Pen’s Heart x Pinto Art

Looking for a place to spend the weekend over to relax and somehow escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Pinto Art Museum is just a few minutes drive from the metro. I am a fan of art and I do appreciate artsy places a lot so I have decided to plan a mini get-away with my best friend and see this museum. I have been hearing stories about the place that enticed me and I decided to see it for myself. Pinto Art Museum is a beautiful contemporary art space located inside Grand Heights subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal. Pinto means “door” in English and I guess the name itself implies an opening for a relaxing experience and a place where you would want to go back.

Sharing with you some of the photos I took during my tour in the museum:

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Discovering Malabrigo in Lobo, Batangas

Weekends are always the best time for getaways especially if you are working on weekdays. It is the best time to stress out and unwind in a place where you most enjoy it. Fortunately, I happen to plan a getaway far from the usual places that you could think of when you hear of Batangas.

I grew up spending almost all my summer vacations when I was in grade school in my Grandparents’ place in Taysan, Batangas. I remember one or two of those summer vacations where my parents, together with some of my cousins and relatives there brought us to a nearby town – Lobo. There are quite a number of beaches that you could find around the area in different barangays. One of those is Malabrigo where one of my dad’s sisters used to live. And what I remember was the pebble beach that I don’t really enjoy because of the stones. Malabrigo is only few minutes away from the town proper of Lobo passing through fields and resorts in other barangays. Lobo is an hour travel from Batangas City.

Then came last weekend and I thought of going back there with my housemate, two of my siblings and my cousin – our tour guide. I told my cousin that I wanna go to the pebble beach in Malabrigo where I used to remember spending one of those summer vacations.

He brought us to Malabrigo Lighthouse, officially known as Faro de Punta de Malabrigo built in 1896 and served as beacons to vessels at the Verde island passage during the Spanish regime and it was declared as a National Historical Landmark last November 27, 2006. Quite a historical tour out there.

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Malabrigo Lighthouse

Down the “parola”, there is a stairway going down to the beach – the pebble beach that I was talking about.  And I thought, I’ll be disappointed because what I’ve seen on the web are too perfect and I thought, the photos are photoshopped.

But then I’ve seen the same thing and I was in awe. It was so relaxing down the beach and hearing the waves are like music to my ears. The pebbles look great and since there is no resorts in that area, the beach shore is really clean and the water is clear, you can see at the bottom. My cousin told me that it is allowed to have camping there as long as you have the permission from the barangay officials. The place is really great and the views are Instagram savvy! I would definitely go back here.

An Escape from the City Heat

Let me share some photos taken from my travel to Baguio early this June. Baguio is one of the cool places here in the Philippines where tourists really bombard all year round. People enjoy the cold weather and a breathe of fresh air even in the heart of the city. And so do I. It’s not just the weather and the sceneries but also the rich culture that Baguio has to offer. There are museums, villages, farms, and parks where you can really see the beauty of nature embroidered in the place. And just few months ago, some remote places in Baguio were featured in a prime time show in a television network. Thus, introducing the place to a bunch of tourists. There was even a movie called ‘That Thing Called Tadhana‘ (That Thing Called Destiny) which featured Baguio and various places in Mountain Province as well such as Sagada. And the ever famous phrase was rendered because of that movie. People would say that they want to look for their Destiny in Baguio (Pupunta ako sa Baguio at hahanapin ko ang tadhana ko). But of course, I didn’t go there to look for my destiny because I already have my own Destiny, and it’s not just someone, it’s a family! 🙂

Well anyway, here are some photos I’ve taken during my Baguio trip:

Boat in Burnham Park

Boat ride in Burnham Park

I tried this one because I’m scared riding on any water vehicle. And, I was able to overcome that fear and at the same time, I enjoyed a lot. Though it’s really hard to paddle. 😛 (Checklist #3 on my 21 Things to do done)

dog

Oh yes, this is Doglas. He is a really huge dog but he seemed so tired because a lot of people are taking pictures with him (including me). I wish I could take him home. 😦 And oh by the way, I also tried biking for an hour. I thought I don’t know how to ride a bike anymore, it’s been 4345688709 years since I last rode a bike. 😀

Map of the Philippines - Lego Version

Map of the Philippines – Lego Version

I’ve been to SM City Baguio as well and was amused by this huge map of the Philippines made with Lego pieces. And every place has it’s most famous scenery on it, also made with lego. How creative was that?

tam-awan

After some sort of a city tour, we went to Tam-awan Village where you can experience a unique Cordilleran culture and craftmanship. There are a lot of hand crafts available to travelers.

bencab

BenCab or Benedicto Reyes Cabrera is a renowned National Artist in Baguio and his masterpieces are featured in this museum. For the art lovers, this museum is one of the must-see. 😉

minesview

Mines View Park is one of the most visited park in Baguio City. From the observation deck of the park a breathtaking panoramic view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines and the surrounding mountains unfolds before you.

mansion

It was quite late when we got to The Mansion, it is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. And as far as I know, it has been part of important events in our country’s rich history. I wouldn’t miss the chance to be here.

50sdiner

After some quite of a tour, we grabbed some dinner in the 50s Diner. Yes, the ambiance is 50s, the interior is 50s and the music revolves from the 50s to I think 70s.

latrinidad

Though the season for strawberries was over, we still able to see some strawberries planted in the Strawberry farm but we cannot go strawberry picking anymore. I was able to see how the farmers do some tending of their crops and was amazed how they really took care of their harvests.

themanor

Before going home, we passed by Camp John Hay and went inside The Manor, one of the finest hotels in Baguio City and also known as ‘Hotel Grande’ due to the prime time series ‘Forevermore‘. There are variants of flowers inside The Manor and hotel guests would definitely love the view.

lost

Lastly, we went to the Cemetery of Negativism just right beside The Manor and part of the City’s historical core. There are gravestones inside where you can see negative thoughts buried. Yes, travel for me is a therapy and seeing a cemetery with ‘dead’ negative things could probably add up to it. You will find peace of mind, clarity and fun in this place!

And there you go. These are just some places in Baguio City where I’ve been. There are some more but I won’t be including it. It’s for you to discover and explore yourself. It is indeed more fun in the Philippines and worth seeing. Baguio City is just one of those places. This is just the beginning. I’ll be traveling more and share about it as well. Have fun! 😉

One destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things – Henry Miller