Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I always take a photo of me on the bed of every hotel room I stay whenever I travel. It's a reminder that no matter how comfy the bed of my home away from home, it still doesn't feel the same way when I finally arrive home and rest on my own bed. 

When I got married and left my parents home, I was excited to start a life with my husband but I was sad that I will no longer be with my family. The Saturday sleepovers at my parents bedroom and the endless story telling until we doze off. The laughter and my dad hushing us because the neighbors might complain. The lazy rainy afternoons watching a movie while we were all tucked in bed and the occasional spill of soda and popcorn.

Memories. If only I could freeze time. My parents are gone but I'm glad the family has lots of bonding moments.

Last Thursday, I was at my mother's hometown and we passed by the vacation house that they had built. It was supposed to be their retirement home. They never got to live there though because they don't want to leave me and my sisters in Manila. I sold the house last year. I remember we were all so excited decorating our bedrooms.

Uratex Philippines, the undisputed leader in the foam manufacturing industry believes that family love and comfort are always at the forefront in the tradition of selfless care and service to the Filipinos. Uratex believes that family love, caring and looking out for the welfare and greater comfort of each other is vital.  Each Uratex bed provides ultimate comfort to promote a healthful and relaxed sleep night after night. This helps invigorate the body so it will remain fit and fully charged to make each family member ready to face life’s daily challenges. Whenever we need a new bed mattress, me and my mom would go to Uratex Marikina Showroom.

I was watching Regalo by Uratex Classic and I found myself crying. I remember the sacrifices of my parents. I am the eldest child. I promised my parents that I will take care of my sisters until I die. I just wish my parents didn't have to leave so soon.



For the elder brother on the video, the arrival of their mother was the perfect time to tell her that he is now ready to take on the responsibility of caring for the family’s needs. With their mother’s long-awaited homecoming, it will be the perfect opportunity to create new memories again together—as one family.


It used to be me and my husband travelling and having staycations. Now, we bring the whole family! There are things we could not bring back anymore, but we can always create new memories to cherish for the rest of our lives.

Learn more about Uratex, visit their website www.uratex.com.ph or follow their official Facebook account, www.facebook.com/UratexPhilippines.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel is the most popular resort in Lucban, Quezon. I have seen its humble beginnings and I was one of the thousands who braved the cold spring water when it opened in 1997. I've visited Batis Aramin several times since then and the last was in 2010. All visits were just day tours. Fast forward to 2017, I booked a 4-day stay with the family for my sister's wedding.

  Click image to book a room

Batis Aramin is located only fifteen minutes away from the town proper of Lucban, Quezon. In 2002, Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, a favorite pilgrimage destination of the Catholics, was built just across the resort.


The resort has 120 rooms and can accommodate 800 guests for overnight stay. The rooms are spacious. The rate includes breakfast, use of swimming pool and 1-hour daytime use of basketball court. The restaurant and in-room dining is available 24/7. There is no corkage fee if you plan to bring food and they allow food delivery from restaurants nearby.


The Pavilion

My sister's wedding reception was held at The Pavilion. There are 29 fully-airconditioned double-sharing rooms. The room rate ranges from P3,500 to P5,000. Click HERE to book.


It could get a bit loud if there's a party at the Pavilion Hall. Unless you are staying here to party, I suggest you request the room located on the 3rd floor.


Pretty Paw

Pretty Paw is located near the reception. It has 7 fully-airconditioned rooms. The rate of the 6 standard rooms is P2,000 while the rate of room with a receiving area is P5,500.


Hilltop

I originally booked two Hilltop rooms but we were transferred to The Pavilion since it's more convenient for us. The Hilltop has 4 quad-sharing rooms and one dormitory room that can accommodate 12 people. Hilltop also has it's own private pool.


Hillside

The Hillside and Hilltop are located at the far-end of the resort. If you are like me who prefer some privacy and away from the crowd especially during peak season, these accommodations are your best option.  The rate for a quad-sharing room with two queen beds and receiving area is P6,000.

Adventure Camp


Adventure Camp caters to company team building. It has a rope course, obstacle course, open field area and a 50 feet wall climbing tower. I have tried the 150 meter zip line while my sisters and husband have tried wall climbing and rappelling.


Wishful thinking: How about an ATV and a shooting range at Batis Aramin? Pleaaaase. 

Lambingan Bridge

Overlooking the lagoon where you can rent a kayak is the Lambingan Bridge. It was raining when we went there and yet it was still a perfect spot for a nice photo.


If you prefer the lagoon for a view, book an accommodation at the Lambingan. There are 4 family rooms (two of which have kitchen), a double-sharing room, a quad room, and a dormitory type room for 12 people.


How about a pre-nup photo shoot here? 


We walked towards the far end of the hanging bridge and somehow led us to the forest (I think). There is also a maze but we weren't able to reach its location.

Getting around


The best way to appreciate and enjoy the resort is by walking. But if you prefer to ride, a golf cart is available to fetch you from the room. Some roads around the resort is steep. The golf cart can only accommodate maximum capacity of 5. 


The Pavilion, Hilltop, Hillside, and Amihan are some of the accommodations with parking space and you can bring your vehicle. The resort also has a mini bus if you do not have a car or there's no parking space near your accommodation.


