Babe and I initially thought that we wouldn’t make it to the 8:00 PM bus departure in Cubao. Jeck and Ken left the office early because only two of us were allowed to leave early. So Babe and I stayed behind, hoping that we could catch a cab in 5 minutes. As soon as we got out of the building, the rain poured. It was doubly hard to hail a cab but Lady Luck appeared to be on our side as I was able to sweet-talk a driver. By 7:30 PM, we were still in Ortigas and Jeck and Ken kept calling me to tell us to move faster because we were the only passengers missing. At this point, Babe was completely indifferent, preparing himself for the worst–that we would miss Mhay’s wedding. I ignored him because I was still being optimistic that we would make it.
Then suddenly, I saw a bus with a “Mandigma” name in front of our cab. I thought it was a really good sign since “Mandigma” is the last name of Mhay’s fiance. We arrived at the terminal at exactly 8:00 PM. We were the only ones the bus was waiting for. We left the terminal at 8:30 PM and arrived in Ligao at 6:30 AM. A tricycle picked us up and brought us to Mhay’s house for breakfast. The trip was exhausting! Sitting for 10 hours straight with only three stop-overs is torture. It was also super cold that even Babe (who has a high tolerance for the cold) needed to wrap himself in two towels.
After a cup of coffee and a light breakfast, Mhay brought us to the Twin Peaks Resort, where the reception will take place. We have a nice room booked there which was spacious enough for the four of us. More food arrived as we settled in our room. We dozed off for a couple of hours and woke up by noon to another meal sent to us by Mhay.
Before the wedding at 3:00 PM, Jeck and Ken bought a three Red Horse Grande for us. We had a couple of glasses before we all got ready for the wedding. It rained really hard a little after lunch. I was super worried because there were no cemented pathway to the reception area. In front of us is a wide open muddy area. I was thinking of wearing my flip-flops instead of my heels for the wedding since I didn’t want to look like I raced against a carabao before heading to the church, right? Good thing Mhay had one of her relatives pick us up from our room to the church.
By the time we arrived at the church, the ceremony had already begun. We sat at the back of the church. I was kind of sad that we missed Mhay walking down the aisle. Anyway, Mhay looked really pretty. My mind couldn’t help but wander what dress I’d be wearing, what I’d look like and stuff when it’s my time to walk down the aisle. I told the boys a story (I’m not sure how accurate it is) that only girls who are virgins should wear a veil on their wedding day, or something like that. Babe asked me if I’d wear a veil when it’s our time to face the altar. Hahaha. I said, “of course!”
We left the church early so I could change into my flip-flops. It was a challenge to walk around the resort with my heels on so I really had to change into my flip-flops. Anyway, the food was great. The people were simple but really nice. By the way, I caught the bouquet. I know Mhay intentionally threw the bouquet towards my position. Babe was forced to participate in the garter toss because I caught the bouquet. Haha.
We had a couple of drinks after the wedding and returned to our room. We brought more beer and just talked. The newlyweds visited us in our room and shared a few laugh. Emman, May’s husband, is a nice guy. She’s in good hands. We woke up the next morning to a cloudy day. We were hoping to take a photo of Mayon volcano the day we arrived in Bicol but the clouds were in the way. May’s uncle picked us up and brought us to the town center to book our tickets. We also bought goodies for family and friends back home. When we got back in our room, we took pictures of the Mayon volcano. 🙂
Ken has the prettiest pictures from the trip. I’m still waiting for him to upload ’em. 🙂