Let me start this by telling you how I hated the times when you always ask me about that app you just downloaded that I think won’t be of use at all for you, because hey, it’s Instagram, and the times that I got annoyed when you asked me about the life updates of this certain vlogger because I actually don’t have any idea at all who that person is. And do you remember the time when you kept asking me over and over again like a broken record about this TikTok “famous dance”? I was surprised you know it because even I don’t have any idea about it at all.

It got me thinking, am I really the young one here? 

a woman helping her elderly father

I forgot that you are cool and that you just want to keep up with the trend like the way you were when you were my age… just like how I am today. I got to admit, you’re way cooler than I am, Dad, and I love that about you. 

But not just because of being the “trendy old man”, but because you really are the coolest and greatest Dad in the world.

You taught me how to be kind even if others are not, and be patient even if it takes longer than expected. You taught me how to be contented and make the most of what I have. You taught me how to be strong and stand up every time I fall, and to never give up even if life hits me so hard. And most importantly, you taught me how to love unconditionally despite the imperfections. So, thank you, Dad. 

Thank you for shaping me and for letting me pick a life that I love… that I dreamed of, even if society told me otherwise. Thank you for teaching me how to love my flaws and accept who I really am. Thank you for making me realize that it’s okay to be different, that no matter how different I am, someone will pick me, someone will love me. Because you did.

And you know what, Dad? Whenever people tell me I’m very hardworking, I always think of you because I got it from you. What can I say? Hard work is hereditary. I owe everything to you of what I am today.

I am so lucky to call you my Dad. 

You are my strongest critic yet my biggest fan which makes it even because I’m also your biggest fan, Dad. 

You are also the toughest yet most softhearted man I know and I salute you for that. 

We might not say it a lot but we love you, Dad! 

Like what we said to Mom, a “thank you” is never enough to match what you’ve done for us.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

 

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How do we even start to say thank you to the woman who deserves the world?

In times when we thought we’re alone, you made us feel we belong.

When we thought we had no one to run to, you were always there.

You lifted us when we’re down and carried us through heavy times.

asian mother kissing her baby

For the times you had to stay up late to take care of us when we’re sick and for the times you had to wake up early even before the roosters crow just to prepare our meals, we can’t thank you enough for all the things you have sacrificed for us. 

We’re sorry if we lose our patience at times when you ask how to navigate an app over and over again when in fact, you never stopped helping us with our homework even if it took a lot of your time when we were little.

We’re sorry for the times you had to endure our shortcomings and worst version of ourselves; for not being able to comfort you on your bad days despite the fact that you were always there to ease our pains; you’re our favorite shoulder to cry on. You are our safe place, mom. 

And we’re truly sorry for the times you had to cry in private when we’re hurt—or worse, for when we hurt you.

Please don’t think that we don’t appreciate you because we do. We really do. 

adult daughter with her mother

We love you beyond words. We may not say it enough but, thank you for everything, Mom.

You deserve so much more than just a greeting, you deserve more than the most expensive designer bag, or more than just a staycation—you deserve the world. You deserve to feel special. Not just today. But everyday.

We would like to take this day as an opportunity to say how grateful we are to be raised by such a strong woman like you. 

A “thank you” is never enough to match what you’ve done for us.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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Exploring the world with the person you love is one of the best things in life. It lets you take a break from your everyday life, rediscover your passion, or rekindle the flames. But sometimes, with all the romantic places in Southeast Asia to enjoy, it can be quite difficult to decide where to go.

Check out our list before you plan your romantic escapade to experience a blissful getaway with your partner. No matter what the reason is, a romantic trip in one of these 10 places will fill your days with love!

10. Penang, Malaysia

temple in penang

Penang is one of the big hubs between the east and west of China. George Town is a great place for restaurants and drinks. There is also the Penang National Park’s jungle trails and the city is dotted with temples highlighting diverse beliefs in the area.

9. Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok and the Gili islands offer a great volcanic mountain to climb: mount Rinjani. Make sure to catch the most beautiful view of the island from Bukit Pergasingan and visit an infinity pool at the base of the mountain in The Rinjani Lodge. Also make sure to catch Gili’s famous sunsets, seafood restaurants and boat trips.

8. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

If you want to travel somewhere relaxing, consider visiting one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia, Yogyakarta, where you’ll find yourselves immersed in history and culture. The Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s Palace is a great place to visit, followed by the Taman Sari and the unmissable Borobudur temple. Also, take a walk through the kotagede, the former capital of the ancient Islamic Mataram kingdom. Again, for those more interested in the outdoors, the volcanic Mount Merapi is just outside the city.

7. Cebu, Philippines

sweet couple posing in kawasan falls in cebu

Head to Cebu in the Philippines if you’re looking for the rush of a city (with some surprisingly beautiful beaches, too). You can find the best beaches in Moalboal, Bantayan Island, and Malapascua Island to catch the sun, sand and sea. To make your trip more romantic, take your significant other to Temple of Leah or The Pyramid.

6. Chiang Mai, Thailand

couple holding a lantern at yi peng festival in chiang mai

Chiang Mai is not just a great place to shop and eat some of the world’s best street food but it’s also one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia. Learn about its great history in one of the many temples or catch the sunset and sunrise from the iron bridge. Make your trip more romantic by attending the Yi Peng Festival.

5. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is a great place for the inner adventurer. The Phuket old Town is a sin-Portuguese mix, with some splendid scenery. Also, visit the giant Buddha atop the Nakkerd Hills. Finally, make sure to visit the Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples.

4. Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi’s big draw is the Pantai Cenang beach. You can also head to the beautiful Legend Garden. Finally, if you want to buy some local products, the Kompleks Budaya Kraf is a big local market for you and your traveling companions to browse.

3. Bali, Indonesia

couple holding hands in bali

Head to Bali to hike the volcanic Mount Batur and watch the sunrise. You can also go to the rapids for a bit of white water rafting or relax on lovina beach with dolphin watching, a meal and some drinks. For another great location, head to Desa Belok and walk through the sea of golden marigolds and watch your partner enjoy it. #PerfectView

2. Boracay, Philippines

Watching the sunset over the cerulean blue waters from your own private terrace or on a dinner cruise? Pure romance. Boracay surely is one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia. Itoffers thirteen different beaches for you to hang out at; one of the best ones is the Puka Shell Beach. You can also go to the White Beach, the primary beach in the island, and get your own spot to watch the sun as it sets with a drink on one hand and your partner on your side.

1. Siargao, Philippines

man holding a woman's hand going to cloud 9 in siargao

What could be more romantic than Siargao? IT’s not just a safe haven for surfers but also for lovers. It’s a perfect place to feel the love all over again as the island hugs you with its calming vibe and beautiful spots. Go to Cloud 9 and watch the sunset, for sure, you and your significant other will love the view that will make you say “I love you.”

Make your trip extra romantic by staying at one of Southeast Asia’s best budget hotel chain. Book your rooms and you’re guaranteed a quality accommodation at an affordable price!

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