Going Home Soon

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Hi guys! After nearly three months of staying in Hartford, Connecticut, it’s almost time for us to go back to the Philippines. With only a few more days left, hubby and I are already nearly done packing our things. Everything’s almost ready for our flight back to Manila, except for us. Well, mostly me, actually.

I am gonna miss this place. It’s just so different from back home. Surprisingly, downtown Hartford is a lot more laid back than I thought it would be. I love how old buildings here are old and preserved well while some buildings have used original parts of an older building to be part of a new one.

I also love the Bushnell Park that’s just a few blocks away from where we lived. One can do a “tree walk” and see trees that are home to a lot of squirrels and birds that freely roam around the park. A carousel built around 1914 that’s still operational is also located here in this park. Hubby and I spent a lot of afternoons here, just sitting on the grass while he would play songs on his guitar. A park as beautiful as this is something that I definitely wish we had in Manila.

I didn’t really get to see the sights here that much but we’re praying for another opportunity for us to be able to go back here in the U.S. For now, it’s time to go back home to Manila. It’s still home. 🙂


SLTB

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A New Life

Hi guys! Four months have passed since the year began and a lot of life-changing moments have happened to me — BF went back home for a couple of weeks and we got married, we got our own place, and now, I’m with Hubby!! (Yay!)

In the next few days, I’ll be sharing about the pretty, DIY wedding that we had — the planning, preparations, details, and the wedding day itself, and the short honeymoon we had at Coco Beach Island Resort in Puerto Galera. The past few months have been full of overwhelming emotions and as much as I wanna say it’s always been great, unfortunate stuff happened as well. Things have been quite rough for a while so I got discouraged and I felt like I wasn’t ready to get back to blogging… I’m just so glad that I can finally say I can move on with things and just really focus on what’s up ahead in our future. I’m happy to say that I’m in a good place now and I’m back on track… and I’m just really excited for the next blog posts I’ve got lined up!

We’re staying here for a few months so you can expect lots of spring-ish pictures, too! The weather’s awesome and the flowers are blooming… I see a lot of tulips, daffodils, and different flowers around. Basically, it’s the best time to go around for walks! I hope I can take a picture of a squirrel or two — they climb trees quite fast! 🙂

SLTB

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Happy New Year!

Hi guys!!

2015 has been kind to me — I reached new places, met a lot of new friends, got to know old friends better, made new memories, and learned a lot of things. It was during this year that I got to know who the people I can really trust are, and I’m thankful that despite people who are out there to bring negativity, there are a lot more who are always there to bring happiness and joy into my life. Old wounds healed, and though it took time

I know, I’m sorry I haven’t been updating this blog…  😦

I have news though…. good news… 🙂

No, wait…

Really awesome news!! 🙂

Ready??

I’m getting married!!!

…in a couple of weeks actually!! 🙂

Happy new year everyone!! 😀10454500_10206666552594871_871661357164965384_o

Philpost: Sending Love in a Box

Hi guys! I’m so excited! I was finally able to send BF his care package today! After a few weeks, I was finally able to finish the crocheted scarf and knitted cowl I was making for BF. I got all his food requests from the grocery (some Pinoy snacks, food mixes, etc.) yesterday, and I want him to be able to get the package in time for his birthday, so I decided to go to the post office today.

The first time I sent a package abroad was when I sent one to my best friend in Canada. I was still in school then so I sent the package through the school’s courier system which was also tied up with Philpost. My friends and I chipped in for the shipping fee back then, so it wasn’t too heavy on the pocket. The package was received in good condition so I knew that Philpost could be trusted. My original plan was to go to the postal office (?) of the school, but then I found out that the Paranaque Central Post Office is really near my place so I decided to try out their service.

