Best Places To Go To This Long Weekend

Best Places To Go To This Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

Corporate slave from Mondays-Fridays and doing nothing on weekends. Well, that’s how I can summarize the past 7 months of my 2017.

Except this month! From Aug. 25- Aug. 28 I will have an extended weekend. In fact this was the case last week as well. This month, I have had the opportunity to bum a little and pretty much explore the word “fun”. An extra day because of a holiday whether regular or non-working can do so much to someone who works as hard as me. (At least that’s what my boss thinks!) This allows me to do more than just hanging out in the mall or playing basketball with my buddies. This gives me the chance to do things I don’t get to do when I only have 2 days to chill. Sometimes, only a day when I have to do chores at home (pity me). So, the question is, what would I recommend to you when we have 3 days to spare for fun?

Below are some of the best getaways outside of Manila you can fit in 3 days. Whether you are an adventure monkey, a sea mermaid, a water junkie or just a plain old cuddly lazy bear, you definitely would want to try some of these. And by the way, I’ve categorized them accordingly. Take note, I only recommended the ones that will be “Paolo” friendly. Which means, budget bestie that will not drain your pocket before the next pay day!

Read on comrades!


Vitamin Sea

If only I can be beach bum every week, I will. But man, the closest sea we have here in the big city’s Manila Bay and I am pretty sure none of you reading this would want to take a dip here on weekends. So we’ll cross that one out. Since the Philippines consists of a thousand islands, it’s pretty easy to suggest the beaches. But then again, who wouldn’t want to have their dose of vitamin sea every once in a while. Even with the rainy season, this getaway never runs out of style. So here are some of them beaches on my list!

Laiya, Batangas

Been here many times already. A three hour drive via car of bus from Manila, this is a good place for those who just want to step out of the busy grinds of the big city and chill with friends or meet new ones.This place has long been a popular destination for families and even company team buildings. The long coastline is perfect for outdoor activities both in and out of the water. The sand though not as white as the ones you got used to is also perfect for afternoon walks and romantic star gazing. Better yet, you have lots of beach resorts and hotels to choose from depending on your budget.

Subic Bay, Zambales

One of my favorite places to go to on weekends is Subic. Mostly because you will never run out of options on things to do. But if water is your thing like mine, well, this place will suffice. Travel time is approximately 4.5 hours from Manila depending on traffic but it will sure be worth it when you get there. Just like Laiya, hotels and resorts are never lacking in Subic. They get fully booked during peak seasons, but hey, if we’re talking about this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday- it’s worth a try!

Anawangin Cove, Zambales

Not that far from Subic Bay is Anawangin Cove who thanks to Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991, the coastline is covered with white volcanic ash and sheltered by pine trees. Travel time will cost you five hours from Manila and if you’re just as an adventure seeking ninja like me, camping outdoors overnight is an option. But if not, there would be some hotels and resorts nearby to stay after a visit in this majestic place. Great destination to clear your mind and mend a broken heart too!

Puerto Galera

Here’s the thing, beach and night parties are perfect combinations to make a long weekend worthwhile. And one of my recommended places is Puerto Galera. Yep, I know some of you will suggest that it’s not as amazing as it used to before because it is a bit crowded lately, but so is Boracay isn’t it? And if you’re just as into vitamin sea as me, you wouldn’t mind the crowd. Travel time would be four and a half hours. By the way, not far from this place is the unspoiled Aninuan Beach. That’s my personal secret place worth your visit! 🙂

Leave Nothing But Footprints

I am not a professional trekker but I sure enjoy one when I get the chance to. I love nature. A breath of fresh air, the cool breeze, the sound of leaves on trees and birds singing along, all this you get to experience during a mountain hike. Then the sense of fulfillment, the proud glimmer of your eyes when you reach the summit, a selfie up top the mountains to tell your friends in social media, “hey guys! I did it!” All these for a short run of adventure and fun. Not bad things to do when you got three days to spare!

Mt. Maculot, Batangas

One of the popular mountains for beginners is Mt. Maculot. There are 3 destinations. – The Rockies (most popular), The Summit and The Grotto. The famous Rockies provide the best view of the Taal Lake and Volcano whilst the saddle, which serves as the jump point going to the Rockies and the Summit can serve as a place to spend the night for some mountaineers who wish to. Be prepared for the climb to be steep and moderately difficult during the trek. This is 2.5 hours from Manila.

