12-Hour Road Trip On An Almost Vehicle-Free Thoroughfares

From Cubao, Antipolo, Taytay, Teresa, Morong, Tanay, Pililia, Pakil, Pagsanjan, Pinagsanjan, Luisiana, Lucban, Sta Cruz, Victoria, Bay, Los BaƱos, Calamba, SLEX , C5 and back to Cubao.

This was our 12-hour road trip route on Good Friday. We passed through winding roads. We had three stop overs to buy boiled peanuts, sweet mangoes and bibingka made of galapong and buko. Similarly, we admired and appreciated scenes we can never witness in the urban jungle.

Lush rice field, coconut trees and lone carabao

A view I hope I'll be looking at when I open the window in my room - quiet and serene

Laguna de Bay

 White, fluffy clouds and splendid Mt. Banahaw

Mt. Banahaw from a different angle and coconut trees


Our growling tummies brought us to Lucban, Quezon to taste their delicacies - longgoniza and pancit habhab. The town had narrow  but clean streets, friendly and beautiful residents and a festive atmosphere. There were still many old and preserved houses. We spotted Buddy's restaurant and bought pasalubong from Pavino's. We did not have enough time to explore the place. I was impressed though and hopefully, I could also witness their Pahiyas Festival.


After two processions in two different towns, being stuck in traffic and wanting to dine in a restaurant we have never been to; we unanimously went to Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Bay, Laguna. It is a floating restaurant with bahay kubo, serving Filipino cuisine. We enjoyed (from clockwise) kulawo (ginataang inihaw na talong), inihaw na hito (1 kilo), lechon kawali (2 orders) and inihaw na spareribs (1 kilo). Of course, eating with fingers was more enjoyable and delectable. I ate with spoon and fork but the food was as delicious. Seven hungry travelers were exceedingly satiated... and our journey continued back home.

My parents and my nephew

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