Kyla’s Art Exhibit 2017

Over the summer, my daughter has joined 6 sessions of art program under the mentorship of Ms. Lerma Julian. She did several art mediums including  sketching, oil pastel and soft pastel and acrylic paintings. This is actually her very first art classes after joining Global Art Alabang many years back.

At the end of the 6 sessions, she had an art exhibit along with the other students in Vista Mall Sta Rosa.

We were amazed by the art works she was able to accomplish and very happy to see that indeed, God has given her a talent in the visual arts.

I am looking forward to all the other artworks that she will be able to create in the coming months and years. May God be glorified through her passion for the arts!

My Daughter’s Music Journey

My daughter is into music. She first learned about music theory from me at first grade. Then she learned from a neighbor who taught her the basics and through a music software we installed and then eventually through YouTube. She has been learning to play songs on the keyboard by herself as she watches tutorials from the internet. And these songs are not easy to play – mind you.

She told me that after she learns how to play chords in the keyboards, she would like to learn how to play the guitar. We have heard guitars like the gibson sg standard available at Musicians Friend and it sounds fantastic! I firmly believe that given time and the right equipment, she will be able to play the guitar well too.


Our Boracay Getaway at Fairways and Bluewater

I’ve been to Boracay but that was 16 years ago so I was pretty excited to go back. I was finally able to go back last month with my husband and my children.

Upon arriving at Kalibo, I immediately noticed that there were so many tourists in the province. We got a taxi from Southwest Travels that will bring us to the Caticlan port and shuttle towards Fairways and Bluewater. It took us an hour and a half to get to the port.  When we arrived at the Caticlan port, it was filled with tourists! But thankfully, the line didn’t take too long and we were able to ride our ferry soon. The ferry ride only took 10 minutes and we were finally in Boracay.

We rode a shuttle that took us to Fairways and Bluewater. Fairways and Bluewater has its own beach front and is found beyond station one. It is in Newcoast, Boracay.

When we got to Fairways, we were taken to Terraza Front Office to check-in. Fairways and Bluewater is a huge property, so getting familiar with the area is really a must. We were checked in to a junior suite in Margarita building and the room was truly spacious. We even had the golf course as the view of our own veranda!

The staff in Fairways and Bluewater are very courteous and helpful too. Every time we needed a shuttle to get from one place to the other, they were efficient and courteous to assist us.

We were able to dine at their different restaurants inside the resort which included La Terraza, Laguna Cafe and Veranda. The food was delicious and appetizing.

As for their amenities, we were satisfied with the 3 pools that we were able to visit out of the 6 pools inside the resort. The pools were clean and well maintained.

Our favorite was the infinity pool. It was truly breath-taking! We spent most of our time in that pool.

There was even a cabana where you can stay and order drinks and food. Truly relaxing!

We spent most of our time at the beach. It  was the family favorite.

The other amenities included golf, wellness facilities, cable car and zipline, water activities, non-motorized activities and motorized activities. If you want to go to D-Mall, they have hourly shuttle which will take you there and back to the resort too.

We went to D-Mall a couple of times to eat and to go to the beachfront and watch the sunset. Though the beach was filled with people, the sunset was absolutely amazing.

We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights at Fairways and Bluewater. We enjoyed our short getaway immensely. Though the place was fully booked, we didn’t really feel that it was.  It was refreshing to be by the beach and to be away from the usual activities that you need to do.  Can’t wait for our next getaway at Fairways & Bluewater in Boracay again.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

2016, has been a year of GROWTH for me. Not being a people person, God brought many people into my life and they came in all shapes and sizes. God gave me a part time tutoring job which helped me earn and pay for our family’s needs, but in turn, it gave me an opportunity to teach young children and help them in their studies. I pray that I was able to impart more than just academic skills but life skills as well. He also allowed me to become a Family Advisor for Homeschool Global. My main role was to come along side homeschooling families and help them in their homeschool journey. I also meet with them once a quarter to do portfolio reviews.

I had a hard time finding balance since I needed to meet with so many families, whether online or real time during portfolio reviews and also go to my tutorial job.  My children’s homeschooling lessons were a bit affected, especially my 4th grader so we are looking forward to being able to find balance and see if I can continue being a FA without sacrificing the homeschooling of my own children.

As 2017 starts, my children and I did our annual tradition of “looking back” and “looking forward”… we listed down what we loved about 2016 and what we look forward to in 2017. This has been our annual tradition for the past 3 years and I believe that this has helped my family to be closer and to pursue goals  together.

This 2017, SIMPLIFY is my keyword. I need to simplify my life and to pursue what really matters. Keep things simple. Don’t spend time, energy and resources on unnecessary matters. In the end, I want to draw closer to Jesus, in every aspect of my life.


Our Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Trip

We recently traveled to Bagac, Bataan and stayed overnight at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

We were able to book a room good for 2 adults and 2 kids for just a net price 5,500.00 pesos. It was their pre-holiday sale!

I’m sharing some photos from the very gorgeous place.

We joined the walking tour that Las Casas offers. The tour guide told stories about most of the houses and their historical backgrounds. The entire tour took 1 and a half hours.

The whole trip was short but enough for us to enjoy this wonderful place and gave us more reasons to admire Filipino culture and heritage.