Why settle in the South?

Living in the south of Manila has its fair share of pros and cons. Let’s start with the pros… Good urban development is really a key factor why I personally like to settle here. There are spacious walk ways and green spaces to boost an active and healthier lifestyle. The communities are designed to cater both residential and commercial needs without compromising the environment.

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Speaking of going green, here’s a lagoon in the heart of Festival Mall in Alabang

On the contrary, I once worked in Quezon City just 35 km away from my house in Bacoor, Cavite. You can imagine the hell I went through. Trust me it’s something that up till now, I was dumbfounded how I endured the 2.5 hour commute (one way, without traffic and MRT running smoothly and by smoothly, I mean 15 kph tops) everyday for 2 years. Yes, that’s the best case scenario.

What if there’s a way to have the best of both worlds? Living and working at the same time here in the south? It is possible to settle in the south.

I have had of enough of the hustle and bustle of downtown Manila that I need to take care of myself, eliminate the stress I put myself through going to the office and even worse once in the office. Good thing that happened late last year was that I got a call from a multinational semiconductor company in Alabang, Muntinlupa. I took the job offer in a heartbeat.

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Credits to Manila Recruitment

Living and working here in the south made my life so much easier – I was able to do so many things with less traffic (45 min commute to work, one way) and amenities within reach. I even had time to go to the gym. There are malls roughly 10 min walk from the office for me to choose from:

  • When I’m feeling rich (every pay day) – Alabang Town Center
  • When I’m still feeling rich but I need to save up – Festival Mall
  • When I need to buy clothes from the UK UK – Starmall
  • Everyday – Fast Bites, Family Mart or Office Pantry

Not to mention, Tagaytay, Nuvali, Canyon Woods, Orchard, The Palms and Laresio are just a 1-2 hr drive. Such perks, right?

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Palazzo Verde – the most luxurious garden wedding venue in the country; some 15 min drive from Alabang situated in Daang Reyna, Vista City, Las Pinas.
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Welcoming you like royalty in Palazzo Verde

Settling in south of Manila won’t prohibit you from having your dream job and reputable and multinational companies. BGC and Makati are just an hour drive via Skyway. You must know that Alabang is also a business district (ehem, I worked here) so working here means avoiding heavy traffic for good!

And according to the Manila Times article, the real estate services firm, who is exclusively marketing the VistaHub Molino building in that development, noted the interest of BPO companies to locate in Alabang particularly in the Daang Hari corridor, driven by the accessibility to the area mainly due to the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX). The four-kilometer long toll road links Daang Hari and the rest of Cavite to the Muntinlupa portion of the Southern Luzon Expressway.

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Evia Center’s Sky Museum in Daang Hari, Vista City.

Having said so, south is now booming with communities of quality residences – one of which is Lumina Heights Muntinlupa. It is a mid-rise condominium community equipped with amenities and conveniences perfect for individuals on-the-go and starting families who want the exclusive lifestyle that a condominium community offers.

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Lumina Heights Showroom in Starmall Alabang

It is situated at Int. Balimbing Rd., Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City. Easily reached via Susana Heights, the community is right at the center of Muntinlupa City’s conveniences – malls, supermarkets, schools, churches, and hospitals.

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Stress free and people free supermarket in Festival Mall

 

How to get there?

From Starmall Alabang

Ride a jeepney with a KATARUNGAN signboard (P10.00)
Alight near Camella 4 Subdivision

From Laguna (San Pedro/Pacita)

Ride a jeepwith a STARMALL ALABANG signboard (P12.00)
Alight at Poblacion, Muntinlupa
From Poblacion, ride a tricycle going to Balimbing Rd. (P8.00)

From EDSA Ayala

Ride a bus with a signboard PACITA/SAN PEDRO (P36.00)
Get off at Susana Heights
Ride a jeep going to Poblacion, Muntinlupa (P8.00)
From Poblacion, ride a tricycle going to Balimbing Rd. (P8.00)

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Ready to move in? If so, please contact the following :

Syrell Yaba ✆ (0947) 962 5549 ✉ syrell_luminahomes.com.ph

Wendy Madera ✆ (0929) 778 8905  ✉ wendy_madera@briahomes.com.ph

📍 3rd flr, Left Wing, Starmall Alabang, South Super Highway, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Visit Lumina Heights  Muntinlupa social media accounts for more information.