Mt. Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

Travel from Manila is 2.5 hours. The rolling slopes and the scenic view of Batangas are what you should look forward to during this hike. There are 2 routes to choose from. For beginners, the new trail will bring you to the summit faster, 1.5 hours. While for those experienced hikers and want a more adventurous hike can opt for the old trail which takes 2-2.5 hours to reach the summit. Mountains, trees, greens, what more can you ask for?

Mt. Daraitan, Tanay

Be in one with nature through Mt. Daraitan. This is where you experience other sights in one go. At the summit, you get to see Sierra Madre mountains, check. The long stretch of Daraitan River, check. Other mountains, check. After the summit, there’s the Tinapak River. Be sure not to miss out the natural pools and caves too! You and your friends would definitely have fun in this adventure. Plus, it’s only 2.5 hours away from Manila.

Mt. Balagbag-Maranat Rizal

Travel or hike across these mountains. Take a dip in the Maranat falls and get to experience the beauty of the sunset as you traverse thru Mt. Balagbag late in the afternoon. Not that far from Manila which will set you off 2 hours but then again, when you consider the experience, adventure and fun you can tell your future grandchildren, hey, it’s all worth while!

And There’s More

I get it, some of you may not be as happy go lucky as I am so here are some family friendly destinations to go to as well. After all, it’s not really the place you go to but whom you spend your time with is what gets remembered most. When you have a long weekend to make the most of, why not spend this time with the people you love more than anything else.

San Rafael River Adventure

Ever heard of romance, serenity and adventure all mixed into one? Well, that’s what SRRA is known for. It’s situated in San Rafael, Bulacan not more than 3 hours away from Manila depending on traffic. When was the last time you swam in a river? What more ride a jet ski, a banana boat among other water sports in a river? Yep. you heard me! R-I-V-E-R. Ever heard that river cruise lunch that was so popular in Loboc (Bohol)? You can experience this here too without having to take a plane! Better yet, the glass cottages blends in nicely with the greenery all around thus making your whole stay all that memorable.

Tree Top Adventure

Ok, if you’re not that into beaches in Subic, you can try the Tree Top Adventure for a change. Here you can experience both extreme adventure and extreme relaxation thru their state of the art motorized zip lines. I have fear of heights but I love trees and I love adventure. There are a lot of outdoor adventures you can do here. Again, with NLEX-SCTEX providing you with faster access from Manila to Subic, there’s got to be no excuse for you not to try!

Zoobic Safari

When you got kids and you want to teach them animals and stuff, well this is the place for it. A close encounter with a tiger is what this is popular for. You can go ala National Geographic ninja on this one as you feed the tigers your hands… just kidding, you get provided with meat to feed them. Learn animals and have fun while doing so. You don’t get that chance in Manila anymore. This is another place you can visit in Subic.

Enchanted Kingdom

I bet you would agree, sometimes, we wish we were kids again. But why not? Theme parks are for all ages. Every once in a while, we get this feeling that we’re too old for things but who doesn’t get old? But having fun for a whole day is not that bad. What more if you got kids, nieces and nephews to hang out with! This is less than a couple of hours away from Manila. And yes, before you plan on going there, make sure you do the “sun dance”. You don’t want to experience heavy rain while on board the “space shuttle”!


When you have three days to rest due to a long weekend, more often than not, you don’t want to rest. You feel like you can do a lot of things with the extra day. Well, the above represent my opinions and ideas based on my experiences. Am sure there are a lot of things to do in the next 3 days. Some will probably have better ideas in mind. But then again, like what I said earlier, all you have to do is look for one and make the most out of it. It is a choice you have to make. Whether you go out with family, friends, or just be a lone wolf is up to you.

As my mountaineering friends always tell me…

Take only pictures and leave nothing but footprints!

May the force be with you this looooong weekend! 😉

Paolo is your regular 8 to 5pm work guy who loves to travel and plays sports once in a while to keep up with his work-life balance. He always bring with him his Oleia Topical oil wherever, whenever.

