Hello my dear readers! How are you? Me? Sorry for not updating my blog as I’m so busy with my work and family of course.  We are now finalizing our #ProjectHappyHome and hopefully in God’s will makalipat na kami early next year. Woohooo..

Anyway, let’s go back in the main topic. Last end of September, I joined in our office challenge called “The Biggest Loser” and now we are on our 8th week and happy to say that I really love myself now. I will make a short kwento about it and why I joined in the challenge.



Before I got married, my weight is 120lbs and my waist line is 26. Yes, you read it right! Ang sexy ko at ang gaan ko noon, well that’s way back 11 years ago. Since lahi namin is tabain right after manganak, I gain 6lbs when I give birth to Rhian, thank God I lost 5lbs after 2 months because of breastfeeding. However, I gain weight again when I got pregnant with Rhaine, this time hindi na ko nag lose ng weight. I don’t know why maybe because I love to eat, we love to eat should I say. Remember, we have our #MarriageFirstFriday and we make sure to eat out during weekends so pano ko papayat nun db. I gained almost 10lbs in fact sometimes people might think I’m pregnant kasi ang laki laki ng tyan ko as in, I don’t know if I will be happy about it kasi ginagamit ko sya minsan to give priority sa jeep but sometimes napapaisip ako, am I that big na talaga. Whenever I asked my husband, he will always tell me na “I’m sexy”, na “I’m beautiful” and no matter what happens he will love me for the rest of his life. Ang sweet!!!

Anyway, since I joined the contest and I have the confidence na mananalo ako (naks! Lakas ng fighting spirit ko db) but seriously I really want to bring back my sexy body (naks!) so I put myself in a strict diet and exercise. Well aside from the money involve, my main reason why I join the contest is that I want to lower my bad cholesterol and improved the good one. Yes! Ang taas ng bad cholesterol ko mga beshies! Although di ako nag mamaintenance still I need to be healthy and take care of my body. Remember, Health is Wealth! Sharing you our progress sa “Balik Alindog” program namin.

Every Monday is our weigh in period and so far, I rank 1st in 4 consecutive weeks. Wohhoooo…. we’re still have 14 more weeks to go before our final weigh in. Matagal tagal pa sya and dadaan pa yung mga holidays, so I wish mapigilan ko pa ang hindi kumain ng madami. But seeing the results, mas ginaganahan akong mareach yung ideal weight ko.



If you will ask me ano-anong ginagawa ko to achieve my ideal weight, simple lang using this formula, DIET + EXERCISE = LOSE WEIGHT. Yes! Effective sya sa akin promise. I have cheat days parin naman every Friday because of our #MarriageFirstFriday and weekend gala with the family. I just limit what I ate, let’s say if before I ate 1.5 cup of plain/garlic rice, now I ate half cup of brown rice. Every Tuesday and Thursday I make sure to run or attend Zumba class in the office, good thing I have supportive friends na sinasamahan ako mag run and mag Zumba, they also encourage me to control my intake. Well tawag ko nga sa kanila mga "Coaches" ko kasi they believe in me na mananalo ako. Sharing with you one of my latest photos na nakaka proud kasi I lose almost 12 lbs. Wow! Tska na ulit ako mag uupload ng photo pag nareach ko na yung goal ko. Hihi.



JUST KEEP GOING!  EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET THE RESULTS YOU WANTED.  JUST KEEP GOING!


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It’s been 3 months since our 5th wedding anniversary at Misibis Bay and the memories are still fresh especially the surprise gift that my husband did to me during our stay in the resort.  I’m not expecting any gift from my husband since he shouldered all our expenses for our escapade but I’m wrong, what he did makes me feel so blessed and I’m sooo kilig! Ang haba ng hair ko!

We started our anniversary day by having breakfast at the restaurant and visited the Cagraray Eco Park. We took a nap and on the afternoon we decided to explore the beach. I thought we will be having dinner buffet at night but I was wrong! I have no idea about his plan; in fact I decided to wear ordinary shorts and tshirt that night however I saw my husband wearing semi-formal, nahiya naman ako kaya nagpalit rin ako ng outfit that night.



