Weekend Special #5: The Trip to Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

I believe that one blogpost is never enough for a detailed narration of our Excitement Over the Easter Long Holiday Break. Like I had previously published, it was one lovely time with my family here in Sydney.

There was never a dull moment despite us hurdling a three-hour drive up the mountainous part of New South Wales. The weather was cooperative; it was one excellent day for a day tour!

Road trip to Jenolan Caves

Road trip to Jenolan Caves

We had to gear ourselves up early. So this holiday break is never meant for sleep-ins. There was no time for groaning and moaning or any sign of complaints; I have long asked for this after all. Hahaha!

To avoid delays and to make sure that we arrive just in time for our 12:30 booking at the Cave Tour, my Prince wanted to hit the road by 8 in the morning and true enough, all of us were all set for the ride when the clock hit 8.

The long trek has just begun!

The long trek had just begun!

We were told that there were some roadworks along the way.

Road works

Road works

Traffic congestion

Traffic congestion

We were lucky that we had not encountered so much delays on the road. We were expecting to be pulled over for a breath test but we got away with it! Thank heavens!

The traffic police doing their jobs.

The traffic police doing their jobs.

It was no easy trek going up the Jenolan Caves. It demanded real caution for the man behind the steering wheel as the road was narrow and winding.

Like we had been forewarned, it was a busy time at the Jenolan Caves. As expected, we’ve had a hard time looking for parking.

Full parking

Full parking

We had more than enough time goofing around upon arrival because we were more than an hour early for our scheduled cave tour.

That's my man!

That’s my wife!

That's my man!

That’s my man!

Raise the roof!!!

Raise the roof!!!

Ms. Australia Winner pose by my MIL ;-)

Ms. Australia winner pose by my MIL ;-)

The famed Asian Vee sign!

The famed Asian Vee sign!

We decided to have our lunch prior the start of the tour. After which, we walked around the cave vicinity and took more mementos.

Jenolan Caves Village Directory

Jenolan Caves Village Directory

My MIL and I

My MIL and I

My Prince and I

My Prince and I

My Prince with MIL

My Prince with MIL

Jenolan Cave Fire Truck

Jenolan Caves Fire Truck

Seeing this cave entry meant we were about to begin the tour

Seeing this cave entry meant we were about to begin the tour

Of course, we can’t help but strike for some more poses before heading off the 1.5 hours cave tour. LOL!

Lover's Delight ;-)

Lover’s Delight ;-)

My MIL and I

My MIL and I

I can’t write at this blog about the cave tour per se as I was meaning to talk more about it at My Wanderlust.

After the tour was done, we were glowing with fun and joy!

After the tour with my Prince and I

After the tour with my Prince and I

With my MIL and yours truly

With my MIL and yours truly

Mother and son

Mother and son

Lovebirds at the cave ;-)

Lovebirds at the cave ;-)

With the Love of My Life

With the Love of My Life

As if the above overloading of photos were never enough, I am sharing this video which clearly expressed how much we’ve had fun on this trip.

Till my next update, folks!

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The Excitement Over the Easter Long Holiday Break

We so looked forward for this. It is the longest weekend break of the year and we felt excited that we can get some beautiful family bonding. We initially hadn’t planned anything until I vividly recalled that my Prince promised me a road trip once we get ownership of a reliable car.

All set for the long ride! Long Easter break officially began on a Good Friday!

All set for the long ride! Long Easter break officially began on a Good Friday!

It did ring a bell so I immediately asked him “nicely” if we could go to the Grand Pacific Drive, a well known two-day road trip around New South Wales. He must have felt harassed about me “nagging” him going somewhere for the long weekend. LOL! I just felt the itch to go places and not be too wrapped up in my own misery. Unfortunately, some friends dissuaded us to do the trip at this time because the roads are too congested; there’s just too many people on the road heading just about everywhere. So Ok, fine! Lainy, you better behave! Ha! Ha! Ha! ;-)

But then again, I can not let this opportunity pass without doing something memorable for us as a family. This is the only time in our hands where we can plan out something special. Until my Prince finally “gave in” and suggested for us to go to Jenolan Caves instead of a two-day road trip.

Jenolan Caves, off we go!

Jenolan Caves, off we go!


I was thrilled to my bones! I have never been to any caves in my life except going to the Bat Colony at Monfort Cave, Samal Island in Davao City. There was no way we could ever go inside the Bat Cave obviously for fear of being eaten alive by the colony of bats. Ha! Ha! Ha!

I did the booking a few days before Good Friday. We were told that it’s pretty busy right up there in the mountains at the caves with lots of tourists coming around for the long weekend. Well, at least we have been forewarned.

