Hallooo! I am excited for this post, because this would rekindle the memories I have in this fun outing with people dear to me. This is also some sort of a review of Club Punta Fuego.
Recently, our post-summer outing pushed through. It was a very special outing, because we all thought it was never gonna happen, what with our internal problems. But as I said on a previous post, thank God things were resolved.
At first, we were targeting Amansinaya Mountain Resort. But because of the negative reviews on Trip Advisor, we hurriedly looked for a new destination a few days before the outing.
And wouldn’t you know it, Punta Fuego was available! The entrance fee (inclusive of welcome drinks, lunch, and use of swimming pools) to this exclusive resort was also affordable.
Before heading to Punta Fuego, we first had our annual/traditional photo ops in front of the latest Brain Train UPCAT Passers tarp:
Travel to Punta Fuego from Los Banos took more then two hours. But we almost did not notice the time because with us in the van were the Clingy Friends: Pau, Patty, Sargei, Mark, Abe and their “amuyong”, Jhabs. On the road we played Taboo (you can download an app on Android! Ang fun!) and other mind games.
And finally after two hours, we have arrived!
Of course, the first activity was…picture-taking!
After registering, we got a cabana and each clique did their thing muna.
For Randy and me, that meant family time…
Raviv was soooo excited about playing by the shorelines of Punta Fuego! Of course, Randy was ever so supportive.
After some time, we congregated by the shoreline and had more photo ops. First, we had a group jumpshot:
Then, we had picture-taking by “department”.
Here’s the Science Department:
Now here’s the Math Department:
Aaaaaaaaaanddd!!! Of course, here’s the English Department. Take a look at how bongga our department photos are:
And oh, may pahabol pang “department”…here’s the “Baby Department”:
The girls (and Pau) also just had to have a photo with Marco(’s abs):
That’s the Marco Effect. A student once told me that he’s willing to double his review fee, maging teacher niya lang daw si Engr. Marco Lao (you know who you are! ) Actually I realized that Marco’s appeal is similar to Atom Araullo’s. Pareho rin silang matalino.
Anyhoo, the other guys were jealous—Bakit kay Marco lang?!?
So, nagpakita rin sila ng…
Hahaha! In fairness, Randy’s stomach is almost flat. Konting effort lang Babe, magkaka-six pack ka rin! Though I know it isn’t really your goal.
Not long after, we had our games. It was the “Battle of the Ages”—literally! The contest was between the young and the young-at-hearts. The games were were tiring yet was so much fun! The friendly staff of Punta Fuego readied a volleyball court and obstacle race.
After the games, we had lunch at the restaurant of Punta Fuego.
Our lunch at Punta Fuego (inclusive of our entrance) includeddecent crispy pata, bulalo, lumpiang shanghai, pancit canton, ensaladang mangga, liempo, kaldereta, and pakbet. Rice and iced tea were also served. Even though we were tired, the food was not bitin. That says a lot, especially because almost all of us were certified matakaw.
After lunch, we hit the nearby infinity pool of Club Punta Fuego.
My family at Punta Fuego
Then some of us slept at the cabana, played table tennis and basketball, returned to the beach, etc.
While at Punta Fuego, we could not help but compare it to Anvaya Cove, another members-only resort where Team Brain Train had its post-summer outing in 2011. When I asked the teachers which resort they preferred (Anvaya Cove vs. Punta Fuego), I got ambivalent answers. But the general consensus was that when it comes to the beach and natural landscape, Punta Fuego wins. But when it comes to facilities, Anvaya Cove takes the cake (the shower rooms of Punta Fuego leave much to be desired—I saw mildews and cobwebs and what-nots. It also smelled..musty. Anvaya’s, on the other hand, were immaculate!) But overall, my review of Punta Fuego is that it’s great and it’s really value for money.
We left Punta Fuego past 6 p.m. We were all tired, so tulog lahat sa vehicles. When we returned to eLBi, we were joined by the other teachers who were not able to join us at Punta Fuego. We had a late dinner and then played Taboo once again. It was even more fun! It was the perfect way to end a physically exhausting day.
Though this outing was magastos din, the camaraderie, the chikahan, the laughter and the love that we shared that day were definitely priceless. Thinking about it really refreshes my spirit.
Tell me what you think!
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