MAY Day, MAY – Days!

May Day, May – DAYS!!!  Sounds familiar, but not really what you think it is all about.

May is a very special month for me and my husband (Darrelle – aka Kokobear). May – days have special dates that stand out among the 31 days. It has my birthday on 21st, Darrelle’s birthday & Mama Merlina’s bday (my mom-in-law) on the 27th and the most special of all is our Wedding Anniversary, today – the 16th! 

16th MAY

We’re celebrating our 3rd Wedding Anniversary this year. I know it’s way too early compared to other couples, but I have to say it has been great 3 years for both of us. We are not perfect but personally I found myself better, extending much patience and love to my better half. Which for sure he has his own share of that too. 🙂 Darrelle and I met way back 2009, been God’s gift to each other since 2010.  I praise God for this gift he has bestowed upon us. Keep us loving and patient as we continue working on your purpose for us.

    When Facebook is thoughtful ! 🙂 heheheh

21st MAY 

It’s my birthday! ^^ instead of giving my thoughts or further details, I will use this blog post as a public prayer.

Dear God,

Another year for me is yet to start, thank you for being with me all the way. All these years, I though I am lucky: with a good family that has very supportive & loving parents & a good younger bro, friends that though miles away from me but never stopped communicating, completed school, got to work, new friends abroad, and eventually travelled Abu Dhabi. Then I’ve realized I’m not lucky, I AM BLESSED.  Father – your love, mercy and compassion have kept me grounded. Thank you for using me in your special ways, thank you that amidst all the circumstances met throughout almost 9 years in Abu Dhabi, there you are by my side. I thank you for leading me into CFC-FFL community. I have to say, I am not who I am today when it comes to faith without being inside this community of yours.

Thank you for all the people you have sent to remind me of your presence. They may be kind or the opposite of it but it has brought the best of me. I know you are there when I am in pain, you are there when I felt joy. I know you have plans in my life and no matter how difficult and bumpy the road will be, Father I ask for your guidance. I will hold on to your promise and continue to seek the Holy Spirit in all the days to come.

On my birthday, I wish that you allow our plans to be according to your will. I continue to pray that may we be able to represent you in all circumstances. Amen.

Your daughter,


27th MAY 

What more is beautiful when your husband was born on the same day of his
mother. My gratefulness goes to Mama Merlina for giving birth to this man on her own birthday! On this day, I ho
nor both of you. Mama Merlina, thank you. Even if we didn’t meet (in person) and just heard each other over the phone once, I know that you love Darrelle with all your heart and I honor you for raising such a great man. It is because of you and Papa Danilo that I am now appreciating and enjoying this life with him.

Kokobear, I know I’ve been a difficult one but you have always been understanding and loving. I want you to know that I am so happy and blessed to be your  Kokobear <3 ! So honored to be your better half. I AM PROUD of YOU! And whenever you stand in the crowd, delivering God’s words it always make me wanna shout and say “Asawa ko na” (That’s my husband!) hehehe but of course, I’ve gotta keep my cool and be humble. kkkk 🙂 My love goes to you! <3

Three days out of the 31 days and yet I feel like we own the month! Anyone can of course do that. . .  This is just a simple blog post to share a little bit about my life. Which I owe all up to that big guy up there. Thank you Lord for these May day MAY Days!

God bless!!!


Ceylon | 2016

A Detour to Ceylon
To some of you who know our Eid getaway plan this year, perhaps you’ll be surprised that #ByaheNgKokobears is heading to another destination. Don’t wanna mentioned where we’re supposed to be but this time we are heading to CEYLON or now called SRI LANKA and we have a special guest, Ate Amie joins the adventure!
After the twist and turns of events, I started reading about this new destination and found some interesting places and activities. As an intro blog, I will be listing below what I expect to experience and shall update this once we complete or miss those items.
While reading this, we maybe off to Dubai to catch our flight to Colombo 🙂 so enjoy and updates will surely be posted soon.

