Work In Progress No. 9: Around Tali Beach

A continuous effort to improve my skill…on my way to 10,000 hours of photography, to success and to great photography.

The girls went out for an early summer escape at Tali Beach in Nasugbu, Batangas. It’s about 3-hours drive from Manila. Zigzagging and uphills actually, when you’ll choose the way through Kaybiang Tunnel. But, don’t worry, I think, it was really worth a visit especially when what you much needed now is just a short break.

We’ve checked the Main Beach and the Marina Beach and they didn’t disappoint us. Those are only two of the five beaches inside the area. It wasn’t that crowded when we went there. I guessed, our timing was almost perfect that time. The waters are crystal clear and clean. Though, there’s some rocks underwater. Despite that, I still appreciated the beaches. It actually exceeded my expectation.

Some of my photos at the beach:

This could have been a great opportunity to practice shooting but I was looking after my kids, I only had a few shots. Still, I was happy I had a chance.

All pictures taken with my phone.


Birthday Weekend At The Somerset Alabang

February has always been a dear month to us. Sadly, it had come by too fast. But, no matter how barely we’ve noticed it, we had to make sure it left us a mark. It was our eldest daughter’s birth month, aside from being it our anniversary month, too, when we were still boyfriend and girlfriend.

It fell at the weekend of 2018 CNY. It was very timely for our celebration. We, usually, opted for a staycation in occasion like this. Not only that the kids can enjoy their swimming but also, my husband and I can have a break from the house and from the office.

Alabang is a frequent choice. But where at?

And, so, we ended up at Somerset in Alabang.

The reception looked very cozy. I liked the design, as if I was inside the library, with matching stairs for the hard to reach areas. As if it’s real.

I liked the hotel’s minimalist look. And those lightings, they were quite unique.

The Studio Premier room had King-size bed. What’s good about it was it’s a little bigger and had couch. I preferred this, in case we wouldn’t want to share the bed to one of us. You know who’d be that lucky one. In cases like this, Husband is more considerate. He will not have a choice but to stand the cold at the couch. ‘Cause I don’t usually bring blankets when we stay out :). But, on our 2-night stay, it was good, we’re able to fit on the bed. Husband needed not to worry about sleeping at the couch.

It’s a residential type hotel. Aside from the usual hotel appliances, there were also kitchen stove, bread toaster, microwave oven and automatic washing machine including soap.

We’ve got a tub in the room but no specific shower area. My usual concern if this is the design, is I am 100% sure that the room would be soaking wet anytime the kids will be taking a bath. Oh, please include my husband in that contribution. I got stressed easily if that’s the case. ‘Cause I have to keep the floor dry, making sure that nobody’s going to slide anytime soon.

I always try to use the hotel complimentary toiletries. They usually have a nice scent so I loved to use them.

It was a great 2-day staycation to temporarily set aside any stressful thoughts. It was more of eat, swim and sleep. The kids had fun, too. It was all worth it.

What a beautiful scene to end the day!

HK Diaries: Emack & Bolio’s


I should have taken pictures of the beautifully coated cones. However, I was so busy chit-chatting with my friend, I totally forgot to take the shots of the cones instead of this menu.

Actually, I was also quite shy that time. It seemed that this place is a go to place to chill out in HK. People were queueing, even if you only have those stairs to sit on. That time, I really need to find a place where I can sit and stretch my tired legs. Anyways, others might not need the chairs and tables. They can enjoy the ice cream while walking around and sightseeing.

I only have this photo of my child who looked very grateful and was really pleased with her vanilla ice cream.

Our Room Away From Home

Finding a hotel in HK was never difficult. It’s only the question of how much were you willing to pay for a place where you will just sleep because most of the day, you will be busy roaming around the city. Of course, location, cleanliness, safety and security should always be the priorities. I have scanned thru a lot of hotel choices. Fortunately, we had landed to a good one. I think, it’s a 5-minute walk from the nearest MTR exit in Tsim Tsa Tsui station. It’s in Park Hotel. That was our place on our 4D3N tour in Hongkong. Unfortunately, I didn’t capture a view of the hotel outside. The only photo I took was the one below.

The Park Hotel entrance (left side) in Cameron Road.

This is a Superior room type with a queen-sized bed. So, imagine, we are 4 in the family, how we were able to fit in there.

The room space was just enough. Some forums I’ve read said that space in HK is a treasure. So, I guess, we really got a good place given that the room has spaces for cabinet and drawers, for a mini refrigerator, for a desk table, for a chair and another round table.

The hotel provided us with a smart phone which we can use for browsing. They have complimentary wi-fi, too. And the connection was good. I just didn’t have the energy to maximize it because I was too tired durinh the night that I preferred to sleep rather than browse the net.

Aside from the service phone, I was amazed with this small control panel on the side table. You can control everything here while you were comfortably resting on the bed. From the switch lights, in every area of the room, to its dim level. The air-con switch to its temperature level and as an alarm clock. I forgot to try the radio/music button. I just realized it now that I’m writing he blog. It was too cool for me. 🙂

What was also important was the bathroom. It has a bath tub. Perfect to ease out all your day’s stress. It needed to be dry as much as possible so that I won’t get more stressed.

I requested for everyday housekeeping so towels were always replaced and there were always new toiletries. I ensured that everytime we got back from our tour, our room will be in good condition. So that I can rest already and didn’t need to worry organizing things.

This was the hallway to our room, 1119 just to take note.

All in all, it was good. I liked it that it was always cleaned. It was safe and very accessible from the MTR station. Thank you, Park Hotel.