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Here are my own interpretations of what the word Beyond means to me in pictures. Come to think of it, I always look forward  to this weekly photo challenge because somehow you get to look  once more at some pictures which at the time you took were just pleasing to your eyes and senses. Sometimes though, they acquire a meaning and you wish you could capture the essence of each view and place you see.

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Beyond this mountain is my provincial home which I haven’t visited  in quite a while. My old memories of this places is tied up to the river running below this mountain where we used to catch fresh-water fish during the early parts of rainy months. And yes, the impromptu picnics  beside  the river and taking a long soak after.  Fresh, unpolluted running water and lovely river stones that sometimes my cousins and I used to bring home  for our Piko games.

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The cool mountains of Tanay. I remember taking this shot three weeks after my six-sessions of chemotherapy ended.  It was a kind of litmus test how far I can go without tiring myself after such a life-changing treatment.  I miss this place, I hope someday I would be able to come back here.

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What lies behind closed doors, do you know? Dreams! Pockets of happy days!  Actually, I was fascinated by the stained-glass door. I seldom see this kind of window and door treatments except in places where they value old-age decor.

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There is always something that fascinates me in discovering places and looking beyond.  I took this in Caleruega, the hanging bridge was simply irresistible. And beyond this is a vast garden and an upward climb to a hill that gives a wonderful view of the Batulao mountains in Batangas. It’s one of my favorite places to visit.

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Just could not get enough of the place. I really took more pictures, here’s the third set.

A view from the top.  The giant palms  keep the walkway cool.

Give me a piece of my blue sky! Took this shot in one corner of Plaza de Aza.

Don’t you just love these majestic palms as they sway  with the breeze? I do.  They dot the whole place and these flowers are beautiful.

Even this pot of  white bougainvilla looks so right in its own corner.

And I thought it was still too dark to go trekking, but just walking down this familiar road gave me that sense of peace.  The marigold lining the edges of the road are no longer there but they were replaced by different colors of impatiens…beautiful!

Found this old fountain in the middle of Kampo Arriba.  Reminds me of  some books I used to read about  the  Spanish era.

It’s where they hold bonfires at night, a witness to probably thousands of students doing their best to shout, sing, dance and just enjoy each other’s company.  I heard someone playing a guitar when we were here.   It’s not a lost art after all, it reminds me of the days when I used to collect  Jingle chord book mags just to learn how to play.

A quaint old place but nevertheless familiar. This is the entrance to the hanging bridge. I want to go back here again and again. Yeah, really, I do.

This dog was waiting for us  at the foot of the bridge on the other side and when I aimed my camera, it stood up and seemed to say, “this is my chance so better make that a good shot”.

The intricate design of this picnic table makes it really beautiful – rocks and small pebbles arranged in such a way that is very pleasing to the eyes. We found it at the camp site.

The world is still asleep but I could see the facade of the Transfiguration chapel.

And the sun is slowly showing its face on the horizon.

The Koi fish  at the pond in Kampo Arriba…..

You can take a stroll here, day and night. It is so relaxing just to take a walk and not count the passing hours.

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We first visited the place last year and we were impressed by the beauty of it all.  So I am sharing more pictures here.  Some of those beautiful flowers and blooms  were replaced by more dainty ones but they are simply eye-catching just the same.

Welcome to  CALERUEGA, Philippines – Close to Nature, Closer to God !.

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Just like our previous visit, I enjoyed taking shots of  every nook and cranny of the place.  You will simply love this view. It was taken in front of Pahingalayan, where we stayed overnight. 

The stone steps going down our cottage.  It looks quaint, don’t you think?   But it’s the simplicity of the place that makes you fall in love with it.

These vines  abound here. Bought a sapling during our trip in Tanay last December  I can’t wait to see it bloom like these.

They call this area Tuktok, we stayed here just to read and relax and admire the view.

Euphorbias, to my eyes’ delight….

Located at the entrance of Tuktok, a cluster of eye-catching blue vines…..a feast for tired eyes.

The garden right infront of the Transfiguration Chapel

Bougainvillas run riot at the border near the chapel.  This white one is simply arresting.

Our room – I love the quaint-looking lampshade and the wooden cabinet with slats.

The tiny kitchen at the cottage, I wish I could stay here longer ….

A four-sitter  dining table  compliments the tiny kitchen…

The word Pahingalayan as this cottage is called simply means a place  where you can rest and make “pahinga”.  Notice the old-fashioned glass door, it reflects the light and is simply beautiful.

It was a delight finding these red and green bromeliads  infront of the cottage.

These white flower vines hang profusely all over the place.  Seeing these make you feel inspired.

The concrete steps going up and down our  temporary home. Even this has a charm all its own.

These cluster of plants give a rustic feel to the place. Still located infront of the cottage.  One can dream, one can meditate, one can be at peace by just being here.

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Dreams.  Curiosity.  Exploration.  Friendship.

Discovering  life’s simple pleasures through the eyes of  a child.   This is one of my favorite shots which we took during our trip to Tanay last December.  It’s one of those times that one feels so relaxed just enjoying the cold breeze and  exchanging pleasantries with a friend. Nissa brought a book to read while Jane and I were just contented inside the tent looking after the two kids – my six year old niece Bobic and her three year old daughter Jaden.   They were looking for spiders and ants. I told my niece that spiders don’t normally stay on the ground and that ants are seldom found on the grass.  They were so disappointed. They just watched some crawling insects outside the tent.  And before I knew it, I was laden with gifts of dried leaves and wild flowers.

How simple life could be if we let it.

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