So, I hope we could:
1.      Ride an elephant! It’s actually on my bucket list
2.      Visit the tea estate
3.      Ride Sri Lankan train (not the modern one like in Dubai)
4.      See more animals in Safari like a leopard…
5.      Enjoy the beach of Sri Lanka
6.      Visit Temples
7.      Hike Adam’s Peak/ Sigiriya
8.      Learn more about this country, the culture, the people and the food.
There could be more on this list and for sure a series of blogs will come up soon. For now, I wish everyone will be enjoying the long holiday. Stay safe and God bless us all!
Update will be posted here…

Update as of 18/09/2016

SL Itinerary Summary

Day 1 – Kandy and Nearby Areas

I see Edward Cullen 🙂

SaveSaveDay 2 – Sigiriya, Elephant Ride and Safari

Day 3 – Galle


JDAnniv1 – The 1st Anniversary Special

 JDAnniv1 – The 1st Anniversary Special


We are a newbie when it comes to the married life. Today (16 May 2015) we celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
This maybe is only for 12 months, but it has a background of more than 5 years of being “GGs” –(God’s Gift) to each other!


Today or actually a day before today is our weekend celebration of this blessing from God, so here are some of the activities we did to bond and celebrate our love!
15 May (AM)

Mangrove Kayaking





15 May (PM)
Yas Mall window shopping and a cinema – Pitch Perfect 2




16 May
AM : Breakfast & swimming at Centro Yas Hotel
Half Day – Ferari World – we took 2 rounds of the world’s faster roller coaster – Formula Rossa
Another hald till 6:30 pm – Yas Water World – tried various rides, chill in the river flow and conquered the 6 seconds drop.
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Meeting with Cheer Dance team Abu Dhabi.
10:45 – 12 m. n. – Dinner @ PF Changs.







#TheKokobears @ 1 #JDAnniv1 #16May2015
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J + D : A Travel Themed Wedding ♡

J + D : A Travel Themed Wedding ♡

Hope J+D: A Travel Themed Wedding

Hi there!
On this entry, I would like to share some photos of our Wedding theme “TRAVEL & Photos” because I have found lots & lots of ideas & inspiration from blogs, facebook, instagram and google in general that were very helpful during our prep of the big day. So this is my way of paying back all those who shared their own stuffs & has made our search easier.

To be honest, though Kokobear-Darrelle didn’t propose yet – we have started our small steps to tying the knot. Just like… 2 years (approximately) before 2014 – we have started saving little by little. Then, one (1) year before 2014, we closed some deals: wedding outfit packages, photo & video, venue, church etc. At first I thought it’s only the color motif that has to be considered and then somehow we would like to go more into details and eventually decided a theme so we could picture out how we wanted our Wedding would look like. Indeed, choosing a theme helps us decide for items like cake, invites, table decors, etc.

So it became official! 2014 Feb – He proposed!!! 🙂

Why? Why travel? We chose “TRAVEL” simply because we both work abroad and we both dream of visiting more countries. Of course, travelling will always be connected with memories which are represented by photos! So this is J + D – A Travel & Photo themed Wedding!

Note: Travel Theme Weddings as per my research would include the following; Places, photos, transportation, baggage, passport, tickets and anything else thats connected to travelling.

To start off, I always think about a unique invitation, we could not decide & finalize it… I have seen lot & don’t want to copy others. But with the help of our theme, we end up with a passport & flight ticket! Yeah right! There are a lot of the net and I don’t want to use the normal travel passport design! So, taking advantage of an Architect on my side, we brainstormed & finalize this cover!


Note: Of course the thumb mark is not solely from our brains, hehehe – we’ve seen something like that in goggle & we revise it a bit!

*PASSPORT PHOTO (Page 2 & 3)

* *PASSPORT PHOTO (Page 4 & 5)

*PASSPORT PHOTO (Page 6 & 7)



                                                                     Welcome Board

I saw the same design in an invitation and since we have already picked our official invitation – I therefore thought of using it for something else… it took me some serious thought where to put it on because I really love how it looks. It is very meaningful to both of us because maybe, maybe if we didn’t leave Philippines (Cebu & Roxas) our paths will not cross! Ehe! Cheesy lang! – Thank you Abu Dhabi!


*BACKDROP (DROPPERS) – made it myself by collecting our photos through the year and make it like a curtain alternate with paper airplanes.

