Amazing Azalea

An unexpected beauty is how I would describe Azalea. A cafe/resto that sits on top of a mountain where you can view nature’s priceless elements: the sea, a stream below, and the vast mountains of Sibulan.

Riding our bikes from Dumaguete to Sibulan, about 19km.

Riding our bikes from Dumaguete to Sibulan, about 19km.

Riding the coastline of Sibulan is breathtaking.

Riding the coastline of Sibulan is breathtaking.

A quick stop to hydrate and take a photo.

A quick stop to hydrate and take a photo.

At the foot of the road going to Azalea/Twin Lakes.

At the foot of the road going to Azalea/Twin Lakes.

I highly recommend to ride the habal habal when going up to Azalea. Cycling up there is strictly for hardcore bikers only.

Ride the habal habal. Cycling to Azalea is for hardcore bikers only. Believe me.

We finally made it up!

We finally made it up!

Entrance to Azalea Restaurant.

Entrance to Azalea Restaurant.

"It ain't ain't over 'til it's over." Became our motto for our non-stop adventures.

“It ain’t ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Became our motto for our non-stop adventures.

The grand view from Azalea.

The grand view from Azalea.

Once up there, one must have a cup of coffee and a cookie.

Once up there, one must have a cup of coffee and a cookie.

And of coures, I brought my own pumpkin seed snacks. Never without my seeds.

And of coures, I brought my own pumpkin seed snacks. Never without my seeds.

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Off the beaten path, 19 kms north of Dumaguete, in San Jose, is Azalea – a restaurant perched 289 meters above sea level on a mountain slope overlooking a spectacular ravine. Just 8 kilometers further up the mountain is the popular tourist destination, the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao – 2 rain-filled craters 918 meters above sea level. Azalea is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life in Dumaguete without straying too far.

This is the exact same route to take going to Lake Balinsasayao. Take the highway from Dumaguete going north, passing through the Municipality of Sibulan. After around 14 kms, you’ll see the big sign on the left side of the highway saying “Twin Lakes (Balinsasayao and Danao)”. Take a left on this junction. You’ll start gaining altitude. You should see Azalea on your left about 5.2 kms from the junction. 8 kms further up the mountain takes you to Lake Balinsasayao.

(source: http://www.coconutinsider.com/)

Nueva Ecija

Last April 14, 2013, I had the privilege to visit Nueva Ecija city for a Music Video shoot on Dakila’s campaign on Food Justice. We stayed at the Ladies Dorm inside the campus of Central Luzon State University. As usual, I brought my folding bike with me. So during my free time, I took that opportunity to bike around the campus.

All set for a morning ride. I attached my green bayong (native bag) to the front mount of my folding bike to carry my essentials.

All set for a morning ride. I attached my green bayong (native bag) to the front mount of my folding bike to carry my essentials.

Central Luzon State University or CLSU is a state university located in a 658-hectare campus in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (wiki) The Statue of Rizal in the campus is said to be the only Rizal in the world wearing a white Barong Tagalog.

Central Luzon State University or CLSU is a state university located in a 658-hectare campus in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (wiki)
The Statue of Rizal in the campus is said to be the only Rizal Statue in the world wearing a white Barong Tagalog.

 

Ladies Dorm inside the Campus. Rooms are airconditioned and can accommodate up to 4 pax.

Ladies Dorm inside the Campus. Rooms are airconditioned and can accommodate up to 4 pax.

 

Basically, everywhere is GREEN. Such is campus life inside CLSU, it’s green, simple, and quiet.