We Survived Our First Trek With a Toddler. | Tips and Lessons

Love her, but leave her wild. ~ Articus, To Kill a Mockingbird

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Ahkirah at Mt Mago.

Two weeks ago, we ticked off another thing from our bucket list — trek with a toddler. Since Ace and I started scaling mountains, it had been our ‘wish‘ to bring our kid(s) with us. As adventurers who value the outdoors, we believe that kids learn life’s little lessons quickly when they are on an adventure. Although we are not blessed with one yet, it did not really bother us because we have nieces and nephews whom we can bring anyway.

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First things first. Friends, meet my sister’s two-year old daughter, Ahkirah. She is the brave soul whom we took with us during our Boundary Climb to Mt Mago two weeks ago.

Like most of our ‘first‘ experiences, the said climb was unplanned and spontaneous. Admittedly, we also wondered how we could survive it, but we did!

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Ahkirah and Demi at the boundary! Hooray!

Here are few things we did to survive it:

  • Never hurry. Let the kid explore.

Kirah toddles a lot. She stopped at anything that interests her. We stopped to pick some wild flowers, we stopped to count the butterflies, we stopped to watch domesticated animals along the way. Knowing that it was her first trekking experience, we let her do just like that. We didn’t want to make her first trek a traumatizing one, instead, we want it to be an adventure that would inspire her young soul to do it again and again. 😀

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  • Bring out the kid in us.

We know that kids get bored quickly. Thankfully, the mountain has a lot of things to entertain the kid’s eyes. However, leaving it to the mountain is not enough. When she got tired, we sang nursery songs and made up funny stories.

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  • Cooperate.

No matter how slow our pace was or how many times we stopped, that one and a half hour climb to the boundary is truly exhausting for Ahkirah. We took turns to carry her when she didn’t feel like walking anymore.

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  • Take short breaks.

Whether we’re traveling with a kid or not, breaks are essential for trips and excursion to give our muscles enough time to relax and regain energy. But we have to limit our breaks into three minutes so we won’t feel more tired.

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  • Stay hydrated and munch on trail foods.

Food is life, water is ‘lifer‘. 😀 I mean, as much as food is important, water is more important. Due to the lack of planning, we only brought 4.5 liters of water with us. We forgot that there was no water source near the summit. We already consumed everything before our descent. Thankfully, we passed by a small community and ask for some refill. As for Ahkirah, we also let her munch on chocolates and sweets.

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  • Embrace dirt.

Get ready to get dirty! Because getting dirty is an adventure itself. We came for dirt, heat, and mud and we got it all. Afterall, the dirt can be washed away, but the memories will last a lifetime.

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  • Always encourage.

Paulo Coelho once said, “Only children believe they’re capable of everything“. But I think, behind every child who believes in himself is someone who believes in him first. I noticed, Kirah becomes more determined to walk farther when we tell her that she could. During our entire hike, we never fail to encourage and praise her for doing a great job.

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And lastly,

  • Teach kids the LNT (Leave No Trace) Principle

Teach the kids so it won’t be necessary to teach adults. I carried a plastic bag with our trash on it on our way back home. Ahkirah asked me why I brought garbage with me, I answered and explained to her the importance of not leaving our trash in the mountains. I reckoned she understood it and I admire her inquisitive attitude. 🙂 It is important to start teaching the kids about caring the nature no matter how old they are. Afterall, it’s for their own future.

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Children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded. ~ Jess Lair

 

We hope you find these tips and lessons helpful. Stay tuned for our Boundary Climb to Mt Mago story in a later post.

Over to you. Have you trekked with a kid before?

 

‘Til our next adventure!

Keep safe!

Love, Ace and Demi

 

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The Weekend Misadventure That Brought Us to Mangitngit Falls.

A weekend when the hubby and I were off for an adventure, like ANY adventure but the universe had conspired not to make it happen.

