Monday, September 5, 2016

The Gathering – A two hour road trip near Manila

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My friends and I have not seen each other, for a little over a year since graduation. We thought that it was a perfect time for a weekend road trip, so we packed our bags and left Manila at the crack of dawn. We were headed to a province at the east, where there are famous waterfalls and Eco activities around the area. It was so funny how we planned this trip the whole year, we just decided it was time. We had problems looking for a right schedule but finally, we were able to fit this little reunion in one weekend.

We drove a good hour on a zigzag road that felt like it wasn’t going to end. (Note to self: eat breakfast before leaving the house, so that you won’t feel any dizziness or light headedness). At last for what seemed to take forever, we finally came to a place where there were pine trees. We had parked the car and took our cameras with us. My friend Lyndon had been telling me this place since he wanted to do a fashion shoot here someday.



We came to this place at 9 in the morning. Words cannot express how beautiful it was there. We could smell the pine trees just a few feet away, upon entering the gate. Three dogs greeted us with barks and howls. A gate keeper appeared from a distance with a child beside her. She was very kind enough to show us around.

We then immediately took pictures before the sky became too dark. We’ve always wanted to take pictures by a scenery like this, since we thought it would look good for our Facebook display picture. Oh how the laughter and excitement filled the air. My friend told me to pose for the camera, so I did. (I never manage to be so serious when I’m the one being photographed. This is the best blogger pose impression that I could do πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)



After a few minutes, the gatekeeper came back and told us that there’s another place by the woods where we could all hang out. At first we felt a little scared since we will be going down the hill all by ourselves but we managed to take the risk. The three of us came down cautiously. I knew I had to take a picture of this moment. Of all of our past adventures, I never thought we would be doing something as memorable as this again. Two years had past since our last nature outing, I have to say that it has not changed at all. Lyndon would be the first one to lead the way, Bea following behind and then there’s me at the last, documenting our travels.




This place is so beautiful, imagine seeing it up close in person. I wish I could take more pictures of this place at sunset. Imagine how lively the place would look like if the sunlight was a little more tame and bright orange. I am completely in love with this place! I recommend stopping by Munting Gubat at Tanay Rizal. It is right across the restaurant and art gallery place called Paseo Rizal Restaurant. This place caters to a group of 5-6 friends who loves to do picnic together. There is even a bonfire place by the pine trees as shown earlier. If you and your friends would like to have an exclusive get together, then this is the place to hang out.

“to more adventures with my friends, may our memories stay forever with us ’til the end.”

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31 comments:

  1. What a charming little spot for a quick getaway. I love the pictures of the tall trees huddled close together. a perfect option to spend a relaxing day and recover from the hustle-bustle of the city.

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    1. I agree! It was such a fun time too! My friends and I sort of said that we should do it now or never ��

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  2. That place looks like fallen out of a fairy tale! Such an inspiring landscape! The smell of those pine trees might surely feels refreshing. It's definitely a dreamy place for hanging out with friends.

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    1. Hi Gabi! yes that's true 😊 it smelled like christmas!

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  3. there is nothing better than reuniting with an old friend and certainly in a place such as this. It's also great to know that, just outside the hustle and bustle on Manila, there is somewhere so serene and tranquil. Agree that some pictures of sunset would have been magnificent but regardless, a really enjoyable read

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    1. Thanks again Gareth! I'm glad you did 😊

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  4. A little wooden gazebo, an old bridge straight from an Indiana Jones movie, and a cute pond with water lilies in flower. To me it's a perfect setting to gather again with some old friends and enjoy a little adventure :)

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    1. True! Lucky it's only near the city πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful place for a reunion. I love the little gazebo, it makes me want to sit inside and have a picnic. It looks like you had a wonderful adventure. I wish blogs could have a smell option. I absolutely love the smell of pine trees.

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    1. I know right? Wouldn't that be really cool if they had that technology? πŸ€“

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  6. Yes! Indeed! Such a beautiful place!
    How lucky you discovered it in your outing with your friend. Do visit during sunset, you will surely get fantabulous pictures.

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    1. Yes I shall Indrani 😊 Would be visiting this place again for sure! And I do hope I get to see the place at sunset. Would be such a beautiful sight 😊

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  7. what a beautiful and peaceful place! I can totally imagine hiking there for a while now :)

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    1. Yeah true! And it's so easy to just go trekking there too. It's perfect for those who aren't the actively fit ones like me hahahaha πŸ˜†

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  8. This is really a nice secret place to hangout. I am back in the Philippines and would sure check this out because of its proximity. Maybe we can even do shoots together. Haha! :) By the way, the pond with lilies reminded me of a Monet's painting.

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    1. Right Monica? Same thing I said to my friend when I saw the lily pond too! Yeah would love to do a collab anytime soon! 😊

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  9. Your post reminds me of how long have I missed my classmates back in college. We haven't reunited with each other for quite sometime. Maybe it's about time to organize a reunion. HAHA. Well-written!

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™πŸΌ And yes it does feel sort of lonely when you graduate from College. It's so hard to get together with all the stuff going on with their lives and yours, especially when you start working. How fun it is to go back to school 😭

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  10. I love these kind of outings into the heart of the jungle. The place looks so surreal and pure. The thrill is more when you visit unknown places that you do not know about.

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    1. Yes. I felt like I was in another country too πŸ˜‚ Nice people there as well. Very friendly! 😊

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  11. Lovely! Maybe you should grant your friend to do a shoot in this place! This is really a nice place to gather around. It looks pure nature, I can imagine the place soaked in fog in the morning with rays of sunrise.

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    1. Yes yes! We were talking about that setting as well! It would be cool to drop by on Dec since it gets really cold. If we can't get snow here in Ph, at least we get a fog scenery 😊

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  12. Such a lovely place amidst the nature and a great place for reunion too. We completely in awe of the lotus pond so beautiful and inspiring. The local person was kind enough to show you around and let you know of the places you did not know :)

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    1. True! 😊 I will definitely go back 😊

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  13. Nice little trip. I've always lke dplaces covere dwith pine trees. The lotus pond is beautiful too. Maybe you could also take a dip in the pond... or was it too shallow?

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    1. Yes pine trees smell so nice as well! I don't think we're allowed to go into the pond though 😞

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  14. Such natural beauty! A great place for a getaway with old friends. Did you hop in the pond? :)

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  15. What a fun day! Spending a beautiful day with good friends is good for the soul! I always come away from the day with a fresh perspective on things. Some of your photos make this forest look magical!

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  16. Nice post! Thanks for sharing the info! ;) Pictures look so greeny that I would efinitely visit that place :D It's an spectular short road trip to escape from Manila. I particularly love water lilies so I would totally enjoy that small pond! :D Best!

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  17. Seems like you had a lovely trip in the nature with some spectacular views! Reunion with friends are the best, aren't they? It is great to spend time with friends you haven't seen in a while especially with good friends with whom you feel like you haven't been separated!

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  18. I'm not really an outdoorzy person where I immerse my self in landscapes like this but your scenic images and descriptions of apparent smeell of pine question my preferences and push me to want to explore further - thank you

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