A Rainy-day Relaxation in Luljetta Hanging Gardens

Luljetta is a spa-resort located in Antipolo. It promises relaxation and commune to nature spa facilities . It is getting popular nowadays so we went here to celebrate my mother’s birthday since it is not too far away from Manila. Truth to be told, it is a great place. Here’s the list of what I would remember about this place.

1. The Welcome Golf-kart Ride. Actually it’s not far from the entrance to registration area. But Luljetta don’t want their guests to feel tired. So they will welcome you with a golf-car ride.

Capture

2. The thrill of choosing our bathrobe for the day and slaying it.

DSCF8666

 

 

3. When we can’t stop laughing with  Dr. Fish. It was so damn ticklish! We were laughing our hearts out. It  took a long while before we were finally get used to it.DSCF8512DSCF8525

Here’s the video of our hardship to get along with Dr. Fish.

 

3. The relaxing skyline view of Antipolo. The silhoutte of Manila is also totally visible from Luljetta Cafe’

DSCF9004

That’s Manila Metropolis right there.

DSCF9002DSCF8836

4. The delicious food at Luljetta Cafe’. Along with the basic package, they offer “Antipolo’s Best Suman” and lemongrass tea. The suman is something you must not miss. The rice is crispy then soaked in honey and showered with bits cashew nuts. The combination was perfect and it was truly enjoyable chewing it. I already miss it while typing this.

DSCF8698

DSCF8689

 

I love the presentation for this one but this is the food we like the least among our orders. I actually forgot what it is but I remembered it was sour. And I’m not a fan of sour foods.

DSCF8719

Sesame Fried Chicken. Not an ordinary-tasting chicken. I also love the sesame sauce that comes with it.

DSCF8717

Steamed Fish in Fish Soya Sauce. I also love this one. Totally recommended.

DSCF8712

dscf8649.jpg

DSCF8650

5. Of course the Luljetta Cafe’ itself is unforgettable. It has colorful interior and what I love the most is their art gallery made by our local artists.

DSCF8644DSCF8651DSCF8652DSCF8708DSCF8936DSCF8947

4. The Water Spa and a sweet couple we encountered during our stay here. If you are familiar with ACE Water Spa, this is the amenity that corresponds to it. In water spa, the water do the massage. It was kind of  disappointing moment though that one of their water spa machine is not working during our visit.

Meanwhile I hereby introduce to you my bitter sister.  A big thanks to this couple who cooperated in our impromptu shoot.

Couples should be banned here! hmp!

DSCF8552

 

Yakapin ko na lang sarili ko tutal I love myself naman e.

I will hug myself because I also love myself.DSCF8558

May sarili naman akong kamay para hawakan..akala niyo kayo lang?

I have my hands to hold. You are not the only one.

DSCF8559

Ano ba ‘yan???? Isang tao lang dapat per slot e. 

What the f??? Only one person should be on one slot. Grrr!

DSCF8565

My face be like…smile lang kahit inggit na inggit na.

DSCF8583

As for me, I only care about slaying my bikini. haha!

DSCF8573

YDXJ0866YDXJ0872

5. The cute cottages, kubo and houses. This places would be perfect for catching-up conversations with friends, taking a nap or even drinking a cup of coffee. Some rooms have available do-your-own coffee  features.

DSCF8492

DSCF8502DSCF8500

DSCF8867

DSCF8477

DSCF8909

DSCF8799DSCF8792

DSCF8794 - Copy

DSCF8798 - Copy

6. The Infinity Pool. 

DSCF8775

DSCF8743DSCF8762

Actually we were not the only people here. It suddenly rained at this moment (with thunder and lightning) and I was not brave enough to submerge myself in to the cold water.

DSCF8787

7. Things we have missed. Our package is only the most basic one. It was not enough to enjoy all amenities. We haven’t tried their specialty massage, sauna and jacuzzi. They also have overnight-stay inn here but we haven’t tried that as well since we have other plans.

Sauna rooms.

DSCF8475

Jacuzzi.

DSCF8473

8. The free souvenirs! When it’s time to go. You can choose either bracelet or rosary as  a remembrance. I chose the latter.

