As far as I can remember, I was enticed by my boss to join this overnight trip with the team to Tagaytay, since we all wanted to unwind & forget adult life even just for a snap. He told me that all of us are going to stay in a nice villa owned by one of his friends from the top management.

Due to privacy reasons, I won’t be able to disclose the exact location, since this was opened to us as courtesy. Pretty much the place is a private vacation villa owned by the family for their own use, but I won’t bother sharing to you a peek inside for an instagram-worthy inspo.

The place was really homey to begin with, & it has a very nice country style feel, escaping the modernity & the noisy city life. I was able to appreciate the place more when the sun is up. Every corner is decorated with antique collection of the owner. The passion for classic and vintage lifestyle where evident on the interiors and decors of the villa. Everything is worth the second glance, and you will always wonder the story behind the items on display.

With the cool-breeze weather and timeless theme of the place, it would really make a nice spot for staycation with the gang, or if you are just looking for serenity. I’ve heard mostly positive feedback from my co-workers regarding their weekend stay here. I really want I can go back here cause there is still more to photograph and explore around the area proper. To top it all, the exclusivity of  this elegant villa is something that makes it truly special.

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Our squad had this long time fascination of travelling overseas. But as we are only typical working adults, we have to plan ahead of time and budget our finances for our dream to materialize. At the meantime, we decided to scrub travel blogs and look for amazing places within the Philippines that would pay homage to some beautiful places abroad. Our consideration would heavily rely on how picture perfect (say instagram worthy of course) the place is; the budget that our group will share; and the comfort that we will get despite the inexpensive price tag. The first among our adventures took us for a long drive from Makati to Tagaytay to visit Crosswinds Resort Suites  – the piece of Switzerland within the pearl of the orient. The place itself is surrounded with pine trees where you can breathe fresh air, and enjoy a life different from the urban setting that we’ve been used to.

The ambiance is very serene, and has this countryside vibe which you can find on English novels – with nature at reach, quiet atmosphere, community-friendly facade and highlands location made us believe that we are really existing on a different continent. As we have expected from our initial research, the place didn’t disappoint us. Every corner is just picture perfect.

We have taken few snaps inside our flat after enjoying our breakfast. However, the weather is in the right mix to take our photography hobby outside and for us to take a stroll as well. Here’s the product of our quick indoor photography.

Outside was bright and sunny, but I have this crazy philosophy that I have to dress the part of being in Switzerland. So despite the semi-humid weather during the time we visited Crosswinds, I decided to wear layers of clothes as if that the cold never bothered me anyway. In reality, I was sweating AF, but we know the drill –  Look calm and play the part of a tourist even just in photos :).

Since we are truly digging in the place, this did not stop us from coming back from this majestic paradise. Stay tuned for part 2 of our Crosswinds adventure  months after. Visit their website for more information on the place and their rates.

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Every working millennial would understand that “tired” is always a part of our existence. Behind our care-free life that we project is an ambition and willpower that burns inside of us. These usually fuel us to exert that extra effort in performing well in our jobs. However, our passionate minds and hearts may also lead us to be deprived of our personal time. It’s very inevitable especially when our capabilities are milked out like crazy to meet an urgent deadline.

When “beaching” is the perfect remedy.

My bff Joana ( posted a write up regarding the same musings, and we usually talk about how we maintain the harmony of our personal lives. From the looks of it, she already found the right formula to balance her social and corporate life. In my case, no matter how hard I try, it seems that finding the equilibrium for these two is a huge challenge for me. There are just weeks where I would go without rest day to finish urgent matters in the office. Yes, my desk is clear but my head is cluttered. I missed my friends; lazy afternoon naps; and doing absolutely nothing. Just when you are on the verge of overheating comes my much anticipated 8 working day mandatory leave. The much needed hibernation took me to one of the most beautiful places in my hometown in Albay. I must admit that I am guilty on exploring only a few parts of the province despite jet setting to a number of places.

Sunny afternoon in Misibis Bay.

White sand at its finest.

My friend and I found ourselves in Misibay Bay Luxury Resort in Cagraray Island, Albay. After we arrange our stuff in our designated room, we immediately swapped our clothes to our swimwear and head to its famous white sand beach. The sun, the waves and the wind in our faces are the true therapy to combat the overflowing stress.

The feeling of lying down, facing the sun with the sand on your back stops the time like no other. A quick escape from the busy streets and skyscrapers brings an inner peace that melts all the restless feeling that has been accumulated all together. We never mind the burning sensation in our feet. All we care about is how we can make the most out of our time away from harsh reality.

After this short-lived vacay, it made me understood that there is nothing wrong if you allocate a spare time for yourself.  I still have this vacay-aftermath syndrome where I would crave for that pampered feeling, but I know it would be much impossible to have a weekly dose for such due to budget and scheduling concerns. Then again, weekends are there for a reason, and I just realized that I have to maximize this free time to be in the best shape the next working day. I will still render overtime in the future if its necessary, but I’ll make it a point to squeeze in some “me” time even if it is in a form of a long sleep, or a short adventure if possible. Being dedicated (or workaholic in some sense) to your profession is a thumbs up, for as long as we can draw a clear line from our lives within and outside our office.



