Accidentally I saw a facebook page about Ipon Challenge, I guess one of my friend commented on the post kaya nakita ko sya and I got curious about the photo she liked, so what I did was I read the post and got inspired with it. I click the page and followed it immediately. During my lunch break, I read some post in the page and got challenge with it. Actually, malakihan pera ang usapan dun but I know that page will help me/us in our financial crisis.

According to their page Peso Sense is your #PartnerForChange which is now has more 1.7 Million followers. Wow! So after a week of reading some inspirational post, I am here now accepting the #PesoSenseIponChallenge. I know super hirap ang #FirstMillionChallenge or even #FirstThousandChallenge but wala naman mahirap sa taong nagsusumikap. We have debts now; we are paying our house and car loan, insurances, utilities, etc. and to tell you honestly, we really don’t have any emergency fund as of this moment, that’s why we came up with this challenge and totally accept it.

I know you already heard about the 52-week Money challenge and the Php 50.00 Money challenge. Actually, ang dami ng naglabasan mga money challenge today and now we are joining the bandwagon. I know it’s hard, definitely very hard for us especially now in our situation, pero sabi nga nila "pag gusto may paraan, pag ayaw may dahilan". So what’s the challenge, since hindi namin kaya yung 52-week or yung Php 50.00 money challenge, we make it simple as keeping Php 20 na meron kami. So para syang invisible sa paningin namin, we will try our best not to touch the money, no pressure naman on our part. Like the commercial, “Anong mabibili mo sa Php 20 mo?” A cornetto ice cream? Cellphone load perhaps?" 

How about change your life for Php 20? Is it possible? Of course YES! Basta think of your goals and dreams in life, remember “Kung walang tyaga, walang nilaga”.

We just started this week and promised ourselves that every week we will deposit the money in our bank account. Maliit man sya pero at least meron kesa wala, tama ba ko? Malayo man sya sa #FirstMillionChallenge pero hindi naman sya malayo para sa mga pangarap namin.

Let’s see if we can make it until the end of this year, pag successful then we shall continue this challenge in the following years. How about you? Can you accept this kind of challenge? 
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Our Club Balai Isabel trip will not be complete without trying their newest attraction - Aqua Park. I won 1 ticket courtesy of our company and one of my bosses gave me another ticket but unfortunately we can only use it on the day of our summer outing and since we are already at the resort a day before our outing, hindi namin pwedeng gamitin yung tickets that’s why my husband decided to just purchased tickets during our stay.

Aqua Park includes obstacle courses, trampolines, small and towering slides which are available all-year-round, meaning kahit tag-ulan na, open parin sila. I love this half hectare structure with the backdraft of the Taal Volcano which gives us picturesque of the Taal Lake.



The activity will last for 1 hour and before you experience this extreme adventure, you need to sign a waiver and listen to more or less 10 minutes orientation. Just make sure you’re wearing a safety jacket that fits so well, not too tight, and not to loose either and aqua shoes is not necessary but highly recommended.



Kinds below 13 years old are not allowed to enter the aqua park since the obstacles are difficult to cross. Honestly, I don’t know how to swim, siguro langoy aso pwede pa, but believe me takot ako sa dagat but since gusto ni hubby I try, go narin ako. (Sa hirap at ginhawa, dapat magkasama kami. Hihi)


The life guard told us that we should learn how to balance a walk. So he suggest that we just bounce a little while walking or running, at first I’m so afraid that I might fall in the water but as time goes by, I enjoyed it, di naman ako malulunod eh may life jacket ako. Hehe.



 There are no rules once you're on the floats; however here are some tips for you in case you might try this inflatable.
  • Remove any jewelry or accessories. The lifeguard insists that I should remove my eye glasses, but I refused! Hello, wala akong makikita pag tinangal ko yung salamin ko. Hehe.
  • Apply sunblock lotion
  • Wear swim wear. Either rash guard and shorts or you simply wear your favorite bikinis. But make sure you’re ready to get some mild bruises and scratches after the trail.
  • Always wear your life jackets. Please do not remove it even if you know how to swim. Better safe than sorry.
  • Bring your water-proof camera, to record and capture your precious moments.
  • Pregnant women and those with special or health conditions are not allowed to use the floaters. 
  • Try all the different kinds of challenges and enjoy it! It was fun and super exciting but I refused to try the biggest slide, takot eh. Haha. But my husband did it! Sorry mas adventurous sya kesa sa akin eh.

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Ian at Big Slide

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Weeeeeee!!!!!!

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Overall, we really enjoyed it and at least for one hour we had husband and wife bonding time, so para kaming bumalik sa pagkabata. Take note, we tried this Aqua Park twice, kami na ang nag enjoy sa mga floaters. We will definitely come back here next year. :) 

Photos and videos were taken using our Go Pro SJSCam.  

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My husband and I really love to eat and eating is one of our favorite pastimes. During our #MarriageFirstFriday, we make sure to eat out and satisfy our cravings. Well, you should treat yourself once in a while and I deserve a break from cooking kahit 1 day lang.

We were craving for some pasta and oven pastries one Friday and opted to have lunch at Mom and Tina’s. Matagal tagal narin naman kaming hindi nakakakain dito and the fact that we really love their traditional home cooked meals and fresh out of the oven pastries and baked goodies, Mom and Tina’s is our top choice on that day and we were so fortunate that this restaurant is just a walking distance away from our work, meaning I can drop by the restaurant anytime.

