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Come home to Bali Raya

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     Have you been to Bali? Or would you like to visit Bali Indonesia but you do not have time or enough money? Worry no more! There is a place in Laguna where you can feel the ambiance of Bali.

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BALI RAYA

This is Bali Raya Resort and Spa. From the word BALI + caliRAYA which located on the left side of the famous man-made lake in Caliraya Laguna. It definitely serves its purpose with the feels of Bali Indonesia.

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A family of large fish will welcome you upon entering the resort. Bali is known to have the majority of fish which are broadly distributed and is known for its various marine life in the waters of Bali.

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The ambiance will definitely let you feel like you are in Bali because of the well-constructed building and furniture.

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The Resort has several rooms to choose from.

It has rooms for couples, families, and friends.

It also offers free breakfast.

The Laguna breeze will make you feel like you wouldn’t want to go back to the city anymore.

So what are you waiting for? Come home to Bali raya!

 

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The Anonymous Writer's Notebook

A Father’s love

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A daughter’s first love,

Who gave her a pet dove.

Surely you will see him groove,

Together with his daughter’s groom.

 

Fave of a granddaughter,

Who will visit her forever

To bring her a burger,

Even in the stormiest weather.

 

A doctor, a carpenter,

An engineer or a bus driver,

As long as you love a little girl,

You’re considered a father.

 

He may seem Grumpy,

or sometimes tetchy,

But his love is always unconditional,

and definitely exceptional.

 

If he soon flies in heaven,

Don’t even think he became uneven.

He will surely be your angel,

And will fly at any angle.

 

Every father is unique,

Because in life, they all have their own technique.

Always dance with your father,

Before he goes to heaven’s Master.

 

Happy Father’s Day to the Dad who is already with the Master.

 

 

 

 

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The Love Guru

©2016 TheAnonymousWritersNotebook

     She’s Back!!!!

The Love Guru has been receiving questions about love, life, business, struggles and success.. She may have not experience it all yet but people keep on coming back to her and asking her about her advice and opinion.

She will definitely answer all the questions soon..

Do not forget to subscribe to her Youtube Channel… She will be active there often..

Thanks everyone!

 

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-eHJpGgPMlQTkHlJbFMXsg

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Is your SUMMER over?

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      April of this year, I posted a blog about the start of summer in the philly… Talks about SOME of the famous beaches in the Philippines. How visitors enjoy their stay here and why Filipinos are so delighted of the country.

One of the beaches that I included there is CAGBALETE. Just a few weeks ago, I myself visited the place with some of my friends and discovered how beautiful the island is.

One of the resort owners in Lamon Bay (a large bay in the southern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines) happened to be our friend and offered us a tour in Pansacola Beach in Cagbalete whose owner happened to be his cousin.

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Pansacola Beach is a 40-minute travel by boat from Mauban Port. The beach resort almost certainly has the widest beachfront compared to other beach resorts in Cagbalete.

You just have to be there early, or you will have to walk a lot during low tide.

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Its white sand and very clear water gave us a strong desire of recommending the place to other people and to help them advertise the island.

Life in Cagbalete is very simple. We stayed here overnight and we really enjoyed the place and the company of each other because we weren’t able to use our cellphones for a long time.

There are some cottages that you can rent which provide you air-conditioned rooms. There are some small and large tables that you can rent as well if you would wish to stay and use a tent overnight.

Unfortunately, we were not able to rent a cottage since we came late so we all decided to sleep in a tent (P300 per tent). Glad we stayed there and we all experienced how difficult it is to stay in a tent unprepared.

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What made us love the place, even more, is when we looked for a store to buy something but since there are only a few numbers of stores in the area, we had to walk to the next town and saw how clean the place is.

Most of the stores in the island do not sell hard booze and cigars. (Beer is available at some stores though). You better make sure you have it with you on your way to the island. Granted that you have forgotten it, find some young locals playing or just hanging out, wasting much of their time walking there. You can ask them to buy some items for you, just give them P20.00 or so. They save money for their school “baon”.

There are also some locals selling souvenirs which cost a little, ranging from P10.00 to P150.00. Come on don’t be a jerk! Buy at least 3 pieces. It helps them feed their families.

