Balai La-Hi is a private home owned by friend Cholo Hidalgo-Laurel, artist/filmmaker/farmer, in the island of Marinduque. Getting there is part of the journey. There is a 4-5 hr drive from Manila to Lucena (Quezon province), a slow 3-4 hr ferry ride to Boac, Marinduque, and a 30min drive to Cawit on the western side of the island.
We were invited to Governor's island for day trip. The Governor (Cholo's aunt) sent her boat to take us there. What a special treat! We packed a picnic and lunch was cooked and served al fresco.