While she kept on telling me that she loves him, hearing all our friends shouting and making her understand that she’s not supposed to be loving that kind of person and that she has to leave him. I stood up in the crowd and spoke gently. “Yes, we love our friend and we care for her. Yes, it is our responsibility to make her understand that this guy is stupid and that she needs to break up with him. Yes, we should and must look after each other once in a while. We are her friends, yes. But we also have to consider that we are just her friends. We can never decide for her. Everything that we say, enters the left ear, passes through the mind and leaves on the right ear. If her heart is telling her to stay, her mind can never instruct or command her body to do otherwise, only because the heart is more powerful than her mind. We can never tell someone to leave the person who gives her pain especially if that person is the same person who gives her happiness. All we can do is listen and support.” And then I looked at her, “You got 10 people, 9 telling you to leave and 1 person, as I may stand to that, who will not ask you to leave him, but instead I’m telling you to SAVE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF, DEAR. You are beautiful in and out. You have given him your 99%, save at least 1 for yourself. By the time, you get to understand that your life is more MEANINGFUL, and you get to love yourself more, that’s the time you’d get the point of having a MEANINGLESS commitment with someone you do not deserve. Let your heart decide.
It’s been ages since I last posted a blog.. And this is my very first post for this year.. Before I continue writing stories, I would like to share this wonderful bonding of my 2 friends in the Philippines. Cousins Jayde and Jus who visited one of the best places in The Phil. Batanes.. Check out the video and this is how you can get there.. ENJOY!
How to go to Batanes (IT – para sa mga nagtatanong po)
Airlines such as PAL and Skyjet fly from Manila to Batanes. As far as we are informed Skyjet flies on weekdays and weekends maliban sa TUESDAY. They only have flights in the morning. Ours was at 6:45. The plane left at exactly 6:45. Don’t be late. We arrived after an hour and 15 minutes. Batanes airfare can go as high as PHP10,000 one way but sometimes, you can score cheap tix whenever there are promos available or seat sale. Ours was 10k each (seat sale booked last year). Unlike in Boracay, there is 2go available or passenger boat that would take 10 hours. In Batanes there isn’t any available. However, manong driver told us that there is one which will take 5 days before you reach Batanes. (he didn’t mention the name though).
Arriving at the airport, you will have to pay P300 for the environmental fee in Basco. You will be given a map and a ticket, Make sure to keep it, you will use it later on.
Hotels and homestay abound in Basco. We stayed at Nanay Cita’s Homestay which is just a few minutes away from the airport. Just take a tricycle and pay for P30.00 to reach Nanay Cita’s. There are 5 available rooms. I suggest you rent the one on the rooftop. (Photo available here) All of the rooms are aiconditioned, but since it is very cold in Batanes, you can just tell Nanay that you will only use a fan. (3N4D, we only paid for 2100 for two.) It has it’s own restroom/bathroom and you are allowed to cook. She has a kubo where you can enjoy the relaxing view while having coffee or lunch. Since we arrived at 8ish, she prepared a free breakfast (egg, sinangag and tapa plus coffee).
We took a rest the morning we arrived and had our North Batan Tour after lunch. Nanay Cita will provide you a tricycle driver who will take you to your tour.
North Batan Tour – P1,000 (Don’t ask, you will understand when you get to experience it.)
> Valugan Boulder Beach (we didn’t swim LOL, mashadong mabato po). You will see different sizes of pebbles in layers. People in Batanes believe that if you make one yourself that day you visit Valugan Boulder Beach and it is still there the moment you get to come back, your wish will come true. (fingers crossed)
> Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel – show your ticket. (the one that you paid upon arriving at the airport)
> Fundacion Pacita – they say, this is the most pricey hotel in Batanes where most actors stay. (Approx 8-12,000 per night.) They will allow you to take photos and take a tour inside if there aren’t any tourists. But if there are, you are only allowed to take photos outside, and the garden. There are food and drinks available too.
> Pagasa Weather Station
> Tukon Church or the famous Mt. Carmel Chapel – believe me their churches are really awesome, old and new.
> Vayang Rolling Hills – breath taking.
> Chadpidan Boulder Beach – sister of Valugan
> Naidi Hills / Basco Lighthouse – wear flats or sneakers, you wouldn’t want to have your feet numb and heavy with fatigue.
> Basco Town Proper
END OF DAY 1 – our moms cooked and prepared adobo and tocino on our first day. There aren’t any resto close to Nanay Cita’s. So it’s either you cook or take time to find a resto. It’s really tiring manay! You’d rather stay at home after a long trip. :p
We were scheduled to have our Sabtang Island tour the next morning, unfortunately it rained. So we decided to just have the South Batan Tour instead and wished for a sunny third day for our Sabtang tour.
