You know what makes for an amazing weekend? Getting some R&R at a fab resort and reading a fantastic book. Last weekend was one of the best ones I’ve had in a really long time and I’m going to share all about it with you, guys!

reading and relaxation r&r

R&R DAY ONE (08/24/14)

Since we had a long weekend due to a national holiday, my mom, my sister and I, decided to have a lovely getaway at Club Balai Isabel, Batangas. Good thing too because it rained in the city while we were able to soak in the bright sun at Club Balai! After a short road trip, we got to the resort, looked around and then settled in our rooms.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

On the way to Batangas // Room 203

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset readreadread

Ignore my face.

And then we explored the whole place and took a whole lot of pictures. Club Balai had a great view of the Taal lake. The girl always behind the camera, I mostly took photos of the view as well as portraits my sister and mom (but mostly my sister who loves having photos taken of herself).

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Meet my sister.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Meet my mom.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Yours truly.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Uhm, yes. We love florals.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

By the lake.

But of course I had to force my sister to take a photo of me too. With my gorgeous read for the weekend, Siege and Storm, and the sea (or the lake, really) which reminded me of Alina, Mal, Sturmhond and the gang, crossing the True Sea, aboard the Volkvolny.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I was pretty much in love with Sturmhond at this point.

As the sun slowly set down, I did some reading by the pool. I love this particular photo of the gorgeous pink sky:

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We had an early dinner and my sister did some night swimming while I decided to settle in at our room because Siege and Storm was pretty much calling to me. I finished it that night and it pretty much made my weekend, really- aside from the peace and relaxation that our getaway offered.

R&R DAY TWO (08/25/14)

The next morning, we had breakfast and went for a swim. Club Balai had so many awesome pools and you just kinda want to jump in the blue sparkly water. The ambience was perfect to unwind and just float around the pool too. After that, we had lunch then took more pictures and eventually had to prepare to go back home. But we had to take more pictures before we left because that’s what we do and ended up going home late in the afternoon.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

The lovely view at breakfast.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

It feels like summer.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I could’ve stayed here forever.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Let’s hope you aren’t sick of my face yet.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Hello to my sister’s back.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Feet in the water.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset


Yup, I had a wonderful weekend then. I went home completely rejuvenated and feeling quite marvelous until I realized I had school the next day. Oh well. Here’s to hoping for another reading and relaxation weekend.

When was the last time you had an R&R weekend, book nerds?

signature new

Did you enjoy reading this post?

Subscribe now to receive fabulous freebies and get the latest bookish reviews and features straight into your inbox.

Leave a Reply

14 thoughts on “R&R Really Means Reading And Relaxation

  1. I love the photos! Looks like a perfect getaway! :D

    Ashley recently posted: Books and Shopping (for nerds)
    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    1. Thanks, Ashley! So glad to hear you liked the photos! It was quite awesome! :D

      Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm
  2. Well, that is an amazing weekend! I love all the photos, they’re all lovely, and that place seems marvelous! I like the sunset photo but my favorite is the reflect one, I love the light in the glasses…

    Have a nice weekend!

    Giovana @ Corazones Literarios recently posted: Premio del Blog
    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    1. It really was pretty amazing! So lovely to be surrounded by beauty and just be able to read and relax, you know? Thank you! Hope you have a great weekend too! :)

      Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:08 pm
  3. To be honest I had to stop and remember that R&R really means rest and relaxation. Reading and Relaxation is so much better!

    Oh my god I really need to visit you. Those pictures are stunning! We don’t have anything that pretty where I live :P And I could never get tired of your face!

    OMG Siege and Storm. Sturmhond is my husband <3

    Kayla @ The Thousand Lives recently posted: ARC Review: The Winter People by Rebekah Purdy
    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    1. Agreed! And yes, you do! You know I’d totally love to meet you and show you around. :) I loved Siege and Storm so much! I would gladly join Sturmhond’s harem HAHAHAHA

      Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:06 pm
  4. That is so much fun! I love your photos! I hope I get to have some R&R time as well. It is needed after all the stress from schoolwork

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:35 am
  5. Aww, I love Batangas and it really looks like you had a great R&R there. I wish I could have a getaway as well so I can read all the books. You took some fab photos, Hazel. :)

    Sarah @ Smitten over Books recently posted: 2014 Favorite Reads so far + Emoticons
    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 1:05 am
  6. You are the queen of photography! Cool shots and editing! I love Club Balai! That place is just pure magic. Very relaxing and calming. I didn’t want to leave either! Hehehe… I’m really glad you and you family had a great vacation! :D

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 2:39 am
  7. This looks so amazing! My college just hung up a row of hammocks, so I think I better lay there to read and relax before the weather gets too cold! Oh gosh, I really need a week of reading and relaxation :P I didn’t think that starting my freshman year of college could be so hectic, but it is! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's recently posted: Legal!
    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm
  8. I’m so jealous! I really should start planning a weekend like this. Looks like fun and your mom looked so cool on her photo :) More weekend getaway posts! Lol

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  9. DAMN IT YOU I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS. You all look so cute in florals. I’m so jealous of where you went! Here wherever you go it’s cold, mountainy and kind of…raw. It does have its charm but I definitely like some sun and dresses and stuff. (The photo of the pink sunset is killing me Hazel. Killing me.) And I am so glad that you loved Siege and Storm!! Good that you had some quality relaxing outside. I’ve been sitting at home my entire summer booooo

    Sandra @ Tea Between Books recently posted: I Have a Problem
    Posted on September 1, 2014 at 7:38 am
  10. It looks like you had a lovely weekend away! I’m always looking for ways to escape the everyday drudgery of my routine, especially on weekends. I love that you guys were able to get out of Manila, and to hang out at such a lovely place!

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm
  11. What a beautiful place! I’m glad you had a good time away, Hazel. :)

    Posted on September 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm