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This gallery contains 61 photos.
Casa San Pablo is actually the first on my list to visit with the help (and enticement) of Viaje del Sol. http://www.viajedelsol.ph/
It was always dancing and prancing in my mind. And finally, I got there. I’ve first fallen in love with it when I saw it in a local magazine. It featured their Casitas, with those murals, and paintings of some famous Filipino painter, individually themed (very distinct from one another), decorated with hard to find antique stuff, and those clippings from magazine mounted in their walls boasting good reviews about this quaint B&B place. It is found at the heart of San Pablo, Laguna.
San Pablo is a jewel though a little city. It offers a lot of interesting places. It brings you closer to nature, closer to God. Casa San Pablo is in synch with that. It’s all flora and fauna. Some local artists assemble here maybe because they are anticipating that the beauty of Casa San Pablo will instantly bring out the best in them.
It is homey, and the inn-keeper as expected is so friendly, he has a way of connecting the guests with each other. Or if a guest would want privacy, he will know it instantly.
Everyone from this place (including myself), the whole time I was there, are all smiling.
Mama and papa used to irked me (in a positive way) about visiting Villa Escudero Plantation and resort. And so one weekend, I decided to bring them to Villa Escudero. At the same time, to keep myself sane, due to tons of stress from work.
It’s just a day trip, since papa’s not so fond of overnights, he will not be able to sleep thinking of his dog, his janitors and kois and love birds as to whom will feed them during those hours nobody was at home. I am used to him being like that, he seems to be the same way even when I was a child.
We left early morning in time to enjoy lunch with our feet dipped in the cold flowing spring water. They call it Waterfall restaurant. They prepared a long table of several dishes (sitted on banana leaves) for the guests to choose from, there’s a table for main course, for drinks and for desserts. It was sumptuous. Though the feeling of being literally “cold feet” gets to me. I “Indian sit” instead the whole time I had my lunch.
We had welcome drinks when we arrive served by attendants wearing a Filipina costume with a fresh flower clipped in their hair. Some boys are also serenading the guests using a guitar looking instrument. They achieved creating the feel of being in the province specifically in the Philippines.
We were brought to the Waterfall restaurant by carabao-drawn carts. It’s actually a choice between that and a colorful jeepney.
We also visited the museum. It is actually an old church which they transformed into a museum.
It’s prohibited to take pictures inside. I got just one. Ehehe. Antique jewelry, clothing, jars, and all those artifacts, they were able to preserve. It is one of the most impressive museums I have ever seen. Though, no chance to pose for a souvenir picture, Security guards manned the whole area, I guess, there’s one in every corner.
There’s a souvenir shop too.
Villa Escudero is a vast place, the more you venture into it, the more interesting things unfolded. the long road to take with coconut trees surrounding the area are just hints of things to come.
The lake is surprising. According to the life-savers, it is more than 10 feet deep. My son, only 10 years old at that time was so brave to do bamboo rafting. He was backed by his “lolo” (grandfather). They were actually a team. So loyal to each other.
We spent some time dipping into the pool as well. Served snacks and we called it a day.
Let me put it this way, I used to think vacationing usually takes days, and rides via a plane or a big boat perhaps, being here, I learned that some road trip is worth it. Especially if with your fam. Having this weekend with them was truly a great day spent. I wish this will happen a lot. (–,)
A map to guide you just in case.