Your Next Summer Getaway Club Balai Isabel in Talisay Batangas

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With the hustle and bustle of the year, summer is a much awaited season for all. It’s during this season that the kids are home and the perfect summer getaway can be planned. The heat of the summer and the humidity of the city drives us to seek a cooler climate and beautiful surroundings. Club Balai Isabel can give you that and more with a gorgeous view of Taal Lake, fresh and sprightly greeneries and all the amenities you could possibly need.

With your choice of swimming pools, a variety of lodgings, exciting sports activities and a fusion of flavors in their newly opened restaurant Kumintang Cafe, Club Balai Isabel offers a memorable stay and will keep you coming back for more.

Spacious and Cozy Accommodations

Beyond being a resort, Club Balai Isabel is a community complete with the comforts of city living yet with lush greenery that will have you feeling relaxed the instant you enter their gates.

The resort has a hotel, condotel, villas and cottages. I stayed at Balai Laurel which is near Terraza Restaurant and pool.

Room capacities differ depending on the room but they can accommodate from 1 to 10 people. You’ll find that team buildings and company outings are done here. On the day I was leaving bus loads of people were coming in.

The room was air-conditioned and had a good circulation. It even got really cold at night and I was so snug in my bed. I thought I wouldn’t sleep well but I did.

The condotel has ample toiletries and the kitchen was stocked with bottled water and coffee supplies.

Crystal Clear Swimming Pools

The infinity pool by the clubhouse is conveniently located by Terraza Restaurant and gives you a fantastic view of the Taal lake and volcano. This part of the resort has such an amazing view.

You know those moments that give you a feeling of wonder? I felt that as I looked on from this spot. I’m not a well traveled person but I bet I’d have this feeling anywhere I would get to travel to.

The Kumintang Infinity Pool is their largest pool at 1,800 sq.m. Of their 3 swimming pools I spent my time here. It’s relatively safe just make sure to mind which side of the pool you’re in especially when you’re with kids. There are lifeguards stationed by the pools.

The Talisay Garden Pool is smaller and more secluded.

Luscious Surroundings

To help preserve and conserve the environment, Club Balai Isabel takes part in a solid waste management campaign preserving the natural beauty of the land. The beautiful surroundings in Club Balai Isabel have made it a popular wedding venue. Having function halls and pavilions provides a dream wedding to couples to be whether they have a small or big ceremony. The Spousal of Joseph and Mary Chapel was rebuilt and hopes to be a chapel for brides and grooms.

Aside from water sports, guests can play basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, volleyball, and billiards and darts. There’s a bike rental for those who want to tour the grounds.

Kids can play on the mini playground near the Kumintang Infinity Pool.

Yvonne and I walked all around Club Balai Isabel and took the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. There were many Instagram worthy spots and I took full advantage. The resort is filled with fruit bearing trees, well placed bushes, and an abundance of flowers.

There are a few spots where you can take pictures with the lake and Taal volcano as your background. There’s one where you can sit in an egg shaped chair and one with a frame located by the Pantalan near the Clubhouse.

Thrilling Water Sports Activities

The pier or “Pantalan” by MobiDeep is where the banana boats and jet skis are housed. Water sports activities here include banana boating, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, and fly fishing.

With my OPPO F1s I took a video of us on the banana boat and the lake as we zoomed by. Can you believe it was the first time I ever went out of town by my lonesome? It was also the first time I rode a banana boat and a jet ski. It was definitely a memorable stay in a beautiful place.

Flavorful Dishes at Kumintang Cafe

The soon to open Kumintang Cafe located by the Kumintang Infinity Pool offers a fusion of local flavors. I had the privilege of trying out their dishes specially prepared for us bloggers.

Chef Rick has adapted a menu of local favorites using their own grown vegetables, naturally produced animals and locally sourced fish.

This restaurant has table settings good for 2 up to bigger groups. The lighting in the evening can be romantic with the soft yellows and the stained glass decor.


Pumpkin Soup

The Pumpkin Soup was creamy and smooth with the right amount of flavor.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad 

They used native free range chickens for their dishes such as this salad.

Stir Fry Vegetables

I enjoyed the stir fry vegetables which had Japanese tofu and crisp veggies.

Tilapia Seviche 

The tilapia comes from their own aquarium and this dish is sweet and doesn’t taste like kilawin as it seems on first impression.

Maliputong Steak 

It was my first time to try maliputong fish. It had a butter taste but believe it or not there’s no butter.

Black Pig Steak 

The tenderloin has an adobo like sauce. It was easy to cut and the cherry tomatoes were a nice touch.

Aglio Olio

My personal favorite was the Aglio Olio though that being said pasta is my preferred dish.

Bulalo Burger

It’s the first that I’ve heard of a Bulalo Burger. This is a kid’s choice dish and as you can see is quite filling. It has a special sauce and pat of cheese with a side of fries.

Milkshakes

I think I will always love milkshakes and that they’ll be my first choice when ordering drinks. They come in large glasses topped with whipped cream.

