time last year, I was celebrating this special day for mothers with our little
munchkin still inside my tummy. I felt I
had the right to co-celebrate with all amazing moms (and dad-moms,
lolo/lola-moms, sibling-moms etc) of the world because technically I'm a mom
already. Little did I know that being a mom is far from what I imagined it to
be. Spoiler: IT'S WAY BETTER! :)
giving birth, I was exhausted. Happy, relieved, and just plain exhausted. It
was a grueling almost 24 hours of "labor". I was brought to the
hospital around 6AM on the 27th, hoping that I will give birth a couple of
hours later so I was pretty sure our little boy's birthday will be July 27. It
took me a whole day of waiting, monitoring, cm-checking and "doc wala pa
ba talaga" questioning before finally seeing our little one the morning
after at 5:55AM.
year, I am definitely, solidly, officially, proudly a mom on mother's day.
Everyday I thank God for this blessing…
What's Sungka you may be thinking? Well, let's allow good old Wiki to define it for us...
Congkak (pronounced [tʃoŋkaʔ]) is a mancala game played in the island of Borneo, Singapore, and Peninsular Malaysia. Minor variants are known as Tchonka, Naranj, Dakon or Sungka and are played in Indonesia (mostly Java), Sri Lanka, the Maldives, southern Thailand, the Philippines and the Marianas. In Indonesia, it is called "Congklak" meaning cowrie shells, which are often used as pieces. On the island of Java, it is called "Dakon" and little red seeds are used as pieces. In the Philippines it is called "Sungka" and shells are used as pieces. Congkak is believed to originate from the word ‘congak’ which in old Malay Language means count. When we were in Boracay last April, this game was played during our free time. I love playing it! Especially if my opponent's Arvic because I pretty much win all the time. Haha! Kidding aside, I…
I didn't know what to expect on our summer trip to Bantayan. I was in Cebu with my family just a couple of weeks before our Bantayan trip so I knew what to do when we arrived at Cebu, and that is to look for our shuttle that'll bring us to the pier so that we can go on a ferry boat to Bantayan Island. What I wasn't ready for was the long shuttle ride. It took us, 1.5-2 hours of roadtrip until we got to the pier and another 1.5-2 hours on boat.
Tired from traveling, we were just really ready to get to the hotel/resort to freshen up. . We were welcomed by colorful pedicabs when we arrived. Manong told us they were our ride to Hoyohoy Villas.
I'm happy the place didn't disappoint us
We were given complimentary refreshments right away...
Exploring the resort..
I really liked the place... the fun was just about to start. :)
Hoyohoy VillasTalisay, Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island Cebu City, Philippines