The Official Receipt and the cave tour itinerary tickets

The Official Receipt and the cave tour itinerary tickets

More tickets which are valid until 2015

Tickets which are valid until 2015

This was truly one fun and enjoyable day for my family here in Sydney. We’ve had an entirely lovely day! I love that we were able to create this once in a lifetime memory that will surely be forever etched in our hearts.

One more round of selfie after the Imperial Cave tour

One more round of selfie after the Imperial Cave tour

I shall comprehensively publish separately our long trip to Jenolan Caves at my travel blog over at My Wanderlust once I get settled in and had a good rest after the long and winding trip to the mountains :-)

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Weekend Special #4: Full Weekend Ahead

After two weeks, I finally felt so much better. God is indeed good all the time!

After living a recluse life and drowning myself in complete misery, I finally managed to fix myself up, put on some lipstick, and dressed up nicely. My Prince was relieved! He felt happy that he is finally seeing my old self back again. No words can ever suffice how much I thank my husband for his outstanding and exceptional patience and for loving me unconditionally. He is a real epitome of awesome and wonderful! To have a keepsake of my renewed joy and vibrancy, my MIL volunteered to take a photo of my Prince and I. Thank you, Mummy!

Feeling good for the first time in two weeks!

Feeling good for the first time in two weeks!

Happy together!

Happy together!

Recent pic after the storm

Recent pic after the storm

I also did some shopping. Hurray to that! Believe it or not, it’s been almost three months since I spoiled myself in terms of shopping. I never felt the need for it but knowing myself, it’s not me. I’d usually go shopping even when the need does not arise. I find it therapeutic or perhaps I was just giving myself enough justification why I had to go shopping. LOL! It’s a girl thing yah know! ;-)

I felt like a domesticated diva today. I did some laundry (Read: Hand-washing) after having a sleep-in. Then we went to do some of our errands which was not completed. We will do the rest of it tomorrow. We were finally able to book both our dental appointments. The receptionist was a friendly Filipina. However, my Prince felt prejudiced; she offered to give us a special discount all because I am Filipino. I am aware it was well-meaning but for a country that abhors racial discrimination, the statement was totally out of line. If we were in the Philippines, it would have been so fine. Well, I’d have to give her credit though for going out of her way to a fellow Filipino like myself and even booking us to a really good dentist. I was supposed to have my eye check done today as well but I had to forego it two weeks later because I need to get home quick to prepare for dinner. I will be blogging about my Filipino food experiment later :-) Edit: My cooking experiment for this weekend is Pork Picadillo a.k.a Pork Giniling.

I bought some undergarments today and like always, the girl in the shop noticed how patient my husband was. It was not the first time he got complimented for coming inside with me. Edit: My Prince strongly demanded that I reword “for coming inside with me”, and I asked what’s the matter? And we both burst out laughing! Hahahaha! Moving forward, he patiently waited till I finally purchased the one I really, really liked.

At the lingerie shop

At the lingerie shop

We also bought a birthday card for a friend. While browsing for a more fitting card for the celebrant, I found this card and wondered if there’d also be one for the husbands.

No. 1 Wifey!

No. 1 Wifey!

What I found was this:

It's not my husband's birthday just yet but I just find it nice ;-)

It’s not my husband’s birthday just yet but I find it too nice and funny! ;-)

Isn’t it cute? :-)

We also ordered a cute birthday cake for tomorrow which shall be posted over at My Bits and Bites.

Tomorrow is another day and like the blogpost title suggests, it’s gonna be another full day.

May you all enjoy your weekend in grand style!

Cheerio!!! ;-)

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Weekend Special #3: Blessed Sunday

It’s been awhile since I published how our weekends fared. It’s pretty much the same thing except for the last three weeks where we were up and about looking for a not-so-new-car. We finally got a more reliable one the other week.

For this weekend, I went to have some hand and feet pampering. While I was at it, my Prince went to do his own thing, too. I didn’t want him to sit and do nothing while waiting for me. He ended up buying two sneakers. Talk about shopping by his lonesome. LOL!

Sunday was a special occasion at Church. It was the yearly Holy Supper. We prepared ourselves for this holy occasion through devotional prayers at night.

We got the chance of striking some poses after the Worship Service. An Australian brethren volunteered to take the photos. How nice of him!

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My Prince was obviously squinting his eyes from the glaring sunlight

My Prince was obviously squinting his eyes from the glaring sunlight

Good thing I'd have my sunnies with me or else this would not have been posted. LOL!

Good thing I had my sunnies with me or else this would not have been posted. LOL!

