When 2018 came in, I knew for sure that with all the deadlines to be chased, it will definitely be months of restlessness. Ironic as it seemed, we came to that last few months in which one mistake can disregard all the efforts I made in the last 4 years.
As much I know in myself that I will graduate on time (based on my academic performance) it still stressed me out how in a snap of a finger any unfavorable circumstance can determine my future. Those what-ifs I rewind in my head usually kept me up at night, and I was very vocal about it with my family. That’s why they really made efforts to lessen those stress in any way that they can. Like my mom will send me extra allowance, my Ate Marjoe will order me Pizza/buy me makeups, my Ate Judah will ask me to go out with her to watch movies/eat somewhere, my Kuya Harris would offer a ride, and for my Kuya Harold… this is what he did.
Last March 30, 2018, he rented a condo unit for 2 days and 2 nights in Aqua Private Residences, which is located in Mandaluyong. It is a new multi-towered real estate property, in fact, some part of it is still under construction. It is located near the Tivoli Gardens and it’s just across Rockwell center, separated by Pasig river.
Although he rented the place for 2 days, I only went there on the 2nd day because I still have a work. So on the 2nd day, together with Kuya Harris’ family we went there at around 7AM. Our room was a studio unit at the 41st floor, and it was so funny because I am not used to living in a small house because my family is big, we’re 8 in the family ++ my Kuya Howard’s yaya so it was really hard to move around a studio type unit. Every time a person has to walk from one place to another, they can’t walk at the same time or else they’ll bump into each other, or to something else.
When we arrived and settled our things, we had breakfast, and then we quickly changed to our swimwear and went to the pool because my nephews are too excited for it. #TitaDuties
This is the pool, it’s small and there is also a guard who regulates the 2:1 ratio (2 guests per room) which is a total killjoy because we’re too many. But since I am with the kids, it became 6:1 ratio for us. *powwwwwwer*
The water was so cold, it was really freezing cold, I had to soak my whole self hoping to feel less cold. But it was an open area, and we were in the 50th floor, so the wind was mixing with the cold water, my jaws were really shaking.
Beside the pool, there is a spiral stairway which will lead you to the balcony.
In the balcony, you will see the great Makati and Mandaluyong skyline, which really made me feel excited because I love progressive city views. There are also foldable beach chairs, where you can relax and feel the cold wind blowing.
Of course, before getting into the pool and getting completely soaked, I had to roam around first and take good pictures. duuuh
After swimming, we went back to our room at around 11:30 AM because it’s getting hot and we’re also about to eat our lunch– Sinigang na Bangus! One more thing, the condo unit didn’t have a lot of plates, and kitchen utensils, so we had to eat batch per batch, and it really developed teamwork and camaraderie among us. HAHAHA
After we had lunch, I took a long steamy bath, slept all afternoon, ate pizza, had Adobong Manok for dinner, and bonded with my nephews and my niece, until they went home at night. It was a complete day off because I didn’t meet my laptop for the whole day, and as much as I know that my thesis was still flawed, I just let it all go and didn’t think of it that day.
And I think that’s how you should spend your life every once in a while.
Life can already be too stressful, and as much as you think that you don’t deserve rewarding yourself because of how you view your progress in school or work– don’t be too hard on yourself, you still have to reward yourself and take a break. Being burnt out will just lead you to spend all day looking at your tasks, but not really doing it at all– and I think wasting time is the worst.
When night came in, they all left and it was just me and my Kuya Harold there. And to completely spend the whole day off, I asked my best friend, Pammy, to go out with me and go to Powerplant Mall.
I went home at around 11:30 PM and then I had my skincare routine. The internet signal wasn’t that good in our room, so when I found the right spot I ended up sleeping at around 1 AM.
The following day, I woke up at around 10 AM and then I went to the gym.
The gym is not that big, it was clean, and it was obvious that the equipment is new and of high quality. Plus the glass window served a fantastic view of the Makati and Mandaluyong skyline. I almost felt like I am in Singapore because of the numerous tall buildings everywhere. But I think I was too preoccupied with the view, I was not able to run well and I was running sloppier.
But I think it will be a different case once I live there (Oh how I wish).
If I will go to the gym every day I will become a better runner and I’d have that beach body every day. So let me live there and I will become a better person. *Brb, debates with my mom, jk*
However, I think it could’ve been better if they will open the gym 24 hours because I think the 6AM to 10PM open hours are too limited. Plus, the airconditioning unit was on and at a low temperature so it was really hard to perspire.
Outside the gym, there is also this “library” which has a very good interior color scheme and patterns, I was totally in love with it. I am really obsessed with study places, study hubs, and study halls, and I think it makes me live in peace and I can do a lot of productive things. So this library was really the ultimate factor that helped me fall in love with the place.
As you can see in the picture there is a table in the side with lots of chairs, and under that, there are a lot of sockets, and there is also a big window which totally receives too much light from the outside. I also like the different orientation of the bookshelves, but I hope that eventually, they will put a lot of books there so that it will look more of a library. The couches were also so comfortable, I almost imagined myself being there every day.
Outside the library, there are also other amenities like a conference area and a study hall. But they were locked so I wasn’t able to take a picture of it.
At around 2 PM we already checked out, went home, and I was back to reality. As much I know that I am back to the strenuous writing of my thesis, I was doing my thesis happier because I knew I was able to rest and even though it’s just a day it’s enough to not feel like I am slacking on my thesis writing. I am really happy that I spent good memories in Aqua Private Residences, can’t wait to go back.
Acqua Private Residences
1550 Coronado, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila