I know March 1 na and dapat this was posted during Valentine’s kaso di ko matapos.
The theme was suggested by a twitter friend @ajhoo21. 😊
“Brod do you think she will like my gift?”
“I’m sure magugustuhan yan ni Maya. Your wife is so easy to please at kahit anong ibigay mo nagugustuhan nya. Gaya siya ni Ivy ko. Ang swerte natin sa kanila Brod. Pero brod that kind of gift, aba wala akong masabi. Kung ako si Maya, mahahalikan at mayayakap talaga kita!”
Richard gave his friend that shocked and disgusted look, then disregarding Ryan’s last line, he replied,
“Yes we are so blessed with our wives. They are not only beautiful but they make each and every day worth looking forward to, maalaga, masarap kausap, funny, very intelligent, loving, very hands on with the kids… words are not enough to describe our wives.”
Ryan smiled at his friend.
“What?” Ricky asked him. He’s still not comfortable with the look Ryan is giving him.
“Nothing. Masaya lang akong masyado for you Brod. Who would have thought that I will see you this happy again. I mean after Alex…”
“Ako din Brod. I never thought I am capable of being like this again. Maya saved me. I love my wife so much.”
Ryan nodded and smiled again. Maya was indeed an angel sent to his very dear friend Richard and his kids.
“Pero brod dapat kapag ibibigay mo yan eh nasa perfect romantic place ka at wag lang sa bahay, sa bedroom or even sa usual restaurants na pinupuntahan nyo. Dapat special.”
“Kailangan pa ba yun? I already made reservations at South Curves. Kasama yun mga bata.”
“South Curves again? Eh di ba last year dun din kayo ng mga bata?” Ryan had a disappointed look on his face. He couldn’t believe that his friend would give his very special gift to Maya during a plain Valentine’s dinner with the kids.
“O bat ganyan ang reaction mo? Maya loves it there. Tuwang tuwa siya when we had dinner there with the kids last year. I even sang for her at the restaurant.” Richard proudly stated, confident that his wife would love that same kind of Valentine’s celebration again.
“Haynaku Richard Lim. Siyempre di magrereklamo si Maya. Your wife doesn’t know how to even complain but brod you should be doing something out of the ordinary. Atsaka with the kids? Jusko naman brod, Valentine’s day!”
“But Maya loves having the kids around!”
“Oo naman. Pero sa totoo lang, you prefer that divided yun attention nya with you and the kids? Aminin mo na you also feel jealous sometimes kapag mas nandun sa mga bata yun attention nya. Atsaka bear in mind na siyempre gusto rin ni misis na masolo ka niya on that special day. I am very sure you love that too. Dapat nga nagpareserve ka in a resort or some place far from Manila tutal Sunday naman yun Valentines. Dapat by Friday pa lang eh nasa resort na kayo ni misis for an advance celebration. Alam mo na, para masigurado na masundan na talaga sina Sky at Sunshine.” Ryan smiled mischievously.
Richard smirked and shook his head, getting a bit uncomfortable with their conversation. Despite his age, he still doesn’t want talking about his intimacy with his wife even when Ryan freely opens up about his own.
“What? Bakit ganyan and hitsura mo? Mas gusto mo ba na si Rafi ang magsuggest sa’yo? Alam mo naman yung isang yun….”
“No I get it and never mention about my Valentine’s plans to Rafi.”
“See! Dapat nga pasalamat ka sakin kasi sino pa ba ang magreremind sa’yo kundi ako. And brod that kind of gift of yours really needs a very special celebration.” Then Ryan grinned again.
“Engineer Lim kung makareact ka para ka namang walang anak nyan. Paalala ko lang brod lima na ang anak mo! Lima na!”
“Alam ko brod but you are embarrassing my wife. What if she hears you.”
“Oh nandito sya? Akala ko may flight siya?” Ryan suddenly got worried.
“Kanina pero she arrived already. Nasa kwarto yun, nagbibihis.”
“Naku brod dapat binalaan mo ako. Sana hindi tayo narinig ni Maya.”
But tama sila. Narinig nga ni Maya yun usapan sa home office ni Ricky, aka Principal’s office.
But she wasn’t mad. In fact she was happy. Excited siya to learn that her husband prepared something for their Valentine’s day celebration. Pero tama rin yun sabi ni Ryan that gusto nya masolo si Ricky on that very special day. She loves those dinner celebration with the kids but she also hopes that Ricky would do something out of the ordinary.