As we were walking towards the restaurant, we passed by the beach. My kids are heading in the direction of the private set-up on the beach and I keep on calling their names kasi nga baka mya dumating na yung nagpa set-up nun. So here it goes,

Me – Rhian, Rhaine, wag kayo dyan. Di tayo dito, dun tayo sa restaurant.
Rhian and Rhaine: (Nagpunta sa may table at nag check kung anong nasa table)
Me – Anak, naku wag kayong malikot dyan. Magagalit yung nagpagawa nyan.
Rhian and Rhaine: (Umupo na sa upuan)
Ian: (nag vivideo na pala para makita yung magiging reaksyon ko)
Me – (talking to the waiter) Kuya, ang ganda naman ng pagkakaset-up nito. Ikaw gumawa nito?
Waiter – Yes po ma’am.
Me – Ang ganda grabe. Siguro family of four ang nagpaset up sayo nito noh kasi meron mga sand buckets, Beach Pails and Shovel yung ginawa mo.
Waiter:  (nag smile lang)
Me – Rhian, Rhaine! Let’s go, darating na yung may ari nyan cge kayo.
Ian: Happy Anniversary Honey! (sabay hug and kiss)
Me: (In total shock!) Wow! Yung totoo? Tayo ang mag didinner ditto?
Waiter – Happy Anniversary po. Nahihirapan na nga po akong sagutin mga tanong nyo kasi baka po mabuko si sir.


Kala ko magpro-propose ulit eh. Haha
Cheers for 5 wonderful years!

To my surprise, speechless ako for about 5 minutes. My husband keeps on talking with me kasi nakita nya kung pano ako nashock sa surprised nya. Can you believe na this is one of my dreams to have a private and romantic dinner at the beach? After 11 years, my husband makes my dreams come true! Sweetness overload! 



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Robinsons Department Store marks the start of the festive season, bringing fun and excitement for little ones as its launches this September the annual Kids and Baby Fair.

Moms can get up to P100 off when they shop for their precious ones with a minimum, single-receipt purchase of P3,000 from the Children’s & Infants’ Departments on all weekends of the month. They can also get twice the rewards points on all Fridays of September, from 10am to 2pm, whenever they use your Robinsons Rewards Card.

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We want our vacation to be one of the most relaxing one, not only because we have two kids in tow but because we want to enjoy the place itself (stress free) so when we look for the destination for our 5th wedding anniversary, top on our lists is Misibis Bay – a sanctuary for unwinding or for recreation at the same time. 

If you think you have nothing to do in the resort, you’re wrong because aside from the pristine beach and infinity pool, you can also visit the two popular tourist spots in the area – Stella Maris Chapel with overlooking the Mayon Volcano and the gorgeous Amphitheater.

We asked the receptionist about the tour package within the vicinity (Eco Park Tour), she gladly informed us that the rate is Php 150/person for the adults and kids are free of charge. The tour includes a van service with driver / tour guide, entrance to the Cagraray Eco Park, Amphitheather and Stella Maris Chapel. The Eco Park is very close to Misibis Resort, around 10-15 minutes’ walk from the resort. Actually on our 2nd day, nilakad lang sya ni Ian to check kung gano sya kalayo, this is also his opportunity to take lots of photos during sunset.




Our 1st stop is the Stella Maris Chapel located on top of a hill which has become a favorite venue for wedding. Yes! You read it right, if you have much budget for your wedding, please include this Chapel in one of your choices. Ang ganda nya promise! Very solemn with overlooking the famous Mayon Volcano and seascape. The chapel went on renovation after the storm; it is lined with glass windows and walls and more beautiful than ever as the interiors are so gorgeous especially during sunset! I’m soooo in-love with the minimalist design of the chapel, ang romantic!



