Road Trip: Summer in Vitalis Villas, the Santorini of the North

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1
Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for the weekend that was.
We are indeed grateful for so many things. Grateful as we are all provided with good health to allow us to push through with our summer-in-local-Santorini plans. Grateful for the super sunny Summer weather in Ilocos. Grateful for the safe and uneventful 6-hour roadtrip from Manila to Ilocos Sur. Grateful for blessing us with very friendly and helpful staff in the hotel who took care of all our needs, whims, and wants. Grateful for the delish overflowing food served to us and all other guests. Grateful for these fun family memories.
For all these and more, we are grateful, dear Father, for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us.
I am extremely grateful, most especially, dear Heavenly Father,  when my first day transitioned to night in Vitallis Villas – as You showed your artwork and painted the sky pink blue yellow orange and purple right before my very eyes. I feel loved. I feel blessed. I am grateful. Thank you. I love you.
From Ilocos with love,
We’re grateful for visiting Vitalis Villas! 

Take lots of pictures of the dove-white houses and cobalt blue gates and fences.

Enjoying swimming in the 2 pools, too.

Or head across Vitalis Sands, Vitalis Villas’ sister resort to enjoy fine sand and some water activities (water park, kayak, jet ski, zipline, etc).

Feel free to hang out in your villa and spend quality  time with family and friends.

Or spend time in prayer and be grateful for being given the chance to visit the villas of the North.

What are you most grateful for today?


Roadtrip: Vitalis Villas
Address: Sabangan, Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63.2.3733333


Budget: varies per number of rooms per unit (please check out Vitalis Villas website for more details)
Facebook: @Vitalis Villas

Road Trip: Swiss Alpine Village @ Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort

April and May have been extremely busy months. With my risk and compliance roadshows in the office, IT migrations for Dhomz, juggling Masterals and teaching for my bro, and Dad’s legal consultations in his office, it was extremely challenging to plan our family’s annual summer get-away — extremely challenging that Dhomz and I had to postpone our Greece trip to another month. =(

May 7th. Thursday. Thursday: a day not usually spent for family summer get-aways. But the Pascua fambam went anyway. Well, almost all of the Pascua fambam went (my bro had a faculty manual draft presentation at school).

Since we had to move our out-of-the-country trip, it was but important that we spend this summer vacation in a nearby location which would still give the vibe that we’re in another country.

Do you feel like going to Switzerland this summer?

Welcome to Alpine Village at Crosswinds!
1a Welcome to Alpine Village

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Nature Tripping: Wawa Dam

02 October 2010


Nature Tripping: Wawa Dam


“The Wawa Dam was constructed in 1909 by the Americans as a reservoir and pumping facility. It became a battlefield during the Japanese occupation. Many Japanese soldiers died here defending this holding point when the Americans retook the area. A marker was placed in one of the caves that anyone passing through the trail can see. It was placed in honor of these brave men. One of the caves in the Wawa Dam site is historically significant. The Pamitnan cave is large enough so that it can be explored. It may take an hour for a group to explore the whole cave. In April 1895, it is said that the Philippine revolutionary group KKK (Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga anak ng bayan) took refuge here. Their first cry of freedom took place here in the cave.” — Philippines Insider


Nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Rodriguez (formerly known as Montalban), Rizal is the Wawa Dam. The dam site is approximately 30 minutes away from Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.


The Wawa Dam site is a highly recommended venue for hikers, photographers, trekkers, mountaineers, and cave explorers. Little huts have been constructed at the foot of the dam for swimmers to hang out and have lunch at. The enormous gorge is well, uhmmm enormous. Try to google it and you’d see the gorge in google map. Several mountaineers and rock climbers try to conquer the gorge especially during the summer months. White gigantic rocks on slow flowing rivers against white limestone walls make excellent photography subjects — especially during the golden hours. The caves look mysterious. These caves were believed to be tunnels created by Japanese soldiers. One of the tunnels lead to a small opening beneath a big black boulder in our village – on a lot at the street next to ours (coolness).


The quiet river, the huge limestone rocks, the caves, and the tranquil scenery depict a mystical scene. I highly recommend that hikers, photographers, trekkers, mountaineers, and cave explorers visit the Wawa site.


Sierra Madre Mountain Range greeting you at the start of the trek
Wawa Dam026

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