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I am going to miss this!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I just had a wonderful weekend in Misibis!  It is probably my favorite resort getaway in the country!  I had the best villa this visit!  Nix and I would like debate whether we would like stay inside or enjoy the sun.  Good thing the villa had these gigantic windows and you could feel the sun shine through!  Plus the beds were GINORMOUS!  LOL!  It was difficult to leave, but it’s December and we have so much to do!  Just wanted to share with you my latest Misisbis resort shots!

The lovely manicured walkways.

The lovely manicured walkways.

Discreet villas, lined with lush greens.

Discreet villas, lined with lush greens.

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Ria & Derrick’s Wedding

Monday, December 7th, 2009

My dear friends Derrick Santos and Ria Romero recently got married and I just wanted to share with you my wonderful photos from their beautiful wedding.  They decided to have their wedding at Misibis Bay resort all the way in Legaspi.  If you have been following  my blog, you all know that I am a big fan of the resort.  This is actually the first time that the resort will be hosting a wedding, so I was really excited to see what they would be doing.  If everything goes right, then they can really position themselves as a premiere wedding destination.

WELL…  The wedding was absolutely perfect!  I do not know how they manage to whittle down the guest list to a wee 112 guests!  That is a feat in itself!  LOL!  I really love small intimate weddings; they are really the best!  I have known Ria since I was like 6 years old!  OMG!  So it was so wonderful to see her so happy on her wedding day!  Enough talk…enjoy the pictures!

I am a huge fan of the Misibis bay resorts!  This year alone I have been back 3 times and each time I had a really fabulous time!  Here is the staff welcoming the guests with a song and dance number.

I am a huge fan of the Misibis bay resorts! This year alone I have been back 3 times and each time I had a really fabulous time! Here is the staff welcoming the guests with a song and dance number.

The koi fishes were excited to see me!  LOL!

The koi fishes were excited to see me! LOL!

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Magnificent MISIBIS BAY!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

A few months ago, I blogged about this fabulous resort that was about to open! It’s called the MISIBIS BAY resort! Finally, after all these months, I was ready to try it out. After my stay… Trust me when I say that this place is going to be one of the hottest resort destinations in the country! I love the tranquility of the whole place and the fact that it is run by the Raintree group, so you can be assured of the most impeccable service.

The resort is situated in the island of Cagraray, which just a quick 30-minute boat ride out of Legaspi. The airplanes you take are the big ones, so those of you scared of tiny planes need not be be petrified! There are 5 flights a day and getting there is a breeze!

This is the super chic fast boat that took us to the island!

This is the super chic fast boat that took us to the island!

When we arrived, there were dancers that greeted us!

When we arrived, there were dancers that greeted us!

Our resort manager Ian giving us the welcome speech!

Our resort manager Ian giving us the welcome speech!

 My beautiful villa!  I loved the views from the super large windows as this automatically puts you in a relaxed mode!

My beautiful villa!I loved the views from the super large windows, as this automatically puts you in a relaxed mode!

Halo-Halo was like given to us the minute we set foot on the resort!

Halo-Halo was like given to us the minute we set foot on the resort!

Leica and Anika valdes....enjoying the Halo-Halo!

Leica and Anika Valdes....enjoying the Halo-Halo!

The accommodations are stellar! I mean the beds are just so comfortable that often you find yourself  wishing to stay longer in bed! Did I forget to mention about the food?  OMG! They kept on feeding us every 25 minutes! LOL! It was crazy! You could not say no as the food was really delectable! I mean they have the best LAING on the planet! LOL!

This was our personal butler JG HENRY!  He was super efficient!  I mean it felt like he was always there each time we need him.  He had this ready smile every time, it was so honest and he was so happy to help all of us!

This was our personal butler JG HENRY! He was super efficient! I mean it felt like he was always there each time we need him. He had this ready smile every time, it was so honest and he was so happy to help all of us!

Nuts and their infamous Kropek was also served!  this Kropek was so deadly we must have consumed 2 kilos each of these highly addictive snack in our stay!  At one point I just had to move away from it as one piece is all you need and kaboom you hooked!  LOL!