South Batan Tour – P1,500 (Again, don’t ask, you will understand when you get to experience it.) My cousin ( Jaydilyn and I decided to take the tour at 12:00pm hoping that the sun will appear after lunch and voila! It did. Thank God.)
> Chawa View Deck
> Tayid lighthouse
> Racuh a Payaman (The famous Marlboro Country) – Manong told us, that a few decades back, an American came to visit Batanes and said that, Racuh a payaman looks like the famous MArlboro country so he named it after it.
> Imnajbu Beach (It rained a little so we were not able to enjoy the view for a long time)
> Imnajbu Point (Alapad Pass and Rock Formation) – The ruins of the old USCG LORAN Station can also be seen which is set to be opened as a museum in the next couple of years. This is known as The Little America during the American Era.
> Ruins at Sitio Songsong
> Honesty Coffee Shop – unfortunately the owner wasn’t there when we visited. We were not able to take photos with them.
> House of Dakay and the old Spanish Bridge – Yay for the son of Dakay whom we met personally on our trip.
> Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach – Talking about aqua blue? See it to believe it.
> Diura Fishing Vilage
> Mahatao Boat Shelter Port – This serves as a shelter to vessels bound for Itbayat and other boats during inclement weather.
> San Carlos Borromeo Church – the first stone-made church in Mahatao, which has it’s small souvenir shop and the famous Batanes Blank book archive which holds hundreds of hardbound books with blank pages. You can pick any number of a book and you can write anything there. (BTW, you will have to pay P100 upon entering)
END OF DAY 2. – We had to get back home before dinner so we can take a rest and tuck ourselves in bed early for our 5:15am tour in Sabtang. Received a message from Kuya Jun Castillo (everybody knows him) informing us of the tryc number who will take us to our last tour.
You will have to get dressed as early as 5:15 in the morning. Nanay Cita will wake you up and will call you once the jeepney arrives. Make sure to bring BAON (water, crackers, juice or whatever)
Sabtang Island Tour – P1000. You will pay P54.00 back and forth. There is only one jeepney available. So the one who will drive you to the port is the one who will be there after your tour. You will be asked to register your name. Do not forget the number of bags you’re taking with you.
Here we go! The water between Sabtang and Batan is known to be rough, tough and frightening. I dare you to try it. (Take 1 bonamin before riding aboard the Faluwa/Falowa boat. A 30-minute boat ride to the unforgettable island.
Arriving at the port, I shouted Kuya Jun’s name and he was there waiting for us, guiding us to our tryc driver kuya Eugene. The tryc in Sabtang is different from the usual ones that we get to see in Manila. Theirs is made of wood.
You will then have to go to the Tourism office and will be asked to pay P200 for the environmental fee.
> Sabtang Church
> Savidug Vilage – this is where you can see a lot of stone-made houses built in a small barrio. Where people live by means of farming, fishing and alike.
> St. Thomas Aquinas chapel and old Beaterio. (PS: they have a restroom)
> Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint – where you can rent a complete outfit of Talugong, kanayi, basket and Vakul for P25.00 and take as much photos as you like. There are some small souvenir shops as well, which sell drinks and snacks too. We bought buko and ate pansit bihon packed in a some kinda leaf (I forgot the name).
> Chavayan Village – The first Nipa hut on the right is where you can find some traditional Ivatan costumes and headdresses being sold. You will meet Nanay, who will teach you how to make a Vakul.
> Chavayan Chapel
> Morong Beach, Mahayaw Arch and Nakabuang Cave – the driver will take you here right after a long day. PREPARE P300 for your lunch. I think that is where they really take the tourists.
> Sabtang Lighthouse
> Conscience Cafe and Souvenir shop – this was our last stop for this tour. Where we bought some bukayo and waited for the 1pm boat ride back to Basco.
Some people stay here overnight. (You can stay at a homestay next to Sabtang Lighthouse. If I am not mistaken, you will have to prepare P300 for an overnight stay.) We chose to have a day trip instead since our flight back to Manila the ff day was early. Make sure to be at the port before 1pm or you will have to stay overnight. That is the only schedule going back to Basco.
Manong jeepney (The same jeepney driver that morning) will be waiting for you and will drop you off at Nanay Cita’s.
We arrived at 2pm and decided to take a nap since we woke up early that day. At 4pm we walked to a store a few blocks away from Petron Gas Station where bikes are for rent. For only P25.00 for an hour, you can go visit some places in Basco. We went biking to the plaza where some food stalls and souvenir shops can be found. We also tried Phil’s Brew Cafe. They offer sweets and coffee of course. Sabi nga ni kuyang kapitbahay -MUST TRY!-
This was our DIY/Tipid Tour in Batanes. I suggest you visit Batanes for a week, because we were not able to visit Itbayat Island which is approx. 3-4 hours away from Basco. Considering the pricey airfare, if you are already there, stay for a week.
