I’m Jun and that’s my lovely wife, Cynthia.
Ours is a love story that spans two countries separated by the troubled waters of the West Philippine Sea (She’s based in Singapore and I, in Manila). Between us two, we have scored a slew of passport entry and exit stamps to warrant a diagnosis of a serious case of separation anxiety.
Seriously, what is there to do when you have been bitten by the love and the travel bug and you are miles apart? You pack your bags of course and do some travelovin’ together!
And when we do, some of our friends teasingly joke that we must be on our nth honeymoon already. I guess there’s more than just some ring of truth to it. After all, we have been married for only a little less than two years. But little do they know that traveling together is also a coping mechanism. How else can we keep the fire burning?
Whilst gratifying, traveling as a couple can also present many challenges. Here are some of those that we have encountered along the way and the ways that we got around them:
MY PLACE OR YOURS? This was one of the things that confounded us during the early stage of our long distance relationship. Fortunately, solving the problem was no rocket science: we just checked which country had the most number of public holidays. The Philippines would of course easily beat Singapore with a ratio of 18:10, which meant I get to escape the Gates of Hell and explore the City in a Garden more often. And when the allure of the concrete jungle of Singapore began to fade, we decided to venture to other places like Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.
PLANNING AN ITINERARY OR GO WITH THE FLOW? Between the two of us, I am definitely the control freak. I relish the prospect of planning out every detail in our itinerary. But I’m a sore loser when things do not go as planned. When this happens, Cynthia takes over while I sulk in one corner, lol. Seriously, our travels made me realize that joy can be had not by ticking off every destination in our itinerary but by enjoying every minute of our fleeting togetherness. Malaysia Airlines’ newest campaign tagline could not resonate with me more: “journeys are made by the people you travel with.”
BASIC OR BAREST TRAVEL ESSENTIALS? The missus is used to bringing all the basic travel essentials with her during our first couple of trips together (Umbrella? Check! Water Container? Check! Flashlight? Check!) I, on the other hand, prefer to just bring the barest minimum of stuff. I trust that she has now reconsidered her position after lugging a heavy load around a maze that is otherwise known as the Tokyo subway. But then again, I am not exactly oblivious to the charms of a biscuit that she would fish out of her handbag and enticingly dangle in front of me after a long day of sightseeing. “I told you so,” I could almost hear her mutter under breath.
TRAVEL IN STYLE OR BUDGET? While we are not immune to the attraction of saving a couple of pesos by bringing cup noodles and canned tuna to our travel destinations, we try to indulge ourselves once in a while. This could mean a fancy dinner or a luxurious hotel accommodation at least once during our travel. We deal with the headache of settling our credit card bills once we get home, of course.
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