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150th Lakbay Rizal – Antipolo and Calamba Sites

150th Lakbay Rizal – Antipolo and Calamba Sites

While Ivan and I had finished Manila in one day and unsuccessfully tried to have our stamps from Antipolo, our next destination had been to finish the Region IV sites – Calamba and Antipolo again. In one day, we used this itinerary: 8am Antipolo Church 10am Bus to Calamba 12pm ETA Calamba City, Lunch 130pm ETA Calamba Church 200pm Rizal Shrine 300pm Rizal Monument and Calamba Hall 400pm ETD Calamba   How to Start the Antipolo and Calamba 150th Lakbay Rizal Route:   Take the LRT 2 going to Santolan. From there ride a jeepney or FX going to Antipolo Church. (P23 – 25) Take a jeepney from Cubao going to Antipolo Church Take an FX from SM Megamall going to Antipolo Church   From Antipolo to Laguna   If you have a car, you can take the Tanay route (which I haven’t memorized so I’m not sure which is nearer, however, the road going to Laguna is very scenic, passing by rice fields, mountains, the lake and overlooking sites) By car, the SLEX route can also be taken, and exit via Calamba. Go to Cubao by LRT 2 (Araneta Center, Cubao Station) or by Jeepney (there are jeeps from the church going straight to Cubao). From there, walk a little and go along the overpass to the HM or

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How to Go to Los Baños

How to Go to Los Baños

Are you thinking of doing your own P500 project day tour? Well, who am I to stop you from enjoying and exploring? While to some veteran travelers and commuters, this may seem like a really easy thing to do – commuting from Manila to Los Baños – but, for promdies (slang for people who live in the provinces – which I am, since I live in Rizal) like me, I have had no idea how to get to Los Baños by commute. There are two roads to Laguna, either by going through Antipolo and Tanay that runs into Rizal towns like Pililia and Jala Jala before Laguna or going through SLEX. Since I don’t know of any buses that ply the Antipolo and Tanay route, I opted for the SLEX route. There are buses in Cubao and Buendia that go to Laguna, mainly to Sta. Cruz and then going into Batangas or Quezon. Make sure to take the bus that goes to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Buses that go through Los Baños include Green Star, HM and BLTB (Batangas, Laguna, Tayabas Bus). Make sure to get down at Caltex so it’ll only be a short walk before you get to Jolibee which is at the main crossing or junction of Los Baños. The Green Star Bus to Los Baños cost P99

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Los Baños – A Day Tour Not More Than P500

Los Baños – A Day Tour Not More Than P500

In traveling, it it’s always a question of whether you have money or not. When I first started traveling and my friends used to tell me “Hey, why didn’t you take me with you?” I would then tell them – “Why, if I asked you to come, would you?” and then they’d immediately laugh and say “Probably not, I don’t have money.” Well, yes, I guess to travel, money is an important issue especially if you’re not comfortable going hard core. However, since finding out and meeting one of my travel idols – James Betia of Journeying James, I’ve taken a different insight into budget traveling and I truly admire how he’s proven I don’t have to be a governor or an actress to travel to beautiful places. One day, James, who is from Los Baños (Elbi or LB) offered to take some bloggers on a day tour of not more than P500 around Elbi on May 8. I’ve been to Los Baños before and I never thought much about the place or that there may be something more in Elbi. So, I signed up, after all, I’d get to meet other bloggers like Ivan of Batang Lakwatsero, Chin Chan of Juanderful Pinoy, Eileen Campos of Possibly Pinay and Lloyd of The Lostboy Lloyd and as an additional note, learn

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Hidden Valley Springs, Laguna

Hidden Valley Springs, Laguna

After I set up many, many itineraries in different places, when my aunts and uncle came home in April, all they really wanted was to go to this spring in Laguna, where they all went to when they were younger. So, as their current travel planner, I had to look for the place (they didn’t even know the name!) and I had to search for ways to get there and reservations and all that. Lucky for them, I’m highly resourceful. Within the day, I had the resort’s number and photos for verification. By the weekend, we had gathered my cousins and the whole family to spend a day in Hidden Valley Springs in Laguna. At first, I was disappointed that they hadn’t gone with any of my travel proposals but, it’s a new place after all, so I had to embrace it. Soon enough, I wasn’t going to regret it. Hidden Valley Springs is a private resort, secluded in Alaminos, Laguna just behind Mt. Makiling, a three hour drive from Cainta, Rizal. Day tours cost P1,800 for adults and P900 for children below 10 years old, inclusive of buffet lunch, afternoon snacks, welcome drinks and use of all facilities. Unfortunately, none of us looked below 10 years old anymore. Good thing my aunts and uncle from US had previously offered

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