Going to places by myself has always been in my bucket list ever since. I have had plans in the past but has never pushed through until last week when I was pressured to go to an unfamiliar place due to some responsibilities I have to do at work – I was assigned to look for a team building place. And this one was an option. I researched on it online and as I was reading some of the blogs about travelers who had been in this place, I can’t help but be excited with this adventure.
I used to go out alone but never in a place that I am unfamiliar with, no car and no one had ever told me how to go to this place. Some may find it dreading but for me, it’s like an adrenaline rush. I can say that I somehow knew fifty percent of this adventure because I am from Rizal too and I am very much familiar with some of the landmark like Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall in Cainta, Rizal. I can’t help but be very excited because as I have mentioned, I had always been thinking of traveling alone like “solo backpacking” – the only idea of it excites me.
How to go there:
1. If you from Manila, you may ride the MRT 2 (Recto-Santolan Transit) and alight in Santolan Station.
2. From there ride a jeepney with “COGEO” signage and alight at Cogeo Market (fare is around 20 pesos)
3. Then, from Cogeo Market, turn right after the footbridge and towards the end of that road (left side – along Mercury Drugs), there’s the jeepney terminal going to Sampaloc (Don’t be scared to ask around so you won’t get lost). And just inform the driver that you have to alight at Sierra Madre Resort (it’s along the road on the left side. Fare is around 55 pesos)
It was a long ride. I always joke around telling my friends that my white shirt had turned gray when I arrive there (which is really true) and all in all, the total travel time was around 3 hours from my place in San Mateo.
It was a very humid day when I arrive there and somehow, I felt a little disappointed with their customer service because no one even bothered to entertain me. That I must say is one of the opportunities I get to identify when I went there.
On the lighter side of things, I was in awe when I saw how beautiful the scenery is. Looking at it in pictures says it all. If it would have a been colder or if I went here during December, it would have been much better.
I had always been in love with nature and its beauty. All the time I am in that place, I had nothing left in mind but to praise God for this life He has given me and the chance to see such beautiful creation.
Of course, I didn’t let this opportunity slip – I tried their hanging bridge. :)
“Of course, I didn’t let this opportunity slip – I tried their hanging bridge. :)” – TWICE!!
(I am sorry for my “tiger look” it was just really hot that day and I turn to a monster in three circumstances: When it’s too hot, I had PMS and when I am hungry. :p)
This solo backpacking experience is monumental for me and I will surely do this all over again. It’ll let you think, be at peace and at the same time, you’d enjoy the company of yourself. Not only will it give you a new experience but it will also gave you the courage to walk alone. Because of this trip, I told myself, I will never be scared to walk alone because I was never really alone – I have my faith with me all the time. :)