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Holy Week Staycation in Tagaytay

March 27, 2016

Well-rested. Calm. Peaceful. Happy. Inspired. Reenergized.

That’s how I feel now after spending a week’s worth of vacation. I was on leave from work starting last Monday to have my wisdom teeth extracted by GAOC. A chore that has been on my calendar for quite a long time. It was the perfect excuse to sit back, relax and enjoy, enough to appease my conscience in spite of the inactivity. Oops. Inactivity is probably not the right word as I still chose to be “productive” with my time. At the start of my break, I wrote down a list of things I wanted to do and accomplish, things I never seem to have enough time for.

For one, I started downloading all the Walking Dead Season 4 episodes and was able to finish watching 8 out of 14. I also finished a whole season of House of Cards, a political drama series that has most of my co-anchors hooked. Did you know that the American political scene is very similar to how it is here in the Philippines? You’d expect the Americans to be more progressive but it seems that politics is politics anywhere. Well, it was quite educating watching backdoor politics. To add fuel to my fascination, I even finished watching the 5-hour video of the second #PilipinasDebates2016! Check. Check. Check.

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I was really just planning to stay at home for the first three days after my surgery, but since my gums didn’t swell up and hurt at all, I was still able to do some shopping for clothes and stuff that I needed for work. Luckily enough, I was also invited to watch the first ever premiere of Batman v Superman in the world, as Warner Bros. decided to hold the special event here in the Philippines. To be honest, I came out of the theater really satisfied with the movie, even though critics now are saying it was a huge disappointment. I guess I was totally enamored with the idea of Batman and Superman being in one movie together, and Wonderwoman was just oozing with charm. I love movies with empowered female characters. Check. Check.

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To top it all off, I got to spend a weekend with family and family friends in a place that was both familiar and unfamiliar. We stayed at Woodsborough Village in Tagaytay for 3 days and 2 nights. Never heard of the village before but it was alluring with all the log houses and trees around. It was literally a staycation in Tagaytay as we spent the whole time watching DVDs and TV series, playing cards, coloring adult books, catching up with each other, eating, eating and eating. I bought a book to read over the weekend and I was able to finish it! Is it funny how my short attention span feels so accomplished? Lol. Check. Check.

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The best thing about the staycation in Tagaytay for me was that it was able to give me the breathing space and quiet I needed to recollect and pray. The thing that helps me pray the most is being in the midst of nature. I’m so happy I got to jog a little and pray while walking around the village. There were things I needed to discern about and I needed to come back home with a firm decision and more than anything, a steady, solid heart. Check.

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I ended the holy week break in the best way possible, a thanksgiving Easter Mass. After a week of doing everything and nothing at the same time, I feel like I’ve done so much for my soul. There was much to be thankful for. I got the respite that I needed, a break from all the noise, pressure, chatter and stress of everyday. I got to do the things that I’ve been wanting to do for so long. I’m also proud of myself for having stayed off social media for almost a week. I realized that much of the information overload I have in my head is because of all these apps that are just consistently open on my phone. I know it’s part of my job to “stay connected”, but I’m also convinced that a social media break from time to time is good cleansing for the spirit. Check.

I’m a proud workaholic but I’ve always felt it imperative to take care of my soul as much as I take care of my job. After all, you can’t do great work if your heart isn’t in the right place. Thank you Lord for giving me this week to reconnect with myself, my family, my friends and You. Big fat check!

Happy Easter, everyone! :)

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4 thoughts on Holy Week Staycation in Tagaytay

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your an inspiration. Super idol talaga kita.

  2. Gene says:

    You damn look so pretty in that white dress!

  3. Shine says:

    Ganda mo po ate gretch ??

  4. Teri says:

    You’re really an idol Gretchen, a real woman of substance. Hooray to have a fine young lady in the media to show young teens a real example of being a decent lady.

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