At night, you will get to watch fire dancers performing for all the guests in a very loud music that can even make you dance, followed by fireworks.

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The heat of the sun the whole day was scorching. But everything was all worth the stay.

Thank you PANSACOLA BEACH, we’d love to visit the place again.

     So is your SUMMER over? Make sure to end it right and visit PANSACOLA BEACH RESORT in CAGBALETE.

 

Thank you Artystafoto for the photos that you provided us during our trip. Till our next adventure!

 

For inquiries:

artystafoto@gmail.com | Facebook.com/artystafoto

@artystafotoweddings | 09052211403

Daily Post Challenge

Roots 

©2016 TheAnonymousWritersNotebook

Children are like plants,

they grow up with the ROOTS called PARENTS…

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horror

Something about Henry

©2016 TheAnonymousWritersNotebook

I planned to change the genre of my story today. For I want to expand my skills in writing. Let’s try something which can make us feel frightened. Is this this really a true story? Or not? Let’s figure out.

“Woohoo! We’re gonna go to my happy place again! Thanks, hon. This is the best anniversary gift, You’ve ever given me.” Smiled. “Happy 15th anniversary my love.” He whispered.

Tin and Henry have been married for 15 years. They have a son who is now 7 years old. They love to travel. Because they both promised to each other that they will travel the world together. Tin is from a rich family who lived in Manila when she was young and she met Henry when she was little when they moved to the province, the day his dad lost his job.

“Hon, which pair of swimsuit would you like me to wear?” She asked. “Any would do” He answered. “Come on! pick the right one. Pink? Yellow? Blue? Come on hon, there aren’t any mirrors here, so pls. I just can’t see myself wearing it.”

For the past years of being together, they have had everything that they wanted. They have a big house, they have cars, they have a good family, the job is just right for them. In short, their life is just awesome. Yes, they have everything – except for – MIRRORS. That’s weird. Mirrors. What’s with mirrors huh? Same question that most Tin’s friends ask. They all wonder why there aren’t any mirror in their house. And that whenever they travel, they always look for a place or hotel where there aren’t any mirrors.

On the night of their anniversary, Henry asked Tin to marry him again, and to his surprise, she said yes for the second time. “Hon, I only have one wish, can we get married at the same church in the province, since it is very memorable for me?” “But of course. Anything that you want my love.” He replied.

After a few weeks of preparation, they went back to the province.

“So, Tin, why did you choose to get married here again instead of getting married in Manila?”

“Mom, Henry has no family. Henry lived here and this is where we met. This place is really memorable and special for the both of us. Besides, our ancestors are here. So might as well have it here again.” She answered.

“Honey, I hope you don’t mind. I have asked this several times, but I still want to ask where his family is? And where did you meet him? I know that it’s been 15 years since you guys got married. And he has been a good husband, father, and son-in-law, but I still want to know his family background.”

“Hon?”

“Oh, he’s home! Yes, hon, I’m coming! Let’s talk later mom!” Then she left

“I really don’t understand why she keeps on avoiding this topic every since she met him.”

“Let her be, I’m sure our daughter has her own reasons why.”

“I know, but Dad, she has changed ever since she met him, she was never like that before. I can still remember the day when we moved here in the province. Everything was okay. She was a happy kid, she was even playing with her siblings. They actually used to.. oh wait! She used to talk to herself in front of the mirror then..” wondering.

“The mirror. Dad! Come to think of it. They never had any mirror in their house in Manila. She never used mirrors even the small ones. I think there is something going on here that I have to figure out.”

“Dad, she used to talk to herself in front of the mirror of great grandpa’s old cabinet. She was 8 years old then. She looked really happy playing with herself in the mirror.”

“Sylvia, now, this is giving me goosebumps!” Dad said.

“Where is the mirror?!” both surprised, they saw the nanny coming next to them.

“I am sorry, but I heard you talking about it. Where is the cabinet where Tin used to talk herself to when she was young? Can I see it?”

“I think it is in the attic. That’s where dad placed it when Tin left this house after she got married 15 years ago.”

The three went to the attic. The parents were shocked with what they saw.

“Are you sure about this Nana?” Mother asked the nanny while she was slowly putting her palm on the surface of the mirror.

