Viaje Del Sol 2014 Post 3

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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!

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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!

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Lake Pandin

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Lake Yambu

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With Kuya Jim! This was our second trip together after Cavinti. He’s my super traveler idol!

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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.

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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

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The early birds! We were the first ones to arrive… we even got there before the debutant did in her dressing room.

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The only shots I promised I would take that night. What happened.

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My friends and I with the gorgeous debutant!

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Viaje Del Sol 2014 Post 2

POST 1

For lunch, we went to Sitio de Amor Farm Resort and they served us unlimited food! I swear, we’d empty a plate or a bowl and the staff would refill it immediately. The place was so vast, beautiful and serene. I honestly didn’t want to leave the place! They also had an old house that reminded me a lot of The Ruins in Bacolod. I promise to go back, stay and swim there next time.

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In the afternoon, we went to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. To be honest, the whole land was bigger than what they had underground but it still looked amazing and looked pretty historic.

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Afterwards, we went to Tsinelas st. in Liliw Laguna where they were literally surrounded by shoes and slippers!!! I bought these floral espadrilles from Entrada (it was air-conditioned so plus points to the store) worth 380php! Their products are not only affordable but they are also very stylish. I also bought delicacies to take home with me.

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Viaje Del Sol 2014 Post 1

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.

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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.

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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!

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Cavinti 2014

Rivers and roads

Rivers and roads

Rivers and roads ’til I reach you

Many travelers like me are known to take on the ‘road less traveled’. Last June 7, 2014, I went on a major adventure to a new hidden gem amongst the several ones already known in the Philippines. This is Cavinti. Located along the Sierra Mountain Range in Laguna, this quaint and simple town has recently opened to the public the Cavinti Underground River and Caves, which truly gave me a challenging yet memorable experience. My early morning road trip started at 5 in the morning and we arrived at the start of the site at 8am. They gave us a primary briefing of what to expect and what not to do, and we set off to the Cavinti Church for a quick tour of the main town.

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The Cavinti Church

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All-terrain shoes from Sandugo

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Stations of the Cross

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Jocs’ Merrell shoes and my Sandugo shoes

Afterwards, we drove to the start of the road for the atvs but we opted to walk until we reached the river. Unfortunately, we didn’t think that almost 3 kilometers would drain us that much! The road was a mixture of mud, rocks, uphills, and downhills. Come to think of it, our trail can serve as a great metaphor on how we would sometimes have to go through so much turmoil but we would eventually find something amazing in the end. I used to think that that was really cheesy and things like ‘rainbows after rains’ barely happen to real people. I used to think that it would only rain, or even form thunderstorms, then stop and shine but eventually rain again. But even though sunshines and rainbows don’t last, the fact is, it still comes out. Happiness can always be found. Like this trip, even though we only spent a day there, I cherish and took in every second of my stay there because in a way, I really found a kind of happiness. The caves were really majestic and the waterfall was super cold! It was really worth the trip.

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Trail food

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The halfway mark tree

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About to enter the cave!!!

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The only plant that sprung in the cave

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The fountain of youth

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I swear it looks like gold glistening on this rock

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Ducking

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I thought we would only do ducking… I ended up not crawling, but squatting until the end of this small tunnel. Leg work right there!

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Sunken Cave

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Waterfalls inside the cave! It was freezing cold but definitely worth it.

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After about spending two hours in the two chambers, we ate our lunch that was wrapped in banana leaves. On our way back up, we had another crazy idea of riding on top of a tractor, and I ended up on top of a wheel! It was really scary and was truly an outrageous idea. When we got to the top of the hill, we rested for a while and went back to the main entrance for more chill sessions. At around 5pm, we had to unfortunately head back to the city and say our goodbyes. I can’t wait for my next adventures!

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Zambales 2014

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If there’s one thing that I wouldn’t get tired of doing, it’s traveling. I love immersing myself in the culture, the people, and most especially with nature, despite the bumps and waves that I may cross along the way. Last May 17-18, I went on a weekend getaway to the beaches of Zambales along with my adventure-seeking buddies from Travel Factor. We had our early morning road trip at 5am and got to our resort by 9am. The ocean that was as clear as the skies and the warm sand between my toes made me feel like I was in paradise.

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Once we arrived on the coast of Pundaquit, we took a boat to Anawangin Cove and it was absolute paradise. The campers were very communal and the place was so peaceful. You would see people having picnics, getting their tan on, playing beach volleyball, and going along with the waves in the beach. We set up our food and stuff on our table, while my friend Kaycee even hung her knitted hammock for us. The sand was so hot though, which caused me to literally sprint to the ocean! I enjoyed everything about my stay there – from the food, to the cool waters, from the warm sun and sand, to even my sunkissed skin. Caution: summer selfie overload coming up!

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At around 2:30 in the afternoon, we hopped to the Capones island where we had a surprise trekking trip to their well-known lighthouse that has been there ever since the Spanish era. We had to hold on to a rope and cross the ocean just to get to the shore. Now if you have ever gone trekking in your swimsuit and slippers just like I did, I salute you! The trail we took was one of the roughest ones as it was extremely rocky, narrow, and at the edge of the mountain. However, once you reach the top, you’d be glad you made that climb, even though the thought of going down the same path could be tricky and quite scary. My friend Kaycee and I took hilarious and dramatic shots and then finally decided to go to the top of the lighthouse. It was difficult because it was so rustic and you had to go through small holes, and again, I was still in my swimsuit and slippers. I refused to wear more clothing because it was insanely hot! The views were breathtaking and truly something to check off my bucket list!

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At around 5pm, we went back to our resort in Pundaquit, which was just a minute walk from the shore. We dipped once again in the pool and lounged for some time there while chatting and sipping on cool drinks. We had our dinner and then proceeded to have a chill drinking sesh, which later on turned crazy at around 2am when our friends Abby and Gelo joined us. We munched on chips and barbeque, drank cold beers followed by Cuervo, and simply enjoyed each others’ company and conversations. We headed to bed at around 3:30am and woke up at 10am. We had our breakfast, lounged by the pool, and packed our stuff. We went to Harbor Point in Subic and had our lunch there. At around 2:30pm, sadly, we had to head back to Manila and say our good-byes.

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This won’t definitely be our last adventure. I love how we were all so free spirited and game for anything. Not a lot of people have that mindset or stepping out of their comfort zones for spontaneous and exciting trips. I’m glad to have spent this amazing weekend with such amazing people. I have to take care of my super red skin now and head back to my EIC duties. Life’s a beach. x