Subic Escapade: When Work Meets Play

After our Bohol getaway we had another escapade – in Subic! No this wasn’t really planned (I mean the kuripot side of me is dying inside – kidding). But it was a fun trip anyway. See, I had to attend the Ad Summit @ Subic and because it spanned for 4 days and 3 nights I really can’t leave Bunny that long. The longest we have been apart is overnight due to our office planning session and it was hard on me and her – I was looking at her photos just to fall asleep and she had to comfort suck her dada’s nips just to fall asleep! So imagining 4 days without her was just hard, so I booked a hotel stay for Bunny, her dada and I.

The Plan

It was simple, I will be away from 10 AM until 4 PM everyday and out as well by 7 PM for dinner. She and her dad will stay at the hotel and order food while I am away. To make sure she has enough milk I will be pumping in between talks and when I get back to the hotel. Sounds easy, but really it was hard at times – especially when I lost my breastfeeding bag (thank God the guard found it)! So for 3 days that was our routine, and it worked! The nice thing was that she and her dad bonded even more that at times I got jealous because she was super sweet to her dad and sometimes ignored me.

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The Hotel

Hotels are pricier when it is within the SBMA so we opted to stay at a hotel within Olongapo but walking distance to SM and the buses going to the Summit. For 4 days and 3 nights we stayed at Subic Residencias and it was less pricey but very much worth it. Bunny even had fun playing with the phone – peg nya ata to call for room service always!

 

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Very apt for the theme of the year is our final day in Subic! The talks during the summit for me really centered on not limiting yourself to possible executions that you can do for your brand which sometimes entailed playing. To be honest, working in an agency is fun but it sometimes can be too much especially if you get drowned with JOs, briefs, and to-dos. This meant of course time to let go and let loose – maybe through drinking for some but can also be achieved by playing. Playing with apps or playing outside.

This then inspired me to tell E to ask his cousin he lives nearby to visit us while we were there and to take Bunny and her dad out to visit Zoobic Safari on our last day in Subic. It was her Tito’s first time to meet Bunny and although she didn’t really play that much with her tito they had their moments.

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As for our Zoobic Safari escapade will post a more detailed entry about this soon but it was really fun to see both of them with eyes wide open, seeing new things and interacting with the animals. Definitely the highlight of our trip in Subic.

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Budget

Since this wasn’t really a travel-travel we only spent on our hotel accommodation, food (mostly for Bunny and E), and transpo. We only spent around Php 10,000 but 50% is for the 4D/3N at Subic Residencias.

14 comments

  1. Berlin says:

    I just find this very inspiring as 1) E is very supportive of your career- pumayag sya to join you but will stay inside the room with Bunny, 2) you really find ways to be with your family especially with your Bunny, and 3) you are dedicated to give milk even when it takes you to pump or breastfeed in between talks. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • denice.diaz says:

      You’re welcome! I think that I am very lucky to have E and Bunny. 🙂 E is just super supportive and really a good daddy to Bunny.

    • denice.diaz says:

      Thanks! I think it is because we mostly paid for the hotel and the food really isn’t that expensive sa Subic. 🙂

    • denice.diaz says:

      Thanks, Melgie! We are also looking forward to more travels, even if it is just a staycation for our mini fam bam 🙂

  2. Kim Reyes says:

    My husband gets to go around the country because of his work too so I can totally relate to this. My kids have grown up moving around a lot! And Subic, we lived there for two weeks before when we went with my husband to a seminar. Love that place!

    • denice.diaz says:

      I highly recommend Subic for families. Zoobic Safari really is great for kids especially the petting zoo. 🙂

  3. Mhaan A says:

    I will do the same if that happens to me. I admire your dedication in breastfeeding your little one and I know nakakapraning mawalan ng bf paraphernalia. Mabuti naman nahanap. Thanks for sharing your Subic experience.

    • denice.diaz says:

      Thank you! I was super worried when I lost it! For starters I panicked kasi if I lost it how will I pump and store, and second masakit kapag di nakakapag pump! 🙂

  4. denice.diaz says:

    I highly recommend Zoobic Safari! Love love love the petting zoo because of the funny camels and the deer too! I think kids will enjoy this place. 🙂

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