30 March 2006

Back to Taytay Falls in Majayjay!

Time to visit the great outdoors! Last weekend, my office colleagues, good neighbor Roger and daughter, and my wife (yipee!) took to the road and headed straight for Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna!

We left Manila on Saturday morning at 8 and arrived at around 10:30. As expected, there was already quite a number of campers, some of which were there since Friday. So getting a campsite was quite a challenge especially in our case, where there are three tents between us. The bank nearest us was fully occupied, so we had to wade across the river to search some more. Thank goodness we came across this relatively flat and wide camping ground! We set-up tent and enjoyed the rest of this weekend retreat.

[L-R] Harry, Gay, Lorrie, Gen, Sarah, my wife Tina, and me! Not in photo is Roger (who took this) and daughter Nica.
Me and my wife!
Cross the river we go! Some campers helpd out when they heard the shrieks of the ladies. :-)
This is our campsite, photo taken by the river.
Lunch time! We brought along banana leaves to use as plates and we used our hands in eating. Of course food was served with spoon and fork. :-) This is chicken-pork adobo, a concoction made by simmering meat in soy sauce, laurel leaves, black pepper, garlic, and vinegar. Yum yum!
A funny thing happened at lunchtime. We ran out of rice! But we were still so hungry! What to do? Stay put, stare at each other, and wait for the second batch of rice to cook!
Ok! Ok! I admit it! We love to eat!
We visited the falls later in the afternoon.
Evening dinner was sumptious! I had at least four servings of rice! Diet, diet... where art thou, diet?
Later in the night, we had our socials where we cooked hotdogs and marshmallows over biodegradable charcoals.
Later on, we had night visitors. Fireflies hovered about, and -- surprise, surprise -- a walking stick dropped by! I haven't seen one in ages. These harmless creatures were once abundant in Camp John Hay when I was younger.
The next day, we took a dip in the cold river ...
... while the sun occasionally peeked amongst the clouds and trees.
Alas. Time flies when you're having fun. Time to go!


  1. Anonymous12:21 am

    Last time I went to Imelda Falls was in the early 90s, when the place was pretty well undiscovered. Sadly, the place has become crowded with people who most often leaves their garbage around.

  2. Right now with my busy schedule of home remodeling before the baby arrives, I am living vicariously through you Wats0n. Keep up the good work!

  3. That looks like fun. I like the part where you eat on the banana leaves. :)

  4. Hi Alma1 Unfortunately, this is also the case with Majayjay. They built a road going to the falls so it's easier to go to. And with it came people who are ignorant about what they ought to do with their trash. We actually had to clean up our campsite of various plastic materials and bottles before we were able to settle in!

    Hey Ed! Your adventure is different, but exciting nonetheless.

    Niceheart! We figured we'd just as well minimize on washing dishes (though we have environment-friendly soap with us) and use biodegradable plates: banana leaves!

  5. pre bakit di moko sinaman sayang....... di ka nagyayaya, hehehehe

  6. ok pre ganda nga ng pix.. sayang d ako nakasama.... next tym ulit sama ako

  7. hi watson, i missed the food and all the laughing! kaya lang hindi talga ako mashado mahilig magcamping... it's good you guys had a great time!

  8. Ang saya ng pics! At nagutom ako sa banana leaves ha. Tagal ko nang di ginagawa yan!

  9. Yoyo! Na-miss ka rin namin sa trip na ito!

    Hi dessagirl! Pwede ka naman sumama e. Pero mag-hire ka ng magdadala ng luggage mo :-)

    Hi Toni! Camper ka rin noon? Ako recently lang. Ang saya!

  10. Wow! that is a really good picture! Ang galing!

  11. Anonymous6:12 am

    waaah, inggit ako!!! haven't done this in forever. kumusta na watson?

  12. 2ngaw, may update ka na? Visit ako sa blog mo. Now na.

    Hi stef! I'm fine thank you how about you?

  13. aaargghhh ang sarap naman!! the food, the outing, the water... ahhhh!!!!

  14. Nice place! We have so many waterfalls in the country and yet we aren't able to attract foreign tourists to them as much as our Southeast Asian neighbors. In Pampanga, two waterfalls were "rediscovered" just recently.

  15. I also hope that Taytay Falls will remain clean and green, because I went there last thursday and the Falls is starting to get dirty........


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