3 Reasons Why We Are Okay. Okay?

As I was preparing my coffee this morning, I left my phone in the room, so I was left pondering at the dining table. And I suddenly smiled to myself because I realized how lucky I am that I am in such a happy and content marriage. I do hope it’s a two-way thing! Baka ako lng pala masaya! So there I was, thinking, wow, it’s been a few years, 4 years, 3 months, 4 days, 18 hours, 36 minutes to be exact, and I actually don’t want to suffocate him with a pillow while he sleeps at night! I actually want to hug him and snuggle him while he sleeps. And while I was waiting for my coffee to finish, I realized I knew why we were in such a great stage in our marriage.

1. We are a team. We’re partners. We make decisions together. And if the decision we made was the wrong one, we don’t blame each other. We dust our shoulders and go, ‘Ehh! Better luck next time for us.’ And life goes on.

2. Aside from that, we also have a lot in common, like our love for video games, watching movies in the comfort of our own beds, walking aimlessly during travels, and all sorts of stuff. But of course there are also things that I like doing that he doesn’t and vice versa, in which we constantly support each other on, unless it becomes harmful to the relationship. 

3. Lastly, we accept each other for our quirks. My husband can be makulit. Like really makulit. He tends to pressure me a lot and reminds to do things during times I don’t want to be reminded. But I know he means no harm and he just wants me to get things done. So I know that his makulitness may never die down, so I’ve learned to accept it and taught myself to handle it (like taking a deep breath before replying to his message so I don’t go looney on him). And of course, he’s accepted my quirks too. Like how my fart stinks so much at night. Ooooops! Too much information! I’m kidding my fart smells like flowers! Seriously! Anyway, my point is, we didn’t get into this marriage to change the person in a drastic way, or turn them into someone they’re not, because, first of all, the person we fell in love with was that perfectly imperfect person (I’m quoting John Legend on that).

So, to sum it up, I know it hasn’t been ages since we got married, but I think if we keep things going the way they do, I think we’ll make it til the end, assuming he doesn’t die from my farts. :)

Liza <3

Heima

Luci and I have been obsessing about a particular furniture/home décor store for a while now. We drool over their stuff on Instagram and dream of decorating our places with their stuff. So, when we had a meeting in the Kapitolyo area, we grabbed the chance to pass by their shop for the very first time. The place is called Heima. I have no idea how to pronounce it, Hey-ma, Hee-ma, whatevs! Basta yan spelling! :p Aaaand it was heaven for a girl, a nightmare for her husband if that’s what the girl wants for their apartment! :D I would categorize their stuff as shabby chic/hipster. And if your man is the typical masculine manly man, he will now allow you to decorate your place that way, or loves you so much, will allow you, but cringe from within.

But anyway, for us girls, their stuff are just way too cute!!!

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The whole time we were there, we were daydreaming about putting up our own store and thinking of ways to decorate it! Libre lng naman mangarap! :)

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Visiting the store was pretty fun because we got to play around with the stuff, and didn’t get in trouble for it. :p But remember, lovely to look at, nice to hold, if you break it, consider yourself broke. Kidding! :D The Heima we visited was located at Unit 103, Three Brixton Bldg. #3 Brixton Street Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

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Liza <3

P.S.

For those who don’t know, Luci is not my lover, but my business partner. We are both married… to men. :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 34th :)

This year I turned 34. Ulk! I’d like to think age is just a number, but, unfortunately, it’s not. I feel myself getting old. I don’t feel as healthy as I did in the past, I can’t even indian sit for a measly 10 minutes anymore!! I feel tired easily, and my muscles don’t stretch as far anymore. And of course, there are the wrinkles, and jiggly arms. BUT, I am still grateful for this new year ahead of me! :) And, I am so happy to have been able to spend my birthday with my husband, who flew to Manila for a few days to celebrate with me. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to settle for a staycation in Manila. Our original plan was to fly to Hanoi and spend my birthday there. But since DFA manila has been having trouble meeting deadlines, my renewed passport has still not arrived. :( Anyway, we ended up booking an overnight stay at Marriot Resorts World via Agoda. When my husband and I saw the tub in the rooms of Marriot, we instantly told each other, “Book it!!!”. The tub just looks so relaxing! Kulang nlng rose petals ala American Beauty! So, for my birthday, we booked a room, and let the kids (meaning nephews) swim and spend the day with us. As the husband and I were lounging on beach chairs watching the 3 kids swim and play, we told ourselves how, we bet, having children is soooo difficult. My nephews were so kulit, shouting and running around even if we told them so many times not to do so. Yet, it was still so satisfying to see them so happy! :)

We really enjoyed our stay in Marriot. The people were so kind and accommodating, and they even gave me cake and wine for my birthday!! :) They’re such sweetiepies! :) I’ll have to apologize in advanced for the photos I took. I was just too excited to go to the poolside with the kids that I forgot to take decent shots of the hotel room! :( I hope these photos can do justice to the hotel!

