Life is the sum of experiences that we encounter as go through life. Day to day to struggles and triumphs are experienced by all of the world's creatures. As human beings, when we encounter a challenge, we have freedom to choose how to react. Every decision that we make leads us down another road. We will never come to exactly the same crossroads. Every decision the we make has significance. The tiniest choice that is made reverberates throughout the entire universe.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Stress-free overnight: Punta de Fabian, Baras Rizal - Day 1

After a seemingly long and stressful day at work, what could be a better way to de-stress and to unwind?.......

I've got the most heavier than air baggage that day.

Got my 3 pair of shoes {one is my boots}, slid the 3 colorful shawl, I positioned my 2 travel magazines at the back of my backpack, I kept also a couple of accessories, I also put in order my clothes and of course, I bet my camera has its own way to set itself at my dense bag!

Coz that day, me and my office mates headed to Baras, Rizal....



It's definitely a whole lot fun barkada getaway. Despite the fact that this plan has gone along way before it finally pursue {Okay, blame it to my measles}.


PUNTA DE FABIAN RESORT (PDF) is about 90 minutes drive from Manila. 

PDF offers a variety of relaxation and gives off a more cozy feeling amidst the magnificent mountaintop in the heart of Baras.

For many, PDF has become one of the most anticipated premier resorts in Rizal. 
Apart from leisure, it can also be a haven for out of town conferences, meetings and events. PDF also provides the perfect ambiance both for relaxing guest and for professionals looking for a place to hold a company outing or team building. It can be a honeymooners nest or a sort of a barkada "suite" escape.

 
First time I saw this resort in net,  I told to myself mapupuntahan ko rin to someday
The wanderlust started when someone from my office mates uttered the phrases, "alis naman tayo" and the rest is history. Haha, shortcut! Totoo naman kasi diba dun naman lahat nagsisimula ang paglayas, pag meron nag aya?! 

So  ako, intended to be generous, share this secluded place na alam kong magugustuhan nila. Pictures palang sa net, PAK na! And this was also confirmed by the blogposts na nababasa ko sa mga dis oras na ng gabi! Kaya effort ko sa pagbasa para hindi ako magkakamali ng isusuhestion ko noh. O eh sige, ako na ang punong abala. GO!

So right after magpakabusog sa naganap na pagdiriwang ng ika aput-napung anibersaryo ng aming kumpanya, nag commute na ang mga atey niyo papuntang Rizal. We booked for an overnight stay for 6pax.

Expenses:
Jeep from Pasay to MRT taft: Php8.00
MRT to Shaw: Php14.00 {buti naka stored value na ko kaya hindi masyado bumula ang kili-kili ko sa pagpila sa dami ng tao nung oras na yon sa MRT}!
FX, from Shaw to PDF, Rizal: Php70.00



At exactly 2:45PM, we are at the gate of the resort.  

Ohp! wag kana mag comment, lam ko ako pinaka maliit pero ako naman ang pinaka maganda! char! 

After ng welcome drinks, dumiretso na agad kami sa aming kwarto, ang LOFT ROOM. Very spacious and very advisable to group, between 3- 7persons.

T/B: Clean, complete with towels and toiletries though quite old. The hotchuva na thermostat ay unfortunately not working and it never came to my mind na pwede pala itong ipa fix sa management. Keri boom boom lang ang lameeeeeg that time kahit may bagyo. hehe

The loft room seemed really inviting to sleep the whole day while you're stayin' at the resort. It has cable TV {madalas nilang i-watch eh ung mga pang kids, because of Sophie}. With A/C of course. However, I just noticed the windows are not maintained that much, quite messy. The room has service water and coffee too. 


In general, passable pa rin sa taste ko when it comes to relaxation slash right accommodation. Eh, mag-iinarte pa ba ko heto't naka two piece na ang mga lola niyo at nag po- photo shoot shoot na!

As you can see, I've been trying my best to be a "photographer" here. Kaya nga umefort ko magdala ng maraming eklavu para sa mga models ko. Pero siempre, makikipicture na rin ang lola niyo!

 



Oh, anu ka! Oh, saluhin mo laway mo't tumutulo na sa ganda namin! Partida, tag gutom pa kami nito. Charot!

Jacuzzi, Di ko na tuloy alam ang totoong description ng Jacuzzi. Ito ba ay umiinit o bumubula lang. Pwede rin na umiinit ito dahil sa mga wiwi?! hehehe at pwede ring kaya bumubula eh may umu utot sa tubig.. oh, ewnezzz!


Night view of the pool


The place gives you a rustic atmosphere and if you are a laid back seeker, why don't you caps off your day at Punta de Fabian INFINITY POOL.