One Saturday morning, we went to Sogod, Cebu for some appointment. Fortunately, the appointment was done early. By 1:15 pm, we’re already free for the rest of the day. So, we decided to visit Maravilla Resort in Tabuelan, Cebu which is only few kilometers from Sogod. However, the only way to go there when you are commuting is by bus. So we started waiting for a bus ride to the place.

After an hour of waiting, we were still unable to catch a ride. The buses that ply to Tabuelan are scarce and if there were any, they were jampacked with passengers to the extent that even the rooftops of the buses are occupied. We were not in a hurry so we resolved to wait for another two hours. But it was all in vain.

It was 4:00 pm and we were still waiting. Surprisingly, none of us got impatient which was very unusual. Until a concerned local noticed that we had been waiting for hours, he approached and told us that it was Tabuelan’s annual fiesta and it was also a San Juan (water fest). By that being said, it meant, it’s impossible to catch a bus ride to that place because people from the city were going home since it also happened to be a long weekend.

But we were still in for an adventure!!! We agreed to just hop on any bus and go where it would take us. Thirty minutes passed and not a single bus passed. (What?) It was already 4:30 and I already felt like I was about to give up the waiting game. Ooopps, wait! Three buses were coming — one for Borbon, one for Hagnaya Port, and the other one for Maya. Let’s see. The bus for Borbon was also jampacked, the same thing for Hagnaya Port because people were trying to catch the last trip boat ride to Bantayan Island. And Maya…oh, Maya. Wait, where is Maya? We don’t have any idea where is Maya!!!!

Yeah, we did not take that bus because we don’t have any idea where is Maya. 😀 So, after few minutes of laughing at our situation, we decided to just go back to the city and watch movies or maybe eat in a seafood restaurant. While on the bus, we thought about what happened and we were very amused. We didn’t know but we were not annoyed nor upset with the situation. 😀

The bus stopped-over Carmen for pee-break and some snacks. We still have not recovered from our epic misadventure, we agreed to spend the night in my sister’s house because we were already hungry. We forgot to have lunch because of that waiting game. (No, actually we were aware of that but we didn’t want to miss a bus so we kept waiting and waiting and oh…hunger was what we got.) 

Dinner, finally!!! So, while eating dinner, we talked about going for a swim the next day. We heard about Middle Earth Spring Resort which is also now the home of the infamous Mangitngit Falls.

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Mangitngit Falls, Carmen, Cebu

I’ll give you something to look forward to. 😀 I know this has been a long narrative of our misadventure, I don’t want to ruin my Mangitngit Falls’ story along with these. So stay tuned for my Mangitngit Falls and Middle Earth Spring Resort story on the later post. 😀

LESSON:

Some plans are not meant to be realized. We have to accept that there are things and circumstances that won’t go as planned. Some inauspicious situations will lead us to a more worthwhile experiences.

Life starts when we learn to see our misdaventures as adventures. 

 

So, what do you think about our misadventure? Have you had any experiences similar to this? What did you do? We’d love to hear from you.

 

‘Til next misdaventure!

Keep safe!

Love, Ace and Demi

 

12 Songs I Wish I Could Sing For Him.

And suddenly, all the love songs were about you.

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One year down!

Okay, so today is our anniversary. I want to sing him a love song but my voice makes it sound like a nursery rhyme. đŸ˜„

I have to admit it, singing was one of my BIGGEST frustrations until life hit me and made me realize that I was just adding ‘problem’ to the society. 😀 Anyway, yeah I did not finish the song because I don’t want to make the hubby sick.

 

Daot, if I could sing for you once more, here’s 12 songs I wish I to sing:

1. THIS IS WHY I NEED YOU ~~ Jesse Ruben

You make my weakness less weak.
You make the bottom less deep.
You make the waiting feel shorter.
You make my crazy feel normal, every time.
You are the who, love is the what, and this is the why. 

