Now, how beautiful is this place? Oh wow let me count the instagram ways...(bear with me please...i am a newbie instagram & iPhone user and am at that stage where everything i see is excitingly "instagrammable"). This will be a mix of images both natural (as is) & edited.
the start of many Instagram images I will be toying with
the perfect dock
So peaceful & serene! I was debating w/ myself for quite a while
if I should order a brewed coffee or a San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
I went with the latter. :-p
Instagram brings out the frustrated inner fashion / art/ design editor in me, I swear! Plus, it really summarizes how I want to remember a barrage of images in my mind-- thus organizing my memories according to mood & theme. Like this one above: we had gray skies when we got there...& this diptych/ triptych photos expressed my happiness when the sun came out the 3rd day.
On the other hand...
These 5 photos above are all-natural.
No photoshop, no instagram filters. Nature can still be stunning like that.
Other shots from the trip:
My super useful & fab Maryknoll/ Miriam College High School alumni bag: fits my sketchpad, notebooks, watercolor pencils, chargers--pretty much EVERYTHING including my 17" MacBookPro...a bottle of wine.
Meet my hardworking & crazy design & accounting staff...
|NO, I do not employ 8-year-olds. That is my secretary Marnel's son, Kent, who went along for the trip!|
Archie, Dexter, Joyce, Marnel & Kent
They sure love their Coast Thru Life shirts.
They went snorkeling, banana boating, swimming, kayak-ing! I made sure they had a great time. I pretty much let them have a free schedule except that we always had to have our meals together. Once-a-year bonding, you know!
The clear waters in front of Buri Resort, Puerto Galera, Mindoro.
On our last night at the island, I arranged for a visit to White Beach so they could experience the wild shows & the parties that it is popular for. I'm not really a fan of these drag shows, but they are part of the culture of Puerto Galera so it is something one should experience. I taught my designers that travel exposes you to different cultures that are vital in the makings of a good & flexible designer.
What I like best about Buri is that it really looks & feels "nestled" amidst the trees & landscape. The architects did a fantastic job planning the resort--- they let the terrain dictate the way the villas would be built and let nature take the show.
|photo from Buri Resort website|
No "faux" materials, no exaggerated structures & unnecessary lighting.
Wood was used as wood, concrete as concrete, & stone as stone.
It's always the natural surroundings that is the main attraction.
And now I show you my AWESOME, AWESOME PERFECT ROOM! And when I say PERFECT, I mean it. It's perfect for its location: a cool, modern, bahay kubo facing an ocean cove, surrounded by a lush landscape. Natural daylight & ventilation abound.
a modern & updated bahay kubo
windows open outward if you don't want to use the A/C
& want to enjoy the cool mountain breeze instead
Capiz, bamboo, wood, stone...
you can't go wrong.
and the best part was the semi-outdoor bathroom! aaaahhh...MY kind of bathroom!
if there was surf in Buri, that would be it. I would move to live here.
Can you imagine? This bathroom's big enough to wash & store my surfboards in!
Other beautiful details at Buri:
the delicate lace tablecloth they put on the tables in the evenings
I loooved the casually plucked & composed floral arrangements
featuring birds-of-paradise, irises & gumamelas from the resort grounds
the Blue Bar at night
(this photo from Buri website)
But since there was no surf, what did I do instead?
The 10 most memorable parts of the trip for me was when I:
(1) hung out w/ my staff
our 1 hour planning session
(2) I competed against Dexter in a diving contest (he won, & my head ached after the 5th round)
(3) Kayak-ed calm waters
(4) I sketched & colored the view outside my room
Yes that is a banana split you see beside my colored pencils.
Artists need energy, you know!
still unfinished here
(5) I slept & chilled out
(6) I added some new seashells to my collection
(7) and took photos of pretty much every nook & cranny at Buri Resort.
(8) I bought "pasalubong" Batangas coffee, pure, wild honey & banana chips
(9) I sorted out my seashells & pebbles
(10) got my dose of the "Daily Bread"
There was so much to be thankful for. It was a really lovely place & the staff was very friendly & hospitable. Most of all I was able to share with my staff my love for the ocean, nature, rest & recreation & to use these blessings to recharge for the work ahead of us. After the trip they felt renewed energy & said they understood why I never get tired at work even if I always go surf on weekends.
We all can't wait for the next one. Where could it possibly be? :-)