Beauty in the Countryside!

After a whole day fun last Friday, the whole family was set to attend our youngest girl’s wedding on Saturday, yesterday!

Everybody’s excited of the day to come specially the kids. It’s not because of the wedding but because of the venue. Some of my grown up kids have already gone to this place but not me. I mean I’ve gone to the place before but not on the venue of the reception – a mountain resort.

The venue was popular. It was located at one of the progressive barangays of my hometown. It was an hour travel from the town proper. Leaving the town proper, the vehicle we rented followed a one-lane road – a feder road from the town proper. We have to pass 3 barangays and the ride was a bit bumpy. But the beauty of the countryside lured us as we pass by our way towards our destination. 
When we arrived, we proceeded immediately to St. Labrador’s Church where the ceremony was held. After the ceremony, there we go! I couln’t wait to see what my colleagues and friends have told me. They all said it such a nice place!

The one-hour bumpy ride was worth it. What a wonderful scenery. They call the place HIDDEN VALLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT! It was WOW! They have two big swimming pools and two small ones for the kids. My grandchildren couldn’t help but jumped into the kids’ pool after eating. They loved it. While my boy kids also splashed into one of the two big pools. If not because of the time agreed previously with the driver, I could have joined too. Next time I promised.

The place wa complete! It has function rooms for conferences and seminars. I have the chance to talk with the in-charge of their marketing department( sorry I forgot to get his name). 

The place was really awesome!I A lot of cottages/rooms are available for a night stay or even longer. It’s ideal for family gatherings, friends’ outings, debus, weddings – any occasions. The people handling the food would be pleased to serve you their specialty – “humba” and the snacks or dessert – “budbud”. 

By the way congrats Tim and best wishes to my sistah Marcelina. (I was confused with the name Celine in the token, then the tarpauline Marceline and the fb account Marce, haha). 

Hidden Valley Mountain resort, I will be back soon! Wait for me!

To those who are still undecided of their weekend getaways or on your holiday escapades, try Hidden Valley Mountain Resort. You’ll be amazed with the beauty of the place! 
It’s at Lamac, Pinamungajan, Cebu. Of course it’s only in the Philippines! Image


World Teachers Day!

We love holidays! But we love this holiday better than the rest of the holidays of the year!

October 5 is World Teachers Day but because its Saturday, we celebrated it ahead yesterday October 4. It’s our day so we were freed from the usual activities most specially the holding of classes where selected students took over the job. Nice! Through our student body government, we were told we just have to relax and they will do the rest. A search for Ms. Educator was done by popularity vote where students would drop a peso for a vote. Every female teacher was a candidate and in the afternoon the top 5 was announced. The crowned Ms. Educator was my former student who hated the idea of representing my section to any school pageants. And I was tasked to do the honor of crowning. What a coincidence! But the morning’s activity was a total fun. Days before we were asked to pick our color like in our intramurals. So we came to school in sporty attire and in the color of shirt where we belong. I was with the Red. There were a lot of games. We won in the egg relay, pingpong ball relay and “pinoy henyo” ( I was one of the representative of the Red) where we won. I made the guess of the word “class record” in 33 secs. There were lots of games prepared like the “bring me” game in the afternoon. It’s really fun! Whoever has made this idea of having this one day celebration in a year for teachers (I failed to research maybe sometime later), THANK YOU very much! Happy World Teachers Day to all educators!

Swimming Here We Come!


As I browse my old photo files, I come across with this family picture at the beach. Such kind of picture always reminds me of the importance of family and bonding.

Whenever we decide to come together, we always consider the option of spending the day at the beach. There we don’t have to spend much. The food preparation includes parboiled sweet potato and banana. We see to it that we have prepared a raw fish salad (kinilaw in our dialect) to match with those kind of food.

Children love swimming as much as the adults do. We make sure we put lotion on our skin to prevent sunburn. But the best protection of sunburn is to wear shirt that would cover the back and shoulders that are proned to sunburns.

I really love going to the beach during my younger days. We stayed until our faces and lips turned reddish or pinkish in color due to sun’s exposure. and we loved it when we saw our color changed.

For sure this was the same feeling our small kids have. There is even a big trouble when they’re forced to stop swimming because it’s already time to go home. Small kids wouldn’t like to be stopped from swimming. it took time to convince them but there is always the promise to be back to the sea soon.

Next summer. we’ll gather again and for sure we’ll go swimming.

I can’t really wait!