Mental Health Break: A Day at Tagaytay and Nasugbu

It ain’t new that the demands of the work from home setup plus the pressure have caused many of us to experience both physical and emotional exhaustion. Everyone definitely needs time to pause, breathe and take a step back to reflect. Certainly, taking a mental health break is needed for stress relief and burnout prevention.

In support of the De La Salle Lipa Inc. employee wellness, the institution scheduled a week of Mental Health Break. Definitely, this is a great opportunity for the students and Lasallian partners to pause, reset, and come back with greater levels of energy and a fresh, less-stressed perspective indeed.

And as for me and my colleagues, we spend a day of self-care and compassion by taking a trip to Tagaytay and Nasugbu — an opportunity for us to rest our minds from the day-to-day routine of work-related tasks.

Napa Valley feels at Tagaytay Crosswinds. ๐Ÿƒ
Ma’am Donna and Ma’am Nelia here with me for today’s blog. ๐Ÿ˜‚
NAPA is a new ride destination with great food and great ambiance. Alfresco dining with a nature view. ๐ŸŒฒ

The good thing about NAPA at Crosswinds is that they have open seats to accommodate groups of visitors unless it’s peak season. You can choose to sit and chill inside or vice-versa while having to enjoy the California-feels ambiance and sceneries outside. I must say that every corner is Instagrammable and picture-worthy to flood your connections feeds and showcase your OOTD.

It takes us to a different experience with an ambiance captured from a different side of the world. ๐Ÿ„
Everyone wants to see this new hip spot, it gets crowded easily, but not in today’s case. ๐ŸŒซ
Bringing to life a beautiful place that will give me fond memories with my closest colleagues. ๐Ÿ’—

This cabin-themed look is inspired by rustic houses in Napa Valley, California. It took an hour-drive from Tanauan City to Talisay Sungay Road also dubbed as โ€œbituka ng manokโ€ by locals, the very steep road is full of hairpin turns, which can make driving challenging and dangerous to NAPA at Crosswinds Tagaytay.

A new protocol has been mandated to pay a parking fee which costs PHP 100.00 and a PHP 400.00 consumable to any cafรฉ of your choice. Here’s a sample ticket to be bought inside and presented stub upon exit.
This strawberry frappรฉ has been becoming my go-to quencher lately. This costs PHP 250.00 at NAPA.
It’s definitely worth the visit, youโ€™ll lose count of the nice views outside because there are just too many to choose from.
This short trip to NAPA deserves a good groupie shot. ๐Ÿ“ธ
Surely, spending time in green spaces or bringing nature can benefit both our mental and physical wellbeing. ๐ŸŒพ

The views and the ambiance here are spectacular, but to tell you honestly, the foods are overpriced and quite underwhelming, tho. But the experience of chillin’ and peace of mind setting it’s the best.

Here, we decided to take our lunch, it’s 26 mins drive from NAPA at Crosswinds.
Just facing Bulalo Point, we bought the best buko pie in Tagaytay. The buko pies are freshly made and always served warm and have the freshest and most tender coconut meat.ย This costs PHP 325.00. ๐ŸŒด

It has been quite a good visit to Tagaytay since we’ve been given very good weather to stroll with. A 30-minute drive, we headed to Caleruega Church also known as the Transfiguration Chapel located at Bgry. Caylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas.

An entrance fee of PHP 30.00 and a PHP 40.00 parking fee are being collected at the entrance.
This church and grounds have a spiritual feel. It looks like an aged edifice from Spanish influence.
Signage to know what other spots inside are to be explored.
Close to Nature, Close to God The fountain compass is the first thing you will see when you arrive at Calereuga.
Here are some plant souvenirs available. They also sell seedlings.๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป
Hanging Bridge heading to the Tent Chapel.
After hundreds of steps, we reached the Tent Chapel.
Here’s a view from the top of the chapel.
Here you can attend mass, meditate, or engage in other religious activities. 

