Buhay-Bukid in Costales Nature Farms

January 29, 2018 Tsina 0 Comments

A farm is hardly in my list. But when we were in a travel fair last year, we stumbled on Costales Nature Farms. For PhP1500 (the travel fair rate), we'll have bed and breakfast already for the two of us. So, okay game. 

Costales Nature Farms is located in Majayjay, Laguna. They specialize in organic farming, and provide "buhay-bukid" experience. Not my cup of tea, definitely not my cup of tea. But we spent our first weekend of 2018 in this farm. No kidding! We left Makati early because we knew it would take at least 3-4 hours to get there. We took the bus going to SM Calamba for an hour and paid PhP79. From there, we took the van going to Costales for two hours and paid PhP120. The driver dropped us off in Costales. 
When we get to the place, we went straight to the reception to check in. We opted to take the farm tour the following day. The staff accompanied us to our accommodation, she mentioned about the unlimited salad which I fully ignored by the way. Because salad, really? But we told her that we'll avail of that on our dinner. 

The accommodation has two single beds. They provide toiletries, no aircon. The bathroom is big though. Farm life it is.

We rested for awhile and decided to roam around the farm. I wanted to practice on the camera and the vintage lens I got, hehe! 

Dinner came, the feeling about the unli salad changed big time. We were able to finish five freaking plates of it. Huhuhu, sarap besh. The food was generally good and cheapo. During our entire stay, we only paid around PhP600 for two sumptuous meals for the two of us.
The following day, we got the unli salad again free of charge during our lunch. Hmm, we just asked if we could actually order it again, and they told us that we could. They initially said that we need to pay per plate this time, and then they later on told us that we can have the unli salad again. So happy kids. 

But farm tour came before lunch, guys. :P The staff toured us in the farm, and we found out a lot of stuff about organic farming. They encourage zero waste management. They also have organic chickens and pigs. Yups, they eat only organic feeds. Mas healthy pa sila sa akin. :P

For pasalubong, we bought the salad dressing, and I took home the Swiss Mint and Tarragon plants which are close to dying right now. Hoping that my father could salvage them. :P

The trip to Costales Nature Farms has been surprisingly enjoyable. I think it's the salad. :P Oh, and they have the nicest staff. I really want to go back and have the "buhay-bukid" experience once again. 


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January 21, 2018 Tsina 1 Comments

I am not really keeping track, I've honestly visited some places more than once. But when my friend asked me how many provinces in the Philippines I've visited, I decided to check. I found out that I still have a lot of wonderful places to visit. 

I've also already backpacked some countries, but mostly in Asia. I've visited Australia a number of times for work. I'm hoping to visit countries in Europe in the near future. 
  • Cambodia
  • China (Hong Kong & Macau)
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Australia

I'm just glad I could travel. My first plane ride was in 2010, I was already working then for two years. Gosh. It was to explore Cebu and Bohol, and I had a great time. Case in point, I've been going to places since then. It doesn't matter where but exploring new places and culture just gives me a certain kind of happiness.

Source: http://nap.psa.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/listprov.asp


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Express Recharge at Luljetta's Hanging Garden Spa

January 13, 2018 Tsina 0 Comments

And it's 2018, guys! We kicked off this year with an adventure in Luljetta's Hanging Garden Spa. My cousin went here last year and enjoyed it. I thought the new year is a good time to recharge. Luljetta's Hanging Garden Spa is located in Antipolo, Rizal. This place is within the Loreland Resort premises. And what's so special about this place? You'll see, laters baby. From Ayala in Makati we took the van going to Antipolo Cathedral, and paid PhP60. From there, we took a tricycle to Luljetta's and paid PhP80.

Actually, Luljetta offers different packages to enjoy their amazing place. But for this trip, we only got the Hanging Gardens Retreat for PhP1150 per person. This includes the access to Hanging Gardens facilities for five hours, traditional bathrobe, towel and snacks (the best suman in the whole wide world!). 

We decided to eat first; recharging is a serious business. :P You know all the messy stuff we got from the previous year, well, they need to go. 
From this area, you can already take a peek on what's inside the garden spa and the surrounding area of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila skyline. Apparently, my vintage lens did a good job. :P

We went to change and claim the traditional bathrobe. They gave us keys to our lockers where we left our bags; you can also leave your gadgets to them for safekeeping.
We roamed around first for photos, and found a lot of areas really great. It's a place where you can just lay anywhere, or sit still and enjoy the view. Trust me, the place is great. 

Yes, they do have a movie room that looks really comfy (and instagrammable *wink wink*). 

The heated jacuzzi and sauna are located in this area. We did the sauna right after we finished on the day's activities. 

The Buddha Lounge is another place where you can actually play traditional games or just laze around. We stayed here for awhile, and watched a series on his phone (always part of our dates, tbh). 
The infinity pool with the stunning view of the Lagune de Bay and Metro Manila skyline is just below this lounge, but let's not go there yet. :P So there is also a hydro pool, which we had some fun trying out. Someone obviously had more fun. :P
We also had so much fun in the infinity pool, and I think we stayed here the longest. We were lucky that there weren't much people on the day of our visit. Hurray to great photos in the infinity pool. 

We really did enjoy our day in Luljetta's Hanging Garden, it was total relaxation for the both of us. We are more than ready to face any challenges we may have this year. The favorite photo on this trip was taken by a total stranger. Thank you!


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January 01, 2018 Tsina 2 Comments

It was an emotionally draining year. But I am grateful. Grateful, because there are lessons learned; and realization that the people I have in my life right now are exactly just how I need them to be.They have been kind, forgiving and supportive. People make mistakes. I make mistakes. 

The minute you make a mistake, you will find out how easy it is for our society to judge you. I've been called a lot; and it was not a good thing to carry around. But I needed to forgive myself. Only in forgiving ourselves that we can move forward. I prayed for healing (and still praying) not only for myself but for everyone in this story. In time, we will all get there. For now, I want to leave my baggage behind and move forward. 

We live in a crazy world. And it needs people to be kind, and yes, even to those who make mistakes. I am just extremely grateful. For the lessons, for the kindness.. and for him. My heart is overflowing with joy.


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