Barako Choco and Cheesecake 

Local barako beans are used for their cappuccino style cups of coffee. The cheesecake with blueberry toppings was delicious and tastefully sweet. It’s a smooth slice of cake which I enjoyed very much.

My summer getaway at Club Balai Isabel was a memorable one. My next visit will be with my kids who will enjoy the spacious rooms, exciting water sports and crystal clear swimming pools. I’m looking forward to bringing them back very soon.

I’m thankful to add Club Balai Isabel to my list of traveled places. I’ve created memories and had some much needed insight and inspiration which I really needed. A stay at Club Balai Isabel is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Make sure to visit with family, friends or co-workers for a fun and monumental experience.

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The OPPO F1s: Your Travel Buddy

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Undoubtedly, the storage space on my OPPO F1s explodes when I travel because of all the pictures I take. I went to Club Balai Isabel to get away and have some me time. I know, such a cliche but I was badly in need of some time to myself. I was looking forward to the sights and experiences with my travel buddy, my phone that I knew would give me plenty of good shots to choose from.

Since I’m more of a point and shoot kind of girl the OPPO F1s works perfectly for me. To be honest, I used the auto function for the most part and just slightly adjusted in the evening. I guess it helps that the weather in Batangas was wonderful so all my shots were bright and crisp.

I still have a long ways to go when taking photos but I’ve been practicing. I’ve been working on capturing shots that “tell a story” as my fellow blogger, Joy Gurtiza of joybites.com likes to say. For this shot I wanted to focus on the flower and all I had to do was tap on it.

This is a zoomed image but you can see that it’s still crisp and clear. It’s been a big help when I take videos and pictures of my kids on stage at school since it’s always quite a distance from the stage.

I love this shot and had my blogger friend Yvonne help me out. It was going on to dusk yet I still used automatic settings for this and it came out mysterious and a tad forlorn. I did a bit of reflecting on this trip and gleaned some insights and further inspiration.

My OPPO F1s was really put to the test with action shots that I took during a banana boat ride and jet ski adventure. I was pretty amazed that I took such a clear picture of us during the banana boat ride. With one hand holding on for dear life and the other grasping my OPPO F1s I just had to take this shot as a remembrance of the adventure I took.

I spanned my surroundings as we rode the banana boat and you can see we were going pretty fast.

 

Life feels like it’s starting for me now. If you’ve been following my blog then you’ll know that I’ve just begun to live for myself. Try new things and I’m pretty proud of this weekend away.

I wasn’t brave enough to steer the jet ski and I rode with Yvonne but it was still an adventure for me. Joy took this shot of us coming back to shore and I love the ripple of the waves.

Another zoomed image of a guy who was showing off his skills on a jet ski and rightfully so.

In the evenings, pictures can be harder to take. I still got good shots though. There was a lot of pressing on different parts of the screen to get the best clearest image but it was worth it. On my fellow blogger’s phone the shot was unclear and the lights were sprayed across the screen. I bet I can take an even better picture if I played with the manual settings.

Another adventure, more to come hopefully. I’ll have my OPPO F1s ready for the next!

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Photo Shoot Locations for any Occasion

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Virtually any place can be a photo shoot location as long as you have an excellent quality camera (I use OPPO F1s). I used to be really shy about taking pictures. Not just of myself but of surroundings and objects if I felt that I would be catching someone’s attention. I’ve been missing out on a lot. I only realized thankfully not too, late that I’m free to take pictures of almost anything most especially myself and people won’t be upset if I do. Here are a few photo shoot locations that I discovered where you can take pictures for any occasion.

University of Santo Tomas

I discovered the beauty and infinite possibilities for photo shoots at the University of Santo Tomas when Bastian took his entrance exam for Senior High. I waited for about 4 hours and really got to take in the beautiful campus and luscious greenery. I must have walked around the entire place 3 times at least. I’m more than thrilled that Bastian will get to spend his senior high years at place as refreshing as this.

Walkways are always a nice backdrop for taking photos. The path that gets narrower and trees that get closer to one another tell a story. I took a panoramic shot of the entrance to UST and here you can get some casual shots like standing underneath the arch.

Star City

Star City has many possibilities for backdrops for photo shoots. We found this lighted tree and as you can see it makes for an attractive background. The roller coaster rides taken at different angles can be a maze for the eyes.

Usually with phone cameras you’ll get a dark and blurry shot but with my OPPO F1s I didn’t have to do anything! If you do want toa djust your settings you still have that option by going into Expert Mode. Here you can adjust your ISO, White Balance and all that good stuff.

Fairview Terraces

The garden alone gives you unlimited picture opportunities. From the art installation to the Central Tree you have photo shoot spots right there. Go further though and visit there Food Choices on the 2nd level where there are spaces and corners that will give you Instagram worthy shots

La Mesa Ecopark

We were at the park recently and witnessed an actual photo shoot of a debutante. Already this tells you that La Mesa Ecopark is a popular photo shoot location. Going around the park you’ll see bridges, steps and fields where you can take all kinds of pictures. Pre-nups and fashion pictorials are often done here as well.

Do you have any photo shoot locations you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it and hopefully get to visit to take more pictures with my family.

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