Of Reflections, Rivers and Lakes: Philippine Travel Stories

There are places to commune with nature; we posted our Top 10 of these places. We also posted about the still life. There’s something else that we noticed with the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. A lot of reflections are done on rivers and lakes. We’re not really surprised, because a calm lake or river lacks the hyperactive edge of the beach and presents an added difficulty of trekking, just like mountaineering. Balance is what you’ll find.

A lake is a large body of water, localized in a basin, surrounded by land. A river, on the other hand, is a large natural flowing watercourse. These two bodies of water might be used interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same.

Madlum River in San Miguel, Bulacan

Gayle (check her Instagram account, @geyligeyl, for more photos) has this reflection at the Madlum River:

“There will be moments in our life that will force us to slow down and, sometimes on the hardest of days, will force us to break down just for us to finally decide to take a moment to pause and recognize and acknowledge all of the things we are feeling, that more often than not we tried to bottle up inside. These are the things we continuously and consciously deny just to make ourselves believe that we are stronger and bigger than our anxieties, pain and insecurities. But some days, we have to surrender and leave the battle for a while and admit that we are not always on the winning side. And man, we know it’s not the easier choice but it is necessary. So that’s what I did, and boy, did I suffer. But focusing and acknowledging every little thing that hurt, even just for a while, made me realize that these feelings aren’t here to haunt me or to break me. I realized that these feelings are real and present because they are trying to show me where I needed to heal so I could transform this breakdown to a breakthrough. Because most of the time, as clichè as it may seem, what feels like breaking down is really just breaking free.”

Lake Holon, T’boli, South Cotabato

Maj Flores (check her Instagram account, @majflores, for more photos) at Lake Holon:

“After 4 hours of trekking, we arrived at the campsite only to find out, we were the only 2 women +1 tour guide there, it was a creepy night knowing we’re the only ones there no signal no power literally off the grid experience; though our morning was spectacular. We savoured our morning dip in lake holon all to ourselves.”

[We will revise this post and add more photos. Tag us in Instagram. Don’t forget to include your reflections in the caption.]

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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