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Sunday, 21 January 2018

New Year 2018

 

My sister,  Ate Tess with her husband Papa Tomu,  as we used to call him, came last Dec 31 to spend their first new Year here in our resort.  My brother Abner with his family and our mother came too.  Josa, my daughter, and Coco with their kids joined us. Hikaru, Dieter and I,   met them in Tabangao aplaya and we all went to the market to buy food for our new year's eve.  I even bought firecrackers for New Year Eve celebrations.   When we reached our resort, they met the family of their  guest from Japan, Kawahada san with his family who will also spend  New Year with us.  While they having chit chat, I started to cook for our lunch.   When they finished their lunch they  took a rest for a while, and Papa started  trimming down the trees around the resort grounds. 



Japanese people believe  that you need to clean all the surrounding to welcome the New Year.


Since everyone was busy helping Papa in cutting the branches of trees, I started cooking for our new year's eve meal. We call it  media  noche, where we gather together to have a meal at midnight.


When clock struck at 12 midnight, we started lightning  our fireworks.   Guests and my family started to play horns while watching fireworks to welcome  the year of the dog,  2018.  After the fireworks, Niña performed his fire dancing, which Papa and our guests enjoyed and they clapped their hands when he blew fire from his mouth.



When the fire dancing was over, we started calling our guests to join us with our meal.


The kids enjoyed the barbecues and hotdogs most, while the adults had their spaghetti and menudo and barbecue as well. Some had their drinks before we all went to bed.


On New years day when they finished their breakfast, our guests left to go to Mahabang Buhangin for swimming.   Their  kids brought some floats for swimming.  Papa, Hikaru and Dieter went trekking to Mt. Dagit dagit.  Papa wanted to try trekking to understand what guests had written in their experiences of going up to Mt. Dagit dagit.


They returned at lunch time and we all had lunch together.  After Lunch, everybody had their siesta, then when Papa woke up he finished his trimming his trees and other plants.   Now, the resort looks brighter in daytime and Tess Cafe can been seen from the shore clearly.



January 2nd was my mom's 90th birthday and we brought her here to enjoy it at our resort.  .  My sister and I hired a photographer to take pictures of our family.


 After the photographers finished taking the family photos, they went with Jayson's group on their boat tour around the island where they went to different places in isla and did photo shoots.  They got back at noontime, took lunch and prepared themselves for another photo shooting of our family.



As the photo taking was finishing, and  mom blew out the candles on her cake and we celebrated her birthday.  It was a simple celebration with just our close family

As this is their last day,  everyone spent most of their time together, sharing laughter.  At night Papa and my sister had a few drinks while watching the sea.


We all went to bed early as we all leaving for mom's house in Cavite.

We do hope that this will happen again next Yuletide season.

















Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Spirit of Christmas 2017

Its Christmas Season again at Isla Verde. 

We started decorating the resort last September.  Cora,my good old friend helped me, making our resort more attractive to our guests.   We gathered some driftwoods from the shore.  I painted, while Cora made a place to hang them out and we made them a Xmas tree.

We had guests who enjoyed taking pictures of Santa with them.  Happily all our guests enjoyed the early spirit  of Christmas with us.

More and more  guests are coming to us.  Each group or couple have their own new experience here in our resort.
We have guests experienced with using our 'dirty kitchen', doing their own cooking with firewood. 

There are guests having fun using our griller set. And other guests prefer our cafe food, and say it looks tasty and delicious as they see the table set for them.

As we want to give more fun to our guests, we bought some small paddle boats, which the guests enjoyed a lot.   These are simple open boats that can take one or two guests and our helpers, Niña and Niño took them to different places in the island for swimming and snorkelling.

When they came back from boating they had funny stories to share with me as it was their first experience of their boating with small boat.

We have built one kubo and made it like the Japanese style, where we place matresses on the floor and a long table where  guests had to squat to have their food to eat. They love to stay  there. In their short visit they had experience eating on the floor like Japanese.  It is becoming one of the popular features with our guests.

Most visitors who came here try trekking as they have heard from their friends or read blogs about Mt. Dagit dagit and wanted to experience the fruits that other guests enjoyed eating on their way to the mountain.

Up in the mountain they took photos of the nearby provinces had selfie and groupie Photos of themselves.

More and more groups have done team building here in our resort.   Usually they stay for 2 nights, and just spend time chilling on their first day, before they begin activities on the following day.

It's nice to watch their activities.   They look like little kids shouting as they're having fun  and from their team building the have time to know more of each other and this makes them help each other to build a stronger team


A Bonfire is frequently asked for by our guests.   We set bonfire for them as they group together for  bonding, and have a drink with their favorite music playing.
They are having their hotdog with marshmallow barbecue while watching the bonfire.   For couples, it gives a romantic view for them watching the fire at night.

As the year ends, I'm looking forward to other guests who will spend their Christmas and New Year again with us.   We will make sure they will have memories to cherish from their stay with us.

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon -- from Isla Verde
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)















Monday, 27 November 2017

Oct-Nov 2017 long weekend


As we had a long weekend in October and November, we had many guests who came even though it was still our rainy season. 

Some of the guests returned again because they missed the peacefulness of our place.   They were surprised with some new developments of our resort and had more picture taking of our surrounding.

There were guests who enjoyed snorkelling, as we have tour guide who took them to different snorkelling area, and at the same time had short visit of hiking in our community.

Some tried climbing up Mt. Dagit dagit even though it was slippery and wet, and enjoyed the fruits that the locals have in the high land. They even brought fruits with them in coming back to our resort.

As it was  my birthday too,  I prepared a free lunch for those guests who came last Nov. 17, with my youngest Boyboy and his officemates who always come to celebrate my birthday with me in our resort.   Happily, they enjoyed the food I served to them.

And before the evening ended we had a bonfire for our guests,  where they could have special moments with their friends and loved ones,  sharing drinks, stories, laughter and fun.

For our guests who patronized us and enjoyed the services we rendered to them, we all say "Thank you very much". We enjoy making them more comfortable on their stay with us, and love to see them keep coming back and bringing more friends with them, 

-- Tita Jo and Staff



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