Credits from SMDP (Our Photobooth Provider) 

*PHOTO-BOOTH PAPERS– made use of Kokobear’s gift and ask him to personalize and do our own background and thats how it looks like!


This is essential in every event, to know who came and who celebrated with us. Although our packages covers their own guest book, I wanted to create something different, so I browed the web once again & found a blog of a Filipina whose theme was also about travelling! (Can’t recall the exact name, but big big thanks to you!!! – She has given me another idea of our entrance too… will share it in a while). So I asked the Kokobear to design 2 (for variation purposes) and we go these!

Thanks to my good friend Phil who helped us get it ready!


Personalised passport + envelops and our own stamps!
Handmade paper airplanes with personalised messages that I manually wrote!
Paper airplanes on each table used to welcome us as we enter the reception.
Table of places and their famous land mark at front of our reception venue.
A bit far from the travel theme, but we chose this figurine as one of our giveaways.
The given sample was NY and i forgot to ask to change to AD… But it still looks stunning!
Radisson Blu – Cebu – Our official hotel on the big day!
One of 1080p’s package is this beautiful coffee table book of our prenup for the guests to sign up!
A vintage car with Fort San Pedro as our back ground!

There are still so much to share… but hope these items would be helpful if you plan to have a travel themed wedding!God Bless!#TheKokobears #JDWedding2015

Blog post by : JM Kayne

E.n.g.a.g.e.d! ♥

E.n.g.a.g.e.d! ♥

Every day is a Valentine!
As I browse my Facebook page – all I see is a flood of stories of single men & women doing their own hearts day; group dates, dinner dates with GGs (God’s Gift) bf-gf, couples or family at restaurants, some are at home and prepared sumptuous food to share with their loved one! I believe it is still going to continue for the next two (2) days! After all LOVE is a many splendored thing!


As for me and Koko –we celebrated this day at our own hub. He cooked lunch and I cooked dinner. 🙂

Just like other couples, this day is also a special day for us, aside from the fact that it is VALENTINES; it is also our Engagement anniversary! 

Yes! You’ve read it right. He proposed on this very special day last year (2014). It was a cold, intimate and loving night.




Here are some of the pics we had: Flashback 2014 Valentine’s Day!










On this entry – I would like to share some Christian Love quotes!

*      To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo
*      God gives miracles to those who believe, courage to those with faith, hope to those who dream, love to those who accept, and forgiveness to those who ask…Abhishek Tiwari
*      I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did? Mother Teresa
*      Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi
*      God will bless you with someone incredible for your life. Have patience and never settle for less because God wants the best for you. Ritu Ghatourey
*      Whatever a person may be like, we must still love them because we love God.John Calvin
*      We become truly personal by loving God and by loving other humans… In its deepest sense, love is the life, the energy, of the Creator in us.Kallistos Ware
*      To love someone means to see them as God intended them. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*      As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Jesus Christ
*      Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again. Max Lucado
*      Falling in love in a Christian way is to say,’I am excited about your future and I want to be part of getting you there. I’m signing up for the journey with you. Would you sign up for the journey to my true self with me? It’s going to be hard but I want to get there.Timothy Keller
*      There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.Charles Morgan
*      The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not. C.S. Lewis
*      God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. St. Augustine
*      When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.Jon Krakauer
*      Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise- then you will discover the fullness of your life.Brother David Steindl-Rast
*      Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.Francine Rivers
*      The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich 
*      The joy of intimacy is the reward of commitment. Joshua Harris
*      The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love. Blessed Julian of Norwich
*      Christian love is the only kind of love in which there is no rivalry, no jealousy. There is jealousy among the lovers of art; there is jealousy among the lovers of song; there is jealousy among the lovers of beauty. The glory of natural love is its monopoly, its power to say, ‘It is mine.’ But the glory of
Christian love is its refusal of monopoly.George Matheson
*      Love is an act of endless forgiveness.Jean Vanier
*      When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.Unkown


Quotes from:

Daghang SALAMAT!!! (J + D)

Daaghang Salamat


J + D

16 May 2014
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Fort San Pedro
It’s been a week later after our “BIG DAY”… so let me extend our (Darrelle & I) gratefulness to everyone who made that day more special! 


