Tuesday, July 8, 2008

around the lake in minutes

one of the things that you shouldn't miss when you visit San Pablo city is to bike around the lake shore of Sampalok lake.
you can rent a bike from the park area for P10 good for one round around the lake. the lake's circumference is 3.7kilometers which can take you to around 15-20minutes of biking. while looking at all the bikes lined up, i asked which one is the best bike and she gave me this. while the rest are mountain bikes, this one has a classic look. at first i resisted but upon trying it, i immediately paid the rent and started pedaling. i named the bike "Blooz" simply because its color is blue with a classic look.some parts of the lake's shore is already occupied by the fishermen. you can see stilt houses with nets surrounding its area. the nets indicates that they breed fishes here.
small fishing boats are almost everywhere. a more common type looks like the boat below but there were also long boats composed of long bamboos tied together to form a floating flat boat.the view from one side of the lake to the other varies as you travel along its circumferential lane. mountains and the hills forms a nice background for the lake.because of beautiful views of the lake around its shoreline, you will notice that there are already beautiful big residential houses, motel and restaurants along its lane although majority of it are still occupied by typical Filipino houses.
don't worry about food because there are some mini shops that offers merienda near the starting point.
it took me 40minutes to bike back to the starting point because i was stopping once in a while to get a shot of the place. it's one good exercise with a nice view of the lake. what was really good is that the place is safe and the circumferential lane allows you to see multiple views of Sampalok lake. i highly recommend that you try biking and might as well pick "Blooz" for this exercise and leisure around this lake.

53 comments:

Photo Cache said...

with all the pretty little things to shoot at, you would definitely take longer to finish the bike ride.

TENTAY™ said...

wow ang ganda naman ng bahay ba yon. and un place. ang sarap tumira jan parang ang tahimik :>

redlan said...

ganda magbike kasi maraming puno. binibigyan mo ng pangalan ang mga bagay na naging part ng travel mo ha. naalala ko yung motorbike na ginamit mo sa bantayan. hehehe. ganda ng san pablo. sarap magpicnic. kaw lang mag-isa na namasyal?

Heart of Rachel said...

Biking around the place sounds fun and exciting. Thank you for showing the lovely sights. I love the view by the lake. I like the that cool tree house.

SandyCarlson said...

These are just amazing. What an adventure. God bless.

Dakilang Islander said...

i've heard this place a lot of times sa mga kasamahan ko na taga dito but have no idea how this place looks like..ngayon parang namamasyal lang ako while reading this entry...

the donG said...

>photo cache, exactly!

>tentay, yung isa bahay at yung isa parang hotel and restaurant. sarap talaga doon.

>redlan, hahaha... ganun na nga. dami ngang tumatambay nung pumunta ako. ako lang pero meron din akong pinuntahan na kakilala ko sa san pablo.

>hi rachel, very true! biking here is really spending time with nature and people plus the nice view.

>hi sandy, amazing time with nature, people at the same time able to exercise.

>dakilang islander, astig! at least nakapasyal ka na sampalok lake.

Ferdz said...

Aysu din tong trip mo dom. Nakaka miss din mag bike, but I'm not sue kung marunong pa ko hehe. Pero cguro gaganahan din ako sa ganda ng mga views na makikita

ev said...

i like all of your shots. you've made a very good capture of the beauty of our country.

i could feel the serenity of nature and the calmness of waters...and most of all, you got a great capture of the "bangka"--it seems to tell its own story.keep it going!

nyl said...

a real wow Philippines!;0)

atticus said...

nakakainis ka na. nang-inggit ka eh. kainis. kainggit.

carlotta1924 said...

that is one amazing bike adventure along the lake! i like the reflection of the clouds on the lake, and that church (iglesia ni cristo?) across from it looks like a castle.

=)

the donG said...

>ferdz, sarap ngang magbike doon. kahit pa siguro mga five rounds ako. kaya lang saglit lang talaga ako doon kasi na meet ko pa mga kaibigan sa bayan.

try mong mag-bike ulit. pangarap ko talagang magbike sa sagada.

>hi ev, thanks! you'll see a lot of bangka there but it's not easy to shoot as some of it you'll still need to pass by their houses.

>hi nyl, wow talaga!

