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Life Lately: The Legazpi Workation

The Legazpi Workation

They said that you can be a digital nomad. That means you could work anywhere. So here’s how my workation in Legazpi went. You gotta love Legazpi City!

The Legazpi Workation

Just before school starts, my mom and I talked about going home and take a break. After I told her about my struggles with anxiety and her recent visit here in Manila, she told me that I needed to be home. I was hesitant at first because I was working from home. Meaning, I really needed strong and stable internet connection to be able to do my work. Second, our connection at home was nothing near to strong and stable. Therefore, it gave me the scare that I might lose my job.

So my supposed flight going home was tentatively plotted last June. But since we took part of Pineapple Lab’s Art Market, I had to push it back. I just flew earlier this July.

On the way home

My mom got me an early flight, its departure was scheduled at 8am. Of course, the usual me would still be asleep but thanks to my numerous alarms, I got to leave early. Luckily, traffic was not that much of a bother so I got earlier than usual at the airport.

Sadly, I didn’t have photos in flight or when I landed because all I could think of was seeing my mom and aunt. Plus the fact that they will be treating me breakfast at Bigg’s!

Being Home

The Legazpi Workation

From where I stood when I got home.

It was such a lovely feeling since I have been living there since I was three. Mayon always greeted me in the morning, before I went to school. When I saw her again from our house, she gave me that rejuvenating feeling that I very much needed after being away for months.

From our house, it would be just a quick walk to see the whole of Mayon. Before, it was as easy as just stepping out. But since there are more houses, they have blocked the view little by little.

Nothing much changed at our home. It was still the same, the cozy home that I grew up in. My nook got modified but most importantly, my piano was still there. Just a back story, whenever I would feel bad about myself or just plain sad, I would play the piano. Reminisce the time that I was still learning and studying, the so-called good old days. Sometimes, I wish I was just a kid.

The Struggle

The Legazpi Workation

My fave: Mango Cheese Bingsu from Kaz Korean Dessert Cafe

So, I have been working as a freelancer and there is one very important element for us. We need a stable and strong internet connection! Without it, we cannot work. We have the benefit of working anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.

Some stay a coworking spaces, cafes, lounges yet sometimes, just work from our homes. Here in the metro, I use a dsl connection from one of the popular and somehow trusted internet providers. They have been servicing me for around two (2) years now and the only issue I faced was the inconvenience when transferring the connection. This happens when I move to a new place of residence. But so far, connection has been good.

Now, why did I have some struggles?

One thing’s for sure, I feared that I might lose some clients because of the situation at home. I told my mom about my situation and she understood it. Made sure that we have internet connection at home. However, just a few hours after using the connection at home, we suddenly got disconnected out of nowhere. Imagine my dismay!

The Legazpi Workation

Coffee Brewing Chart at Kaz Korean Dessert Cafe

The Legazpi Workation

My usual spot at Kaz Korean Dessert Cafe. Oh and there’s Joy, one of my closest friends.

What did I do about this?

The immediate solution was to work in a cafe. This time, it is one of my favorite cafes ever. So, for me to be able to work during my stay there, I always go to Kaz Korean Dessert Cafe to work. Working here, I always have the chance to eat my favorite kind (or flavor) of bingsu and still accomplish some tasks.

So, you wonder why do I keep coming back here? Of course, if I have some reasons why I love this place, I have some reasons too why I dislike working there at times. Take note, I only dislike working there at times.

But of course, let’s not be parasites by just going inside to use the internet without buying anything.If there’s a lot of people in there, the connection may get slow. The mall’s wifi may be used but there’s a limit of an hour per device.

The place is cozy and there are spots with plugs. So your gadgets can be charged when needed.Some people who buy there or go there can make you feel awkward at times. Some stared at me when I put out my laptop to work. What’s wrong with a laptop in a cafe?
Their menu offers a wide variety of food and drinks! From hot beverages to cold beverages and of course, desserts.There are times that it could get really noisy. So always bring your earphones or earpods with you!
Internet is offered for free.
They have games you can choose from. My friends and I went there to eat bingsu and play and just have fun! They have one of the coziest places ever!When playing, people may get noisy because there’s Jenga and the Crocodile game. If you’re trying to work or read a book, I suggest you bring your earpods/earphones and music.

The other struggle was saving money. Particularly, saving money for food!

All of these are based on my observations while I was there.

As an aspiring digital nomad

I guess you really experience some weird feelings while working remotely. Some may look at you as a parasite in a cafe, using the internet for some social loafing. Yet truthfully, social media is part of the work.

Remember that even if the people may ridicule you for bringing your whole work station wherever you may be, you have the option to shut those out and just continue working hard for your dreams and goals! Some may judge us for using a large table but at least, we’re there and we’re also buying and supporting the business of the cafe or place where we’re at.

The Legazpi Workation

With Louise and Ayleen at Kaz Korean Dessert Cafe.

The Legazpi Workation

When the lighting is good at a restaurant, you got to use it!

And of course, this vacation will never be complete without capturing Mayon’s beauty. Here are some photos I took while I was at Ayala Malls Legazpi.

You may click the image to see a better version.

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Just enhanced a little bit through Lightroom.

The Legazpi Workation

Just enhanced a little bit through Lightroom. Should I start selling my presets also?

The Queen’s Birthday

Last year, we celebrated mom’s birthday through a staycation at a hotel in Camarines Sur. This year, we had a luncheon event at our home to celebrate her name day.

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My mom with her friends

Relatives, former colleagues and even my friends went there to celebrate with my mom. It was such a happy and tiring day for all of us! Even if we did not take as many photos as we can, we will always have our memories with us.

I guess, our eyes are still the best cameras in the world.

