SOMEWHERE IN TAGAYTAY

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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Ben
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THE CROSSWINDS EXPERIENCE (PART 1)

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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Ben
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365 DAYS OF SUMMER FEAT. THE GREENERY, BULACAN

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.

Ben
GeekyBF.com

THE GOOD SIDE OF BEING A TOURIST

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After earning my college degree, travelling has become one of my top priorities in my checklist. Just the thought of seeing the world outside my hometown, and gazing through the clouds from the plane window would blaze adrenaline to me and my peers. As we discover places, we were introduced to the “traveler” and the “tourist”. The former pertains to exploring the world with very little to no preparedness at all. They are the backpackers admirable for their brave heart and enthusiasm. On the other hand, the “tourist” is the one who has the list of everything-on-hand, from destinations, essentials, clothing and the like. In short, this is the total opposite of being a traveler. But on the contrary of this being frowned upon by some, being a tourist has a perks of its own.

WORRY AND STRESS-FREE VACATION

If you’re the type that you want to rest your brain from the act of sudden hassle or the mere fact of minimizing physical exhaustion, a well-planned vacation with pure relaxation is for you. You just have to sit back and let your allocated money and itinerary do their job. No need to be anxious on how to go from point A and B, cause everything from the time you set foot out of the plane ‘till you go home is already taken care of.

ORGANIZED JOURNEY

Getting lost is okay sometimes. But it also entails you to lose time to see a lot of important spots because of being lost. Most of your precious time will then be allotted to wandering around and asking locals for direction. As much as possible, we want to maximize our holidays with meaningful events, not with those stories of scratching our heads and asking where to go. For us young professionals, our time for leisure is at the mercy of our approved vacation leave(s) in the midst of our busy schedules. That is why every tick of the clock is considered a luxury, not unless if you have all the time and money in the world.

OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE GOOD FEEDS

You don’t always have to trust luck when it comes to taking OOTD photos for your Instagram. Being ready can yield you the same results similar to those boasted to the unplanned ones. Why expect and wait for that photo-worthy location if you can actually identify some before your vacation? Doing your homework on the best spots and its complementing outfit can bring you home a memory card full of snap options – Talk about food for your feeds!. After all, it is our happiness to add a “portfolio” to our memories and experiences.

RELIEF AFTER A LONG DAY

Who says you can’t have comfort while you make memories? Reality is, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the sake of your trip. A voyage will not be tarnished if you would trade a tent or hammock to a nice bed. You can still enjoy some of the things that a traveler would do, just with the added perks of recharging your mind and body for the next day’s activity.

PLEASURE AND RELAXATION

Travelers are always ready to take the plunge. They are delighted by climbing mountains and continuously crave for adventures that require a lot of physical activities. However, there are others who would want to escape reality and look for a moment to unwind and lighten up. These usually involve a trip to museums; visiting renowned spots and restaurants; or simply getting a tan in the beach.

BUDGET FRIENDLY

You might be in question when you see this. In your mind, you are thinking that a traveler is synonymous to expanding the potential of a small amount of money into something meaningful. The few penny and planning method has been tried and tested, but expect to shed some cash in some instances that you are unable to find a vehicle to hitchhike, or a cheap motel to spend the night, especially if you are really craving for that rest after a day full of activities. Mind you, last minute or on-the-spot booking may come with a golden price tag.

I’m not saying that you won’t be immune to a sudden break-a-bank moment. Chances are slim if you have everything settled and prepared beforehand. There are hotels/inns offering a discounted rate when you book ahead of time. Travel agencies also offer a nice transportation service that can take you around places or even transfer you from one island into another.

Ben
GeekyBF.com