Summer Vacation 2018 Begins Now

Here we go.

We are back at Red Roof Inn in Irving.  My family and I, together with my brother-in-law, are going on a holiday a.k.a summer vacation.  We are going to the Philippines again. This time my brother-in-law is going with us.  He had been to Asia three years ago but not yet to the Philippines. So this is going to be his first time visiting my country.  I lived in one of the islands in the Visayas Region called Leyte.  We will be taking a domestic flight going there from Manila.

We leave tomorrow morning via Korean Air this time because we are building up our mileage points again.  Gladly I was able to update our Skypass membership accounts before getting our tickets issued.  Our passports are recent, hotel and resort bookings are paid and confirmed, and my Naturalization Certificate is attached inside my passport. Copies of the travel documents, itinerary and contacts are distributed in all of our check in baggage.  Now we are all set.  We’re very excited to see family and friends again.

Bags are packed and ready to go.

This vacation is a celebration of my 10th wedding anniversary.  And part of this celebration, we are all going to Coco Beach Resort in Oriental Mindoro.  DH and I have been considering this getaway to Coco Beach for our anniversary.  I am sure it is going to be great.

After this post, and some online tasks, I am going to relax and prepare myself for a long a**-burning flight tomorrow.

Thank you all for safe travel wishes. *heart*

Spring Break Staycation in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Spring Break already? Wow! How fast this school year is passing by.  We are so excited to go on a family mini-vacation again.  This Spring Break we are not going very far. We are on a staycation.  And our darling daughter already planned where she wants to go-to the zoo. Haha!  But the trip to the zoo is tomorrow.  We still had an hour spare after checking in at Extended Stay of America in Fort Worth so we agreed to go to the botanic gardens.

Japanese Garden in Fort Worth Botanic Garden

I missed this place.  It’s been 10 years since I visited Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the very first time upon arrival in Texas from the Philippines.  A few attractions looked old but the ambiance still feels the same.  Serene.  I can spend all day here.  So lovely and peaceful. My darling daughter loved it here, too.  She said the Japanese Garden is her most favorite.  She fed the koi fish which she enjoyed the most.  We saw a lot of blooms along the pathways but most of the flowering plants are not in full blooms yet.  I am sure in April this place is full of colors.  You should visit.

Beautiful Cherry Tree in bloom. I am so in love with these Cherry blossoms.

The Tea House

If you want to visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden, click here for ticket prices and What’s In Bloom info.

How to Choose the Perfect Romantic Getaway for Your Spouse

If you want to celebrate your love and relationship, there are few things more enjoyable than planning and going away on a romantic trip. You will get to spend time with your partner as well as enjoy new experiences and excitement. However, sometimes it can be hard to decide what kind of trip will be the most enjoyable without stressing yourself out or leading to frustration. You don’t have to give up on the idea, however, and you don’t have to hire a pricey travel agent. Instead, consider these facts when you are deciding.

First, pick a getaway that will include activities that you both enjoy. Of course, you will spend plenty of time just relaxing together in your room. You will also want to do some fun activities together. Don’t pick something that is fun for one partner and not the other, no matter how exciting it might sound. Instead, pick something that can be done together and that you both enjoy. For example, a couple that loves to golf can stay at a luxury resort like Indian Wells Golf Resort, giving them ample time to relax together and become closer.

Next, make sure that your getaway is in your budget as far as both time and money. You don’t have to spend a lot to get away from it all and relax with your sweetheart, but you also want to spend enough to make it feel like a special occasion. More importantly, you need to make sure that your getaway won’t get in the way of other responsibilities. No one can enjoy their romance when they are stressed about something important that they are missing at home or are on their phone working. Block out all of the distractions, even if it is just for a single day.

Finally, decide whether you want to try a new place or visit one of your old favorites. New places add excitement but can be unpredictable. Or, visit the place where you first met for nostalgic romance and rekindle your old romantic love.