Magdalena, Laguna - and I have no idea where it is until yesterday.
Because it is Memorial Day today and we have a long weekend, I kind of stuffed a whole lot in my calendar...I slept late on Saturday night...err not really. I just closed my eyes lying in the dark waiting for my alarm clock to go off a little over an hour after I set it. I came home very early Sunday morning after spending the night at the PETA Theater for Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady: The Musicale by Carlos Vergara.
So it was Sunday morning. The call time was 4:30AM at McDonald's Taft. I had hamdesal and coffee to officially start my day! I met the team: Dexie (the ring leader), Jenn (the bully), Omie (the muscle man), Ron and Wendy (used to work with the same company) and Daryll (the payroll guy). the original plan was to take the second DLTB bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Well, things happen...we boarded the bus at the break of the morning light.
Because most of us were on the same theater last night...we all took that 2 hours of slumber...
Welcome to Sta. Cruz, Laguna!
We arrived safely at the DLTB bus station in Sta.Cruz. Because, we did not pack steamed rice for lunch, we had a little expedition to the town market taking every twist and turns to find an eatery to get ourselves some rice. On the way, we also got a kilo of Indian Mangoes.
Heading to Magdalena, Laguna was a bit crazy. The ladies took the trike (tricycle) with instructions to head to Magdalena Town Plaza. So the gentlemen took the second with the same instructions. En-route to Magdalena Town Plaza, just at the boarder of Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan, we lost sight of the trike where the ladies were boarded. We called and were informed that they were let off at Sta. Cruz Town Plaza instead and they've taken the jeep to Magdalena. So when the ladies were gone, we kept going passing along the Pagsanjan Public Market and on to more coconut trees, cool and fresh breeze until we reached a town plaza across a beautiful, old Magdalena Church (sorry, did not have the opportunity to take a photo). The guys took shelter from the unforgiving morning sunshine under the Angel's Burger stand. And because the trip was rather long, I got myself a Hungarian sausage sandwich and a bottle of Mountain Dew!
About 15 minutes we met the ladies! Then we're picked up by our guide to their residence to get some briefing and paper works (waivers and all that). After preparing for our journey to the starting point, we boarded the jeep along with the gears!
|Loading up the Jeepney with the gears!|
|So this is the "drop off" point!|
Loading the raft!
Smile! That's Wendy, Omie and the ring leader, Dexie
and the raft is loaded! Push that raft Kuya!
smile smile uli sa camera before we hit the rapids!
No water rapids shot! Sorry! While we have water proof camera phones, we do not have a GoPro! Hands were off the paddles and on to the ropes! The rapid waters aren't at their usual angry mood during summer so it wasn't too much. It was still fun though!
After some rapids we came to a rest stop...soaking in the river to cool off!
cam on cam! hahaha pa picture kay kuya while taking a shot of the photographer!
selfie shot daw!
Chill Chill si Omie while some adventurous souls decided to jump off a cliff
Because we don't want to dive...err no talent in swimming
What is water tubing? Well, you don't really get into a tube but rather ride a salbabida or a truck's internal tire or the airbag of a tire. Tubing is riding that tire's air tube down the mossy slope!
Wenn taking the first slide!
Dexie as the second victim!
Not the best photo but I've got the best feeling under the cascading water...
Omie is happy playing under the water!
There is nothing more relaxing than hearing the water flow...it touches your body as it cleanses your soul..
Magdalena White Water River Rafting Adventure