Caleruega has lush surroundings, a perfect place for relaxation and time with friends, colleagues, family, or your special someone. This place provides greenery that will let you reflect on life and refresh your thoughts.

Ma’am Donna still can strut a pose after the long walk and hike. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Jed looking tired and so is her mom. But it’s worth it after 2 years of lockdown with no long walks. ๐Ÿ˜‚

This week of Mental Health Break is a special gift to oneself to have the time to do self-care, self-improvement, and be engaged in things that will make oneself happy and relaxed.ย  And for us on this trip, it’s definitely worth it that once in a while we take breaks and travel to places we don’t visit often. God is good, all the time!

Even if you don’t have the option to step away from your job, you can still set boundaries that support your mental wellbeing.

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Puerto Galera Adventures: Sun, Sea, Sand and Fun

Sheesh! It’s May, and it’s summer break for some, including us.

It’s definitely about chasing the sun, white sand, and water, right? So, we planned out our beach getaway. We don’t know yet, how we even choose wherewith so many beautiful summer destinations around.

In the first place, we are craving a comfortable paradise to relax with, and an off-the-beaten-path discovery, and we believe Puerto Galera fits our liking! It is a town on the Philippine island of Mindoro. Itโ€™s known for its dive sites and beaches.

Reached Batangas Port at 7:30 AM to catch our Roro going to Puerto Galera.
Tourists and residents are at their peak number since the national election will be in just two days.
From Batangas Port to Puerto Galera, the roundtrip fare for an adult costs Php 685.00 and Php 585.00 for a student.

To avoid getting tickets at the last minute and worst might cause delay, it is important to have advance bookings to avoid long lines and to proceed to the boarding gates in an instant. We were assisted by JACN Puerto Galera Tours to book our trip going to Puerto Galera.

Our Roro Reina Delas Flores waiting for us. ๐Ÿšขโš“๏ธ
Actually, we’re 13 and here’s the first batch for 8AM float ๐Ÿ˜‚
Aaron, Kyle, Paul, Russell, Me, Ric, Claire, AC, Jaryl ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ
Uhm, let me have this moment to stare how blue the sea is. It’s been 2 years, since the last time I went in a ship for a trip. ๐Ÿ˜…๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒซ

Normally, it will take a 2-hour ride on a roro (ship) and a fast craft takes an hour. Since it’s affordable to take the ship, so we did. It’s important to carry water and sweet treats with you when taking a ship because the motion of the wave can make you feel nauseous.

Landed at Port of Puerto Galera just in time, 10 AM. We were welcomed and accompanied by the personnel of the Travel and Tours we booked.
Rode on our service jeepney heading to our hotel. ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿ’จ

Authorities require us to present our vaccination card, S-pass and pay the environmental fee amounting to Php 120.00 per head. S-pass was also processed by our travel agency to avoid hassle on documents.

Here’s the Villa Monica Hotel where we stayed for our comfort in Puerto Galera.
We were accommodated in this family room, which has a capacity of 10 persons. ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿผ

Our check-in time is 1PM and the hotel accommodation includes air conditioning plus the fan ๐Ÿ˜‚, cable T.V., hot and cold shower, Wi-Fi connection, CCTV, kitchen on the rooftop, bathroom, and towel.

