I recently shared with you how our summer went. There was one other event I went to, which I wanted to make a separate post on. I’m talking about my trip to Laguna to go to Balik Bukid Country Fair. I’ve been wanting to check this out in the past but there was always a conflict in schedule. Last May 11, I was able to go…finally! And I was all by myself because that was the day the girls will be flying back to Manila from Bacolod from their marine camp. I purposely stayed behind so I can go to this fair and Mike didn’t mind being the one to pick up the girls in Bacolod. Let’s just say that it was a Mother’s Day treat for myself 🙂
I left Batangas City before 8:00 in the morning and got to Sta. Elena Golf and Country Estate after about an hour (maybe even less). It was on a Sunday and so, the trip was stress-free. I really wanted to get there early so I can have more time to go around before the day gets too hot. By noon, it really got too humid for me and so, I left for Alabang Town Center to meet up with Mike and the girls.
Although I knew beforehand that there will be vendors showcasing and selling their unique products which are mostly handmade, homemade, natural, healthful, and organic, I was excited to actually SEE them! Just the idea of seeing something NEW got me so curious and it’s also been a long while that I went to a fair that’s not the usual bazaar I’ve gone to in a city setting. I’ve also heard about the farm, also in Sta. Elena, which could be an alternative venue to celebrate special occasions such as kids’ birthdays.
My stay at Balik Bukid may be brief but I was able to take some shots to share with you. I refuse to do enhancements or edits because I wanted to also keep them pure and natural. Just the way I saw them 🙂
Before I share my photos, just a final note. I’m glad I was able to make time to check out Balik Bukid this year. Here are my take home notes from the Fair:
- It’s good to know that we have unique fairs such as this, PROMOTING LOCAL PRODUCTS (or at least, LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS), mostly geared towards WELLNESS. Though it still is a slow movement here in the Philippines, it’s a good start!
- We really should SUPPORT our LOCAL VENDORS, PRODUCTS, SUPPLIERS, ESPECIALLY, FARMERS.
- My ultimate wish is to have GREEN, NATURAL, ORGANIC, HEALTHFUL, NON-GMO PRODUCTS MORE READILY AVAILABLE IN GROCERIES! To have MORE OPTIONS, VARIETIES, AND ACCESSIBLE SOURCES!
- AWARENESS and EDUCATION is what we need to be able to make a successful campaign on switching to a more healthful lifestyle and making more healthful food choices for the entire FAMILY.
- Families should SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS.
- It was nice to see families on a banig (woven mat), a kid on a horse or kalesa, feeding animals, and children just playing their kind of fun with natural outdoor “toys”.
- Children should SPEND LESS TIME ON GADGETS and ELECTRONICS, and MORE TIME to FEEL and BE in NATURE. Parents should really be INTENTIONAL in their parenting nowadays to make sure that they give these opportunities to their children as a natural experience in their entire lifetime, and not just a snippet of their childhood.
- Old school as it may sound, let’s GO BACK TO NATURE.
Now, for my no-filter, unedited photos! I’ve chosen only some as there were too many! I hope you’ll get to feel the vibe of the place! It just felt relaxing for me to be in the midst of so many trees, surrounded by GREEN, and with farm animals and outdoor playground not too far away!
Though it was one hot summer day, the sun and everything around me was refreshing to the mind and senses and reminiscent of how I would spend my vacations in my childhood days. It makes me so proud to be part of that generation! 🙂
I hope to experience THIS with my family more often. The unhurried lifestyle. The family bonding and real connection. The outdoor. The green. The NATURAL. Balik Bukid inspires and reminds me to take the earthy experience to my everyday life and put more of what’s pure and natural in my daily encounters and living.
How about you? What do you think of the idea of spending more time outdoors and going back to nature? Which do you prefer, urban living or laid-back lifestyle in the countryside?