For goodies, you can purchase Ube Halaya for P100 per container, P35-P45 for Camote chips, Prices ranging from 25-100 for bukayo (different sizes), P30-P250 for souvenirs.
If you are a nature lover, go and experience the relaxing view and places in Batanes. They actually have an internet everywhere, but right after Bagyong Ferdie, most places had a problem with the connections. There are some areas which do not have any signal as well. I don’t suggest kids, especially toddlers because it requires you to a lot of walking, hiking and trekking. They will not enjoy it yet. Mind you, it’s really tiring.
Batanes is a very clean province. I only saw 3-4 tourists who were smoking. People are all kind and not boastful. They smile a lot. They are all fair and they all follow the standard rates in everything. You won’t see any streetchildren. (Manong driver mentioned that everybody works. So they are all busy and earning) Life in Batanes is very simple. It felt like as if we lived back where technology wasn’t a big deal yet.
Make sure to have have water with you all the time. It’s really hot.
PS: make sure to have a perky, active and funny buddy with you. 😊👍🏻
So, para sa mga nagtatanong – I hope this one helps! 🙂
Should you have concerns – Meron pa ba? Naisulat ko na ata lahat dito – just pm me. 🙂
Nanay cita’s number : 0939 919 3616
Kuya Eugene Castillo (Sabtang Island Tour) : 0935 965 5317
This has always been one of my favorite songs. For some reason, haha it makes me feel like I am just okay being single… But whenever I hear this song it makes me laugh, getting confused if I really am okay being single or not.. Well, up, up for Joseph Vincent! He’s one of my faves…
Well from the line “There’s always next year, just wait and see”
INDEED.. Let’s just wait for next year… haha Everything is just alright.. ^^
-S.A.D No valentine for me
And Imma be alright if you could only see
That today’s just a day and if it’s meant to be
There’s always next year, just wait and see
This ain’t a song about love, it’s the actually opposite I’m thinkin’ of
I don’t care about the cards, or candy hearts, oh no no no I’ll tell you right from the start
Oh, reminds of how I don’t have a date, the 14th of February gets in the
way cause for me, It’s Single Awareness Day-
And then I asked myself, “Do I really look old? Am I not allowed to wear these fashionable clothes anymore? Don’t I look respectable with what I wear?”
And then I learned that even if I grow older than now, I still can wear the clothes that I want.. It depends on how I carry myself in front of other people. It depends on how I showcase my talent and skills.
Just like this doddering stamping ground that you see here. It may look old, but it certainly shows its own style. It is very classy.
See, we have our own style and unique personality. We can be STYLISH anytime. We just have to make sure that we can carry ourselves perfectly in front of other people.. HOW? Be CONFIDENT.
The AIRPORT… A place of runways and buildings for the take-off and landing of air crafts. A place where smiles can be seen welcoming your loved ones and tears for those who are about to leave their dearests. A place where you can hear the noise of people crying and laughing together, music being played around, the announcement of the flights and the sound of the landing and departing airplanes. Do we hear SILENCE here? Does the airport close on holidays? Do they also take a rest?
Airports do not close on holidays. Employees work and earn money but also experience leaving their loved ones just to be able to serve us. Now take a look at this picture and pretend that you can make these people stop in a snap. Feel the magic. What do you see? What do you hear? SILENCE. Because at one point in time, even if there is noise around you, even if the surrounding is colorful, we still need to stop and feel the SILENCE in our hearts. To thank the Lord for another day and to be grateful for everything that we have.
The AIRPORT, a place of both sadness and happiness. Noise and SILENCE.
“Be BRAVE enough to try new things. Do not be scared of giving something or someone a try! You’ll never know.. Expect two things, it’s either you will learn to love it or simply you will just learn something from it. Happy Tuesday morning!”
I would like to thank NellyCherry for the recognition. Thank you wonderful people for spending time reading my stories and posts. Despite of being busy, you still find time to read them. I have always been thinking of posting something to inspire others and to help others boost their confidence as well. She nominated me because of my “The Featured Article of the Month” post. Let us continue to CREATE, SHARE and INSPIRE people.
“Life is full of surprises.. A minute or two you’ll be on top.. And the next couple of minutes? You’ll see yourself at the bottom.. Just enjoy it.. Seize the moment.. Learn things around you.. After a few minutes you’ll see yourself reaching the top again..”
“We are all entitled of our own freedom of choice.. Most of the time, we need guidance from people who are more experienced than us. Hence, we get to be at a better position even if it wasn’t really our choice.
A person can always decide on what he or she wants, for as long as we don’t hurt anybody and we don’t have regrets at the end..”
“Which is more important CLOSURE, LETTING GO or MOVING ON?”
Who is Chelsea? Will the girls find out what happened to Matt and Mimi at Dom’s party? Who is the flower sender? What was Jessica’s reason why she suddenly felt off towards Chase? Is the 30-min talk at the cafe enough for Ronnie to tell Yas how he feels about getting jealous? Where is Jerry?
