Thursday, February 23, 2012

Away from the city life

My backpacker days are over. After two consecutive weeks of moving in and out of the city, I am back for real. The out-of-town assignments are over and my everyday work mode resumes.

Last week, I was in Caleruega for our spiritual retreat. This week, I went with some of my colleagues for a team building activity. We particularly went to Club Balai Isabel. For those who have been reading my blog, you might have encountered some posts I made for Club Balai Isabel. I've been to the place several times and all I have are pleasant and memorable experiences. I love the place and the entire Club never fails to mesmerize me.

I wasn't able to take a lot of pictures on my recent visit. I was busy participating in our team building activities and I was all tired at the end of each session. I also chose to simply enjoy the place and I used our free time to recover the scarce sleeping hours I often experience in the city.

Here are the few pictures I have taken

The villa where we stayed. I recovered a lot of sleep in one of the rooms here. :-)

The entire place is filled with refreshing greeneries
My obsession for pathways! Gardens with pathways will always be a part of my photo posts. 

How I wish our home has this as its backyard.
If I will not own my own infinity pool, I wanted something like this. I want a swimming pool surrounded by ornamental plants. 
Club Balai Isabel also provides a place of worship for the Catholics. This is the Spousal of Mary and Joseph Chapel.

Allow me to leave you with this photo

Happy Friday! Wishing everyone a great weekend ahead.


  1. omg ~!
    i am so jealous
    this place is amazing ..
    i NEED A VACATION asap ...

    MELINA ♥

  2. Ayun, team building pala yung Balai Isabel mo last year! I was thinking yesterday that I want to go on vacation din... kaya lang syempre pag ganon either kasama ang yaya (i.e. hindi irrelevant added cost if I want to go somewhere nice), or if walang yaya, then it won't really be a vacation for me.

    Glad to know you're destressing!

    Enjoy your day... Friday na!! :D


  3. Im sure narelax ka ng bongga. :)

  4. Thanks for taking us away to this beautiful place. I feel calmer just looking at your beautiful pictures. Welcome home.

  5. my assistant is from talisay, batangas and she says that balai isabel is a paradise.. would love to come there and experience its wonders too!!! nice post!!! kisses!!!

    1. You should really try to visit the place Dina :)

  6. I want to tell you how much your kind comments mean to me on my blog. You brought tears to my eyes yesterday! You are so sweet.

    I am so impressed with the *stunning* places you visit with your work. You are so blessed! Thanks for sharing these lovely places with us...I appreciate it. It seems like lately that your pretty country keeps popping up in my life...through literature, blogging, and food!!!

    I hope you have a blessed weekend, my friend.

    Ricki Jill

    1. Thank you Ricki! I really admire you as a blogger and mother. Have a blessed weekend too. Looking forward to more years of blogging with you.

  7. This is a beautiful place, Diane. I'm glad you were able to relax some.

    Thanks for visiting my last post & for your sweet comments about our friend.

    I am now following you via the Linky Followers.

  8. OMG! Diane, I think it's safe to say that you had an awesome retreat. This place looks gorgeous! <3 Caleruega *making mental note of an awesome place*

  9. oh amazing! This place looks gorgeous. I hope you were able to get some beautiful sleep!!! :)

  10. What a gorgeous place, the landscaped grounds and pool are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

  11. The entire place is beautiful and lush. I especially love the swimming pool, which looks like an infinity pool. It is so enticing. Thanks for posting.


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