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/luminaheightsofficial/

Website: http://www.lumina.com.ph/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luminaheights/

Time is really of the essence. It’s something we can’t earn every 15th or 30th of the month. We are always losing time that’s why I use it very carefully. Why waste your precious time along EDSA when you can do so much more?

Join us in the south, Quickies out!

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An Open Letter to my Ex…Boss

We used to hang out, lunch outs, crack a few jokes out. We were friends. Or so I thought.

The moment you got that position, we celebrated you. We were with you. You were with us. Or so we thought.

We were okay for a few months, give or take. It’s in the succeeding months, the truth unfolded. We definitely thought wrong.

You changed. For whatever reason, you changed.

Maybe I was ill-thinking again. Maybe, you didn’t change at all. Maybe this is the real you to begin with.

You set-up a wall that we, your subordinates, were trying to climb. But no matter how hard we hiked, the peak was still nowhere in sight.

We got tired, exhausted, and burnt-out. The routine became unhealthy.

To protect ourselves – we erected a wall too. Over time, the walls didn’t just grow taller, it became thicker and farther than ever. Two continents drifting apart.

I sought answers from you. I wanted to understand you. I do, I really do.

I did get some answers, thank you. But I didn’t understand you. I tried, but I couldn’t.

You have everything figured out – all to yourself. Please remember, you’re not just working for yourself here. You have a team – for now.

Yes you have the passion to improve the team. You tend to accept loads of work even though you already have your hands full. I have no doubt with your work ethics. All of these were really commendable. What you lack though – it’s maturity.

Be mature enough to be sensitive to the needs of your team. Be mature enough to filter your sharp words thrown at the team. Be mature enough to handle people.

If you can’t do this by all means, be mature enough to step down. Be brave enough to go out or transfer somewhere else.

Do it. Trust me – it’s liberating. I know this for a fact because I just got out. Maybe I’m still not mature enough to endure you as my boss. And for that, I’m sorry. After all, we’re both a work in progress.

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Quickies out!

Since there’s no Laboracay 2018

I have created a short video on my trip last year to one of the most pristine beaches in the country, in the world rather.

What’s Laboracay though? It is a summer beach party there in Boracay during the Labor Day weekend. Hence, the coined term Laboracay is born, Labor x Boracay, you don’t say?!

Escape with me and take a quick plunge to Boracay, Philippines!

PS. Videos taken using GoPro Hero4 and Hero3+. Check out the entire adventure here.

PPS. Laboracay can kiss my ass!

Til my next travel, quickies out!

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Captivating Calaguas

“One hell of a ride yet heaven when we arrived!”

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I have used that line back when we went to Dicasalarin Cove; but I think, the trip to Calaguas toppled it all in every aspect.

Why is that? Let’s go back to where my quick escape started…

But wait, check out first our happy faces and the beauty of Calaguas caught on cam here:

I am always a DIY person when it comes to traveling and soul searching. But whenever I’ll be organizing a trip for more than 8 pax, I’ll ask for someone else to do it for me – hence; Cookies Travel and Tours is my go to agent. Full list of itinerary and expenses below.

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Our group met at 9pm Friday night in SM North and braved the place where forever existed – EDSA. We stopped at 2nd pick up point in McDonald’s Buendia to meet the other groups the travel agency was hosting. All in, we’re about 4 groups (40 people displaced in 4 Grandia vans). This was the major setback – we didn’t have control over our time. We had to wait for other people to arrive, not to mention, how frequent they insisted on having stopovers after a couple of minutes cause they wanna pee (they’re already drinking along the way). Another thing that prolong our already long agony drive was that one van lost his way and we had to convene and discuss the plan (which I thought, they already had since they won’t be a travel agency for nothing, right?) Our estimated travel time of 7 hours became a dragging 12 hours. It’s safe to say I am reverting back to DIY trips be it a large group or what not. We reached Paracale, Camarines Norte at 9am.