The Amphitheater on the other hand is a perfect place for photo ops and private dinner. Did you know that this was where the Amazing Race Asia 4 had a pit stop here? Yes, you read it right. There isn’t much to do here but to take lots of photos, you can also have a romantic dinner for two set-up with candles lights. Make sure to pass by the amphitheater during sunset for the best view and dramatic feel of this site.


If you want to make most out of your stay in Misibis, then you should include Cagraray Eco Park on your things to do. Don’t worry, it’s very near the resort lang naman. You can also enjoy the resort with their own amenities such as the kayak which my husband tried. My kids love to play in the sand while I enjoy watching them. Oh before I forgot, the pool is awesome! We really had fun under the gloomy weather in the resort. 


Simple advise, if you're planning to visit Misibis Bay all you need to is to enjoy the place and relax kasi super ganda nya talaga PROMISE! 

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I’m happy that I have kids na mabait na matalino pa (Yes! I’m biased syempre anak ko sila) seriously speaking, napansin ko when Rhian reached 3 years old ang dami na yang tanong, so be ready to answer all her questions kasi hindi ka nya talaga titigilan hanggang hindi sya ma satisfied sa sagot mo. Rhaine on the other hand is still a baby for me, she follow her sisters sa lahat ng sabihin nito. Actually mas sumusunod pa sya sa ate nya kesa amin.

Popoh

Every day I called at home to check my kids if they are doing fine (kahit na may access ako sa CCTV on my phone) iba parin if you can talked to your kids over the phone.

Me – Hi Ching! How are you?
ChingChing – I’m fine Mommy, how about you?
Me – I’m fine rin, o nag merienda ka na ba?
ChingChing – Opo Mommy.
Me – Nag popoh ka na ba?
ChingChing – Hindi pa po.
Me – Bakit hindi pa?
ChingChing – Kasi po, nagusap yung pwet ko and pwet ni Rhaine na si Rhaine na muna ang mag popoh at mamaya nalang akong gabi.

Huh? Talagang naguusap ang pwet nila? Hahaha.

Payong

These past few weeks, umuulan every afternoon so I called again to check if my kids are done with their merienda.

Me – Hi Ching! How are you?
ChingChing – Hi Mommy, I’m fine naman. What time ka po uuwi?
Me – Mamaya pa eh, mga 6pm so mga 7pm pa ko makakauwi ng house bakit po?
ChingChing – May payong ka po?
Me – Opo meron naman po.
ChingChing – Very good. Si Daddy po meron payong?
Me – Opo meron po syang dalang payong. Bakit po?
ChingChing – Kasi po pag wala kayong payong, mababasa kayo ng ulan, pag nabasa kayo ng ulan, magkakasakit po kayo, pag nagkasakit kayo dadalhin kayo sa ospital, pag nasa ospital kayo, iinjectionan kayo pag nainjectionan kayo, masakit po yun.

O db, para syang ang nanay namin. Actually sya ang taga remind namin pag may nakakalimutan kami.

Utot

We were sleeping in one room but next year they will sleep on their own room. One night while having our kulitan session, we smell something aargggghhh…

Me – Sinong umutot? Ikaw noh! (referring to my husband)
Ian – Huh? Anong ako baka ikaw.
Me – Hindi ako, Rhaine umutot ka?
Rhaine – Di po.
Ian -  Tanungin mo yung isang anak mo dun (nasa sulok at tahimik si Rhian)
Me – Ching! Umutot ka?
ChingChing - ……..

Tawanan kami..

ChingChing – Mommy, di po ako umutot ng malakas, mahina lang po at walang tunog. Kaya po di po sya mabaho.

Hahaha. Honest naman pala anak ko, yun nga lang talagang guilty sya.

Pag Hindi…

I told you na super kulit ni Rhian as in! Nakakaubos ng pacensya pero I really enjoy talking to her. Ang dami kong natututunan sa kanya, sa mundo ng mga bata.