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The tub that lured us to this hotel!

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The poolside was very relaxing, except for the view of that crane in the background! :p
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In conclusion, we, specially the kids, enjoyed our stay in Marriot and would definitely come back to this hotel for some r&r. :)

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Liza <3

M.I.A.

Hey everyone! I have not been able to update my blog because I’ve been so busy with so many things!!! But I’m not complaining! Busy is good! :) I flew to Manila to wear my entrepreneur hat to help out my business partner Luci. We joined a bazaar with Mommymundo, which was held in Glorietta. It was our first time to join a bazaar being held in Glorietta, so I wanted to experience it first hand, and of course help out. :) It turned out great, plus, we got approached my someone who gave us a really really good, as in giddy good, opportunity!!! Luci and I still can’t believe it, but we are so so grateful to God for this opportunity. Luci and I really feel that Jesus has guided us throughout our journey with Little Luli. We are just so thankful and content with everything that He has been giving us. Thank You, Lord tlga!!!

Anyhoo, I still can’t talk about what exactly it is because it is still in the works, but once everything is all polished out and we’ve signed all contracts, I will definitely tell you guys! :) In the meantime, I will leave you with some photos from our latest bazaar in Manila! :)

Our booth! :)

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Friends who shopped ’til they dropped or dropped by to catch up, which we appreciate!! :)

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Til our next bazaar! :)

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Liza <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Tips: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We’ve been to Kuala Lumpur twice.  First time was to visit my husband’s family who was based there during that time, and the second time was to take my parents around.  Kuala Lumpur is only about an hour away by flight from Singapore. It is so short that when I ordered cup noodles, I was barely halfway done when the pilot announced that we were landing! :/  So generally, flights from Singapore are usually cheap when booked through budget airlines. During our first time there, I booked our tickets when Jetstar (http://www.jetstar.com) had a buy 1 take 1 sale.  Buy 1 ticket get the second one free.  Our tickets cost around 60+ sgd, roundtrip for 2 people.  The second time, my mom paid for my ticket so I don’t know how much it was, but she booked it through Tigerair.

Our hotel, Swiss-Garden Hotel, was booked through Agoda.  The hotel was affordable, had clean rooms, spacious bathrooms, and even had a small outdoor area where you can hang out if you had free time.  The only downside was, that during the time we were there, there was this huge construction in the area and some of the sidewalks were blocked.  We had to literally walk on the road and the road was a VERY busy one.  Other than that, the area was okay.

Hanging out in the little veranda like area in the hotel.

ImageI booked our tour through www.bigtreetours.com.  Below are the details of the tour we took with them:

Time. : 0900hrs – 1700hrs
Rate. : RM 450 nett/van/day
Places : KLCC outside photo stop, King’s Palace, National Monument, Drive passed LakeGarden, National Mosque, Independence Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Chocolate museum, Batu Caves

Our driver/tour guide was very friendly and patient.  He even let us stay as long as we wanted in the mall where the Petronas Towers were located. In addition to the places listed above, he also brought us to China Town and Little India.

During our free day, we opted to walk around the area where our hotel was located and discovered a whole strip of local restaurants.  The food was magnificent and cheap! :)

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Watch out for these monkeys at the Batu Caves! They’re trained to snatch cameras and other expensive items you may be carrying!

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Liza ♥

Travel Tips: Bangkok, Thailand

A few months after our Vietnam adventure, we headed on to Bangkok.  Same as Vietnam, we booked our flight though Tigerair(http://www.tigerair.com). Our hotel, this time, was booked through our friend who was a member of Accor, which is a company that handles a group of hotels, like, Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis, Pullman, and other brands of hotels.  She booked Novotel Ploenchit Sukhumvit for us, which was less than 100 sgd per night.

Here are a few photos of the hotel room and the pool area.

The pool area was pretty, but it was too cold and windy to swim! :(

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The shower area can be seen from the room, but there was a switch for a shade that automatically goes down if you want it to. But if you wanna be kinky… you know what to do! :p  Sorry I took a photo after I showered, thus, the blurry glass.

