Our Amanpulo Renewal Kwento

Renewal kwento… Warning… This is going to be a long one!

We’ve planned to have a 10th anniversary renewal since 2014. Back then I really wanted and was hoping for an Amanpulo renewal. I have always dreamt of going to Amanpulo, and having our renewals there seemed to be the right reason to go. BUT when I checked the prices, I changed my mind. It was too expensive. 😦

Months later, the impossible happened. Amanpulo had a promo with Citibank! It was a sign! But there’s a catch… the travel period is May to June 2017. Should we grab it? Was it okay to do our renewals even if it’s not on our actual wedding date? I needed another sign.

So I messaged Veluz. I decided, if she can’t accommodate me for a June renewal, we’ll stick to a January 2018 renewal, as planned. But then, she said yes! So we are on, Amanpulo! (Yes kahit sa renewal, she was a non-negotiable. <3)

It was all falling into place.

Fast-forward to 9 June 2017…

We arrived in Amanpulo and it was raining. HARD. The forecast was it will rain the next day, too (the day of our renewal). I was sad… but I tried to be positive. I told myself, it’s okay. There’s plan B. We can still have it in the groto (small chapel). Plus, we found out we got upgraded to a Beach-front Casita. So we were still lucky. But it rained the whole afternoon til evening. By night time, I was getting depressed. It can’t rain for our entire stay. Please don’t let it rain.

The next day, we woke up to the sound of rain on our villa’s rooftop. Liam said, “mommy, it’s raining really hard. I can hear the rain.”  I just wanted to stay in bed and cry.

By 8am we were having breakfast and we were joking around. Lui told me that he was wearing a yellow shirt to attract the sun. He and Liam even did the sun dance. It was sooo funny. Lo and behold…. the rain suddenly stopped. I kid you not, the sun just suddenly came out!

By noon, i started prepping. I took a good long bath and started doing my makeup. It was still windy and gloomy so we decided to have the renewals in the Groto. Thank God for Carlo, our photographer who is also the official photog in Amanpulo. He asked our guest assistant if they can also setup in the beach for photo shoot. And the Amanpulo staff agreed! So we had 2 setups. On the beach and in the Groto. No added charge! Ang galing!

Liam and Lana were so adorable. Liam was our flower/ring bearer and Lana was our flower girl. They both walked down the “aisle” so confidently.

Funny story: I didn’t know Lui bought rings for us. He asked Liam to take care of the rings and not to lose it. He took his job seriously and when Lana asked to borrow it during the ceremony, Liam REFUSED to give it to her. Which resulted to Lana crying so hard, I had to ask the priest “Father, wait lang po ha. Saglit lang.”  Hearing Lana cry, my mind was on mommy mode. I couldn’t concentrate on what the priest was saying, all I heard was my baby girl’s cries.  So we stopped momentarily and tried to pacify Lana. Good thing Lana liked our Guest Assistant and she was able to comfort her so we could continue with the ceremony.

Overall, I couldn’t ask for more… It was perfect… gray sky, wind, rain and all. It was an intimate renewal since it was just the four of us, Lui had to put the dress on me (with very specific instructions from Veluz haha) and we had to dress the kids.

Looking back, our trip was truly blessed. Everything just fell into place. Having our renewal in the Groto is better because it was more solemn. It didn’t rain during the entire shoot and ceremony but as soon as the ceremony was done, it poured. Everyone shouted “blessings!”.

It wasn’t the perfect renewal, but the quirks made it more memorable for us.

The best drink dispenser

My son loves Lego. Well, he didn’t at first. He completely ignored his Duplo blocks and hovered over books instead. I was a bit disappointed to say the least, because I grew up playing and loving my Lego. 

I can’t remember the exact turning point…  But this year, out of nowhere, my son became a Lego addict!

 “Lego all day, every day!” became our tagline. 

When he’s not ‘reading’ books, he plays with his Lego sets so animatedly. He can focus on building and following manuals for hours. But what I love most, is that he’s becoming more creative in designing his own Lego creations. 

Tonight, we were playing and he showed me this: 

  

Our dialogue went: 

Me: Is that a water dispenser? 

LC: No mommy! It’s a juice maker! There’s apple juice, orange juice, pineapple juice! (Yellow layer) And there’s clean water, dirty water and salty water! (Green layer)

Me: Dirty water???

LC: Yes for the cats and dogs! So they can drink. Oh and there’s hot coffee, warm coffee and cold coffee! (Red layer) Here’s your cup mommy! I put ice already! (Green lego) Which drink do you want?  

