Hi, guys! How is everyone? I know October and September were slow months for the blog, because I couldn’t update it as often as I wanted to (yet again). Between work, out-of-town trips, and wedding planning, it’s just been so hard to sit down, edit photos and videos, and write well-thought-out articles. And like I mentioned in one very long Instagram post (which you’ll find below), I wanted to dedicate the remaining down times I had to rest and to re-energize myself.
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#Throwback to last September 29 during #GretasJunkyardTurns5. 💜 Real talk—I have a lot of pending stories and videos that I want to write and edit for #GretasJunkyard like my Eurotrip with the Fraggies, my Go-To Makeup Looks, my Updated Evening Skincare Routine for Oily Skin, and most importantly, the recent #GretasJunkyardAnniversary (which includes a huge #GretasJunkyardGiveaway 😍). But between work, wedding planning, and other priorities, I haven’t found the time to really sit down and write for the blog just yet. And I feel so bad. But at the same time, what I never want to happen is for the blog to feel like it’s work. I refuse to ever say to myself, “Ugh, I have so many blog backlogs that I need to do but I don’t want to,” and then half-ass my way into writing them just so I could finish it. No. The whole point of starting Greta’s Junkyard five years ago was because I wanted a fun and creative outlet where I could simply write about anything and everything I wanted, at the same time churn out raw and real content. I guess it’s one way I take care of myself mentally and emotionally, to keep the broody, control freak writer in me sane. And having an additional platform like @calyxtabeauty, not to mention a resurrected fanfiction account (it always feels so good to be anonymously writing stories of your OTP), have both been fueling my passion yet taking up so much of my energy—that when I do get home after a long day, and I have to choose between sleeping earlier or writing a paragraph or two for the blog, I’d go for the former simply because I’ve reached a point in my life where I need to prioritize my overall health and wellness, to be able to face the next day. Does that make sense? So if you visit gretasjunkyard.com right now and find that I haven’t updated as much these last two months, know that it’s not because I’m on hiatus or have run out of ideas to write. It’s really just me knowing when to say no even to myself, for the sake of my own well-being. ✨
Hopefully this November will be different, now that my schedule has somewhat normalized. I’ll do my best to update the blog with articles I’ve been meaning to put together—starting with my first post for the month!
If you caught me on Instagram last weekend, you’ll know that I was in Mindoro enjoying the peace and quiet of Fridays Puerto Galera, the first 5-star resort in the area located inside the lagoons of UNESCO-protected Muelle Bay.
The iconic Fridays sign (I had a picture with the one in Boracay when I was still a kid!)
The first and last time I was in Puerto Galera was back in May 2015, when my former colleagues and I had our team building. However, I only got to visit White Beach—which I found quite commercialized, and which reminded me a bit of the party scene in Boracay (before Boracay was cleaned up).
And of course, introverts like me prefer a more serene setting, which is why I found Fridays in Boquete Island to be the perfect getaway.
Fridays Puerto Galera is partners with AirTravPH, a local company that operates air charter services in the country, and offers regular flights via seaplane to Clark, Coron, and Puerto Galera for as low as Php 4,500.
Everybody gets his or her own comfy, leather seat, window, and leg space with AirTravPH!
Our 8am flight from Realship Yachts in Manila Bay to Fridays Puerto Galera took about 45 minutes, and we were a total of 8 passengers (the maximum number that the seaplane could accommodate). Flying via seaplane is so much different compared to a regular plane. For one, since we were only 8 passengers, it felt a lot more private. It was also cool how I could easily see the cockpit, and that we could interact with our two pilots! We flew at an altitude of about 3,500 feet so unlike bigger planes, you can feel the turbulence more frequently (especially when we were near the mountains). But because we weren’t as high up, I could literally see the breathtaking view of seas and greenery. At times, I could even tell what area we were in, because some sights looked familiar (like SM Mall of Asia and Tagaytay Highlands).
View from my seat and shot with just an iPhone 8 Plus!
The captain let me take a photo in his seat after we landed. Yay!
The Cupcake and I with Captain Josh Mast
Upon landing in Fridays Puerto Galera (the landing felt a lot smoother compared to land, too!), the rest of the passengers booked a boat that could take them to their respective resorts, but not before having breakfast at the luxe resort’s restaurant (which also has an outdoor bar and grill big enough to seat up to 120 pax). Since the Cupcake and I were staying in Fridays, our main pilot, Captain Josh, was even the one who carried my bag and directed us to the reception, who already had welcome drinks waiting for us. Check-in was a breeze, because our Premier Sea View Room had been prepped earlier on.
After settling in our very spacious and sophisticated-looking room (complete with a king-sized bed and a marble tub!), we had breakfast and enjoyed the view of the isolated island we were on. There were hardly any guests, which made us feel like we had the whole resort to ourselves. Upon asking the very friendly waiters what type of travellers usually checked in, they told us that it was often couples or individuals looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay in.
Since we still had an entire day to enjoy, we swam in the pool, waded our feet in the beach, indulged in juicy steak for lunch, walked around to explore a bit, and took a nice nap. Right before dinner, we booked a Swedish massage for two, which we got to enjoy in the comforts of our room.
Steak for lunch
A personalized welcome letter from Fridays
Of course, this was my ideal way to spend a night away from the city and just being surrounded by nature. But if you’re looking for more activities, there are tons to do as well. You can book tours and water activities, rent boats to visit other areas in Puerto Galera, or even learn how to dive (Fridays Puerto Galera has two kinds of pools that they use for dive courses). There are a lot of fun things you can do, whether you’re a couple, a family, or even a group of friends.
How the resort looks like at night
The next time you’re looking for a quick escape from Metro Manila, I highly suggest just taking a 45-minute flight to Puerto Galera through AirTravPH, and booking a room at Fridays Puerto Galera, the only luxury resort in the area. You save so many hours compared to riding a boat, plus you won’t feel exhausted coming from the long ride. And the best part—you get to maximize the whole weekend before coming back to work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, which was exactly what happened to me!
On our flight back to Manila, we were just five passengers!
View of Manila coming from Puerto Galera
That’s it for me today, but if you have any questions, just send them in the comment section and I’ll answer them right away! Do follow me on Instagram for daily updates, and hope you all enjoy the long weekend!
Overnight in Puerto Galera with AirTravPH and Fridays