Me – Ching, sleep ka na at gabi nap o.
ChingChing – Pag hindi gabi?
Me – E di, umaga po. Di ka mag sleep kasi kakagising mo lang.

Me – Ching, baba ka dyan baka mahulog ka at mataas dyan.
ChingChing – Pag hindi mataas?
Me – Pag di mataas, di ka po mahuhulog.

Me – Ching, inom ka ng water para makapopoh ka.
ChingChing – Pag hindi iinom ng water?
Me – Pag di ka iinom ng water, di ka makakapopoh.

Me – Ching, ligpit mo na toys mo para di masira.
ChingChing – Pag hindi niligpit?
Me – Pag di mo niligpit, masisira toys mo.

Yan ang sinasabi kong dapat lagi kang may nakaready na sagot sa lahat ng tanong nya.


Enjoy the rest of the week guys!
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This is long overdue, but better late than never. After our Legazpi city tour, our tour guide accompanied us at Hotel Venetia where we stay for 15 minutes. This is where we ride a shuttle going to Misibis Bay. Since we woke up early for our morning flight and got tired from our half day city tour, we fell asleep during our land travel going to Misibis.

Misibis Bay is a breathtaking 5-hectare private island resort which may be reached via a 50-minute flight from Manila to Legazpi then a scenic travel by land (45 minutes) or by private helicopter (15 minutes) or by a fast watercraft (30 minutes).


We just woke up after entering the gate and a warm welcome greeted us upon arrival at the resort. As soon as we stepped out of the van, the beautiful lady wearing maxi dress handed us customized “Misibis Bay” bracelet. The reception area is spacious, well-ventilated and well-lighted. The place is very homey and artistic; the place itself is designed with high, airy ceilings. There are lots of couches and chairs for the visitors and tourist so you will still feel comfortable while waiting for your room to be available. Checking in was a breeze, a staff member handed us welcome drinks for freshening up. The receptionist is very accommodating and friendly; she is actually playing with my kids right after we check-in.


Reception at night



They provided golf cart shuttle going to your villa/room. Since we are too excited to see our room and my kids are too tired, we decided to ride in the golf cart going to our room pero actually, pwede nyo syang lakarin. (well, I thought it was very far from the reception area but to my surprise, it was just 3-4 minutes’ walk. Haha)



Misibis Bay’s stylish architecture and interiors allow guests to completely immerse in incomparable relaxation, it also allow guests to indulge in unparalleled comfort and some privacy you are waiting for.


The resort is sooooo beautiful! As in! Sulit ang byahe namin, sulit ang binayad namin, sulit ang pagod namin! There are lots of coconut trees and well-maintained grass in the areas, so kahit na mainit ang panahon you will have lots of shade in the area. There are also outside chaise lounge by the pool with cushion sunbathing chair where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Ang sarap mag bakasyon!



Misibis Bay also offers world-class facilities both for recreation and for relaxation. This resort is one of my dream destinations as we experience the ultimate luxury and exhilarating adventures come together offering only the most exclusive and privileged hideaway. The resort consists of 53 garden view room and 37 luxurious, Asian-inspired villas. All villas are equipped with a daybed and an expansive terrace which has a direct access to the pool or a path to the beach. (Luxury Villa, Garden View Room, Junior Suite Deluxe, Junior Suite Premier, One Bedroom Luxury, One Bedroom Deluxe, One Bedroom Premier, Premier Villa.)


We booked for Garden View Room located at the 2nd floor. Upon entrance, we were greeted by a plate of complimentary anniversary cake from Misibis. Thank you so much, I’m so kilig!  The room was huge and spacious; there is a queen-sized bed with comfy and huge-able pillows and soothing comforters, a daybed where my kids usually stay and a complimentary native handbag for me. Wow! Super nice! The air conditioning functioned very well; the lights are all working and what I really like is the glass-paneled window where you can see the private pool and the street. A well-deserved R&R indeed!