I was so amazed with his creation. I was a giddy mom! Not because it was complex or hard to build, but I was sooo amazed with the thought that went into his design and he was able to describe it so clearly. 

He even included something for our dogs and warm coffee for his daddy – because he doesn’t drink hot coffee! My heart was so happy!

I really love how his mind works. I used to wonder if he was okay / normal because he has a hyperactive imagination. But I’ve learned to accept that that’s how he is and that I just have to live in his world sometimes.

So excited to see more of his creations! 

My heart broke into million pieces…

So this happened…

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No, his tooth didn’t go bad. His teeth are perfect. He brushes his teeth 3x a day and he rarely eat sweets. I wish it’s because of negligence then maybe I won’t feel this bad.

No, a kid bumped into him last January and he flew and landed mouth-first. I wanted to scream at that girl for running around and not looking at where she was going. But I had to comfort my son who was trying very bravely not to cry out. 😦

His mouth bled and his two front teeth were moving. He cried a little but was okay after a while.  But my heart was broken. I felt sooo bad because I was the one with him. If only I held his hand. 😦

Two weeks after the incident, he fell in school and hit his mouth. Again. That time, I knew it was a done deal. We went to his dentist who confirmed (through xray), that his tooth had a fracture and it will eventually fall off.

Fast forward 7 months later… just when I thought we could prolong the inevitable, his tooth started wobbling really hard.

“Mommy, on September 10 my tooth started to shake really hard. While I was sleeping!”, he said. While shaking his booty.  That’s my son – always the positive and jolly one.

And today, it fell off.

I asked him how he was feeling and he said he was fine. And he couldn’t stop showing us (proudly) that he is ‘bungi’. He can’t stop smiling so I had to put my brave face on and smile and laugh with him.

But inside I’m crying.

If only I held his hand that day. 😦

But he is okay and that’s what matters most.

My first acupuncture experience

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I have always been afraid of needles… when I was younger, every time I had to get my blood tested, my veins would always collapse. Resulting to two or three needle pokes on alternating arms! Imagine the trauma that I went through.

Poke, oh lost it. Move to other arm, poke, oh not there, let’s try the other arm again…

And that happened EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

So yes, I have no love for needles.

But the past few weeks, I have this recurring neck / shoulder pain that just keeps coming back. I’m not sure if it’s because of boxing, bad posture or weird positions in bed (while breastfeeding My daughter! Ha!)… But it’s getting uncomfortable and won’t go away even if do stretches.

So… I decided to try acupuncture. This is a HUGE step for me. My family was surprised that I was going to do it!

Well for a first-timer, I must say that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. The apprehension and the not knowing what’s about to happen made everything worse than it seems. But after the first needle went in, I got more confident. I was surprised though… it felt like they were snapping the needle in. I thought it would be a slow poking process! Haha.

Most of the needles did not hurt, but on some areas, it did. But it was tolerable. No excruciating pain.

The thing that made the whole process uncomfortable was lying flat on the bed face down for more than 30 minutes, without moving!!! I wanted to scream for the doctor after 15mins or so. I don’t do well with restrains, and I felt like I had imaginary restrains on. It was torture. Plus, my cheeks were getting numb. =p

But overall, it was a good experience. Can’t say that it worked wonders because I can still feel some pain on my shoulder and neck… Hopefully tomorrow, the pain will be completely gone.

For those who tried acupuncture before, should my stiff neck be completely relieved after the session or am I expecting too much? Thoughts?

Btw, had mine done at Living Life Well in Megamall.

 

 

 

Midnight ramblings

Just came home from another fun girls’ night out with the Sangria Girls at Bar Pinxtos. As usual, the food was great and their Sangria is still the best!

I really look forward to our Sangria nights, the girls are fun to talk to and I learn something from them every time! We went home almost midnight but truth be told, we could have stayed some more.

The paella and steak were sooo good! But really, everything we ordered were great. Note to self – bring husband here some day, like soon.

 

Let’s try this again.

So… I have decided to give blogging another try (yet again).

What to expect from this blog? Honestly, I don’t have a specific topic nor theme nor subject in mind. My goal is to have an outlet, something therapeutic. Somewhere quiet and peaceful. Where I can share my thoughts, ramblings, feedback, memories… Absolutely anything I want. FUN! 🙂

And yes there might be posts that may be dark and dramatic. Rants and vents here and there, but generally I will try to keep it as positive as possible.

So blogverse, I will be seeing you around! I hope.

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