Thursday, May 31, 2012

Best Marriage Proposals Ever

I am a supah fan of marriage proposal videos and I am teary eyed when the guy says his "marry-me" lines. So I just wanna post these videos from Youtube which I think are the best marriage proposals ever, what do you think?

MOBBED at The Americana at Brand, Glendale, CA 

Isaac Lamb's insanely epic live lip-dub (lip synching) proposal may just be the most epically awesome "she said yes!" story of them all

The couple in this video is Timothy Tiah Ewe Tiam, the co-founder of the ever popular ad-blogging site Nuffnang, and his Malaysian girlfriend who is a blogger, now his fiancee, Audrey Ooi Feng Ling.

Which is your favorite?

So in love,
UmbRela :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mt. Pinatubo Trek

Mt. Pinatubo should be your next destination! It's lots of fun. The experience is superb!

I went there with my boyfriend and his cousins. It was my welcome gift for him. I was surprised that everyone wanted to experience Mt. Pinatubo as much as I do. I have planned for the tour for more than a month before his vacation here in the Philippines and it was a roller coaster ride with just the bookings (please see my post about Ensogo vouchers here). So after the disaster with Ensogo, I found out that it was so easy to book with the locals in the area. Lucky enough, my officemate went there weeks before our desired date so she gave me the details of the tour and her contact person.

Details are as follows:
1. Tour Package - Php 1,700.00 / head, with packed lunch at the crater and pancit for merienda (snack) after the tour
2. Contact person: Ms. Lorena - 09494111619

Please inform Ms. Lorena that you have read my post about the tour and tell her that you got her details through me so you'll get the same package ... Roella Cruz :)

Other tour operators would tell you that 1 group is equal to 5 persons for you to be able to get the tour package of Php 1,500.00 / head without lunch and merienda as you should accommodate one 4 x 4 vehicle. With Ms. Lorena, we were 7 in the group and she gladly gave us the above cited package with two 4 x 4 vehicles - overriding the supposed minimum of 5 persons per group per 4 x 4 vehicle and we had two tour guides. :)

All was set. We left at around 5:00AM and we arrived at the pick up area around 6:45AM after we got lost. LOL. You should be there before 7:00AM or you would be late and wait for the 4 x 4 vehicles (if there are still any).

Ms. Lorena approached us super fast because there were lots of peeps already lined up for the I-forgot-all-those-permits-stuff and she was there beside me and assisted me with signing up. Then she called for two 4 x 4 trucks and we were lucky enough that our group got two wonderful sturdy looking white trucks.

The trip started there. Long and bumpy road. Across little sapas (streams) and along big rocks. We stopped  at an area to take a breather and take some pictures. The long and bumpy ride ended at a certain point where everyone has to walk. This was the most challenging part. There was sand, and wind, trees, rocks and rocks and rocks, and sapas that we had to cross. My rubber shoes were wet and I had to remove my socks. It was tiring and fulfilling at the same time.

It is a different kind of experience. It was like your walking in an endless road and you ask yourself "Okay, where is that crater?!" LOL.

We had two stops, to drink and take a bite. Then go again. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water per person and some snacks like cupcakes and cookies.

So to cut the story short, we reached the crater! Yay!!! There were already a lot of people there. Some were swimming, others riding boats and some resting and just enjoying the majestic crater of Mt. Pinatubo. Scroll down below for the pictures. :)

Can you still see me? Lol. Big rocks!

The Crater



I wasn't able to take pictures of our merienda at Ms. Lorena's place because we were too tired  but her pancit is super delicious!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Me and My Sweetie Pie

This post should have been written weeks and weeks ago but I have been busy with work and also been to places. I have lots of stories to tell you guys but let me first post some pictures of me with my boyfriend during his vacation here in the Philippines from March 12 - April 14, 2012.

LDR can work. Distance is not a hindrance but it just makes a relationship stronger. Love is not measured by how close or how far you are by the distance but by how your hearts are binded with pure love, sincerity, honesty, trust and time.

Panky and I traveled locally and have been to Mt. Pinatubo (trekking) and Boracay. I also brought him to our farm in San Nicolas for him to experience the barrio life and appreciate how our local farmers work hard for their harvest. We rode a tricycle. We ate camaro, frog, lots of Pinoy foods and I also cooked for him. :) We went to the malls numerous times. We played at TimeZone acted like kids and had fun! We went to the salon together, ate at some restaurants, bonded with our families and friends, bought Pinoy pasalubong for his mom, bro and his friends in NY and spent much time together. We were also able to celebrate our 9th Monthsary together for the first time!

How I wish he was still here with me. My heart longs for him each day. His hugs and kisses. His mere presence. The way he stares at me. The way I look at him. The way we laugh with just anything. The way he holds my hand. Cuddles. Our visits to the malls, to his dad's resting place, to the local bakery called L.A. Bakeshop, etc. Frozen yogurt. Spa together. I MISS HIM!!! >.< I LOVE YOU SWEETIE PIE!

Here are some pictures. 

Our First Date Together After The Long Wait

Mt. Pinatubo Trek

At the Crater <3

Going to the Farm, tricycle ride :)

At the Farm

My Mom in pink PJs and Panky observing the process

After Church

Hunger Games

At the Cinema 

  Do ya think we're lovely? :)

Our Hotel

Breakfast at the Hotel Bar, front beach

Helmet Diving

Island Hopping

 At Crystal Cove


Visiting my Internet Cafe 

Lunch @ Ala Creme

At L.A. Bakeshop

At our Family Gathering

Visiting his dad's tomb

Celebrating our 9th Monthsary Together

love love love


Out with his cousins - last gimik together

I was not able to capture any pictures on his last day when I helped him pack his stuff. It was a bittersweet day.