Photo by yours truly.

Establishing an online presence has opened a lot of new things for me. Aside from the opportunity in creative writing and photography, it has allowed me to expand my network and meet the influential people that I truly admire. Being single and loveless made me decided to also try finding true love in cyberspace.

I was one of those who installed those dating apps; spending most of my free time browsing the potential lovers, and diligently responding to the messages of those interested ones. It was really overwhelming to know that someone is really interested to view your profile and send you a message. Hopes were up since some of my friends were able to kiss the right frogs through dating apps/ sites and found their destiny.

To cut the story short, I was able to score couple of dates with some “interesting users”. Later on, I realized that the fun part is only in the beginning. Let’s just say, every date became a “charge it to experience” moment.


If he loves you, he will accept you as a whole and help you become the best version of yourself. However, if he will change you with his superficial standards as his main focus, then better ask yourself if you really want to be with someone like him.


Hopeless romantics (including me) immediately draw stories and fall in love with that perfect imagination. After which, we heavily expect that this day dream would soon be a reality with this potential partner, whom we’ve only gone through a single date. If this doesn’t materialize, we end up heart broken in the midst of singlehood. So fellas, its better to set our eyes to the real world and manage expectations.

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The greatest sign that a guy doesn’t want to continue on the getting-to-know game is a sudden and unpredictable change. This is when his messaging habits gets limited until he stops and forget about you. In a blink of an eye, he became “busy” from unexplained stuff that extends beyond 24/7. It goes back to the old-age scenario of being awkward in bringing the bad news. Even if it is online, the jittery feeling of telling NO to someone interested in you is hard AF.

Remember, don’t ever waste your time chasing  them. Don’t boost their ego by begging for time, and making them feel that they are worth chasing. We are all grown ups and we don’t want to play childish guessing games. If someone wants you, he will ensure that you will be remember not just when he needs someone to talk to.


That whispers in the back of your ear are there for a reason. It’s not overthinking, its your common sense telling you that there is something wrong.

In relation to the previous item, your gut feel on his actions can sometimes tell you if he still wants to pursue you. Just be observant with actions or frequency on messages. He won’t tell it straight to your face (or app in our case), but his actions plus your gut feel will slap you for a wake up call. If that’s the case, then its time to pull the plug.


One of the overly used term in the millennial world is now being used in the so-called blame game in dating someone you met online (or in real life). To cover up their indecisiveness and for them to dump you, they would usually reason out that “you have to love yourself first”. This is a nice way of saying that “you can have all your love back for yourself”. Most of the time, we tend to stop and ponder deeply if there is still lacking from within. This toxic people make you look like its your fault, when its their unsure nature is the real problem.

Let me tell you this, loving yourself does not necessarily mean that you have mastered loving others. If you can heal yourself alone, then consider yourself lucky. However, there are just situations that you need a loving partner to remind you that you are worth loving despite you being broken. From this, you can slowly eject the loneliness and make room for love. Little than you know, you have grown how to appreciate and love yourself from the support given.

Photo by yours truly.


Online dating is synonymous to marketing yourself. As part of this strategy, we tend to post our best-angled shots, and sometimes rely on filters for a little tweaking. But its a different case when the person you are dating has only fell in-love with your images, not the real you.

To share my experience, I’ve gone through a date with douche bags values appearance more than anything. There were days that I was told that either I gained weight (with a brow raised) or  I looked skinnier. This usually became the topic of our convo, and it made me think twice if I still have to finish my food. After which, my stress-related breakouts would become the main topic. I mean dude who wakes up in the morning and walks around with a ring light in his face?  Dating them made me more self-conscious and down, knowing that my value is based on images. Later on, I realized that if that is their perspective, then they are free to print my photos and take those out for a coffee.


We are not talking about the apps and sites here. The people itself ready to tap your photo are the issue. It may take someone to kiss a lot of frogs to find the right one, or others may find luck in the first tap. Online dating may open possibilities, but its does not guarantee that it will spare you from troubles and depression from dickheads. Just remember to be cautious and be aware of what you’ve signed up for.





Photographed by yours truly.

Our history class uncovered to us that woman back on the early times have been treated as second-class citizens kept in silence. Oppression along with sexism has been the norm up until our sisters fought for change and equality. As the previous leaders were overtaken by a new generation, the old prejudice ideas have been overtaken with a new unbiased environment, slowly opening their minds into recognizing the voice of women. Being in the 21st century, we can see a huge leap from what it was before. Women nowadays are free to express themselves through opinions and personal style. They have promoted the idea of establishing an identity which is free from what the understatement that they have been told to before.

