North Land Hotel and Resort

It’s summer and the heat sometimes is just unbearable. Plus, it’s school break. Obviously the kids at home are always bugging me as to when we will go out for swimming. And how I wish we have at home even just a small pool! Enough to to cool down your body!

Since my childhood, here in my town, Ceferina beach is the first thing in our minds. It’s near and cheap. But as years passed, the place is worn and tired now. I can’t let my kids swim in a sea of yellow water. Not good, hygiene-wise.

I checked online any nearest resort that we can go to. A place where it’s clean and decent enough for kids. I like it when it’s nice and quiet, with restaurants and shops which you can conveniently run to in case you needed something. So I came across the website of North Land Hotel and Resort. I checked their website for the facilities and amenities they can offer to their guests. Seemed good, so I emailed them for the cabana reservations. Though I haven’t received any feedback from them for couple of days, I’m still keen to contact them. I checked their Facebook site and asked some information and luckily I got answers.

We siblings and kids went, except Mum and Dad because Dad is a bit tired to go any other places other than his lovely home! From Victorias City, we just took the public jeepney going to Manapla. The resort is along the highway so only 1 jeepney ride for 10 minutes and we are right by the entrance of the resort which I find convenient.

From the entrance of the resort, I am impressed by its 2 storey building. It’s newly built though most of the area inside is still under finishing touches and needed shops/restaurants spaces available for lease. Unfortunately, in this case, we do not have any choices of food outlet apart from the resort restaurant itself as we did not bring any food for us and the kids which is part of the plan anyhow.

Here are some snaps of the resort:

In my next post, I will share with you our dining experience, the pool and the rest of the gossips too. 😀

Annie

By everydayannie Posted in People

“Desiderata”

Such an inspiring message I would like again to share with you…

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are a vexation to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be careful, strive to be happy.

by: Max Ehrmann

Source: empowercoach.com

Annie

Piney Lake, Western Australia

I was in Perth for holidays last December 2010 until March 2011. Some days tend to be boring. One lazy afternoon, I told my hubby I wanted to go out for a ride. We drove to the surrounding places in our suburb in Perth and we end up in this quiet lake called the Piney Lake.

It’s beautiful. We found a parking area within the lake, we strolled hand in hand listening to the birds chirping, watching the ducks roaming around and some play and float on the water gracefully.

Annie

The Pink Lake, Western Australia

Proud to say that the above header photo was captured by my own camera. I used my simple silver colour Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd. This is an old and much loved digital camera of mine and always been my partner to every places I visit.

My header above is one of the breathtaking spots over the Pink Lake, near Port Gregory, Western Australia. Together with my hubby, this trip is one of my most memorable trip up north of Western Australia. We traveled on early January 2011 by land for up to seven hours one way. That if you travel straight and no stop overs, but we did ‘coz these places are just so irresistible! In total, we were on and off road from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm. Definitely was worth it! We had taken with us an ice bucket good for two and we filled them up with quick snacks, cold beverages, apples and oranges.  I love the scent of oranges while traveling.

I will share with you some great photos which I have taken…

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Annie

Breakfast at McDonalds

I received this email the other day from Mara, my ex Hilton Abu Dhabi colleague. I am sharing it to you because I think it’s an interesting and worth reading story.

This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through until the end.

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called, “Smile”. The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did, I did not move an inch…
An overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible “dirty body” smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was smiling. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance…. He said, “Good day” as he counted the few coins he had been clutching..
The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, “Coffee is all Miss” because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it, the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.
I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Thank you”. I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, “I did not do this for you.. God is here working through me to give you hope”.
I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son…. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, “That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me HOPE.. We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not very religious goers, but we believe in GOD. That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in my project and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, “Can I share this?” I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son, the instructor, and ever soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn: UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and LEARN how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS and NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

There is an Angel sent to watch over all of us. Some wise person wrote, “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”.

To handle yourself, use your head… To handle others, use your heart. God Gives every bird it’s food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

Good day world 🙂

Annie