First Visit at the Pandin Lake, San Pablo Laguna

After long months of rescheduling and convincing each other for an outing or hang-out, my friend saw this viral post on Facebook reviewing about the Pandin Lake. The Pandin Lake is located at San Pablo, Laguna.

First things first, as a new visitor of this talked about lake, I have no idea how to get there. Honestly, my friends and I even had the hard time locating each other on our meeting spot in San Pablo. Here’s a tip, if you’re planning to go, make sure you have someone who knows with locations. Here’s what I’ve learned from my trip going there from Calamba:

  1. Ride a jeepney going to San Pablo. Costs about 47 pesos.
  2. Wait for the jeepney’s LAST stop. That will be your stop too.
  3. Ride a tricycle and tell him that your going to the terminal near 7/11. It costs for about 20 pesos Landmarks that I have seen are- Liceo de San Pablo and the ‘Manggahan‘. IF youre at the Manggahan, you can easily see the 7/11. But, if you saw the Liceo de San Pablo it means that youre far from the terminal but not too far. You can walk it from there. With your back facing the school, you can easily locate the 7/11 store
  4. Ride the jeepney. Just ask the driver to drop you off at the Pandin Lake and he will do what you asked. At your drop off destination, you can see the signs and tour guides waiting. Let them tour you, the guides will cost for about 50 minimum and if you want to go higher, it depends on you.

Getting there can be a pain in the arse! Especially if you’re not into hiking or walking that much. Make sure to have your water too if you’re walking in the head because it can be draining as fuck.

The “reception” was not bad at all? But its not that clean either for you’ll be waiting outdoors. The ambiance is full of junk and dirt. But their service can be an A+. People there are so nice and sociable. Additional tip: Make sure to book before YOU go there. Its much easier and the people will prioritize you.

Some views you will expect…

 

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water check: 180 feet deep. Is it clear enough for you? Let me know!

 

COSTING and PACKAGES

 

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Balsa details. (For me, the balsa that was assigned to us was old. So it’s kind off slippery and moldy. I think that’s disgusting.

PACKAGE A400/head for a max of 2 hours includes food such as 4 cups of rice, 3 inihaw na tilapia, 1 platter of ginataang pako salad and shrimp alamang. Additional to this is a 3 minute hike to see another lake called the Yambo Lake. It’s for viewing ONLY. Plus, the balsa rafting.

 

PACKAGE B

360/head (for a group of 4) includes the same as Package A.

PACKAGE C

180/head if no food.

USING OF RESTROOMS

You cant  bathe on the provided restrooms. Its only for urinating and changing of clothes. Every entry costs 5 pesos. **Use it wisely** because in my experience I throw away a total amount of 50 php just for restroom. Lol.

The only thing I hated on the trip was the time of our bathing. Because of the rules, we cant bathe on a more secure room. Instead, we’re only allowed to wash up on a small room made with Bamboos that are tied together to make a wall. It’s so awkward, distracting and that made me feel unsecured. Especially that the water pump was outside of the “bamboo room”. It was so inconvenient. Luckily, the staffs there was accommodating that they requested their kids to pump for us. The other thing that pissed me at this situation is the the water from the pump. It smells like rust and the rust sticks to our skins and clothes. Hopefully this flaw will be fixed ASAP. Its unsanitary to think about it. BEWARE.

Overall Rating: Satisfactory. 6/10. Im very meticulous when it comes to sanitation and convenience.

But all in all, this trip was memorable. You’ll get to meet new people because people there are so sociable! I guarantee. It was fun and worth the 400 peso bill. Because I still think that was memorable not only credits the place but also because of the people I’m with.

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Safety first, kids!

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Soulful and So-Full at Seoul Kitchen

It happened to be Aubrey’s 19th birthday. So, as a celebration, she invited us to have dinner with her the day after her birthday. 5 invitees and only 2 of us showed up because of the busy schedule because its finals week.

Los Banos, Laguna is filled with lots of restaurant and “tambayan” and “chibugan” place than Calamba. I’m not even surprise that Aubrey Mae wanted to have a dinner celebration there. She kept the place surprise. So none of us invitees had the idea on where we will eat. Tbh, we even got lost going on our destination – Seoul Kitchen.

Getting there was a pain in the arse, especially if you’re not even familiar with the place or if you’re just a visitor. The Seoul Kitchen was so like  in a hidden part of this certain subdivision. I will put here the things that might help you to reach the destination:

From Calamba

  1. Take a jeepney UP College (Kanan or Kaliwa doesnt matter)
  2. 7/11 Lopez will be your destination. Keep aware of your landmarks: 7/11 will be on your right side, left side is a subdivision then after that was Mercury Drugs. It will be AFTER the Los Banos Doctors Hospital.
  3. Once your at 7/11 there will be subdivision. Go there and from the first intersection, ask for directions.

I cant help you further because it will only confuse you more than actually talking and personally ask for help.

From Sta Cruz

  1. Take a bus or a jeepney going to SM Calamba or Crossing Calamba (because as far as I know, there’s no transpo directly at UPLB)
  2. Jollibee Los Banos will be your destination. Its in an intersection. You’ll see Mang Inasal and Mercury Drug Store.
  3. Get a jeepney to UP College.
  4.  Repeat Step 3 and 3 on the directions on ‘From Calamba’

Here’s what it looks like from the outside

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I had to admit, I was pretty much impressed at the ambiance. There’s even a TV that views all kinds of Kpop music! I feel like Im in Korea! Even though, I have no idea what its like to be in Korea. Lmao

The price was as expected. Its a bit high, but I can assure you that its all worth it. The servings are fair, not too little but I can say, it can fill up your tummy.

Food ranges from 150-200 pesos and the beverage was 60 pesos for cold coffee and thats the cheapest one! So we didnt order any beverage.

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(From Left to Right: Pork Bulgogi, Chicken Teriyaki, Vegetable Dumpling, Tuna Kimbap, Cheese Rappoki) All these dishes costs a total of 550 pesos.

The Food was amazeballs and delicious! It tastes authentic. It can surely satisfy your Korean craving.

So if your a fan of Korea,  craving for Korean food or just looking for a new kind of taste, make sure to stop by at Seoul Kitchen because it will surely make your time Soulful and So-Full! x

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Kape Kesada Art Gallery

Most of the people are coffee lovers. In fact, as a student, coffee has been my best friend since day 1. I even have cravings for it when I have the free time. This somewhat “new” cafe shop at Paete Laguna has been an eye-catching one for me. With its exquisite and vintage like environment, you’ll feel like you’re taken way back to that era.

My dad coming from the wood carving capital of the Philippines- Paete Laguna, this place was never new for me. But after some long time not visiting this place, my parents and I saw this cafe. We are much caught up from the front of this place because like I said, the environment is different than the usual province. Plus, the very first thing you will saw in this place are the artworks, hence its name. This place was also featured by CNN due to its displayed paintings and carvings.

So, my parents and I didnt back down to take a sit and sip at this rad place. The menu was pretty neat and artsy. I can say that the owner has taste; got inspirations from other country or places to come up with the concept. The menu was a pretty cheap but at the same time expensive if you’re from the province. The coffee costs 50php – 100php hot or cold.

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We ordered egg-bacon sandwich, cold coffee and brewed coffee. I can personally say that the food was great. The coffee tastes like a legit “kape barako”. They put effort on the food they serve (they served the sandwich hot and crunchy). I can now say that a food can be cheap without sacrificing the taste!

here are all of the photos I that I taken:

some of the artworks… (I cant take a pic of some of the artworks displayed)

Iced coffee x the “Bar”

 

Over all rating 3/5

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