Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Highlands of Bucari


The holiday continues! It's the first week of the year 2020 and the first week of the new decade, but the joyful and soulful moment never ends.

The new year 2020 was welcomed with enthusiasm and a positive spirit. It was probably the simplest celebration ever, yet the most fun and memorable. 

The holiday rush and noise is over and we are now back to normal vibe. We missed the playful kids, the laughters and great conversations. We have learned some life lessons and we have higher hopes to accomplish.

Today, the first Sunday of the year is a memorable one. It's the first Soulful Sunday moment. This time it was experienced away from home, but a nearby province of Iloilo in the Municipality of Leon. 



This is my first visit and on my bucketlist is to see and experience the highlands of Bucari. I was accompanied by a beautiful person who is adventurous and also a lover of nature. This was our first time to visit the so-called Summer capital of Iloilo and had a wonderful journey on the road. What a blissful experience I will never forget!

The road to Bucari is a wonderful experience riding a motorcycle while enjoying the magnificent view of the mountains covered with trees. As we approach the higher elevation and the curvy road, we were greeted by the cool mist and the foggy scenery. I was not in Tagaytay or Baguio, but Bucari has almost the same view.



After about half an hour motorcycle ride, I was amazed of the development when we entered the camping site where cottages and tents are built and set up. I never thought of the development and the crowd of people who visit to experience the place. Visitors are cheerful and seem excited to explore what the place has to offer. We explored and see it with ourselves. No regrets! 

We have climbed the highest peak and have passed by the 14 stations of the cross. That was hundreds of steps; and to reach the final station we have climbed the rock formation. We have conquered our fears and we have reach the summit. No fears! 


That was an awesome view. Perhaps one of the best I've ever seen. The peak offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Municipality of Leon and other towns of Iloilo. We were at the cloud nine! And literally the surrounding is covered with clouds, until it has disappeared momentarily and offered a clear view of the mountains and the small villages from afar.

The majestic view at the top was a great moment for appreciating the nature and some good conversations about future travel and adventures. This is just the beginning and hoping for the best journey on the way. 

Before we end our short trip, we dropped by the chapel and had the final glimpse of the mountains. I suddenly reminisce my soulful moment in the highlands of Dharamsala in India, quite similar to the view of the mountains that seem closer.




What a great adventure! And a great start of the year. Again that was another breathing out and a way to calm down despite of the adrenaline rush. We did it! We made it! 

That was a great Soulful Sunday moment. Living well and at the present moment. 


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