That evening in their bedroom…
“Sweetheart alam mo nagkwento si Ma’m Inah. May napuntahan raw silang resort ng husband nya sa Palawan pero hindi pa masyadong matao kasi semiprivate. I saw the pictures. Ang ganda.”
“Really? Nagvacation sila? Bakit? What’s the ocassion?”
“Wala naman. Ganun talaga yun asawa ni Ms. Inah. Mahilig kasi sa surprises yun.”
“Ah ganun ba? Good for them.” His bland reply. He knows that nagpaparinig si Maya and he wants to tease her more.
“Tapos sweetheart may part dun na parang mini play area for the kids. Mageenjoy yun kambal dun!”
“But I don’t want to expose Sky and Sunshine sa dagat muna kasi di ba sabi ni Doc super sensitive yun skin ni Sky. Dapat kapag 3 years old na siya pwedeng magswim.” Ricky reasoned out.
Pwede naman yun kids magswim.
He just wants to push Maya’s buttons. He is amused and since he’s bored lately, a little pamimikon kay Maya would be fun, he thought.
“Eh indoors naman yun sinasabi kong play area at aware naman ako sa allergy ni Sky.” Medyo tumaas na ng konti yun boses ni Maya. He secretly grinned.
“Di ko naman sinasabing hindi ka aware. Ang sa akin lang eh mas mabuti ng mag-ingat. Another thing is it would be so expensive to bring all the kids with us. Siyempre aside from then kids kailangan kasama sina Joma, Manang Fe, Mang Anastacio, Doris, Leah, Sabel, Jerry. Fourteen tayong lahat sweetheart. It would be impractical.” Ricky explained in a serious face pero tawang-tawa na siya sa expression ni Maya.
He could easily bring everybody anywhere he wanted.
He actually instructed Liza to be on the lookout for tour packages for a group of 20 a few weeks ago. Even if Maya had travel privileges in Time Airways , Ricky wanted to surprise her that’s why he assigned Liza to take charge of everything.
He also wanted to include Nay Teresita, Tay Arturo, Kute, Cho, Emman and Edz.
“Eh pwede namang wag isama yung mga bata.” Her tone evidently showed na effective na yun pamimikon ni Ricky. Asar na siya pero she’s also controlling it. Ayaw nyang manalo si Ricky.
Maya really wanted her husband to realize that it would be more romantic to celebrate Valentine’s day somewhere far from the busy metro life and far from the kids whom she dearly loves but who had been interrupting their you and me time.
“Eh sweetheart bakit naman tayo pupunta sa malayo? Hassle yun. Travel would be so tiring. Atsaka what’s the ocassion? ”
Now napikon na talaga si Maya. “Eh kung ayaw mo, di wag. Iniisip ko lang naman na mas magiging romantic sana yun Valentine’s kung pupunta tayo sa malayo, yun tayong dalawa lang. Pero wag na. Tama ka. Mas masaya dito lang at kasama yun lahat ng tao.” She said sarcastically, her annoyance at her husband evident.
Deep inside aliw na aliw si Ricky because masayang amuin at lambingin si Maya and the kiss and make up part whenever she gets pikon is something he looks forward to, or so he thought.
When he was about to hug her, Maya pushed him and got up the bed. She brought her phone with her and was about to leave their room.
“Hey where are you going?”
Now in the normal voice again and sweet saccharine smile she replied, “May tatawagan lang ako Ricky. Dito ka muna ha.”
She proceeded to the veranda and Ricky hurriedly got up the moment she closed the door. Nagmamadali rin si Ricky to stand up and get his phone. Kung si Maya lumabas ng room, Ricky stayed inside and dialled Ryan’s number.
“Brod it’s midnight. Ano bang atin?” a seemingly annoyed Ryan answered at the other end.
“Brod it’s just 11. Wait! did I interrupt something?”
“Unfortunately yes. Ano ba yun? Magagalit si Ivy sa’yo. Inistorbo mo kami.”
“Brod this would be quick. Emergency lang. I really need that travel package you were offering this morning. Available pa ba yun bukas? Amin na lang yun ni Maya. Tama ka. I need to bring her somewhere special.”
“Finally Richard Lim at napagisip-isip mo rin. Sige I’ll drop by your house tomorrow. Uwi kasi kami ni Ivy at Raymund sa province bukas. Doon kami mag spend ng Valentine’s”
“Brod sa LAS na lang. I want to surprise Maya. Baka makita nya kung sa bahay mo dadalhin.”
“O sige brod. Iiwan ko na lang dun. Just get it sa office mo. Anything else? Baka tulugan na ako ni misis nito?”
