From Liliw, we traveled next to Lake Pandin wherein we rode a raft to cross to the pathway leading to Lake Yambu. They served us ginataan and fresh coconut juice. I loved this part of the trip because it was breezy and the views were amazing. I thought I was somewhere in the amazon!
Because I was live blogging on my twitter and instagram + had music during the car ride, I slowly lost my battery! Good thing Kuya Jim brought his portable Bavin charger!
With Kuya Jim! This was our second trip together after Cavinti. He’s my super traveler idol!
After our trip to both lakes, we had our well-deserved dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe. The ambiance and the food were so amazing that I would definitely go back there just to eat their dishes again. I had beef sirloin in red wine sauce with mango shake and half of Kuya Jim’s best-seller dish. Afterwards, we unfortunately had to end our road trip day and say our good-byes.
VIAJE DEL SOL ITINERARY RECAP:
Breakfast at Casa Vida by Lake Sampaloc + tour of town
Ugu Bigyan Potter’s Garden
Lunch + tour at Sitio de Amor
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Shopping at Tsinelas st. in Liliw Laguna
Rafting + merienda at Lake Pandin
Trekking to view of Lake Yambu
Dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe
My road trip for Viaje del Sol was only part 2 of my last summer hurrah. Last July 4, 2014, I attended the eighteenth birthday party of one of my really good friends, Mojah. You looked stunning girl! I enjoyed that night with my friends and previous blockmates who I won’t be seeing much of anymore because of the shuffling. I got home at around 2am, took a shower, and had a short nap before my trip at 5am. I thought it would be hard to go to sleep with wet hair and alcohol in my system but I was wrong. Haha. Blackout bar knocked me out but good thing I was still about to wake up in time for my trip. Wishing for more nights like these with my friends!!! A new chapter of adventures await and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.
BONUS POST: BLACKOUT BAR PARTY FOR MOJAH’S 18TH RIGHT BEFORE MY VIAJE DEL SOL TRIP
The early birds! We were the first ones to arrive… we even got there before the debutant did in her dressing room.
The only shots I promised I would take that night. What happened.
My friends and I with the gorgeous debutant!
The start of July has been a very busy yet crazy fun-filled week! I’ve been going to school to rehearse our dance routine and tomorrow, we’ll be shooting our college video, all to be presented on our college’s general assembly on the 19th. My body feels extremely beaten up and my mind exhausted, so I decided to go on a road trip adventure with my Travel Factor family at Viaje del Sol! Viaje del Sol, or the way of the sun, aims to promote the beauty of Philippine archipelagic ecology, preserve the land’s biodiversity, and nurture all forms of life.
Our first stop on our trip was breakfast at Casa Vida, which overlooks Lake Sampaloc. We had corned beef, scrambled eggs, and matched it with either coffee or orange juice. Afterwards, we took a stroll by the lake to snap some pictures and feel the cool morning breeze. By the way, the weather that whole day was perfect even though the rainy season just started to roll in. The skies were so blue and the clouds were white, which were beautifully painted in the waters of the lake.
After breakfast, we drove to Ugu Bigyan’s Potter Garden. This has been open for more than 30 years and on weekdays, they even have a pottery demonstration!
Sooooooooo I totally forgot that I had an Instagram account until I googled myself (yes, I googled). It was originally itscookielle and luckily, I was able to get in my account since I use the same password for everything. Shh. I also just found out that my first post was just a black photo. I don’t remember if I was trying to take a picture of something in the dark or??? Honestly, what was I thinking when I made that and suddenly stopped? I ended up taking that black photo down because what on Earth was that anyway? Even I don’t know. I also found out that despite my lack of posts, meaning none, and having posted a, lets say, black box, I have 2 followers! I laughed so much because I found it so cute that I even had any.
Feel free to follow this crazy girl on instagram because yes, apparently I have it and I promise to use this now so I won’t flood my twitter with pictures anymore. Maybe a couple of throwbacks here and there but like I always say, we only have tomorrows to look forward to and not yesterdays. x
Last night, I had the privilege (and yes it was a privilege because it was awesome) to finally watch “The Fault In Our Stars”. I read the book back in 2012 when I was starting my first year in college and I was really psyched to start on it because of all the recommendations and insights from my friends. I really liked the story. I loved Augustus. He’s even in the top 5 of my fictional boyfriend list, and yes, I do have a fictional boyfriend list
‘cos the real life one sucks so far. The only problem I had with it though was how the story was built up so much by my friends and reviews from other people that I ended up not being as emotional as I usually am with books, or fictional stories in general. People told me that I would definitely cry but I didn’t. However, when I saw the trailer, I cried a pacific ocean. I even dared myself to watch it again after a few days and ice caps melted and flooded my room. When I saw the movie, well, I literally felt like my heart was going to explode.
The movie was beautifully made and the cast was brilliant! I just love both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort a lot as they are both talented people with great personalities. Here’s an interview of the two of them by Emmy winning reporter Chris Van Vliet and a commercial of Ansel and his girlfriend since high school for Amanda Uprichard. They are all so adorbs. I can’t.