Because Maldives is expensive And so is Bagan While Japan requires a visa So for our 13th month, we decided to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Ha Long Bay in Vietnam It's not the cliffs themselves that make Ha Long Bay unique, but rather their sheer number. A huge bay dotted with nearly 2,000 mostly uninhabited limestone cliffs, both mystical and magnificent, an incredible feat of nature that almost never fails to impress. Yes, it really is that good. - from The Lonely Planet
For many, a cruise on Ha Long Bay represents the pinnacle of ones visit in Vietnam. So we did just that by booking a room in Galaxy Premium Cruises Man, it was pricey but it's all worth it
Postcard perfect. The breathtaking view at the exit of the Sung Sot Cave
The Fishing Village in Ha Long Bay, one of the most fascinating cultural features of the area
About a thousand people live in boats and floating wooden houses. They have no home or land ownership
Houses are set atop barges year round, the inhabitants catching and cultivating fish throughout. Sail away boy.
What is spelunking? The Sung Sot Cave (Grotte des surprises) is a real wonder too. It's huge and we were such camwhores that it took us more than an hour to complete the tour. It felt like we were in the set of some movie.
The Huc Bridge (Bridge of the Rising Sun) in Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword), Hanoi.
So Spidey came to town, and I was there to check out his bulge. I keeeed. No luck seeing Andrew Garfield in his tight Spidey suit. But really, thank heavens for the Earth Hour organizers and Sony Pictures, the cast descended on the red dot to kick off the event.
I was like ohmygawd this is like super level up compared to my celebrity sighting days in UP. I remember dragging my closeted cousin to UP Theater. We practically begged for tickets at the entrance to watch The Star Awards for movies. Sharon Cuneta was hosting, together with Aga Muhlach and Richard Gomez (I always thought Aga's bland and Richard's sex personified). Dayanara did a dance number. My cousin was so thrilled to shake hands with Charito Solis and had Mikee Cojuangco's autograph.
Years later, I would have a somewhat similar experience when a friend who was then working in ABS CBN gave me some passes to watch ASAP Live in PICC and the live taping of Sharon's show. I shared the experience with my cousin's househelp and a couple of neighbors who thanked me profusely for the chance to watch The Hunks performed live. I almost told her that I was super-kilig as well but I just smiled and said walang anuman. Nagwater talaga ako kay Piolo and Diether.
Yes, I'm baduy like that. So you can only imagine what a thrill it was to get up close with Hollywood stars, like 3-meter close, well, not close enough for a selfie. The first to appear was Jamie Foxx Then the funny Emma Stone And finally Spiderman himself, the cutie pie Andrew Garfield.
A lot of foreign press. I was super hungry when Andrew Garfield finally made his entrance, that I went straight to a Ramen place after 15 minutes of staring and ogling. I was at the MBS around 5PM (one of the early birds to be inside the cordoned off area) , and the event started at 7PM, that's 2 fuckin hours of standing and waiting but as the bakya in me would say, it's totally worth it.
Cute guy from some Indonesian TV station, who kept on shouting, anybody here from Indonesia, as he'd want no less than a kababayan to interview.
Fierce lady from I dunno where
Those twinks from Disney Channel, there's a cuter twink behind them actually.
And the uber cute MTV Asia VJ Alan Wong. I though he's hotter than Andrew. He was singing along when Happy was played. Yeah, like clap along when you know what is happiness to you.
Speaking of Andrew Garfield, check him out in yet another tortured role
In daylights, in sunsets In midnights, in cups of coffee
mga nagbabagang labi. OA sa pula ha.
We were exchanging messages on whatsapp. I alighted the train as the clock struck 12. He told me to meet him at the bus stop next to the MRT station. It's where I would see him off after our date nights during our first few months. I gave him a quick hug, aware of the people around us waiting for their respective buses. I complimented him on his choice of shirt and that he smelled really good that night. I noticed the huge bag he's carrying and he mumbled something about training stuff from work.
"Aakyat tayo?" I asked. I was referring to the small park on the hilly part of the station. That park is somewhat important to us. We spent a couple of hours talking in that park on the night we met. It's where we first held hands. It's where we talked about the cities and places we wanted to visit together. It's where we had our first fight.
As we were climbing the steps, I pointed to the bench where we had our first kiss. He shook his head and gestured farther up. We settled in one of the gazebos, which actually surprised me as it wasn't our usual spot.
As I was mumbling about the park being eerily dark and quiet, he started taking out the contents of the bag. First, a batik cloth which he carefully laid on the table, then a couple of plates, two pairs of spoons and forks, some take outs, a huge mango cake and three colorful goblets made of plastic. He took out his hair wax too, and something leafy and a bottle of red wine. While he was doing this, he kept on apologizing that he couldn't find the right plates and glasses, and the right food as most restaurants were closed since it was day 1 of Chinese New Year, that he wasn't so sure about the wine, that he couldn't find some decent flowers, and that maybe the whole thing wasn't such a good idea, that I might not like it.
"Pasensya ka na ha plastic ang wine glass natin. Wala akong makitang roses kanina. At wala ring candle holder. Gusto ko lang maging masaya ka at maging memorable sayo tong anniversary natin. Nagaalala ako baka baduy. Gusto ko lang talaga na maging perfect ang gabing to"
I smiled. I held his hand and reassured him, that it was perfect, that it was more than perfect.
In inches, in miles In laughter, in strife
Speaking of miles (no, we're not gonna talk inches here hihihihih) , we've visited a few more places since our 6th month.
It was moonson season when we went to Krabi, (I know I know, should have checked the weather before booking the flight). Encountered huge waves during the island tours which scared the shit out of me. I thought the boat's going to capsize. Scariest 15 minutes of my life.
Celebrated my birthday with him in Batam, Indonesia. The beach is so so but the hotel's jetty is damn photogenic, aaaaand the massage was cheap and good.
Kalibo Atiatihan. I introduced him to my momma as a friend, Awwwwww
Got wasted in Boracay. Pubcrawl was crazzzzy. That guy's uncut dick is huge.
Truly Asia? not really but the seafood fried rice and chili crab were yummmmehh.