I went to the post office around 4:30 PM today (Tuesday) so there weren’t much customers anymore. They close at 5PM and a sign on the counter says they still serve customers during lunch time. I was expecting to send two kilos worth of package but I over-shopped so I ended up with a three-kilo package instead. There weren’t any reference online for the shipping fee so the closest I found was the rates on xend.com.ph so I allotted Php 3000 for two kilos. However, when I asked how much the lowest price is for 3 kilos, they told me I can send it for Php 2780 within 2 weeks. I also paid Php 54 for the box since I wasn’t able to get a box beforehand, so I paid Php 2834 in total.

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Overall, I’m happy with the Paranaque Central Post Office experience. The staff were all friendly (kuya manong even helped me pack the items in the box so it would all be fitted snug) plus the transaction was smooth. I had to write down the information several times so if you’re planning to send a package, be prepared for a lot of writing. I would suggest checking out the rates in the website of xend for reference so you can have an idea of how much it would cost you to send a package overseas, and if time is not an issue, then you can save a little more on the shipping fee.

Anyway, I hope he gets my package soon…. and I’ll definitely make use of Philpost’s service again. 🙂

SLTB

2014 in Review: a Year-ender

2014 has been a good year to me — I was able to climb some mountains, go beach camping, surf a few waves, and even go to Baguio! This year was full of new friends and adventures that will forever be in my heart and I’m grateful for this year because though there may be some bumps along the way, this year will end with a stronger me and better me. 🙂

With regards to blogging, I would like to thank you all, my dear readers, for every page view, comments, and likes because behind those is a very special gift you share with me — your time. Last December 3 was SpontaneousLittleTravelBuddy’s 1st year anniversary, and I couldn’t have gone this far without all of you — again, thank you…!

SLTB

P.S. WordPress.com has a little something for us:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Undas: A Family Affair

October 31 means that fun Halloween activities are in store for kids, particularly in gated villages, malls, offices, and other establishments. Kids and adults alike dress up in different costumes to go trick or treating for tons of candy. Halloween parties are popular, too — a chance for people to get creative with their choice of outfit/costume for the day, while mingling and having fun with friends. Our family transferred to a new village last year, and apparently Halloween isn’t celebrated here. Thinking about it, I miss the Halloween decors and meeting neighbors in Halloween costumes.

On another note, November 1 and 2 are special days for Filipino families. It is a well-known fact that Filipino families are mostly tight-knit and that any occasion or celebration calls for an instant family reunion. Quite remarkably, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are celebrated in the Philippines by going back to the graves of their deceased loved ones as a whole family unit.

Our family is no different. Ever since I could remember, we would all go to the cemetery on the night of the 31st to visit the graves of our family members who have already passed away. We would set up camp and spend a night or two at the cemetery. Sounds scary, huh? Well, if you’re surrounded by thousands of families, the place turns into a park, and spooky won’t be a word to describe the experience.

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I have lots of fond memories at the cemetery (it kinda sounds weird, haha!!). There were two consecutive years wherein my siblings and cousins met the children from the family camping near us and we played the whole day from morning till they had to go home. They were from Bacolod, so I think that allowed a very slight connection to start among the adults of the families. Another fond memory was when my good friend JJ went trick or treating with us in my previous village. He went with my family to the cemetery too. This was a few years back and I think that Halloween was one of the big factors why he is a really close friend(we call each other bro and sis!:)). A funny thing that I always hear is “Sa pang-(insert number here) na puno, bilang ka ng (insert number here) na hakbang” which translates to “On the Nth tree, count N steps” and people understood what it means — the location of the family’s “spot”. 😛

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We visited again today, but no more overnight camping for us. It’s kinda sad that our nieces and nephews will not get to experience one amazing and interesting part of our childhood. Nonetheless, we got to meet extended families again today which is always awesome.

How do you spend your Halloween? Have you ever slept at the cemetery? Share your most interesting, scary, or fun UNDAS (Halloween season) experience at the comment box below! I’d love to hear from you!

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Happy Halloween! (and Happy Undas! :D)

SLTB