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It would be nice to have a front yard that opens to a deck and finishes with a view of the mountainside. As a city dweller, I'd find it awfully nice. Right now, whenever I part the curtains of the window at home, all I see is a table of various plants that soften the view of an imposing wall fronting the doorway of our house. Definitely, a downer in the morning.
Isolated Along Marcos Highway
The place seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. It's only accessible via a jeepney ride for those who want to commute. It's along Marcos Highway, so it's not easy to miss. For that matter, it's the favorite stopover of a lot of motorcycling and biking enthusiasts. The affordable P50 entrance lets them converge over coffee or hefty servings of breakfast. Make the fee P100 and you upgrade your access of the place with a chance to swim in the pool.
Breathtaking View For Brunch
For my visit, I only intended to have brunch. I figured that I'd spend most of my day trip anyway doing sight-seeing of Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the island of Luzon and in the whole Philippines.
Over taho (a street snack made of soft tofu, brown sugar syrup, and sago pearls) for ice breaker, Yolanda and I reminisced about the happenings at the company where we used to work as a Managing Editor and Editor-Art Director, respectively. Later, I feasted on a serving of liempo. Yolanda had a sandwich. There was nothing remarkable about the food, but the stunning view of the mountainside made it memorable. The area was not short on fresh breeze, especially where we were eating our food -- the resort's viewing deck where a portion of Quezon Province's share of the Sierra Madre was visible.
Simple Activities Made Fun
Our tour of the hotel-resort let us see various spots that were worthy of photo opportunities. We had fun crossing two of the establishment's hanging bridges, viewing the nearby swimming pool from the cemented viewing decks fronting the hotel, and resting under one of the several sheds that were surrounded by pine trees. Our simple stroll of the sprawling mountainside property was made charming with the surrounding's lush green quality. Everywhere I looked, the view was comforting to the eyes.
I was not able to ask the hotel-resort people how long the establishment has been in operation. By the looks of the hotel's exterior and interior design, Sierra Madre Hotel and Resort's first day was not recent. The fixtures and furniture all looked dated and not in the heritage kind of way.
I was also not able to determine if the sunrise or sunset was any good at the area because we arrived just before lunch time and left the place in the middle of the afternoon. If anything, the place is a good spot for viewing nature -- trees and the amazing, vast terrain of the Sierra Madre.
Just make sure to be patient boarding a jeepney right outside of the hotel-resort when going home because the time period between passing commutes is about 15 minutes.
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