Summer is here and we were blessed to spend a couple weeks in the Philippines meeting family and friends. Two weeks was too short but it was better than no time at all. So we maximized our stay and tried to fit in work (we have opened a branch in Manila and we are now accepting bookings for 2020 weddings) and personal stuff with so little time. And if you are like me who has spent more than 15 years in Dubai, you will understand why I missed thunderstorms. Having lulled into sleep by the gushing of rain and distant thunder was something I missed a lot. But it didn’t rain everyday and we were blessed to have some sun during our quick Batangas getaway. The sun was kind and shone during our planned trip to Batangas. We stayed in Balai Isabel which was situated on the shores of the Taal Lake. Eat bulalo, ride a horse and walk along a volcano crater – all ticked off our trip bucket list.

How to reach the crater? There are boats available for rent from 1,500php to 3,000php for each boat which can transport up to 6 people. And when you reach the Vulcan Point, there are horses for hire for 500php (includes horse guide). You will also have to pay a minimal fee as environment fee and there are tour guides available too. Bring your own water as they sell drinks there with a high mark up. Not that high though. Consider it as a contribution for the villagers there. It is notable that Vulcan Point is cited as the largest third order island which means it is an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island. *mind-blown* We got back aches from riding the horse but it is all worth it!

 

 

We also spent a day in Enchante Farm in Alfonso, Cavite. If you are planning a trip for your family or with a group of friends, this is a highly recommended place. If you book a stay here, you will have the place for yourselves. They have an infinity pool, a billiard room, chalets, fruit bearing trees (organic pineapples are the best), a bonfire area perfect for barbecues and late night chats and my favorite, a karaoke room. 🙂 Met with my cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces I haven’t seen for a long time. Book with them and mention “MELRISH” and they will give you special offers. Best place for family outing, company trip and it is also a perfect place for your garden wedding!

Two weeks was short but it was enough for me to recharge. I would advise everyone to step back from work every now and then to unwind and clear out your head. It doesn’t have to be 2 weeks, it can be shorter. It doesn’t have to be some place far but should be some place new. Trust me, when you go back to work, you will be surprised with all the new ideas and new energy that you have!