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Belle is a mother of 2 beautiful teenagers aged 19 and 18 years old. She is originally from Bato, Catanduanes. She loves fiddling around with computer on her free time.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Our Memorable Cruising Days


My family used to enjoy spring vacation aboard a cruise ship. At first, I was apprehensive about the idea because I felt that it was not family friendly. I was wrong, of course. It was actually one of the best places to take the family. My husband would take advantage of cruise special discounts and would bring the kids along free so we ended up paying for two people only: my husband and I. What a deal!

No doubt, kids loved it! I loved it! Dad loved it! We got to enjoy feeling like a queen, king, and princess for a week. No dishes to do, no bed to make, no cleaning to do. Food was awesome! Lobsters, sword fish, tenderloin, filet mignon, sushi, pizza 24 hours, fresh tropical fruits, cakes, chocolates, etc. And the fun part was I got to dress up two nights a week. It felt good to be glamorous occasionally, and to be serenaded by good-looking crew.

After I indulged myself, I usually looked forward to the state-of-the-art fitness center. I stayed there for about 2 hours to burn the calories and to get ready for another big meal in the evening. I pushed aside dieting for a week. We followed the cruise ship motto, "Eat, live, and love!" Cruise activities were endless: aerobics, yoga, lounges, enjoy a day excursion in a private island, snorkeling, scuba diving, or shopping the entire day.

The kids enjoyed the cruise ship activities designed mainly for the children while dad and I got to savor private moments. Kids liked the generous pampering and the attention that they received from the waiters who were mostly Filipinos. Whatever the kids asked, the waiter granted. One time, the waiter asked one of my daughters what she wanted for dessert. My daughter said, "Nothing." "Okay, I will be right back" the waiter replied. A few minutes later, he came back with a plate that had the word "nothing" written on it using chocolate syrup. Corny eh?

13 comments:

KK said...

Wow Sexy Mama!
2 hours in the fitness center on a cruise?!! You're really committed to burn those calories.

sesame said...

That's a very nice pic and you looked sexy and gorgeous. Those workouts have been worthwhile!

kathy said...

I would love to go on a cruise! Ever tried the Disney cruises?
You look gorgeous in that photo with your daughters!

Belle TH said...

@KK, thanks! but that picture was taken about 10 years ago. i don't look near as good.

@sesame, thanks! it was easier for me to work out then when I had a lot of energy. now, it is a struggle to get started on the work out.

@kathy, crusing is fun! no, i haven't tried the Disney cruise but went on a Carnival cruise once.

thanks!

Anonymous said...

can we go again please? yes i remember the chocolate incident.

-tepsiepsi

sexy mom said...

and have you gone on another cruise after 10 years? i would love to go on a luxury cruise...one of my wishes.

and hey,congratulations for winning Noemi's prize!

Belle TH said...

@tepsiepsie,

let's wait until you can pay for the cruise expenses.

@sexy mom, after 5 cruises for 5 years in a row, i now prefer to spend my vacation off the boat so it gives me ample of time to explore places that I find interesting.

dangkin said...

hi there! stumbled here from somebody's blog [don't remember now co'z been here for [2or3?]hours reading.. enjoyed your entries until i came into the one about your mama..[sorry to know she's gone..].. and now, i feel excited about your daughters careers, too ;)..both pretty and talented! you're such a lucky mom!

mind if i link you up? will difinitely be here often :)

Senor Enrique said...

I am yet to experience a pleasure cruise tour. From what I heard everyone gets pamapered!

Heart of Rachel said...

What a lovely photo of you and your girls. I've never been on a cruise with my family but I'd love to be on one someday. I'm sure it's a wonderful experience. I certainly love the idea of relaxation and all that pampering. Thanks for sharing.

Belle TH said...

@eric, it was actually a lot of fun cruising. my favorite cruise was our trip to the caribbean; the beaches are breathtaking!

@dangkin, by all means, please do link me up. thanks for the visit and mi casa es tu casa anytime at your convenience.

@rachel, thanks! yes, it was a wonderful experience. imagine being treated like royalty? think of a mile long buffet of chocolates!

niceheart said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. And you look glamorous in that picture.

I haven't been to a cruise yet. Can't afford it. :(

Belle TH said...

niceheart, back then we usually got the kids for free so we were able to go often. now, that they are big, we quit going and besides, nagsawa na ako. i like to go to places where i can enjoy and mingle with the natives.