LPCI’s version of day camping in Munting Buhangin



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I seem to have an illness.  It is called summer separation disorder.  Haha.  I still cannot get over summer.  I still want go to more beaches and enjoy the sun……  Although that is achievable, all I need is to have time.  Thats it time, oh why your so precious?

Since Im still in summer mode, why not talk about our company summer outing and team building.  It was held in Munting Buhangin Beach Camp, in Nasugbo Batangas.  It is about 2 to 3 hours away from Makati.  It is near enough for a weekend get away.  The beach is nice and the wind is refreshing too.  You can  sense of the rural atmosphere, calm and quiet and yet you know you are still near the urban chaos.

The activity was organized by our Human Resource Department.  They prepared various fun games that promotes team building.  In fairness, the games were quite simple yet enjoyable.  It really stir the competitivenes in each employee; leaders came out with strategies and in the end team work prevails.  It was a day of fun and peer bonding.  Nothing serious really.  We just took a day out of our office cubicles and enjoyed the sand, sun and each other companies.


Paper bridge game. Team should step on the paper bridge.


Still the paper bridge game. Team to finish first wins.


Pass the hoolah…

This is how we play with hoolah hoops.....

This is how we play with hoolah hoops…..

The classic sock race

The classic sack race

Hurry!!! we are about to win....

Hurry!!! we are about to win….

Water relay

Water relay

Carefull not to spill

Carefull not to spill

Ok keep going....

Ok keep going….

We won!!! Yahoo

We won!!! Yahoo

After all the games, we are famished and tired.  So whats the way to do? of course eat and drink and just take a lot of pictures with each other….


The buffet set up


For the boys!!1

For the boys!!1

Yellow Team

Yellow Team

hug buddies

hug buddies

Yes the sand is hot

Yes the sand is hot

Other activities also include swimming and Kayak paddling.  We surely cannot leave the beach without dipping and bathing. Just wonderful!!!




Dont go too far girls!!!

May we remember this day,  Hoping that next summer outing will be more fun....

May we remember this day, Hoping that next summer outing will be more fun….

Island hopping in Coron, Palawan



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Our Coron adventure officially started when we safely landed in Busuanga airport.  Why Im even writing that?  Well, I just cannot forget how cute our plane was.  It was my first time riding a plane that small.  Yes, I am a little bit Scared and I think It was the first time that I really listened to the reminders given by the flight attendants.  They are a little bit different too.  But anyways were fine.

Welcome to Us!!!

Welcome to Us!!!

The cute plane. Captain thank you for flying us safely.

The cute plane. Captain thank you for flying us safely.

Just like any other tourists, We are exited to see the islets and beaches of Coron.  We are ready to be kissed by the sun and turn golden brown….haha.  That is why we wore long sleeves rashguard? Whatever…..

So our tour started around 7 AM.  We went to their pier and meet our tour assistant.  He pointed our boat that will be our ride for the day. Then, our Island hopping began.  I must say, when you go island hopping in Coron, its best to bring your own equipments (snorkle and the aqua shoes).  Also, do not forget to bring bread for the fishes.

The pier

The pier

One of our tour assistant.  We have four tour assistants.

One of our tour assistants. We have four tour assistants.

First stop....Snorkling and fish feeding

First stop….Snorkling and fish feeding

Our boat

Our boat

Lunch at Smith Beach

Lunch at Smith Beach

Our tour companions...Travelling is all about meeting new people

Our tour companions…Travelling is all about meeting new people

We are approaching the parking lot...hahaha...We are going to have a short trek to Laka Kayangan

We are approaching the parking lot…hahaha…We are going to have a short trek to Lake Kayangan

The ever famous view deck.  You cannot leave Coron without a picture here...

The ever famous view deck. You cannot leave Coron without a picture here…

Kayangan Lake, Very beautiful.

Kayangan Lake, Very beautiful.

