The past few weeks have been tough – I’ve been loaded with a lot of work and my to-do list seemed to grow two more items every time I scratch off one. But hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m loving what I do but you know what they say, all work and no play would make you a dull person. A weekend trip out of town sounded nice, and more so when you have hot springs and a food trip in your itinerary! But this trip wasn’t going to be just about relaxation – it’s also a Birthday celebration! One of my food trip buddies was celebrating his 24th birthday, and since his birthday gift for himself was a brand new car, a road trip made perfect sense. The out of town destination? Laguna!
Laguna is a great getaway destination because it’s relatively near Manila, yet at the same time, far enough to take you away from the traffic and pollution of the Metro. If you ask me, settling down in Laguna would be pretty nice. There are a lot of decent residential areas, such as Verdana Homes, where you can experience both the traditional rural lifestyle and the active urban way of life.
We booked an overnight stay at Sol Y Viento Hotels and Resort in Laguna. The place just opened last year so it’s quite new. It was still on is soft opening, but it looked decent and nice enough on its website so we went ahead and reserved a room. The check-in though was still at 2PM, so we had more than enough time to kill.
The impromptu first stop was the Botanical Gardens at UP Los Banos.
You need to get a ticket to get inside which costs only Php 20.00 each. It was a rich biodiversity, showcasing a variety of trees, plants, and shrubs that are labelled for identification. There are also picnic areas strategically located all over the place although they don’t look like they have been used for an actual picnic for a long time. This one was a quick trip because the sun was hot and yeah, we were getting hungry.
You can read the second part of this post here