We arrived here, and it’s still not overcrowded since it’s 10:30 AM, besides it’s pretty early for the tourists to roam around on a Friday morning. โ˜€๏ธ
Fresh Buko Juice to refresh and quench the thirst I’ve been feeling since we arrived. This costs Php 100.00.
Puerto’s hair braiding is popular as it serves as a hair souvenir that you are on an island. Price varies depending on styling, Php 250-300.00.
Claire getting her hair done in pink yarns since she’s a proud kakampink??? ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŽ—
Jaryl, one of his hair goals is to get it braided and PG made it happen. ๐Ÿ†
There’s also Taho (Filipino Silken Tofu with Sago Pearls and Syrup) which costs Php 30.00 for the smallest size.
It’s almost sunset, and it’s the golden hour. ๐ŸŒ…
This Ice Scramble is quite different from what’s available in my town, it has pearl sinkers in it. It costs Php 30.00 for the smallest size. ๐Ÿจ
I also get to enjoy playing beach volleyball with random guys in PG. No warm-ups, just dive on the sand. ๐Ÿ
Our first group photo by the beach. We’re complete here, catching sunset before diving into the sea. ๐Ÿ’ฆ
Our first dinner in “Foodtrip sa Galera”, each order costs Php 200-250.00, and it’s unli-rice with either chicken, Pork Kebab, Tilapia, Liempo, Squid, and the fruit shake costs Php 100.00. ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿก๐Ÿฆ‘

That’s a wrap for our first day stay in Puerto Galera before we finally began to explore more of what the island offers for its tourists. We have had ample time to soak into the sea and talk about things that we don’t normally talk about on busy days. We have the time to enjoy the cold water in the sea, vibe with the music, eat dinner, and enjoy the nightlife during happy hours.

Hello Travelers! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป
“Enjoy the sea, not the bed” ~ Ma’am Beth
๐Ÿค

On Day 2 at Puerto, at 9:45AM we were picked up by our driver to start our activities for the day. Our package tour is an Island tour which costs Php 1,580.00 for 10pax above including the hotel accommodation. The Island tour activities include an underwater cave, giant clams, snorkeling in a coral garden, sandbar, Muelle heritage park, Spanish galleon replica, Canon replica, and Muelle bay (one of the most beautiful bays in the world).

Muelle Bay
Muelle Heritage Park
Spanish Galleon and Canon replica
Muelle Bay
Sandbar โ›ฑ๐Ÿ
Jaryl, Me, Aaron, Kyle, King, Maan, Clarence, Cris, Ric, Claire, Paul, AC, Russell

Before we go to water activities, we were reminded of several instructions to mind before diving into the water. There are also aqua shoes being offered, it is a type of footwear that is typically used for activities where the feet are likely to become wet, such as kayaking to prevent abrasions when walking in wet, rocky environments. It costs Php 100.00.

With my co-two-faced Gemini buddy, Ric. โ™Š
With the always feeling, Jaryl. ๐Ÿ˜‹
With the rumored top-student and fave, Claire. ๐Ÿ™„
We went boating as we head to the giant clam and snorkeling. โ›ต๏ธ
We were amazed by the creatures that we were able to see underwater. It’s my first time, and it’s really admirable. ๐Ÿ’ฆ
In the underwater cave, it’s just the annoying life-vest that makes it very complicated to float. ๐Ÿคฃ
At the stop-by mini-shore near the underwater cave. I’m holding here the super pricey-worthy Calamares ๐Ÿฆ‘ (breaded fried squid dish) that costs Php 60.00.

The scorching heat of the sun really burned my skin, in spite of having layers of sunscreen. It was pretty late lunch that we finished all the water activities like around 2:30 PM we went back to our hotel to freshen up and change. We were tired and rested, and got asleep till 4PM. We had the chance to explore the place and look for souvenirs and items to bring home to our loved ones.

And oh there’s a cafรฉ here on the island where we could stay that’s cozy if there’s an urgent call for work.
Also, available are souvenir items, the usual clothes, keychains, ref magnets, mugs, tote bags, slippers, and a lot more.

There are far more stores, bars, and food stalls to explore in the place and yet to be experienced once. We enjoyed our second night by watching comedic stunts by the bay, we ate dinner, had happy hours, and rested.

Morning breakfast by the beach. Each meal costs PHP 119.00 with unli-fried rice, and free coffee/iced tea.
Here’s our view while we’re on breakfast.
A legit strawberry milkshake. Super tasty at PHP 170.00 ๐Ÿ’ฏ

It’s our last day, we need to check out at 11:30AM and catch the 12:45NN ship back to Batangas port. We only have a few hours left to enjoy the island and take pictures of and with the place.