Surprise Anniversary Cake from Misibis. Thank you so much!
Our room has a safety deposit that can fit our valuable items, iron and board if you want to smoothen up some of your clothes.. There’s also mini bar with complimentary coffee, tea and bottled water which they refill every day. There’s a mini refrigerator, cable LCD television and native slippers which are made of abaca. (This is the famous material used in the Bicol region)



Let’s go to the bathroom, I expect to have bath tub but sad to say wala sya but it’s okay because the bathroom was totally clean and huge which is a big plus if you’re travelling with family. The shower is separate to toilet area which has its own enclosed space, the towels are hygienic and toiletries are provided everyday.



We really loved our room because the Wi-fi connection is fast that’s why we were able to upload our pictures on time. Hehe. We rest for a while and freshen up to explore the resort. The resort is so beautiful, amazing and awesome! Wala na kong masabi pa, ang ganda nya promise! Let me photoblog it.

 
Misibis Bay offers sophisticated amenities such as their Infinity Pool, Lagoon Pool, Essenses Spa, Fitness Center and Activity or Kids Play Area. This is where you can live in style. One of our favorite spots here in Misibis is the play area, since we went there when during raining days dito nagtatambay madalas.

 

Here in Misibis Bay you will indulge in a lavish dining experience where you can satisfy your appetite with a wide selection of Asian dishes fused with native spices from Bicol. In Spice Market (this is where we had our breakfast, lunch and dinner) they offer dishes with distinct flavors of Asian herbs, marinades and spices.  But for me, the food here was so-so and the prices were quite steep so be sure to have extra money when you visit Misibis Bay. (I allot 10k just for our food for 4days.) You can also unwind by the pool and enjoy a cool drink at Sula Bar. Sula Bar offers a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Ang saya mga beshie!


 Another two thumbs up to Misibis for having a private nurse in the resort. My daughter is not feeling well during on our first night and asks if they have thermometer but to my surprised a nurse came to us while having our dinner and checked my daughter. They also have medicines and first-aid kit in the resort. This is a MUST in every private beach resort, to have their own nurse lalo na kung isolated yung place and malayo yung mga hospital.

Guests can also trill over the countless activities within the resort island or around the province. Here are some of the activities you can choose from - Dune Buggy, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Watersports Activities (kayaking, standing pedal board, jetski), Chopper Tour, mountain bikes and dune buggies. (Just ask the resort about it.)

   
Misibis Bay is the ideal location to celebrate your most momentous life events like a private dining at the beach which is my husband’s wedding anniversary to me. (I will make kwento about his surprise on the blog soon.) They can arrange a memorable and romantic dining experience for you and your loved one. You can choose any of their available locations – a refreshing breakfast on top of a hill overlooking Mayon Volcano, a private dinner set-up on the beach under the stars or a candle-lit dinner at the amphitheater with a view of Albay Gulf.


The resort offers various sceneries that you and your family can enjoy – a pristine beach, a gorgeous amphitheater and a chapel (Stella Maris) overlooking the Mayon Volcano.

Amphitheater
Stella Maris Chapel

Overall, I can say that Misibis Bay is one of the best tropical island getaways where guests can either choose to relax under the palm trees or adventure in the sun. If budget permits, we will visit this place again and will stay for 1 week!


Oh by the way, we got this deal during travel fair

Php 12,000 per person

Inclusions: 4 days / 3 nights
Daily Breakfast
Round Trip Airfare
Round Trip Airport Transfer
Non-Motorized Watersports Activities

**Meals and transportation for children 6 years old and below are free of charge. **
**50% discount will be applied to children 11 years old and below**

More or less we shell out around 45k in this Legazpi – Misibis Escapade.  Not bad as we really enjoyed our short but sweet vacation.

Misibis Bay
Cagraray Island
Mobile No.: +63 917 599 1606 / +63 921 487 3869
Tel No.: +63 661 8888 loc 3100 to 3102
www.misibisbay.com
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