Peace Be With You

Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

For a milestone birthday as my thirtyfifth this year, I wanted a new experience. I was tired of the usual hotel buffets, restaurants, staycations. And I remembered that I have always wanted to try the Bed and Breakfast at Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay. The out-of-town journey would not be too far to be tiring, yet it would be a welcome respite from the stressful city life.

The Gardens were tucked away in a small community in Cavite, away from the usual tourist hangouts of Tagaytay City. Upon inquiring, we learned that the fee for B&B is per person, and includes overnight stay, buffet dinner/lunch, and buffet breakfast. No internet, no TV, no aircon. Just pure nature at its best.

So off we go, the weekend before my actual birthday. And though the trip was tiring because of our stopovers, we arrived in a breathtaking lush of greens and a vast array of florals that took our breath away. The staff took us to our cottage, and offered another cottage for free since we were 5 in a group.

The cottage was homey, and the four poster bed was soft and dreamy (another long time wish fulfilled!). We quickly settled in, and took some couple time to enjoy their signature massage amidst the soothing sounds of raindrops. The tarragon tea was the perfect cap to a relaxing afternoon.

Staff were very warm and accommodating during our whole stay. During dinner, they serenaded me with a birthday song and cake, and we feasted on their angel hair pasta, breads and dips, fresh green salads, sweet and fresh dalandan juice, and another round of tarragon tea—all signature meals from Sonya. My heart and tummy were full and happy.

In the morning, there was a free tour of the greenhouse where they harvested the lettuce, herbs and flowers they serve to the guests. The caretaker was kind enough to explain the diiferent plants she took care of, and even gave us freebies to take home. I wasn’t the usual nature type, but this time I was truly enthralled by God’s beautiful creation.

The whole experience, though short and sweet, gave me the perfect birthday gift—solace from stress, and the chance to clear my mind from technology and clutter. I even finished a book, which I haven’t done in a long time. So thank you Sonya’s, for a very peaceful and happy birthday getaway. I’ll see you again soon. ☺

For more info, you can check out Sonya’s Garden’s website.

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Tales of a First-Time Flower Girl

“It will all work out in the end. You must keep faith in yourself, and leave the rest to God.” ~ Leon Brown 

For days, months, weeks, we have been trying to train and psych Sofie for her first role as flower girl. Each episode ended in tears, frustration and drama. The little girl did not want to walk nor wear her dress. Stress!

D-day came. We were readying ourselves for another fit of tears, but this time we poured drops of holy water on her bath and on her head. We prayed hard. Lo and behold, she put on her dress without a fuss! And though she did not walk down the aisle (I had to carry her), there was no drama the whole day. She even posed for the pictorials (thank you Allie for keeping her steady!). Thank you Joe and Jady for being patient with us. 

Praise God for our miracle! Prayers are truly powerful, if you just keep the faith 🙏🏻 #BastaIkawLord