DSCF9009DSCF9010DSCF9016

Overall, I truly love our stay here in Luljetta Hanging Gardens. It was generally a rainy day but that did not completely spoiled the relaxation we got here. I won’t mind  going back. I’ll probably getting the more expensive package next time. Like the one with massage. However, the rooms they offer is quite expensive for me and I don’t see myself trying that in the future.

HOW TO BOOK

  1. Officially, the booking for Luljetta Hanging Gardens  is in this site https://www.bienvenidotours.com/luljettas-place.html . You would be needing a paypal account, credit card or mastervisa debit card. It is advisable to book it in 3-7 days in advance. Below are the summary of their package. This came from their official fb page in this link. I also highligted the package that we bought.

Capture

2. Once you check-out your booking, you will be receiving an email from  Bienvenido Tours which includes your receipt.

Capture.JPG

3. You will now be asked on the details of your arrival and contact number.

4. It is important to keep a digital copy or print-out of the receipt upon registration.

HOW TO GO.

There are many ways to go here but here’s the one we took since we were coming from Manila. For other ways, here’s the link for route suggestions.

  1. Go to LRT2 Recto Station. Select Santolan bound station.
  2.  From Santolan Station, ride a Antipolo Cathedral bound jeep but ask the driver to drop you off the Antipolo City Proper.
  3. From Antipolo City Proper, ride a tricycle going to Loreland Farm Resort. Luljetta Hanging Gardens is inside this resort too.
  4. Going back to Antipolo City Proper is also through tricycle.

 

See the part 2 of our Adventure: Witness No-Sweat Sea of Cloud in Treasure Mountain

Do you know a place that is also rainy-day friendly? Hit the comment and let me know!

 

Remember, it’s not always too late. Get the life you want!

Gurezu ❤

 

No-sweat Sea of Clouds of Treasure Mountain

The moment I saw Treasure Mountain in Facebook, I know I have to go there someday. It promises an easy pass to “sea of clouds”. You don’t have to climb a mountain so to speak. Not that I am not fond of climbing mountains. Sometimes you just want to relax, take things easy. You want to take selfies in the mountainside without looking haggard and sweaty. (This is great for pre-nup shoot actually. I saw this in their page.) Manila habitants would also rejoice since it can only takes 3 hours to get here. More importantly, this is for the people who are incapable of climbing mountains for health reasons. In my case, I brought my mother here. I can never bring her to rigorous hiking. But thank goodness , there is treasure mountain.

Allow me to manage your expectation first. There is NO GUARANTEE you’ll see sea of clouds. It depends on the mood of the nature. But on the morning of June 24, 2018, we got super lucky.

 

20180624-DSCF9087

 

Treasure Mountain is located at Sitio May Sawa Brgy. Cuyambay, 1980 Tanay, Rizal. I will categorize the ways to go here in three modes.

 

A. Chillax Mode. There is less commuting efforts and there is definitely no hike involved. Straight to the mountain beshies.

  1. Go to Tanay Public Market with this 3 options.

DSCF9296

  • From Starmall in front of Megamall, ride a jeep or FX (UV express) going to Tanay Market
  • From MRT Cubao, ride an FX or Jeepney going to Tanay Market.
  • From LRT Santolan, ride FX going to Tanay Market.

 

2. From Tanay Public Market, ride a tricycle straight to Treasure Mountain. This will cost P500.00. I think that could accommodate  four persons already, as long as you fit in one tricycle. I got our trike near Puregold, somewhere around Public Market.

 

B. Adventurer Mode. I called it this way because it takes a lot of commuting and it gives you an opportunity to have 20-minutes trek to sea of clouds.

  • Ride a van or jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 or Padilla
  • Ride a jeepney bound to Sampaloc, Tanay
  • Get-off at Sitio Maysawa, waiting shed or the jump-off to the Maysawa Circuit
  • Trek for 45 minutes or take a tricycle to Treasure Mountain

C. Detour Mode. We did this one unexpectedly.

We came from Antipolo because we visited Luljetta Hanging Garden first. The original plan is from there, we will travel to Treasure Mountain and stay overnight. I even reserved a room. But there was quite a heavy rainfall. Aside from that, all jeepneys going to Tanay were all full. Tricycle from Antipolo woudn’t even agree to bring us even in Tanay Market because it was too far. I was highly discouraged and actually decided to go home already. We stopped by in a restaurant in Morong to have dinner. We had a chitchat with the crew there and they suggested we stay in a low-cost apartelle nearby to rest then just travel at 2 am. We decided to take this advice.

