A few weeks ago I went to UP Los Banos to visit my sister, Pia. She is currently taking up her graduate studies in Microbiology. I just wanted to check how she is doing with her studies, to have a fun time with her and also for me to have good rest from work. I got there a bit pretty late noon due to traffic at Calamba, which is so usual.
As a backgrounder, “The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), a coeducational, publicly funded academic, research and extension institution, is one of the six constituent universities of the University of the Philippines System. It started out as a College of Agriculture in 1909; and became a full-fledged university in 1972.” – http://www.uplb.edu.ph. Also, the campus is located at the foot of Mt. Mariang Makiling which is named after the guardian of the forest Mariang Makiling famous in Philippine folklore. The place is also abundant with various kinds of trees and plants. It is just a 2-hour bus ride from Manila so it is so accessible to anyone.
Upon getting there we had a heavy lunch since we will be walking around the campus later to take some shots. After that we took rest on her dormitory then headed back out to start the photo walk. I brought my cheapo previously-owned tripod to try it out and see how will it perform under normal shooting circumstances.
We headed to Freedom park to take some shots and saw this bunch of cyclists preparing for an event I guess.
Of course one’s tour of UPLB won’t be complete without the ever famous and controversial Fertility Tree. I set up the tripod to put it to work and put on our game face to set the mood on. And here we are 😀
But of course we also had some decent shots, more pro looking poses..hehe 😀 We then headed for the Philippine Carabao Center to check out what she was telling me about, carabao milk and yogurt. (Sidenote: I really like yogurt. It helps my digestion and the sweet-sour taste of it is quite appealing to me. See my previous post on frozen yogurt of Frutti Froyo. So refreshing ;)). When we got there choco milk was sold out so we got pastillas (for my labidabs) and yogurt with patch berries instead. The yogurt tastes good and for sure I’ll be back for it, a different flavor maybe..and of course for the choco milk 🙂 After that we took a walk while eating yogurt with patch berries..hehe..Pia was carrying the tripod since I was enjoying my last few drops of yogurt. 🙂 Here she is, posing as a tripod model..:D
It took us a loooong walk until we reached Forestry. It was raining a bit so we needed to do some stopovers until the sky cleared again. We then needed to take a ride since Pia’s feet started aching..sorry sis T_T. Now just near the university’s entrance, we went inside a small cafe called Dairymoor. We had some frappucino and read the papers for some time. Also, since the ambience of the place was good, we took some shots. Good thing we were the only customers that time.. 😀
After having a good rest we decided to go back to Freedom Park to take some final shots for the day. It was already around 5PM and it’s already getting dark outside. Still, a lot of people were playing freesbie, some were running around the oval while others were just having some fun time chatting on the benches. We looked for a vacant bench to sit down and take a look at all the shots we took that day. Here are few of them:
After that we decided to call it a day and headed back to Pia’s dormitory. It was a looong and tiring day, but it was fun chatting with my sister and it was nice to know she’s doing fine. We finally headed back to her dorm to have a good rest. I really needed to take a good bath then. 😀 Tomorrow will be another day for a photowalk..haha 😀