6 Simple yet Effective Ways to Make Your Baby Feel Loved

6 Simple yet Effective Ways to Make Your Baby Feel Loved

Babies are adorable. They smile, they cry, they keep you up at night. According to one biblical psalm, Children are a gift
from the Lord, and they rightfully are. But because they are so young, words cannot be used to tell them how much we
love them. However, the good thing is that love can be communicated in different ways. Here are some proven ways to
show your baby how much you truly love them:

1. Look your baby in the eye – Babies first communicate with their eyes. Even if their eyesight is not that great,
looking at them and establishing eye contact lets them feel secure and loved. That is why it’s important to catch
their gaze every time they look at you.

2. Put the phone away – One major life stealer is our phones. They steal away time that should be spent with
what matters most. Babies can already feel if you are just there but not engaging them when you spend time
looking at your phone instead of talking and focusing on them. Take time off your gadgets and help your baby
understand that she is the most important thing in the world for you.

3. Cuddle your baby – There is no such thing as over cuddling. Babies need to be cuddled as much as possible
because even if they are months old, they are still adjusting to the new world. Cuddling them will enhance their
sense of security and will phenomenally help their self-esteem not only during their childhood years, but on the
years to come.

4. Respond to your baby’s cries – Crying spells are baby’s way of telling you that something is wrong. They can
usually be one of three things: They are hungry, they feel pain, or they are stressed. One wrong superstition that
is being passed down is that you just let them cry because it is an exercise for them. Babies, when left
unattended to when crying may develop future insecurities in their later life. When they are not attended to, they
lose their sense of safety and can end up having trust issues as they grow older.

5. Go nude – occasional skin to skin time with your baby especially in the early months can help regulate their
heart rate and breathing.

6. Massage – there are a lot of benefits in giving babies a massage. Some of them includes enhancing the immune
system and intellectual development. That is why regular massage time with your little one can be very special.

For more fun and relaxing massage time, use Oleia Topical Oil to massage your baby. Oleia is non-irritant and is
made up of all-natural elements that is guaranteed to make you and your baby feel safe when using it.

Investing in loving on your baby now can reap fruits of many blessings later in life. You don’t have to wait till they are
teenagers to express all the love you have for them. Start today!


About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

Importance of a Dad

Importance of a Dad

"He is the source of strength in the family. Most of us admire our fathers for what they do for us."

Father’s day has ended, but do we really know why we celebrate father’s day? It’s not just to celebrate the existence of your father, it’s about knowing the importance of his role in your family and in the society.

Fathers are the ones expected to be the Provider, Leader, and the Lover.

Some of us may not agree to this because not all fathers live to their role in his family. Some men avoid the responsibilty of being a father. That’s why, they reject to their obligations.

A father is what most of us looked up to when we were young. He provides what we need  and he gives us the love and guidance even after long hours of work. He is the source of strength in the family. Most of us admired our fathers for what they can do and what they do for us.

Not all of us are given the chance to have a father who’s up to the responsibilities of being one. Being fatherless is somehow reflects to what happens in the society.

According to a census conducted by the US Bureau of Census (U.S.A.) Being fatherless led to:


Of all teenage murderers

Times likely to be more violent


Of rapists.


Of the teen suicides


Of kids incarcerated


Of the adolescents in psychiatric hospitals


More chance to likely to quit school


Of runaways

Father deprivation is considered as a serious form of child-abuse. One of the struggles of growing up without a father is dealing with bullying and gossiping of what really happened, and why they don’t know their father. Being deprived of a father has a lot of impact to the child, Positive or negative, the effects are actually visible.

Being a responsible Father really does take a lot or effort to be achieved, you need Love, focus and passion. You need Love to keep you going without minding the stress of work or even life in general you need to give and also receive love, you need focus to set your goals for your family’s future especially your child, and passion to keep you going for your family. Beyond all the struggles of fathers to Provide, Lead, and Love being a father is one of the best experience a Man could have.

The feeling of being called Dad, Papa, Daddy, Tatay, or Ama is priceless.

The feeling of being relied on keeps us going for we know that they trust us, and the feeling of seeing your child grow up the way you wanted them to be is one of the priceless treasures a Man could have. Being a Father is not an Obligation, It’s a choice that only real men would take.

About The Author

Josef is an Oleia user and content contributor. He is a express himself through writing and music. He is not good at lying. He believes in the quote “He who knows does not speak, he who speaks does not know”