Still in Kayangan Lake.  We are advised to wear our life vest for the water is dominantly fresh than salty....So we are not that bouyant.

Still in Kayangan Lake. We were advised to wear our life vest for the water is dominantly fresh than salty….So we are not that bouyant.


Wow Philippines. I want to see more…Till next adventure




Climbing Mt. Tapyas as cardio exercise


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This is a late post.  Me and my travel buddies went to Coron last year.  We went there before Yolanda came. Thus, we were fortunate to see the landmark in Mt. Tapyas, the gigantic cross.  Im sure the view from the top is still the same.  It is literally breathtaking.

Depending on your lung capacity, the climb is about 15 minutes to 1 hour.  Hehe. We went there around 4 PM.  Perfect time, the sun is not so high and the wind is breezy.  Do not forget to bring water going up.  You might need it halfway.  Actually the climb is not that hard.  There are pathways and cemented stairs.  The problem is with me.  I do not have exercise.  That is because I am usually confined in the office from morning to late afternoon.  The result: my lungs was quite surprised with the activity.  Hahaha.  I almost give up.  I am thankful that my travel buddies were quite persistent,  I was able to reached the top.  I am so happy.  The view is really great.  It was worth the climb.

Who would have thought that I am short of breath here....Post parin....

Who would have thought that I am short of breath here….Post parin….

These views will make you go higher and higher towards the top:

This was taken I think on the first view deck

This was taken I think on the first view deck

As we go higher.....

As we go higher…..

Yes, the stairs

Yes, the stairs

Wait, we should rest first and take some selfies....hahaha

Wait, we should rest first and take some selfies….hahaha


Finally!!! Me and the gigantic cross

This is the final reward.  Wow Coron.... And we can now sing were on top of the world!!!!

This is the final reward. Wow Coron…. And we can now sing were on top of the world!!!!

Haler Baler!!! LPCI Finance learn to surf


Hello World!!! Hello Baler!!!

Time really run fast….Its July already….Wheeoww!!!

So, What have I’ve been doing these past months? Heres the run down:

First quarter is always the same….Deadline frenzy for all reports. Books to be closed, Adjustments should be finalized and of course the schedules for year end audit should be submitted….Thank goodness its  all finished and done…. Now  we can move on….. What I am saying is that, its my least favorite quarter of the year……I Do not want to look back… hehe….

Second Quarter brings promise for summer fun.  And we did just that!!!  Me and my Finance collegues went to Baler and we learned and experienced the fun of surfing.  I know for a fact that my body is not for surfing, but I cannot deny the fact that it gives me a different kind of joy and energy.  I really enjoyed the activity.  It is quite addicting too.  Just like pringles once you pop you cant stop.

Every year we have our departmental summer outing. This year, LPCI Finance decided to visit the beautiful Baler.  Yes Baler in Aurora.  And yes it is quite far for we travelled 6 hours from Makati, but again it is worth the distance and the time.  The place is so charming and relaxing.  We had fun…As in so much fun.  The best time to enjoy the sun and learn to surf.  The waves are small, smooth, just perfect for us beginners.

Perfect weather in Sabang Beach

Perfect weather in Sabang Beach

Sabang Beach

Sabang Beach


Of course every new activity should start with a jump shot


A short lesson on balancing ( easy for finance people … hehe) and right position etc.

Theories applied.....Success!!!

Theories applied…..Success!!!


I also have my moment…. hehe

Baler is not all about surfing.  We also visited other attractions that the locals proudly boasts.

The centenial Balete tree.... Look how big the roots

The centenial Balete tree…. Look how big the roots

The Mother Falls

The Mother Falls or Ditumabo Falls

I do not mind the trek going here....The water is just refreshing

I do not mind the trek going here….The water is just refreshing

No kidding the water is really wonderful

No kidding,the water is just wonderful

The view from Ermita Hill Park

The view from Ermita Hill Park

The magnifiscent Pantabangan dam

The magnificent Pantabangan dam

What a happy weekend for us.  We forgot our worries and we were able to breath.  Philippines is really beautiful.  So many places yet to discover and visit.


