By Arabelle Jimenez, photos by Monch Henares
|A refreshing change of environment with the Changan CS75 Plus at Mount Purro Nature Reserve.|
"The only constant thing in life is Change," as Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (l.c. 500 BCE) would say. Fast-forward centuries today, one would ask, is it still applicable? It is said that change is brought about by creativity and discovery. As a result, change must be for the better, and the good of all mankind. So, it remains.
Now that we are traversing the last month of a life-changing year, it would be a good idea to reflect if we have changed for the better. I can imagine that we all did. We have come to know who, and what are the important things in our lives... and where to go from there.
Changan CS75 Plus
|Monch Henares of MonchsterChronicles.com and I enjoying the panoramic moonroof of the Changan CS75 Plus.|
|Panoramic moonroof and red leather seats of the Changan CS75 Plus.|
This 5-seater Changan CS75 Plus was the vehicle Monch Henares and I drove to Rizal. We have actually made CALABARZON (Calamba-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) our drive-testing playground lately because for one, these provinces do not require a Travel Pass. Not to mention, there are still many beautiful places to discover here.
|Arriving safely at Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a family-run eco-park at the foothills of Sierra Madre Mountain Range.|
|Relaxing in a cabana.|
|A rustic wooden sign directing us to our Casita, one of the many guest rooms at Mount Purro.|
|The Casita is a bahay-kubo style guest room.|
|Very cozy, and cool, no need for an air-conditioner.|
|Bathroom is a fully-tiled luxury with rain-shower, and hot water.|
It was a nice river walk, which we started at 3:30 in the afternoon. Total duration was two and a half hours, round-trip, including about 30 minutes of swimming. The first 15 minutes of the river tour was walking through the small streets in the village, leading to a river-side.
|Hike and swim by the river is one of the activities at Mount Purro.|
|This river bank is also a campsite for many locals.|
Pipoy enjoyed our company too, that she volunteered to be our guide to Malvar Peak the following day. We started the hike at 5:30 in the morning because we wanted to be on the peak at 6:30 to view the famous sea of clouds. This time, our tiny group was joined by another couple, Karen and Karl. We appreciated the lush forest, the natural foliage of bamboos, palm, narra trees, and other native plants that grow in this protected land area.
|The trek in the forest was absolutely magical.|
|Wild flowers abound.|
|Our happy faces upon reaching Malvar Peak, and witnessing the the sea of clouds.|
Aside from swimming in the river, we also tried out the nice pool at the resort. Surrounded by greens, cabanas and sunshine, the cool dip was a welcome luxury to us.
|A refreshing dip in the swimming pool amidst trees and cabanas.|
|A child's playground paradise.|
|Wall-climbing and slides for tots is a good start for appreciating the rugged outdoors.|
|Nightly bonfire starts at 8:00 PM.|
|Adding fun to the bonfire activity was roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.|
|Inside Loli's Kitchen.|
|Where families gather for a good home-cooked meal.|
|Plated dinner for two.|
|Breakfast was composed of tocino, egg, dilis with veggies, and garlic fried rice.|
|Dumagats and their horses delivering fruits are regular scenes in the community.|
|Take that road trip, and be safe always.|
|We bought fruits from the locals, utilizing the spacious rear cargo area of the Changan CS75 Plus.|