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Our (Almost) First Car Camping Adventure with our Furry Crew at Splendor Hills, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

We recently embarked on a grand adventure with our furry crew – three curious cats and two energetic dogs – for a car camping trip to Splendor Hills in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas! We packed up the car, loaded our furbabies with excitement (and maybe a few extra kibble and catnip treats!), and set off for what we envisioned as a weekend of snuggles under the stars and exploring the great outdoors… well, almost!

As much as we planned and prepared, sometimes life (or in this case, the weather) throws a curveball. When we arrived at Splendor Hills, we were met with beautiful sunshine – a little too beautiful, in fact. The Batangas heat was cranked up to “high noon in the desert” level, and pitching a tent quickly became an exercise in self-preservation, not relaxation (for both us and our furry companions).

While our initial car camping dream didn’t quite materialize, we weren’t about to let a little heat dampen our spirits! We turned our day trip into a fun-filled exploration of Splendor Hills, and good thing they have cottages! These comfortable havens provided the perfect escape from the scorching sun. We were able to relax, have some delicious meals, and keep our furry crew cool and comfortable.

Here are some of the highlights of our (almost) car camping adventure:

  • Cat Expeditions (with plenty of water!): We found some cool, shady spots for our feline friends to explore, making sure they had plenty of water and opportunities to relax.
  • Splendor Hills Dog Park Extravaganza: The pups had a blast running around the dog park, making new furry friends and chasing leaves (unsuccessfully, of course!).
  • Car Camping Comfort (with AC!): While we didn’t pitch the tent, the car became our air-conditioned haven. We enjoyed delicious bento snacks, read some books, and cuddled with our entire furry crew in the comfy backseat.
  • Planning for the Future: Even though our car camping debut wasn’t exactly what we envisioned, it was a valuable learning experience. We’re already planning our next car camping trip for a cooler season, armed with knowledge about shade options and keeping our furry friends cool.

 

Lessons Learned:

  • Always check the weather forecast! This seems obvious, but sometimes the excitement of planning can cloud our judgment. Knowing the weather beforehand would have helped us adjust our expectations and come prepared for the Batangas heat.
  • Be Flexible: Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and that’s okay! We learned to adapt and make the most of our day trip.
  • Safety First: The well-being of our furbabies is our top priority. Recognizing the dangers of extreme heat helped us make the responsible choice to forgo the tent this time around.

 

Looking Forward:

Despite the heatwave, our (almost) car camping trip was a positive experience. We learned a lot, had some fun with our furry crew, and created some lasting memories. We’re already looking forward to our next car camping adventure at Splendor Hills, this time with cooler temperatures, a successfully pitched tent, and all the joys of exploring the outdoors with our unique family!

Do you have any car camping tips or stories to share, especially about camping with cats and dogs? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

A Chapter Closed, But Hope Remains: Thankful for Our Journeys, Wishing You Well

Once, I sought a kinder heart, and forgiveness for myself and others. My prayer was answered, bringing immense gratitude and freedom from burdens like guilt and doubt. I acknowledge God’s guiding hand and his unwavering forgiveness. With a lighter heart, opportunities opened up for me and even for those I once resented.

I’m not perfect, as anyone close to me will say. I wasn’t always known for my patience (“maldita” and “patolera” sound familiar!). But with age and faith, I embraced a gentle renewal. While a spark of my fire might remain, I choose honesty and kindness as my guiding lights.

Life’s experiences have taught me empathy. I understand the pain of hurtful words, having been bullied myself. Now, I choose my words carefully, mindful of others’ feelings.

Life unfolds in shades of grey, not just sunshine and rainbows. Negativity and competition exist, even among those we thought were close. True, it can be disheartening to see friends consumed by a “win-at-all-costs” mentality. But instead of getting pulled into that negativity, I anchor myself in a different truth: the transformative power of love and support, as embodied by Jesus. Just imagine a world where we uplift each other, celebrating each other’s victories and offering a hand up in times of struggle. That’s the kind of world I believe in, which I strive to create, even when faced with negativity.

My journey towards a kinder me is ongoing. There will be moments when doubt and negativity whisper lies, making it tempting to prioritize myself over others. But choosing kindness isn’t just about feeling good – it’s about creating a ripple effect of compassion. Imagine a world where we celebrate each other’s successes, not compete. I’m determined to contribute to that world, one kind act at a time.

With open hearts, may we all choose forgiveness, kindness, and understanding in a world that often forgets its power. ❤️ To those I shared journeys with, though our paths have diverged, a piece of you holds a special place in my heart. Praying for your happiness and growth wherever life takes you. While our stories may not intertwine again in this chapter, I hold the hope that in another, filled with understanding and light, our paths might reconnect.

Ephesians 4:22 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Furry Fun in Angeles: How TJ’s Airbnb Redefined Staycations for our 5-Paw Crew

Okay, let’s get this furreal: dragging five furbabies from Quezon City to Baguio straight up sounded like a bad 80s movie. Long car rides, whimpering pups, and questionable bathroom breaks – yeah, not the vibe. So, we made a pit stop in Angeles, Pampanga, and checked in to TJ’s Airbnb – a haven for humans and hounds alike.

Listen, finding pet-friendly accommodations with a pack as big as ours is like finding a truffle without a pig – rare and oh-so-rewarding. Most places gave us the sniff-off, but TJ rolled out the welcome mat (and probably some extra lint rollers) as soon as we wagged our tails in his direction.

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