02 June 2012
Travel Spot: Celebrating 20 Years of Friendship at Timberland Sports and Nature Club
“Let’s catch up some time!,” is my barkada’s* constant phrase of use since we graduated from high school several years ago. (*Note: barkada – a Filipino term for group of close friends.)
It was the morning of June 8th, year 1992. T’was a cool Monday morning. Donning new and crisp below-the-knee-length navy blue jumper skirt, crisp white ruffled blouse, a new pair of pristine white socks, and a new pair of jet-black shoes, I waited for my turn to introduce myself to a classroom-full of girls donning the same outfit as mine. It was my first day in the exclusive school for girls. It was my first day at St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina. June 8th was also marking my first day in high school.
There were ten girls in my barkada. All came from the second to the last room at the third floor — I-St. Bernadette’s room.
Fast forward to 19 years and 11 months. May 5, 2012. My high school soul sisters celebrated our 20 years of friendship atop the first-rate private membership club — the Timberland Sports and Nature Club. As we celebrate our friendship, we take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the vistas of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and the city lights below. It was the perfect time to catch up. Perfect time to catch up as the girls were waiting for my yet another heart story to narrate, okay okay narrate is an understatement, make that “to rant about”, tongue in cheek story.
Timberland Sports and Nature Club is private membership club that offers a wide range of activities and amenities for the entire family, or in our case, group of friends. The private club is located within the masterplanned Timberland Heights, a vast 677-hectare resort town development of Filinvest Land. Timberland Sports and Nature Club is in San Mateo, Rizal, merely 10 minutes away from Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Marikina City.
Wall Climbing. Conquer the large wall, spider-man style. This wall introduced me to the wonderful world of wall climbing. Feel your heart pound against your chest as you push yourself up towards your goal. Free shoe rental and personal instructor inclusive. Don’t forget to bring your own socks for hygienic purposes.
Or play billiards in the billiards hall. Your group may have dinner in the hall too, just like we did. Just please bear with the service, as the waiter would have to run to and fro, and to and fro, and to and fro, and to and fro, and to and fro, (you get the drift) from the hall to the kitchen.
There were originally ten in our all-girl barkada, which later on, due to time and space, shrunk down to seven. Six ladies (seven in the group but Liezl’s still in Italy) wouldn’t exactly fit in one big room. Hence, Chelai reserved three rooms for us instead.
Here’s the uber fun “single ladies” room for our crazy group of four – – Mai/Pie, Tess, Joan, and Carla. The other rooms were the couple/family rooms for Chelai, Vina, and family, which we dare not invade.
Wake up to fresh mountain air and watch the bikers struggling up the mountain. Timberland (or Mount Maarat) is famous within the biking community due to its challenging and technical terrain. I still do bike once to twice a month. But Mount Maarat still seemed too technical for me. I’d rather practice on flat grounds first. Am giving myself 6 months to a year before daring to struggle to bike up Mount Maarat.
Time to leave our veranda and stop spying on the bikers and on their bikes (yes, I have great zooming capability that I can see the bike frame from our veranda. =P). Time for breakfast. Breakfast buffet is available for minimal charge. We opted to totally ditch our crazy diets and self-declared Saturday as our cheat day. Our room’s free-ala-carte breakfast-meals were given to the Chelai’s and Vina’s hubbies while us ladies splurged on bread, rice, meat, pasta, fruits (oh alright, let’s prevent we’re eating veggies too) at the buffet table.
Before we left, we had one last girl bonding time in the Ladies’ Relaxation Area. The room comes complete with a quiet room, perfect for meditating and contemplating; a big jacuzzi for water-pressure-style massage; a sauna room to get rid of all toxins; and a steam bath room.
We loved Timberland. There were plenty of activities to do. Ambiance was extremely relaxing. The staff were great (oh with the exception of having such an undermanned staff at the resto by the pool. Here’s feedback.). The facilities were superb. A thumb up.
Travel Spot: Timberland Sports and Nature Club
Address: Timberland Sports and Nature Club, Barangay Malanday, Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63.2.793.5700
Budget: PHP 6,000 to PHP 8,000 per room
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