Here’s a sandcastle photo booth that costs PHP 20.00, not free either, but you can take a shot as many as you like, you just got to beat the heat of the sun. ๐Ÿ”…๐Ÿ“ธ
Time to go home now. Thank you, Puerto Galera!
We were casually waiting to be called, and we were just in time to catch our float. ๐Ÿ˜† We paid Php 10.00 per head for the terminal fee.

How I wish we could stay a little longer, or a day, perhaps. But we need to get back to our home now to face the responsibilities and get back to our same lives in order for us to get back to places such as this. This trip gave me so many realizations, it’s okay to spoil yourself sometimes, it’s okay to ignore pressure for once, and it’s okay to feel free and happy because we all deserve it. Practically, we are all not blessed to have the financial capability to treat ourselves to a vacation we all are craving but, we have the physical capability and the discipline to work hard for something that we really want.

I’m constantly learning the idea of travel, new friends, and food. I always feel the excitement and fear at the same time, but never the boredom, and I think it’s the most rewarding thing above all. Thank God for guiding us all throughout, and we all went back home safely with fragments of memories we once experienced on this trip. Thank you, Puerto Galera.

โ€œIt doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.โ€

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My First Election Rally Experience

The Rule of Law, Transparency, Responsiveness, Consensus Oriented, Equity and Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Efficiency, and Accountability โ€” factors that measure good governance. And for sure, we don’t want to waste the opportunity to be led by a well-thought leader.

April 30th, my friends and I partook in the historical event of #BarakoParaKinaLENIKIKO who stood up and showed support as our most powerful tool to speak up, and have our fair share to uphold the best people for the job at Catalina Lake Residences Manghinao, Bauan, Batangas.

And to show support โ€œPihong Kitaโ€™y Panalo Rineh kay Kikoโ€™t Linehโ€ Jaryl made this last-minute placard quote.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

The rally was supposed to start at 12NN but as early as 8AM we’ve had already settled in front of the entrance, so we can get closer to the stage to get up close with all the performers and the main reason why we’re here Leni-Kiko and the Tropang Angat Senators.

The early birds ๐Ÿฆ…
Jaryl, Maja, Gia, J-Mac are with me at this rally.
Since we’re early, we’re situated near the main stage.

And to show that we’re all one in this battle, several volunteers around the province prepared free meals, water, merch, and snacks, so everyone could not go thirsty or hungry throughout the event.

Ahh! Ice Cream to soothe the scorching heat of the sun. ๐ŸŒค๐Ÿง
Coffee and frappรฉ by cafedelipa โ˜•๏ธ

A lot of talented Batangueรฑos showcased their talents and big stars in showbiz were present to make this event rousing before we finally get to hear words from the main stars of the rally. Singer-song writer Nica Del Rosario and Gab Pangilinan sung Rosas one of the official VP Leni’s campaign song. Some big stars present were Janine Gutierrez, Jolina Magdangal, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Ogie Alcasid, and Sharon Cuneta.

VP Leni Robredo and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan gets the warmest welcomed amongst all the present Barakos.
ยฉ Barako Para Kay Leni-Kiko

After 9 hours of waiting, they finally showed up to tell their sentiments and plans once they win the election. With conviction, “Konting tumbling na lang, mananalo na tayo” VP Leni uttered. I teared up a little because of the hope that I can feel, and all the attendees’ warm spirits lifted when they appeared on stage.

Kulay Rosas ang Bukas ๐ŸŒท

Given the freedom, we are proud that we’re part of the 280,000+ Batangueรฑos who are hungry for good governance because we all deserve better, the Philippines deserve better.