As a companion to her success and self expression, a dab and spray of a perfume has been a part of her weapon of choice. A fancy bottle can define and even become an extension of the person she is. For the modern day women, a scent is more than just smelling good. It is a sort of invisible accessory, awakening her alluring spirit and empowering the individual she wants to be.

With the willpower of femininity in mind, Ms. Kristine Dee and Elizabeth Supetran of The Beauty Mission introduced Soleil et Lune – a fragrance catered to celebrate the Filipina, complementing her exceptional beauty, freedom and aspirations. They also believe that women deserve to enjoy an everyday luxury, that is why they managed to encapsulate this concept in a bottle for her to do so. Soleil et Lune is translated from French as Sun and Moon, with the implication of providing a whiff of the lush life that a woman warrants from sun rise till dark. The range of the Soleil et Lune creations came from the carefully selected oils and essences from Grasse, France to match the seasons of our country. Get to know Soleil et Lune’s variety that airs the promise of an opulent experience.


Images from Soleil et Lune. Credits to the owner. 

With an exceptional fragrance, we now understood that success and being remembered are not just about the eyes, but also the nose. Visit or to order online. Soleil et Lune is also available at Firma in Greenbelt 3.



Waking up alone – This is not new for those who have been single since birth, and to those who have been for so long. You always wonder if someone will also reciprocate or even surpass that feeling that you’ve shown for others. For most of your “all by yourself” moments, you’ll eventually get used to being alone and dating yourself all the time. Yes we have friends who tirelessly paint smiles to our faces and keep things in good vibes. Once the euphoria starts fading, you still look for that special person who will touch you from the inside. Someone who will make you realize that you are also special in his/her eyes no matter what happened.

Reality is, the sad part does not necessarily come from those silent realizations, but to those people around you. It’s hard when they label you as an overreacting person when you only hope for the best for your love life. You only operate the way you wanted to be treated by your would be partner. In their eyes, you are just a lost individual who is wasting his time being the right person. As I try to open myself to others, they told me that they’ve been there. With the hurt that they’ve experienced, they tried to take me on-board to the “misery loves company” bandwagon. For them, attention and love from others is to be purchased – literally. They tend to call themselves mature for outgrowing any of the real emotions associated in truly loving someone, and accepting that all of us are meant to be treated like crap. In short, having someone love you for who you are is a hoax for them.

I honestly felt sorry for how they feel. When you are just crossing your fingers to find the right one, it is inevitable to stumble upon them who aim to bring people to a state of melancholy. As they tried to educate me for their so-called “standard of living”, it slowly made me question my significance as a human being. Should I just be like them? Enjoy sleeping around and define love as collective one-night stand experiences from strangers? Am I really made to be taken for granted?

With all these negative feedback, I decided to finally shut my ears to them and start to surround myself with positive people who can lift my spirits. Their toxic advices are just too much for me to handle. While drafting this post, I wrote down my thoughts to their words, and to help others who have encountered this type of people.


“Maturity is not about tolerating the wrong things that others are doing to you. It’s about knowing how you should be treated and forgiving yourself for allowing  someone to take advantage of you.”

“We all deserve all the respect and love in the world. We are all worth it.”

“Learn whom you should lend your ears. Always stick to people who know how to empathize and can give you a nice tap on your shoulder.” 

The right person will freely and willingly reciprocate the love that you are ready to give.”

They have their life experiences. We draw our own path and our lives should not depend on what they have encountered.”

“Single” can indeed be a powerful word. Its definition can expand from the pain to something that is full of promise. Surviving the single life might be tough. Remember, behind all the bitterness is an independent you whose shine should never be dulled. You don’t need to prove them anything. Just continue being you who has a positive outlook in your single status. When we find true love someday, it will definitely create and counteract echoes to what they have expected us to be.

Photos taken in Somerset, Alabang.



Being born and raised in a tropical country, having a winter wonderland is a common fantasy of someone who is used to a sunny and rainy disposition. The geographical location of the Philippines – situated in the middle of the equator would make you realize that you have to kiss your frozen dreams goodbye in your homeland.

Despite of this, the confirmation of the sun’s presence even on the seasons where other countries are freezing cold has been welcomed with open arms with our swimwear on. You can get a tan anytime of the year and counteract the heat wave with a splash.

As a sun worshiper, we always make it a point to drive to the nearest resort and take a dip on the pool under a sunny afternoon. We found ourselves in The Greenery, Bulacan on a hot weekend. It was a total detox having the sun glare on their crystal blue infinity pool, facing a wide lake. While some of my friends are covering up with layers of clothing for that extra warmth, the palm trees and the white cottages in The Greenery gave us the perfect opportunity to strip down and show the goods that we have been working for over a year.

A major relief from being constantly covered by corporate clothes on the majority of my existence. Sunburns over frostbite? I’m willing to give the latter a try maybe in the future. But the former can provide an equal enjoyment, a sort of starting the year with kisses from the sunlight.