Last March 22, 2015, I got the courage to do a one-day out-of-town solo trip. It had always been in my bucket list to be able to go somewhere that far alone – without having to tag along Mama or having friends to depend on where to go, what to eat, and what to do.
I have always been scared to be alone in a new place. I never wanted to be sent abroad alone. I have always turned down all onshore assignments at work. Simply because, I can’t see myself going to the airport, riding an airplane, landing on a different country, alone. I really don’t like feeling solo in a world so big. It’s like I am an ant-small and the world is so so so big I wouldn’t know what to do.
One of my close friends at work advised me to try going on a solo trip even to any local destinations – like Cebu. However, Cebu is already too far and I don’t think I can. The only “far” place that I can think of, that I know I may be able to have courage to go to, was Tagaytay. So I then googled Tagaytay and looked for places or attractions where I can visit when I get there. Browsing from the search results, I found Caleruega.
Actually, Caleruega has always been mistaken to be located in Tagaytay, but upon learning from different blog sites, Caleruega is actually in Nasugbu, Batangas. Wow. Batangas. This scared but excited me. I have been to Tagaytay, and Batangas but with groups, but never alone. What really pushes me to pursue the trip to Caleruega were the pictures of the place scattered in the internet. I liked the flowers, and its surroundings. From the pictures I thought that I would really love to see Caleruega in person. I want to be able to take pictures of it myself.
It was a Sunday – March 22. At first, when I told my Mama that it will be only me going to Tagaytay (ooops. I didn’t tell her Batangas, but I think I told her when I got home), she got worried and asked me n times if I won’t be lost there. After so many convictions that I will not be lost, she finally approved. Yey. ;)
The trip to Caleruega.
In my research on how to get there by commuting, I learned that there weren’t bus terminals going to Nasugbu in Cubao anymore. I asked one of my friends who that same day posted on Facebook that she was on board going to Batangas. She told me that there is still one terminal in Kamuning, QC – JAM Liner. From SM North, I took the footbridge to get to the other side of EDSA going South. I boarded a bus going South and got off JAM Liner in Kamuning. In JAM Liner terminal, I asked the Bus conductors which bus to take if I am going to Caleruega. I told them it’s in Nasugbu, Batangas. Unfortunately, the buses that pass in Nasugbu are in Pasay, Taft. One bus conductor was very kind enough to tell me that I can ride their bus but they won’t be able to drop me off the exact location which was the Evercrest (or Hill Crest) Golf course, and would have to take another ride if I went with them. I liked what he said when I was leaving the terminal, “Syempre gusto ko ng pasahero pero kung mapapalayo ka naman, dun ka na lang sa may Pasay.” (Ofcourse I wanted a passenger on board, but you better take those buses in Pasay). Instead of getting pissed that I got off to the wrong terminal, I just laughed silently at myself and just reminded myself of what I read in one blog, that a true wanderlust get lost sometimes. J So again, I boarded a second bus and took off Coastal Mall. There were buses going to places in South, and finally I got in the right bus. I told the young bus conductor n times to please drop me off Evercrest. I’m so scared and nervous to be lost again. Hehe!
Finally, Caleruega. Yey! Finally. And Safely. I was so happy I made it there. Beautiful, peaceful. Below are some of the pictures I took when I was there. :)
Koi Fish Ponds.
What I love most are the flowers around. :)
Caleruega is a perfect place for those who want to escape from the noise and stress of work, and busy cities, and be with nature and God even for just a day.
To make it a meaningful trip for me, I brought out my own created small origami and left a butterfly in Caleruega. I just hope nobody would think that I was just littering.
However.. I can’t say that my trip was perfect. I think I got fooled on the right tricycle fare going to the Caleruega spot. When you get off Hill Crest, you still have to ride a tryke going to Caleruega. I have read on blogs that the tryke fare was only 20 php. Even if I have read that, just to be sure, I initially gave kuya, the tryke driver, 50 php and waited if he’d give me my change. But he did not. It was then when I asked how much was the fare really. He said “tama na po ito.” (this is enough, ma’m). I believed him, but after I gave him another 50 php when he fetched me from Caleruega to Hill Crest going home, I noticed that he was so thankful he said “thank you, talaga ma’m”, with a smile that made me curious and half-irritated. His smile gave me the impression that I had been giving me him too much and not just enough. I just let him be and just thought that he may be successful in fooling me but he can’t lie to HIM. Dear kuya tryke driver, I hope you know that somebody up there is watching you. God Bless! :)
Except for the tricycle driver who fooled me, I will still definitely go back to Caleruega.. with or without company. ;)