More photos coming up on the next series of PDF.

The day we thought it wasn't a barkada's outing but Gloria's family outing. Hehe, they're one of the SWETest couples I've worked with. {Sige Angelo ihagis mo na yang GF mo para maging aken kana}. Eksena lang sa teleserye! Ako ang kontrabidang bida.. hihihi

At night, we had a very scrumptious dinner. Ako ata ang may pinaka maraming nakain, nakuha ko pa mag pa refill ng sabaw ng sinigang kay kuyang staff. {parang bottomless ice tea lang}! yUm...YuM.... 

Dinner:
Grilled Liempo: Php225.00
Sinigang na Baboy: Php260.00
Rice: Php8.00

May mga left over pa kami from anniversary ng ofis na shakeys kaya tipid pa rin. Hindi pa rin nga namin naubos sa dami.

After a very satisfying dinner, with lots of chit-chat in between, it is just perfect to try their other amenities like VIDEOKE, billiards and dart.












Indeed, our first day in resort is not just an ordinary one. 
It painted us smile on our face albeit some experienced pour rains.  At kung nagulat kayo bakit unkabogable ang mga itsura namin nang gabing ito, ay nakoh, nag make up ang mga atey niyo at rumampa na kahit baboy lang ang kinain namin. hahaha! Might have save that post later on.

Anyways, I have to comment on the staff of PDF, very attentive. Very helpful din nung umulan and I need some shed for my camera. 
Needless to say, the infinity pool always recharges me for another demanding and stressful day ahead.. I can't wait to wallow and swim once again!

Guys, thanks for this wonderful day kahit short trip lang at malapit lang sa Manila. Kahit na postponed, gumora pa rin tayo.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Life starts at 40

Let's take a break muna for my Ilocos Trip and let me share with you about being "40".

Sabi nila Forty is the old age of youth. Some may quote that when someone reach 40 it means judgment or para sa ibang mga lalaki jan, it simply means life begins @ 40

Pero for us FLIers, 40 means year of Victory , a Bed of Roses and simply means SUCCESS!



Last Saturday was a weekend to remember. Yes indeed, because I became part of the celebration of 40 fruitful and excellent years of FLI and after that, we went to Punta de Fabian Resort with my closest friends!!! Happy fes! :) {Might have save that story on the next days}.
Luckily, we arrived kinda early and gotten a better seat and had a nice view away from the stage and from my crush. CHAR! Oo may ganon talaga!

The event was simple but meaningful. 

It started with a mass, the event organizer also presented some remarkable happenings and photos for the past 39 yrs of the co., with awarding ceremony na pang GRAND SLAM ang arrive ng mga tumagal sa kompanya, speeches from the awardees and from the president and the most anticipated one, serving of gastronomic pack lunch na PAK na PAK!  At ito pa! May kasamang banda at ang pangalan ng grupo nila, LAKAS LOOB Band hehe, honest to goodness yun talga ang name nila! Buti hindi pala ko sumama. Baka mawalan ng gana ang lahat ng tao doon that time. 










KC: Umaatend ka ba ng Mass?
Me: {Suddenly I felt uneasy}. 
        Hindi. {period}
Kinabahan ako dun ah. Right after I took some shots of the priest at the stage, KC suddenly asked me that. So I thought, mali yung ginawa ko.  I took some photos afar naman so I guess walang masama. For documentary lang naman. Di ko lam eh. Actually, kala ko tapos na ang mass that's why I grabbed that opportunity. hehe..


The president- giving his notable speech. 

There was this one line from our beloved president before he ends his speech that I want to share with you and I quote, " Competition is so high so we should never let our guards down." Medyo malabo siguro pandinig ko kaya eto lang natandaan ko. Hehe... Sa totoo lang, maganda ang mga pananalita ng mahal naming presidente. Hindi lang ako masyado aktibo sa pakikinig sa speech kasi inaatupag ko yung pagtingin sa aura niya. I mean, pogi talaga siya eh, lalo pag naka smile. Kaya nga ang tawag ng marami sa kanya ay CRUSH NG BAYAN! apir!



At heto na ang hindi kagutumang part ng show..
PAK na PAK, for the second time around. May shakeys na, may buffet pa.{Burp}! :)























Special thanks to Manong photographer who approached me during the special event. At hindi lang siya photographer, manghuhula pa ang lolo mo. Suma sideline! hehe.. 

Thanks po sa mga pics namin at sa pageembistiga bakit ako ng pi picture.... Oh saan na lens ko!? hihi.. lol

HAPPY 40th YEAR FLI and to all FLIers!! CHEERS!
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