Weekend Story: Office Team Building at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan

Last weekend turned out to be a long one for me because our office held its strategic planning and workshop (read: team building) on June 25-26 which fell on a Monday and a Tuesday. The chosen venue was the breathtaking heritage resort called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in the sleepy little town of Bagac, Bataan. So, after spending a rainy weekend in Bacoor with the hubby, I packed my bag for the team building and created happy memories with the people from work (we were a group of 15).

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar was a great place, an ideal respite from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. After settling in our beautiful villa called Casa Meycauyan, we did the fascinating heritage tour and just took in the sights and enjoyed the vintage vibe. While we could get used to slow living in a place filled with lovely old houses and gifted with a fantastic view of the West Philippine Sea, we had to go back to Manila and continue with our busy (yet most of the time fulfilling) lives as civil servants.

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Weekend Story: First Time in Davao City + Father’s Day Weekend

My first trip to Mindanao happened last June 11th. It was kinda surreal for me. I was grateful for the opportunity of traveling for work. I was quite excited during the trip and to be honest, it felt more like a treat than a task to me. Anyway, I flew to Davao City along with our office director for a coordination meeting and ocular inspection and got back to Manila on the same day. I would be sent to Davao again, this time with our boss, on the 14th. Our office director and four other officemates would follow on the 15th and work there with me for our event on the evening of the 16th (Saturday). We all flew back to Manila on Sunday afternoon just in time to celebrate Father’s Day with our respective families. Our event at SMX Davao, which was in celebration of Eid’l Fitr, was a success. Our efforts have paid off and our boss was happy. It also helped big time that the people we worked with in Davao were efficient and simply awesome (hello, JD and Glenn!).

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Weekend Story: Happy Fiesta, Peñaranda!

The hubby and I traveled to my hometown in Nueva Ecija last weekend. We were joined by Mame, my aunt Yolly, and my MIL. It was MIL’s first time to visit Peñaranda and do the fiesta thing with us. By fiesta thing, I meant hopping from one house to another to eat and socialize. I’m glad that our trip went smoothly and safely.

Catching up with relatives and friends is always fun. Doing it during the fiesta (read: Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi) is even more so because the atmosphere is festive and there’s lots of scrumptious food on the table. We sometimes even get to take home some food because our relatives and friends say so. (So sweet of them!) And because there’s too many houses to visit with so little time, it is inevitable that a friend makes “tampo” to Mame because she has too many friends in Peñaranda (even if it’s my father’s hometown, not hers) and she usually promises to visit them all. Haha.

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Weekend Story: Nueva Ecija and Bulacan Trips + My New Kate Spade Bag

Last weekend was spent on a road trip. The hubby and I were with my parents. First, we traveled to San Jose City in Nueva Ecija on Saturday to visit Ate Laura, our balikbayan relative (my father’s first cousin and my mother’s BFF, to be exact). We stayed there overnight to join their fiesta celebration the next day. From San Jose, we went straight to Meycauayan, Bulacan to attend the christening of my newest godchild, baby Marcus Jacob. Humabol na lang kami sa reception kasi 1PM na kami nakaalis ng San Jose kasama si Ate Laura na makikituloy muna sa apartment ng mga kapatid ko para makapasyal naman dito sa Maynila.

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