Maria Makiling will keep you company in Casa Tropica Villas in Laguna

Fellow blogger Paula of The Mermaid Travels gets her blog done by the pool at Casa Tropica Villas.

I was hesitant at first to join the ‘Safecation‘ after seven months of staying indoors since the start of the lockdown brought by the pandemic. It felt weird to venture outside our village. Prior to this, the farthest I have gone was to the nearest supermarket, that was it. I only go out to buy essentials since I was luckily allowed to work from home.

But sometimes you just have to trust your instinct and remind yourself that they have done the necessary precautions and preparations to protect everyone who was invited for a weekend rendezvous in a tropical villa in Calamba, Laguna. And it was also a great opportunity for a change of scenery and relaxation and a chance to be with friends who I have not seen since last year, even before the start of quarantine.

Casa Tropica Villas is a private resort in Pansol, Calamba, Laguna, a barangay located at the foot of Mount Makiling and near the city’s border with Los Baños and is known for its hot springs. Almost everyone in Metro Manila has been to Pansol at least once in their lives. It’s a popular destination for team buildings, birthdays, and other get-togethers with family and friends.

We arrived around two in the afternoon and they were just getting ready for our visit. Since we’re in the new normal, a strict disinfection protocol is implemented (UV, misting. and fogging) to ensure the safety of all guests. The resort is compliant with the IATF and the Department of Tourism. Guests are guaranteed that their stay is absolutely private and there will be no sharing with other groups.

Prior to our visit, we submitted health declaration sheets and our names were registered with the local government so only those who were on the list are allowed to enter Casa Tropica Villas. This will also help just in case contact tracing is needed.

We were welcomed by the resort’s staff clad in personal protective equipment and had our temperature taken upon registration. We had to step on the disinfection mat and apply hand sanitizer before finally going inside the private villa. The resort is pet-friendly so your fur babies can join you in your stay.

The facade reminds you of an industrial warehouse with its concrete walls but it’s a different world once you go inside. The pool is the first thing that you see upon entry and the mural by artist Kookoo Ramos instantly reminds you that you are in Maria Makiling’s domain.

The mural provides a perfect backdrop to the turquoise colored pool filled with warm water from the hot springs this resort village is known for. Legend has it that Maria Makiling is the guardian spirit of the mountain, a protector of its bounty and patron to the people who depend on the resources provided by the mountain. Seeing her image beside the pool gave as another assurance that we were protected during our stay.

Since most of us are working from home or attending virtual classes, those who opt to take a weekday sojourn are guaranteed that you will be able to do your tasks and modules since the resort has PLDT Fibr installed (up to 30 Mbps).

The resort features high ceilings and an open central area which provides increase ventilation, an important factor in preventing the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading.

The tropical island vibe extends to the rooms which are exquisitely designed and have beds that make you want to just lie down all day. Perfect for those of us who suffer back pain from doing sitting all day while working from home.

They also have a deck on the third level which can be repurposed as a glamping area. (glamour camping in case you’re wondering what it means) You can see Mount Makiling from there.

You might be asking, “Do they have videoke?” It’s a must for Filipino gatherings, yes, there is, your Tito who likes Tom Jones or Tita who wants to be a diva will get their chance to sing. They have a Smart TV so you can also watch your favorite vlogs by the pool. There is also a pool table, ping pong, and a dart board for those looking for other recreational activities.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery and a safe getaway for your family that’s just an hour away from Manila, you can experience a new Pansol at Casa Tropica Villas.

They are offering discounted packages for resort stays until November 30, 2020. Regular Rate applies for December 1 onwards.

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Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark

5 months since the start of the quarantine and I am still in perpetual isolation.

Just kidding, I go out at least once a week to go to Aling Puring. Other than that, I work from home. I should be thankful, right? But I must admit being cooped up inside the house has affected me, I can’t explain why, of course, there is the pandemic and all of us are trying to cope with it. I rarely post on my personal social media account, I have nothing much to post anyway.

close your eyes before it's dark poster

Aside from work, I entertain myself by watching videos and one of the dramas I stumbled upon is “Q Series: Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark”, a Taiwanese miniseries which premiered in 2016. It’s just seven episodes and I finished it for two days.

