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holy week 2010 destinations #2 – pandin lake

Published May 3, 2010 by ladyemelye
after our stay at casa san pablo, we went to pandin lake, one of the seven lakes at san pablo city. i have already heard about this lake from my niece since they had a field trip here last year, and she says it was fun to go.

boots (of casa san pablo) also told us the story of how this lake became a tourist attraction. manning the balsas and maintaining the park was done by the wives of the fishermen who lived and worked around the area.
after asking different tricycle drivers for directions, we finally arrived at pandin lake just in time for lunch. i already had reservations, so we were met by our guide at the parking. after a hike of about 15 minutes, we arrived at the lake and boarded our balsa.
we were then rowed to the middle of the lake where we would be having our lunch. my nephews also donned the life vest and wadded in the cool waters.
our lunch consisted of pritong tilapia, ginataang langka, shrimps, rice, banana and fresh buko juice.
while on the balsa, we were also told of the legend of how pandin lake, and its twin lake yambo, came to be. it was a tragic love story. we were supposed to hike over to see yambo lake, but since the kids were already tired, we just decided to stay at pandin.
they also told us that the rafts were also available for rent overnight, were the guests would be staying in a tent put up in the rafts, in the middle of the lake.
it was a fun trip. we explored our own natural tourist spots, and even helped the economy of the people living there.
the raft ride costs Php 180.00 per person, this already comes with the fresh buko juice. the kids were free. for the lunch, it was another Php 180.00
if you want to come here, better have a reservation so that you need not wait for an available raft.
Pandin Lake
San Pablo City
Contact Person: Mandy Marino – 09175016694
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holy week 2010 destinations #1 – casa san pablo

Published May 3, 2010 by ladyemelye
for the holy week of 2010, we decided to go south and explore san pablo city in laguna.
since it was already holy thursday when we travelled, the traffic was heavy at the south luzon express way. the owner was even kind enough to meet us in the way since we took the unusual route.
after around 3-4 hours, and several stops, we finally arrived at casa san pablo, our first destination.

 

 

 

 

 

who would have thought that a retreat like this existed in the middle of the city? located inside the former kay inay resort, this is a place for those who wants a quick escape from the noise of the city.

the compound consisted of several rooms of varying sizes (it could accommodate different number of guests), a swimming pool, a large sprawling ground, and a dining area.

the room given to us was number 11. it was a medium-sized room with a loft, and two air-conditioning units. it had four single beds in the main room, and 4 single mattresses and a double mattress in the loft. there were also two showers and two toilets.
food was also good at the casa. based on the literature that you can find in the dining area, the food served were based on the menu and pairings that their Inay used to serve. dishes complimented with one another.
the different colored plates were a delight. i used a different plate each time i ate. ^_^
there were also a lot of unique old stuff around the house. there was this old scooter and a pig made of hay (i think).
we also tried out the swimming pool. the water was nice and cold since it came from the springs in the mountain.
during night, mats were lay down on the ground and candles were placed. one could hang out here and even do star gazing. the owner, mr. boots alcantara, even had a chat with us and shared stories and anecdotes about the place.
overall, we enjoyed our stay here. Boots was very accommodating and was really warm in welcoming the guests. once here, you will forget that you are in fact still in the city.
the price was fair too. to reserve, you have to contact Boots so that you would know if the place is still available on your preferred date, and then deposit your payment so that your slot will be secured.
Casa San Pablo
(Inside Kay Inay resort, San Pablo City)
Contact: Boots Alcantara – 09178126687
www.casasanpablo.com
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