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Because sometimes, I feel that I need to uproot myself from city life (the crazy traffic, household dilemmas, deadlines, and meetings) and the humdrum of my busy schedule… My family and I went to Healing Present Wellness Farm in Balamban for four days.  There, I learned to commune with nature and be grateful for the moment.  It felt surreal being there!  It was so quiet, it was deafening in a good way.  It was just myself, the place and a higher being.  I couldn’t describe the peacefulness and the happiness.  It was like magic dust were sprinkled everywhere.  And when I see the trees dance with the wind and look at the sky like I could just hold their fluffiness.  Everything I experienced there was new to my senses.

I brought my camera but I intentionally didn’t touch it because I didn’t want to zone my mind that I was there for work.  The photos you see here are all iPhone photos.  Better than nothing, eh???

I turned Vegan a few weeks ago. I am past my 21 days.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.  So here I am! I’m still at it. I spend nights watching you tube videos about how to cook vegan dishes.  I researched vegan recipes and experimented some dishes. So far so good!  I am loving how it makes me feel — light as the air!  I don’t feel bloated and angsty.  I don’t feel hungry all the time.  My skin feels and looks different.  My hair shinier.  My weight dropped a little (but that should be healthy, too).  My energy level is up!  My sleep deeper and my mind clearer.  I could go on and on and on!

Nobody forced me to do this.  It is but a choice I made for the love of health. I want to live long enough to chase after my grand children!  I don’t want to burden my boys with me getting sick in the future.  I want to be there  when they marry and celebrate important milestones in their lives.  I don’t want to use a cane or be in a wheelchair.  I’m a nurse and I don’t want to be the patient!! So, the choice was made! I am all for wellness.  I hope to encourage others, too!

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While at the farm, we cycled all the way to Asturias.  It was our couple time.

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The farm’s pool is a few meters walk.  Imagine cold, natural water!  Fin enjoyed the swim, but we had a hard time trekking back to the main cottage.  He was so heavy, we took turns carrying him.

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The four day program include organic meals, juices, and different therapies.  I’ve never felt so pampered in my whole life.  It felt like I lived in a spa — massage here, massage there, body wrap here, herbal bath there, mud pack in this place and then in another place.  I giggled every time there was something new to try.  I love the therapies. They made us feel so at home, I felt a bit sad leaving the place.  It was like we formed an invisible bond!

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My Fin loves plants.  He loves nature – the sea, dogs, plants. He coos every time he holds plants. He talks to them like they are babies.  His mornings were spent walking around the farm.

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To know more about the 4 day wellness retreat, head over to their website:  Healing Present Nature and Wellness Farm