Hi everyone! I hope you missed me because for the past days I’ve been feeling guilty that I’m not updating you. Well, I’m currently on my way home after a long workday (#WeekendWarrior) after a long, tiring week. The past week has been extremely loaded thus my lack of new posts.
But right at this moment, I’d like to think that I could squeeze in some chitchat time with you, whew! Let me give you a rundown of what I’ve been to the past week.
Let’s begin with Friday last week. On that day, I was busily packing our stuff because we decided to go to Cebu at the last minute. As in super last minute! I was scheduled to teach Intensive ACET + DCAT review at Sacred Heart-Ateneo de Cebu on Sunday. Coincidentally, Randy had no class on Sunday, so we decided to mix business with pleasure. Packing was a chore because I wasn’t prepared!!! I had to kalkal my sari, try on which swimwear and porma-by-the-beach clothes would best hide my bulges, and then choose which accessories would complement the swimwear and porma-by-the-beach clothes. And after I completed my wardrobe, I had to do the same for Raviv. That was more difficult because Raviv hated trying on clothes. Kelangan pa ng coaxing, threats, bribes and pa-guilty gestures so he would try on clothes. LOL. Then I called Gina, my “pamper” lady to do a quick home serviced mani-pedi and waxing. Of course I had to be prepared because we rarely have full-fledged out of town trips, ‘di ba? I had to do all these (plus soccer mom duties) on Friday because the following day, I had an early calltime in Taguig. Yes guys, I had classes on Saturday before flying to Cebu.
On Saturday, I was on the road very early. After a whole day of teaching, we hurried to the airport. Wala nang dinner-dinner; we decided to have dinner in the airport. Unfortunately, the decent restaurants were already closed when we arrived in the airport. Sigh. We arrived in our hotel in Cebu at around 11 p.m. but was able to sleep at 1 a.m. because I had to bathe Raviv, prepare his stuff for the following day, and fix our kalat.
The following day, Sunday, I had to be up early again because I was scheduled to start teaching at Sacred Heart at 7:40. I had to make lots of habilin to Randy because they were going to Shangri-la Mactan before lunch while I was still teaching. Wala akong tiwala kay Randy ‘pag dating sa pag-aalaga sa kutis ni Raviv eh. Because when we were in Angeles (I was teaching and he was babysitting Raviv), he let Raviv swim in the pool without putting sunblock on Raviv. Take note, tirik na tirik ang araw nun! Plus, I was the one who booked our accommodations at Shangri-la Mactan, so I had to give him instructions.
My classes were finished at 3:30, and I arrived in Shangri-la at 5 p.m. Raviv was already frolicking by the beach when I arrived. It was beautiful there.
But I barely had time to enjoy the scenery; we had to get ready quickly as Randy’s cousins were coming to pick us up for dinner.
Randy, Raviv and I had a great time catching up with the Ladagas of Cebu. Raviv was overwhelmed to have so many cousins. We were extremely grateful for their hospitality that I honestly forgot I was supposed to be exhausted. We returned to our hotel tired yet very happy.
Monday was pure bliss. Finally, it was strictly leisure time. I loved Shangri-la Mactan! I loved nature and the man-made structures. Everything was clean and beautiful.
And the number of people vacationing with us was just right. I mean, I get depressed when we’re in big resorts na parang post-apocalypse kasi kami lang ang tao. The silence is deafening. Conversely, it gets annoying when a resort is too crowded, when all cabanas and huts are occupied. Tapos feeling mo andumi-dumi na ng pool sa dami ng tao. But Shang was just perfect for me. I truly loved it there. (Please please please Lord give me time to have a separate post about our Shangri-la Mactan staycation!)
Tuesday was stressful again. We rushed our activities as we were to leave on that day na kasi. I spent a long time packing our stuff. And then when we arrived in the airport, we had the ultimate #MyGahdIHateDrugs moment: as we were checking in our stuff, the ground attendant pointed out that our flight from Cebu to Manila was scheduled on October 3. October 3! That was three weeks away!!! Blood drained from my face because I was the one who booked that flight online via tripmoba.com! I honestly don’t know how it happened. But since it was technically my fault, I rushed to the nearest Philippine Airlines ticketing office in the airport compound to rebook our flight. I had to pay an additional P11,000 on top of the tickets I purchased. Nanlumo ako. The man who assisted me told me not to blame myself too much because he has encountered several passengers who were in the same rut–all of us made the mistake of booking through a third party. Baka raw even though I initially inputted the date I wanted, the third party presented me the cheapest flight that was on a different date to entice me to choose them. Then the date was probably deliberately inconspicuous. So guys, be careful ha when booking your flights via third party. Don’t commit the same stupid and EXPENSIVE mistake I did.
Anyway, because of the heavy downpours in Metro Manila and Luzon on that day, our flight got delayed. Dodong picked us up from the airport and we arrived home past 9 p.m. We were soooo tired!
The following day–Wednesday–we proceeded to the funeral of my grand aunt. Even though we were still really tired, I couldn’t not go. I loved my Lola Andeng almost as much as I love my “real” grandmothers. I hope I’d have time to write a separate post about her because she was special to me.
On Thursday, classes resumed (after days of being suspended because of heavy downpour) so I reported back to work. I stayed for a long time as I had a lot of things to do.
Then early on Friday, our family was on the road again because…we got an appointment at the DFA to have our passports renewed!!! Yahoo!!! I’m so happy about this because I no longer had to pay an agency to get the schedule. Nadaan ko rin sa tiyaga! Just one midnight a few weeks ago I checked the DFA website and I saw this:
Any vestige of sleepiness was gone–I immediately booked us an appointment. Nanginginig-nginig pa ang kamay ko sa pag-type! Early Friday morning, we were on the road to DFA Aseana (too bad there were no more schedules in Alabang). Since Raviv was with us, we went to the courtesy lane (for children 7 years old and below). We asked whether we could process our renewal with him there, pwede naman daw. Whew!
Actually, I realized that it should really be pwede. Nonsense ang courtesy lane for children if the parents had to process theirs in another part, ‘di ba? Alangan namang si Raviv lang ang nasa courtesy lane habang nasa regular lane kami. Or if we process his passport first I mean, that means we will also drag the him with us in lining up again. Even though it still took us hours to process our passport renewal, I’m not complaining. What we complained about was the heavy traffic we encountered on our way home. We arrived home late again, haaaaay.
On Saturday and Sunday, I’m sure you know the drill: I got on the road early and spent the whole day teaching.
That pretty much sums up my week. Whew! I hope you also had a fruitful and happy week. 🙂