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10 INSPIRING Travel Quotes

I wanted to share inspiring wanderlust quotes that I’ve read from books, the internet, and other sources. These quotes inspired me to do more adventures and see the most beautiful places that I’ve only seen on postcards and Instagram. These quotes are the reasons why I fell deeply in love with photography, voyage, and mother earth, and I’m very grateful to share some of the pictures that made all my travels worthy, heart-stopping and heaven-sent.

Here are the 10 travel quotes that will spark your desire and longing for travels and adventures;

  1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
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  2. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson

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  3. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

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  4. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

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  5. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. – Unknown

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  6. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  7. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll

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  8. Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. – Pat Conroy

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  9. I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya
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  10. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

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The Greenery

A few months ago, I shared some tips on our #swiss weekend getaway. Our wonderful experience from Crosswinds Swiss Resort made us want to come back sooner. But since our #squad are looking for other beautiful places that we can share with you guys, we decided to visit a place that gives a #Hollandfeels experience.

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For less than two hours of travel time from Manila, you can enjoy the breathtaking and famous prenup destination for wedding couples in Baliwag. The place is called “The Greenery” and well known for its picturesque and gorgeous landscape.

We ride a Baliwag bus that took us one and half hour due to traffic. It’s best to travel early in the morning and on weekends to avoid the traffic jam of Metro Manila.  Since we arrived a bit late, we end up eating in Greenwich. There are plenty of restaurants, however, our hungry stomach can’t let us wait for another minute.

From the city, we ride a tricycle and paid Php 50.00, and the driver took us to our hotel. The guard at the gate will ask for your reservation and it would be better to inform ahead of time for the time of your arrival.

This what the place looks like when we arrived.

You can easily see the mini train and feel the solemn and quite ambiance of the place.

My BFF Tin is actually checking out this place for her prenup this year and we are very happy to see how gorgeous the place is. It’s a great spot for weddings, parties, and conference business activities. It has event halls for seminar and area for the wedding reception. It’s quite big and can accommodate a large number of guests. The Greenery has Pavilion, Open Garden and Lighthouse which are truly eye catching and Instagram perfect.

They also have the following features:

  • Infinity Pool/ Swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Kayak
  • Water sports/other activities (for team buildings)
  • Rooms/villas
  • Christmas Village
  • Mini Train
  • Jetski

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I notice that they have less staff, and it’s great that only a few people are checked in at that time. We like to enjoy this beautiful, serene and peaceful place. Very quiet and private spot that suits the people who hate the noise and crowded city.

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This is our room 🙂
We roam around the area after we arrange our luggage.  We noticed that there are people in the pool area who are on team buildings. They have this bridge, lighthouse, and cottages that you’ll fall in love with. The Christmas village reminded us of the displays in Crosswinds, although the Greenery have a different style and they used different colors. You can spot the uniqueness of this place once you see the lighthouse and the infinity pool.
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This bridge is great for pictorial which we love 🙂

Since it’s Ben’s birthday, we celebrate it during dinner and let him blow the cake we bought for him.

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Ben’s ready to blow the cake he accidentally ruined :p

Because snacks are only allowed to bring in this place, we expected great food for visitors. However, it’s not what we experienced. I don’t know maybe we’re caught up with high expectations or we ordered the wrong food, but honestly, there’s a need for them to improve their food and their menu. We’re a bit disappointed but didn’t allow that feeling to ruin Ben’s celebration. We don’t have much to say as the staffs are all friendly and helpful to us. After all, it’s important that our squad is finally complete this time and we’re able to celebrate our Bff’s birthday.

Tips: you can look for restaurants near the area and instruct the staff to get you a tricycle in case you don’t bring a car.

Early in the morning, we had our buffet breakfast. They served coffee, dried fish, longganisa, fried eggplant, eggs and rice. A typical Filipino food and we’re happy with it. Their breakfast is way better than the food we ordered during dinner.

After breakfast, we went for a swim and took some photos.

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Gorgeous infinity pool 🙂
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Infinity pool 🙂
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infinity pool 🙂
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Cottages
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the other swimming pool near the hall area

Overall, this place is gorgeous, solemn, and not so crowded. You may experience the calmness and quietness of this place which is great if you’re looking for a place outside the busy city of Manila. Accessible and affordable for people who wants fabulous and quiet weekend getaway with friends and family. I will be happy to recommend this place and will definitely come back.

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#photoshoot with BFF 🙂

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How to get there?

Book a bus from Baliwag Transit Inc, located in Pasay or Cubao Terminal, then, instruct the bus driver to drop you off the center (sentro) of Baliwag. Ride a tricycle and instruct the driver to take you to the Greenery.

