My attitude as a traveler is to be always on the move. When given the opportunity to rest for the night during travels, I would choose to skip sleep and insists on traveling through the night to another destination. This is because I have this preconceived thought that an overnight stay resting at a resort will make me restless and bored the hell in me.
It was late in afternoon when the rain stopped pouring in Bucolic San Pablo City. The sky began to present a magnificent play of colors. From the gray rain clouds with fainting occasional lightning bolts, hints of red orange hue began to scatter over the horizon until the bright colors gradually faded away as darkness began to set in.
The Portable Hummocks
It was almost dusk when the housekeeping staff at Casa San Pablo began setting up the much awaited portable hummocks for the guests to experience the cooling evening breeze under the towering pine trees.
As darkness begins to dominate the night sky, I’ve observed that the chirping of the crickets has become more audible and the soft breeze from the wind has become more cooler. At this point, the housekeeping staff started lighting candles along the pathways, garden floor, and random corners within the garden. The subtle glow from the candles provided the surrounding its romantic feel. Mosquitoes have been giving me the irritating stings but a dab of insect repellant lotion over exposed skin did the trick. I was able to enjoy the night sky until we were called for supper.
An Intimate Celebration
Where else can we celebrate an intimate special day but in a place that promises high priority on privacy and guarantees exclusivity to its guests.
Upon dinner time, we found out that there were only ten of us who will share overnight at Casa San Pablo. No wonder that the food was overflowing. That evening we enjoyed the miswa soup, chopsuey, chicken on peanut sauce and lechon kawali. A complimentary cake was provided to us by Boots.
Before we rested, we spent the rest of the evening on the hummocks while looking at the moonless and starless sky.
Room 12: The Romantic Casita
Boots gave us Room 12 for our stay at Casa San Pablo. It is a stand alone casita separate from the six main inns. The casita has tall glass sliding doors that offer a view of a beautiful garden outside.
Upon entering, I first notice the larger than life painting of an aged Ifugao by Waling Gorospe. Also grouped on one side of the wall are nudes by artists collectively known as the Saturday Group, whose celebrated members include Mauro “Malang” Santos and National Artist Ben Cabrera.
The Casa San Pablo’s theme of mix-and-match furnishing continues in this casita. Together with the eclectic framed artworks are the high headboard Molave bed, an old plateria with some knick-knacks of equally old pieces, the writing desk and the miss-matched wooden chairs.
The Room 12 Casita is a couple’s suite. However, a small bed was prepared for our three-year old son who still slept with us on the high-headboard Molave bed.
By morning, I was so recharged. The well-rested experience has given me the paradigm shift about traveling –enjoy stillness and appreciate the slow movement of nature.