M&M Adventure: Wellington Zoo
About a week ago, Miggy and I planned a trip to the Zoo. I’ve been living in NZ for almost five years now, but this was only my first time visiting the Wellington Zoo. Aside from the fact that their ticket is a bit pricey for a kuripot girl like me, my fear of animals is another reason why I never considered visiting this zoo. However, this year I’ve decided to face my fears one at a time. This fear included.
Honestly, the thought of going here dreaded me, but my boyfriend is a big encourager! He’s the kind of boyfriend that would help you conquer your fears and go out of your comfort zone! That’s why I feel nothing but blessed to have him. Okay, enough of this cheesiness! To give you a glimpse of what’s inside this zoo, here are some of our photos!
I was amazed by the beauty of that Australian Pelican and those little monkeys!
Look how Miggy mimicked the sunny bear statue. Isn’t he so adorable? hahaha. Girls, find a guy who can make you laugh! ;)
And yes we’re wearing a couple shirt or should I say a terno shirt?! Ay ewan basta parehas! haha
This is probably the highlight of my Zoo Adventure! I fell in love with Giraffes that day! They left me in awe. Oh how I wish my legs are as long as theirs! haha
Holy Mother of Baboons! These creatures never fail to freak me out!
First incident happened while we were watching Catching Fire at the cinema. There’s this particular scene in the film where baboons abruptly appeared on the screen and that freaked me out. That was so embarassing! People sitting next to us were laughing at me. Almost same thing happened at the zoo. There’s only a glass wall that borders them from us. And a silly baboon suddenly appeared in front of me! I jumped in fear!
Presenting….the cast of Lion King: Simba, Nala, Timon, Rafiki and The Hyenas!! I wonder where was my twin, Pumba! hehehe
And these are the other animals we saw. I’m not a big fan of reptiles so I was relieve to know that they don’t have snakes nor frogs! Hahaha!!
But honestly, we’re a bit disappointed because most of the animals were sleeping. We got there at around lunch time, so I suggest come there ealrier if you’re planning to visit! Also, they have the most close encounter/shows scheduled in the morning! We’re lucky that Miggy got our tickets for free during his open day at uni. Or else, it wouldn’t be that so worth visiting!
But despite of the disappointment, we still managed to enjoy. After all, it’s not everyday that we encounter these animals! In fact I feel so loved that day! I really appreciate how Miggy helps me grow through encouraging me to overcome my own fears. I swear, he doesn’t need to say I love you. His actions are more than enough for me to feel that I am loved.
So there ya have it folks, this our mini-adventure in Wellington Zoo! :)
Pebrero Feb-ibig ❤️
I’ve been really into food trippings since last year. I have to thank my boyfriend for bringing me to different restos and allowing me to explore and taste different cuisines. Like what I said before, Miggy gives me a glimpse of the world through our food adventures. Last Wednesday, prior to our zoo date (which I’ll blog soon), we tried a different cuisine. This time we had a taste of Thailand.
It’s not our first time to try thai food, but it’s our first time to dine in Aroy. I really like how they used red and white for their interior. They just blend perfectly. Oh I just realised that in every Thai express I’ve been to, their main design color would always be red. Hmmm I wonder why… Do you guys know the significance of red in Thai culture?
I was thinking Aroy could offer something new to us. But, they almost have the same menu with the other Thai express that we’ve dined in before. So I made sure to try a dish I’ve never ordered before!
I had Steamed Chicken with satay sauce! It tasted like curry. It’s not that bad! And by the way, they have huge serving!! This plate is already good for two!
Miggy had Crispy/BBQ Pork on rice. I didn’t get to taste it because I’m trying to avoid pork. Feeling healthy lang ang lola nyo! hahaha
Their prices are not that bad. Hindi naman diba, Miguel? haha For sure, hindi mapapa “AROY AROY Naku!” ang wallet mo! They’re very affordable!
We left the resto pretty satisfied and super busog! :)
To know more about Aroy’s menu and prices, here’s their website: http://aroy.co.nz/menu.html
Sierra with Sisteraka
Finally after 300 years, I finally had a quality time with my sister, Joie! This is something we haven’t done in along time. Last year wasn’t our best year. I was too preoccupied with school works; and at the same time so many things happened in our lives, and sadly that resulted a bit of gap between us. However, I am hoping that this year would be better!