 2. PILLOWTALK ~~ Zayn Malik

Nobody but you, ‘body but me
‘Body but us, bodies together
I love to hold you close, tonight and always
I love to wake up next to you

3. COLD WATER ~~ Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber & MO)

And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know

4. SAY YOU WON’T LET GO ~~ James Arthur

I’m gonna love you till
My lungs give out.
I promise till death we part like in our vows.
So I wrote this song for you, now everybody knows
‘Cause now it’s just you and me till we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

5. LET ME LOVE YOU ~~ DJ Snake (feat. Justin Bieber)

Don’t fall asleep
At the wheel, we’ve got a million miles ahead of us
Miles ahead of us
All that we need
Is a rude awakening to know we’re good enough
Know we’re good enough

6. PERFECT STRANGERS ~~ Jonas Blue (feat. JP Cooper)

Who knows the secret tomorrow will hold?
We don’t really need to know
‘Cause you’re here with me now, I don’t want you to go
You’re here with me now, I don’t want you to go

7. THINKING OUT LOUD ~~ Ed Sheeran

Darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Oh me I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am

8. ALL OF ME ~~ John Legend

Cause all of me, loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges,
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning

9. SWEET CREATURE ~~ Harry Styles

Sweet creature, sweet creature
Wherever I go, you bring me home
Sweet creature, sweet creature
When I run out of road, you bring me home

10. SHAPE OF YOU ~~ Ed Sheeran

I’m in love with your body
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you

11. IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW ~~ Brett Young

You’ve got all of me
I belong to you
Yeah, you’re my everything

In case you didn’t know
I’m crazy bout you
I would be lying if I said
That I could live this life without you

12. ISSUES ~~ Julia Michaels

‘Cause I got issues
But you got ’em too
So give ’em all to me
And I’ll give mine to you
Bask in the glory
Of all our problems
‘Cause we got the kind of love
It takes to solve ’em

Yeah, I got issues
And one of them is how bad I need you.

 

 

Why You Should Travel With Your Significant Other?

Traveling is one of the most amazing and coolest thing that Ace and I have done together. As much as our parents advice us to start saving for the future we can’t help put a trip on our weekend schedule. (Sorry, Ma.)

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Osmena Peak

Here are some reasons why you should travel with your partner in life base on our personal experience together:

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Chasing the rivers of Catmon, Cebu.
  • Learning to understand and adjust to each other’s limitations.

Traveling means getting out from our comfort zone. Every place we visit always offers something different — different people, different challenges. Some of these situations test us to our limits and unknowingly pushed that red button on our head. This is the time when we get to know each other beyond the corners of our bedroom. Ace knows just how to support me when I’m having a hard time carrying my backpack or when crossing the river becomes a struggle. I know just how to make him keep his composure when he gets mad over some mean staff at the tourism department. Basically, we learned the art of balancing each other’s limits.

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Mt. Naupa
  •  Traveling together is economical.

We have to admit it, the only thing that separates us and our destination is BUDGET. But, common… Paulo Coelho once said, “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” So, we have to learn to take risk. 😀  When we travel together, our expenses are halved making it economical. Better than traveling alone and paying the hotel all by myself.

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Sumilon Island, Oslob
  • Happiness is better shared.

Every place crashed on our list brings a rewarding feeling of happiness. And the feeling becomes double when we know we do it together. That fulfillment when you climbed the summit of a mountain alone is far compared to reaching the peak together. Jump shots are better done with him than doing it alone.

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Sumilon Island, Oslob
  • Improved intimacy.

Someone asked us if we still have time for sexual intimacy after a long week of working in the corporate world and then spending our weekends out of town. Yeah, the question is a bit off the limit but we’re aware many are wondering. :p (Of course, we do. Why not? We’re on the same roof people, in case you forget.) We know we’re both busy working on weekdays but we don’t consider our weekend getaways “busy days”. It’s a “getaway“. It’s our way of destressing and unwinding, in such way we improve our sexual relationship in the process. Spending a night in the mountain or in the beach? Why not? It’s a chance to get adventurous. :p

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Baywalk, Camotes Island
  • Waiting don’t get boring.