Located at the ground floor of Tropical Palms Condo in Dela Rosa Street, Mom and Tina’s offers cozy and homey ambiance which you can sit back, relax and enjoy the food that they offer. This restaurant is accessible venue for small gatherings with friends and family

Since it’s already lunch time when we arrived, we were seated outside the restaurant. The seats are comfortable enough, though we prefer sitting on the sofa. There are varieties of menu to choose from and there are also baked goodies at the counter.

My husband ordered for Baked Chicken Macaroni, this is one of their bestsellers and according to the husband, it really tastes good. A combination of macaroni with chicken, tomato and cheesy cream sauce in a small cup of bowl that comes with two dinner rolls.



Baked Chicken Macaroni Php 185.00
I chose Chicken Spinach, a must-try spinach lasagna layered with chicken, tomato and cream sauce. It also comes with two dinner rolls. Well in fact, all of their pasta comes with two dinner rolls. If you think the portion might seem small, wait until you finish the whole dish because believe me it’s so heavy, it’s like you already have a full meal. 


Chicken Spinach Php 250.00
Since the husband was craving for some sandwich, he ordered for Tuna Salad sandwich. I love the combination of tuna and cheese with mayonnaise, pickles, tomato and cucumber slices in a brioche bun.


Tuna Salad sandwich Php 185.00
Overall, I highly recommend this place, very artistic and homey. Oh by the way the servers were nice too.

Mom and Tina’s Bakery Café
G/F Unit 14 Tropical Palms Condo
103 Dela Rosa Street., San Lorenzo
Makati City

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Last May 12, #TeamVillareal goes to Club Balai Isabel in Talisay. Batangas. Well actually it’s our company’s summer outing the following day and we decided to go there in advance (since kami rin naman ang kinuha for photobooth and para narin maexplore namin yung place).

Club Balai Isabel is just 1.5 hours’ drive from Manila. This is one of the famous places for celebrity weddings like Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Boy Sotto, team buildings and summer outing. We arrived at the place by 12 noon and since our check-in time is 2pm, we decided to take our lunch at Terraza Café.


The food at the Terraza Cafe was so pricey yet the food is so-so.I can’t believe that we pay almost Php 1,000 for 2 main dishes and 5 plain rice (believe it or not, the plain rice cost Php 50/each) well, you have no other choice since sila lang naman ang restaurant sa loob so for our dinner we decided to buy Andoks outside the resort. Mura na masarap pa!

Terraza Café

We still have 1 hour left before our check-in time, so my husband and I decided to roam around the place. We only used his mobile phone kasi super hirap mag take ng pictures if you have two toddlers in tow.  Club Balai Isabel is a quite paradise that offers an up-close and personal view of the lake and the world’s smallest volcano. Here are some of my favorite photos which I find very interesting.


Club Balai Isabel also have shuttles that can take you around the place but if you want some exercise, you could just walk around the place, don’t worry because there are a lot of trees inside the resort to protect you from the heat.


Check-in counter

We had a chance to visit the Spousal of Mary and Joseph Chapel inside the resort. This quaint church is perfect for intimate weddings, very solemn and beautiful. The natural lighting complements the beautiful wooden interior of the place. We pray and thank the Lord for all the blessings we received and asked for his guidance every day.


The club is quite big with several pools, the Terraza pool which is their infinity pool with overlooking taal volcano, the Kumintang pool which I think their biggest pool and where my kids stay most of the time and the Talisay pool which located in the secluded garden.

Terraza pool
Kumintang pool
They also offer water sport activities like kayaks, jet skis and pedal boats and the newly open Aqua Park where you can enjoy their gigantic inflated water slides. Club Balai Isabel is not just about adventure. It is also about relaxation as this place is the perfect escape from the city. You can rent a bike and roamed around the place while enjoying the nature.  



We went back at the registration area were we welcomed by friendly staff and ushered to our room. We were assigned at Agoncillo bldg. just a few steps away from the Terraza pool. We booked for Superior Room with view so we can enjoy the scenery of the resort and the lake on our private veranda. It can accommodate up to 4 pax and good thing we brought our own mattress (inflatable single bed) for our yaya.


The room that we got was spacious, clean and facing the lake. It has two queen-sized beds; the mattress on the bed was firm and soft. The sheets and pillow were clean and hygienic, they also provides blanket for each bed.


There’s a small balcony with enchanting full view of the lake. The room also equipped with kitchen where you can cook your meals (however, on our room there’s no basic utensils) and mini refrigerator with complimentary bottled water and coffee, telephone and flat screen television. The aircon was working very well despite the heat during that day kaya napasarap tulog namin.

Private Veranda
View from our balcony



Now let’s proceed with the comfort room. There were basic toiletries in the restroom such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, toothbrush, soaps and toothpaste. Clean towels and toilet tissues are also provided. There’s only one huge cabinet in the room where you can place all your things.


This beautiful and serene paradise is definitely the best summer destination in the south! If you’re going to ask me if I will come back here, definitely YES! But I will make sure to bring some food with us and magluluto nalang kami. 

His 2nd proposal. Of course I said “YES” again. Yiihiiii..

Oh by the way, Club Balai Isabel is also perfect for marriage proposal. You just need to find perfect place on where to pop the magical question. 


Club Balai Isabel
Talisay, Batangas City
Makati Office
Reservation: 897-0229 / 0906-5185491
Sales: 895-7230

Batangas Office
Reservation: 043 – 7280307 / 0906-5185494

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