Rag Doll Countess’ 4th Anniversary

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I am super happy and proud to announce that today, my ever-sweet blog ‘Rag Doll Countess’ celebrates its fourth anniversary.

In this open letter, I wish to deliver some of my thoughts and goals for this blog. I also prepared a message to the readers and friends who are supportive in keeping this blog active.

2014 for RDC

This year has been a memorable one for my blog — Better posts, new projects, fresh design and so many other things to be thankful for.

I didn’t expect I’d get this far. I started this blog because I only wanted to make an online scrapbook of my experiences. Eventually, my subconscious mind wanted to make it a long term commitment to my personal creativeness. And here I am, still thriving to have something to share no matter how self-centered it may seem. lol.

I’d have to tell you that I admire other bloggers because of how they get to squeeze in everything. As normal people, bloggers do not sit around all day and write about stuff. They also have other things to allot their time to such as family, chores, friends and sleep. (Yes, lots of sleep). My busy life & career do not permit me to have all the blogging time in the world. But I always try to put something in here no matter how little because this blogging is something that I don’t want to let go anytime soon.

Good people brought me here

This blog would never have attained its achievements if it weren’t for the people who always supported my blogging efforts. This includes my family, friends, advisers and readers.

I am also thankful for the inspirational people I personally admire. Their creativeness has greatly influenced me to pursue this passion.


Four years of blogging, what’s next for RDC?

My goals are simple, I want to see places and I want to try many things. I want these memorable life pieces to be documented in this online space and have it all in here even after 30.

I can say that RDC is still growing and I’m still learning. I plan to develop many things and be a good inspiration to readers.

I don’t aim for it to be one of the best blogs out there because that would be too amazing and would also cause me a lot of pressure and sleepless nights. lol.

I just want to continue what I’m doing at the moment and hopefully, in the future, I would get to cover more experiences and great memories.

A Weekend in Mt.Natib, Orani, Bataan

I understand how unusual it is for four busy friends to go on a weekend mountain adventure especially on a rainy season. But we are just awesome like that.

BORACAY? BALER? BATAAN? Those were the prospects during the planning of this weekend getaway.

The decision finally settled with Orani, Bataan. The idea came from a very good couple I know (ehem) who made this wonderful expedition possible.

After quite the long wait, the Bataan weekend came. This is a photo of where we went.

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4 reasons why choose this place:

  • It’s near in Pampanga
  • The infinity pool and mountain view is heavenly
  • Not everyone has discovered the place yet
  • We haven’t seen it yet

You’re probably excited to know where in Bataan we headed. Okay, here it is.

This is a semi-private resort nestled on the slopes of Mt. Natib in Brgy. TalaOrani, Bataan. The little paradise is called ‘Sinagtala Farm and Resort’.

 I don’t know much of the place but according to sources it is best if you came with reservations as they are limiting the number of guest bookings. Maybe it’s their way of maintaining the serenity and secludedness of the place.

So how long does it take to get there? Orani, Bataan is just a few hours drive from Pampanga. We left at 9 and arrived around 10:30am. Thanks to Eljay’s reliable Eon buddy and talking Drive machine (hi bap. lol), the joy ride went smooth and fun.

Infinity pool

The infinity pool is the most significant part of the resort. It’s as good as how it looks on photos. Seeing it would tempt you to dip in and enjoy the overlooking mountain view.

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At night, the city view appears like glittering stars in your eyes.

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(Night photo credit: Eljay Santiago)

How was the stay?

The people are very accommodating. You will be greeted with “Good morning” and “Good evening” by everyone you pass by. The rooms are clean and spacious and their rates are very affordable.

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Atmosphere

Sinagtala is not a retreat park for nothing.The place is calm, quiet and light. It’s a perfect place for those who are seeking for tranquility and relaxation.

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The place is surrounded with healthy trees, plants, vegetables and ornamentals. Everywhere you look is a picturesque lush greens. It’s nice to be in a place where everything is just natural and breathtaking.

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The whole place delivers a native ambiance by including bamboo and wood in their structures and embellishments.

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I’m fascinated even by the simplest details, probably because I’m  a traditional style lover myself. 

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Of course, a fun trip wouldn’t be exciting without the awesome companions. I just love this photo of them… lol

(Below photo credit: Ivan Siabungco)

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If I am going to rate the overall experience, I am giving it a 9 out of 10. I’m not sure when my next visit will be but I would love to go back someday.