Cattleya Resort, Antipolo

“Tayo na sa Antipolo. At doon maligo tayo.”

This is one of those songs that just pop up in my mind whenever Antipolo, Rizal is mentioned. Although I’ve lived in nearby Angono for several years when I was a kid, I’ve only visited Hinulugang Taktak once and even thought that it is located in Tanay. (O_o)

Fast forward 20 years and I got the chance to swim in Antipolo again. This time at the Cattleya Resort with Daddy Bunny’s former officemates. Whenever I research for resorts near Manila, Antipolo will always be mentioned by online readers. Some of the reviews I’d read are not really nice so I didn’t have high expectations for the Cattleya Resort. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when we got there late Friday night.

The place is quite easy to find, we were only confused when we turned from the main road and were looking for the resort. There was a fork that wasn’t in the map and the map on their site lacks details (it only said school, but not the name of the school and we encountered several along the way). Upon reaching the Catherine private villa, we were greeted with a nice facade with stairs going up the villa. The Catherine villa is one of the latest addition to the resort so it was really clean and looks and feels new all around.

Catherine entrance

 

For 12 hours of stay, the rent was Php10,000 for the private villa including a pool, jacuzzi and videoke. Sa pool at videoke pa lang, sulit na. 🙂 The water in the pool was clean mainly because their maintenance team cleans the pool every after session. They also have a swing set beside the pool and although the location of the swing can be dangerous for drunk tenants, it is a nice addition to the villa. Makes you revisit your childhood. 🙂

poo

 

The villa has a big open space perfect for the unlimited videoke session and the dinner. They have 3 big monobloc dining sets which makes eating easy. They also have a kitchen with ref and an outdoor grill for cooking your own food. They have 2 bathroom with the one being near the pool that includes the shower area. The only downside is the small bedroom with only 3 single beds (but it fit about 11 of us there, so it’s not really a downer as long as you’re not choosy).

Dining area

 

There was also a jacuzzi that we enjoyed because of the bubbles but the water didn’t get hot enough for you to really get the jacuzzi feel. Nonetheless, it was fun staying there and get your temperature regulated before jumping into the big pool.

jacuzzi

 

All in all, it was a fun stay and Antipolo will surely be something that I’ll consider in the future when looking for a quick getaway from Manila. 🙂

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Run For Your Life

I like jogging since I was small. I still vividly remember my Sunday jogging moments with my pops at UST when I was about 6 years old. He would teach me the difference between “derecha” (right) and “izquierda” (left) as we make our turns at the Lovers’ Lane and around the open field. I’m not a hardcore runner though so I would just occasionally go for a morning run up until college. I guess it was partly because I love sleeping more so I would prefer sleeping in than getting up to run. 😉

My interest in running (or in reality: jogging/brisk walking) came back last year when I was in Cebu with my friend. We would jog around Ayala near our office after work together with some of our team mates. Earlier this year I started jogging weekly and saw some good results after a month. I lost weight and became interested in the sport again.

Recently, we discovered the Sunday UP oval run. Together with our college friends, our family would  rise at 5:30am to jog at UP by 6am. It is an early start for us, especially Yui, but it’s a good opportunity to bond as a family so why not? 🙂 I’m so proud of Yui for being able to jog/walk one round of the oval at her age. Aside from fitness, our goal is to also take her closer to nature and let her experience playing and running wild with trees and butterflies around.

These trees bring a fresh change to our scenery and help us teach Yui to appreciate mother nature. Jogging also is a good family bonding activity…and it’s free too! 🙂

Joggers around nature

After jogging around the oval, we would cool down at the Engineering building steps and do some laps up and down these stairs. It’s also a good bonding session between Yui and her ninang Jen. Now, she’s not shy around her anymore. 🙂

Stairs exercise

 

I’m looking forward to run for our lives and hope to continue this activity to be able to raise a healthy and happy child. 🙂

Things That Make Me Smile

There are a lot of things that I’m thankful for and one of them is my daughter joining the playgroup. I’ve written about the Home Room playgroup a few times already. This time I’d like to showcase some images that Yui’s been doing at the playgroup which always bring a smile to my face.

