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MELT YOUR STRESSES AWAY

WITH A RELAXING VISIT

TO DARIOK HILLS

IN BALINTOCATOC

SANTIAGO CITY

   

In UK, the day before ASH WEDNESDAY

will be celebrated by PANCAKE DAY.

It was meant for people to consume all extra supply in their pantry.

This means using up all the milk, eggs, flour, and butter.

Cooking the PANCAKES is a way to mark that this day

is the last day of indulging

before CHRISTIANS enter the LENTEN SEASON

where we are supposed to live a LEAN, SIMPLE

almost AUSTERE LIFESTYLE

     

Today, ASH WEDNESDAY 

marks the start of Penitence and Repentance for the Christian world

 as we enter the Lenten Season

The season invites us to draw closer to our creator 

by means of meditation & devotional 

so you have visions of quiet contemplation

Books, nature, and quiet time can help you enter in that state. 

The season will culminate on the celebration of Easter Sunday

The thought of it looms heavy in the mind. 

Though we should still practice abstinence from all things 

luxurious, rich, or indulgent, 

let us not starve ourselves of the simple beauty 

that is ever-present in nature and our surroundings. 

  

   

This post aims to capture to simple pleasures from living a simple life

  

  

Have a blessed & thoughtful Lenten Season & Springtime everyone!

     

   

We have included some springtime photography from England 

to inspire you to meditate in life during this Lenten Season. 

If you are interested in checking out our springtime photography, 

check this link: 

   

  

VISIONS OF SPRINGTIME UNITED KINGDOM

 
     
   
   
  
  
   
  
    
  

DARIOK HILLS, 

BALINTOCATOC, 

SANTIAGO CITY

    

Dariok Hills is just a short drive from Santiago City proper.

 If you’re tired of all the hustle and bustle of the city, 

Dariok Hills proves to be quite an oasis for city dwellers. 

It offers the serenity & tranquility that is missing from city life. 

   

  

Escape the city without the luxury price tag. 

  

   

You can visit Dariok Hills free of charge 

though you will have to clear through a gate 

manned by a friendly security guard. 

 

 

Dariok Hills feels like a fusion of Tagaytay, Laguna, 

and perhaps Balinese tropical charm

Santiaguenos can be proud of their very own tourist destination. 

   

  

Dariok Hills is a mixture of private and government properties. 

   

  

 
The main highlights here though are 

The 12 stations of the Cross

The Transfiguration Chapel

and the Shrine of our Lady of La Salette

all big attractions for devotees during the Lenten Season Holy Week. 

 

For us, it is nature giving back to us because it is looked after with love. 

  

   

ELINTOCATOC & BALINTOCATOC

(by Zynervyl)

  

  

Elintocatoc – to go up 

Balintocatoc – to go down 

   

It is common belief among the people 

that there used to be two names for the said place, 

Balintocatoc and Elintocatoc. 

The two were used interchangeably, 

but many were confused and they decided to choose only one name for the place. 

The people chose by logic and meaning. 

Elintocatoc means to go uphill, 

meanwhile Balintocatoc means to go downhill. 

They said that everyone that goes uphill 

will also go down after some time, 

so they called the place “Balintocatoc”.

   

  

 
HOW TO GET HERE

    

You can come here by private means 

as there are no entrance fees and as far as experienced, 

there are no parking charges either (at the time of writing). 

   

   

If you wish to travel here by public transport, 

you can take a tricycle from Santiago City proper

 though you have to agree on the price straightaway. 

If you look like a tourist, of course you will get a tourist price tag lol. 

   

   

As for a price guide, 

be looking to pay no more than 1 GBP . 

Please make sure you have Philippine money 

as locals don’t accept foreign currencies as mode of payment. 

If you pay with Philippine money, 

make sure to have at least exact amount 

as some drivers can play you up with having no change, 

unless you really intend to do some charity which is also a noble cause:)

  

   

HOW MUCH TIME TO ALLOCATE

 
    

Well, it all depends on your travel goals

If its just for sightseeing or a drive around (picture taking included), 

you can tour the place in just a short 1 hour or even less. 

  

  

If its some soul-searching

well a good half-day can do the job, 

unless you’re a really lost soul lol. 

   

  

You can allocate more if you want to have picnic lunch

as there are alot of nice picnic spots about, 

provided the weather is nice and sunny 

as the spots were talking about are not covered. 

   

     

  

 

 

 

   

THE PASSION OF CHRIST

    

Now we’re on top of the hill 

and this scene is reminiscent of when Jesus was nailed on the cross with 2 others. 

I have to admit I know just a general knowledge of my bible story 

but will have to ask my Salettinian tour guide 

for my Religion 101. 

