Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel in San Pablo City Laguna

The sudden shift from fashion to more on travel posts is a result of my decision to focus on visiting my favorite places around the country. Although I have plans to travel abroad, I still have to roam around this beautiful country and enjoy each and every place that I visit here before going there. It is like enjoying the beauty of the place that I hold dear for so many years - the Philippines.

Fortunately, I really don't just stay in the metro. I'm both familiar in traveling from the north to the south of the country and can speak and understand a handful of dialects just to survive each journey. It gives me confidence in wandering around the beautiful places that I have only seen in the map as tiny lines and dots.

Purpose of the Travel

I'm so eager to check San Pablo City in Laguna because of a blogger friend named Jona of Jona Shares who is from the said place. She used to share with me tales about the place, especially about the lakes. It heightened my curiosity so I silently planned for a short visit there. Luckily, it happened within this year. Also, my husband agreed to travel with me. In April, I have finally set foot on one of the famous lakes in San Pablo and marveled at the beauty of the said place. Being able to visit the City of the Seven Lakes is a blessing.

Outfit of the Day

I just came back from Mindanao so I've decided to be practical in choosing my outfit for our travel to San Pablo City in Laguna. I chose a blue lace dress for the trip and I teamed it up with a simple pair of pink and light brown sandals. To look modest, I donned a pink inner shirt that will match with the footwear. Obviously, I wanted to have my own version of a Bohemian look so I can travel lightly.

Why did I chose this outfit?

I really felt comfortable when we had this trip last April. The dress is lightweight and so easy to style. I really don't need to layer that much so I was able to save on clothes for the travel. I've chose this long frock to cover my legs because I wanted to avoid wearing stockings so that I will be comfortable hopping from one vehicle to another. This is the dress that I donned at the Christmas Party celebration in the office two years ago so I only used this twice.

Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel

Our purpose in visiting San Pablo City is to check on one of the lakes so we looked for a hotel that is located near one of it. Fortunately, I was able to find Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel two days before our trip. This is located really near the lake so it was a perfect choice.

If you want to book early and save money, you can book a room at Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel here. The telephone numbers are:

(049) 562 5855
(049) 562 5851
Manila Line 02 520 6089
USA Line 925 478 6038
Mobile Globe 0917 592 2830
Mobile Smart 0939 938 7362
Their email address is admin@tahanan.info
Website is www.tahahanhotel.com

It is easy to find the hotel so you don't have to worry if you will choose walk-in booking. Indeed, the place is magnificent in structure and it is even located next to one of our church's chapels in San Pablo City. The address of the hotel is Dagatan Boulevard (Sampaloc Lake), San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines.

We arrived at the place around noontime and by walk-in preference, so we booked one room for us. The room assigned to us is located at the third floor of the huge mansion so it is easy to look at the lovely Sampaloc Lake that stretched so proudly in the area. The Deluxe Room is not so huge but it is worth the price that we paid that is less than P3,000.00. It has basic facilities such as wifi, cable television, hot and cold shower, small refrigerator, telephone and air condition unit.

Our hotel room booking includes breakfast so we don't have to eat outside the hotel the next morning. If you're curious as to the menu for breakfast, just think of the usual food served at home such as well-cooked eggs, hotdogs or longganisa and a cup of hot chocolate drink. The hotel presents itself as your second home so you will feel like you're having breakfast in your own place.

For me, one of the most beautiful parts of the hotel is the fabulous lobby. It is well-decorated and has lots of chairs for relaxation while looking at the lake. If you go outside a little bit, you will feel the fresh air. I got a chance to just sit down there while waiting for my husband who is busy swimming at the pool. The hotel sits atop a hill so it feels like you're high at a mountain top and lounging in the sofa of a beautiful second home for travelers. Who wouldn't want that feeling?

Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City Laguna

Right in front of Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel gate is a massive lake named Sampaloc Lake. It is one of the famed seven lakes of San Pablo City in Laguna that can be accessed by tourists. Personally, I'm amazed of its remarkable beauty, immense grandeur and breathtaking presence.

Before traveling there, I also researched about the legend of the largest lake in San Pablo. It was the story of a fairy who disguised herself as a poor old woman to test the hospitality of a childless, rich couple that owned a massive tamarind or sampaloc tree. The couple didn't give the poor old woman or the fairy tamarind or sampaloc to satisfy her hunger so the latter touched the tamarind tree and it became a huge body of water after a terrible storm. This is not the love story kind of legend shared to me by Jona, which is the tale of the other lakes, but I really like the story of Sampaloc Lake.

The silence offered by the lake is a glorious companion, especially if you secretly came to its aid for soul searching. I've connected myself to it through marveling at its beauty and spreading gratitude to the One who created it, so I can tell her my innermost thoughts. After all, nature heals all kinds of pain. I got the best treatment at that time. Its tranquility is what captured my heart and I might come back for another round of nature loving.

How To Get There

From Manila, you can ride a bus to San Pablo City in Laguna. I suggest that you travel early so you will have a comfortable bus ride in going there. Since it was our first time in going there, we just informed the bus conductor to drop us at SM San Pablo City.

After that, we hired a tricycle to bring us to Sampaloc Lake where we can find Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel. It was a smooth and fast travel so we arrived at the place just before lunch time. There are affordable restaurants nearby so you will have multiple choices for dining purposes.

Suggested Activities Near Sampaloc Lake

I think it is boring to just stay at the hotel so I've listed at least three things to do in the city.

1. Walk around Sampaloc Lake and take pictures for remembrance

2. Enjoy packed lunch at the area just like others

3. Watch sunrise or sunset by sitting down at one of the benches

These things are so simple yet it will help you appreciate life and the beauty of nature. For being busy at work, these are the activities that I rarely do but treasure so much in my life. It is not only a great way to eliminate and forget stressful moments, but it is also a way of resting from day to day activities.

Budget For The Trip

We only spent less than P5,000 for this trip. It is a tight budget but we were able to maximize it for the overnight stay in the said place. As suggestion, you can just eat dinner in one of the trendy restaurants near the hotel, just in front of the lake, and enjoy the famous Batangas Lomi that is so delicious and affordable for you.

Our travel to San Pablo City in Laguna is memorable for me. I've learned a lot of things, especially in trying to completely prepare for the trip. There were lapses in my preparation so we have to spend more for it. I wasn't able to research more about the latest price of the overnight stay at Tahanan ni Aling Meding Hotel so we have to add a little extra to the payment. It affected our budget so I had to eat twice at a nearby restaurant to save money. So it is really better to plan your trip early and contact the hotel representatives to ask about change of prices and other necessary details.

Our original plan is to try at least four affordable dining places but it didn't happen because we have to alter our budget. We did the right thing in adjusting our budget, though, because we were able to save extra cash for grocery shopping.

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