“Wala na brod. Salamat ha!”
“Naku anything for you and Maya.”
Ricky was smiling when he silently approached his wife who was talking to someone on her phone.
He kissed the side of her neck which surprised her.
“Ricky ano ba!”
“Halika na. May gagawin pa tayo.” he was smiling naughtily.
“Istorbo naman to. Kausap ko pa si Kute.”
But Ricky go the phone from her and talked to Cristina Rose… “Sorry to disrupt your call Cris but my wife and I have something very important to do.”
At the other end, Kute laughed and ended the call abruptly.
“O tara na dun na tayo sa room, Sweetheart.”
Maya just followed him and Ricky didn’t notice the naughty smile on her face.
It’s payback time for Maya!
While they were in bed, Ricky, who had that expectant, excited look started to kiss his wife…
“Ricky anong ginagawa mo?”
“Hmmm ano pa nga ba? Siyempre what we usually do after an argument, after mag-away.”
“Ha? Bakit magkaaway ba tayo? Maya who pretended that she wasn’t aware of their argument was smiling.
Maiisahan nya si Ricky and even if she wants the kiss and make up part, she’s more amused to see Ricky frustrated and disappointed. Sa isip nya tomorrow early na lang sila mag you-and-me-time. Right now mas gusto nyang maisahan si Ricky so paninindigan nya na she wasn’t angry kanina.
“Yes Sweetheart di ba? Kanina nga tumataas na boses mo. You’re pissed off kasi hindi ko pinapansin yun gusto mo na mag out-of-town tayo dun sa sinasabing resort ni Ms. Inah.”
“Excuse me Sweetheart hindi ako galit. Yun lang magagalit ako? Hindi no. I’m not angry atsaka tama ka naman hindi pa pwedeng iexpose yun kambal kasi nga may allergy sila. So tara na tulog na tayo. Pagod na rin ako.”
“No! Hindi pa ako inaantok!”
“Well ako oo na po kaya goodnight na Mr. Lim.” she kissed him then settled in bed, covering herself with their thick comforter.
She immediately closed her eyes leaving a very frustrated Mr. Lim.
At the LAS Office the following morning…
“Sir, Atty Ryan was here a few minutes ago. May iniwan po siyang envelope dyan sa ibabaw ng table ni Minerva. Minerva is at the pantry kasi so pinaiwan ko na lang. Do you need help Sir in getting it?
“No Liza. I can manage. Nagusap na kami ni Ryan about it.”
“Ah ok Sir.”
Then Richard hurried to get the package on top of Minerva’s table which had the label,
“Complimentary Hotel Accommodations for Atty.Ryan Molina.”
He took a peak and saw the name “Vicky’s Hotel” San Fernando, Pampanga.
It would be a great weekend getaway for him and Maya indeed. He is already excited as to how he and Maya will celebrate Valentine’s Day.
He could imagine being alone with his wife and he couldn’t help but smile.
Ricky had the shocked expression when they reached Ryan’s suggested hotel.
Vicky’s Hotel happens to be Victoria Court, that famous hotel for lovers, but definitely not suitable for him and his wife.
They traveled all the way to San Fernando thinking that it is a nice Resort-Hotel as described by Ryan.
Ricky knows the kind of people who enters this hotel and he was infuriated.
Maya who was innocent and who didn’t have any idea of the hotel’s image was even amused with its room names.
“Sweetheart ang cute ng pangalan ng rooms nila – eto o Serendipity at eto naman Tangerine.” she was smiling sweetly at the lady in the information desk. Her arm was clinging to Ricky’s arm.
“Sir, Atty Ryan’s already took care of everything. He already reserved and paid the Tangerine room for you and the pretty lady.” the one in-charge was smiling too. She seemed to be mesmerized by Richard Lim’s handsome looks.
Then the girl added:
“You will be assisted by our hotel staff to your room. Do you have bags Sir?”
But Ricky was really annoyed and he definitely didn’t like Ryan’s gift or joke (if it was indeed a joke coz he couldn’t believe Ryan would do this to him and his wife. He took it as disrespect for his wife.
“There must be some mistake.We have to leave.” he tried his best to be polite despite his impatience.
Maya just held his arm and squeezed his hand and in a low voice asked him
“Sweetheart, may problema ba? Okay naman dito ah. Okay lang kung walang beach tutal makulimlim naman yun panahon kanina di ba?” She thought that Ricky was just disappointed because the hotel has no beach resort.
