Girls Weekend Getaway: Bantayan Island, Cebu

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I flew out to Cebu the other weekend to hang out with my girlfriends for our “not always annual but we try” annual girls weekend getaway. We went to Bantayan Island, which has one of the most gorgeous beaches in the country (and the world!).

The weekend was a blast, as usual. You know how it is when you meet up with your long time friends, right? Anytime you get together it’s pretty much all laughs and crazy antics. And we were all due for some much-needed girl time and beach fix, so it was a great vacay from our usual lives.

Anyway, now I shall ramble and share some photos, yeah? Fair warning: this post turned out suuuper long. ;)

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Girls Weekend Getaway: Camiguin

Just a few days after Carpet Head and I arrived from our Euro trip, I was off to another adventure! This time it was to somewhere close to my hometown and with people dear to my heart. Last week, I flew out to my hometown Cagayan de Oro (CDO) where I met up with my soul sisters and we hopped off to the amazingly beautiful island of Camiguin! YAYYYY.

Some years back, my friends and I decided that we should organize an out-of-town girls getaway each year. We don’t always get to go out of town and we’re never complete because, you know, LIFE HAPPENS (a.k.a. weddings, babies, etc.), but we’ve had a few awesome trips. We’ve been to Cebu, Boracay and Puerto Princesa, and it’s been a couple of years since we’ve gone out of town so we’ve been planning this trip for a while.

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Girls Weekend Getaway: Puerto Princesa

It was time for the annual girls’ getaway with my soul sisters! Last year we braved August winds and rain in Boracay. The year before that we were in Cebu City. This year we went to Puerto Princesa in Palawan! It was yet another weekend of shrieky head-thrown-back laughter, crazy antics and awesome girl moments. We missed a couple of our mommy friends though because they had to stay home to tend to family stuff.

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Fess Up Friday: The Power of Words of Encouragement + Shoutout to My Girls

Today’s post was inspired by this guest post from the Life Changing Moments Series over at My Name Is Not Bob.  The post is about how one writer needed a few words of encouragement to fully pursue her writing.

Some of us are pretty strong-willed and confident and don’t need any encouragement to go for what we want.  Some of us are shy and unsure and need a little push. I fess up.  I think I’m somewhere in between. I’m not exactly headstrong, but I can pretty much do a lot of things on my own when I put my mind to it. I can also be a bit uncertain sometimes so during those times I do crave for a few positive words first before I can muster up the courage to do something.

I couldn’t have gone through The Jump without some encouragement from the people I care about, especially Carpet Head and my soul sisters.  I remember posting on our Facebook group some months ago that I was resigning from my job and have no job waiting for me.  All I got were words of encouragement. No one drilled me about what I was going to do for money. Nobody told me that I should have landed another job first before quitting.   Those things were probably on their minds, but all I got were words of support and what I felt from those words was that they trusted me to be able to handle those things.  I really appreciated that.  The last thing I needed was to feel pressured into figuring it all out right away.  I’d like to think my soul sisters knew enough to let me  figure it all out in my own time.

I also appreciated how one of them was upfront about what she thought about my initial plans.  When I first decided to quit my job, my initial plan was to just do my writing on the side.  The plan was to find another corporate job and find a way to write during my free time.  I can still remember my friend’s face when I told her that brilliant plan–which I think was a pretty logical and responsible plan.  She clearly thought I wasn’t being true to myself.  She didn’t shoot it down, but instead told me a story about her artist friend who used to be a total bum and is now a legit artist with gallery exhibits and all that.  This friend of mine is the most free-spirited of us all and she’s the one who made me realize that crazy dreamers have to stick together.

With that I would like to send my thanks and virtual hugs to my girls!  I love that we are all so supportive of each other’s craziness.

Anyway, I think it doesn’t matter if we’re the headstrong or shy type.  We all need encouragement once in a while to boost our confidence or cheer us up.  When was the last time you received words of encouragement from someone or gave encouragement to someone? :)

Well, that’s it for now.  It’s Friday and I still have tons of work to do because I’m not planning to do any kind of work this weekend! We’re off to Subic for some beach ultimate goodness!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Girls Weekend Getaway: Boracay

Last Thursday was my last day in the office. I was excited about that, but I was more excited about the upcoming annual getaway with my girls. Last year we went to Cebu. This year we decided to go to Boracay! We were there from Friday to Monday. I’m too lazy to be wordy about the whole trip, so I’m just going to post a few pictures! :)

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Girls Weekend Getaway: Cebu

I spent the last weekend laughing my head off and just having a blast with my best girls, my soul sisters from my hometown Cagayan de Oro a.k.a. CDO. We’ve been planning our girls’ weekend since last year and we’ve been counting down months and days. It was all we talked about in our emails and Facebook threads, and it was so great when it finally happened.

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