Landscape

There is this secret place in town where my mother used to live
I discovered it one rainy day when I was so bored with myself
I asked someone where I can go I said I wanted some adventure
I want to hike, to walk, to swim, be free to commune with nature

A young stranger said to me he knew the very place
Where I can find my heart’s desire chase freedom if I wish
But the destination is not next door he asked me if I can
Able to walk a long, long way over hills, valleys and mountains

I was so elated and grateful I gave him a fierce hug
Added kisses on both his cheeks I told him it’s for luck
We embarked on an adventure although it was raining so hard
I was soaked through and through but the truth is I didn’t mind

True to his words, indeed we climbed hills and mountains
I noticed we’re truly alone we passed no houses on our way
I heard sounds of some waterfalls after a couple of hours
My guide said not to rejoice yet the real journey has yet to come

I didn’t realize what he meant was to hang on to my dear life
I had to traverse a footpath just on the edge of mountain’s side
Holding only onto a vine, trembling, I was thinking to myself
If I set foot on the wrong place or make mistake I will be surely dead

When I behold the place it is nothing short of magical
It’s mysterious, it’s Delphic, it’s baffling, enigmatic and bizarre
I was perplexed and speechless for the first time in my life
The sight is so irresistibly gorgeous I thought I was in paradise!

So, every year I go there when I am on vacation
The moment I landed home that is my first destination
I cannot wait to be there again in that magical place
For me it is my safe secret haven, my paradise on earth

For those who want to see more photos of this gorgeous place, here is the link.

76 thoughts on “Landscape”

      1. It would be wonderful to go see it but I have a bad back and doubt I could make the treacherous journey. But I would love to see your photos.

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      2. Lots of nature and little secret places, always summer and whole year abundance of plants and flowers. But_ there are also some unavoidable downsides of course like everywhere else

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      3. There are downsides to every place but the main thing is if the good things out weigh the bad things. I would just love to visit a place like this. It looks just heavenly. (What I can imagine of heaven anyway). I can just picture all the beautiful flowers everywhere among the beauty that is there in the pictures.

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      4. I have 4 rods in my lower back and it has become full of athritis. Traveling is difficult for me, but I can travel from my arm chair. 😀 I appreciate you showing me these outstanding photos.

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      5. On the same site, my first post is hills of Tossa, you can check it as well whenever you feel like. Soon I will put a photoblog titled the beauty Of Llorett (de mar) So, you can travel by pictures via my blog sometimes 🙂 BTW I have an RA too. I know how it is to have pain that govern your everyday life.

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      6. Ouuee, I will look forward surfing your blog and “travel.” It is painful to have arthritus. Mine is in my lower back and tailbone and my left wrist (due to a childhood injury) and both thumbs.

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      7. Mine is originated as a cervical hernia, then slowly spreading everywhere. The specialist said my RA is not my illness but a side effect of some auto immune disease which they are still trying to determine if it is Lupus or something else.

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      8. Though I’m nowhere near look like it (to the chagrin of my daughter) I will be 48 this coming august. when I was 15 I thought I will be dead when I reach 30, and here I am… I still feel the same but the mind wants body refuses to cooperate.

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      9. When they stop poking and prodding me I guess. They say it takes time for auto immune disease to be properly diagnosed. Sometimes I don’t care anymore.

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      10. I hope you don’t mind. I found the theme you were using very nice. I loved the simplicity and I’m trying it for my blog. I’m not sure if I will keep it as my blog theme, but I wanted to try it.

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      11. Your photography blog. The one with Paradise in it. I don’t have a lot of photography though, mostly writing so it might not work for me. I loved the simplicity of it.

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      12. No, Radcliffe theme is originally for showcasing writings because it has a clean uncluttered design that will put the focus on words and enabled you to accompany it with an striking feature image.

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      13. Oh good, then maybe it will work. Yours look so beautiful with all your images. I have had to stop the photography on mine because I am using an iPad with a keyboard and it doesn’t have enough memory.

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      14. Just try it and see if it works for you. You can always change it if it’s not to your satisfaction. The beauty of online journaling. Could you imagine if we’re using notebooks and want to correct, enhance, tweak, etc.

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      15. 27 and acting like a teenager. She said I have to let my hair cut short and age appropriate. My clothes too but she shops ever so often in my dressing. She said a mother has no business looking better than the daughter, things like that.

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      16. It supposed to be the other way around. I don’t remember having that with my mother, or with anyone for that matter. I asked her few times why she’s bitchy with me and too sensitive and defensive at the same time (one look from me and she’s crying fat tears I don’t even have to utter a word) she cannot give me any decent explanation. She said she doesn’t know.