Nuts and their infamous Kropek was also served! This Kropek was so deadly that we must have consumed 2 kilos each of these highly addictive snacks in our stay! At one point, I just had to move away from it, as one piece is all you need and kaboom, you're hooked! LOL!

ARGH! More snacks! The thing is, they are all so yummy and good!

ARGH! More snacks! The thing is, they are all so yummy and good!

Nix getting the signature food bath!

Nix getting the signature foot bath!

Leica....instantly hitting the day bed for a quick nap.

Leica....instantly hitting the day bed for a quick nap.

 Persoal cookies for the kids!  Its tiny touches like this that made our stay truly unforgettable!  Like when we got into our room we had a photo of NIx and myself on the TV screen! It said welcome to MISIBIS BAY!  OMG!

Personal cookies for the kids! It's tiny touches like this that made our stay truly unforgettable! Like when we got into our room, we had a photo of NIx and myself on the TV screen! It said welcome to MISIBIS BAY! OMG!

 The beach sand was not as fine as Boracay but since it was just us you could really feel how luxurious it all was! We literally felt that we had the island just to ourselves!

The beach sand was not as fine as Boracay, but since it was just us, you could really feel how luxurious it all was! We literally felt that we had the island just to ourselves!

I took some photos of the decor of the dining area.   I love the use of local color!

I took some photos of the decor of the dining area. I love the use of local color!

When in Bicol, one must have Bicol Express!

When in Bicol, one must have Bicol Express!

 YUMMY LAING!  I swear it was probably one of the best laing's I have tasted.

YUMMY LAING! I swear it was probably one of the best laings I have tasted.

My villa at dusk! I was so blessed because they gave me a villa with the views of the sea!

My villa at dusk! I was so blessed because they gave me a villa with the views of the sea!

 The other villas with a 100 meter lagoon which served as a connection for all the villas.

The other villas with a 100-meter lagoon, which served as a connection for all the villas.

Another view of the villas.

Another view of the villas.

 I was so happy that I bumped into Rusty Lopez and Larry Silva. They are fashion designers that paved the way for all of us!  They were so fun to be with!   Misibis is the kind of resort that you hardly bump into any other guests. I think it was designed that way.

I was so happy that I bumped into Rusty Lopez and Larry Silva. They are fashion designers that paved the way for all of us! They were so fun to be with! Misibis is the kind of resort that you hardly bump into any other guests. I think it was designed that way.

Nix and I during cocktail hour!  LOL!

Nix and I during cocktail hour! LOL!

I had the best weekend experience at this resort! Check out their website at www.misibisbay-raintree.com  or call their sales office for more information (632-683-8222 local 3881 & 3882).
HUGS!
RAJO!

The Long Weekend

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I am loving all these long weekends that we are having. It gives me a chance to escape and seek adventure. When I heard that my friend Tessa Valdes and her family were heading to the Misibis Bay resort, I just had to tag along.  We left on a Saturday at the break of dawn and took the first flight to Legaspi. We were bummed out that the plane was delayed for an hour, but we were rewarded by the beautiful sight of the MAYON volcano with all its glory! I took this as a sign that we will be having a really fantastic weekend! I decided to break my trip down to several posts as I took more that 300 photos!  LOL!  Enjoy the pictures!

 I was traveling with the entire Valdes family and our fave girl friends Leica and Joanna. Here were are lounging at the airport waiting for our delayed flight.

I was traveling with the entire Valdes family and our fave girl friends Leica and Joanna. Here were are lounging at the airport waiting for our delayed flight.

  When we were about to land Nix pointed out the Mayon Volcano to me!  I was so excited as it was so clear!  Legend has it that the Mayon only shows herself to those who deserves to see her beauty! Well....We should be so lucky! As she was in all her glory!

When we were about to land Nix pointed out the Mayon Volcano to me! I was so excited as it was so clear! Legend has it that the Mayon only shows herself to those who deserves to see her beauty! Well....We should be so lucky! As she was in all her glory!

I took it as a sign that this would be a really fantastic weekend!

I took it as a sign that this would be a really fantastic weekend!

The required tourist shot!

The required tourist shot! Nix and His BFF Joanna Arcega!Leica and Tessa jumping up for joy! WOO HOO! These ladies needed to chill big time! They just finished the ironman triathalon last week and all they wanted was to rest!

