Have you ever experienced getting overly stressed with your work or feeling extremely pressured with your highly demanding company targets?Have you ever struggled getting through the heavy traffic in EDSA and you were already stuck in there for more than 3 hours because floods are all over the main streets of Metro Manila? Have you ever felt that drinking 2 bottles of beer at your most favorite bar is no longer enough to relieve whatever discomforts you have for the entire week?

If your answer to those questions is a resounding YES, then you are not alone! I guess everybody feels the same way whenever we are bombarded with so much workloads at a very limited time and it seems relaxation no longer exist in your vocabulary. If only we can multiply or clone ourselves to perform the tasks, then life is so much easier.

But here’s a good news, instead of burning out yourself and worrying so much with the unfinished jobs, you deserve to take a short break and enjoy life to the fullest even at your most stressful days without spending too much. It is what we called work-life balance!In that way, you could be able to regain your lost energies,refresh your enthusiasm, refocus on your goals, and then get back on track.

Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). According to the research commissioned by the UK Association of Graduate Recruiters, work-life balance is a matter of real importance to young professionals early in their career, regardless of their personal circumstances. And in line with the increasing pursuit of work-life balance interest for young professionals working in Metro Manila like us, taking a road trip to Batangas, located on the southwestern part of Manila,Philippines, is truly an answer to our dilemma.

Batangas is known for its most popular tourist destinations. It is home to the famous Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, and Taal Heritage town, a small picturesque town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has many excellent beaches and diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan.

Our team went to the latter last October 18,at Estrella de Mendoza Playa Resort in Laiya, Batangas. I admit this was already my second time visiting the resorts of Laiya. The first one was only last June 12 this year at Acuaverde Beach Resort with my fellow financial consultans. Both resorts were unique in its own way.

Here are some but few of our fun-filled weekend getaway photos:


Total distance from Manila to the resort is 116 Km with 3-4 hours travel time.


Estrella de Mendoza Playa Resort is adjacent to Acuaverde Beach Resort.


 Breathtaking view. Where mountains meet the sea.


Panoramic view from our hotel rooms.


 Perfect timing. Dare to resist with this very inviting infinity blue swimming pool?


Simply majestic. It reminds us of Madeline’s Castle.


 Look at those smiles!They are Priceless!

10714264_4703199715316_8050343676907072630_o Infinity pool.



1978397_4709457071746_7563982193567548067_oPool side.

10708557_4703242116376_8851567882128961177_o The most favorite part is dinner time. Excitement at its finest.


Quirky Deanna Sallao and Dave Samonte.

10482246_4701352029125_1331230268134881069_o Photography is her passion. Thanks for these beautifully captured moments Ms. Jola Lyn Tingson.

10256280_4703303237904_1764748108968690856_o (1) And yours truly.