A hundred miles away from Manila’s concrete jungle lies the shores of La Union, a welcome reprieve from the breakneck speeds of the city. With the province’s relatively quieter pace, it’s not all-too mystifying why metro folks have flocked to its beaches. Some want the simpler life, while some just want to do their part as earthlings and cut down their carbon footprint–and where else but in breezy Elyu, for starters?
Fortunately, homes have opened up to accommodate seekers of the more serene side of life. One such case is San Juan’s newly opened minimalist haven, Burt Little Home.
Burt Little Home: A minimalist space in San Juan, La Union
Tucked in a nook of San Juan’s Ili Norte neighborhood, Burt Little Home is the rentable offshoot of furniture space Burt Select Shop. As the La Union spot’s originators, Lala Llanes and Troy Ventura designed the private bungalow almost akin to the store, now offered to those in pursuit of “a slow daily life.”
Upon entering the 35-square meter studio unit, visitors are greeted with a dark enclosed space with the slightest sliver of light, a portal of sorts to the inside from the outside world, much in the way that Zen temples are made.
Indoors, natural elements come aplenty. Skylight illuminates the room during the daytime, an ocean breeze wafts in through the windows, natural wood is furnished throughout, while a tree–quite literally–grows inside, just by the double-sized bed with a Muji Bonnell Coil mattress.
Among the amenities are an equipped kitchen and a small dining area, the perfect spot to drink a cup of morning tea as neighbors walk by.
Each space is also provided with a QR code in case visitors have questions about the area. And as this is La Union we’re talking about, those with surfing in their itinerary can drive to Surftown in five minutes. Otherwise, public transpo like jeepneys and tricycles are accessible on the nearby main road. Troy also has a bicycle that’s ready to rent!
While prices vary, guests can book for as low as P4,000 for two people, with a cost of P1,500 added per head. Just enter the code SLOWDAYS via Burt Little Home’s direct booking site!
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