I am quite the planner. Anybody who knows me, even only slightly, would find that very evident. I love organizing events, planning trips, holding seminars, drawing themes and visions, plotting strategies and timelines, designing evaluations and giving recommendations…the A to Z of planning…the whole lot of making things happen. I get kind of giddy just writing these stuff down as I am brought back to those moments of adrenaline rush. Yes, oddly so, I get really hyped up and in the zone when I am doing some planning, hehe. On the other hand and expectedly so, I hate the lack of planning which spontaneity requires. I am always afraid that I’ll do something wrong, make poor choices and regret later. I say this even for trips.
Thus, I am so surprised with myself that this Sudden Zambales Day Tour is already my 4th trip-on-a-whim this year. First, I went on a Pampanga Road Trip with my dearest friends in April. Check out our fun adventure (or mis-adventure =p) at Sandbox here. On the next month, my husband and I went to Baguio for five days to escape the heat and reflect on our life direction. I actually still have tons of articles to write from that trip but here’s one about the surprising local produce there. Last August, my husband and I went on a Pampanga Food Trip (which I am also yet to write about). We were just supposed to run some errands there but ended up staying for the night and going on a food trip the next day. We have lived in that delicious province on the first year of our marriage but we’ve never really explored and traveled within and from there. It was not part of the plan I guess…and I am feeling regretful.
Camp Site at the foot of the Falls (eating area)
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain
Don’t get me wrong, I am still more of a planner. I’m not suddenly this uber-spontaneous chick. I’d still rather plan for I believe it allows me to choose more responsibly, strategically and for the long term. Mostly, I had hesitated at the brim of these trips-on-a-whim. If not for my dear husband who I believe is naturally spontaneous, these trips would have never been realized. Nonetheless, I have learned to embrace the equal value of doing things unplanned. It sharpens my intuition, my faith and my adaptability. It pushes me to look closely at what is around me and savor every moment because something awesome might just pop out and I don’t want to miss the surprise of its beauty or its message. It exercises in me peace in abandon, joy in the present and hope in the uncertain. Things that should come handy for day to day because come to think of it, most things are out of our control and we are never really certain about anything. Oooh, this is getting deep, haha! I am in reflective mode these days, that’s why =). In this light, I hope that we all find balance and a fulfilling rhythm of life so we can make the best of the time we’ve been given, the relationships we’ve been blessed with and the purpose we’ve been called to.
As for the beauty of this place, let the photos speak to you. My outdoor photography needs sharpening but I believe what I have shared here are enough to stimulate your imagination and motivate you to come. If you need a little more coaxing, let me say that it is an easy and fast trek, very affordable and is relatively near so JUST GO!
Of course, we have to talk about the food! We had an affordable yet sumptuous lunch in a nearby eatery. For five, we spent Php620 and we’re all so full. By the way, we brought snacks and water from home so we need not buy. I highly recommend that to cut the expenses. So yes, half day is enough for the trip to Nangoloan Falls but you can definitely stay there the whole day if you want to.