>hi atticus, ikaw din naman. ganda ng mga nasugbu shots mo at ang climbing!

>hi carlotta, yes. you'll enjoy biking there as you bike along the street with no jeepneys competing in your path.

yes that's an iglesia ni cristo church. it adds view to the lake.

Lawstude said...

another picture and information-packed post dong. never really paid much attention to that part of luzon but with your post i definitely have a second look now.

Napaboaniya said...

I had to laugh at the lady's bike recommendation! :P
That residential house is magnificent!! :)

Rio said...

buti naman at kasama mo si "blooz" sa pag iikot sa sampalok lake,mukhang nakakapagod ata kung lalakarin mo eto e=)
kung papipiliin ako kung san ko mas gustong mag stay..kung dun sa malaking hotel o dun sa kubo na nasa taas ng puno..mas gusto kong mag stay dun sa bahay kubo na nasa taas ng puno...ang cool kasi e..=)

lasang sampalok kaya yung lake?
d ba may alamat yan?? kaya tinawag na sampalok lake ay dahil noong unang panahon...ahahaha..mapapkwento pa ako nito..wag nalang..basta may alamat yun!..=)

Pietro said...

As in your previous posts, another really interesting sequence of views. You had a nice trip around the lake with many wonderful photos. Fantastic that residential house.

Luke said...

Awesome place! nice shots!

the donG said...

>lawstude, dami pang mga magagandang lugar sa pinas. kahit hindi naman dinadayo pero may sarili itong ganda.

>hi napaboaniya, yes. she was really insistent. after returning the bike to her "see how good it is?". hahaha... and indeed it was a nice bike. old but special.

>hi doc rio, hahaha... hindi ko tinanong yung alamat. hindi ko naisip yon pero malamang meron nga. sana kinwento mo na.

mas masarap nga talagang matulog doon sa kubo.

yung circumferential lane ay jogging and walking lane. pang exercise din talaga.

>pietro, thanks! my pleasure to share the experience through the photos.

>luke, thanks!

BlogusVox said...

Yung bike, hindi lang classic look, pam-babae pa... hehehe!

olan said...

wow!!!!!!! para rin itong Lake Sebu... i terribly miss places like this Dong... next time, ganito din pupuntahan ko... hehehe

Selerines said...

Third one is fantastic... I like that tree house too, it's really nice. What's that actually in the lake? Any thing used for transport like? It seems to be different...

Toe said...

Wow, I didn't even know that San Pablo is so scenic. Great photos of the lake Dong! How quaint indeed to go around it in Blooz. :)

the donG said...

>blogusvox, really? i can't determine a bike if it's for men or women.

>olan, oo nga. nakita ko na rin ang lake sebu sa mga pictures. maganda nga talaga.

>selerines, thanks! it's a long fishing boat used by the people there. it is made up of bind bamboos.

>hi toe, yes. the lake is scenic with all the mountains and hills surrounding it.

beero said...

gandang experience to kuya dong. matagal na din akong di nakakapag-bike. what you did was really an amazing experience

classic bike+great lake+one camera=FUN

V said...

oi pareng dong! ang ganda ng reflection shot!! OMG! as in! ngayon lang ako ulit nakakita ng tahimik na tubig enough to make a mirrorlike effect sa sky! ang galing!!

exclamation mark overkill!!

lagal[og] said...

dom, if that's the view, maybe i can re-learn how to ride a bike, hahaha. although i can always walk as i usually do. and who would want to finish the meandering in minutes kung ganyan ka-refreshing ang tanawin :-)

Carver said...

Beautiful shots from your bike ride around the lake. Looks like a wonderful bike ride.

Tink *~*~* said...

Thanks for the tour. I love the bamboo tree house - I just want to move right in! :D

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

BlogusVox said...

donG, ang pambabaeng bike, yung top tube nang frame mababa ang connection sa seat tube. That way it's easy to dismount especially if the rider is wearing a skirt.

I think that's the reason why napaboaniya was amused at the bike's recommendation.

EM said...

Wow din! Nadaig yung 3km bike trail malapit sa amin. Kasi naman creek lang yung ibinida nun eh yung sa iyo lake! Maganda pa din ang Pinas.

Thanks for sharing!