ยฉ Kiko Pangilinan official FB Page

Never mind how many hours and for how long we have stood, waited, and felt tired during the entire run of the rally, the main thing is we have made the right choice to support the righteous ones for a right government. We are all hungry for good governance, and it’s our time now to make it happen. Ipanalo na natin ‘to! โœจย 

One Fine Day at Matabungkay Beach Resort

It’s Lenten season, and it’s as special as any of the regular holiday seasons, especially for devout Catholics. Including ours, many families prefer going to the beach on Easter Sunday after a week of solemn contemplation on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, this year, we’ve anticipated a getaway, mainly for my Lola and her sisters.

Let me share with you our beach experience through this blog.

I haven’t been to a beach for a while, so as my relatives. After a long while of searching through Facebook travel groups, I chose to book our trip to Matabungkay Beach Resort, located at Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas, Philippines.

Because of its proximity to Manila, Matabungkay is still one of the top beach destinations in Batangas among Batanguenos and tourists.

I’m checking Waze from time to time to check how long are we still going to wait before touch down.

At 3AM we headed to our trip and I can’t drive this early, so we rented a Van and a Jeepney where we could also store our goods and bags. We are 30 pax, each vehicle costs 4,500 Php.

I feel well-rested tho, I slept almost 6 hours prior to our onboarding since I’m excited, and I’m in need of much energy, so I won’t be feeling tired soon as we’re there. Most of our passengers in this van are asleep to gain energy for the activities they look forward to at the latter.

Or maybe, I’ll take a nap, a short one also.

After 2 hours of travel, we already did make it to the entrance of the resort, it’s just a bit of traffic we had experienced as we enter because we have to pay the environmental fee which costs 25 Php per head. Oh! The parking fee costs 100 Php per vehicle.

I miss this sight, the horizon that separates the sky and the sea. The calmness that the scenery is channeling caught me. I need to send this to my friends and bae. ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ˜‹

The shore was filled with floating cottages (balsa) which makes it overcrowded at first sight. We were able to sail a few distances away from the other rafts, so we have ample space to swim near our cottage. We got this type for 25 pax at 6,500 Php this season. Since we’re 30 pax we were allowed to situate here for the whole day since we’re lightweight.

We’ve already settled and I already dived in. ๐Ÿ’ฆ
Here’s Garcia Brothers with Dad. Insert mom. ๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ
Garcia cult. We weren’t able to have a whole group picture as others were busy doing water activities. ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

WTF! I mean, Where’s The Food? I forgot to snap a shot of our food, maybe because I’m too hungry to take a photo first. We served and ate pancit, spaghetti, puto, sandwich for breakfast, fried chicken, caldereta, fried bangus, and salted egg for lunch, mango, watermelon, singkamas, macaroni and vegetable salad, and chips for snack.

We went boating and snorkeling as a new experience for my dad, ninang, lola and bestie. They seem happy — evident on their faces.
It’s really a struggle for me to find a sunblock. I manage to apply Belo’s tinted sunscreen, retrieved from my old box back in 2020. I think I saved my face so. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
The sea is really inviting, but not this one that’s too deep for me. Although I have a life vest, I’m scared of the creatures down there. ๐Ÿคช

Aside from boating and snorkeling which costs 150 Php per head for an hour, there are other activities available like jet skiing, riding on a wagon, banana and dragon boat, and island hopping, the price varies.

Look who’s burnt. Sorry for my happy feet. Since I’m wearing sandals, I’ve had tan lines on my feet.

I’m so worried about the burnt skin that I’ve got, but I realized that it will get back to its color thru time, but the time spent will forever be cherished and the memories of the experience that my family and I had here despite our schedules and whereabouts will be kept. I thank God for the time given and the strength of everyone to be able to be with us here. Also, for the financial capacity. It’s really not a bad idea to treat yourself and the people around you when you are saving. I don’t want to deprive myself of vacation just because I have bills to pay ahead of me. This hard-earned money spent for this getaway is a much deserve one, I must say. I’m just happy that I am able to take my whole family on a trip once in a while, and seeing the smile on their faces is a big win.

