Saturday, March 28, 2009

Langub Glass Palace

I just arrived from our short trip in Buda. Very timely since we had a very stressful week - beating deadlines in grades, cards, permanent records and etc. I was invited by Maam Katya together with teacher friends. With the heavy load in the past week, all I wanted was to have a simple break. And God granted that to me. I did not expect for comfortable place since we did not pay huge amount for this trip. But when we arrived at Buda last night, I was amazed by the one-of-a-kind house where we stayed. Amazing was my first impression and it even surprised me more during the daytime.

The house is a blend of different materials which gives a unique ambiance. Walls are made up of log's, bricks, cement and glass. French windows are very cute. The two attics are very very cool. They are my favorite parts in the house. Ceilings are made up of "amakan" or weaved thin bamboo trunks. It was my first time to see a fire place and it's not really awkward to have it in the tropical Philippines. At Buda, temperatures in the evening will really make you shiver.

We had a simple dinner. A very very Filipino one - adobo, ginisang kangkong and of course rice with pandan leaves. The company was also very very great that helped me to have the good appetite. No electricity so the small lamparas and petromax served as our lightings. Throughout the night, I enjoyed mother nature with her awesome wonders - stars in the sky, sounds of crickets and most especially the cool breeze. After I took a very cold bath, I fall asleep.

I woke up around seven in the morning and decided to have my coffee. When I went upstairs (since I slept in the underground room), I was struck by the beauty of the green surroundings. All I can see were the gentle pine trees as if greeting you a beautiful morning. And it was beautiful indeed. I sip my coffee in the veranda where you can clearly view the great Arakan valley. It is clearly seen during earling morning. Since we arrived around 9 in the evening, I did not notice the different ornamental and flowering plants around. The flowers are of different forms and colors. Magnificient view! Flaming red, subtle lavender, bright yellows and soothing white. I really appreciate country houses like Langub Glass Palace than huge modern mansions in the city. The house is a destination itself.

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