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

very nice dong. ang swerte mo, nalibot mo na yata ang pinas.

eastcoastlife said...

Such a pretty place to explore! I would love to go there. I'm sure I would have lots to write. :)

the donG said...

>beero, galing ng formula mo. astig yan ah! maraming salamat din sa pagsubaybay lagi.

>vera, maraming maraming salamat! swerte ko nga't kalmado ang ilog nung panahon na yon.

>oggie, ganun na nga. try mo ring magbike. kasi makakailang ikot ka talaga pag nakabike ka.

>carver, it was really a wonderful bike ride.

>tink, hahaha... i think it really is cool up there.

>blogusvox, galing! ngayon alam ko na. kawawa naman ang bike at panlalaki ang binigay kong pangalan. hahaha... pwede na rin naman siguro sa babae ang blooz.

>em, ayos na rin ang creek. ganda nga talaga ng pinas.

>jasper, hindi pa. dami dami ko pang hindi napupuntahan.

>eastcoastlife, i might agree because some artists take time to do their paintings in the area. what more when writing.

Sandy B & Dick said...

What an amazing adventure! And I didn't even get tired:-) Thanks for our anniversary greetings. It was a fun celebration.

Dina said...

Fun bike trip. We all love that bamboo treehouse.

the donG said...

>hi sandy, thanks a lot sandy!

>hi dina, that bamboo tree house is really enticing.

Random Ramblings said...

love your banca shot. konti na lang mala-oggie na ang shots mo dong!

Nanaybelen said...

nice pictures again. And sarap sigurong mamasyal dyan. Marunong akong mag-bike

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

The reflection of the clouds in the water is amazing!!!

equilibrium2008 said...

I simply like it. Seems like very quiet an d serene place.

the donG said...

>hi arlene, hahaha... salamat pero layo pala. wala pa din kasi akong DSLR. malamang next year pa.

>hi nanay belen, pwedeng pwede po kayo dito. siguradong enjoy pag kumpleto ang pamilya or barkada.

>hi karen, so lucky to have seen it so serene for the clouds to reflect on its surface.

>hi equi, yes it is.

The Islander said...

wow biking around the lake? that's nice. whoever initiated the tourism attraction, it's great!

i love the tree house... looks cute and well-maintained... medyo naka-ilang botelya ng varnish.. hehe.

jericho said...

dinadaya ako ng mga kaibigan kong taga-san pablo. wala silang sinasabi sa aking ganito ... hehe

alicesg said...

Beautiful photos. Looked like a nice place to visit. I love the treehouse.

acey said...

very very beautiful pics! :)

kingdaddyrich said...

wahhh biyaheng noypi na si kuya dong. ang dami ko nang na miss. huhuhu.. sensya hindi ko nabantayan ang blog mo, nag hibernate kasi ako. :)

Josh of Arabia said...

grabe na to bro..wala akong itulak kabigin sa inyo ni attorney!

anyway, the best saking ung may bike and un atake mo don sa merging ng silhoutte and clear subjects..

the donG said...

islander, oo nga. bilib din ako at nagawa nila ng daan ang buong ikot ng ilog. kaya ayos talaga umikot.

hahaha... alam na alam mong nakailang varnish ah.

>jericho, hehehe... oo nga. hindi nga nila ito pinopromote masyado. kasi yung mga kakilala kong taga doon hindi din nila sinasabi na maganda tong lake.

>alicesg, looks like everyone likes that tree house!

>hi acey, thanks a lot!

>kingdaddyrich, hehehe... hindi mo na tuloy napansin ang pagbabagong anyo.

>josh, hehehe... maraming salamat tol.ftpw

bw said...

Nice houses and cottages :) A great place to relax.

The bike rental is dirt cheap. However, methinks 3.7 kms in 20 minutes is a stretch hehe. Not with my potato couch body :)

Panaderos said...

Beautiful shots and very nice homes too. I just hope that the people keep the lake's waters clean.

the donG said...

>bw, hahaha... kaya pa din yan. mura talaga at medyo luma na rin naman na ang mga bike.

>panaderos, i hope for the same thing. may area kasi medyo madumi na.

meiyah said...

wow ganda nman ng pagkapicture... galing.. :) parang naki-ride on na rin ako sa bike mo hehehe... :) love your photos here...

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