We didn’t plan anything else after the Worship Service. I only wanted to get a new pair of flat shoes. Of course the wifey can’t be outdone. LOL! Kidding aside, I only wanted to buy a $20 worth of comfortable shoes. I had a hard time looking for one. Most were heftily priced from $40 and up. I am not so keen in spending that amount for an ordinary flat shoes. Luckily, I was able to finally get one in the first shoe shop we went to. The only trouble is, my two feet have varying sizes. LOL! The shoes felt so tight on my left while it fits perfectly on my right. I can only roll my eyes!

The new pair of shoes ;-)

The new pair of shoes for $19.95. LOL! ;-)

I am beginning to hate wearing high-heeled shoes. I initially geared up myself for Church wearing a wedge today but when I was heading towards the car, I can feel something unusual. I didn’t realized the sole on my left is all wreaked! I had to go back quickly and grab a decent flat shoes. I would have looked funny wearing that shoes. LOL!

The wreaked wedge

My most favorite wedge is now wreaked!

We had an early lunch before we decided what to do next. Like I said earlier, we never planned how the day would turn out after Church. It’s a day with a lot of unpredictables ;-)

We went to Officeworks thereafter to buy a few little things. It was simply a random day for us; nothing planned but it still turned out well because we spent a lot of time together. I guess that’s all that matters.

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My Heart Speaks as a Newlywed

Thank you to all commenters who expressed their congratulatory messages and well wishes to my little accomplishments at the post entitled I Did It! A Small Yet Large Triumph of a Filipina in Australia.

My aim in writing about it on my blog is never to brag but to honestly express that these triumphs are nothing as compared to the triumph that I considered large in itself- having a supportive, caring and loving husband.

I have heard a lot of sob stories in cross culture marriages. In fact, I wrote in the past about Cross Culture Marriage – For Better Or Worse and The Perils of a Journey to Forever. True enough, there were a lot of Filipinas who were unfortunate to have been treated like crap in foreign countries and with no family around to seek refuge and comfort.

I remember a friend in the Church once told me that she has the same concerns for me when she learned I have no family around in Australia.

Sis Maureen's message

Sis Maureen’s message

It's rare to find a man who opens the door for their wives- my husband does!

It’s rare to find a man who opens the door for their wives- my husband does!

I truly and sincerely appreciate her concern but she’s right! My Prince is all I need! By the way, Sis Maureen of Decors and Motifs is one of the most genuine friends we have ever had the fortune of knowing prior to getting married.

The Pretty Mommy Sis Maureen and her darling handsome Unico Hiji, Darrell

The Pretty Mommy Sis Maureen and her darling handsome Unico Hijo, Darrell

Sure, there’s a helluva lot of unhappy marriages that abound but there are also heaps that succeeded.

For a newlywed like myself, I am well aware that my Prince and I still have a long, long way to go.

My heart is truly overflowing with gratefulness for the blessing of having a husband like mine. He is well worth the long wait!

Despite giving up my life back home- leaving my family behind, “abandoning” my job in the government while preparations for the 2013 Elections was underway, and breaking away from my comfort zone- these are nothing as compared to the joys that marriage bring and starting life anew. Like with every marriages, how to deal and handle with challenges and trials that come is of paramount importance. Yes, we weren’t spared from all kinds of tribulations. But we were never swayed. Not one bit.

With My Prince that is my husband

With My Prince that is my husband

At the end of each day, we always humbly offer ourselves in prayer to God seeking comfort and guidance that He may always keep us and help us honor forever our sacred vows to each other; that in the moments we find ourselves weak, it is not the persons that we married but the devil that worms its way to break us. 

Marriage has always been a holy covenant that Satan seeks to devour but with God’s help, we will never be easy targets.

This marriage may not be perfect but I thank God that He has molded both our hearts and souls to have magnanimous and perfect acceptance of each other.

I can quickly turn the other way and simply cover my nose when he has stinking “bomb-like” fart episodes or he would only calmly quip “it’s OK” if and when I fart under the blanket. He is normally patient but he easily loses his temper when there are idiot drivers on the road and I would remind him to keep his cool; they are just idiots! Haha! The same way that he keeps me calm and collected when I am enraged about trivial issues which I blame my hormones or my HBP by the way. LOL!¬†Seriously, I am grateful for my Prince for always soothing my nerves and massaging my ego :)

We perfectly support each other. He is my number one cheerleader and fan at the same time in all my endeavors and I am the same for him too.

Indeed, marriage is a long journey with many surprises and not all of them will be good; there will always be bumps and humps along the way but with God in it, there is really nothing much to lose sleep about.

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