Summer Getaway-Part 1

Most of the time , the first thing that comes to our mind when we heard the word “summer” is beautiful beaches, right?. Last year our summer was consumed by just staying at home. No summer getaways and other stuff that people usually do during summer. Lucky, our summer this time will not be the same as last year. Many thanks to my boyfriend for allowing us to have an out of town summer getaway with my family.

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On our way to Cebu with my nephew

We were booked for one night and two days stay at Anika Island Resort Sta Fe, Bantayan on April 19-20, 2017. Well, supposed to be it was a 2 night stay but I decided to stay for one night and spend our budget for the second day to roam around Cebu. Gladly, the boyfriend agreed. So anyway, the planed was to leaved on Sunday (Easter Sunday) at night so we will have time roam around before going to Bantayan. But because of the bad weather caused by typhoon Crising I don’t have any choice but to change our itinerary. I asked my younger brother to buy our ticket for Monday but unluckily the 10pm trip from Ormoc to Cebu was fully booked which is not surprising because the trip for Saturday was cancelled due to typhoon Crising. We don’t have any other option but to grab the Tuesday trip unless we take the fastcraft which is not on my plan because of my fare budget.

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Bluer than blue..on our way to Bantayan Island

Hence our booking at Anika Island Resort is on the following day we only slept on our rented room for one night and checked out early in the morning as we planned to travel on or before 7 o’clock in the morning to catch the early trip. We want to arrived at the resort before the check-in time which is 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It was a four hours trip going to Bantayan Island from Cebu North Terminal. My nephew was complaining if we are to go swimming or not since we have been traveling for long. Hahahhaha…!!! The downside if you have a kid when travelling because they can be impatient. The trip going to Bantayan was comfortable, thanks God we were in an air-conditioned bus because if not we will be in a bad mood.

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Arrival Sta Fe, Bantayan Port

Upon arrival in Sta Fe, Bantayan Port the resort shuttle driver was waiting for us handling a placard with my name. By the way I called the resort while we were in the ferry that is why we were picked up by the resort shuttle and also it is for free. The boyfriend booked two different rooms. I, my son and my sons Aunt stayed in Sunrise View room while my Mom, my cousin and nephews stayed in the Garden View room. We just asked for an extra beddings for my cousins.

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Manong Driver!!!

More of our summer getaway stories and photos in the next following days or week. 😍😅

Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress as Single Parent

With every one in four American children living with single parents, it’s no surprise that stress can be a major factor in the parent’s life. With so much responsibility and work put on one person, it can be difficult trying to balance priorities. However, all of these issues can be attributed to a single thing: stress. Solo parenting is a demanding task that can quickly pile up and cause stress. Thankfully, there are some surprising ways to wipe that stress away and make your life more enjoyable.

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Speak with other single parents

People find comfort in others and single parenting is no exception. Whether it’s an online community or a local community of single parents, make sure you immerse yourself in their groups and make friends. It’s a lot easier to deal with issues when you have people to speak to who are in the same situation, and you can also ask for advice or give your opinion on certain problems that other people have.

Improve your confidence in daily tasks

Another issue that regularly creeps up for a single parent is their confidence. It could be confidence in their appearance, confidence in their daily tasks or simply their ability to raise a child. Whatever you do for your daily chores, make sure that you’re confident in them. Everything from driving your car to cooking dinner should come naturally and you shouldn’t feel like you’re barely scraping by. Take cooking lessons if you want to prepare better meals, consider learning with a defensive driving traffic school online if you’re not confident in your driving and learn how to manage your finances if you are having trouble with budgeting.

Remove the “guilt”

Single parents often feel guilty due to the situation they’re in. They might feel like they aren’t able to provide for their children or they might have trouble balancing their work and personal life, resulting in the occasional neglect for their child. This is absolutely normal and not something that you should be concerned about. Single parents have a rough time trying to balance their lives so it’s easy to slip and think about the long-term goals instead of your small day to day achievements. If you’re feeling guilty about being unable to provide for your child or being forced to separate your child from your partner, then consider joining a support group or accept that you’re living for the future, and not the past.

Never break from your daily routine

Whenever possible, make sure that your routine is set in stone and never break from it. Make sure that you’re eating regular meals at scheduled times, ensure that your children are helping you with chores and build up a consistent routine. This will help you feel a lot less stressed out, and great time management skills will go a long way teach your child the value of an organised life. Not only does this help you maintain a good work and life balance each day, but it also helps you stay on track.

Congtratulations Batch 2016-2017

I can still vividly remember my fair share of graduations feeling. Both of my elementary and high school graduation my mother was not present because she is miles away from us working hard for us. So when Nanay came home for few weeks vacation I decided to apply for graduation for Associate in Computer Science. It was not in plan but I want to experience the feeling of graduating having Nanay to escort me. Good thing I decided to march after taking up my associate course because if not, I will not experience graduating with Nanay to celebrate one of the important milestone of my life because I failed to finished mu 4 years course.

Before the month of March ends the little big tot and my nephew had their Moving Up Ceremony. The little big tot finished his elementary grade and my nephew his junior high school. Although I almost give up on my nephew because he is not doing his obligations as a student I am thankful that he still made it. Congratulations to both of you!

To all the graduates of batch 2016-2017, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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