“Mom they’re here!!!” Running to the hallway of the house, Chelsea shouted.
“Take care ladies! Honey ring me later when you’re home!” Mom
“Will do mom!”
She headed to the gate right away and saw her 3 bestfriends! “Girlssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!”
“Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhh” They all shouted excitedly!
Tiff sitting at the back of the car, opened the door for Chelsea and she hopped into the car right away! They were all excited to see each other that they even stayed at the park for more than 10 minutes laughing.
“Alright where to first?” Jessica who’s sitting at the passenger’s seat asked.
“What do you guys want to do first?” Chelsea asked.
They all looked at each other and answered all at the same time “COFFEE?” And laughed together.
“Coffee we go!!” Yassy who’s driving the car shouted. She opened the windows and played a song loudly.
Jessica: “You got something I need”
ALL: “Yeah in this world full of people there’s one killing me” And if we only die once I wanna die with you (heeyy) You got something I need In this world full of people there’s one killing me And if we only die once,
Yassy: (hey) I wanna die with you (you, you, you) You got something I need In this world full of people there’s one killing me
Chelsea: And if we only die once,
Brief Background: Chelsea lives with her mom in the province where she met the girls. Her life was awesome back then, until her dad left her mom and she decided to stay with her and just manage their business. Since it’s a 3-hour drive away from Manila, the girls seldom see each other. The last time they saw each other was at Ronnie’s wedding WHICH was a few years ago and Yassy wasn’t there.
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / morning
“So what’s up with you guys?” Chelsea. “4 Baraco Coffee please, one carrot cake.. you girls?”
“I’ll have a slice of your dark chocolate cake. How about you?” Yassy asked while handing over the menu.
“Na-uh! no to sweets! I’ll have Tuna sandwich instead” Answered Jessica “Tiff?”
“I’ll have a slice of your velvet cake” Tiff answered. “Yup that’s it! Thank you” Gave back the menu to the waiter and crossed her legs on the coach. “So what’s up with you?” looking at Chelsea.
“Same same! Nothing’s new.” She answered
“No boyfriend? Dating?” Yassy asked.
“Well right after what happened to me and Kevin, everything changed.” She answered.
“The fuck yeah. What’s up with him?” Tiff.
“I have no idea.”
“Have I gone for a long time?? What happened? And why didn’t you update me girls?” Yassy asked confusingly.
“Well, it was in 2014……..Our Second Anniversary.” Chelsea
FLASHBACK / Bali Indonesia / 2014
“Come here sweet pea!” Kevin lying on a small mattress at the side of an open hut took off his panama hat and called his fiancé Chelsea who was sitting next to him, drawing the view on her sketchpad that time. She moved a little. “Closer! Ugh..” Wrapped his arms around her. Put down the sketchpad and pencils on the table and lied down next to him. Facing Kevin, she hugged him too tight and closed her eyes.
It was a wonderful afternoon then when Chelsea asked.
“Kev? What if you come home with us? What if we start all over again? What if we..”
“Babe?!” He butted in. “I already have my plans.. You do not have to ask me.. I have thought of that before you sent me an email last week that you are planning to come here in Bali. I have already asked permission from my mom and she said we are already at the right age and that she thinks I am already okay. Besides we are already engaged. You do not have to worry about it. I’m coming home with you.” Smiled. Kissed her on her forehead.
Chelsea, overjoyed, didn’t know what else to do but to just whisper “Thank you Babe”. Tears of joy just fell on her face. Hugged him again and just seized the moment.
RONNIE’S CAFE / 2016 / morning
1 New Message Received!
“Dude did the girls text you?”
Ronnie, checking yesterday’s sales decided to just call Matt.
Matt – dialing.. Ring ring!
“Dude! Did the girls text you?” Matt
“Dude, na-uh. But Yassy was here this morning. She dropped by to give the invitation.”
“Yes, for her birthday. I think she gave yours to Tiff.”
“Did she tell you anything about her whereabouts today?” Matt asked
“Nope. But we were able to talk for 30 minutes. Why? Is there any problem?”
“Well Tiff hasn’t replied to my messages yet. Tried calling her this morning but no answer.”
“Well, Yassy was in hurry this morning. She said she will have to drive for 3 hours.”
“Oh great thanks! I think they’re going home to the province. Thanks Ronnie! Talk to you again later!” Call ended
Over the phone
Phoebe: “But dude! Who do you think the flower sender is?!”
“Don’t worry we will find out! Let’s go to the cafe later!”
FLASHBACK NAIA / Philippines / 2014
Kevin: “It’s good to be back!” Smiled and hugged Chelsea.
