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Photo Dump: Weekend Staycation at Pansol, Laguna (Day 1)

Last Weekend (August 12-13), Jec and his friends set an outing at Pansol, Laguna. He had me tag along so I had the opportunity to meet his friends of 15+ years. It was nice seeing them gathered in the dining room, just chatting and chilling. It was like being in Big Brother’s house except we were all friends and no one’s backstabbing anyone for some TV drama and higher ratings. 

It was a really chill weekend for me – something I could use after really flat days that has been going on for weeks now. Being with them was a nice break and I also made new friends, which is always a huge plus for introverts like me. 

The interiors of the private resort was an icing on the cake. From the moment we went inside, I was immediately in awe of the decorations and the architecture of the house. I loved the combination of the rustic and modern interiors. It had a “white and wooden” theme, which you could see in its 3 bedrooms and, verandas, living room, kitchen, and pool. It was huge enough for all of us. But add a couple of mattresses and more people, and you can easily fit 5-10 more humans in there. You can even maximize the living room and sleep on the couches or set-up foldable beds. 

So now this is the part where I bombard you with photos and little bits of what transpired within those 2 days. Oh, and I realized that The Beatles fans would love this place. You’ll soon know why. 


Before heading to Laguna, we all met up at Pioneer Centre and had snacks (some had real meals). It’s where I met all of Jec’s friends, so when we got to the private resort, we no longer needed introductions and it was a bit less awkward for me. LOL. 

I drafted a blog post during the ride, but when the sun set, I just napped. Anyway, I also lacked sleep and I was cozy at the back, having all the space for myself. 😛 It only took 2 hours for us to get to Laguna, traffic included. We also had lots of stop-overs in between to buy last-minute stuff. 

When we got to the private resort, I was able to take in the place and my God was it beautiful. 

And outside, there’s a pool and a veranda with a swing. I was a bit disappointed that the pool was a pseudo hot spring. I like showering with hot water but not swim in hot water literally. LOL. But that’s just my preference. Jec loved it because he likes hot springs. #TitoMode

We went to our respective rooms and put down our bags. It was already 9 pm or so that time. We still had to cook and prepare stuff. Jec and I did the grilling while the rest of the women did the cooking in the kitchen. The griller was outside the gate so we were a bit isolated. Good thing some of them smoked cigarette so we had company once in a while. LOL. 

Was so shookt to see this when we went down. We were only gone for 5 minutes and suddenly everything was perfectly laid on the kitchen counters. LOL.

It was not nice grilling outside because of the mosquitos and the isolation, but I did my best to cheer Jec up because I know he was also getting physically drained already. He just went off from work that morning and we had to travel to Laguna, cook, etc., and we were still to eat and drink, so imagine his exhaustion. 

Anyway, since I didn’t know how to grill, I just stood there as his runner. Of course, I also took the opportunity to take “creative shots”. Sorry for the low-quality! iPhone doesn’t really hold up that well at night. 

We had dinner by the pool while they reminisced about their high school days. The conversation was light and easy with some laglagan here and there. LOL. It’s inevitable, you know. 

I wasn’t supposed to drink but I found the Apple Flavored SanMig beer enticing. They called it “a chick’s drink” (even if you’re a guy) because it’s light. So if you’re normal, you should be drinking Red Horse by standard. I also had 3 shots of Jose Cuervo tequila. Some minutes later, my chest and face were already tomato-red. Talk about low alcohol tolerance! 

After drinking, we swam and talked some more. I didn’t take photos that time because we were just having fun. Anyway, that’s pretty much it. Jec and I slept around 4 am already while some of them stayed longer downstairs. 

I meant to make this a single blog post, but since it’s photo-heavy, I’m going to cut this here and make another blog post for Day 2. That has more photos for sure! 

Thanks for reading,

PS, I’m quite sad how the photos turned out. It was low-quality enough because of my phone, but I think editing it straight butchered it. What I’d do to have a nice camera that takes crisp photos. 🙁 

3 Comments

  • Iris Buenconsejo

    What was the name of the place? The interior looks cool with all The Beatles memorabilia.

    Your shots look good and don’t fret about having a high powered camera yet – you have to learn the basics first like exposure, ISO, angles and brightness – else you will be stuck using the “automatic” mode rather than enjoy the high-powered functions of a complex camera, which would be a terrible waste of money. DSLRs are quite expensive especially with maintenance and lenses.

    What I can recommend is to turn on the flash when you shoot nighttime and then edit that in Lightroom to downplay the exposure with curves. As for post-processing, try not to overdo your filters 🙂 The ones you have now look lovely. Since you’re using Polarr, why not try editing your photo’s brightness and contrast there like how you would in Lightroom?

    • Bae Milanes

      I used VSCO here cos I was using my phone and medyo hassle mag-edit sa Polarr even when I copy-paste the edits. I didn’t want to edit on my laptop na cos that’s another set of procedure – filtering the images to be used.

      The edits looked nice on my phone, na-sad ako na low-quality on my blog. 🙁 Paano pa kaya for professional photographers na hindi nagrereflect 100% yung timpla nila. Must be so frustrating. I also refuse to do links kasi maka masira in the future, so everything is in my WordPress gallery.

      I’ll try the flash next time. I don’t normally do it at night kasi feeling ko nasisira yung totoong image and when you don’t know how to do it right, medyo tacky yung dating.

    • Bae Milanes

      I used VSCO here cos I was using my phone and medyo hassle mag-edit sa Polarr even when I copy-paste the edits. I didn’t want to edit on my laptop na cos that’s another set of procedure – filtering the images to be used.

      The edits looked nice on my phone, na-sad ako na low-quality on my blog. 🙁 Paano pa kaya for professional photographers na hindi nagrereflect 100% yung timpla nila. Must be so frustrating. I also refuse to do links kasi maka masira in the future, so everything is in my WordPress gallery.

      I’ll try the flash next time. I don’t normally do it at night kasi feeling ko nasisira yung totoong image and when you don’t know how to do it right, medyo tacky yung dating.

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