This Chill Coworking Space Is Right By the Beach

They've got outposts all over the Philippines.

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(SPOT.ph) If there's one thing that the ongoing community quarantine proved, it's that most of us can actually work anywhere. A lot of writers, editors, graphic designers, and web developers have been working from home in the past nine months, temporarily leaving behind office spaces and cubicles. All you need is a laptop and a WiFi connection, and you're good to go. And Baybayin Hub, an initiative that helps tourist spots transform into coworking and coliving spaces, is making our dreams of working while spending our days by the beach come true.

"To be able to survive and to thrive, we opened our hostels sa mga remote workers," Baybayin Hub founder Orly Darnayla said in an interview with Summit Media. They have so far transformed beach resorts in Bolinao, Pangasinan; Liwliwa, Zambales; and Siquijor as coworking and coliving spaces. They're looking into opening more hubs in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte; Dumaguete, Negros Oriental; Cebu; and Bohol. For safety reasons, exact locations are revealed only upon booking and membership.

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You can sign up for a one-year membership or avail their latest offers even as a non-member for a one-time purchase. Packages range from one-month deals (P45,000) to 15-day stays (P25,000), which include private accommodation, access to WiFi, access to the resort's coworking space, and a common kitchen where you can cook your own meals. "And you have access sa resort, kung ano 'yong ino-offer ng resort [na] activities doon," Darnayla adds. Imagine waking up to the crashing of the waves, logging on your laptop for half a day, and finishing your tasks early to go surfing or swimming.

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As for the Internet connection, Baybayin Hub's team frequently go on Facebook Live or Zoom meetings with possible members to test out the WiFi speed. "Hindi namin ma-guarantee talaga especially doon sa remote islands. Kasi naglalaro lang 'yong Internet doon—fiber doon nasa 10-20 mbps. There are some challenges, especially kung sobrang lakas ng hangin. Nawawala-wala rin talaga siya. [But] we believe it is much better now," Darnayla says. Most clients have their own portable router or LTE mobile connection as backup. But it's the perfect excuse to skip those online meetings-that-could-have-been-an-e-mail.

Remote working, according to the founder, is fairly new in the Philippines; but a lot of freelancers have been doing this for years. "It could potentially help you improve your personal and career growth. Because imagine you [are] surrounded by like-minded professionals," the founder says. And if you had a whole beach strip as your office, all the day's stress would likely just melt away.

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To learn more about Baybayin Hub, watch this video:

To sign up as a member of this coworking and coliving space, visit Baybayin Hub's website.

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