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We purchased an mrt card with unlimited use for the whole day so we could go around the city via train.  It was pretty useful.  During our stay there we were able to go to:

  • Wat Pho
  • Wat Phra Kaew
  • Wat Arun
  • Grand Palace
  • Patpong (Red Light District and Night Market)
  • Platinum Mall
  • Chatuchak
  • Shibuya 19 Mall

 

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A kind officer helping us out with directions. :)

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We just HAD to take a photo with Ronald.

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The whole group. :)

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Liza ♥

Travel Tips: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

I’ve mentioned in my previous post that the cheapest way to travel is to go on a road trip.  Well, the #2 cheapskate travel,  is to fly to your neighboring countries.  Flights will be relatively cheaper, and you can book your tickets through budget airlines.  And since they’re just practically next door, it will only take a few hours to get there and there’s no jetlag! :)

In 2012, some friends and I went on a budget trip to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, formerly Saigon.  Ho Chi Minh is only about 2 hours away by plane from Singapore, with a 1 hour time difference.  So a short getaway was definitely possible.  For our flights, we booked Tigerair (http://www.tigerair.com).  I always lurk around airline websites to look for sale flights, and when Tiger goes on sale, their sale rate for Singapore – Ho Chi Minh roundtrip flight costs around 190+ sgd per person.  Not bad for a quick getaway! :)

Now, for the hotel.  My friend and I spent all night going through hotels in www.agoda.com.  We looked at hotels with at least 3 stars.  If you’re not particular with hotel rooms, those with lower stars will definitely be lighter on the pocket.  But I am VERY particular with hotel rooms, specially bathrooms!  That’s why I am so inlove with Tripadvisor!  They have actual photos of the bathrooms which is God-sent! Seriously.  We ended up finding the perfect affordable hotel, the Grand Hotel Saigon, situated along Dong Khoi Street, which I loved because of the French colonial architecture around there.  The hotel was beautiful, inside and out.  We loved the little courtyard with a pool.  It was a very relaxing spot to hang out in.

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The rooms were great too! Roomy with a great luxurious bathroom!

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And here’s a menu of the poolside bar drinks in Vietnamese dong, which were buy 1 take 1! :D

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When we first arrived in Ho Chi Minh, we were all so shocked because of the volume of motorcycles on the street!  I mean, there were A LOT!

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So we were told to be careful with our belongings, keep an eye on our handbags because of people on motorcycles that snatch bags from tourists.  Luckily, we didn’t experience anything like that.  But it’s always best to be cautious.

Our stay in Ho Chi Minh was very short, so all we did was eat their local food and visit the war museum.

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We hope to be back one day to explore more of Ho Chi Minh! Til next time! :)

Liza ♥

Travel Tips: Rawa, Malaysia

Travelling does not necessarily mean getting on a plane.  Road trips and boat trips are one of the cheapest ways to get away on a short holiday.  I’ve been based in Singapore since 2010, and from here, there are quite a number of spots you can go off to, to take a break from work and just relax.  Way back in 2010, a friend of ours planned a trip to a place called Rawa, Malaysia.  There was no need to take a plane.  It was a car ride, and a boat ride from Singapore.  This was 4 years ago, so I can’t exactly remember all the details, but if I remember correctly, she was able to book this trip for us via http://www.deal.com.sg.  And I think it only cost the hubby and I around 200+ sgd, and that was already for the both of us.  Included in the package were, the van ride from Tampines, Singapore to a port in Johor, Malaysia, a 45 minute (I think) boat ride from the port to the island itself, an overnight stay in a cabin, dinner buffet for the arrival day, lunch buffet for the next day before departure from the island, and a boat and van ride back to Tampines.

Rawa is a beautiful remote island.  It had pristine waters and silky white sand.  We were all in awe when we got of the boat to see the beach.  I swear it was magnificent.  We have a similar place in the Philippines called Boracay, which is a 3 and a half hour plane ride from Singapore.  But here, all we needed to do was get on a 4 hour van ride to a port, take a boat ride and swim in the beautiful beach of Rawa.

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The rooms were lovely.  It wasn’t 5-star, but it was clean and spacious with nice details.  The only thing was the bathroom had insects and stuff.  There was a worm on the ceiling of one of our friend’s bathrooms.  But it was harmless.  Just kinda gross. :p

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The resort had a slide that goes down into the beach, a ping pong table, a foosball table, a little living area where you can watch movies as a group, and a restaurant (which was halal, so no pork).  The buffet was mostly seafood that they actually catch themselves that same day! Amazing right?!

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Overall, we all had a great time at Rawa.  It was a short and sweet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Given the chance, I would definitely go back! :)

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Liza ♥