I promised her that I’m gonna take her on a cafe date during the summer, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that. So last Friday, I decided to fulfill that promise. Better Late Than Never, People! hehe I met her at the mall afterschool and we had the so called “sisterly date”.
We decided to try out Sierra. It’s a cafe we both haven’t been to before. So that adds the fun since we’re both foodie! Instant food adventure for us!
Prior to meeting her, I already had Wendy’s burger and fries with friends. So I was still full and decided to just have some dessert. I’m a sucker for brownies so I tried their caramel brownies (I’m not sure if I got that name right hehe). Basta brownies, yun na yun! haha. And I might just add, it taste heavenly!! If they only lessen its sweetness a bit, I’d give it a 10!
She ordered croissant with ham, tomatoes, and egg. Plus sidings on the side! It’s an achievement day for me because I was able to make her eat some green!! Haha look at her reaction though!
Aaaah she’s indeed growing up (literally and figuratively). Look how beautiful she is! Mana sa ate? Ipaglaban ko to! hahaha
And we ended the day with photobooth <3
I love you. No matter what your brain tells you or what the world dictates you. Ate loves you. And that will never change.
Darling, be bold and do not be afraid. Do not let your inferiorities hold you back from aiming high. You are made to achieve greater things. You are made for so much more. Do not waste your time thinking you are not enough. You are a 10. You’ve always been a 10. Believe in yourself. Trust that God is always with you, directing your steps. Conquer your fears. Go out of your comfort zone. Now. #ibelieve 💛
M&M Adventure: A Day in the Waterfront ❤
And just when I thought Valentines was over, Miggy surprised me a day full of love, surprises and adventures. Again, I was hesitant to share about this, fearing our relationship would become too public. But Miggy and I have this goal—to be an example and inspiration to our friends and to other couples and singles out there, and of course that wouldn’t happen if we just keep our journey as a couple between us two. So from now on, expect to see here all our adventures! And today, I’ll share with yall how we had our post-Valentines celebration.
Since I was sick during the Valentine’s week, we weren’t able to go out as a couple but we’re able to spend it with our friends, which you can read on my previous post! So the following week, he planned out this surprise adventure for me. I was clueless about the places we we’re going to that day. Well, pretty much about everything! I had completely no idea. I did have an idea, but I really wanted to be surprised, so I just stopped guessing.
I was really anticipating that day! Of course, we couldn’t go out without him asking my parents and kuya’s permission. That’s probably one of the best things about MIggy, I didn’t have to tell him what to do, he already knew that having my parents’ consent is a must! And obviously, my kuya and parents said YES! Yahooo!
So fastforward to that day, we first went to the Old St. Paul’s in Wellington. Going to church is always part of our dates, so I kind of expected this. But what is surprising is that he brought me to a church we both haven’t been to. We’re stunned by the beauty of Old St. Paul’s!
Miggy shared that everytime you visit a church for the first time, ask God for 3 wishes and He’ll grant it. So that’s what we did. We prayed.
Trivia time: Miggy always hold my hand whenever we pray together.
And after being amused by the interior of Old St. Paul’s, we headed to Portofino, an italian restaurant at the Waterfront.
Prior to that day, he asked me to wear something semi-formal for our date. And that’s the only clue I had. I never expected he would bring me to a really fancy restaurant.
Their food was amazing!! The waiter recommended us to have chicken fetuccinne, and it was heavenly!!! We also had margherita pizza that indeed satisfied our tummy! Haaayy, we’re so busog!! We left the resto with full tummy and smiles on our faces! They have amazing service too! So for Portofino, it’s 8.9/10!
We decided to just walk around Waterfront afterwards. Pambaba daw ng kinain HAHA! Then, he pulled out his next surprise—love lock!! He was mentioning about padlocks the night before and I actually guessed about this, but I didn’t tell him because I didn’t want to ruin his plans hehe. Nonetheless, I still find it really sweet! Parang Korea and Paris lang ehehe!