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      17. Sounds like she has low self-esteem and she is trying to compare herself with you. If she feels less than you then she becomes emotional and hormonal. I think you both need to see each other as an extension to yourselves an extension that improves and enhances your lives not take from it.

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      18. I have no problem with her, but I have problem with her attitude towards me. I let her get away with things because I love her dearly. But sometimes, she’s too much that’s why I vanished her from my life for a year. Then she came calling back I thought she learned her lessons but I guessed the family (only daughter of an only son and only girl in that side of family- mine she never seen) spoiled her rotten and it’s too late. She’s not a bad kid only too much privileged. I am the only one who can put her on her place, the rest treated her like a queen and she can manipulates them easily especially my ex. But enough of this issue. don’t want to burden you with my woes.

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      19. I understand. But I guess it’s about time she starts acting like an adult. I don’t want her to get hurt sometimes because she refuses to grow up. I want her to realize that not all people will tolerate her behaviour especially her future husband.

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      20. Sorry, I had to start getting ready for bed. You are her mother and of course only want what is best for her. But you can’t change her, she has to change herself. You can only love and accept her as she is because sometimes that’s what she needs to give her the courage or desire to change. And, she is probably testing your patience because she sounds very immature.

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      21. You’re right. She have to find her own way. We cannot always protect them from everything. Like us, our children have to do their own growing up. With necessary guidance of course. Thanks for the chat.

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      22. I just woke up after 4 hours sleep my head is spinning from too much headache, it’s early afternoon here. This stupid flu has to go.Till next time PJ

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  1. I checked the photos in your other blog and recognized some of the places. Are those two places in the pictures above also found in Bicol? My parents are from there and we visit a few times a year but I’ve never seen the waterfall or creek. Very beautiful!

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    1. No, those two pictures are from my mother’s hometown in Quezon Province just before Bicol region where the other photos in my photography blog are, Daet Camarines Sur to be exact. My father was from Albay.

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      1. Ah, cool! I haven’t fully explored Quezon. Only went to Mt. Banahaw and a couple of towns. I hope to see more of that province one day, though.

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      2. If you’re travelling by land and heading to southern part of Luzon, you can’t miss Quezon because You have to travel pass it. It’s a long coastal province along Maharlika Highway. Are you familiar with Villa Escudero? it’s also in Quezon (Tiaong) just outside San Pablo Laguna.

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      3. Yes! We pass by Quezon all the time. We usually eat in one of the many eateries, there. It’s an adventure in itself. I only see what’s in the highways though. I’m sure there is more to the towns than the ones along the diversion roads.

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      4. When it comes to town proper, what you see along the highway is what you get. But hidden gems and secret places, you have to travel far inlands to see those. And since Quezon is hardly a tourist place, these beautiful scenery are only known to locals and practically unspoiled.

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  2. It would be my hope that everyone could have such a place. Takes a bit of breathless heart pounding to reach, but once there so amazing and claimed as your ‘safe secret haven.’ Thank you for this wonderful poem.

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  3. Hello I was reading some of the comments, so hello Bebong, as you know my name is Justine but my nickname often at school was Jussers which I used to hate but am quite fond of now lol, maybe it makes me feel young. We share the pain issues, it is such a pain, I have to throw a joke in there sometimes just to lighten it all up. I am undiagnosed too! Now on to the poem, what a beautiful poem and wow, that place is woweee, magical, amazing, really. I dont think i could ever manage a flight like that because of my pain but if i could i would go there, thank yo ufor sharing it and likewise I shall enjoy it through your photos x

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    1. Jussers it is 🙂 quite original. Never heard it before. I’m good at torturing myself( I guess by now you know that) just to feel I’m still alive that’s why I am still hiking despite of…
      Anyway, I’m glad I bumped into you for you’re one hell of a persistence lady who never mind hard work to get to your goal. I bet in real life you are also like that. Perseverance is the key. No wonder you have lots of admirer in blogging world. Keep up the good work.

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      1. awe thank you for your kind words. I am pretty persistant like a dog with a bone, but sometimes I do just stop climbing and sit down and cry and look at the bottm of the mountain feeling like I am there. I had a couple of days like that this week. I got turned down for my PIP after a gruelling interview with them and a years wait for the interview in the first place, i then went to a disability agency who helped me with the appeal and though she was lovely she had to ask me questions over again and it just makes one feel like crap and the damn burst infront of her, took me by surprise, there was no stopping it, but she wa very nice. xx

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      2. I can relate. I don’t want to sound harsh but an an immigrant and coloured, I always have to prove myself a lot harder than necessary in order to get what I want or what I deserve. And since most people are prejudice… you know the drill. But we’re a fighter aren’t we?

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