Lastly, it took me a few weeks before I finished this. I guess creativity block is just out there and it got me. Good thing it’s fading now.

If you’d like to try the place/s I mentioned, see this:

The Legazpi Workation

Kaz Korean Dessert Cafe

The Legazpi Workation

The Office Project Coworking Studio

The Legazpi Workation

Uni Lounge

This is located in Ayala Malls Legazpi. A cafe wherein you can feel comfortable working or studying. You definitely must try Mango Cheese Bingsu!It’s located in Makati, within the Central Business District. A coworking studio that caters mostly to startups, freelancers and virtual assistants. There’s a semi-private spot here in case you many some privacy while you study or work.Uni Lounge is located in EGI Taft Tower. Mostly caters to students, professors and freelancers. My fave about this place is that if you feel tired of sitting down, you could just go up and lounge. Just lie on your back and rejuvenate.

For more information about these places, click on their logos to find out more. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post or ad. The food we ate were all paid by our resources. Photos are mine except for the logos of the places I mentioned; grabbed those from their social accounts. All opinions are mine.

So, how about you? How’s your life going?


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  • Berlin | Momi Berlin
    August 10, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Being home , I believe , is the most reassuring feeling after some battles re stress, work, or even school. I am.staying at my mom’s place and it is where.I temporarily work as well. But I could still feel a little lost and uncomfortable. Sometimes, I escape and mom knowing, I would go to our house which is only a few blocks away. Being home makes me complete despite the house being in.chaos because no one looks after it than my husband who would prefer to work than clean at all.

  • Indrani
    August 10, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Working at a cafe can be interesting provided there aren’t frequent breakdowns. And also if the data and passwords shouldn’t get stolen.
    It can be noisy too as you mentioned. But if the menu is good I will prefer to stick on.

  • Joanna
    August 10, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    You live in such a beautiful place! You are lucky to have grown up with the view of the mountains right from your home. I work remotely a lot and I agree that a good internet connection is essential when I choose a destination. It’s strange that some people looked at you weird when you took your laptop out to work. Here in the UK we actually have work cafes, with comfy chairs, lots of plugs everywhere and delicious treats to buy to snack on. The bingsu looks so delicious!

  • Irma
    August 10, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Going back home after some time really brings a lot of childhood memories back. I remember when I first came back home from my studies, everything was almost the same, but it felt somewhat distant to me. As if the adult me was looking at the things through the eyes of the young me. But seeing your hood, your parents and family always cheers you up! Working in a cafe is a great option, I am glad you managed to solve your issues very fast, because being at home is like being connected to a charger. You just gain your lost energy.

    P.S. I know how you feel like about the piano thing. I play violin in my elementary and secondary school, and whenever I was sad, I used to play it more and more.

  • Milton Coyne
    August 10, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    I actually prefer working at home because I feel more comfortable and I can wear anything and I will not have that feeling of being intimated when people are looking and staring at me haha but if the place is something I can really focus and if I can set the mood right, then I wouldn’t mind being there every day. Sometimes, it feels great to be working on a new environment din hehe
    I know you have mentioned me before that you are from Albay but wow I didn’t know that you are this near to Mount Mayon.. what a scenic view you got here!

  • Teresa
    August 10, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    You are blessed to have that view of Mayon growing up! I have yet to see it with my own eyes. I plan to bring my kids there in the future for one of our field trips.

  • Orana
    August 11, 2017 at 2:11 AM

    OH I love being a Digital Nomad but I feel you on the poor internet situations that we have to face sometimes. I hope you enjoyed your time at home with your family.

  • theresa
    August 11, 2017 at 5:32 AM

    What’s cool about going back home is that you have your mom to rely on. I just miss that feeling since I am already married and I stay in my hubby’s place. It’s quite a dismay though that while you are working, there’s the sudden internet disconnection. I hate when that happens. Good thing you are covered with cafes eveywhere. But surely there is that cafe close to your heart.

  • Swayam Tiwari
    August 11, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Kristine Redillas, you can ignore all those who ogle at you while you are at work. I know you have been working really hard to maintain this Facebook thread. I am a bit surprised though when you said that the internet connection is weak at your home. Don’t you have a wi-fi at your place? I thought the Philippines is one of the few countries where internet connection is really very strong!

    • Maria
      August 11, 2017 at 7:06 PM

      Swayam, Philippines is one of the countries who have the slowest internet connection in the whole world.

  • Johna
    August 11, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    I always try to find the best coffee shop with the fastest internet. Ive made a list! Hehe. I think thats one of the hardest things about being a blogger and a digital nomad.

  • Claire Santiago
    August 12, 2017 at 1:22 AM

    This reminded me of my college days in Manila when i have to take few days of break from school. I always make the most of the very short vacation in our small barrio, spending most of my time telling my adventures in the big metro to my late Inay. I am glad that Mayon is at its peaceful state again. It’s beauty is really astounding. You are so lucky that one of the most beautiful attractions in the country is just some walks away from your home.

  • Amila Wickramarachchi
    August 13, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Being home is always a great way to overcome stress or anxiety.I am sure you had great time at home with mom and family.Glad that such cafes are there which is comfortable to work.I also try to work while I am in Sri Lanka for holidays.But,sometimes it is not easy with poor internet connection and frequent power failures… 🙂

  • Nilyn
    August 24, 2017 at 3:07 AM

    Ah! There’s no place like home! I was able to visit home in 2015 and I really loved it, I was so happy to take my son there. We’re going back there in December and I am excited for that. Your home looks really nice with that view of the Mayon, I’ve never been to Bicol. I do hope I can visit there soon. I’d love to see the Mayon and take photos with it in the background. lol.

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