Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, journeys, Philippines, photography, road trips, silence speaks, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, guilty pleasures, nature, photography on March 24, 2014|
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I know, I know, this comes a bit late again but I just have to post these two pictures that I took of one of the lovely places I went to with the whole family. The Farm at San Benito is located in Lipa, Batangas, a three-hour drive from our place in Rizal. One thing I do remember so well is the night swimming at their Secret Pool with the lush green all around. It was so relaxing and it makes me smile thinking about my reaction to the place when I first saw it, the “oohs and aahs” and the excited anticipation of exploring it.
…then you wish you could stay here forever just absorbing the silence.
…and maybe a copy of a favorite book in hand.
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Posted in family life, Guinatang Laing, journeys, life, photography, road trips, silence speaks, tagged family life, guilty pleasures, life, nature, Philippines, photography, road trips on June 13, 2013|
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I miss going on road trips. I haven’t done any this year yet but I remember the joys of seeing countryside scenery in all its glory. I love the feel of morning air and the fresh scent of some places far from the madding crowd, so to speak. I found these photos taken about three years ago on our road trip passing by SCTEX going to Olongapo City. SCTEX (Subic – Clark -Tarlac Expressway is a 93.77-kilometre (58.27 mi) four-lane expressway north of Manila adjoining the North Expressway. It ends up at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.
My son who took the wheels when we reached Subic was fined P200.00 for traffic violation back then. The traffic regulation they have there is quite different from what we have in Metro Manila. If you rely on the traffic light here in the metropolis, in Subic, it’s a first come, first go basis even if the traffic light turns green on your end of the road. If you are not a resident of the place, you’ll surely won’t know that you are violating any traffic rule. That’s traffic discipline, so they say.
It takes simple things for one to enjoy life and going on road trips is one.
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Posted in Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, nature, photography, road trips, weekly photo challenge, tagged Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, nature, photography, Pundakit Beach, Tanay, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape on May 20, 2013|
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This post came a bit late but I can’t surely ignore it, can I? Mine says Dreams and Escapes (with an S at the end). There are several pictures I took that would exactly describe what the word escape means to me but the following three shots stand out.
CALERUEGA. This is one of my favorite places. I could stay here and just listen to the silence or write a journal while admiring the view and feeling the cold breeze touch my cheeks. That’s my daughter busy with something. I remember, we brought that tripod and three digital cameras, mounting one permanently to the former while we were exploring the place.
PUNDAKIT BEACH, SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES. I remember those days when we used to go on road trips discovering new places . If only for the serenity of the place, I would come back here and see the sunrise or admire a wonderful sunset. Beyond those mountains is Anawangin and overlooking this one is Capones Island.
TANAY. December 27, 2009, my first trip out-of-town after six rigorous sessions of chemotherapy. Can I endure the exhilaration of going down these trails and climbing up the mountains of Tanay? I did it with flying colors, a brief escape from the fact that I was so depressed while undergoing treatments.
The beauty of nature gives us that feeling of oneness with the universe, a form of escape from pain and heartaches. I always love this phrase posted in every corner at Caleruega which I have adopted in most of my blogs, Close To Nature, Closer To God.
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, guilty pleasures, inspirational, journeys, photography, road trips, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, Faith, guilty pleasures, kamay ni Jesus, life, Lucban, photography, Quezon, silence speaks, thoughts on May 7, 2013|
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I haven’t gone on road trips for more than a year now. The last time I did, we visited the 71-foot statue of Mama Mary in Tanay which I shared here in a blog. I love visiting religious sites where one could savor the peace and quiet and get in touch with one’s inner self and strengthen one’s faith. I dreamed of visiting Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon but my ever adventurous son beat me to it. They spent the weekend in Lucban and visited the Shrine. Kamay ni Hesus is a 50-foot statue of resurrected Christ on top of a hill. And just like Regina RICA in Tanay, you have to climb more than three hundred steps to get to the top. I borrowed some pictures from his cellphone. Hopefully, one of these days, I will be able to visit the place too.
One thing more that makes me long to see Lucban, Quezon is I want to get in touch with relatives there. My paternal grandfather hailed from that place but our generation never got to know our close relatives there except for his cousin and his family whom we used to visit in Quezon City when I was in high school. The surname Abuel is pretty common in Lucban. How I wish that one day I could discover our family tree and get to visit the place. All I remember is the name of my paternal great-grandfather that my late Dad told me before he died.
May 15, 2013 is another big celebration in Lucban. San Isidro de Pahiyas Festival is another event that I want to witness in Lucban. I wonder what kiping tastes like. It is inconvenient for me to travel solo so I’ll save the best for last – going on a trip to Batanes and attending the Pahiyas Festival.
By the way, son brought home Lucban longganisa, a roll of yummy Yema cake and a big pack of meringue. The latter I think is one of their famous products.
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Posted in blogging, Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, guilty pleasures, life, Philippines, photography, road trips, tourist attraction, trekking, weekly photo challenge, tagged Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, guilty pleasures, life, nature, Philippines, photography, Tanay, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Chllenge: Beyond on January 19, 2013|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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