When the new year began, Ito and I hit our stride by hitting the road. It had been quite a while since our last road trip and with all the fantastic new highways that recently opened up plus the temperature cooling down a bit (and gas/diesel prices going down!), we thought there wouldn’t be a better time to do a little exploring closer to home.
While we hope to discover more new towns and rediscover some old favorites this year, we started things off with a few short trips–first we headed North with a drive up to Baguio (after way more than a decade!), then we headed South with a first-ever drive down to Lumban, Laguna. Thankfully the weather right now is perfect, so I’m looking forward to letting Ito enjoy the drive while I sit in the passenger’s side and enjoy the view!
Sharing a few of my Instagram photos on the road…
Beautiful–a highway with not a single billboard in sight!
Roadside fishponds and a view of the mountains
After over a decade–back to visit the City of Pines!
A visit to Baguio’s markets for some big, fresh strawberries
The all-important Good Shepherd staples
Enjoying the 11 degrees Celsius morning chill
Clear skies and a gorgeous sunset
Plants lining the roadside as we head South
A quick stop at a peaceful ‘palaisdaan’ for lunch
Maria Makiling welcomes us with open arms
Visiting the town of Lumban, the embroidery capital of the Philippines
The stone church of San Sebastian, built in the 1600’s
The wide and beautiful Lumban River
Roadside guardian looking over us during our drive