He wrote the one in the top photo, and of course I wrote the one in the bottom. Even before we got officially together, Miggy always reminds me that this journey, our journey is not just about us two, but about us and God; and ever since it has become our couple’s mantra— You, me and God ❤
We couldn’t be sure of anything in this world. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. But I am blessed to have him on my side while journeying the unknown. Life may have a lot of twists and turns, but I really pray he’d be the one. The first and the last. We already prayed and claimed that this relationship is a journey forever! Now, it’s also locked! <3
We continued walking along the Waterfront. Then, he showed me this street art and made me read it. I was touched. So I gave him a hug.
No, he didn’t do it. He has seen it before and I think it just reminded him of me. Yieee haba ng hair ko hangang Mindanao!!
We got tired of walking, so we decided to have a short rest in one of the parks in Waterfront. Selfies!! Pardon, my annoying big zit on my nose. Hassle magkaruon ng pimple sa date, lakas maka-chaka! But then, he didn’t mind! For him, I was still the most beautiful. I guess it is true, love is indeed blind HAHAHAHA!
Then again, he surprised me with unexpected adventure! Prior to that day, he was asking to choose between relaxation and adventure. And being the life-adventurer myself, I chose the latter without knowing what kind of adventure he prepared for me.
I was wearing a dress, a semi-formal one, but I couldn’t say NO to paddle boat!! It’s my first time and I really had fun. We didn’t mind being exposed to scorching heat of the sun.
Another trivia: I’m scared of the sea, well more like scared of drowning and Miggy always encourages me to face my fears!
Surprisingly, I wasn’t that scared. Medyo lang. Pero kineribelly ko to! I didn’t know how many times I told him “I’M SO HAPPY”. Then he replied “THAT’S MY GOAL!”
Syempre Selfies ulit!! Haay gwapo ni Miguel!! Yiee kilig siya!
After the 30 minutes paddle boat ride, we grabbed some gelato and water to freshen up in Kafee eis. Then we headed straight to his next pasabog! While on our way, we unexpectedly got fond of the hanging sculpture in Civic Square and took some turista photos!
We also had an unexpected and unplanned tour in one the Galleries in Civic Square. I have so much love for the arts, but I barely understand any of the paintings hehe. We’re not able to take photos, because we assumed it’s not allowed hehe.
From the Gallery, we went straight to his last pasabog! He took me to Cafe Breton. I fell in love by the designs of the cafe.
Naks Gwapo! ;)
We had crepes. There’s nothing special about their crepes though. But I really love that we’re the only non-french customers there. Imagine a cafe filled with french-speaking folks. Even the crew is speaking french! We really felt like we’re dining in France <3
I really appreciate how Miggy values my love for travel. And I am amazed by how he gives me a glimpse of the world even only through our food adventures.
This must be our best date thus far!! I felt so alive that day! You know what, throughout the whole day Miggy only made me feel that what makes me the happiest is also what makes him the happiest. I couldn’t wait to see and explore the bigger world with him in the future. It must be true that God already saved the best for you, you just need to be patient. He’s indeed worth the wait. Sure, we’re both clueless about God’s plans for our lovestory, but I just knew in my heart he is already the God’s best for me. Haaayy, Thank You Lord for this man! ❤
In the past years, I’ve celebrated Valentines with friends and family. It’s not really big deal for us. But this year was a bit different and special, because finally after 20 long years, I celebrated Valentines with a special someone. Honestly, we didn’t have any plans on Valentines Day itself; because I was still recovering from my sickness and we’re not really100% that time. Well, my only plan that day was to accompany my brother and meet a friend. But in my surprised, “the most ma-effort boy friend” visited me at home and brought me flower, food ( my favourite, katsu!) and love letters.
I still push thru my orginal plan. Of course, I asked him to come with us and we made a wonderful (unexpected!!) group date with our friends!
Unplanned events with the best people are the best-est! <3
And ofcourse, Valentines wouldn’t be as meaningful without spending the day with the family. We had our usual take-away dinner by the Oriental Bay. Plus, Pop treated us some ice cream! Haayyy saya!
Even though I look crap in the photos because of my swollen left cheek, this day deserved to be documented. To sum, it was indeed a beautiful day. I didn’t expect it to be this “almost” perfect! I feel so loved by the people around me!! <3
Friends, you have no reason to be bitter every February 14. There so many ways to celebrate Valentines Day! It’s not only for the lovers! Sure, having a special someone would make your Valentines Day extra special, but nothing beats the little moments we share with our lovedones. So celebrate love with your friends and family everyday!