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But that was not the worst part.

We only got half an hour before we board our boat– our group dispersed in buying last minute essentials – (2) 5 gallon water, plastic bags for waterproofing our things, pulutan, coffee and booze. We hopped on to a 25-capacity banca hoping against hope – a safe, smooth ride.

Safe? Debatable. Smooth? That was the craziest, bumpiest,stomach- turning, worst boat ride I experienced to date. We’re like survivor castaways (yes we’re dripping wet, wet from the rain and waves!) with no staff and crew to help if the boat stumbled over. A normal person could’ve endured that ride given enough rest. Luckily, our case was entirely the opposite. Hashtag no pun. The other groups had it worse, yup the ones I mentioned drinking, you can imagine how comfortable their trip was –stretch it to freaking two and half hours of seesaw motion.

Finally, our faces lit up when we saw the captivating Calaguas’ coast!

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Huge surfer waves welcomed us as we alight the boat. I couldn’t care less since I was already soaking wet – I jumped off as soon as we reached the shore. The struggle was real when we needed to transport our belongings off the boat.
Tips: Waterproof your things! Bring raincoat or plastic jacket too!

We were exhausted from the trip that waiting for our travel agency to cook us food would drove us nuts. Good thing, one of our friends, prepared a packed lunch good for 10 pax. What a relief. Another tip right there!

Now a bit energized, we faced yet another roadblock – setting up the Vango (the humongous 10 people tent where you can glamp all night long). After an hour, we managed to erect the goddamn shelter. And the food from our agent were ready too. Round 2 of Man Vs Food commenced.

With no cellular service, we were left to enjoy what we have around – good company, majestic view, fine sand, amazing beach. who am I to complain right?! Sometimes, it’s exhilarating to disconnect from the world and strengthen your relationship to the real connections you got – your family, your friends. The virtual world will still be there when you get back, trust me.

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With our phones just for snapping pics, playing JB songs, and occasionally as flash light, time surely can pass slowly. We partied the night around in our rented nipa hut and drank til we drop in the sand. Dancing and shouting  in the shore like crazy, oh boy, hashtag no regrets. I remembered sleeping in the tent only to wake up an hour later. That’s my body clock telling me to sleep anywhere but here.

I was greeted by a cool island breeze as I step out of the tent. My friends and I decided to play volleyball and cap it off by a morning swim.

Ronnie of PlanB tours invited us for a quick 10 minute hike to a hill at one end of the island. We got to see an awesome scenic view of Calaguas and its neighboring islands. What a sight!

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The waters of Calaguas isn’t for the weak of heart – especially when you easily get sea sick. But for those who can endure the ride – this piece of heaven is for you. Boracay can boast its impeccable white sand and crystal clear waters but Calaguas can rival its spotless, powdery sand and the serenity this virgin island has to offer.

Itinerary 

Day 1

9:00 pm Pick up point SM North

10:00 pm McDonald’s/ Shell Buendia bound for Paracale

9:00 am Paracale, Camarines Norte

9:00 – 10:00 am Waterproofing, last minute shopping

10:00 – 12:30 pm Epic boat ride

12:30 pm Lunch, set up tent

1: 30 – 6:00 pm Beach time

6:30 pm Dinner

7:00 pm – 5:00 am Walwal aka party all night long

Day 2

7:00 am – Breakfast

8:00 am – 11:30 am Volleyball, swim, hike

11:30 am – Depart Calaguas

1:30 pm – ETA Paracale port

7:00 pm – ETA Manila

Expenses:

Cookies Travel and Tour: Calaguas

2D/1N stay at P 2,999/head

Package includes:

Roundtrip van transfer

Environmental fee

Entrance fee

Roundtrip boat transfer

3 Meals – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Personals (transpo and dinner at McDo)  x contribution (booze, food, essentials): approximately P 1,000
I’m pretty sure my friends won’t be back here anytime soon. As for me, I am open for any invites!

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