Unplanned moments are truly special for me. They usually turn out to be one of the most memorable experiences I have in my life. That certain feeling they give you – the courage amid the uncertainty of what’s to come – makes me somehow feel like I could thrive over the vulnerability of life.
And that’s exactly what I felt when Karla and I managed to go to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, without even knowing what to do, where to ride, and how to go back. We were only supposed to meet at Café Ella, a local café, to take pictures to post in our bookstagram account @coffeebooklandia. But because we have already taken pictures in there once, we wanted somewhere new to take the photos of our books. Prior to our meeting, we have searched for local cafés that are aesthetically pleasing. We have found some, yes, but they were not just good enough for us.
Karla was just on her flipflops and PE shirt. I, however, was dressed in my OOTD and was wearing my wedgies (I forgot my alternative slippers back in the dorm) because the plan was that Karla will take pictures of me to post here on my blog. But just before we enter the café, I mentioned the idea of Nuvali to Karla. The next thing I knew, we were already in the jeepney to commute going there! How crazy was that?! (Hihihi no regrets)
From UPLB, we first rode a jeep going to SM Calamba and from the terminal there, we rode a jeep again going to Balibago Complex. When we got there, there was already a tricycle in line in which we asked the driver how we can get to Nuvali. Luckily, it was in his route so we rode in the back of his tricycle (and I swear to God, it was so fun because it’s been years since I’ve last experienced this). Just look at that amazing view!
The tricycle driver stopped just in front of Nuvali. When we stepped out the tricycle and scanned the area, I was already captivated. It was like a city built in a far-flung environment, a place as their tagline says, “where people and nature thrive”. It was absolutely wonderful.
Karla first bought a snack because she hadn’t eaten her lunch yet. After that, the adventure (aka photoshoot and site-seeing) began. There were a man-made river and a lake (I’m not sure if it’s a river or a creek) where rafts were available for people to try. These were going to tour you around the vicinity and steer around a huge fountain in the middle of the lake, which may make the people riding them damp. So beware to all those who are planning to try this, you may want to bring some extra clothes. Karla and I didn’t feel the need to try that, however, since of all the things we were going to lack, it was time.
We walked faster around the streets and took shots of our books! These were the fun part because we knew we had great company – what with all the books we brought! It would mean the world to me if you can check out our bookstagram (book instagram), @coffeebooklandia, and see some of our shots there! Here are some samples 🙂
Karla, being the kind-hearted girl she is, didn’t mind taking my pictures as well. (Hi, Karla!) I’m so thankful to her because at this point in time, I did not have anything to post already. Also, I feel like I’m indebted to her roommates because she had improved her skills of portrait photography by taking their pictures as well. (Hihihi) Just look at the photos she took of me!
I liked how every side of Nuvali is so picture-worth. And this blue building right here was my fave!
After taking the pictures and getting somehow tired of walking around, we finally decided to eat some food in Starbucks. Their place looked totally awesome!
Then, afterward, we called it a day. Somehow, everything just has to end. Even though it saddened us to leave, we had to avoid traffic and to not arrive late here in Elbi. All I can say is, WOW, that was one heck of a day!
Here are some of the snaps we took that day!
Thank you for reading, loves!