Monday, December 10, 2012

South Luzon Expressway


Going home to the province is always an exciting moment. I go home twice a month, and it is like an answered prayer when it coincides a long weekend. That means I can eat more home cooked food, organic vegetables from the property, fresh fish and whatever fruits are in season. Moreover, i can always be on the lookout shooting insects, spiders, larvae, plants, flowers, and whatever comes in front of me. It has been my preoccupation these past few weekends to search for small insects and spiders, as i mostly post in my other blogsite. It is timely, as butterflies don't seem to emerge these days. And most special among all these, is breathing freshly produced oxygen from our natural and plentiful oxygen generators. I hope the pollution in the city dwelling in my lungs can be displaced by the newly manufactured oxygen, fresh from the factory!

This is the decoration in front of the bus driver, together with the round mirror, and the view of the road. Maybe some of you recalls my previous post a few months back, when i also posted the decoration inside the bus. This time the bus has angels,  although the biggest angel is not fully shown in the photo. But the mirror easily shows the driver, the standing conductor and someone sitting near the driver, for lack of available seat. 

 The South Luzon Expressway is now continuous from Metro Manila to the Batangas International Port. It takes more or less two hours to drive this route, depending on the traffic situation or the weather condition. Rains surely slows down travel time. This highway brings you to the south of the Philippines if you prefer the land route. There are what we call "ro-ro vessels" (roll on-roll off) at the pier that takes your car in it, so you can drive your own car to the other islands and provinces south of the Philippines. There are also buses which do the same. The passengers get off from the buses while on the ship and board their bus again upon reaching land. This SLEX can even bridge your trip to Mindanao: Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, etc, as well as Visayas: Tagbilaran, Tacloban, Cebu, etc. But most of the travelers are tourists to Puerto Galera, Mindoro; Romblon; Anilao, Mabini, Batangas at the least.

 I love looking at those white grass flowers swaying with the wind. Even the sugarcane fields produce the same kind of flowers and beauty.

 The greens on both sides of the highway and all throughout the journey is so relaxing for the eyes. I never sleep on the journey at all times, and I never tire looking at the beautiful scenery.

 The view of Mt Makiling is very special, as it seldom allows full view. Clouds normally cover its top. This mountain has a very special meaning for me, as our university where i studied and worked for sometime is at the foot of this on the other side. I also have reached the peak four times in the past when i was still in the university campus. It is still heavily forested because it is a national park and forest reserve. It contains a lot of representative biodiversity species of flora and fauna in the country, and some endemic species are found only here! I am sorry for the haze affected by the glass windows of the bus.

The smoke you see at the middle of the valley is from a factory in between the big mountain and the low hills in the foreground. And i would like to inform you this is a dormant volcano, only not erupting because of so many energy outlets at the foot. A big hot and boiling mudspring at the other side gets wider through time.

This tropical rainforest always reinforce its name, because it often rains at this part of the highway, even if other areas are very dry. When it is as clear as this, i always bring out the camera to try shooting even inside  the running bus. You can see the movement on the grasses in the foreground. I always savor this special uncommon scene of our beloved mountain, Mt Makiling.




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25 comments:

  1. Going home always brings so many memories and feelings. I love the imagery and the feeling of your return. It's nice that you get to visit often.

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  2. I feel a bit nostalgic seeing your photos, lovely scene ties too! And thanks for the information, it may come in handy if ever we decide to drive around the Philippines.

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    1. Yes Mark i can relate with your homesickness, i wonder if other members of your family are already there in London too. I hope you can come back soonest!

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  3. Beautiful scenery and that mountain looks great.

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  4. thanks for taking me along on this trip. everything about the province is so fresh, green and relaxing.

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    1. Yes, every 2-3hr trip released a lot of tension! I guess it is very significant to the mind, as they say also the emotion can alter the working of our DNA!

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  5. The thrill of returning home comes through in your blog. I can see why you long for the freshness thatthe countryside provides. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What stunning scenery and I also enjoyed the bus driver's mirror and the shot of the highway. Too bad that oxygen generators are needed for the pollution. Are people working to correct the pollution problem?

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    1. Thanks Black Jack and Carol for your visit. I hope i didn't confuse you, as those greenery along the highway are the pure oxygen generators!

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  7. Thanks for taking us along on your trip this time!

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  8. Beautiful photos of your beautiful country ~ thanks ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol

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  9. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. A pretty and soothing drive way for miles!. How lucky you are to travel relaxing to the scenery without the bumper to bumper traffic of city traffic!

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs, of this green country.

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  11. you lived in such a beautiful world Andrea. such lovely views. it's soothing and pleasing to the eye.

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  12. Love the mountain shots. Mountains are so peaceful. I did answer your comment on my site, but I am perplexed at the problem you are having visiting.

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  13. The photos of your journey are special as you show us the lovely views you are so privileged to see...I love the mountain too!

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  14. The top shot is so cool! Great composition.

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  15. I agree green is such a restful colour for the eye, especial when it is vegetation. My world won't look green like this until June.

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  16. Great series! Lovely driveby pictures.

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  17. The angels are interesting. The driver must have thought that the trips need their divine protection. Going home must be great. I can sense that you yearn for the fresh air and greenery of the countryside. I love goin to my house in the countryside too.

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  18. The angels in the bus will help to ensure a safe journey. Nowadays, I am beginning to look forward to your home coming trips! I really enjoy the rides you gave us twice a month and I hope for more ;-)

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  19. Beautiful scenery, Andrea. Your mountain is stunning. I love the driver's decorations and have often been entertained by the different decorations in different countries. On one trip I listed the various items in my travel diary, and although it's a while ago now, I'm sure there were at least thirty.

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