“Sshhh. This is terrifying!!! Your daughter was not talking to herself in the mirror when she was young. She was talking with someone inside the mirror.”

Tin’s family never met Henry’s family. She just introduced him a month before they got married. She believes that everything went well anyway.

“Tomorrow’s gonna be our wedding day… AGAIN.. I am just so excited! But hon, why are you here? You know, people here believe that couples should not see each other the night before their wedding day. hahaha”

He didn’t answer. Instead, he asked her a question.

“Hon? This is our second wedding, and I hope you aren’t hiding or keeping anything from me.”

“Hon, I have told you all my secrets, even the secret that I have kept for a long time. I even told you about the guy friend that I used to talk to in front of the mirror when I was young. It was a secret, he told me not to tell anybody. But I told you.”

“Yes. I know. But why did you tell me?” He asked.

“Because you are my husband. And I love you. I want you to know everything about me.”

“DIDN’T I TELL YOU NOT TO TELL ANYBODY? DIDN’T I TELL YOU TO KEEP IT AS A SECRET?”

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Speak out (The Journey of a Single Mother)

©2016 TheAnonymousWritersNotebook

And this is the first time I will talk about how difficult it is to be a single mother. I have always been proud of my kid and I don’t deny being a mother. This is the very first time, I will write something about her and our struggles in life together. And I am writing this so that I can at least inspire others with how strong I became as a person.

It takes a lot of courage to be a single mother. You have to be emotionally, spiritually and most especially financially stable for you to be able to raise a child.

When I got pregnant, the father of my child and I were not okay. I wasn’t even aware that I was pregnant since my monthly period is irregular. Until I reached the last month of my 1st trimester when I received a message from him asking me to check if I am pregnant because he said, he felt like I was. Bought a pregnancy test and checked with my 2 friends and voila! Yes, I was pregnant. It took me a long time before I informed my family about it. But the only thing I knew then was, I WILL BE A MOTHER SOON, whether or not I was ready, I was already decided that I will bring this child to the world and I will give her life. I wasn’t ready then YES, but it was quick. It was so quick that I already saw myself giving birth to a beautiful child.

FAST FORWARD… Before I gave birth, I was already annoyed and I was just trying to be patient since I was still pregnant and it might not be okay. Until after I gave birth, and I was still annoyed seeing him around BUT I told myself, I have to act normally in front of my family because I can’t just show them that I am not ok, or they will get hurt. No matter how annoying your partner is, you still have to protect them because the imperfection of your partner will always be seen as your imperfection too. (I think) so I had to protect him from my family.

Truth is, he was okay then. My family (especially my parents) treated him like as if he is their own child. But since he was still young that time, and he has a lot of family issues, he cannot decide on his own. His relatives usually decide for him. Which triggered my patience and made me decide that I don’t think I can stand this life with him, not having the courage to decide on his own. I woke up one morning and I felt like I don’t love this person anymore. I don’t see my future with him. I then asked him to leave the house and just go back to his family. He begged and asked me if he can still stay and to try to fix things over. But I have already decided. I told him that, now that you are already a father, you cannot even decide for yourself, what more in the future. I asked him to leave and I ended everything that day. Since then, I knew that I am already a strong person. I was fragile for a long time and very sensitive, but when I became a mother, I CHANGED.

FAST FORWARD… I changed my number and started anew. My parents didn’t ask me about what happened but they knew all along that something is wrong. I am the only girl among my siblings and I knew then that I caused them so much pain even without telling them the reason why.

My child grew up not seeing his father… UGH, well for the past 12 years of her existence? There were only less than 20 times. YES. 365 days x 12 years, that’s a total of 4,380 days. Days, months and years have gone by, he still gets the chance to see my kid (actually up until now) whenever he wants to. The problem is, he never really wanted to. Given the chance, I wouldn’t want it any other way. But my parents told me that I have to think of my child’s sake. That she may grow up not seeing or knowing who her father is. So for the longest time, I thought of my kid and how she’d feel about it. There were times that his family reached out and visited my kid but my child didn’t really want to spend even a day with them. I can’t blame her. She grew up not seeing them. She was so scared of going out with them and that they might not bring her back to our family after a day out. And for the record, I never said anything bad about them. Benefit of the doubt. Maybe she really felt like she cannot trust them because they didn’t exert some effort seeing her or visiting her when she was growing up.

