I could see my house from here. Well, not really, but hard to believe these lights are from the metro. My hotel room in Antipolo feels like another world, yet this beautiful view from my window overlooking Manila reminds me I am but an hour away from the city.
Antipolo has an appeal similar to Tagaytay. It is high and the temperature isn’t ass baking. I don’t know why I have monumentally overlooked it. No, actually I do. Because it is near. Mine is the usual traveler mistake. I cast my eyes halfway around the world without realizing the wealth in front of my face.
More than ever, I am convinced, beautiful is a lot closer to home.
Case in point: the Hinulugang Taktak. How is this not beautiful? By accident, I stumbled upon a sign pointing to the 12 meter high waterfall. I did not plan a visit – I even forgot what a Hinulugang Taktak is! Humiliating, since it is a textbook classic.
It is beautiful. More so because it came to me unexpected. A surprise. It did take 112 steps to go down but this is a time for martyrdom. Amazing the things you really see, if only you let your feet take you.