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Happy 2nd Year, Side by Side!

Life lately… work, K-drama, sleep (skip this sometimes), work, K-drama again. (pfftt!)

Not that I’ve been very busy, I was just hooked up with K-drama lately that sometimes I found myself too lazy to write. Every time I typed a word, I looked at my phone and tadaa.. “just one episode” and then I realized I already had four of it. (facepalm) Which means… no more time for blogging. 😦

Anyway, I’m on a RECOVERY mode now. I’m REHABILITATING myself. I’ll have my life again soon. (fingerscrossed)

So, what do we have here???


It’s this corner’s BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Anniversary with!
You registered on 2 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

Thank you for all the never ending support despite the long hiatus. I’ll be back on track soon, just working on this K-Drama habit.

It’s 2 years and we hope to see you next year, too. 😀

’til next time, everybody!

Keep safe!

Love, Demi


P.S Oh, don’t forget to visit us on Ace and Demi Travel Stories to know where hubby and I had been these days. 😀 See yah!

Posted in HOLIDAYS and Special days, I'm No Poet but I write Poems, My Thoughts!, The Blog

Side by Side 2016 Chronology In a Poem

Side by Side 2016

As the year unfolds,

I reviewed the stories I told.

I realized, 2016 had been a wonderful year,

full of wonderful blessings and laughter.


First is the engagement,

we asked the blessing from our parents.

Our heart was filled with happiness,

in our life there is no more emptiness.

Canyoneering (6)

Our journey to the big day started,

but the adventure together never ended.

We chased canyons and jumped waterfalls,

inside us, we were also slowly breaking the walls.

Camotes Island

Off to another island we go,

the thing we’ve always want to do.

Witnessed the beautiful sunset,

 as our heart synchronize in beat.

Osmena Peak

Together we climbed the highest peak,

Reaching the summit was a fulfillment to seek.

Though the mountain was very high,

we hold hands as we try to reach the sky.

Happy Birthday, Side by Side!

Until Side by Side celebrated its anniversary,

Finally reached its first birthday.

With this, I felt very successful.

This milestone is just so wonderful.

Our Wedding Day

And the day we’ve been waiting for came,

I succeeded stealing his last name.

Oh, you know how my heart was filled with glee,

Marrying my bestfriend was the best thing that had happened to me.

Durano Eco Farm

Our journey didn’t stop there,

we still have a lot of adventures to share.

We have springs to visit,

and many mountains to reach.

Mt. Naupa, Naga

2016 has been a great year,

2017 what has in store for us, I wonder.

More adventures and love,

That’s what I pray from the BIG MAN above.

PS. Thank you for your never ending clicks and comments, our dear friends. I hope to still see you this year! Happy New Year!!! 

Love, Ace and Demi.

Posted in HOLIDAYS and Special days, Relationship Talks

Love Sealed Forever. (Our Journey Together.)

“Destiny brought us together. Now, our love will seal our bond forever.”


Last June 16 – exactly two weeks ago, Ace and I decided to start a new journey together.

We had our civil wedding ceremony held at Mandaue City Hall in the Mayor’s office. We were not able to have our wedding in the church because we ran out of time to comply all the requirements. (Obviously, church wedding takes time.) We were told to postpone it, which we thought a bad sign (that’s what we believe). So, we agreed… no matter what happens, we would be wed on the said date. Hence, the civil ceremony.

Our pledge to hold on to each other through thick and thin.

We were both surprised as to how fast the ceremony was. Just imagine, it did not take more than 4 minutes. Whoah! (Well, not one of us had attended a civil wedding before.)

Actually, it was similar to the church ceremony minus the Holy Mass or religious service. There was no bible, no veils, no cord, no candles. All we have was the arrhae and the wedding rings.

Here’s Ace putting on the ring for me.

The ring as a symbol of our love and loyalty to each other.

After putting on the ring and giving the arrhae, the solemnizing officer who was the city mayor by the way, gave his message and final blessing to us. And tada…! It’s done.

So here we’re signing our marriage contract and pledge to love each other in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer and ’til death do us part.

Ace signing the contract.
Me signing the contract.

