Posts Tagged ‘Caleruega’

Be a light to those traveling the same path with you. A smile, a pat on the shoulder or a few kind words may be just what they need to make their day complete. Be generous but sincere in your praise.

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The mountains beckon

Whispering  sad songs.

They speak of long-ago dreams.

I’d love to come back here

If only to feel the exhilaration

of  knowing –

That somewhere in the labyrinth

of memories,

We were happy

Just looking at this vista

Sharing thoughts of home.

Maybe, when I come back here

I  would just absorb the silence

While the wind whispers to my ears,

I am home!

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It was hot outside and 4pm looked like it was still in the middle of the day. I did plan of weeding out unwanted grass from our peanut grass cover planted in front of the house.  And for several days now, I  always hesitate to go out because of the heat. Finally though, this afternoon, I was inspired by the two maintenance crew of our subdivision when I saw them planting more Cannas along the roadside facing the house. There were newly planted ornamental bananas too. I watched them dig despite the heat and the noise brought by passing cars.  Hard work with minimal pay. So as my good deed for the day, I offered them both some biscuits and a pitcher of ice-cold water, stopped and talked a while about life and survival.

Life is hard, it’s a known fact but when you have to toil under the heat of the sun everyday, sweeping remnants of cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and yes, plastics with straw which our sari-sari store owner neighbor conveniently use for soft drinks  and what-have-you’s,  which the seemingly unconcerned  denizen of this subdivision throw to their heart’s content, one can’t help but think, don’t they even have  self-discipline? I told our two janitors that some people have complete disregard for cleanliness in their surroundings. It is so exasperating sometimes to see people in cars just throwing their garbage from their car windows, some Jollibee or McDonald’s wrappers and disposable cups.  In that short fifteen minutes, I learned a lot from these two, it is better to earn a few pesos in a dignified way than to do something unlawful.  And always, they are those who understand the value of hard-earned money. And a little kindness towards them goes a long, long way.

I looked through my several albums posted privately at Photobucket and tried to find materials which I could use in a Catholic page in Facebook which I help maintain and found this, a picture of the cottage in Caleruega where we stayed two years ago. It made me feel quite nostalgic.

I’d love to come back here and visit the Koi at Kampo Arriba or have that trek again to see the Batulao mountains of Batangas.  I promised myself that the next time I’ll visit this place, I’ll just absorb the silence and write some more.

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If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. -Gilbert K. Chesterton


I remember these shots, because that was the first time we visited Caleruega, one of my favorite places.  The view of the Batulao mountains on a windy afternoon while the sun was setting was simply amazing.


They may not be perfect sunsets scenes, a bit amateurish  if you ask me, but I love the color of the setting sun and the mysterious glow of the Batulao mountains coupled with the threatening clouds just above the horizon.

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There are places that you truly feel at peace. And there is a  place that you want to visit over and over again because deep in your heart, you are at home there. And here is one such place that I  really feel closer to Him….Caleruega!

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One of the many, many shots I took when my family and I visited Caleruega for the first time. I fell in love with these dainty Hydrangea blooms.  Look at the color, it’s simply wonderful!

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A fascinating view of the long corridor leading to the Sto. Domingo Church. I  love the play of light and shadow here.

Hubby  and the kids’ idea of a good shot. Took this two years ago at the hills of Caleruega.

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This would be the first time I would utilize the  topic suggested by Plinky.com because I like it. I love going on road trips, whether a short two-hour trip or a long  five to six hours on the road. It even feels more special when you are traveling with the whole family and discovering places which are new in your eyes and a delight to see.  We’ve taken several road trips before but the times that stand out are  those days that we spent in Caleruega, one of my favorite places. If you want peace and quiet amidst the splendor of lovely gardens and a beautiful church, it’s the best place to be. I’ve been blogging about the place and raving about it for I don’t know how many number of times. It was on our first trip there that we discovered the most talked about Breakfast At Antonio’s in Tagaytay City,  it’s gourmet  dining at its best. I remember taking a lot of pictures because I loved the place. It has a garden and a Koi  pond plus lots of antique collections and heirloom pieces proudly displayed at their reception area. Although the food was a little  expensive, it was worth the visit.

This is Breakfast At Antonio’s main dining area. The black and white motif makes the wonderful paintings and the lush garden stand out.

The front facade of the restaurant with its landscaped garden.

They call this Sausages and Scrambles...yummy!

Last December 2009, we embarked on a short trip to Tanay, Rizal, it was three weeks after my last chemotherapy.  I blogged about it here.  Did I say it was a litmus test for me?

An amazing scene, the mountain air was biting.

The unfinished log cabin where we roasted marshmallows and hotdogs and grilled Bangus for lunch.

And staying in the open field with a tent is what I call total bliss.

The best road trips are of course the times we went to our home province for short vacations. There is really no place like home.  I still dream of one special place to visit. The truly inspiring place remains a dream for now. It’s not near enough to be reached by car since you have to spend more than an hour by plane to reach it.


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Lovell, a close friend texted  me early this morning and said,“I am now in Cale so I have the luxury to text”. Cale is a short endearment for Caleruega.

“Pakibisita mga Koi ha, siguro malalaki na“, I texted back.

Then he said , ‘siguro in the  past, mother Koi ka”.

I laughed.  I miss that place and he knows how I love to visit it again and see the Koi fish at the pond in Kampo Arriba.

There is something so soothing and so peaceful watching the fish swim.  Koi is just a Japanese term for carp. We have about eight Koi in our small garden pond but the latter is  so small compared to the one they have at Caleruega. It  is  so beautiful to see several  Koi fish swimming in tandem in a big pond and what adds to the fascination is the wild garden surrounding it. The last time hubby and I were there  which was about a year ago, I watched them swim at night and the glitter of their bodies peacefully turning back and forth kept me mesmerized.

Imported specimens fetch higher prices in garden stores.  They come in colors of white, yellow, gold, deep orange  and even in calico. I love the orange best of course because they look so beautiful against the dark backdrop of the garden pond.

When you really need to relax, spend sometime  watching an aquarium or a small pond and you would get to appreciate the timeless moments, just being there. Listen to the silence, it’s a joy in itself.

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