Raised my child with the help of my family. Her first word, her first walk, her first smile and everything. Sending her to school, attending to her needs. It was just my family who guided me and helped me. Did they? for quiet some time, yes. They sent her some money for school, or birthday gifts but not always. Very seldom. And not constant.

Until one day, I realized that maybe, it is already time to forgive. So when he asked me out, I said, okay let’s have dinner together and let’s talk about our kid and her needs. When I was about to sit, that night, he suddenly asked me. “Why did you leave me?” I answered quickly. “After almost 10 years? You now have the guts to ask me? And I answered right away. The day when I asked you to leave was the day I felt like I don’t love you anymore. I didn’t even see my future with you. Your family has a lot of issues and instead of teaching you how to have a better family, they even tolerated your mistakes.” He was shocked and he spoke in a quiet manner. “Why didn’t you tell me then?”, I answered, “And what is it for? You should be thankful. That I broke up with you because after that, your life became better. You were able to graduate on time, you were able to buy your own car, you lived your life like as if you do not have any responsibilities, you were even able to travel abroad without thinking that you have a child to support.”. And then he said, “But my life would’ve been even better than that if you were with me along the way.” And I said, “No. Because I knew then that I was not made for you. My life became different from how I grew up in the past when I became a single mother. The struggle was real, but I don’t regret any of it when I see my child.” And then he became more quiet. And I suddenly said, “If you have a girlfriend, get married. You deserve to be happy. We were not made for each other. You always tell my family that I am the only girl who treated you this way. And that my heart is very hard to please. I am telling you now, that not all women are the same. 9 out of 10 will love you for who you are, and 1 will teach you for you to be a better person.” It was difficult to be in a relationship that you were not even sure if it is really meant for you or not. Not to mention that he has some other kids to support. The only thing I asked him and his family was not money, but to ATLEAST visit my child once in a while. But they never did.

My family and friends know me really well. They call me “Pusong Bato” which means having a heart as hard as a rock/stone in the urban language.  Because I don’t get hurt anymore. I don’t cry. The only thing that makes me cry is when I watch drama series. I swear! Kidding aside, I became this person when I learned one day, that I had too. I had to be stronger than before because I am the only person who can be this strong for my child. One day, my family will one by one die, my child will one day get married, and I still have to be even stronger tomorrow than what I became today because the only person who will take care of me in the future is just ME.

The struggle of being a single mother is real. I have given up a lot. People may not see the way I see it, but nobody knows it but me. It took me a long time to realize yes, but hey! I have changed. I even became wiser. Even in having a new relationship or commitment. I have to be. I have to learn from my mistakes.

For the past 12 years, I have learned that life doesn’t end where your troubles start. It ends when you’re done finding a solution to your problem. But do problems even end? No. You will be facing a lot of problems in the future and you have to learn how to anticipate things and find a solution yourself.

Why did I suddenly share this to you? Because I know that I am not the only person who is experiencing this kind of situation. That I am not the only single mother in the world, and that maybe, some of us in the club are having the same situation but do not know what to do. Maybe some of us do not even have the courage to speak up for themselves.

I say, stand for your right. We have given up a lot and experienced a lot of trials in being a single mother, but hey! We are still alive, it only means we have survived!

And guess what? My child is now about to graduate after 6 years in the elementary school without seeing his father sending him in the morning, or attending to every performance she has had in the past.

I always remind my child that I may not be able to give her a complete family but she has a family in me. I was, am and will always be thankful having the best family who guides me and helps me and my daughter all the time.

One day, my child will have her own family and I will never think twice treating her the way my family treated me when I became a single mother. I always tell her that she needs to be tough and she needs to have a good heart all the time. Believe in God and lend a hand to people who are in need. It’s not about having new gadgets or having a complete family. It’s about being a good person in and out.

I am very grateful and proud that my child is now about to start a new life in high school and I know that we will still be facing, even more, problems in the future together. But what matters is she got my back and I got hers too.

Thank you for reading and I hope this inspires single mothers and fathers out there!

This is the Anonymous Writer, 33 years old, single mother and this is my JOURNEY…

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