Chelsea: Babe, I will have to go back to Manila on Thursday. I need to buy some ingredients and attend my culi class, you know I was out for two weeks so I will have to catch up with my lessons. Would you like to come with me?”
“Hmm, will you be staying at the condo overnight?”
“Most likely. I’ll get tired for sure.”
“Okay. Then, I’ll just stay at the condo.”
FLASHBACK / THURDSAY / Manila / 2014 / 8:00 am
Chelsea left early because she wants to surprise her bf this afternoon with a new pair of shoes. She has to go to school early so she can still have time going to the mall. She left a note at the breakfast table that says “Morning sweet pea! Already prepared breakfast for you. Beep me if you need to go somewhere. I left the car keys at the back of the door. I will just take the cab. I’ll be home early. I love you! Kisses!”
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 1:oo pm
“Oh okay. So everything seems to be okay then, why did you guys break up?” Yassy asked.
Tiff looked at Chelsea. “Something terrible happened.”
RING! RING! “Ah excuse me girls..” unknown number is calling Jessica that she had to excuse herself to answer the call. “Hello?”
“We thought everything was okay then.” Chelsea “Until..”
FLASHBACK.. THURSDAY, Manila. 2014, 1:00 pm
“Uncle Ted, is Kevin there? I left him at the condo and prepared food for him this morning, I kept on calling him but no answer. I wonder if he’s there?” Chelsea called Kevin’s dad.
“Oh dear, he isn’t here today. Maybe he’s just preparing a surprise for you! It’s your birthday tomorrow.” Giggled.
“Haha yeah. Then I will just pretend that I’ll be surprised tomorrow… Thanks, uncle Ted. See you soon!”
RONNIE’S CAFE / Manila / 2016 / 2pm
“Boss!” Phoebe greeted Ronnie “Lex! Go ask him now!”
“Hi boss Ronnie! Are you busy today?” Lexie asked Ronnie
“A little. Am I receiving complaints here?” He joked around
“No, no of course not! You have the best coffee in town! Boss! Who gave the flowers to Cy the other day?” He suddenly asked.
“Flowers?” Ronnie asked.
“Yes, the day, I talked to you and asked you to give her the teddy bear and paid for the cup of coffee that she wants, she also received a bouquet of flowers. But we didn’t give you some.” Lexie explained.
Ronnie – confused. Put down the pen and his eyeglasses on the table. “Flowers?? Well I asked my wife to give the gifts on the table to Cy, because you guys said. And then I left. I had to go to the market to pick up some goods. But there were no flowers. I will have to ask my wife. Hmm. Who could it be?”
“Is Miss Rica here today?” Phoebe asked.
“No, she will be back after three days. You know, she goes to SG once a month for her ugh… For a vacation.”
“Vacay? But only her? And once a month? That’s awesome! Why not take a break too boss?” Lexie
“But I cannot afford to spend too much money for a vacation. I only want my wife to take a rest once a month. Don’t worry I will find out soon. I will let you guys know. Please excuse me, I will just attend to the customers.”
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 2PM
“Hey Jessica, this is..” Unknown number
“I know.. I know Chase. And why do you have to use a different number?” Jess asked.
“Because you won’t answer me. I have been calling you many times. What is wrong? I don’t get it? We were so okay last week and when I checked Yanna the night when we were drinking with my sisters, you suddenly left. Did I do something wrong?” Chase asked.
“Chase? Can we just talk about it next time? It ain’t a big deal anyway.” Jessica answered
She ended the call and went back to their table.
“We thought everything was okay then.” Chelsea “Until..”
FLASHBACK / THURSDAY / Manila / 2014 / 2:30 pm
“Babe, why aren’t you texting me? And I can’t even reach your number. I am getting worried.”
Message sent! Chelsea sent Kevin a message
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 2:30 PM
“I texted him, called him, many times. But still no answer. I just made myself believe that, Yeah Chelsea, maybe he’s preparing something for you on your birthday. 3pm, 4pm,5,7,9,11:30…. and….”
FLASHBACK / FRIDAY / Manila. 2014 / 12 midnight
1 new message received!
Happy birthday Chels. I am so sorry. I loved you and I still love you but I don’t think this will still workout.
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 3:00 PM
“My world just fell apart — in a snap… I can’t even think of anything to think about that time. I wanted to cry but I still can’t believe what happened.” Chelsea
“Oh my God… That is so terrible.” Yassy said.
“So terrible and stupid that I still believed we can still work things out,” Chelsea answered
“Did he even give you any explanation? The reason?” Yassy asked.
“Tiff and I decided to surprise her that time and visited her in her condo since she texted that they are in Manila and that it was her birthday then. Jessica added.
“When we arrived..” Tiff
FLASHBACK / FRIDAY / Manila / 2014 / 1:00 in the morning
Tiff and Jess: “What are these Chelsea?!?!”