The series “revolves around eight friends who were classmates and members of the mountain-climbing club from ten years ago and their venture into a mountain to uncover truths from the past.”

It’s a slow burn but I kept watching because the plot was intriguing and up until the end you’ll be surprised at the twist and turns of the story.

Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark is available on Netflix.


Pang-ilang araw na ba mula nang mag-lockdown? Hindi ko na alam kung ano pang klase ng quarantine ang iiimplement ng mga kinauukulan. ECQ, MECQ, GCQ Fortified Community Quarantine with Ginkgo Biloba and L-Carnitine na yata. Puro lockdown pero wala pa rin malinaw na sistema sa Tracing, Testing at Isolation ng mga tinamaan ng COVID-19.

woman in green and white stripe shirt covering her face with white mask

Photo by Nandhu Kumar on

Araw-araw ang bumubungad sa atin ay masamang balita, tumataas ang cases, wala pa rin public transportation, pagod na ang ating mga health worker, mass lay-offs at walang ayuda ang mga nangangailangan. Sana pakinggan ng gobyerno ang hinaing at rekomendasyon lalo na ng mga nasa health sector, hindi yung puro solusyong militar. Sabi “Think Positive” pero ako napapagod na, ikaw ba?

Ilang araw na lang at maririnig na natin uli si Jose Mari Chan pero kung ganito ang sitwasyon, anong Pasko ang ating aasahan? Ang matutuwa lang ay ang mga nagtatagong Ninong at Ninang.

Till my next rant. Stay fresh and Stay safe peeps.



Day 3: Community Quarantine Diary

Nakakabinging katahimikan, yan ang bumungad sa akin pagkagising matapos ideklara kagabi ang enhanced community quarantine. Sino ang mag-aakala na mararanasan natin ang ganitong scenario, yung mga nababasa sa mga dystopian novels ay tila nagkatotoo.


Si Mama ay pumunta pa rin sa palengke kahit na wala ng public transportation (May mga jeep pa rin naman daw pero walang bus na palabas ng Muntinlupa, kawawa yung mga kailangan pa rin pumasok sa trabaho). Wala daw kasi kakainin yung mga alaga niya, dagdag pa yung mga pets ng kapitbahay na inihabilin sa amin dahil nagpasya sila na mamalagi muna sa Nueva Vizcaya. Buti at may mask pa kami dito sa bahay.


Matagal pa ito, kapit lang sabi nga nila. Magreklamo tayo kung may hinaing tayo, magpasalamat kung may oportunidad na magtrabaho sa bahay, may iba-t ibang paraan tayo sa pag-cope sa nangyayari sa mundo, wag maging condescending at insensitive.


Till my next rant, yan muna ang ambag ko. Peace and Stay Fresh. #CQDiary

New Beginning

It’s been a while since my last blog, life happened, so much going on in my personal life so blogging has taken a back seat. But I just want to say that I am still here and I still have opinions on mundane things. Traffic has gotten worse but we commuters do not have a choice but to carry on and continue with our lives. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

Together in Olympic Dreams

My very first memory of watching the Olympic Games was in 1992 when it was held in Barcelona and the official Philippine broadcaster was the Kapamilya network. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

Roxas City Tricycle Fare

Nitong nakaraang Abril ay bumisita kami sa Roxas City, Capiz para sa isang event ng tanggapan na aking pinagtatrabahuhan at nakita ko ang sign ukol sa Tricycle Fare Bracket ng lungsod. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

Tadonggeniuskuno Reviews: Bakwit Boys

“Mapagod kang umasa, sige, pero huwag kang mapagod mangarap.” Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

Tadonggeniuskuno Travels: The Oriental Bataan

the oriental bataan cliff lounge

I have been to Bataan twice prior to our recent trip. One was for a work-related weekend in Orion and Balanga in celebration of Araw ni Francisco Balagtas, the other one was a visit to Playa La Caleta in Morong along with other blogger friends for a coastal clean-up activity of the resort. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

It’s more fun to Bataan via the 1Bataan ITS Ferry

A ferry nice trip to Bataan via 1Bataan Integrated Transport System Inc., sorry for the pun or the fun. #1Bataan

1bataan integrated transport service ferry

Magpatuloy sa pagbasa