To Mamo, Dado, Dan2x, Nonong & Gretchen- who tirelessly do the errands in coordinating with the church, reception, papers & packages in Cebu & Roxas.



To Ade’s Fashion House for the beautiful & gorgeous gowns & barong of our entourage.



To Love Magnet Weddings & Events (Ms. Cynthia, Che & the other 2) who has made the process easier. Thank you for the genuine assistance & concern.


To Maam Patring for making our day full of beauty through your flowers that blooms all the way.
To Written in Ink (WINK) for our very in demand passport & ticket wedding invitation… (Marami ang nag request because of its uniqueness… )


To Maam Fe – for our beautifully crafted travel themed cake & cupcakes. (forgot to request to change NY to AD) heheheh but still so nice!


To our caterer, Sir Richard Laceda Cabradilla and your team of Derder’s Catering Services – Talisay Cebu for the well organized , sumptuous & delicious dinner that you’ve served to us & to our guests. They surely love it! We didn’t expect for an extra decor on our stage, that one was nice! ^^



To Special Moments Digital Photography – we loved our photos! Thank you so much for keeping our guest happily busy while waiting for us! Salamat sa follow up & good marketing  hehehe mwahhh 


To 1080p Digital Studio for capturing the very special moment of our life. For being open to our requests, for making us feel comfortable in our photo-shot sessions, for the sharing of ideas & collaboration – for the commitment! Ayyy basta I sooooo love it! 



To our hosts; Midsummernightdreams Bronzesilvergoldpearldiamond Esor Yrrehc Medallo, Philbert Salve! Daghang Salamat.


To the one I requested to play the violin on my big day : Michelle Ybañez (9 years ago) and full-filled her promise!!! Loads of THANKS! Thank you Ate Lou for singing as well, Ron-ron thank you for playing the guitar & accompanying her with #Duyog at the reception.



To Darrelle’s family & friends who flew all the way to Cebu from Roxas & Iloilo to witness this big day of ours.



To my family from Bulacao, Borbon & Tabogon Cebu – for the time and effort.



To my family (from both Hortelano & Bacus side), friends,kababata, neighbors (esp. those who came all the way from the south and allowed their kids to be a part of our entourage), HS buddies & CNU classmates, colleagues, Angels,Pipers… can’t name you all (you know who you are) – BIG BIG BIG Thank you for the love you’ve shared by attending J+D.


To our Abu Dhabi SFL Family (represented by Marylou Cerrudo Ugad, Russ Ty & Roniel Mendoza).



To everyone who greeted us here on fb – from our CFFL & Abu Dhabi Family… Shukran!


To the rest of our entourage… and everybody else…


Thank you for the gifts as well!


Oppppssss… to those I might fail to mention.. sorry po ~ …




Finally, KUDOS to our parents who both raised us very well to reach into where we are right now. Like what you have shown us in our families – we look up to all 4 of you in making our own family in the future. 
Thank you for the blessings, faith, values you’ve imparted & most especially to your undying love!


Above all, it is with God’s grace that 16.05.2014 was perfectly beautiful and gorgeous because of His love. 


The sky was clear & the night was cool, God answered my prayer of no rain at all. Father, we offer you this union – may you continue to bless us and the rest of our family & friends: happy, healthy, safe & loving you more by praising & glorifying your name. 
To God all be the Glory!


#ThankYouALL #GratefulHeart #TheKokobearsForever #JDWedding#Blessed #Loved


Faith, To My Soldier

FAITH, To My Soldier



  • Drenching tears on my face never thought I will be freed
  • Astonished by so many, imprisoned only within this side, I heed
  • Recalling those memoirs make me blue until fate …
  • Revealed the real gift of faith!
  • Embraced with your charm, here I see ,
  • Loving someone so dear to me, thus allow me of who I should be,
  • Listened to my howl, I was a captive of unrequited emotions,
  • Eventually given liberty by the soldier, the angel awaited untied from illusions.


  • Could this be God’s Gift, my plead,
  • HIM, hopeful to spend life with this beloved.
  • Acquired treasure worthless,
  • Vanished -seat of loneliness for I have your gentleness.
  • Enchanted, the whole world conspires,
  • Zeal with love, passion & faith inspires.
ODW: 13 February, 2011 – Sunday