Finding Nemo @ Lemlunay


Scuba Diving… Not in my wildest dream did I think I will do it….. Sure it is in my bucket list, but actually doing it?!!!…..

I am always happy in the water.  I love the beach, the ocean and the sun.  I am so relaxed when I snorkel.  I am in heaven when I am swimming with the fishes.  My true stress reliever.   No wonder that I also would like to try scuba diving.  What’s stopping me though is that, one, I cannot swim.  Yes I know how to float  but I did not have formal lessons.  So that is the first question I asked the dive master.  Is it ok for me to dive even though I cannot swim.  He said yes and so dive I go……

Our fun dive is divided into three parts.  First is the filling out of forms and medical declaration.  Some sort guidelines on who are fit to dive and also a waiver in case something happens. Our dive master made sure that we read the guidelines and reminded us to take it seriously and be honest (on medical history).  Second is the orientation on what we are about to do.  He acquaint us with the apparatus and some important signals under water.  It was a concise lecture and really needed underwater.  The third is application of the lecture in the pool.  Of course they wanted to be sure that we understand what they thought us.  Then after we have meet their standards….We are now off to the ocean to find Nemo……

This all happen in Lemlunay Dive Resort in Sarangani Province, when I have nothing to do while on Christmas vacation.  Our dive masters are from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors.  Knowing that, I feel safe……  After that one fun dive, I now want to have a diving license and explore more oceans of the Philippines.

Safety First

Safety First

My Guide

My Guide

Everything ok

Everything ok

Are we really going to dive?

Are we really going to dive?

Summer lovin….Fun @ Anawangin

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Yes I am still alive.  I am just disconnected and very busy lately.  I really miss blogging.  So whats up????  You know what, I have many stories to tell and things to show you.  They are all in queue right now.  And mind you it is getting longer everyday.  Right now I will show you you my latest escapade that happened just last weekend.  This is the premise: Before summer ends we want to go to the beach and just relax…….

Thus off we went to Anawangin cove.  It is in Pondaquit in San Antonio, Zambales. It is one of the nearest cove and camping site in North Luzon.  Because it is a cove it is surrounded by mountains of rocks.  And what is more amazing is the tall pine trees on the beach.   It was said that it just grew there after the eruption of mt. Pinatubo in 1991.  Cool right?

Here is the summary of our trip:

Travel time:

Makati to San Antonio 4 to five hours depending on traffic.  We made it in four hours because we traveled on the wee hours of the morning.   In San Antonio Municipal Hall, precy our boat contact picked us up and we traveled another 20 minutes to Pundaquit.  It is pundaquit where we will ride the boat going to Anawangin.  That is another 30 to 45 minutes.  Precy also have tents available for rent in case you do not have one.

Things to bring:

Remember that Anawangin cove is one of the famous camping sites.  Being one, bringing tents, plastic mats, picnic blanket are essential.  I am telling you this because we did not bring any of those.  Haha.  And so we learned our lesson.  Our excuse is that we wont stay over night.  But still, It is so fun to lounge on the soft sand and read a good book and hear the ocean waves from the shore……So relaxing and cosy.

Deck of cards to pass time, food and water and plenty of stories to share with the group……

Things to do:

Relax and just chill….Enjoy the beauty of nature and recharge your energy.

Swim all you can with. The water is inviting and the waves are so exciting to tackle. When we went there it is kind of wavy and the current is strong.  But nonetheless we still had a great time in the water.

Practice photography.  Anawangin is gifted with such beautiful landscape.  Every corner is like a painting.  Why not compose your own perfect picture and let it speak volume about the place.

Summer, is really more fun in the Philippines.