Before heading out to our resort we stopped by the airport gift shop and loaded up on the best looking bags in the region! Check this one out?

Before heading out to our resort we stopped by the airport gift shop and loaded up on the best looking bags in the region! Check this one out?

These were designed by my dear friend Marissa Andal. The consumate shopper Tessa cleaned the racks out of the store in less that 10 minutes! The poor sales person must have been so overwhelmed as Tessa must have bought 20 bags or more! LOL!

These were designed by my dear friend Marissa Andal. The consumate shopper Tessa cleaned the racks out of the store in less that 10 minutes! The poor sales person must have been so overwhelmed as Tessa must have bought 20 bags or more! LOL!

Tessa and my beautiful God daughter Athena!

Tessa and my beautiful God daughter Athena!

Nix and His BFF Joanna Arcega!

Nix and His BFF Joanna Arcega!

HUGS!
RAJO!

Misibis Bay!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The main reason for my trip to Legaspi is I did an ocular visit to the MISIBIS BAY resort.  I was tasked to design the uniforms of the staff, so they flew me in so that I may get a feel of the place! When I drove up, I was filled with anticipation because I have seen the drawings of the resort and from the drawings alone, I could feel that this was something that appealed to my aesthetic.

The resort is located along the Misibis Bay on a sprawling island that has really majestic views!  When I visited the place, it was 80% complete.  Even at that point, I could already feel that this is going to be a must- see destination in the Philippines!  The resort will be managed by Rain Tree group, the same group that has been receiving massive raves from other resorts like Discovery Shores in Boracay, Camp John Hay in Baguio, and the Discovery in Tagaytay.

The Resort opens on May 1 and they have a promo already listed in their website at www.misibisbay.com  For all of you adventure buffs, this is the place to go!  I encourage you to come and be the first to visit this beautiful property!  I guarantee that you won’t regret it!

Since the main entrance was still in its finishing stages we entered to the  side.  This was the kids pool are.

Since the main entrance was still in its finishing stages, we entered from the side. This was the kids pool area.

 This is the kind of views that you will be getting when you visit the MISIBIS BAY resort.

This is the kind of view that you will be getting when you visit the MISIBIS BAY resort.

This is the main pool area!

This is the main pool area!

 They have 20 villas around the resort and these are the villas in the back.

They have 20 villas around the resort and these are the villas in the back.

I was really inspired when I visited the rooms as I am in the works to do my dream beach home and this was the kind of look that I was aiming at!  Don't you just love the large glass sliding doors and mirrors?

I was really inspired when I visited the rooms, as I am in the works to do my dream beach home and this was the kind of look that I was aiming at! Don't you just love the large glass sliding doors and mirrors?

I was really inspired when I visited the rooms as I am in the works to do my dream beach home and this was the kind of look that I was aiming at!  Don't you just love the large glass sliding doors and mirrors?

The entrance of one of the villas. VERY CHIC INDEED!

 The entrance of one of the villas.  VERY CHIC INDEED!

This is how the room looks like! I am loving the clean lines and soothing colors! Mind you, this is not yet done and they still have to add some finishing touches.

Another view of the room.

Another view of the room.

 The bathrooms are also very modern and minimal.  I LIKE!

The bathrooms are also very modern and minimal. I LIKE!

 The villas are linked by a large pool lagoon.  I love the fact that each room leads to a swimming area just a few steps away.  The pool was so inviting!

The villas are linked by a large pool lagoon. I love the fact that each room leads to a swimming area just a few steps away. The pool was so inviting!

There are also some waterfront villas like this one!

There are also some waterfront villas like this one!

 I really cannot wait to visit Misibis again and stay in this villa!  Imagine waking up to the sunrise on this balcony?  HAAAAY!

I really cannot wait to visit Misibis again and stay in this villa! Imagine waking up to the sunrise on this balcony? HAAAAY!

 This is where I want to read and have a foot massage!  I can just get lost in the vista!

This is where I want to read and have a foot massage! I can just get lost in the vista!

 Another water side villa!

Another water side villa!

 I felt so sad when I had to leave!

I felt so sad when I had to leave!

