Thursday, June 30, 2011

Where I hibernated for three days

I'm back in the city! After three days, the out-of-town work is over and I am back at home with my family. I know there are lot of beautiful places outside the city waiting to be discovered. But nothing still beats sleeping in my own room and spending quality time with the family. Dinner and watching TV with the entire family, priceless!

I hibernated at Club Balai Isabel with the members of the management committee of my workplace. It was the strategic planning activity and I was tagged by my boss to join the other bosses. I am not a "boss" in the company by the way. If you have read my profile, I am a rank and file employee so my job is to provide assistance in terms of logistics. So you see I am only a quiet fly in the midst of the elephants. ;-)

Planning is supposedly a brain exhausting organizational task. The participants, which include the management team, are tasked to establish the company's goals and later on develop specific strategies on how to achieve them. Hence, a fresh, relaxing and different environment that is contributive in bringing out ideas is encouraged in strategic planning activities. This is the main reason why we went to Club Balai Isabel. The lush surroundings and the calm atmosphere away from the city is expected to lessen the overwhelming workload.

Here are some pictures I've taken from Club Balai Isabel. I hope you will appreciate the place as much as I did.
Reception Area of Club Balai Isabel
I have noticed that entire place was carrying a Filipino theme. Wooden furniture, colorful lamps and even the different areas were named after Filipino heroes and places.

The porch of our conference hall provides us with this view and pathway. Do you notice the tree in the right side of the picture? I like the idea of the attaching a circular wood that can function as a table.

One of the villas here served as our home for three days. I love the architecture and the terrace that provided us with this view
I love the lush greeneries that Club Balai Isabel offers

 I wish to have my own weekend getaway place like this.

Club Balai Isabel has three swimming pools. This one is the grandest and my digital camera can't even fit a perfect shot of the pool.

In another angle,

The pool side during night time

Club Balai Isabel is a resort that was built along the shores of the tranquil Taal Lake.

A swimming pool near the lake was also constructed

And we spent our meals in this place while enjoying the view

Club Balai Isabel is also becoming famous as a venue for beach and outdoor weddings. But Catholics can also have their wedding solemnized at Club Balai Isabel. The resort recently constructed this small but elegant chapel.

I love the effect of the colored glasses in a rustic and shabby wooden door in the chapel
 And from the middle of the lake, this is Club Balai Isabel

It's Thursday night and one more day to go before the weekend.  In case we share the same situation; sleepy or just relaxing after an exhausting day, I hope my shots were able to refresh and rekindle your tired spirits.


  1. Dianne, you take really REALLY nice pictures. I am no expert, although hubby made me do some reading on photography, but I think your composition is really good. Your photo of the villas is pretty!

    The place does look very nice and relaxing. Glad to know you were able to get out of the city for a few days.

  2. What a gorgeous resort. I hope you can get some relaxation in this weekend! Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I love any photos that involve water. And yes! I do find them refreshing!

  3. HI Diane! Oh, a beautiful place. I can see what a wonderful time you'd have here!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. WOW! This place looks gorgeous! Even if you were there to be a fly on the wall... YAY that your boss invited you along. :) I hope it was as relaxing as it looks!

  5. Oh wow! What a beautiful oasis. I can't believe the size of that swimming pool. It looks like you had the entire resort to yourself. It would be hard to get me away from there:-)
    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Seeing photos of the ocean always relaxes and refreshes me! Lovely place to spend time! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for writing me this morning! ♥

  7. PS I don't see your email address on your profile and I don't have it on this computer. My email address and physical address are the same. Write me if you want to! Hugs, Diane ♥
    lavenderdreamstoo at gmail dot com

  8. Hi Diane,
    I came across your blog while trawling through loads of others, and I must say that your one stood out a mile. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. I can see that I am going to have to read and see more of this now! Thank you.

  9. Beautiful! Where is this Club Balai Isabel?

  10. ohh? what a beautiful place! and I agree with you, Philippines have so much to offer. and too many places waiting to be discovered. nice photos!


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