One of my colleague had resigned a few months ago, the reason being she was getting married and she invited a few of us to her wedding in the Philippines. We accepted the invite( The four of us) and decided to make a mini vacation out of it ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ. The wedding venue was at a town know as Tagaytay ( my friends correct me every time I pronounce the word ๐Ÿ˜…), which is near the capital city, Manila. Afterward, we were to catch a 1hr flight, to the Philippines most touristic province… Palawan!๐Ÿ˜Ž

Weddings and beaches ;

After the 9hr flight to Manila, we had to drive another two hours to Marius b&b hostel where we were to stay through the duration of the wedding. We started off on a gloomy note, we were tired after the long flight, getting a trustworthy taxi in a foreign land was a bit of a hassle, ( we found out later we had paid double the fare, and it kept happening few times with airport taxis ๐Ÿ˜’), we encountered traffic, luckily it was moving unlike Nairobi ๐Ÿ˜‘and it was raining ๐Ÿ˜ญ. We weren’t sure what to expect from this mini-vacation.

The taxi driver was very friendly and I liked his sense of humor (he had an answer for everything ๐Ÿ˜)we were hungry, he found a McDonalds โ˜บ๏ธ. Maruis the owner of the hostel, received us warmly and I instantly fell in love with the decor. It was the perfect set of all the Philippine soap operas I used to watch in my teenage years โ˜บ๏ธ.

The next day we were up early to doll up for the wedding. I was excited and nervous, I don’t remember how the breakfast looked like or tasted, I wondered how the bride felt ๐Ÿ˜…. Marius was to drive us to the wedding venue half an hour away, he was clearly impressed when we came out from our room and had a mini photo shoot with us ๐Ÿ˜œ.

We were hoping we will be inconspicuous during the wedding…it didn’t go as planned as four colorfully dressed Africans showed up at a church full of Filipinas. We turned heads immediately when we had alighted the car. The bride’s mother was a wonderful host, introducing us to family members and made us feel welcomed.

The decor was spectacular and the bride was beautiful, I couldn’t help complementing her makeup, which she kept leaving traces of it on my friends face every time they hugged๐Ÿ˜œ. The pacing of the ceremony was well done, and I watched ( people watching is one of my hobbies ๐Ÿ˜)as the congregation cried, smiled and awed through it all.

Photo ; Elvin @elvkan sheโ€™ll never admit to it, but this is her silently crying. โ˜บ๏ธ

The brideโ€™s…sorry…the wifeโ€™s University friends drove us to the reception. They were a lovely bunch, giving us a free tour of Tagaytay( still cannot pronounce it rightโ˜บ๏ธ). The reception decor was beautiful, it was an indoor garden and travel theme and it was well executed. They had mini-games in between, keeping the guests entertained as well as good food and a lively live band. The night ended with a display of fireworks ๐ŸŽŠ. The highlight of the day was the photo booth, with the cities of the world as the background, It was a great idea ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ. (Best wishes to the lovely couple (Apple & Ryan) and all the happiness in the world๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•.)

Maruis dropped us at the airport ( he was a great host, funny and helpful, I highly recommend his hostel). We were taking an Air Asia flight (the flight was slightly delayed )to Puerto Princesa in Palawan. The weather looked promising as we left, and we prayed it stayed that way๐Ÿ˜…. We were tired and grumpy when we arrived, we took a taxi to the villa Nagtabon( ended up paying double the fare๐Ÿ˜ช).ย 

Tony and his wife ( the owners) gave a warm welcome. The villa was in a beautiful hidden location, surrounded by hills and forest. It made a great setting for sunrises ( it was hard, Iโ€™m not a morning person ). We instantly fell in love with it… I was a bit heartbroken when it became hard to connect to the wifi. Tony informed us we had to wake up early to connect to it ( I was forced to experience sunrises ๐Ÿ˜—)

Photo; faith โ˜บ๏ธ @keepmymemoirs

The best thing was the villa was close to the beach ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ and the weather was coming through ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

We dove into our bikinis and had a wonderful time there as the lady with a restaurant by the beach took care of our, comfort, belly and thirst ๐Ÿ˜‰. It was lovely sitting on the hammock, reading a book, having a drink in hand, with a great view of the ocean.

The locals and the tourists were very friendly, we made some new friends. One local invited us for a drink at his newly built resort by the beach. And that’s how we managed to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets.ย 

Photo; nonjabulo (nj) ๐Ÿ˜Š

For sure went to the beach again, I had an amazing time, a wonderful experience. Filipinos are very nice and friendly people, I can’t wait for the next trip backโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Keep it simple.