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It's been quite a time since I've posted my last blog. I've been busy with work lately...with lots of deadlines to beat especially for project related outputs.
This coming 2nd week of July, Haribon will be having our (long overdue) R & R (rest and recreation) activity. The last one was in Bohol in 2006...three years overdue! But this time, it's a budgeted R&R. Since we are a non-government organization (NGO) we're trying our best to prudently spend our resources yet also trying best to give our employees a fair share of fun.
We're having it at D' Farm Resort in Bacolor, Pampanga. It's a private resort with enough space to house a little bit more than 50 pax. This time too, we can bring along family members, of course at our personal costs.
D' Farm Resort is divided in two areas, the Mangoville and the Heroesville, since we are renting it as an organization, we occupied the whole resort. Both areas has its own adult and children's pool. One area has a basketball court. In between the 2 areas is the billards table which can be used free as well as a separate hall-type conference area to house us in case of rain...hoping though it won't so as not to spoil the "company outing" mood. There is also a videoke machine which can also be used for free. There are some arrangements though being made to complement the needs of the organization.
As early as last week, most of the staff are excited already of this R&R activity as most of the staff now were not yet aroung during the Bohol R&R.
I'm excited as well, since I'm part of the organizing committee, making sure all details are covered to ensure that this activity will be a successful one and meaningful for the staff despite the constraints in budget.
since the rainy season is quite evident already this past few days, issues of how to dry the laundry is on hand.
I'm going through it this past few days. Not so much on our (me and my husband) clothes but more on the clothes, shorts especially of our son...we're actually training him to pee and poo on his potty so that he's not wearing disposable diapers lately. Though sometimes he uses his potty, but on other times, he still pee on his shorts.
Though our washing machine has a dryer function, we still dry our clothes in the clothesline. But due to the current weather condition, we can't hang our clothes outside. We do have the movable clothes hanger but it's only enough for a number of clothes. When it comes to laundry, I'm quite particular in the drying stage as much as the washing stage. I don't want the smell of an indoor-dried laundry, if you know what I mean... Yesterday, an officemate, who sidelines as an Avon lady showed my Avon's current brochure. Browsing over it, my attention was caught by the Indoor-Outdoor retractable clothes dryer. I immediately ordered for one...for the price, it's quite a bargain. Today, I received my order. Though the casing is made of plastic, not quite durable as compared to the ones available in department stores, I just hope this will help me with my laundry issues.
Growing up with my maternal grandmother who is a Roman Catholic by faith and having studied in an exclusive Catholic school and at the only Catholic university in the Philippines, greatly influenced me with my fascination with churches.
Being a native of Zamboanga City, I am particularly proud of the famous Fort Pilar. It has been made famous for its historical background. Fort Pilar, like no other churches I know has no walls to enclose the church. The "fort" itself serves as its altar. History says that the fort was built to shield residents from attacks from foreign invaders. Stories were also told, that during the war, the presence of the Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza was seen to have protected the residents from bomb attacks from the invaders.
Our family are regular church-goers, although in Project 4 were we reside, we have a parish church, The Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, we sometimes go to other churches to hear mass. There was also a time when my father was active in being a Knights of Columbus, we,as a family was part of the community of the Manila Cathedral Church. It was during this time that my fascination started. I got so amazed with the intricate details of the church and that it being "the" Manila Cathedral.
At the nearby Quirino district, there you'll find the St. Joseph's Parish, from a simple parish in the 80's it has transformed into a Shrine. It is now known as the St. Joseph's Shrine.
In high school, I studied at Stella Maris College, in Cubao, Quezon City. The compound houses the schools, the convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and a quaint chapel, both for student's use and for the nuns.
As mentioned above, I likewise studied at the University of Sto. Tomas along Espana Blvd., in Manila. There you'll find the Santisimo Rosario Parish, most commonly known as the UST Chapel. The church with its bold structure and baroque inspired details is where I used to pass my time waiting for the next class. The structure where the church is is quite big because it also houses the Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies as well as the Seminary of the Orders of Preachers but church itself is not as much, it's just strategically situated in the middle of the whole structure. This is where me and my husband got married.
As I mature, I was able to visit more churches on my own. Whether to hear mass on a regular Sunday or to attend occasions such as baptism, weddings, funerals and the famous Catholic tradition of Visita Iglesia.
On work related-activities, especially on out-of-town trips, I make it a point to visit churches in the area, be it small chapel or a grand church. In the town of Antipolo, I've visited the Antipolo Church, the altar where you'll find the black Mary most commonly known as the Lady of Peach and Good Voyage is directly under the dome structure which is very visible upon entering Antipolo town proper. I've come to visit an old (if not the oldest) church in Bohol. During our honeymoon, me and my husband visited the famous Basilica del Sto. Nino de Cebu. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Cebu and it has retained its original stoned texture and natural color. Its architectural design is a mixture of Muslim, Romanesque and neo-classical design.
When we had a son, we had him christened at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Kamuning, Quezon City. Aside from its gothic design with matching stained glass, it was here that my maternal grandparents had their Catholic wedding rites.
Though I've been to many churches in the metro, I know there are more to be visited.
It has been a while since my last body massage, if I'm not mistaken, it was more than a year ago already.
Last night, I finally decided to pamper myself by giving myself a full body massage. I requested my husband to accompany me, though he didn't had a massage himself...he wanted to spend the time with our son.
Searching for a good place to have a massage, I ended up at the Family Health Spa located along Tomas Morato, Quezon City. I had the full body massage which was a combination of the Shiatsu and the Swedish Massage which lasted a little over an hour. Equipped with essential oils that soothes the body even better.
Family Health Spa is not just a place for an individual who wants to avail of their services but also a place where the whole family can go not just for the services they offer but as a place where family can do bonding as well, thus, I guess, the name. Family Health Spa have facilities that can cater to individuals who goes there as a group for a certain service they offer. As I passed by the rooms, I was able to peek at one that has (I think) 3 comfy chairs, ottoman and a television set for entertainment. This area, I assume can be a place where a group can avail of maybe the foot massage altogether. I've seen a snack bar near the reception area. The shower rooms and comfort rooms are clean, all bathroom materials are neatly tucked in shelves. There's also lockers for guest's valuable items.
The employees are courteous as well, from the Receptionist, there's a lady who'll lead you to the shower room (if you opt to) and who'll assign you a locker, she'll then lead you to the room for you to set yourself and to wait for the attendant. The massage attendant will ask you every now and then if you're still okay, if you want to do the stretches or if you want your face massaged as well.
For a person with too much things to do, a few hours in a spa isn't so much of a sin, in fact it even gave me a boost to be always on the go and with the reasonable fee, I've got the service I wanted for a long time. My whole body came out stress free, from head to toe!
Check out Family Health Spa and experience the services they offer yourselves.