Laguna – my immersion 2012

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Luzon, Photos, Travel
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After walking… and walking… and walking… finally!

Let me go ahead and share my immersion for 2012. I called it immersion because, I needed some time off the city and enjoy my bum moment.

At last! I am work free… worry free…

So it is that time of the year. Tita Ela is here in the Philippines and we are up for her yearly Caridad. Our neighbors are ready with pitchers because we would come knocking on their doors with our gulaman with pinipig.

This year is quite different. We’ve all gotten bigger and we are no longer complete. We cannot have our pizza making contest and egg hunt but as expected, we have our itinerary prepared. Well, sort off. We know the places where we want to go but our schedule is still not defined. So we decided to have a roadtrip to the south with Mitzi. Kudos to Mitzi for keeping up with us.

From Antipolo, we went to Laguna and yes, we went through the Rizal route instead of SLEX. As usual, we stopped at Petron Famy for our quail eggs and yosi break. Since it’s near sundown, we decided to drop by Pagsanjan Market to get some food.

i had to cross the bamboo bridge!

So we reached our first stop, Majayjay. We had to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the farm. As expected, I am assigned to deal with the kitchen stuff. While everyone is busy taking pictures and walking around, I was busy cooking. We agreed to do it via the back to basics way. We had banana leaves for plate, coconut juice for drinks and guess what, I had to cook the old fashioned way too.

the walk.. the pictures… the pawis!

Before 7pm, we decided to leave the farm and head off to Liliw, Laguna. It was about 20 minutes drive from the farm and as expected, Lola Naty reserved rooms for us. The house we stayed in is the the ancestral house of the Zulaybars in Liliw, Laguna. It’s about 2 minutes walk from the cathedral and all the shops.

bonding tme @ liliw

The following morning we were up very early and all prepared for our rice field visit. We were informed that we need to walk but we are not aware that we would walk for 2 hours just to go around.

We enjoyed the view and fresh air. We didn’t realize that we were already walking for two hours. We were all perspiring and thirsty when we we reached the end of the field, then we saw the falls. If it weren’t to high, I think we would have jumped over.

2 hours walk… why not?

Let’s go to the rice field… errrr..

1st challenge, tumulay!

The highlight of the day, me falling over the PILAPIL. I never imagined myself climbing over and having 2 people pulling me up just to get back the pathway. We were all laughing on our way back.

moment captured… I fell…

We went back to Liliw to fetch Janers and the kids and head off to Nagcarlan. This time to visit Tita Dheng’s farm.

touring Laguna via 2- wheels… hahaha

Mamamia and I decided to wait for them in the car. I cannot handle another hour of walking and sight seeing. When they returned, I asked Mimay to get into Mitzi and I’d join papapicolino on the motorcycle ride. We went ahead and checked on the falls since we’ve agreed to go for a swim before heading back to Majayjay for dinner.

from the farm to the falls…

So we reached the falls. Learning that the water is deep (about 2 coconut trees high), we decided to head back to Liliw for lunch and check on resorts for a swim.  We stayed in the resort for about 3 hours before leaving for Majayjay. After I prepared dinner and buying Jack — the new horse in town. We headed back to Liliw for the night to rest.

The following morning we prepared early and visited the church and had some shopping. After snacks, we bid farewell to everyone as we are set to meet the Castanedas in Lucban, Quezon.

Kamay ni Hesus- Lucban, Quezon

Just before lunch, we are already walking towards the Garden of Eden. We’ve took a lot of photos and had our fair share of goofing around. We agreed that the climb is a challenge for everyone because we’ve gained so much weight and most of us are now smoking but we did it.

We relaxed by the Buko Shake stall, cleaned up and said our goodbyes.

The 3 days I spent with family in this trip is just in the halfway mark of my so called immersion. I started the summer with a trip to Palawan and we still have plans on going out of town by next month.


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