Sunday, March 15, 2015

Meditation Hills



Halfway between Roxas City and Kalibo is the town of Sapian, Capiz which is the home of the lush gardens of Meditation Hills. Yes, it is a great place to meditate amidst nature's beauty and bounty.


What I like best about the Healing Chapel is its location halfway up the hill. It has a commanding view of the surrounding countryside and the hills across the road below. 


This uphill path leads to the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. I didn't venture the climb as we were there at midday and it was really too hot and the sun had sapped away my energy. All I wanted to do was take a nap. The best time to attempt this climb would be early morning or late afternoon. Bring a hat or parasol and suntan lotion. 


The grounds are well manicured and the trees seem to have grown and recovered easily after the devastation of the super typhoon, Yolanda.  Above the grotto and many more steps to hurdle is a big white cross which can be seen for miles around. That cross was damaged by Yolanda's fury. It was recently restored by the Capiz Cyclists Club to its rightful place.


This is a place of worship.  Let us respect these grounds. 

“Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power.”  Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

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Images by TravelswithCharie



Monday, March 09, 2015

Sweet Pandan

Exploring our island has led to many wonderful discoveries. On this day trip to Pandan, Antique, we drove from Roxas City to the coastal town of Buruanga in Malay then continued on paved roads to this rustic beach town. We realized soon enough that we should stay longer as there was quite a bit to see and do but we'll have to save that for another day. We'll come back to this laid back and friendly niche, that's thankfully off the grid, soon enough.

Eat, beach, relax, repeat

This is the first thing that greeted us when we entered the resort. Two hammocks beckoning us to rest from the midday sun. How easy it is to surrender to the whisper of the sea, swaying palm fronds and clear blue skies!

Not a wave in sight 

It was the calmest sea. And though my room was just across from the beach, it was blissfully quiet except for the whir of the ceiling fan.

Glorious sunset

I started my walk on the beach at 4:30 p.m. The sun was still high on the horizon but it was slightly cooler. Fisherfolks were cleaning their nets while an X Factor wannabe was singing karaoke in the distance. There's are signs of a thriving village life here - colorful laundry hanging from clotheslines and palay (grain of rice) left to dry on a large mat on the sand.

Silhouettes

The children came out to frolic on the shore as the sun slid down the expanse of sky.  It was a joyful time with kids returning from school and playtime for the little ones.

A magical evening 

And when the sun graciously gave the moon some breathing space, the resort was lit up in the most romantic way. It was magical! Then I heard a knock on my door. Dinner was ready. Light dinner for me after a day of eating local delicacies.

24 hours was all the "real" vacation I had within my hectic vacation. So glad I came his way.

Pandan Beach Resort
Pandan, Antique
Panay Island, Philippines
pandanbeachresort.org

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Images by travelswithcharie