“What happened to you?” Jess, trying to clean all the cans of beer scattered on the floor. While Tiff trying to pull Chelsea up. “Come here you!”
Tiff: “Jess could you get a small towel and warm water please.”
“Yes, sure!” Jessica answered. Off to the kitchen. “OUCH! What the..”
“Jess you okay??” Tiff shouted
She stepped on something. Leaning on the bar table, she tried reaching for that thing stuck on her toes.
“Jess?!” Tiff asked. Took a small towel and warm water. She headed right to the room and helped Tiff. Jessica was a bit quiet and confused then.
“You okay? What happened?” Tiff asked.
Jessica just looked at her and stayed quiet.
“What have I done? What else does he want? Isn’t enough?” Drunk Chelsea suddenly butted in crying.
RONNIE’S CAFE / 2016 / Manila / 3pm
Matt: “No answer still. I think she’s really mad.”
“What’s up! what’s up!” Jerry entering the cafe. “High five! What’s good Matt?”
“Nothing. Jessica still ain’t talking to me.”
“Ain’t talking to you? Why? What happened?” Jerry wondering
“Dude! How’s your trip to Singapore?” Ronnie asked, while serving the coffee to the other table. “Pete! Kindly give your sir Jerry his drink and kindly attend to the customers please.” Calling his staff, took off his apron and joined the boys at the table.
“Ah yeah. Everything was okay, just theusual.” Looked at Ronnie and pretended that everything was okay.
“Singapore? You went to Singapore? But you were here last week?!” Matt asked.
Matt: “Ah yeah. I just need to pay my sister a visit there once in a while. Wow! She pays for your tix?!”
“Yeah?!” He answered. “So, tell me, what is wrong? By the way, has Yassy visited here yet? Bought her something. She said she will drop by the cafe today.”
“Ah yeah. This morning. She just gave me her birthday invitation.” Ronnie answered in a very boring voice.
“Oh yeah! That is what she was telling me yesterday. She said she will drop by the cafe before heading to the province today. She slept early though. She said she will have to pick up the girls early this morning.” Jerry answered.
“The Girls?! So you mean, they are all going home to the province today?” Ronnie asked.
“CONFIRMED! Well, at least I know where Tiff is.” Matt feeling relieved.
“She didn’t tell you? They’re going to visit Chelsea today. She said they are planning to stay there over the night.” Jerry added.
“SHOOT! I REALLY AM DEAD!” Matt – panic mode: on.
“Why?? Could you tell me what happened?”
“Tiff and I saw Mimi last week and then she kept on asking me about Mimi yesterday and she got mad because I don’t really want to say a word. So I pretended that I got mad because it was so early in the morning and she was nagging me. So I left.” Matt explained.
“Dude? You’re really dead! They’re going to visit Chelsea today and I believe they are up to what happened in the past. Remember?? At Dino’s party?? So get yourself, ready man!”
Phoebe: “Any plans for tonight Cy?”
“I will have to accompany mom at the mall. She needs to buy some stuff. I’ll text you if ever we come home early.”
“Alright. Ugh. You want me to drive for you and Aunt Leslie to the mall? Just let me know.” Whew! Phoebe a little tensed.
“Ugh. No. It’s fine. My brother’s coming over. Family time. You know.” Cy answered.
“Ahuh. I see. Then just text me later if ever you an still hang out. Take care!”
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 4:00 PM
Tiff: “After that, Jess and I cleaned her condo and went to the kitchen.”
“We both decided to take her home to the province the following day. “ Jessica added
“Did she insist?” Yassy asked.
“No, she just..” Tiff
“I was just crying all day. I really do not know what else to do. I never saw it coming. Maybe. There were times, that I’d say, maybe he felt trapped in the relationship and that he didn’t know what to do.” Chelsea explained.
“Trapped in the relationship?? But he offered you marriage?!” Yassy.
FLASHBACK / SATURDAY /Aunt Les’ House / Province / 2014 / 8:00 in the morning
“Thank you, girls. Have lunch here.” Chelsea’s mom waited for the girls in front of the gate the following day. She accompanied her daughter inside her room and kissed her on the forehead. “Sleep honey.Take a rest.” Closed the door and went down.
Aunt Les, preparing juice and snacks for the girls, “I saw it coming.”
“Aunt Les?” Tiff asked. Both of them were confused.
“Chelsea really wanted to see her boyfriend so we surprised him and visited him in Bali. Everything wasn’t planned. We just decided to go there and accompany her. When we arrived I already had a feeling that things won’t be okay in the next few days but I saw my daughter happy. So I never doubted her plans. She said she will ask Kevin to come home with us. Lucky enough, he agreed. Both of you are aware of what happened in his past. Kevin got addicted to drugs 2 years ago and our family helped him. He had to go to Bali to see his family and we helped him. He got caught in an accident last year and we helped him. He got caught because of drugs and we got him off of the jail. My daughter has done so much for him.”
