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Even at 23, I am still kid at heart.
I tend to visit the playground to feel that innocence. Where else could I possibly enjoy the serene and peaceful place other than my hometown, Laguna, Philippines.

Last June 2013, my officemates/friends decided to have a secret tour around Laguna. Yeah, I decided to keep it as a secret from my teamates because I cannot accommodate them all, in case they want to come with us. Plus, it was a mini despedida for Joy 😦

Anyway, here goes our little adventure. Since I was on midshift, we left Manila around 3:00 am. We took a DLTB bus from Buendia, LRT to San Pablo Laguna.

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We were lucky to capture the magnificent sunrise at Sampaloc lake, the largest one among the 7 lakes. You may find number of runners and cyclists around the lake. Fishermen are busy checking out the tilapia’s grown in the lake.

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After having a moment with the sun and the lake, we headed to Lake Pandin. Beside Pandin is lake Yambo, according to legends, these lakes were named after two lovers who died because of a curse.

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Before reaching Pandin, there’s a 15-20 minute trail. You’ll find diversed community of flora all. Also, you have to expect horse and carabao manure along the way.

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Upon reaching the lake, you’ll find locals busy preparing lunch for visitors. Kids are also everywhere and you can sense their innoncence in their looks. The fern or pako that they serve is readily available from tree trunks.
They have a restroom but don’t expect much from a rural area.
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Also, don’t expect a loy of cottages in thr area. Surprisingly, they offer better option… FLOATING COTTAGES! You’ll enjoy the lake while a lady or two will paddle for you to reach the strip of land that separates Lake Yambo and Pandin. You can take the hike for about 3-5 minutes.
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If you are not into hiking, you may opt to proceed to the natural water spring near the lake.

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Next, my favorite part…. LUNCH! Served at the raft, grilled liempo, tilapia, and fern salad, and shrimp cooked in coconut milk. You’ll enjoy the fresh food under a tree whre you can play with the vines and use it as swing. (as long as the vine can support your weight haha!)

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After a sumptuos meal and heavy tummy, manang will paddle back to the shore while you can sunbathe and relax and enjoy the view and serenity of the place. You may also borrow their paddle and play with it like you’re in a fraternity. Lol. You should save some energy because a long walk in coming next.

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For around 350php per head, I say the experience was more than what we paid for. It was priceless. Earth seemed to stop rotating on its axis. Time was still. Once again, I felt like the world was our playground.

Sample itinerary:
3:00 am – departure from Manila (Jac Liner, Buendia)
6:00 am – Arrival, San Pablo Laguna
-Breakfast at Lugaw Quee
6:30 – Watch the sunrise at Sampalok lake
7:00 – Explore Pandin lake
9:00 – swim, swim, hike for the overview at Yambo Lake, swim, play
10:00 – early lunch at pandin
11:30 – rizal, laguna – ascend to tayak hill
3:00 – enjoy the hill and overview of 7 lakes
4:00 – descend
5:00 – nagcarlan, rest, merienda at my crib

Day 2
6:00 – breakfast
7:00 – Nagcarlan to Majayjay
8:00 – hike to the falls
8:15 – pictorial, swim, enjoy the cold and freezing water
10 – majayjay to liliw
11 – liliw shoe/sandals shopping
12 – back to nagcarla
12:15 – lunch
1 – van from nagcarlan to bay, laguna
3 – mernel’s cake
4 – back to manila

You may contact Aling Siony at 09299789565 for the details.

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