This is Hanson’s Apartelle in Teresa, Antipolo and it have crazy low rates. Great for the people who went on Antipolo tour. Or people who want to have shorter travel time for their tour in Tanay, Rizal.

DSCF9033

We took the 6 hours Aircon room. This is for two people only. We just added P100.00 for extra person. So all-in-all we spent P550.00 pesos. Not bad right?

DSCF9031

This is the room. There’s no much facility here. No wifi, no extra outlet, the t.v was old.  I But who would I to  complain? It is expensive and a truly decent room to stay for a short time. The CR is okay too. It is clean.

DSCF9026DSCF9027

At 2:30 am, we took a jeepney going to Tanay. We dropped-off Puregold near Tanay Public Market and immediately got a trike going straight to Treasure Mountain. Even though it was still dark, we already saw a LOT of sea of clouds along the way. I was so happy.

REGISTRATION

DSCF9039.JPG

I am quite disappointed with this one. We arrived at around 4:30 am. But we were greeted with an empty registration area. (Well except dogs were there.) I read that the day tour starts at 4 am so I expect that it would open at this time. Time is of the essence for me. Sea of clouds may disappear And I need to set-up in a good spot for photos. Also we were also there for the sunrise.    I  think the staff arrived at 5 am.

Entrance fee is only P 150.00 each person for DAY TOUR.

DSCF9051

 

But there’s no time for bad vibes. Sea of Clouds is waiting for us and we have to hurry!

20180624-DSCF919320180624-DSCF9093-2

20180624-DSCF9096

I intentionally brought this skirt for awra purposes haha!

20180624-DSCF9120-2

Nang umakyat si Inang Kapatagan sa Kabundukan…

20180624-DSCF9117

20180624-DSCF9118

20180624-DSCF9150

 

The Sea of clouds rose up from where stood. There was a moment of zero visibility here. If this is water, we were drowned for sure. But this is clouds and we are happy to drown. Now, it’s great for coffee drinking session.

20180624-YDXJ0879

20180624-YDXJ0889

 

FOODS and DRINKS

After taking so much photos, it’s time to get hungry and satisfy our coffee cravings because of cold temperature.  Treasure mountain has a small restaurant which is open from 6 am to 9pm.

20180624-DSCF9235

DSCF9214

20180624-DSCF921620180624-DSCF9228

These are the rates of the food here. It’s quite pricey for silog meals but reasonable since we’re on top of a mountain. Coffee by the way is P20.00 per cup.

20180624-DSCF9279

20180624-DSCF9280

 

Another resto option that I haven’t tried is  The Lounge at Treasure Mountain.

These are some of the dramatic photos I took

20180624-DSCF9219-220180624-DSCF913820180624-DSCF9211-320180624-DSCF9223

20180624-YDXJ0894

Thanks to my sister for assisting me for these shots  taken during sunrise.

20180624-DSCF9170

20180624-DSCF9153.jpg

RATES SUMMARY base on Treasure Mountain fb page as of October 5, 2017: 

Entrance Fee

  • Day(4am to 3pm): P150.00
  • Over- night(4pm to 1pm): P200.00

Overnight

  •     Tent Pitching: P300.00
  •     Tent Rental: P500.00 / tent for a capacity of 2 persons, P800.00 / tent for a capacity of 4 persons
  •      Sleeping mat rental: P200.00
  •      Room Lodging: P500.00 minimum of 2 persons and maximum of 5 guests. Sleeping mat inclusive.

Side-Trip

  •  Bosay Falls : P500.00 for tour guide, maximum of 5 guests

 

Cars are welcome to go directly here but be warned that there are parts of  the road that has still no pavement year. This will be on the driver’s discretion.

They have decent CR too. Quite muddy and dark but understandable since this is on top of a mountain.

Going back to Tanay Public Market is easy too. There’s a tricycle terminal just walking distance away from Treasure Mountain.

20180624-DSCF9294

That’s all for now. I have a lot of videos here that I have not processed yet. Overall, this is a beautiful place for relaxation and mountainside photo-ops. It’s inexpensive and require no long travel time from Manila.  The cons are  late opening of Registration area and very slow-response in their fb page. My reservation for a room took about 4 days to be processed. But still, I will definitely come back here because I haven’t roamed the area. I have missed beautiful spots for more photo-ops. And I haven’t done the original plan of Astrophotography practice here.