I am quite proud of myself that I have matured quite Spiritually 

but spiritual maturity is not the same 

as having a thorough knowledge of religion. 

I am a very spiritual person but not religious. 

I’ll have to leave the details for you to ponder lol. 

This is a blog post about travel and not religion…:)

     

 

For a more thorough reading regarding

 The Passion of Christ, 

we found a very good post by the BBC, 

Click on the link below to go deeper on the subject…

    

 

The Passion of Christ

 

 

    

OUR SALETTINIAN TOUR GUIDE

    

Zynervyl is a University of La Salette High School Student 

and is our knowledgeable tour guide. 

    

 

La Salette is one of the most prominent higher institutions 

of learning in the City of Santiago, 

it offers education for all levels- 

from preschool to postgraduate degrees. 

To learn more, please visit the link below. 

   

   

University of La Salette Official website

 

 

 

 

   

THESE DOGGIES SO CUTE

    

You’ll have to forgive me for having taken 

quite a few photos featuring these dogs. 

I think they’re not puppies anymore but they just look too tiny and cute. 

Our goal in coming to this place is to chill, 

and you’d have to agree these cuties add colour to this blissful place. 🙂

We’re not quite sure who owns these dogs 

but we’ve got a feeling they are the neighbouring property’s pets. 

Lucky chaps, quite a nice playground huh?!

   

   

   

      

The Flora here is really inviting you to enter a state of calm. 

When you’re on the hills, all you hear is the Sound of Nature…

unless the neighbouring private properties 

used to have their videoke switched on 

which for me is typically Filipino, 

but if you are here to meditate you might find it a bit off-putting. 

Don’t mind them too much, that’s part of your ZEN training lol…

   

   

    

This is probably a depiction of Mary, 

the Mother of Jesus carrying the now dead Jesus and lamenting and grieving His death.

 I am not too concerned about the accuracy of depiction, 

for me what matters most is that when you are walking up the hill,

 the scenes invite you to meditate on your existence at a deeper level. 

It’s a bit like if Jesus was really born on Christmas Day 25th of December: 

that is not really a big issue for me. 

The value of it is the Spiritual meaning and not its accurate depiction. 

After all spiritual things are only conveyed with the Holy Spirit, 

without the inner workings of the holy spirit, 

I’ll have to admit, life is very superficial. 

You don’t have to agree with me, 

I’m just talking from personal experience.

    

   

   

   

ANG SAMPUNG UTOS NG DIYOS

   

This is the depiction of The Ten Commandments on a stone tablet

Of course, now its in Tagalog Version, or Filipino.

   

    

   

CAN I TAKE YOU HOME LOL!!

    

Of course, these lovely dogs never left us 

the whole time we were there. 

I could bring one of them home lol, 

but the Ten Commandments are just too hot on the collar. 

Ok, leave the dogs alone for crying out loud. 

Hang on there cutie, 

one of you can really sit on my lap inside the car lol.

   

   

   

   

I really can’t get enough of these lovelies, 

is this supposed to be a test on Temptation or what? :)Peace…

    

  

   

   

180 DEGREE VIEW

   

This is another great scene depicting Jesus nailed on the cross. 

Oh please, of course Im not mocking. 

This is very meditative and spiritual for me. 

At the same time very therapeutic. 

Its like a spiritual cleansing for the soul. 

The view also affords you a 180 degree view of Santiago City 

and neighbouring towns depending how far your eyes can see:)

    

   

  

   

Understand that Dariok Hills is crowded 

with devotees during the Easter holidays. 

So if your plan is to really meditate and unwind, 

you’ll have to come here when the crowds have gone, 

otherwise you’ll be in for some festive atmosphere 

as compared to a more laidback outing 

you might have envisioned yourself.

   

   

  

   

TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL

  

This is the Transfiguration Chapel according to our tour guide Zynervil. 

It was locked when we visited the place. 

Maybe they have opening times I don’t know, 

you will need to do some more digging 

if your aim is to use the chapel on your visit. 

As for me the Whole of nature is really my chapel. 

And the temple is inside my heart.

    

   

 

   

These benches are reminiscent of picnics in the park back in England. 

Where there’s a park, there’s a picnic. 

Happy Days!!!

   

   

LOVE LOCKS OF FOREVER

#ILOVESANTIAGOCITY

  

This is the Santiago City version of the Paris ‘love locks’ 

which unfortunately in 2015 was removed 

due to a collapsed railing of the Ponts des Arts in Paris France. 

   

 

   

   

   

DARIUK HOUSE

   

Not quite sure what is Dariuk House for. 

It could be a restaurant, hotel, cafe, or a function hall. 

The property sits facing the lawn. 

It was closed when we visited. 

   

  

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