May 1, 2014

Anywhere is Good. Whatever is Fine.

It has been a season of change and transformation for me. I am not as in control of things as I was anymore. And it scares me. That same fear is the reason why I felt like running away for a few days - running back to a place and situation I'm familiar with.

I am still in the process of taking "that jump."

My little vacation turned out to be very exhausting, because I seemed to have traveled with the whole Manila crowd, but hey I'm not complaining! HAHA in fact I'd go (anywhere), no matter what, no matter how.

1. Liliw, Laguna

Liliw is a quiet town with a scenic surrounding. The mountain towering in the background, the beautiful people walking to the church, the blue sky watching over us, the icy cold drinking water from the spring - the place can really bring back one's sanity

Up in the sky, you can see forever.

It was my first time to get hosted by an extended family, and it brought back  a lot of childhood memories - I was raised by my grandparents, uncles, and aunties in the province after all. It was crazy! I was asked a gazillion times if I had eaten or not, and consequently was invited a gazillion times to eat more. God forbid I say no! Haha!

2. Majayjay Falls, Laguna

Majayjay falls area changed a lot since I last visited. The hanging bridges are no longer safe to pass by, the rooms have been burnt down to merely foundations, and camping seemed to be the only option of lodging inside the premise. The water falls is as cold as ever though.

Too many people competing for space

3. Laiya, Batangas

Life is beautiful.

The crowd in Majayjay was too overwhelming that my friend and I decided to move to Laiya. We would have climbed Mt. Daguldol since the jump off point is just around the area. Unfortunately, circumstances didn't permit it. We had to settle for the beach, which can be enjoyable if you stay on the farther side, or if you swim to the raft in the middle of the sea and stay there. Nothing to see underwater though.

It was an exhausting and rejuvenating break for me. In the future though, I probably won't head to Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon province during Holy week. It's a battle field.

Shout out to the kind people we've met along the way: (1) our neighbor campers who provided us food, cooking oil, cigarette, water, etc, (2) the barangay personnels who helped us get a ride, (3) the couple who gave us a ride from Batangas to Quezon, and of course (4) the family who hosted us for 3 days!

"You don't have to be special, you just have to be a good person"

Cheers to a good person!

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