Starting a Weekend Routine

So Mike and I started this routine wherein we’d bond and have fun during weekends and last weekend was a blast.

It all started in the weekend wherein I celebrated my achievement of passing the boards, it was then followed by Soju Nights as we call it wherein we would chill at the veranda and drink soju. Sometimes we’d do it in our resto then we’d move it back home. We really liked it because we get to spend quality time with each other and we don’t just basically talk like boring people, we laugh and sing-a lot which brings us to our Soju Nights Jam series in SoundCloud.

I have a terrible voice but he has an exceptional musicality which makes the recording sound better than they actually are. The first song was recorded while he was driving, forgive the swearing and the weird way of talking that’s just us… LOL Here’s the playlist… more might be added soon.

Oh yes, photos from our soju nights…

Anyway, going back to Saturday, Mike came home at around mid-afternoon. He picked me up from the office and we headed for the waxing salon shortly after for my appointment. After the waxing salon we went home for a while to get changed then we headed for McDonald’s to have coffee and snacks then to the food bazaar nearby to support our restaurant, Trick’s Korean BBQ Resto.

It was a cool December evening, and we roamed around the bazaar a bit, drank a bottle or two of beer with my parents, assisted the customers a bit and listened to the orchestra that was playing that night. It’s nothing too special but we were happy… later that evening, we drove my parents home and then we went to Padi’s Point here in Antipolo and watched the Manila skyline as he drank beer and as I sipped on my margarita. Eventually we ordered some appetizers and we fell in love with the cheese and garlic pizza that until now, two days later, we’re still craving for it.

We have to cut our night short to pick up the guys from the bazaar and help them out in loading the equipment in the van, then we drove them home before we went on to have a little road trip. It was raining hard but I felt safe in the passenger seat as he drove… and that’s just it, we drove and drove as we talked.

We decided to go home at around 2:30 in the morning. We were so exhausted that we were fast asleep almost immediately. The following morning we decided to have breakfast at McDonald’s can’t just seem to get over their coffee float-my all time favorite beverage from McCafe. After that we decided to go to Trick’s and just hang out until late that afternoon. Hanging out with Mike is always fun, no moment is boring especially when he get all boyband-y. LOL To top it off, I cooked our lunch; Sundubu Jigae and I’m glad he liked it a lot and no he was not patronizing me just because I was the one who cooked it, he’s not the type of person who patronizes, he’s the frank type actually.

My parents came over shortly after we were done, then we all went home not too long after that to prep up for church. After church, we had dinner at Kimono Ken in Podium then coffee at Starbucks. I really wish the day didn’t have to end so soon, but I could say I was content…

Oh yes, we took loads of photos!

I never really thought that this weekend would be like this, I was honestly expecting it to be more-quiet and solemn as we wanted to have an alone time together-but it went better than we initially planned and we couldn’t be more happier. I am honestly having a hard time writing my thoughts about the weekend that have passed as I STILL cannot imagine the joy and delight that I felt was even possible and not only was I the only one who genuinely felt it but everyone in our families (yes, both sides) felt the same for us.

I have never seen my parents and my other family members this delighted and supportive over a guy I was dating. To be honest, Mike and I’s love story started and progressed faster than we have expected it would be. Our mothers, as I have previously mentioned were best of friends, even way before I was born and it just so happen that both Mike and I were single and our mothers thought that it would be best for us to start dating. But knowing the fact that one cannot fool himself by loving someone by force, we both chose to ignore our mothers’ desires. But little did I know that Mike has this secret crush on me even way before I got out of my previous relationship.

I could never believe that he felt something else when we started seeing each other during family gatherings in the past few months, most especially during his mother’s wedding. All the while we were thinking that it was only our mothers who wanted us to start a romantic relationship and although he likes me a lot, he thought that I would find it hard to accept him as a person for you see Mike is a decade older than I am, and apart from that he have a thirteen year old (and cool) daughter. But he is a very responsible person, very down to earth and is just very “natural” as people would say-there’s no hint of bogus in his personality which made me like him and eventually fall for him faster than I thought I would. I didn’t even think it was possible for someone to fall in love that fast, but I did-we did.

His entire being, including all his flaws and his extra baggage, made me love him more. As a person with excessive high hopes, dreams and expectations, I was suddenly brought down to reality and surprised myself at how satisfying contentment actually feels like with Mike. Acceptance, as people would often tell you, is such a hard thing to do, but my dears let me tell you that it isn’t. If the love you feel is true, all flaws are part of the entire package-to complete it, to make it real, to make it perfect despite of its imperfections.

Folks, there’s a lesson to be learned here and although it’s something most of you already know about, it is still needed be said.

My dears, love comes to everyone in the right time, right place, right moment but in the most unexpected way. You could never choose whom you will come to love, but you have to be open-minded, you have to be accepting and most of all you have to think about the people that means a lot to the both of you. Yes, it is right to say that the relationship is just between the two of you, but dearies always remember that your parents’ blessing is more important than your relationship. Luckily in our case, both sides are very at ease with our decision to venture into a romantic relationship, but of course not everyone is in the same situation but know this: if the person you love is the one everyone you care about and who cares about you would approve of it and they will be genuinely happy for you.

Recently, I was lost in an ocean of thoughts thinking about what good things I might have done to deserve such joy and I couldn’t think of any. It just proves that God must just love me so much that He brought me back to the surface to start believing in love, trust, family and to strengthen my faith in Him. I am lucky, very lucky to have found Mike… to have been given such a wonderful man; he did not only made me believe that love is real but he has also strengthened my faith more than I could ever believe possible.