For inquiries, here’s the link Treasure Mountain Fb Page.

Bye Beshies for now!

I’ll leave you with this GIF.

ezgif.com-video-to-gif.gif

And this BTS photo taken by mother that I’m really fond of.

36063656_2108336782721996_7274956051395379200_o.jpg

And a MORAL LESSON!

RAIN is not always a bad thing.  After the rain, there will be rainbows. And also SEA of CLOUDS!  (Wew that was deep -_- ….)

Kidding aside, if we gave up because of the heavy rain,  we would have not seen this breathtaking view. That translate to real life as well. So don’t give up with life struggles. Always looks for detour to get what you want.

Drown in Flowers in Northern Blossom Atok, Benguet

My sister wanted to celebrate her 26th birthday at Baguio. I was not that thrilled because I already toured Baguio years ago. But thanks goodness, while researching something to add in our itinerary, I stumbled in a facebook blog about “Northern Blossom at Atok, Benguet, two hours from Baguio. Finally, it felt like this is the twist I am looking for our Baguio trip. I immediately added this on our second-day itinerary.

*Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30 am, we went out of our transient home and hailed a taxi going to Dangwa Bus Station. According to the facebook guide, we would ride a bus going to Bontoc or Sagada. We were just in time because the next trip going of the bus was 7:00 am. I told the conductor that our drop-off would be the Municipal Hall of Sayangan Atok, Benguet. The tickets caused P73.00 per person.

* We arrived at around 9:15 am. The municipal looked like this. We entered and asked around how to register as tourist and we were redirected to a tent booth.

*To tell you the truth, there was a slight misunderstanding during the registration. After we signed up in their log-book, we were offered to purchase a day tour that would cost almost P1500.00 for our group. Although the tour is exciting, it would be way beyond our plans and our budget. I made clear that just wanted to visit Northern Blossom and Benguet Kochi Sisterhood Park where there are real Sakura flowers. They said we don’t need a tour if that’s the case. It’s just a walking distance from municipal hall. Someone from the registration guided us on our way.

*Anyway here’s the tour packages they offer. I would love to go back and avail this. When I go to Sagada, I would make this as part of my trip.

DSCF0766

* Finally! We arrived at the Northern Blossom main house. We signed up and pay P200.00 per person. I was asked to choose between Area 1 and Area 2. Area 1 has shorter route but most of the flowers were harvested already because of the recent Panagbenga Festival. Area 2 is untouched but way longer. I chose Area 2 without blinking. Who cares if we get tired?

*I must say the photoshoot started inside the registration house already. The wooden interior made us feel instantly relaxed,

DSCF0772

*And finally, the flowers! The tour guide actually know the name and some trivia about the flowers by heart whenever we ask. But who would remember the information anyway. The important is to ENJOY THE FLOWERS!

DSCF0806

DSCF0826

This door is inviting…promising for more breathtaking views!

DSCF0833

DSCF0841

DSCF0844

DSCF0858

Along the way, I met this really cute kid who obviously want his pictures taken.

DSCF0860

This is the cabbage rose. Not a flower but a vegetable. Actually Northern Blossom is not new to me a anymore. Local tv show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Sojo” already featured this garden because of its Cabbage Roses. But it was shown long time ago so it slipped out of my mind. The facebook blog reminded me just in time.

DSCF0869

DSCF0870

DSCF0918

DSCF0879

DSCF0893

DSCF0925

TWINNING WITH MY SISTER. I purposely bought same style dresses to wear for this trip so we can have our twinning moments in this farm. I am so prepared I am amazed with myself.

DSCF0930

DSCF0933

DSCF0934

DSCF0956

DSCF1004

AND MORE PICTURES!!!

DSCF0964

DSCF0975

DSCF0983

DSCF0994

DSCF1005

DSCF1008

DSCF1009

DSCF1014

DSCF1021

DSCF1022

DSCF1027

DSCF1036

BACK TO THE REGISTRATION HOUSE …

After the trip to flowers, we returned to the relaxing registration house. We were humbled to meet the owner of Northern Blossom. He toured us inside their transient house. (Yes you can sleep inside the Northern Blossom Farm)! And he even offered us soda and Benguet coffee.