For accommodation, you can check below details taken from their site below:

Single Villa P4,400/night Max of 2 persons
Single Villa P6,080/night Max of 4 persons without extra beds
Extra Bed P1,000
Inclusions
Room Type:

Two-double twin bed
One – king size bedOvernight stayBreakfast includedUse of swimming pool facilitiesAttire: proper swimming attire onlyChildren under 12 years old stay for free if using existing bedding.Children aged 12 years old over must use an extra bed. An extra bed is available for this room.Check-in: 2:00pm
Check-out 12nnBringing of outside food is strictly prohibitedFood available at our clubhouse cafe

Grand Villa P23,000/night Max of 10 persons
Extra Bed P1,000
Inclusions
Room Type:

5 rooms, with receiving areaRoom 1: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 2: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 3: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 4: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 5: two single beds, sleeps 2Overnight stayBreakfast IncludedUse of swimming pool facilitiesAttire: Proper swimming attire onlyChildren under 12 stay for free if using existing bedding.Children aged 12 or over must use an extra bed. An extra bed is available for this room.Check-in: 2:00pm
Check-out 12nnBringing of outside food is strictly prohibitedFood available at our clubhouse cafe *All prices are inclusive of 5% service charge*Prices are subject to change without prior notice

Mt. Daraitan + Tinipak River Dayhike

Mt. Daraitan is near the border of Tanay Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon. Attractions include river, spring, cave, mountains and limestone formation. The barangay has proper management of handling visitors and they provide trained local tour guides for every group of climbers.  

Based on Pinoy Mountaineer description, “the hike up is a straightforward 600-meter ascent that might feel steep to those not used to hiking”.  It will be a challenging hike but  the limestone viewpoint found at the summit of Daraitan makes it rewarding.

Nowadays, climbing becomes a trend not only to those who are physically active but also for those who are up for a challenge. I’m not athletic and not even adventurous, but this year I decided to do something different… so I did.

I asked my teammates to join me on climbing Mt. Daraitan. This is not an easy decision for us because we are not climbers.  I saw a post on facebook page from Traveling Adventure regarding this climb. It’s actually a day hike and they provide a tour and van transfer from Manila-Tanay-Manila. It is not easy to organize so we decided to get their service and based on their page, they have satisfied clients.

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Bridge an hour away from Barangay Daraitan

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Our day hike happened last February 28. We left Manila early Sunday morning going to Tanay Rizal. We arrived on time and we registered at Barangay hall. We are briefed at the Barangay basketball court and we are grouped into 6 teams. We are only 8 members in our group and Kuya Mel was assigned to us as our guide. He’s a local tour guide and very warm in welcoming us. We are excited about this climb and we brought first aid kit, medicine, water and food. Of course, we are in our climbing outfits; we wear sandals and shoes for this climb.

We start the climb around 7:15 in the morning. We reached this spot where we had our snacks and picture taking. The climb was steep but easy for the first two hours. We are making friends with other members of the group; luckily, they are nice people and love joking around.

Also read: Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

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You’ll reach this spot after two hours 🙂

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After four hours, we finally reached the summit of Daraitan. It was an amazing feeling. We are surprised to see a lot of people and the picture taking was limited to 20-30 minutes only to accommodate all the visitors. We fell in love with the rocky summit and the limestone formation. From the summit, we saw the Sierra Madre Mountains, Laguna de Bay, and the Daraitan River which is part of our side trip. We enjoyed the panoramic view from the summit.

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I like seeing the view from here 🙂
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View at the summit of Mt. Daraitan
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At the summit of Daraitan

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Going down the mountain supposed to be easy but in our case, it’s not. We already felt the difficulty of going down, it’s slippery and our shoes are muddy. One of the climbers told us that we already experienced all the elements in this climb. It is indeed a challenging climb especially that the rain poured heavily.

We rest in a restaurant near Tinipak River and waited for the rain to stop. While waiting, we use towels to dry ourselves off after getting wet from the rain, and we tried the restaurant’s famous “LOME”. I got lome and coffee.

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We proceed to Tinipak river and we’re surprised to see the bigger and bolder stones. We clean ourselves and some members of our group swim. It was a relief to freshen up and to see how amazing the river is. One of the reasons why we chose Daraitan, is this rocky river and I never regret it. It is amazingly beautiful! 🙂

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Tinipak River

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ITINERARY

0200 Meet-up at Puregold Cubao
0300 ETD to Tanay Rizal
0500 Arrival at Daraitan River. Cross with raft and take trike to Barangay hall
0730 ETA Barangay Hall; Register and secure guides
0800 Start trek up Mt. Daraitan
1130 ETA summit. Explore the viewpoints / lunch
1300 Start descent to Tinipak River
1500 Arrival at Tinipak River Explores the area
1630 Proceed to Brgy. Daritan via riverside trail
1800 Head back to manila

Traveling Adventure

Contact No: 09266930794

Costs and Inclusion:
Amount: Php 850.00
Inclusion: Guide, Van Transfer, Tour Coordinator Bag Tag