How could we tolerate falling in line to get our ticket, a 12-hour ride on the boat or delayed flights and etc.? Simple, we have each other’s company. And we know just how to entertain each other. Nothing beats his corny jokes and my never ending stories.

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Mining Demo, Coal Mountain Resort, Argao
  • Two heads are better than one.

Traveling together means sharing decisions. Sometimes it becomes complicated when our choices are different but we also learned to resolve it. It makes the work easier when one is thinking where to eat and the other is what to eat. 😀 Simple situation that requires decisio making could occur when traveling. And it is always better when you have someone with you who could make it when your head refuse to work.

 

We hope this inspires you to pack your bags, grab your partners hand and start going out of your bedroom. 😀

‘Til next time.

Keep safe.

Love, Ace and Demi.

 

Pulong Binisaya | Bisaya ni Bai!

Kini usa ka espesyal nga salmot akong dalit alang sa mga Bisaya og sa mga gihidlaw pagbasa ug paminaw niining atong pinulongan.

Usa ka isig manunuwat ang nakapa agni kanako nga magsuwat gamit ang atong Binisaya nga pulong. Ang akong inspirasyon atong taguon sa pangalan nga “TheGirl” o “AngBabaye”. Sama kanako, usa siya ka manunuwat, apan talagsaon ang iyang mga salmot. Kasagaran niini mga balak nga sa kasing-kasing mokumot gayud. Ayaw kalimot pagbisita sa iyahang pahina pagkahuman nimo pagbasa aniang akoang salmot usab.

BISAYA? Kaantigo ka pa ba?

Makasabot ka pa ba kung imong ka-istorya ang gigamit mao kining pinulongana? Sa akong bahin… malisod gayud. Ako mismo moangkon, malisod. Ngano ba? Sa panahon karon, ang pulong nga banyaga mao ang sayon nga malitok sa atong mga ba-ba.

Sa atong mga tulunghaan, sa ako nagatungha pa, pa Inglison man gayud mi sa among mga maestra. Nahinumduman ko pa, kung kami masakpan nga binisaya ang pinulongan, pamultahon kami ug tag-piso. Intawn ang among bawon nga singko ayawat dili makuhaan kay magpalit pa ra ba intawn mi ug sud-an nga tag dos sa tindahan, maningkamot intawn nga dili masakpan. Kung magkalisod dili na lang gayud mi motabi aron dili makabayad ug dili mi magutman.

Sa ako nahuman na, panahon nga mangita ug trabaho. Aguy, ang interbiyo Inglis man sad ang utro. Tungod ako intawn naningkamot nga makasulod kay akong ginikanan mao ray gipaabot, bahala na ug binayabas akong Inglis ang importante madawat lang gayud aron dili sayang ang paningkamot sa akong ginikanan.

Ug tungod lage kay ang trabaho nga nasudlan kining banyagang pinulongan man ang puhunan. Wala na gayud akoy mahimo kung dili kada adlaw mag Ininglis. Unyag uli sa balay ako intawn malipay kay akong utok makapahuway. Apan akong kapikas sa kinabuhi sa telebisyon nagtan-aw, salida nga giulohan ug “Logan”, aguy Ininglis ra gihapon ang akong nadunggan.

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Bitaw, komedya ra! Salamat Google Images.

Talagsaon nalang gayud karon nga makabasa ka ug salmot nga ingon ani ang pulong. Maong sa pagbasa ko pagbalik niining akong dalit, ako nakapahiyom. Matahom gayud pulungon kining Binisaya nga talagsa nalang nato madunggan ilabi na sa kadalanan. Usa sa akong amiga gipasuway ko pagbasa, pero wala niya tiwasa kay lage “Lahi ra!”

