Life Happening 10.28.19: Happy Anniversary

This week I had a short work trip to Bohol, our first family trip in the Philippines in 2017 so I have found memory of this place.


Morning view from my room was lovely


I visited chocolate hills again and learned that they receive 1 million visitor per year


as well as the Tarsier Santuary


to be honest, without the kids Bohol is not so fun, especially the second time around.

Last friday was Halloween party in our building


Sofia was actively participating the games while Lizzy stayed behind and ate all the sweets

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then we did the trick and treat together with me losing Sofia for a while

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Saturday I went to get my glasses and bought one for Sofia for TV/gadgets. She looks so funny/adult with glasses.


Sunday was our 4th anniversary. Unlike previous years, I finally planned something for the couple. Our day started super early, 2am! Got the pillows to sleep in the car


we arrived an hour earlier and by 5:45am we got ready


first there was 1 hour ride on the 4×4. I first thought it was just for fun but not really needed.. I was wrong. The road was impossible to go with a normal car nor walk, so many rivers to cross and rocks! Quite a bumpy ride.


then we started our 5km trek at this moon like place


we crossed many rivers. The path was beautiful and quiet in the early morning.

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we were the first to arrive the Pinatubo Crater Lake. This place is a volcano with a major eruption not so long ago, now one of the popular destination for easy hike

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The view is stunning but the facility is very basic, just like many places in the Philippines, amazing nature beauty with minimum if any maintenance. The potential to develop tourism in the country is huge.

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after a short break where we had our packed breakfast, we headed back.


a local mom with her baby joined our ride


We got home around 3pm, really happy to see the girls who stayed with the helper. I know it was not the most romantic celebration we could have, and we didn’t really talk that much on the road either since Tony pace is much slower than mine. Still I loved the experience of doing something together, especially something that I love -being in the nature- and I am grateful Tony tagged along. 🙂 I hope we keep up with the new tradition going forward, maybe a mini trip next year?

This past week was stressful at home. I had to fire our two-year live in helper. I felt so bad to realize how blind I was. I thought she was a reliable and kind lady that I could trust my most precious people to her. It turned out she’s mean, calculated and a liar. So I made the hard decision to fire her (or let her go as she was complaining and threaten to quit) since we rely on her a lot. But sometimes we need to endure the painful transition process for a greater future. So I’ve been going through many interviews, so far no luck yet, but we are finding another solution that might work even better. Finger crossed.

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