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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Maryland Beach Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas

We finally had our much-awaited Team Building last January 6-7, 2015 at Maryland Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas. We originally planned for this team building last December but we postponed it due to typhoon Ruby, which had its eye on Batangas, on the supposed day of our team building in December.

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After our shift last Tuesday (4AM-1PM), we waited for our van, which arrived around 4PM, and went to Nasugbu, Batangas. I was half-asleep the whole trip, but was aware that we missed our turn at Sta. Rosa Exit but managed to be on-track. We passed by Tagaytay City and finally arrived at Maryland Beach Resort in Nasugbu around 7 or 8PM. Access to the beachfront was already closed by the time we arrived at the venue but their main swimming pool is open for us.

Our team mates brought food (I guess from Nasugbu Public Market) and we had our dinner of lechong manok. After the festive dinner, we dipped in the pool, played Charades, and had a drinking session afterwards. We had a fun game while drinking and I ended up being totally drunk. I slept around 1 or 2AM and woke up the next morning around 7 AM.

The beachfront was amazing and has nice, fine, black sand. It was so fine that we can go to the water without getting our feet hurt. No corals or any living marine life – just the ocean and the fine, black, sand. I was surprised that the temperature was not freezing cold – it was warm in the ocean and the sun’s ray doesn’t hurt much.

Maryland Beach Resort is a nice place, although the shower room and the comfort room have a lot to improve. We got two rooms – and it’s spacious with its own toilet and bath. I don’t know how much exactly our team leader paid for these two rooms but it’s close to P6,000. It’s value for money I believe since we stayed here for 24 hours. The kitchen and dining area is spacious and we’re lucky that the resort is not fully-booked during our stay. Unfortunately, there is no videoke machine available (I guess they have a strong restriction on it).

It was a nice team building. I enjoyed it a lot. If given the chance to be back at the beach this summer in Batangas, we’ll probably choose Maryland Beach Resort again.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Grand Marian Procession 2014 in Pictures

The Grand Marian Procession is an annual event held at Intramuros, Manila to showcase the different images of the Virgin Mary from all over the Philippines. It’s held during December.

This year’s Grand Marian Procession was held last Sunday, December 7, 2014 around 4PM. The procession started at Fort Santiago and the images passed by the Manila Cathedral. Hundreds of devotees, particularly from Pakil, Laguna and Cavite, joined the procession. It was a great opportunity to shoot the different Marian Images without going to the churches where these images normally stay.

I'm looking forward to attend next year’s Grand Marian Procession 2015.

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