We stayed from 6AM-4PM there and at exactly 6PM we were home safe and rested because Monday is already waving. I’m looking forward to our next family getaway. On my 25th Birthday maybe? We’ll see.

Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.

Lovelle Drachman

Care to share your Lenten season stories and escapade? Let me know. แƒฆ

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Begin Again

It was raining hard as you walked into the cafรฉ, you ordered a mocha-flavored drink, the usual chocolate for him. As you wait for it, you hardly stare at him. He waited for you to spit the initial words before the story finally began.

Your eyes were seemingly nervous, but you got through it. It’s the comfort of silence he gave you to sprung words and stitch phrases to share. It wasn’t easy, compared to how you were on the line.

You were like that. He smirked as a signal of happiness that can’t be contained. The atmosphere came alive, like a place in the world that’s beautiful. It’s inside that four walls, it’s in the cafรฉ where you and him, built the connection and hope. From your heart to his, from your look to him, it all begin again.

Life Lately 2021 Vol. 1

It’s quarter 3 of the year and so many things has happened, so to speak. It has been seemingly interesting how life throws curveballs towards my way, and it has been a long while since I’ve written something on this niche to have a collective look back on what’s up and how life moved and phased on me so far. Directly, I can’t say that I’ve been so busy, but rather I can tell that I took the path where I know I can be a better advocate for myself. It’s been obvious that I’ve been off through the shore of social media, as I wanted to distance myself on such things that are anxiety-inducing. And as a way to retroactively be back on track, welcome to this blog as I tell you how everything went with my life lately.

WORK

Well everything’s good, for someone who’s really passionate about data, numbers, and visualization per se I must say that I’m on my safe haven. It has been quite a journey to be in this position now, as much as I wanted it so bad, it’s also been so difficult to say yes for the reason that I had to leave a circle of people I’ve been with for almost a year. The fact that we’re still in the same company, it really hits different knowing that I can’t be on the usual huddles that we always used to do back then. But what I’ve learned in this change is that, it’s okay to wrestle with my mind for a while before I got to finally pluck up the courage to lead with a decision that could change my life. And yes, I was able to savor my work anniversary last month, having the new position.

DEVELOPMENT

Putting my health in the forefront priority in this time which I let it slip the past months as I tend to overwork is what I’ve been up to as well. I’ve realized that when I actually take time to weigh on what’s important, the outcome gets better. Especially on things like to take rest when my body is screaming for it. To finally have time to go out often with my circle, having the safety cautions observed is also one of the changes I’ve had, and it lessens the weight that my mind and body has been carrying throughout this season. And by these things, it’s evident to me that I can keep up my mental and physical aspects on a healthy state. Just to add, I enrolled in a driving academy to add up additional life-skill which I will be blogging next time soon as I finish it.

FAITH

As life moves this fast, I can’t deny that sometimes I need to exert determination on all things a little extra. I’m aging, and I have to accomplish things real soon, not that I am pressuring myself this early, but I have goals and faith that I will make it. This has been my mantra and I really want instant gratification but as I grow older, I realized that I also need to learn how to wait and avoid rushing things. All these goals I have in mind will not be accomplished if I do it on my own alone. So, I have to leave and surrender these things to God.

I’ve wanted to start a new chapter in my life to have crossed paths with someone where I will have the privilege to have happy seems and I think it’s time, since we all deserve to have one and a lot of us are in the waiting stage. I’m now open into knowing, learning and loving a person and I know that God is bringing me closer to whose meant for me and to everyone else.


It’s becoming quite lengthy, but if you were able to reach up to this point, I’d love to know what’s keeping you up lately. What have been up to you? Although this time means we all have to wait a little longer, together, let us hold on tight and be prepared to receive more than of the things we’ve ever asked for.

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A Weekend in Lobo, Batangas

The semester’s finally over, even if it’s distance learning where we’re not physically present at school, and it involves online education thus far, we also needed this quick escape. I know, by having this, both our physical and mental health and well-being as a whole will gain a profound effect and that is why we look forward to this time away!

