Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary: Take the trek for a different kind of bonding!

The author on a hanging bridge. Do I looked scared? That's because I really am.
When we went up in Baguio City last year, we decided to go to the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary for a change. We've been to the City of Pines a couple of times and things had become quite monotonous: ride a bike, paddle a boat and mount a horse--so to make it extra special, we went to go trekking on the hilly terrain of the Sanctuary. 
The entrance to the woods.

My cousin Jamie Sanoy on top of the curved hanging bridge.
The cliff onboard the van going to the trail.
The best part is the hanging bridge. It is quite curve so we had to be really careful. The view had been perfect--stunning and we felt like boy scouts while we were touring the said place. There were 14 stations on the Sanctuary. The cosmic journey one has to take is quite steep, but definitely worth one's trip. 
The author in yellow shirt with Jamie (in red) and Arra Basilio and JV Sulit.

Yes, it's a hilly terrain and you have to go down to enjoy the view.
One will enjoy nature at its best. Communing with nature and in deep prayer will surely be experienced in Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary. They even had picnic areas but you have to bring in your food. Also be ready with a bottle of water in hand as the trek will surely make one thirsty.
Inside the caves before sun down.

Children should be accompanied by adults and everyone is to use caution due to the hilly terrain.
Going to the Cosmic Journey of the Sanctuary.

Here we come!

My entire clan takes a pose. 
Should you be interested to try this ecological journey/trail,  Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is located on #25 North Sto. Tomas road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City
Call them at (074) 442-4602

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pining for Pine Trees at Crosswinds Tagaytay

One Pine day at  Crosswinds Tagaytay

Growing up, each time we went up to Baguio City, I remember my relatives would tell us kids to roll down the car’s window and enjoy the smell of fresh pine trees.  Nowadays, I am glad we don’t need to travel that far in order to enjoy the pine trees.

Tagaytay City offers picturesque spots all year round without the hassle of driving all the way to the city of Pines.  Crosswinds is an idyllic 100-hectare Swiss sanctuary in Tagaytay. The only pine estate south of Manila, Crosswinds is serenity for the soul, and a quiet feast for the senses. This modern leisure community is a development project of Brittany, a Vista Land company, and is positioned to be a peaceful, private and quaint getaway, with all the convenience of modern living.

The crisp scent of 20,000 pine trees perfuming the air and the majestic view of the rolling hills with sweeping vistas, offer a welcome treat to every age.  Relax in the impressively beautiful units aptly named “Crosswinds Resort Suites”, which rest on Crosswinds breathtaking vantage point.

Crosswinds Resort Suites is the ideal place to unwind and recharge. With its elegantly designed furnishings and special introductory price of 3,999Php a night, Crosswinds is fast becoming a favorite destination for travelers/weekends guests and vacationers.  All suite units are fully fitted with LCD TV, DVD player, mini bar, electric range, Chinaware, glassware, cutleries and kitchen utensils for those who prefer to cook. Hotel Services are provided by Hospitality International Incorporated so guests can be assured and enjoy concierge services, daily housekeeping and complimentary breakfast for two. In-room spa services are also available upon request.

Guest may use the pool or take long walks around trekking paths. Kids may enjoy the outdoor playground, the year-round Christmas store and Village. Future amenities are an event lawn perfect for weddings and product launches, a hilltop chapel, banquet hall with function rooms, and a Swiss village with gourmet cafes and restaurants.
At Crosswinds, the world seems to stop and take a breath. With panoramic views of nature, the quiet peaceful surroundings and the cool and refreshing climate makes this place a truly memorable one.

So if you’re pining for Pine trees and so much more, escape the city. With only thirty-minute drive from Makati, Crosswinds promises to invigorate your senses.  Go ahead, unwind and recharge, experience the magic at Crosswinds!
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