The Day Everything Changed

One full year isolated from friends and loved ones.

One full year out of work, out of school.

One full year of faces hidden behind a collection of masks.

One full year of life as we know it, thrown into complete disarray.

Exactly a year ago when the world went into a standstill, locked down and boarded up as we were thrown into a wave of uncertainty, unprepared and caught off guard, spiraling into a state of disequilibrium, a life characterized by fear and anxiety.

One full year since the day everything changed and away from a reality we will never get back.

Can we ever grasp the new normalcy we struggle to live with?

Will we ever become comfortable in the daily uncertain?

Will we ever see through the shadows of a dream draped with looming obscurity?

Will freedom be less defined?

Endless questions with answers held by a future that remains dimly vague,

With tiny slivers of hope only few seem to recognize, rejected by most as distrust blind their discernment.

Out of this chaos, may we realize that everything can end in an instant so focus on what is important and always be grateful for somehow, we are still surviving.

xx

DMV

Staycation Manggapuri | 2019

It’s been a very busy year but we managed to squeeze in some time to get together despite the chaotic schedules.

Annual getaway with my forever dates!

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Whole place to ourselves! Manggapuri is located at Prk. Mangga, Brgy. Igmayaan, Don Salvador Benedicto, a little over an hour’s drive from Bacolod City. Arrived late afternoon, settled in and munched on a lot of junk while waiting for the sunset.

There are 7 cabanas I think, good for four or two people. Very spacious and comfortable. The rooms have floor-length windows with spectacular views of the mountain, the shy Mt. Kanlaon, and of course the flood of sunlight in the morning.

The place also boasts of this more than a thousand LED tulips, perfect for that romantic night stroll.

Sunset sesh..

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Beautiful place indeed, perfect for that long overdue staycation.

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And while waiting for our sumptuous dinner, prepared by their in-house Chef, happy hour by the Jacuzzi.

S’mores by the bonfire and late night gossip with crickets as background music.

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Woke up the next morning to sounds of chirping birds and buzzing bees. So in love with quiet nature, I seriously wanted to extend my leave.

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And these babies! Say hello to Daisy and Donald, these huge, Pyrenean mountain dogs.

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Accommodation:

Day trip: P600/pax inclusive of entrance and lunch, can stay until 5pm

Overnight: P5,800/cabana good for either 2 or 4 people inclusive of fresh and delectable breakfast; P450/pax for a 5 course superb lunch/dinner

Magnificent view, exceptional service, overall great experience: free

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Til the next vacation or staycation!

 

xx

DMV

 

Sunday Getaway | Duyan Cafe

So what to do on a Sunday?

When you want to escape the noise of the city for a bit, the mountains is always a good idea.

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Photo credit: Duyan Cafe Facebook page

Almost 30 minutes from Bacolod City, Duyan Cafe is located in Sitio Lantawan, Brgy. Guimbalaon, Silay City. Approximately 21 kilometers from the Silay Airport, route is well paved and cafe is visibly on the side of the road, you can’t miss it!

Unwind and chill.

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They serve sandwiches, coffee, tea and astonishing views. No entrance fee! The perfect weekend getaway. Even the kids love it!

Duyan Cafe is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.

 

xx

DMV

 

Back to work

Despite the pouring rain and the fog — government duties, do not delay.

Went to see one of our assisted producers in the Municipality of Calatrava for a Davao client.

Thelma Canillo — she makes native bags from Pandan leaves and to date, I’m proud to say that she has been supplying for Kultura (SM) and exporting to Japan, Hawaii and Germany.

Anyways, on the way home, there’s this new restaurant in Don Salvador Benedicto that you’d pass just on the side of the road. And I was like, wow! Finally a decent resto in DSB! So I went to check it out.

The place looked good, cozy. Interior was nice. And I’m very proud to say that all the furniture here were made also by one of our assisted producers, Gerry Gerandoy, also from the Municipality of Calatrava. He makes furniture from hardwood and he’s grown over time. Lunch with a view. The food could be better and improved.

Mountain View Bar and Resort

Brgy. Igmaya-an, Don Salvador Benedicto

Call +639064537212

xx

DMV