Again, we’re here at Ma’am Nelia’s (my colleague) hometown in Sitio Paho Biga, Lobo, Batangas. This has been planned for almost 3 weeks now, and finally we made it. ๐Ÿคฉ

I’ve been here last April 2021 and was able to share how to get here in A Day in Biga, Lobo, Batangas blog. So we arrived 8:00 AM, and we’ve been invited for a breakfast before we head on to our whereabouts.

This way to the sea. I noticed that there were only few people reside here, and the place is quiet and peaceful. It is really different from our place — the trees and mountain here are just few steps away from us, that’s why my amusement is still like the first time. ๐Ÿ˜

This getaway and pleasure trip is attainable for people from almost all walks of life. My colleagues and I are some of the lucky few to have the precious time to savor an escape and to be together — out of the pressure, and somehow running away from responsibilities for a while.

We went boating and whizzing around, seeing beautiful sights in a distant while it’s raining. I was shivering because it’s cold, but I enjoyed it. I believe there’s a next time for this and go island hopping the moment I’ll have the chance, so. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ve been looking forward to seeing and doing something new and different. We learned bits and pieces about sort of origin of the place thus, enriching and stimulating our intellect about it whilst enabling to nurture our friendship tie, create lasting memories, and deepen personal connections with each other.

Keep yourselves busy! Enjoy guys, though this trip will leave us all renewed and rested, on Monday back to the daily grind as if we were never away at all. ๐Ÿคฃ

It’s been a blessing in disguise as the rain poured on this day for us to spend more time in the water without having to think that we might get a sunburn. Although, I wasn’t able to capture more of what we did and eye-catching views it’s indeed an apparent misfortune I must say that eventually lead us to enjoy the moments more. It is our minds and our hearts that clearly captured what we truly felt on these special moments — somehow it was everything.

And we’re heading back. We found ourselves stuck in situations we don’t normally experience in our daily lives, so we’re here breaking free from the norm. ๐Ÿ˜„

Moments like these are something on a much deeper level that will surely keep us coming back for more, and to push ourselves to see more and learn more. Here is where I definitely find the best in myself and to others. Little did I know, I become the person that I had hoped I would become as a child: a wanderer and a learner of things.

We were all exhausted and tired from the quite adventure we’ve just had, but it’s all worth it. Thank God for these people, for the precious time and energy you gave us. Until our next. แƒฆ

โ€œGood company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.โ€

Izaak Walton

Birthday Blog | June 7, 2021

Yay! I mean, hello, it’s my second birthday quarantine. I’ve never imagined that this pandemic will last long until my special day. However, we were still able to celebrate with minimal restrictions at the present.

Honestly, itโ€™s a little bittersweet entering my 24th year because the past months I’ve been into a not-so-good state. I felt overwhelmed about the situation, which I couldn’t deny that affected my mental and physical health, I must say. I was too drowned to keep grinding that I didn’t take priority of my health. I let it slip and fail to think of how essential rest is. This spoke to me loudly and learned that no matter how preoccupied I am, never ever forget to take care of myself.

It has been quite an ordeal patches to stitch and a tough coming-of-age. Still and all, I was able to savor exploring pastures and opportunities. Much as there are adversities, the experience thus far inspired me to take more chances and feel rewarding.

I have no idea on what the coming years will uphold. But I am going to continue to seizing the most of every day God will give me and to connect with people who matter the most, my family and friends. As well as to continue strengthening my relationship with God as I praise my way through the storms of life and my own thoughts. And no matter what this year brings I will continue to be thankful to celebrate every day! I believe that there are too many good things in life worth to feel blessed and privileged.

Above all, I am wishing for more years to celebrate and a good health. Cheers to the next 365 days and thriving to accomplish things real soon.

