S: Our Honeymoon
FC: Our Honeymoon: Cebu, Philippines August 4th-18th, 2009
1: Dear Kyle, Happy 3rd Anniversary!!! I can't believe it has been three whole years already! It seems like only yesterday when we were exchanging our vows and were able to kiss for the first time in 8 months. Oh the memories. We have so many! So much laughter and adventure. I couldn't have picked a better person to spend my life with than you. You are perfect for me. And I can't wait to be in your arms again and go through this book together. But until my return, this book will just have to do. I hope it brings smiles to your heart as you remember our hard-to-forget honeymoon. I love you baby! Marian
3: Our honeymoon to Cebu, Philippines got off to a rough start. After arriving to Grand Rapids airport we found out our plane had mechanical issues and waited around for 7 hours unsuccessfully trying to catch the next available flight. Since we couldn't catch a flight to CA, we missed our connection to the PI and we left the airport thinking our honeymoon was over and were tossing up ideas of spending it at the cabin up north. Thankfully, Mom found another way and we ended up booking a new flight to the PI out of Chicago the next day. After making the long drive to Chicago and arriving at the hotel, we spent most of the night looking for Daddy JerBear's keys and our third night as a married couple was spent sleeping in a bed next to my dad and my brother. Drama followed us the next day when Dad grabbed the wrong backpack and nearly left with Mark's passport. One quote sums it up, " Marian, why did you leave it in the line of fire!?!?!"
4: Plantation Bay Resort
5: After the 20+ hour trip, we arrived in Cebu, Philippines! Our first stop was the beautiful Plantation Bay Resort . I was so amazed to see that our balcony connected with the water! We swam in many of the pools and even met up with my Uncle for dinner. Yes I know, I have the most family-filled honeymoon known to man.
6: Lots of palm trees, pools, and hammocks made for a very relaxing time. We loved exploring this awesome resort!
8: Here is Kyle at one of the many pools. They also had some nice private areas with reclining chairs, like the one we're sitting in on the right --->
10: Spa day!!!!! We relaxed in the numerous hot tubs offered in the spa followed by an hour long couples massage. So relaxing!
13: Tasty seafood was a frequent treat in the Philippines. After a long day of swimming an sunning, we wound up here listening to live music and then singing karaoke.
15: Mango shakes are good, and that's a fact. One can never have too many. Here we are in some cool gazebos in our last day at Plantation Bay.
18: Ogtong Island Beach Resort- We got 3 days away from family to go off on our own and relax with just us. I loved being with my family, but it was nice to get away for a little bit and have a few days of actual honeymoon time. It was a beautiful place. We ate like kings and I think I devoured at least 22.5 mango shakes by the end of my stay
22: We took this boat about 5 miles to the "Virgin Islands." We snorkeled and then reclined in the shade. The only down side was the fairly large amount of trash in the water. We picked up some of it, and swam around the rest of it.
24: Oh Kyle- always busy skipping rocks or juggling things. At least he is never bored. This day on the island was so much fun! I wish I had scuba gear so I could actually see what was going on below. But we had fun just hanging out on the beach and riding in the boat around the island. The next day our fun continued when we rented a motorbike and toured the whole island (we got really really lost for about 3 hours, but we were still in honeymoon mentality and did not fight about it at all). Fast forward about two years and boom boom pow, it's a whole new story. ;)
27: After riding around the island on our rented motorbike, we stopped at one of the many roadside stores for a coke and brief shelter from the heat.
29: On our fourth day, Mark and my Auntie joined us and we explored the caves together. Kyle was a little more adventurous than I and he and Mark went in some dark, and semi-creepy underwater holes. I didn't want to go so I guess it was a good thing Mark was with us. Who knew taking a brother along for your honeymoon could actually have a few perks every once in awhile?
30: Uncle Buboy generously invited us to his house in Cebu City, where we enjoyed a bountiful feast of an entire baboy (pig)(right) rice and assorted seafoods. Very appetizing indeed! We visited with family and I got to meet many of Marian's Filipino cousins.
31: Outside the Cox house in Bogo, just down the road from Lolo and Lola's house. Lola and Auntie Alberta would come by the house before we woke up and make us breakfast. Keep in mind everyone wakes up at about 6 am everyday. Must be a Filipino thing.
32: Lolo and Lola watched Mark and I play some local Filipinos in tennis. Despite our confidence going in, we ended up getting beat fairly easily. It could have been the clay courts, the heat, or the beer they offered us in between points...
35: Mark, Kyle, and Uncle Tata outside the tennis courts. The local church (in my Mom's old childhood home). My cousin Joey and I. Kyle playing an old guitar with 4 strings at the church, attempted to tune it and play it. Gave Kyle his first market place experience. We went to buy fish with my Lola. It was sooo hot. But we got alot of good food!!!
36: Marian and I on Tata's motorbike, getting ready for a quick ride around Bogo. In addition to singing "Zombie" on the karaoke machine, Ezra likes full contact wrestling, riding on shoulders, and jumping off high objects. A handstand competition breaks out as Kyle tries to compete with the much more flexible filipino children on the beach. Crouching behind the net waiting for the serve. (right)
38: Marian casually mentioned "I wish I had some shells..." and soon a small mob of filipino kids mobilized into collecting well over 100 shells. They accompanied us back to our house and congregated outside the gate. Today we salute you, Marian King, U.S. Naval Chaplain
40: Playing with the locals on the beach. Collecting shells. Doing hand stands. Watching Mark skim board. Admiring the sunset. The kids were in love with Kyle. They followed him around saying "Justin Beiber, Justin Beiber." Yup. Kyle is definitely Beiber's spitting image. How could I have missed that one?
42: Duck pin bowling! Mark and I used to LOVE to play this when we were kids. It was just as fun as adults! Kyle almost killed the little boys who picked up the pins with one of his killer throws down the lane. Thankfully no one was hurt.
44: One of our last nights in the PI was spend with my cousins. We went to a festival in Bogo where we watched some "interesting people" to say the least put on some type of musical production.
45: As you can see, Mark was a little shocked/disturbed from the musical production. haha. The things you see in the PI. We definitely had good laughs though!
46: Our 2 week honeymoon comes to a close and we have a time of prayer with my family and kiss and hug everyone goodbye.. We promised my Lolo and Lola to return in three years. As we boarded the plane back to the U.S. I reflected on our time in the PI & decided that I wouldn't trade this honeymoon for anything. in the world. The memories, awkward moments, and laughter we shared during these first few weeks of married life will be remembered forever and cherished in my heart for years to come.