DSCF1052

DSCF1053

DSCF1066

And another bonus! There were two sweet puppies roaming around the house. They are so friendly they lick you when you touch them. I want to bring them home with me. Even when going back to Baguio, I’m still thinking about them. I miss them so much. They are really sweet.

P_20180305_115242

I FEEL SO ATTACKED!

After this, we ate lunch at the Van station going back to Baguio. It was just a walking distance from Northern Blossom. Just look for Marosan’s Restaurant. The trip going back to Baguio costs P100.00 per person.

P_20180305_122700 (2)

Sadly, we did not push through of going to another flower farm which has authentic Sakura due to our mother and her friend were so exhausted already. It was also really hot that time. If you are going to visit, better to ride a bus at around 4am going here. And besides, the locals said that Sakura are not in full bloom yet. I’ll promise I’ll go back in Atok Benguet. Even our bus ride became so enjoyable because of all the breathtaking views of the mountains and rice terraces. I’ll definitely go back to see what Atok, Benguet has to offer. Hopefully the cherry blossoms are already in full bloom that time.

Ending this blog with my most favorite picture, “the hills are alive with sound of music”. It makes sense since my name is Mary which is also Maria.

DSCF0999 (2)

Hope you enjoy my photo overload post. How about you? What beautiful place have you discovered recently?

Summary

Northern Blossom can be a nice side trip when you are in Baguio or you are on your way to Sagada. Entrance Fee is only P200.00.

From Manila: Victory Liner bus-P455.00, Joy Executive Bus P730.00.

  1. Dangwa Station to Sayangan Municipal Hall Bus. P73.00
  2. Tourist Registration at Municipal Hall
  3. Northern Blossom. P200.00 Entrance Fee.
  4. Van going back to Baguio in front of Marosan Restaurant, P100.00 each.

To contact Northern Blossom, here’s the calling card.

Mountain Climbing is A Sweet Torture

I skipped having any blog post yesterday thus breaking my 30-Day Blogging Challenge. But I have to forgive myself because I was out there, getting out of my comfort zone again and pushed my lazy ass to climb a mountain. It was not my first time but climbing any mountain is still a challenge no matter what. Just like last year, climbing a mountain remind me of these two things: 1. No matter how hard it is, no matter how long the struggle, as long as you make that one step forward, you’ll get to your target destination no matter what. In climbing a mountain, you’ll get overwhelm with slippery mud. You’ll get dirty. You get hurt. But it doesn’t mean you’ll stop. Its okay to rest when you feel exhausted. Its okay that you are the slowest climber. But as you keep moving forward, you will reach the top. If you think about it, it applies so well in our daily life. I have a goal this year, to finish a novel. But lately I got overwhelmed again. With the feelings of insecurities and not feeling good enough to write. But climbing a mountain refreshed my perspective again. I will write everyday keep moving the story forward, even I can only do one sentence in some days. I will appreciate any step I would take. 2. It’s not the summit but the journey. Why do we like to reach the summit? It’s on the top. It has the nicest view where it would be great to take selfies. Reaching the top felt like earning a bragging badge. But you know what, summit is nothing compared to the journey and the memories you had with your friends or evwn strangers while climbing it. Whenever you help each other in a muddy trail. When you share food and drinks. When you have a conversation with someone while walking along the trail. Or sometimes you sing together. When you get hurt and someone will help you. The laughter you share. The bond. The new friendship. It was so hard to get the top. Frustrating. But you keep on moving because of the people with you. There’s so much lesson from the journey than the summit itself. Just like in real life, we see successful people who reached the summit of their lives. We see pictures of them having luxurious lives. But I think people should always look what they went through to get there. They must have sacrificed a lot, shed a lot of tears, had multiple failures and regrets. If we encounter a successful person, I think its best to not concentrate on their success, but the story of their journey. There are.more learnings from there. (The Fault in Our Blogs family)

Finally, some summit photos

Climbing a mountain is surely a torture. But it gets to remind me to strive in life and keep creating sweet memories. Mountain is a great analogy of getting the goals in real life.It might not be my passion. I don’t know when I would climb again. But I am sure it won’t be the last. Day 7 of 30 day blogging challenge. By the way this is Mt. Daguldol of San Juan Batangas. I’ll be blogging more about this trip this coming days. See you tomorrow!