Sharing here are some photos taken with love —

Every year I got to be blessed to receive birthday cakes from my friends, so much appreciation and love with you all. It means a lot. โ™ก
They are some of my circle who are present to give birthday present in my special day. But, their presence is more than enough, as always. Still, masks on.
My celebration, wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering support of my grandmom and OC aunts, of course my dad also, he’s already busy outside with his “kumpares” they say. I know thank you isn’t enough to say that I really am endlessly grateful having them.
Birthday cards and our photos which I took from my Polaroid, simple things to serve as souvenirs to remember this day.

Thank you for reading some bits and pieces of how my birthday went. Till my next blog~

For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.

Proverbs 9:11

A Day in Biga, Lobo, Batangas

Being stuck in our homes with all of these happenings in the world, all are craving for a much-needed break and so do I. It’s evident that everyone’s mental balance has been greatly affected that we all need to have an ample breather.

For the past months of 2021, I feel so overwhelmed all of a sudden about the happenings in our country, our current situation, well, my situation too — things that are way exhausting. So, I and two of my colleagues went to a quick escape. A trip which we called as an investment and a therapy.

I’m not your typical travel blogger. I just want to keep everything documented and written.

Due to travel restrictions that have been imposed by the local government units this trip was moved and delayed so, we waited for the right time until it finally happened, yay!


This is just a one-day trip so, as early as 4AM we set forth.

Biga is located in Lobo, Batangas, just one hop away from Laiya, San Juan.  If youโ€™re traveling by car or by bus from Metro Manila, getting here usually takes about 3-4 hours (depending on the traffic). 

Yasss, we’re finally here in Sitio Paho (my colleague’s hometown)

I don’t have much things to carry with me. I just needed to bring myself and my mind with me for at the end of the day I want to feel renewed and restored

A time to pause for a while and appreciate life


This run is a complete reset in my mental physique as this year challenged my wits’ end. I’ve realized that rest is essential, a simple thing that reminds me to never measure my worth based on what I am doing or how preoccupied I am.

The sea helps me to get back to me


Looking up at the cerulean blue sky and the sea, its view makes everything better, with nowhere to go and nowhere to be, a day at a place like this amidst the current situation is what I need.

Somehow, it feels like a low-key escape

The view of the sea feels like a never-ending line that meets the sky on its entirety. The sound of the waves, the fresh salty air, are relaxing. Somehow, it makes me calm and forget things for a while, never mind the heat of the sun since I’m on SPF 50, lol.

An escape from the rush of everyday life


Just being surrounded by the bountiful nature, helps me revive and get inspired. Peace of mind and a pause are sometimes found in a haven like this.

It isnโ€™t always found in the big gestures, itโ€™s often just the small moments


This much-needed break wouldn’t be possible without the constant people who would always say to me that I need to invest in things like this that offers serenity and solitude. We all feel renewed, restored and healed — body and soul.

And today, I choose to escape for life not to escape on me.


I stopped today to admire these things, I took some picture perfect views and myself, I ran, chased the waves and got sun-kissed. I spent hours walking, felt the wind and smell the brine of the sea. Above all, I made memories and felt alive.

It’s a day out from the civilization and was also able to meditate, away from the pressure and social media. God is good all the time. He provided us not just the financial needs but also the strength and the precious time. And I know He is with us, wherever we go.

Till our next. โ™ก


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The story of 2020 has been tough or even the worst one for most people. Days of mental anguish, financial strain, ailed relationships and existential career crisis. True as it could be, it wasn’t easy. But as always, after every experience paves us way to different life realizations and learnings.

This year, I did nothing but to motivate myself not to stay asleep with my dreams and rather wake up and chase them amidst of all the happenings in the world. I’ve gotten the ideal career where I excel the most, expanded my circle, kept the financial resource flowing and taught to look after myself.

It may be the year that is way far from what we’ve all expected it should be, but it taught us all lessons that we can definitely say, it made us better and stronger in a way.

After all, we always got to choose our own story and everything which makes our life inspiring. It may always not as great as we expected to be, but there are parts that can be captured by the heart which makes everything worthwhile.