And then, photo with the city mayor.

The city mayor and the newly married couple.

If I was not mistaken, I think we stayed in the Mayor’s office for only 15 minutes. And off we went to the restaurant for lunch.

The rustic theme of the restaurant.

We didn’t have a big and luxurious reception since aside from the three witnesses, we only had our family and few close friends with us. We just had lunch with them at the newly opened Neo-Neo’s Grill Restaurant. We chose it because not only they serve Filipino food, they have this rustic theme and private room for occasions like this.

Guess, we were all hungry. Look!

Couple, parents and witnesses’ table.
Friends’ table.

After lunch, Ace and I had a karaoke party treat from his friends. After all of those, the two of us went to church.

Forever is a long time, but we wouldn’t mind spending it side by side. ❤


This wedding was not the fairy tale one which I dreamed when I was younger. There was no beautiful gown, no red isle, no flowers around… but on the day when I said ‘I do’, was one of the happiest and fulfilling day of my life. I couldn’t be more happier. Because I am certain that I’d be happy for the rest of my life with him.



P.S… This post goes to my family and friends who were very supportive to us. Special credits to Abby and Louise who did my hair, and to Kim for my beautiful dress. You guys are super!


P.P.S I would not end this post without showing you guys our DIY invitation card and tokens. Ace and I made it ourselves. 🙂


See you on our church wedding… (not too long…) :* Keep safe!

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Happy Birthday, Side by Side!

Hello everyone!!! Care to drop by some words on my page today? 😀

Time flies so fast, and here is my little corner celebrating its first year on the web!!! Yey!


It’s been a great and wonderful year for Side by Side. And that is all because of your support. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to THANK YOU, everyone for continuously following my blog. Thank you for those thumbs up and comments. Seeing them on my feed keeps the fire burning.

I hope to spend more years with you! Let’s keep the flurry on.

Again, from the Philippines…..THANK YOU for spending time with Side by Side!!!



Posted in HOLIDAYS and Special days

Philippine National Election




Happy Monday, good people! And to my fellow Filipino, I hope you’re voting wisely. 🙂

Right at this moment, the Philippine national election is on going. I have just voted, and I swear I did it wisely. (As wise as I could.)

So, here I am…waiting for the results. Whatever it will be, whoever they will be…I pray that they will bring honor to the county and serve the people with all their hearts.

I pray that this year’s election would bring us an honest result.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Filipino!

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Wednesday Rambles | Before April Fools Us.

It’s the last day of the month!!! I hope you’ve had a wonderful March month. Mine was great and so blessed!

So, are you ready for April?  I hope you are, so you won’t be fooled by people’s statuses and tweets tomorrow. #AprilFoolsDay will be trending for sure. 😀

Anyway, don’t worry… I’m not going to fool anyone here. You all are too smart to be fooled by me. Hahah. Well, if I can’t play a prank for you, maybe someone else can.

So, good luck!!!

‘Til your posts about how you’re fooled, people! Keep safe!


Posted in HOLIDAYS and Special days, Travel and Fun

TBT | Holy Thursday.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16


I am joining the Christian nation in remembering how great is God’s love to us. 


It has been my family’s tradition to visit places of meditation during these days. I am unable to visit today because I’m working, but I’ll be going tomorrow. Since it’s a throwback Thursday on my blog today, I’m going to share to everyone the places we’ve visited last year.

Me, grandfather, and my cousin at 300 Steps to Mama Mary’s Shrine in Q-Park.
The 11th Station of the Cross — They nailed Him on the cross.
The 12th Station — Jesus is Crucified.
Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Carmen, Cebu.
Our Lady of Manaoag in Carmen, Cebu.
St. Benedict Monastery in Carmen, Cebu
Sto Nino Shrine in Carmen, Cebu
Tabor Hills, Talamban
Tabor Hills, Talamban

Excuse me for the quality of the photos. 🙂

It’s a long weekend here in Philippines. I’m going home early in the morning tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited.

I hope you like this throwback post. And hopefully, I can share fresh photos when I come back. I’ll see you on Monday, good people.

Keep safe!