Sunday, April 3, 2011

Something you either love or hate and an out of town experience.

Drake's So Far Gone mixtape - if you're into Hiphop/Rap, listen to it. You shouldn't pass up a mixtape this great.

When I get tired of the rappers rapping about money, the cars, the fame, and "the hoes", I hit stop and listen to The Script instead. Sometimes I need a pause or a stop button from all the swagging, bragging, and partying, and get in touch with my softer side.

My favorite genre is hip-hop and rap and I am aware of the negativity surrounding it. A lot of rappers do make sense. Some of their songs don't, some of their songs do. It's a love it or hate it relationship. Either way, they will dominate the charts.


A few days ago, I went with some schoolmates on this paradise not yet reached by industrialization and capitalism - Papaya, Nueva Ecija. It is a very long ride from the province's capital and does not attract a lot of tourists. People in there possibly only got the information by word of mouth or letting the pictures speak for its beauty. Which comes after this paragraph, without further ado. CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE! :)

There are many other photos but I picked out the best ones from a handful of pictures I took. We spent about an hour trekking out the rock formations and finally into some really dark cave with bats and blasts of cold air. Finally out in the sun, we went to the pictures shown above. It was very tiring but rewarding, especially when you actually get to be there.

Come on, Department of Tourism, promote the damn place!

How to get there:

Ride a bus to Gapan in one of the Bus Liners in Cubao. We picked Baliwag Transit (P160, if you're a student, bring your ID.) From Gapan, ride a jeep which will cost one person P23. Tell the driver to bring you to Papaya, where the cave and the water is at. I really don't know the exact name of the place, but show em some pictures and I'm sure they will know from there.

Much Love,


Raft3r said...

ganda dito, ah
may matitirhan ba dyan?

anney said...

I think the place is really nice! Kulang nga lang talaga sa promotion o advertisement para mas maraming makabisita dyan.

Tabor said...

What a lovely place. I think you listen to that music, because at your age it appeals to your energy level...don't listen too much as I do think the negatively sneaks into your soul.

Sey said...

this is such a lovely place and thank you for including the instructions on how to get there. We're looking for a great place for this summer and a place for trekking as well. Wish I could ask more questions like 1.) may accomodation ba dun or tent pinching lang?

Thanks for vising my blog.

Lynilu said...

What a peaceful place!

Anonymous said...

Nice series. I like the one in the middle best.

Yvonne said...

Wow~ the place is breathtaking. It's so serene and beautiful.

Busy Bee Suz said...

That place is gorgeous!!!! Maybe you shouldn't share it too much. :)
Rap....I feel the same way, I can take some of it, but only so much.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi there, My husband and I LOVE to go back into the mountains on the old forest (back) roads searching for waterfalls. Those are the areas which are not publicized --and therefore, are not 'tourist' places.

The place where you went is PERFECT--just my kind of place. I hate going to the typical industrialized places where lots of people go to... The place where you went is wonderful. Thanks!!!!!

witsandnuts said...

The first time I heard about this place. Maganda!

Buckeroomama said...

Wow, that sounds like a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The pictures look so good. :)

Maybe it still is in its pristine condition, because it is as yet undiscovered. Like Boracay 30 years ago, before commercialism and the tourist trade set in. Regardless, I hope it stays that way. :)

dong ho said...

someone actually invited me there and the place indeed looks nice. clear serene waters.

oh yes... what is nueva ecija's tourism officers doing.

Small Kucing said...

wow..the water is so clear

rochambeau said...

Hello Lovely,
You are right to balance life with the beauty of nature! It is a gift to have the chance to experience such beauty with friend. To get away from the rat race, to remember what is true within.

You are very smart!

MAX POWER said...

really beautiful pictures. also I'll check out that hip hop tape, sounds dope!

Faisal Admar said...


the pictures are beautiful :)
it's good sometimes to spend time at this kind of place to release the stress we get from work or study.

you love hip hop eh? i prefer ballade. hehe.

Allen said...

wow..the water is so clear