Offered juice and snacks to the girls.
“But Aunt Les, they were already engaged when you guys went there right?” Tiff asked.
“It was Kevin’s moms plan. She talked to Kevin and said, she wanted Chelsea to be his wife since they have been together for a long time. Maybe because they all know what she has done for him. They stayed at a beach in Bali for two days when we were there. I stayed in their house and took a rest. We stayed at Kevin’s house when we were in Indonesia. Kevin gave me the permission to use his laptop so I won’t get bored while they were away.”
Stopped for a little while. Looked down. “It wasn’t intentional. He forgot to log out on his social networking site and a message from a girl named Cheeky popped up. It says baby what time will you be visiting me? I miss you so much. I didn’t open the message. What I did was, I just looked at the account of the girl and was shocked seeing photos of Kevin and the girl posted on her site. Kissing, hiding under the blanket, eating out together and all. As a mother, it was so painful seeing how he became like that to my daughter when she was the one who was there for him when he was facing drawbacks of his life.”
“Aunt Les, what did you do after that? Did you even try telling Chelsea?” Jessica asked.
“I was about too, but when they came back home from Bali, she was so excited to tell me that Kevin has already decided to come home with us. I thought everything will end there. I thought he’ll change. I even gave them the chance to start anew. I gave them money to put up their own business when we got back to the Philippines. A restaurant actually. Chelsea went back to her Culinary school and we talked to Kevin if he wants to study again and he thought of it. Chelsea asked me to help them before we tried our luck in Indonesia a few weeks before our flight.”
“Ugh. He really is not the right guy for Chelsea.” Jessica said sadly.
“Just please be very patient with Chelsea. She has a lot of friends but she doesn’t really trust everybody. I know, she’ll be fine soon. She is a tough woman.” Aunt Les said.
“Ugh. Aunt Les, we saw this while cleaning her condo yesterday.” Jessica handed over the ring to Chelsea’s mom. The Engagement ring.
Chelsea’s mom just held the ring close to her heart. And tears fell on her face. The two girls hugged her.
She can really feel the pain that her daughter is feeling that moment.
RONNIE’S CAFE / 2016 / Manila / 4:00pm
Matt: “Dude! What do I do? Help me!”
“Calm down, it won’t give you any solution. Let’s just wait for them tomorrow. That is the least that you can do. And stop calling her. Just text her your whereabouts. She might get annoyed.” Ronnie suggested.
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 5:00 PM
“Okay so you mean to say, Aunt Les knew about it but didn’t tell you?” Yassy asked.
“Nope. She didn’t because she thought everything will change. That’s what she told the girls.” Chelsea answered.
Yassy: “And then?”
“It was really painful that I still can’t believe it happened. So I took a vacation for two months. I flew to Aussie, thinking I could atleast find myself and put the pieces back together.”
“I kept on crying on the plane, and that was the only time I thought to myself that I will be okay and it is finally sinking in. Everything that happened has a reason and it will find it’s way back to you if it is really meant for you.”
“I enjoyed every single day in Australia. I met some new friends. I even got the chance to get hired and earn money.”
“I really enjoyed Australia, and even forgot why I was there. Until one day..”
FLASHBACK / Australia / 2014 / 9:00 am
“Hey mom! Today I will be going to Bondi Beach and will stay there for 2 days. Then I will go back to the apartment where I am staying to fix my things before I get back to the Philippines. Can’t wait to see you Mom! Xoxo.”
Viber message sent!
Chelsea headed to the bathroom and took a bath. Ting! Ting! Ting! Ting! Ting!
“Whowhowhowhow! Who could it be? Too many messages huh?!” Chelsea wondering.
Right after she took a bath, wore a robe and checked her phone.
“Hi! I am Cheeky. I know, I have no right to talk to you or force you to listen to me, but this is the only way to end everything. It has to end from where it all started. Please give me the chance to talk to you. I will wait for you response. This is my viber number. +********8251
Looking in the mirror. She can’t believe that a girl is actually sending her a message. She never thought she would still hear things about Kevin. She has no idea that there was a girl involved since she was too stupid to believe that Kevin’s reason was he just got trapped and he wanted a new life. But to never get involved in a third party relationship.
It took time before she finally decided to respond back to the girl’s message.
RONNIE’S CAFE / 2016 / Manila / 7pm
Chase: “Boys night out?”
“Yeah, sure!Will just give instructions to mystaff.”
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 7:00 PM
“On my way to Bondi Beach, I was thinking why she suddenly showed up and what was the message for… “
“So did you send her back a message?” Yassy asked.
“Yeah! She did.” Tiff answered
FLASHBACK / Australia / 2014 / 10:00 am
“This is life!” Chelsea said. She went to her hotel room and took a rest for a while. Lying in the bed, she thought of the message. And she thought of responding to the message.
