Pandin Lake, San Pablo City, Laguna

Pandin Lake is one of the seven lakes located in San Pablo City. It is located in Brgy. Sto. Angel, San Pablo City, Laguna.

Panorama view of Pandin Lake while riding the balsa
You can do a day trip, you can go swimming and ride the lamo (balsa) and enjoy the refreshing water of Pandin Lake. You can also have a glimpse of the Yambo Lake which is just beside the Pandin Lake.

View of Yamblo Lake

How to go to Pandin Lake:

  • Ride a Bus going to Lucena from bus terminals in LRT-Buendia or Kamias Station going to San Pablo (drop-off is near the San Pablo City Medical Hospital Bus stop, beside Jollibee) –Bus is Php 127.00 for regular and Php 102.00 for students.

  • Ride a tricycle (around Php 20-40) going to the city proper or a jeepney (Php 8.00, now is Php 7.00) and tell the driver to drop you off in 7-eleven jeepney terminal, if you rode a tricycle, however, if you took the the latter, sometimes it stops in front of the San Pablo Cathedral, known as "SM" meaning "Sa Mangga". Across it, you'll find the convenience store. Make sure to ask if it’s the Jeep going to Sto. Angel. Fare is Php 12.00 up to Sambat, this is the last stop but you can ask a favor to the driver (if you are many) to take you up to the parking area going to Pandin. Go use your charm (wink) haha!

  • From there you can ask some of the locals how to go to Pandin lake. You will not be lost since there is already a walkway going there. You will also see signboards.

  • Once you get there, you are required to sign on their visitors log.

  • You can avail their Lamo (balsa) experience with lunch included for Php 360.00 or for the Balsa rafting for Php 180.00 per person.
  • Below are the contact numbers of the President of the Bantay Lawa Association.
  • Ate Tina Abrigo- Pandin Lake President - +639079952983
  • Ate Zion - 09299789565

Little Groto at Pandin Lake

You can also message me since it is my hometown, I would be happy to assist you. :)

Such a quick get-away with less than a thousand bucks. Happy Travels!

JAPAN: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine: The mountain with ten thousand gates

One of the most visit place in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. So of course it is included in our must-visit place when we head to Kyoto.

Most tourists visit this shrine to explore the mountain trails, however, we did not intend to go to the trails since we have a little time. But I must say that the buildings/construction is worth visiting. The details are in the shrine is so unique.

The walk to the main entrance is about ten minutes on foot, we were able to enjoy the many food stalls leading toward the shrine.

Some little facts about the Shrine:

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine), is built at the base of Inari Mountain by the Hata family in the seventh century. It is said to be the most famous of several thousands shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of rice. In Japan, foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, and as a result, there are many fox statues scattered across the shrine grounds.

Over the centuries, it established itself as the primary shrine for over 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan. Now, it is the most visited shrine—during the new years more than 3 million people travel from all over to pay their respect.

More than 10,000 red torii gates straddles the stone pathway leading up to Inari Mountain. Although in pictures, you are lead to believe the torri gates are red, it is actually vermilion, the color said to expel evil spirits and diseases. And every single one of those gates has been donated by an individual, or an organization from around the world. Their names and the date in which it was purchased are inscribed on the gates in Japanese characters. Thinking of making a gate purchase? It could cost you anywhere from $4000 USD for a small one, and up to $10,000 USD for a large one. After much deliberation (looking at my coin purse), we decided it was impossible at that very moment.

How to Get to Fushimi Inari Shrine

It is easy to go to this Shrine since it is outside the JR Inari Station. I think, if I am not mistaken, we were able to use our JR Pass since it belong to JR line.

Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line. It is only five minutes away from Kyoto Station. If you are around the Fushimi Inari Station, you can reach the shrine by walking along the Keihan Main Line.

As you travel through the gates and enter the many small shrines, you will come across hundreds of stone foxes. The fox is considered the messenger of Inari, the god of rice, agriculture and industry, and stern bronze foxes (kitsune) can be seen throughout the shrine. The key often seen in the fox’s mouths are for the rice granaries. Inari foxes are generally considered helpful, but the Japanese traditionally see the fox as a sacred figure capable of bewitching humans.

Reminders on Fushimi Inari Shrine Opening Hours, Address and Fee

It is always open. No entrance fee. It's free.
Hours for prayers: 7:00-6:30 / 8:30-4:30
68 Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
Fax: 075-642-2153

Back to School

Some may be excited, some may say, it's too early to go back to school, while some are still enjoying their vacations...

Here are some practical tips on how to survive for the rest of the school year.

1. Sleep well and have a good night sleep.
Rest is very important. Make sure that you have enough sleep and rest to be fully recharged for the next day.

2.  Eat a good breakfast to stay active.
Having a good breakfast will help us to start our day right. Who would be happy to study if their tummy is hungry?

3. Dress well and start your day with a smile.

Being happy and having a positive mind is one of the key to that the day. Somehow it brings a positive energy to us. Plus good grooming is also a key to be more confident on we face our day.

My nephews and niece smiling up to the camera before they go to school. Hashtag #OOTD School Uniform
4. Check and review notes after school.

This is to make sure that no assignments will be missed. Also you can review notes and do advance reading for the next day. This will make you more prepared to face another school day and will avoid you from cramming.

5. Repeat numbers one to four. 

I guess that four tips is the key to be able to survive your school year. Just be positive and prepared. Cheers to another fruitful journey of learning!

If you want, document it and make some snapshots of your school journey. Why not make a selfie for a job well done, took a random shot of your good friends at school, or have a snapshot of your OOTD during school events.

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Pandin Lake, San Pablo City, Laguna

Pandin Lake is one of the seven lakes located in San Pablo City. It is located in Brgy. Sto. Angel, San Pablo City, Laguna. Panor...