 The have a small beach in front of the resort and I found this curious looking tree!  I thought it was beautiful and scary at the same time!

The have a small beach in front of the resort and I found this curious looking tree! I thought it was beautiful and scary at the same time!

 This is the interiors of the main cafe of the resort!

This is the interior of the main cafe of the resort!

 They had these interesting ceiling lights that reminded me of my LEGO  as a child.  LOL!

They had these interesting ceiling lights that reminded me of my LEGO as a child. LOL!

 You can rent out their chopper if you want and have a quick zip around the area.  This is a super cool way of visiting the Mayon volcano, you can really see the crater up close.

You can rent out their chopper if you want and have a quick zip around the area. This is a super cool way of visiting the Mayon volcano, for you can really see the crater up close.

 We took a speed boat back to the city it was really fun!

We took a speed boat back to the city it was really fun!

 The speed boat ride gave us amazing views of the Mayon volcano during sunset.

The speed boat ride gave us amazing views of the Mayon volcano during sunset.

 The outside dining area of the resort.

The outside dining area of the resort.

 Another view of the interiors of the cafe!

Another view of the interiors of the cafe!

 Ferdi Salvador is the "Director of Style" for the raintree resort group ( Don't you just love his job title?)   Thanks for the lovely weekend Ferdi!

Ferdi Salvador is the "Director of Style" for the Raintree resort group ( Don't you just love his job title?) Thanks for the lovely weekend, Ferdi!

HUGS!
RAJO!

Shangri-la’s Boracay!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

While I was in Boracay, I wanted to check out the progress of the newest and most exciting project, the Shangri- la’s newest baby: the Boracay Resort& Spa!

I had the privilege of having a sneak peek, as I am entrusted to design their uniforms.  The whole resort is now undergoing what they call a simulation, a test run of sorts.  I think that they will have a soft opening in a few weeks and I am so excited and happy that it’s looking FABULOUS!  I am sure that this gem of a place will really solidify Boracay as one of the MUST visit places in the world!  Please enjoy a tiny glimpse of true tropical luxury!

 This is the view of the resort as you drive down from the island.  However I think guests are going to be taken to the resort through the water in a super chic boat!  IT WILL BE SOOOOO SHUSYAL!

This is the view of the resort as you drive down from the island. However, I think guests are going to be taken to the resort through the water in a super chic boat! IT WILL BE SOOOOO SHUSYAL!

This is corner of the outside seating of the lobby lounge which is in its finishing stages.

This is corner of the outside seating of the lobby lounge, which is in its finishing stages.

 The lobby lounge!

The lobby lounge!

An inner courtyard.   I know that they were really conscious of "green" architecture while building the resort.

An inner courtyard. I know that they were really conscious of "green" architecture while building the resort.

  The foyer to the ball room!  The decor has a strong southern Mindanao vibe to it.

The foyer to the ball room! The decor has a strong southern Mindanao vibe to it.

 This is a photo of a standard room. They are using 100% philippine products!

This is a photo of a standard room. They are using 100% Philippine products!

 The soothing bath tub!

The soothing bath tub!

 This is one of the villas!  It has a private pool and a gazebo!

This is one of the villas. It has a private pool and a gazebo!

 The villa's bedroom

The villa's bedroom.

The seating area of the villa.  What I love about the place is that its so understated if spells old rich!  LOL!

The seating area of the villa. What I love about the place is that it's so understated it spells old rich! LOL!

 Leica and BOb came with me to do the tour, this is the passage way to the private cove/beach that some villa's have.

Leica and Bob came with me to do the tour. This is the passageway to the private cove/beach that some villas have.

 This is the two bedroom villa with its own pool!

This is the two bedroom villa with its own pool!

 The private cove/beach of one of the villas!

The private cove/beach of one of the villas!

 As the evening came the resort took on another look!  Its really such an amazing property!

As the evening came, the resort took on another look! It's really such an amazing property!

 We were invited to have dinner in their sea food restaurant called Sirena!  It was such a treat! I cannot wait to come back when the whole resort is in full swing!

We were invited to have dinner in their seafood restaurant called Sirena. It was such a treat! I cannot wait to come back when the whole resort is in full swing!

HUGS!
RAJO!