Philippines, Philippines, Reviews, Video Blog


Looking at my calendar for the month of May has made me realize that I am in dire need of more nature time. Growing up in Rizal, I loved waking up to the sound of birds chirping, the cool air and the sight of lots and lots of trees which unfortunately, I no longer get enough of since we moved to the concrete Kingdom of Makati. There’s something about communing with nature that calms and heals the frazzled soul. I remember in college, I’d always look forward to days when my classes would end right before lunch because that meant I’d have time for a nature walk. Leading naturalist Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle says “We can be happier, healthier, and smarter if we weave more nature into our lives,”


I was so delighted to receive an invitation from the sales team of Sandari Batulao to check out the sprawling residential mountainside community which is quickly becoming a popular destination for camping, outdoor activities and weddings. Conveniently situated at the foot of Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam, the temperature and wind feels noticeably different despite the hot summer weather.

Check out my VLOG below and fall in love with the place!

Club Ananda has an Event Hall where special events and weddings can be held while the beautiful river pool area can also be the perfect backdrop for outdoor weddings.P1210479P1210462P1210436-001P1210522

Philippines, Philippines, Travel

Bohol Blog 1: Beautiful Eskaya

I haven’t been able to properly blog about my Bohol trip. It’s been 10 years since I last set foot there. I’ve visited Tarsiers in the past and also the Chocolate Hills but it was my first time at Eskaya. Hopefully it won’t be the last because the place is truly paradise!

I wouldn’t mind having to come home to a landscape like this!
This right here is the pool view outside the spa room!

How wondrous is God’s creation?

Yep, there’s a veranda that looks out into the ocean. The breeze and the sound of the waves are very calming. I can imagine myself sitting in that small table with my laptop, happily writing and studying God’s Word. This is an ideal place for a date with God.

Oops wait! Commercial!!! 
While I was taking photos of practically every corner of Eskaya, I had the brilliant idea of using Eskaya as the backdrop for a Senadora New Home feature on Yes Magazine:

If you’ve been reading this blog for the past few years, you’d know where I’m getting at 🙂 Senadora Ingrid is running for re-election in 2013, so magazine features are always welcome :-p hahaha

Of course Senadora Ingrid had to pose. 

View from the deck

This is Jacuzzi de Senadora

Senadora’s timba! Hahahaha

View from another deck

Yep there’s a waterfall with a rock in the middle (specially made for Senadora Mermaids like me)
Goddess of Belly Dance Jill Ngo, Red Lim and Senadora

I met Assistant Resident Manager Red Lim when we were about to start the dinner event. He wasn’t intimidating at all as he welcomed everyone and even offered to take photos as people walked into the open terrace. He’s a nice, young man who is literally living the beach life! 🙂

The following photos were taken by our photographer Larry Bolotaolo. 🙂

Eskaya infinity pool

Handuraw Spa

This is so lovely!

That’s not me!