn’t waste any time and decided to start working on our “mini-honeymoon”. Since we made a decision to stay in the Philippines until early next year so I could finish my thesis in UP, we decided to hold off on the real honeymoon that we’ve been planning and just explore the Philippines little by little. When you live out of the country you grew up in for a few years, that’s when you realize the beauty of it and appreciate what it has to offer, so right now the best thing to do is take advantage of our situation and just see where the wind takes us.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot of “honeymooning” posts after this, they call the 1st year of marriage the “honeymoon stage” right? Well then, honeymoon it is!

How cute is this World Cup inspired flower centerpiece.

We’re gonna get to use them already…woohoo. Thanks so much Tita Teresing for the 2-night stay in Shang. 🙂

Gigantic bed just for the two of us.

We also had to bring the gifts with us since we didn’t get to open them yet.

Dinner buffet with the new family. Thanks mom and pop for the treat!

World cup time in Shang, so they had a bunch of these guys lurking around.

Our cutie pie Diego and his Ninong Marco

What a great day to be on a honeymoon, I would love to wake up to this everyday. Met up with mom and pop for breakfast before they checked out.

Good Morning Husband! Watching NBA on our 2nd day as a married couple.

Happy to be hitched.

Hit the beach for an early morning swim my mister.

For lunch, Marco and I decided to try a local restaurant nearby so we went out of Shangrila and took a jeep.

And this is where we ended up eating… MANNA STK FOOD HOUSE. 🙂

It was pretty empty when we got there, only 2 other tables were filled probably because it was a Monday and a little past the usual lunch time . If I’m not mistaken, one of the tables were a group of Malays doing a documentary/ film about Filipino food and I overheard the owner/ manager explaining to them what SUTUKIL was.

To those who have not been to Cebu, and to those who don’t know what Sutukil is, it pretty much stands for…

SUSugba (Grill)

TUTuwa (Soup)

KIL Kilaw (Raw)

It seriously is a must-try!

What we ordered for the both of us, what else…SUTUKIL baby!

And while we were enjoying our food, a man came in and played classic songs on something that looked like a portable harp.

Marco and Rhea with happy tummies, I’m glad we came here.

Since it was just outside the “Sutukil Area”, we took a 3-minute walk and visited the Lapu-Lapu Shrine.

Philippine History 101: Lapu-Lapu was one of our first national heroes, he was the head of the native Filipinos when they defeated the Spaniards in a historical battle called the Battle of Mactan.

I think this plaque reiterates everything that I just said, haha.

Trying to pose like Lapu-Lapu

The marina just outside the Lapu-Lapu Shrine

After walking around the vicinity, we decided to head back to Shangri-la for another swim, this time we plan to check out the poolside first.

Trying to soak up what’s left of the sun, then we headed back to the beach until the remainder of the afternoon

The obligatory photo op by the shore, you could tell Marco wasn’t so happy about it. Haha.

Since it was just the two of us, Marco and I had to look for a sturdy rock to put our phone on so at least we could take a decent picture with the both of us in it #honeymoonhits

We stayed by the beach until dusk, the atmosphere was simply beautiful

Shangri-la Mactan at night

Next stop..Boracay.

~Rhea