The playgroup highly encourages the children to be creative and hone their imagination. Recently they had a collection of different costumes to try on anytime where some are aligned to their current topic of community helpers. Dr. Yui and Super Yui never fails to make me smile.

Yui in costume

They’ve been making artworks ever since the playgroup started but recently Yui’s always insisting to do her art all by herself. She doesn’t want me or grandma to help her. These artworks are her own creations. And I especially love her ferris wheel painting. She drew this after we attended her cousins’ birthday at SM MOA where she rode the giant ferris wheel.

Yui's art

Doing this acrobatic pose before her moving up pictorial made me smile a lot. Good thing I was able to capture it.

Yui before pictoria

What made you smile today? 🙂

Northbound

I’ve only been to Daddy Bunny’s hometown in Pangasinan once ever since we’ve been together. We brought his sisters and our then 1+ yr. old Yui last 2010. She was just learning how to walk then and until now she enjoys watching her video in Manaoag walking and running with her Dora balloon. It was a fun trip and I’m looking forward to more trips there so that Yui can also experience her tita’s childhood playground.

The Bunny Family at the park

Park

“Bayanihan sa Lalawigan ng Pangasinan”

Lingayen

Enjoying the view of the ocean waves 

Ocean view

That’s why when my mother-in-law said that we’re invited to Daddy Bunny’s cousin’s wedding, we got excited. To top it off, they invited Yui to be a flower girl. It will be her first time to be a flower girl and the little one was so excited when she learned about it. As early as January, she would practice her “walk” at home and would always remind her titas of the trip.

I can’t believe that the long-awaited trip is this weekend already. It seemed to be so far away before. We’re supposed to be super excited for the trip already but we can’t just be 100% into it since the little one’s got a stomach flu and is still under medication. Hopefully, she will be better by tomorrow and will endure the long road trip. I just hope my little girl will have the strength to walk the aisle tomorrow afternoon. 🙂

IPL: Take Two!

Three weeks after my first IPL session, I went back to Skin Metro for the next session. In between that period, I’ve noticed some changes already. I’ve read from some feedback online that you can notice improvements to your underarms around the 4th session so I was pleasantly surprised to see some changes even only after the first session. I think it’s mostly because I have super fine hair and that the changes differ from person to person.

On the second session, they increased the level of the IPL and informed me that it will continuously increase  as we progress with the treatment in order to have better results. It wasn’t painful although I noticed that the light really increased as I can see the flashing of the light despite wearing the eye cover. This time I got 12 clicks on each underarm, which was better than other clinics I’ve read online. 🙂

The hair removal treatment seems to be working as there’s an improvement from the first session results and this latest one. Hopefully, the results will continue to be good in the next sessions.

Ham and Cheese Mini Wraps

In line with trying to give Yui different varieties of food, we ventured into the classic ham and cheese. Unfortunately, she seems to have developed a dislike for eggs and cheese. Funny how she’s followed her Tita Gabe’s dislike for cheese and Tito Colwyn’s aversion to eggs. Despite this, Yui still enjoyed eating these mini wraps – by dissecting the wrap and eating just the ham and some tortilla. Good thing that the other “kids” in the office enjoyed these. We’re off to find other food adventures but in the meantime, here’s our easy Ham and Cheese Mini Wraps.

ham and cheese mini wraps

Makes about 10-12 mini wraps

4 medium-sized tortilla

4 slices sweet ham

2-3 tbsp cream cheese

1 tbsp finely chopped onions

1. Mix the chopped onions with the cream cheese.

2. In a skillet, heat the tortillas and set aside. Then cook the ham (I just sort of grilled the ham in the pan without adding any oil).

3. To prepare the wraps, place 1 slice of ham in the tortilla then top with some cream cheese in the middle. Roll the tortilla and cut into 2-3 bite-size pieces.