As is usual, I relax the most when I am home in Blue Bay Waters Beach Resort. I grew up in Sariaya, Quezon, spending my weekdays studying in Manila and vanishing to this beautiful getaway every weekend. My mom managed resorts before we flew away to Switzerland. Now that me and my brother have vacated the nest, she has gone back home to her passion.
I love that the resort is family run. Yes, sometimes the power goes out for a few hours, the cow gets into the garden and the aircon needs a kick now and then to get working. But this is what it’s like at the hacienda and I don’t want to be anywhere else.
The food is like from mom’s own kitchen and the greeting is like a warm hug, welcoming you home. Quezon gets bad rep in the news for NPA activities, but I find it to just be scaremongering. This is my refuge and I have never felt threatened here. I like to walk around the nearby village, greeting people as we pass by. Many of them had a hand in my upbringing at some point in my life, whether teaching me how to swim, climb for coconuts or go capiz diving (which I highly recommend if you’re a good swimmer!).
It is here during my reflections that I get my best ideas and strategies. The whole setting is pefect for my meditations. I tend to wake up early in the morning to sit by this table and take in the view of beautiful orchids and trees.
And we dine in native style! The food, the very best of course. No “cooked for tourists” here. Just pure awesomeness of proper honest filipino food.
The beach is quiet and relaxing, with black sand so very fine that I prefer to walk barefoot, so my toes can sink beneath as the waves lap the shoreline. The sea is so very lovely and inviting….
It’s always here I am tempted to forget my ticket back to the UK. Let the plane leave without me. I will start over and build a simple, but beatiful life here.
With our visit Mr H’s family were introduced to the infamous Lambanog. The chance to visit a home distillery was immediately accepted. Good old coconut fire!
Home sweet home.
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