Taking The Next Step: How To Know If The Time Is Right

Many couples rush into marriage with disastrous consequences. Indeed, statistics show that around 50% of partners in the US will get a divorce at some point. That is terrible, and it’s something we should all work towards changing. Most of those couples got married too soon. They got distracted by the excitement of finding someone special, and those people didn’t use common sense. With that in mind, there is a short guide on this page that should help to let couples know when the time is right. People shouldn’t get married until they can place a tick next to all the points below.

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You’ve been on long vacations alone

Before people go out and purchase diamond engagement rings, it’s sensible to arrange some long holidays together. Lots of couples think they know each other well, but they’ve never spent considerable periods of time alone. So, don’t make that mistake, and head off into the sunset for a while. Being alone with someone else is a brilliant way to work out if both partners are well suited. Cracks can begin to show, and sometimes that’s a good indication that marriage isn’t the best route forwards. Here are some excellent couple’s vacation ideas:

  • Wild camping in the wilderness
  • Sunbathing in St Lucia
  • Sailing the coast in a yacht

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You’ve lived together for more than a year

In the traditional sense, couples aren’t supposed to live together until after they get married. However, hundreds of years of heartache shows us that method doesn’t work. So, it’s important to break from tradition and move in together for at least twelve months. People who do that will soon discover if they can handle their partner’s quirks long-term. They will also learn more about the dynamics of the relationship. For instance, most people don’t want to get married to someone who will make them do all the work. So, either:

  • Buy a house
  • Rent an apartment
  • Or spend the time traveling together

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You trust each other 100%

Trust is the most important aspect of all loving relationships. People who don’t trust each other are never going to have a happy marriage. Warning signs to consider include:

  • A partner who cheats
  • A partner who disappears
  • A partner who has skellingtons in the closet

Of course, different people will have different ideas of what trust means. Some folks are happy with open relationships where loved ones are allowed to stray. Whatever the situation, it’s vital for both partners to discuss their perspective ahead of time. That way, the chances of anyone getting hurt should decrease.

Readers should make sure they never rush into a marriage without first ticking all the points made above. It’s also sensible to discuss plans for the future before popping the question. For example, many marriages end because one partner doesn’t want to have children but the other does. It’s easy to avoid situations like that if people in a relationship learn to communicate openly. So, people should consider the information from this page and avoid making rash decisions when it comes to marriage. That is how they build a union that will stand the test of time.

Summer Getaway Part 2- Anika Island Resort

FYI! This is a long overdue blog post. I have posted the first part of our summer getaway here.
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If there is one question I get to asked myself during summer it has to be the same question asked by my friends “where to go this summer?”.  Every summer I wish I could go somewhere near the beach preferably a beach with white powdery sand. Money is always a hindrance why I always end up just wishing and planning. I may have done something good last year since the fairy godmother granted my wish this time. Well, its not really the fairy godmother (I am overacting) but my boyfriend.

It happened last May 20-21 2017. The boyfriend made sure that it will be one of the trip I will treasure for the rest of my life. I was surprised when he asked me to make a budget for four person. At first I could contain my happiness knowing that my son, Mom and nephew is going with me. Less than a month before the planned trip I was asking Mr Google where to go. A resort with white sand beach is on top of my list. For some reason Boracay was not in my list as of that moment. My search landed me to some beach resort in Bantayan Island. After checking from one resort to another and reading reviews from those who visited the resort I choose Anika Island Resort. Well, there actually few things that made me decide to booked Anika Island Resort. Aside from the positive reviews about the resort is that they have a menu list posted on their website which is a plus for me because I can actually make our budget before we go on our trip. Of course I do not want to run out of money and starve while we are on trip. Hahahahaha…

Anika Island Resort New Menu

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The boyfriend booked Anika’s Sunrise View Villa for Php3,300 good for 3 person and Garden View Villa for Php 2,500 good for 2 person for two days and one night via Agoda. Extra matress is available for Php500 per night. I, my son and my son’s aunt stayed in Sunrise View Villa while my Mom and nephew stayed in the Garden View Villa with my cousin and nephew. We requested an extra matress for my cousin.

Twas passed one o’clock in the afternoon when we arrived. The sun was shinning brightly that I feel like jumping in the pool as soon as we stepped out from the resort van. By the way we were picked up by the resort service which was good because we traveled comfortably going to the resort although it is only a few kilometer away from the pier. A welcome drink was serve as soon as we arrive and after checking in we decided to ate our late lunch. After taking a short rest we roamed around the resort and I figured the imagines I saw online was not photoshopped. The picturesque view of the sea touching the blue sky is magistic. How I wished we stayed longer so we can visit other resorts.

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No doubt our trip to Bantayan will remain in our mind forever. I would also say that our stay in Anika Island Resort was fantastic. The four hours trip is worth it. The Villas are just few meters away from the powdery white sandy beachfront. The rooms are well maintained and the staff are accommodating and courteous. They are easy to approached. The food are great and considering the resort is located in an island they offer affordable prices for all the foods, drinks and snacks.  I wished I didn’t change my mind and stayed for 2 nights instead of 1 night only. But then again it was an unforgettable experience.

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If given a chance I will surely visit the place again and I will certainly stay longer. Hopefully I will be with the boyfriend when it happens.

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. 😍😅