I love Batis Aramin. My family has already sold our vacation house in Lucban so I guess this resort will be our new home whenever we want to visit Lucban. This resort is already stunning but still has a lot of room for improvement. There are ongoing repairs and renovations. The rooms (well, at least at the Pavilion) have moldy smell but it goes away after a few hours. I'm not really bothered though because it brings back memories of our vacation house (hehehe) but  I hope they could do something about it. The website is not very informative. There's not much photos and description. Online booking is also not yet available. Looking forward to seeing an updated website and hopefully online booking will be available soon. You can also check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/BatisAramin


I wished it was not raining during our stay but I was told that November to January is a wet season in Lucban. I could have taken more photos and strolled around the resort. But I am definitely coming back!

Click here to Book Now!

Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel
Brgy. Malupak, Lucban, Quezon
email: info@aramin.ph
Contact Nos. (63) 917-595-4145
                      (63) 939-903-6935
                      (6342) 540-7320
                      (6342) 540-4401


Sunday, December 10, 2017


I often receive private messages on Facebook from some people in my network. They want to be a freelancer like me. Sino ba naman ang di maeengganyo kung madalas makita sa timeline ko eh kumakain ako sa kung saan saan na restaurant, nakikipag selfie sa artista, nagpo-post na status na "working in my pajamas" at kung anu-ano pa na nakakainggit lalo na kapag Lunes tulad ng "woke up at 10am" di ba? 

Ano ba latest freelance work-related status ko? 


Ni-post ko yan pagdating sa bahay kanina from my 4-day vacation. Yung mga bwisit na bwisit sa trabaho nila, I'm sure magme-message na naman. Remember this sutil post of mine last December 4, Monday?


Kse naman paulit-ulit yung mga status nyo eh. Baka sakali lang gusto nyo na baguhin ang takbo ng career nyo sa 2018. I've been in that situation eh.

I received the 7 Stages of…Good Grief! Freelancer na Ko?! book from my cousin Bleps kasama ng isang #petmalu na planner (another blog entry about the planner) just this morning during buffet breakfast sa Batis Aramin Resort sa Lucban, Quezon. Bakasyon grande kase kami. Onga pala, freelancer din si Bleps. Pamilya kase kami ng raketera eh. Prologue pa lang nababasa ko napabangon na agad ako at nagsulat ng blog entry. If you really know me, susme di mo ako mapapabangon after ko umuwi from vacation. Tulog galore ako for 2-3 days. Ibig sabihin, di ako makaintay para i-share sa inyo ang libro na ito.

Syempre, di ko naman isusulat dito yung laman ng book. Di ganun na share ibig ko sabihin. Ishe-share ko yung link san ka pwede bumili lalo na kung mahilig ka mag shop online kagaya ko.


Panigurado available din yan sa National Bookstore.

Kung di ka pa maka-decide kung gusto mo bumili, pagnilayan mo ito.

Has the idea of going freelance ever crossed your mind? 
Has the concept of freedom and flexibility ever tempted you?
Have you ever asked yourself, 
"Kaya ko kaya 'yun?"

Bili ka na ng 7 Stages of…Good Grief! Freelancer na Ko?! ni RacketChick. P150 lang. Ako nga na 3 years freelancer na, naniniwala na may mapupulot pa din akong kaalaman sa libro na ito eh.

BTW, di ko kilala si RacketChick. 


Monday, December 04, 2017


If you have been following my blog, you  probably noticed I change my theme, layout, and logo as often as the season changes. I must admit, I still haven't found what I truly like. Well, being fickle-minded is also a factor. But I know I have to make up my mind. I've got so many exciting plans for my blog for 2018 and my need for a great logo design is urgent.

A logo should not only be beautiful. It should reflect your brand and personality.

Your logo is as important as your name. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is my personality?
  • Who is my target market?
  • Why am I doing this?
  • What are my values?
  • What is my brand all about?
A logo should have a recall.

Your logo should stand out from the rest. It should provide a brand recall. Carefully choose the font, colors, and icons. Understand the psychology of shapes and colors. Don't be afraid to experiment combinations.

A logo should be something you'll be proud of.

Always ask for the opinions of others. Be open to criticism. Sometimes, we need to ask help from other people to identify things that you might have overlooked. Once everything is perfect, be proud and share the logo design on your social media accounts. It's the best way to increase brand awareness.

Don't know how to make a logo?


I've been experimenting on my blog's logo which I plan to use in 2018 (and for the rest of my life hahaha) at https://logojoy.com/. It's a free logo maker and you don't have to be expert to create a logo that will be the envy of brands. All you need is an inspiration (and they do help you with that too!). Logojoy is super user-friendly you'd enjoy so much that you wouldn't notice you've been DIY-ing for hours already. What I also like about Logojoy is that I can create as many logo designs as I want and I only pay for what I like. They got a package that will suit your need. You can choose from Basic, Premium, and Enterprise.

Wanna give it a try? Start making a logo now. 

I'll be spending the last few weeks of 2017 creating logos until I have the "This is the one!" feeling. Watch out for my blog's logo revelation in January!

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