Ysabel Mansion a place to stay in Puerto Princesa

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I am scanning my picture archive and realized that I still did not post about this.  I thought I already did because I was so impress with their service that I already told a lot of people of their place. Hehe!! well it turned out that it was all in my mind….I just  realized that I have not post about it when a friend asked me where we stayed in Puerto Princesa……

Okay, so moving on….. Ysabel mansion is the best place to stay when you are  in Puerto Princesa.  The staff are friendly and the rooms are really clean.  There is breakfast and they do remind you of your land arrangements the night before and the  time your service will arrive and when that day arrives, they also knock on your door 15 minutes before your service arrives just to be sure you did not forget.   They also asked you what time you want your breakfast served and they also wake you up or call you when your breakfast is ready.   What else can I say? I really enjoyed my stay there.  Their location is not in the heart of the city but it worked good for us.  Anyway, any place in Puerto Princesa is just one tricycle ride away and whats more important is that  you can really relax there and get all the rest you need after all the adventure you had the whole day.  This place is very much recommended specially for budget conscious travelers that are also  particular for their safety and the place’s cleanliness.  Booking is easy.  They reply really fast.  Just visit their website here.  Their website is complete with all the information you need.  They are located in 214 Abad Santos extension.  You can also reach them in their Landline (63)(48) 723-0992, Mobile No. (63)918-4089377 / (63)929-2417797 or you can email them at info@ysabellemansion.com. Uhhmmm and yes they also picked us up from the airport and also drop us there when we left.  Complete service from start to finish.

Here are some of our pictures….You can visit their website for more pictures on their rooms.  They really look exactly those. hehe.

The Lobby

Outside the Lobby....Courtyard....

Their signage

The room we had.....There is free wifi service....

Small area to hang your wet clothes

Food Trip: Badjao Seafront Restaurant


Weekend getaway teaser

Hello World!!!

I am back from my very wonderful trip……And this is a teaser……I am recharged and so dark but simply relaxed and happy!!!

One Saturday at Manila Ocean Park with my Kada

May 21, 2011 was Holcim Philippines Family day.  I joined that event.  Yes, I am not from Holcim but my friend is and since we are single ladies and her family is in the province (General Santos), so she invited us instead to join her and stand as her family.  I sure enjoyed the day.  The sun is so shiny and very hot but still I had so much fun.

Ocean Park Manila is a perfect destination for family and friends.  It offers many activities not just for children but also for kids at heart.  I really enjoyed and I will be back.  Next time I will explore other parts of the park that I have not seen.  I hope that next time, Antarctica fishing is already open.

So here are some pictures taken during that day.  Flash is not allowed in the oceanarium so my photography is limited plus I dot not know how to turn off my camera flash.  I have to manually hold my flash so that it will not flare ( I know now though but its too late ).  Any flare of the light would disturb marine life the guide said…….But still I took many pictures but well as expected not all are good quality.

The setting where we had breakfast, lunch and meryenda

This is where the program happened

This is Pia (chet's cute little angel) and surely is the most excited among us

These are shark's eggs. They are moving.....Amazing they are alive and kicking

I forgot the name of these fishes but they are cute and purple.

This is how fish procreate.....hehe

The jellies.....I am so happy surrounded by them dancing....

That's me who cannot help smiling.....

This is inside oceanarium. Faber castel occupied it intended for kids. And us that are like kids.

Of course we did not let this activity pass....It is our chance to rest our feet.....

They also taught the kids some techniques in coloring.....In the process we also learned something new....

Show and tell...The finish product of Pia's coloring with faber castel

Next we watched the sea lion show

This is Isabel, a female sea lion

see how cute she is

My barkada...Friends for more than 2 decades and counting.

Fish spa....The laugh therapy...

I cannot describe it.....It is tickle time......FUN

Then it is Pia's time....

See how happy and satisfied she is....

Then, at sandbar while waiting for the fountain show, we were entertained by some fire dancers....

What are you waiting for....Visit Ocean Park and enjoy as I did.

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