“Hi, I do not want to be rude, but I am not interested anymore. Please stop sending me a message.”
AND SHE DELETED IT.
She was so confused if she wants to know everything so that she would at least understand why it happened, or she would just continue moving on. Besides she has already moved on. A little.
Took her phone again, took a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale.
+********8251 NUMBER RINGING..
“Ehem… Hmm. Hi..” Chelsea said.
“Hi Chelsea, I am Cheeky. Before anything else, I would like to say sorry for what happened to you and Kevin. It wasn’t really intentional but I already got caught in the middle. I fell inlove too. I know that you guys were together when he started flirting me, but I fell in love. I am now calling you because I would like to tell you everything that happened because my conscience is really killing me like hell.” Cheeky started the convo.
“Okay. I am actually on a vacation right now and I am only doing this to help you clean your conscience. But after this, I am hoping that you won’t bother me anymore. “ Chelsea said.
“Yes, I promise.” Inhale, exhale. “It started before his flight to Bali. We met in Manila two weeks before the flight. Remember when you attended an event? He asked you if he can use your car, and that he will just go to his friends. He asked you to take the cab instead. He went to see me that night. Something happened. And that was the first time. He went home to you that night, but the following day, he visited me again. And it happened for two weeks. He made sure he’d see me in the last two weeks while he was still in the Philippines and while you were so busy. The night when you were fixing his things in his house, you were talking with his parents and he was inside his room. He called me, videocall, and he was taking drugs that time. He showed me how he does it. The night of his flight, he told you he will just go to the mall because he forgot something. You were so lenient that you didn’t even thought that he’s doing something awful. He visited me that time. And when you picked him up at the mall, we just parted ways. He calls you everyday, and after calling you, he’d call me. I knew then, that he loves you, because he never said he doesn’t. And he kept on reminding me everyday. Until I tried my luck and visited him in Bali. But his parents didn’t know. I stayed at a hotel for a week and he stayed there too. That was the time, when he told you that he resigned from his previous job and that he applied to a different company where the work is really exhausting, and that he gets tired everyday.”
“Would that be all?” Chelsea asked.
“I am telling you this, because I believe that karma just hit me. That is what he has done to me as well. He suddenly left for no reason. I am very sorry Chelsea. I know I have done you wrong and this is the only way to make you believe I am really sorry about what happened. I wish you well. Thank you for your time. Just send me a message, if you still want to know more about it.” CALL ENDED
Tears fell down.
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 8:00 PM
“Pathetic!” Yassy said. “Have you ever thought that this could happen to you?”
“Well, the whole family and us, actually thought they’re gonna end up being together and will get married in the future,” Jessica answered.
“That’s what I thought as well,” Chelsea added
“So what happened that??” Yassy asked.
FLASHBACK / Australia / 2014 / 12:00 pm
Chelsea took a rest for a little while after having the convo with Cheeky. And decided to just enjoy the beach.
After a few days, she went back to the Philippines and started a new life. It was a tough one for her. But she nailed it.
CAFE IN THE PROVINCE / 2016 / 8:30 PM
“Tell me, what are you guys here for? To know my story? Or to visit me? I doubt if you really miss me. Come on! Tell me” Chelsea trying to be humorous, trying to change the mood of everyone. “Don’t worry, I’m okay now.” Smiled.
“Ah yeah. Actually, we missed you of course!” Giggled. “And we would like to know, the story behind Dino’s birthday. We know that you do not want to get involved since you were the only person who witnessed everything, but we really need your help.” Jessica explained.
“Chels, please?” Tiff begging
FLASHBACK / Dino’s bday / 6:00pm
“Chels!!!! So!! Who you with?” Jay greeting Chelsea while dancing on the dance floor offering her a drink.
“I’m with the girls! They are just outside! Waiting for their boyfriends.” Chelsea answered.
“You mean, Tiff and Jessica??” Jay shouting because the music was too loud
“Yes!” She answered.
“Waiting for their boyfriends???? But Matt is already here! Since 4pm!” Jay said.
“Really? Where is he? Tiff has been waiting for him outside!” She asked.
“I just saw him a few minutes ago, he to that room.” Pointing to the door next to the toilet.
“Okay. I will be the one to call him because we might lose out a sight of him again later. Thanks, Jay! See you around!”
“Hey! How are you!” Greeting people on her way. “Hey, sexy! It’s been a year!” “Cheers!”
“Matt? Matt are you there?” Trying to call Matt while knocking on the door. Nobody answers. “Oh, it’s not locked.” Decided to enter the room… And..
“Oh my God!!!!!!”
Why was Chelsea surprised?? Will Jessica tell Chase what happened the night when they had a drink? What happened to the BNO – Boys Night Out? What did Matt do at Dino’s birthday? And still….. who is the Flower Sender?