Taking My Parents on an Anniverary Cruise

Guest post written by Derick Burks

I fell in love with cruises after we started taking them each year with my husband’s company. However, my parents have never been on one! This year, we’re taking them for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise, because the scenery is supposed to be absolutely beautiful there.

Before we leave, we always set our home security alarm (Home Security) since we’ll be gone for the week. Then we take our dogs to the neighbor’s house, so that she can watch them while we’re gone. It’s sort of like a vacation for them, too! We’ll have to drive a ways to pick up my parents on the way to the dock, so we’ll be leaving really early in the morning this Saturday.

Once we take them to the ship, I just know they’ll be amazed by the size and by how many things there are to do on board. My dad will especially love the gambling tournaments and card games, because he has the best luck of anyone I know. My mom, on the other hand, is really looking forward to the formal dinners. She has a great time mingling with people and socializing. Once we land in Alaska, we’ll stay there for an entire day before heading back on the ship. It’ll be such a special trip for them to remember.

Nostalgia – My Boracay Getaway

One funny experience that is very unforgettable to us three during this first boracay vacation was the typhoon incident. We spent the night in a waiting shed because they won’t let any boat to cross the island because of the typhoon. The paradise look of boracay was all ruin when the typhoon hit the place. All store were close and no vehicles running. It was so windy and we were in the waiting shed with one sarong only to cover our body. Good thing the mayor brought some burgers to the stranded passengers including us for food. And guess what who was in the first line? Of course none other than us, and we grabbed 3 burgers and a pack of biscuit LOL. Despite of the cold weather, the three of us can stop laughing because we looked and acted like one of our student when they distributed the food.

We laid down some cartoon to sleep at but at the middle of our snoring moment a cold water wet out back. Other people slept in sitting position but sine i am little I manage to fit on top of the typing table all curled up because of the freezing wind. Until now we still talk about this experiences.

2006 Boracay Vacay - My Castle

Do you know that you have to pay 5 pesos to the people who designed the castle just for pictorial? Most people in this area special the resident learn to earn money through tourist. They braid hairs, they build castle and collect a toll of 5 pesos for those who want their picture taken with the castle.
2006 Boracay Vacay with friends. Alma and Yvonne

We went to Boracay just the three of us. Alma had his brother work in Caticlan so we had a place to stay for free that night with free meal also. Early that morning we cross by boat going to the island. In this photo we were getting ready to go back home because we still have seminar to attend.
Taking a boat going to Ilo-ilo from Cebu City vice versa

To save on our fare, we decided to take a boat from Cebu City then took a bus going to Cataclan where we will take a small boat that will cross us to the Boracay Island.
Posing before the typhoon

Good thing we did a bunch of poses and picture picture because that night we arrived in Boracay, a strong typhoon hit the place. The next morning the typhoon was still there but that did not stop us to roam around the place and buy some souvenir items.
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Sisterz Getaways

Remembering those good ol days. This was the last getaways we had with my sisters. When my sister came home from US and kept her arrival and stay in Cebu City so discrete that even my parents did not know that she was already in the Philippines. We were her accomplice for keeping everything secret which cause misunderstanding between us and our relatives specially Aunts in Cebu City.


But we didn’t care because we were having so much fun exploring Cebu. We went to Moalboal and stayed in a two room resort for one night. The we stayed with my friends house in Moalboal for a night also because the resort is kind of expensive. After that night we decided to go to another beach resort called Bas Daku in the same place and rented a room cottage for a night. Then we headed off to Kawasan Falls Badian, Cebu and spent the day exploring the the three falls in Kawasan. We tried rafting which is the most exciting activity that you can do in Kawasan falls. This is my entry for Watery Wednesday.
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