Sensing Maya’s worry, Ricky tried his best to appear calm.
“Atsaka pagod ka na sa pagdrive. Tara na para makapagpahinga.”
Maya took charge and talked to the lady at the front desk.
“Sige na Miss paguide na lang kami kung saan yun kwarto namin.”
Richard remained quiet and just shook his head at this major blunder his friend got them into.
Then a hotel attendant appeared then approached to assist them.
“Konbanwa!” the jolly attendant greeted them while bowing his head.
Ricky and Maya just exchanged glances, totally surprised as to why they would be greeted that way. They just smiled at the hotel attendant.
After a brief tour inside their room and the standard information about the hotel amenities, the attendant was about to leave but left a big box for them.
“Sir, Mam, Atty Ryan included this in the package. Enjoy your stay.”
Richard paid the attendant a big amount for tip while Maya excitedly got the box which Ryan generously gave.
After being left alone in the room, Ricky proceeded to get a cold water from the fridge. He really needed it.
He was drinking when he heard Maya shrieking. He immediately went beside her to find her blushing and covering her face red with embarrassment.
Inside the box Ryan included in the hotel package were two pairs of G-string bikinis, flaming red and shiny gold boxers, a box of contraceptives, a bottle of champagne and some chocolates. Included was a note:”To the Engineer and the Lady”
Richard was evidently annoyed, angry already. This is too much. He couldn’t believe that Ryan indeed did this to him and Maya.
His brows were furrowed, his jaw tightened and he was eerily quiet.
“Uy sweetheart, galit ka? Im sure binibiro lang tayo ni Ryan. Alam mo naman yun kaibigan mong yun. Wag ka nang magalit.” she was caressing his arms and back.
“I’m just upset. I mean he knows that I don’t find these kind of jokes amusing. He did it na kasama pa kita. I’m really sorry sweetheart.” He was apologetic too. Hiyang hiya siya kay Maya.
But Maya, being the person she is, always sees the good side in everything.
“Ricky, wag nang magpatalo sa init ng ulo. Tara magshower na tayo para we could rest later. Nakapagpahinga na rin yun paa mo so pwede nang maligo. Para makarest na tayo Sweetheart. Nakakapagod rin yun byahe eh.” she was smiling and Ricky couldn’t help but be affected by the smiles she gave him, his annoyance momentarily forgotten.
He checked the time before answering his phone.
It was already 11:00 in the morning.
Despite the situation they got themselves in, Ricky and Maya wasn’t deterred at all in maximizing their ‘you and me time’. They enjoyed being alone far from the kids that they were able to sleep around 6 am already.
“Brod! Grabe kanina pa ako tumatawag, tulog pa rin kayo ni Maya or nagswimming na kayo?”
“Swimming? Ryan Molina I’m no longer amused with your jokes.” he was clearly pissed. He thought the swimming Ryan was referring was ‘the one in bed’.
“Ha? Anong joke? Seryoso ako brod. Ang linis ng buhangin di ba? Maganda talaga ang lugar na yan at private kasi ayaw ng kaibigan kong buksan sa public. So did Maya enjoy the cottage? I told my friend to choose the best for the two of you. Kumusta naman? Yun food? I also requested the mood music na alam kong favorite nyo.” Ryan was excitedly talking nonstop.
Richard was totally confused now.
“Brod? Nandyan ka pa? Brod?”
“I’m here Ryan.”
Sensing the silence of his friend, Ryan worried that something had gone wrong. “Brod may nangyari ba? May problema?”
“Ryan, there’s no beach here in Victoria Court.”
“Sweetheart ibig mong sabihin this place is….” Maya had the innocent curious look on her face.
“Yes sweetheart. Yun ang reason why i was upset last night. Sorry talaga. There was a misunderstanding. This wasn’t supposed to be Ryan’s gift for us. Nagkapalit tayo ni Engineer Yamagutchi. He was supposed to use this one. The engineers kasi at LAS, oh well, kasali ako, we were playing a prank on him kasi alam mo naman yun si Engineer Yamagutchi. Eh I wasn’t aware na eto pala napagkasunduan nila.” he was embarrassed.
But Maya was amused at her husband’s expression. She can’t help but laugh at him with her trademark teasing eyes and mapangasar na smile.
“Sweetheart and tawag dyan karma! Kayo kasi lagi nyo pinagdidiskitahan si Engineer Yamagutchi.”
He smirked. Pipikunin na naman siya sigurado ng asawa nya.