Nganong ang uban lud-on kung maminaw ug magbasa ug ingon ani nga pulong? Wala ba si sila nasayod nga mao kini sa kaniadto ang puhunan sa atong mga apohan kung sila mobirig sa babaye nga ilang naibgan?  Akong Lola, sa siya buhi pa, dili gayod maluya ug balik-balik kung gi unsa siya pagdiga sa akong Lolo nga kursunado. Sa balak ra siya gidaog kay kuno iyang kasing-kasing daw gilabyog-labyog.

Karon, kay ikaw man gayod gabasa, bilini ko ug gamayng pulong. Atong suwayan pag bangon kining pulong nga Binisaya nga atong gilubong sa kagahapon. Ug diay ako mapasalamaton nga ikaw nihuman hangtud diri sa katapusan niining akong salmot. Sa imong komento ako magpaabot.

Hangtod sa sunod!

Bangon Bisaya!!!

We Woke Up and It’s 2017!!!

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Wow! Look how the days go by. It was like yesteday was 2016 and we woke up realizing we are halfway the first month of 2017!

Where have we been, by the way?

We were actually just around but life got busier after the holidays that we didn’t have the chance to have a sneak peek at our corner, and we’d like to apologize for that. Things just went out of our control.

Anyway, here we are trying to catch up with everyone of you. And we are very excited to share what we have been up to these days.

We know this year’s gonna be very awesome. To start that awesomeness, we climbed a mountain on the very first dawn of the year!

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First dawn of 2017. 

There’s this mountain near our place that gives a wonderful view of Camotes and Mactan islands. We’ve heard from our ancestors that catching the first sunrise of the year brings good fortune and luck and it invites good vibration for the whole year. Common, there’s no harm in trying, afterall, this is ADVENTURE!!!

Off to the mountain we go!

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The gang!

Together with our cousins, we energetically climbed the mountain at 4am. Our friend Louise and her siblings went with us, too. We brought with us the left-over from our Media Noche.

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Patiently waiting with Louise.

It was 5am when we reached the peak but there was no sign of Mr Sun because it was a bit cloudy. We waited for few minutes and voila! Mr Sun was up! The first sunrise of 2017!!! We caught it! 

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Mr Sun is up!

We ate our snacks and had a little chitchats on the top. Around 7am when we decided to go down because the ray was getting hotter.

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For the good vibration! 

After we sent Louise and her siblings home, we talked to our cousins and told them that good fortune does not come from catching the first sunrise of the year but from hardwork and our disposition towards life. We just hoped they get it and live with those words.

We don’t really know what is ahead of us. Part of us maybe hopeful about the good luck that the first sunrise brings but we don’t want to rely on that. We still have to work hard. Afterall, we hold the pen and we write our own story.

Life, we believe is not a finished story on the book that we should follow. Rather, it’s a blank page of the book, we still have to write the story.

Here’s to hoping and praying for a wonderful ahead!!!

‘Til next time!

Love, Ace and Demi

 

Welcome to Our Humble Abode!

Hello, everyone!!!

Welcome to our new humble abode. We’ve decided to make a separate blog about our journey to different places. Join our itchy feet as we quench our thirst for travel.

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I’m Demi.

I’m Demi! As of writing, I’m twenty-three. I am married to my buddy whom you’ll get to know later. Just some facts about me, I love the color green – any shades of it. I love seafoods but not fish. I am also the beauty behind SIDE BY SIDE blog. Please so visit it if you have some time. :*

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This is Ace.

This is my hubby, Ace. He is already twenty-nine but most people mistook him as a teenager. (And he loves that. LOL) He’s a total package…almost near to perfection, at least for me. 😀 He loves singing and he’s also a frustrated dancer. He loves dog and even asked me if we could have a dog if we can’t have a kid. (What?) 

Ace and I married last June 16 this year (2016, just in case you’re reading this in 2020). We love eating, watching movies, and of course COFFEE.

Get to know us more by visiting our first site. Click here!!! 🙂

I can’t wait to share to you our travel adventures and misadventures… ’til our first post. :*

Xoxo, Ace and Demi