We (BF & I) were already booked for Bacolod last weekend but we had to cancel because of a meeting I had to go to. Man, was I disappointed…
So we decided to go on a roadtrip! Yay!
Tagaytay and Nuvali were the first things that we thought of but the words “we were supposed to be in Bacolod by now” just kept running through my mind, so I decided we had to go somewhere we both haven’t been to yet. Then I remembered that a friend told me about this beautiful resort in Laguna so I decided to do a little research.
We then packed our bags, and went on our way to San Pablo, Laguna.
A couple of hours later… we’re in San Pablo!
…Stopover at Chowking for an early dinner….
Then we went back on the road for about another hour till we reached this taken-out-of-a-horror-movie forest. We saw the huge sign board and reached the gate to the resort. We reached the place around 6pm. The man who greeted us collected P250 (P125 per person, overnight) and told us to go straight ahead where another guy told us to park. We got a simple room for the both of us and paid right then and there.
We put our bags down, settled in and changed our clothes after which we went around the resort. At night, the coldness just envelops you (and I forgot to bring any jacket so I was really cold). But what was astonishing was the sound of nature — the crickets singing a tune, and the lullaby of the spring. Oh, was this relaxing! Just a couple of hours away, yet it seems as if I was in a different world.
Morning came and we woke up to the alarm, got ready and stepped out to go around. The place was beautiful. We went to see the spring and found that it was safe to swim in even at night because the bottom was cemented (the spring was man-made). It was raining though so we decided to go on our way.
The scary taken-out-from-a-horror-movie scene now turned into a beautiful forest where everything is green…
We had breakfast at this little coffee shop which served really good coffee and hot chocolate. The food was amazing — I had tocilog (tocino sinangag + itlog) and he had longsilog (longganisa + sinangag + itlog) which were both delicious (although my tocino was a little too toasted).
Along the highway, we saw a bibingka stall — an authentic one which cooks their bibingka in a pugon. For P12 each, you get a steaming hot bibingka (a similarly sized but smaller version in Manila is being sold for P25 each). Oh, and it has a little surprise inside — coconut! It was the first time for me and it changed my view on bibingka. I would go back here just to get these little yummies!
I’ll surely take this road again if I want to get away from the city.
For more info: Bato Springs Resort
- 63. Have a little nature getaway with the family. (thebucketlistofera.wordpress.com)
- Laguna Hot Spring Capital of the Philippines (blackstew23.wordpress.com)
- San Pablo, Laguna (pilipinastrotting.wordpress.com)