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My movie slash foodie date nights

I’ve barely had time to go out these past few months. Aside from the fact that I really need to save up, work’s been consuming most of my waking hours. I seriously wonder how working moms do it. I’m not a mom yet and still I feel like I’m always exhausted at the end of the day. Truly, these women deserve an award.

On with my story. I love watching movies. But ever since I started with my new job, I’ve already missed more than a dozen films. I already don’t cook regularly and now, I’m also missing my movies?!? I guess “frustrated” is an mild word if we’re talking about how I feel these days.

I’m thankful for the Internet because at least, I get to watch videos once in a while. Don’t worry, I don’t like to illegally download stuff. I’m content with whatever’s available in the Internet for free. And believe me, there’s a lot. Cable TV helps too. Most of the foreign channels show recently-released movies, and I’m happier when they show those independent ones. I’m a sucker for foreign Indie movies. So, since I can no longer go to the movie houses, I end up bringing the movie house to the comforts of my own room. Well, to be precise, to the comforts of my living room.

That’s because I eat while watching and I don’t like bringing food inside my room. I feel like if I eat inside my bedroom, aside from the smell sticking to all its four corners, ants will definitely appear out of nowhere. And that I seriously abhor.

My normal movie night will consist of junk food, water (I avoid drinking soda) and sometimes chocolates or pastries. But nothing that will produce so much crumbs. I don’t want to end up with crumbs all over my shirt after the movie. I also like fruits, but they take a little more preparation because I have to peel them before the movie starts. That and they make me feel full easily so I end up asleep before the movie ends.

But, in my opinion, fruits and movies are a good combination for people who need a vitamin boost. My sister isn’t fond of fruits. But whenever I prepare them for our movie night, she’d end up eating most of it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do that for your kids? Make them watch their favorite cartoon shows while you give them something healthy to munch on. They wouldn’t notice it, believe me! My sister is my perfect example of that.

While watching a movie too, I can multitask. I don’t know how I do it, but even when I’m doing 2-3 things at the same time, I can still focus on the movie. Since I bring paperwork home, I find myself working more effectively when I’m in front of the television. But this is just me. Kids shouldn’t be watching TV when they’re doing their homework. For working people like us, though, sometimes time is really the enemy. If you can multitask, then I think that’s an advantage.

I realize that complaining and sulking about my now-busier life won’t do me any good. I can still do all the things that I love—I just need to learn how to compromise. Life is never just simple and it really isn’t that complicated either. We just have to learn how to put things in perspective. Now, on to my next movie.

This post was written by Rita Salonga.

Outing to Bato Springs (San Pablo, Laguna)

Note: This blog post is a review. If you’d like to post an inquiry for Bato Springs Resort, kindly send them an email at batospringsresort@gmail.com.

Man-made waterfalls beside a pool
Man-made waterfalls beside a pool

I’ve been to many resorts in Laguna, but this one really stands out. Amidst the lush landscape of Bato Springs are pools that aren’t your usual tile-lined vats of chloroform–the walls are made of stone and the floors of cement, allowing them to blend into the surroundings as if they were natural springs. One refreshing feature is the presence of artificial waterfalls beside many of the pools. If only for aesthetics, the waterfalls already do a great job, but even more, they make swimming in the pool a much livelier experience as well. For those who aren’t so comfortable with such natural-looking pools, there is one tiled pool. It didn’t miss out on the special feature, though. A lovely artificial waterfall still enlivens one side of the pool.

Huts in Bato Springs
Huts!

Taking a walk around Bato Springs is a real treat. It’s not your usual square-ish resort; the paths are winding and surrounded with lovely scenery. At times, you’ll get to cross some of the pools using a short footbridge (a la Gaugin) or big stones that rise above the water. You’ll also see the different types of huts and cottages that guests can rent. The cottages are your typical booth + table in the middle + nipa roof on top. The huts, which are of different sizes, are reminiscent of the kubo but with some obviously modern furnishings (metal roofing, cement ladders and posts, glass windows). I was also told that some venues had air conditioning.

I’d recommend Bato Springs for a family getaway. With its affordable fees and quaint facilities, all the members of your family will get a good rest in this resort in San Pablo.

Natural-looking pool
Who’d think that this is a pool?
A beautiful pool
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Tiled pool with man-made waterfalls
Tiled pool with man-made waterfalls
A pavillion
A pavillion
Bridge over untroubled water
Bridge over untroubled water

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