Yes! After several years I was back to full-time work. My little boy is now in grade school, he has become independent (yep! I trained him to be one). It was my desire to keep my mind up and going again, amidst work stress and braving the metro traffic.
And so after quite sometime, I think I need some relaxation. So today, me and my little boy Ivan headed further south for our weekend staycation at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas.
Club Balai Isabel is located right on the shore of Taal lake, overlooking the world famous Taal volcano of course, and its less than an hour land travel from Calamba City via the South Superhighway extension. Coming from Metro Manila, including the usual traffic, maybe add another one hour and half travel time.
It used to be a private subdivision but over the years, it was developed and expanded into a resort community. So now it has become one of the favorite tourist destinations in the south, more so, within the Taal Lake area. The resort now offers amenities and facilities to suit corporate events, family holidays or any special occasions, and its just perfect for our mother-and-son staycation.
It was my little boy’s first time here and he was really excited with the inviting atmosphere running back and forth along the lake shore feeling the cool breeze of the wind at mid-morning. But you know, when I myself got here for the very first time some years back, what I did look for? Where did the videographer hang the wedding gown of that famous celebrity actress when she was wed here.
Before heading to our room, we had a quick breakfast, afterwhich we explore the different facilities of the resort. Oh by the way, I have some friends who are also here so we had time to bond with them as well.
Our accomodation is a 5-bedroom villa that’s good for 10 or more persons. It has 2 toilet and bath, a mini-kitchen with fridge, dining and living room area and a balcony overlooking the lake. There’s also a flat screen TV with cabled programs, cabinet, dresser, and a writing table. Accordingly, we can have the option to cook, but we just forget about it. Instead, we indulge ourselves with the resort’s food buffet and those other delicious and tempting items on their menu.
After the late lunch, we headed to the lake area where we tried their water sports activities. Yes, one of the reasons we’re here. Need not go to Boracay to enjoy jet-skiing, kayaking or the banana-boat ride. Accordingly, they will soon open for para-sailing and the flying. Ha! Ha! I am not familiar how its being done but it seems exciting as well.
Ivan was sad because he too small and young to try these activities nor was he allowed to board the speed boat. But anyway, isn’t he cute in his pink floral life vest.
During the night, we were able to watch some fireworks display at a wedding event happening here at the same time. Also spent some time chatting and catching up with one another while listening to their acoustic singer Ms. Cath Manansala, calls herself a one-man band. She’s really good doing all those yesteryears songs like the hits of “The Carpenters”. It was almost midnight when we retire to our room for the much-needed rest after a long enjoyable day.
Next day, we attended the Sunday mass at the Spousal of Mary and Joseph Chapel inside the resort. Then we took time to enjoy the swimming facilities, Club Balai Isabel has three swimming pool areas. At the Kumintang Pool, you need not bring towel, its provided. Just leave it there after use. Ivan rented a bike to explore more the area, which is so tiresome because I need to follow him around (ha!ha! why didn’t I rent my own bike?).
Its time to go after a hearty buffet lunch.
It was a short stay and we wish we had more time. But anyway, my little boy liked the idea of going back here some other time. Maybe next time we can tag along his cousins if they are not so busy at all.
For me it was a relaxed weekend. I had time to unwind, think not much of my duties at the office. Yes! Hopefully we’ll come back.
So if you’re planning some staycation, relax moments, Club Balai Isabel is it. Check out their website at http://www.balaiisabel.com. They are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
More photos here.