Je t’aime du fond de mon coeur mon amour… Dieu nous bénisse!

Filed under Love, Mikel and Mia

Brand New Chapter

And definitely a serious one. I am not getting any younger and I have to start thinking about my responsibilities as a person, most specially as a daughter, sister and soon as a wife and mother… although my duties in the family has always been my priority even when I was younger, I know that I have to thrive more, even more now that I have Mike to think about. Usually, I would just treat my siblings out for dinner every week when I get my paycheck and just give them their weekly allowance. I would not think of saving some for myself for my future needs, whatever’s left of my weekly salary I would spend on books, red lipsticks, sunglasses and food. I was at ease of the fact that I would never get a bigger responsibility than that for I have completely given up hope about someday having a family of my own.

Then Mike came, turning my world upside down in an instant. Suddenly, I was thinking of far more important things than what book to buy next. Then I also realized all of a sudden that my baby brother, Patrick, is getting older and that he has increasing needs as well. Which brings us to the matters of work and savings… I started taking work seriously and I am REALLY working on my savings. HAHA! It is funny when I think about it and as I am writing about it now, I couldn’t help but to giggle.

I have savings issue, I have always had and it could be traced back to my elementary days with books and paper dolls. But believe it or not, I am great at saving for things that I love to have, which I consider a good thing because I know that I’m not completely hopeless, I just have to overcome my impulsiveness when it comes to books, cute cupcakes, red lipsticks and expensive sunglasses. It’s not going to be a walk in the park but I believe it’s not that hard as well.

I have to do this not because I just have to but also because I want to. I really do, the year is almost over and I have but a little over than five grand left in my name when I could have had thrice as much by now. I have plans of traveling soon, I have plans of traveling more in the future so I have to double the effort in terms of savings. My income is never the problem, it’s my spending. I love what I do right now, believe me and the paycheck is amazing I guess what I need now is control and constant guidance and reminder. LOL

I am starting another chapter of my life and this time, I want to make it right.

Filed under Family, General, Spending Issues

How I Started My December…

Kicked off my December waking up next to Mike… and it is one of the most amazing feelings ever. It’s as if I’ve awoken from a deep and long slumber… I felt alive again for the first time in years…

We spent the first few hours of the day running Sunday morning errands. First, we took Patrick to the doctor shortly after breakfast, did the groceries for our Sunday family lunch, went back home and had dad cook the things we bought. After lunch, we started drinking and then by late afternoon we started singing karaoke.

When the weekend was over, my parents took us out for lunch and I couldn’t believe what I heard and saw from them. I have never seen my parents that delighted to talk to someone I was dating, especially my dad, who was always so serious around other people, suddenly became goofy and funny. It was a wonderful and exhilarating feeling…

Here are photos!

We are definitely going to make more wonderful weekends!

Filed under Family, Love, Mikel and Mia


Well not long after I found out I passed the board exam, my parents, with the aid of my ever loving aunties, threw a celebratory party for me at our quaint Korean restaurant here in Antipolo. It was celebrated last night, November 30 and practically all my family members were there; for the first time in months we gathered together and had fun as a family.

But what really spiced up the event was that my darling hubby was there, together with his best friend, his mom (who also happens to be my mother’s bestest friend in the world), his dad and younger sister. One of my college BFF’s Abby, who was also a board passer, was also there with her boyfriend to join us in our Soju Night (as we call it).

To be honest, I never expected Mike to arrive as early as he did and with his family. He told me the night before that he’ll be commuting to get here, but instead he surprised me. When I went up to our resto, he hid behind a huge pillar as his baby sister welcomed and congratulated me by the staircase, then he emerged from his corner almost stunning me in surprise that I nearly dropped the bag of coffee I was holding… I just had to hug him tight.

When I handed him the coffee I promised to pick up for him, we caught a glimpse of our mothers through the glass wall giggling inside the restaurant, it was funny, exhilarating and surprising all packed in one moment. The happiness I felt, I find it hard to express in words but it is so great that I guess no word could have ever explain it anyway.

First photo shows yours truly in pink, my Mike hiding behind me in Blue, beside him is his best friend, Kuya Ipe. Seated next to Kuya Ipe is Abby my college BFF and beside her is my mother in-law.

Second photo shows Mac, Abby’s boyfriend, in white, seated next to Abby is my mother in-law, my auntie Esa seated behind me, seated behind her is my Uncle Nestor and next to Kuya Ipe in the back is my Auntie Mavel, also one of my moms’s BFF’s.

Last photo shows Mike and I with our mothers. Mine is the one wearing gray…yes, I know they look like they are just about Mike’s age. Err… LOL

The night ended really well, after spending the entire day at Trick’s Korean Resto, we moved the Soju Night in our house. Abby and her boyfriend had to go home early though. Oops, more photos! Haha!

We drank, sang a few songs in the karaoke, went to buy ice, Korean Spicy Noodles and drank; my in-laws went home shortly after that though, but Mike and Kuya Ipe stayed overnight, although Kuya Ipe went to sleep in our other house within the village, which gave Mike and I more time to bond and talk about our plans, to talk about us…

I feel really blessed to finally have an alone time with him after almost three weeks of separation.

Filed under Family, Love, Mikel and Mia, Party