“Napahiya na nga aasarin mo pa. Nahiya kaya ako sa’yo for bringing you here tapos you’ll rub it in pa.” he said in a low voice.
“Asus nagtampo pa ang ubod ng gwapo kong asawa. Halika na dito.” she opened her arms for a hug.
Ricky readily obliged. At least di masyadong nangulit si Maya. But as they were hugging…
“What is it Sweetheart?”
“Napagisip ko lang. Para mabawasan yun bad mood mo kasi di ba inaakala mo na pumalpak yun surprise mo sa’kin, eh why don’t we just enjoy our remaining days here?”
Ricky disengaged from the embrace. He wanted to see Maya’s face.
“You still want to spend the rest of the days here? Until Sunday? NO!”
“Ang arte mo Ricky. Okay lang naman. Wala namang nakakakilala sa atin. Tapos hindi naman tayo pareho ng ibang couples na pumupunta pala sa ganito for alam mo na.” she giggled.
“No! After we take a bath and change, aalis na tayo at maghahanap ng ibang lugar. I’m not comfortable here.”
“Naku ang arte talaga ng asawa ko. This would be fun. Gayahin natin yun ibang couples. Ako yun magiging pick -up girl tapos ikaw yun DOM na pipick-up sa akin.” then she giggled again.
“WHAT? DOM? AKO?!!!???
“Kalma! kalma ka lang sweetheart. Oa naman neto magreact. Kunyari lang naman.”
“And you think it’s amusing? Hell no Mrs. Lim!”
“O sige sige, iba na lang. Ako na lang yun kunyaring socialite at ikaw ang akong boylet.” then she giggled again.
Tuwang tuwa siya sa mga naiimagine nya while Ricky’s abhorred look never left his face.
“And where are you getting those ideas?!!!?”
“Kanino pa eh di kina Emman at Eds. Eto talaga. Walang alam sa mga ganyan. Aliw kaya.”
“Of course not! Hindi nakakaaliw!”
“Sus ang seryoso naman ng asawa ko.”
Then his expression changed. She’s been teasing him kanina pa so he might as well benefit from it.
He effortlessly carried his wife and brought her back to their bed.
She was shrieking and giggling and laughing… “Ricky ano ba! Nakakakiliti ha!”
“Ssshh! Ang ingay mo! I’ll prove to you na hindi ako dirty, hindi ako old man at definitely hindi boylet!”
Mas naexcite ang Maya. “Naku Sweetheart gusto ko yan! Pagbutihan mo ha!”
“And you’re really daring me ha! Humanda ka Mrs. Lim!”
In an exclusive resort in Subic….
“Atty Ryan thank you for this very special gift for me and my girlfriend.” Engineer Yamagutchi called Atty. Ryan.
He was thanking Ryan profusely that Ryan didn’t have the heart to confess that it was supposed to be Richard Lim and his wife enjoying the luxurious package they are having now.
“Anything for you and your girlfriend, Engineer Yamagutchi.” was all he could say.
“Thank you talaga and he’s no longer my girlfriend but fiance now. Ninong kayo ni Chief ha!”
After some more action in bed, Maya was now staring at the necklace Ricky gave for Valentine’s.
“Sweetheart ang ganda. Gumastos ka na naman ng mahal eh.”
“Anything for you Mrs. Lim” He smiled. He felt triumphant that his wife loved the gift.
They were still naked under the comforter. She was engulfed in his arms while he occasionally kissed her.
“So what can you say Mrs. Lim? DOM pa ba or boylet?”
Covering her blushing face with her pillow, Maya giggled but still managed to say…
“Kulang eh. Hindi ko maclassify….”
Then they again resumed more ‘talking the Ricky and Maya way’ totally ignoring where they are.
Tama si Maya. They couldn’t do anything anymore so it’s best to enjoy their moments together.
Paano napunta yun package ni Ricky kay Engineer Yamagutchi?
Eh kasi the package for Ricky was left by Ryan on top of Ricky’s table while yun kay Engineer Yamagutchi yung sa ibabaw ng table ni Minerva.
When Ricky got hold of it and left the office to prepare for his and Maya’s travel, nagpanic si Minerva when she saw na wala yun iniwan ni Atty Ryan for Eng. Yamagutchi. They searched for it and saw it on top of Ricky’s table.
Kaya hayun nagkapalit. Both were under Ryan’s name so hindi talaga nila malalaman which is which.
A/N For the inaccuracies in the hotel info, I just googled it eh. Tutal fanfic lang naman so pagbigyan nyo na ako .
Thank you again for reading.