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Lakes of San Pablo: Lake Sampaloc, Lake Bunot, Lake Palikpikan, Lake Mohicap, and Lake Pandin

November 8, 2015

On our way back to Manila from a Christening in Lucena City, Quezon, we dropped by the City of San Pablo to check out its Seven Lakes. We were kind of pressed for time though, so we were able to see only five, namely, Lake Sampaloc, Lake Bunot, Lake Palikpikan, Lake Mohicap, and Lake Pandin.

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Lake Sampaloc

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Lake Palikpikan

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Lake Mohicap

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Lake Pandin

La Mesa Ecopark

October 24, 2015

Our chill Saturday was spent at La Mesa Ecopark, a relaxing getaway place just in Quezon City. There were different activities including horseback riding, boating, fishing, shooting, and bungee jumping but we only got to try the zipline and water bicycle due to lack of time. The zipline was worth our P200 (each) as the view from it was amazing (La Mesa Dam and trees). We spent around P50 for entrance fees and another P200 for the tandem waterbike.

If you need a place to stay in Quezon City, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

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Cavinti / Pagsanjan Falls: Shooting the Rapids

August 8, 2015

Last August, we had the chance to shoot the rapids in Pagsanjan / Cavinti, Laguna, and visit the falls again. It was our second time to experience the marvel of the world-famous Pagsanjan Falls, which was always mentioned in our grade school Social Studies textbooks. Nevertheless, it was our first time to shoot the rapids as we took the harder route of trekking down, the first time we were there (Will save such adventure for another post).

We can arrange this tour for you! Email us at couplemeetsworld@gmail.com.

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National Museum

Since October is Museum and Galleries month, the National Museum and its branches nationwide is free to the public for the whole month. We got to tour the National Museum for the first time last year. We were awestruck by Juan Luna’s Spoliarium and Jose Rizal’s sculptures and drawings.

If you need a place to stay in Manila, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Here are some photos:

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Ugu Bigyan Pottery House & Bangihan ni Kuya Restaurant

October 11, 2015

In Tiaong, Quezon, lies the house and secret pottery garden of artist Ugu Bigyan. The garden is available for lunch, which requires an advanced reservation, and barako coffee. It also showcases the artist’s creations, which are available for sale.

Since we weren’t able to make a reservation, we had to have lunch elsewhere. We tried out Bangihan ni Kuya (“Elder Brother’s Grill”), which is located in Candelaria Diversion Road. Their Sinigang na Lechon would make us come back for more!

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Hinulugang Taktak and Cloud 9

October 3, 2015

Hinulugang Taktak had been a popular tourist destination in Antipolo, Rizal for years, until its water got polluted and became not suitable for swimming. In fact in 1990, the area has also been proclaimed as a National Historical Shrine by law. Efforts have been made by the city government to revive the waterfall and the national park’s glory, and the park has been once again opened to the public just this year. The site is protected by the DENR and does not require any entrance fees (yet).

Before leaving Antipolo City, we dropped by Cloud 9 restaurant, which offers a 360 degree view of Metro Manila, after passing through a hanging bridge.

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Puning Hot Springs

July 19, 2015

This hidden paradise is right at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo. It has 15 man-made pools, with natural hot springs as their water source. The day tour package features a 4×4 ride to the spa, access to the pools, and a 30-minute sand massage. You can book with us at couplemeetsworld@gmail.com.

Check out our video to appreciate:

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Mt. Mirador / Mt. Pinagbanderahan: Quezon National Forest Park

August 30, 2015

Situated right in the middle of Quezon National Forest Park is Mt. Mirador or Mt. Pinagbanderahan, whose peak is 1200 ft. above sea level. The cemented 2-km. trail is manageable, scenic and alluring to newbies in hiking. It was very important during World War II, as it was where the Philippine flag was hoisted; hence, its name.

If you need a place to stay in Lucena City, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Contact us at couplemeetsworld@gmail.com for travel arrangements!

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Niyogyugan Festival 2015

Happy Quezon Day!

We met in Manila but as we got to know each other, we learned that we are both natives of the province of Quezon. (We also have some relatives who know each other. What a very small world!)

Janna’s paternal grandfather hails from Tiaong, while her grandmother is from Sariaya. On the other hand, Nikko’s maternal grandfather and grandmother are from Gumaca and Mauban, respectively. Thus, we were so happy to have witnessed the 3rd Annual Niyogyugan Festival in Quezon.

The festival lasts a week long but we were only there for a day. We were able to check out the creative booths that the different municipalities put up, and taste the various delicacies our province offers. Sariaya emerged as the grand winner of the booth contest and got P3 million as prize.

Until the next Niyogyugan Festival!

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