#3 of 1001 Awesome Things: The Realization that I Have More than One Home

August 21, 2017

I have lived in Angeles City all my life. But in the last 3 years, I have been traveling to and fro Quezon City a lot of times because of different reasons. The frequency of visits led me to familiarize the place and in the long run, to love the place. Quezon City is homey to me unlike other cities in the Metro.

 

Earlier today, we watched an Indie film entitled “Patay na Si Hesus” or “Hesus is dead”. The short before the feature was filmed in Quezon City and I suddenly had a nostalgia. I missed Quezon City the way I am missing Angeles City when I am out of town. 

 

We all have second homes. It could be at a friend’s house in the same town or a neighboring country where we felt like we were one of the locals. It’s nice to think that we have such places in this lifetime, a place we can actually call home aside from our own. 

Featured Photo: A street at UP Diliman, Quezon City, February 26, 2016. 

Experiencing Puning Hot Springs

I remembered back in college when my Dad asked me to join their company initiated trek at Sitio Target, Sapangbato, Angeles City. I remembered that there were only a few bloggers that time, meaning information was limited about hikeable and trekkable hills (God, I am really old!). Still, with limited information, my dad, his coworkers, and my 18-year-old self continued to explore Sitio Target.

I remembered bringing my blue China-made iPod Shuffle full of Celtic Music, OST of Narnia and Lord of the Rings and loads of Enya and Kitaro. I was hoping for a meditative hike this time, unlike the one I had in Arayat where the trail was steep and slippery. And with Sitio Target’s charm, my goal to have a reflective hike was achieved. Sitio Target is not really a mountain. It is actually the ancestral domain of Aetas in Sapangbato which is also near the Pampanga side of Mount Pinatubo. My favorite thing about this place were the small canyon-like structures where water from the spring flows. Walking inside them felt refreshing maybe because this kind of nature was something new to me, or it felt like I was in a legendary film where elves and fairies exist. Forgive my hyperboles but this was how I remembered it back in 2008 where there were no such things as Facebook status update and HD Cameras are for rich kids. Continue reading “Experiencing Puning Hot Springs”