While, not as big as the great lakes of the United States, the Lake District in Cumbria is as beautiful. It's oddly popular with Chinese and Japanese tourist and the odd Pinoys. It is wonderful. I know some Asians are stereotyped with liking bodies of water to bring luck but there IS something soothing about being close to a body of water. If I get the chance I would like to live near a lake; I'm moving to Manchester instead because it's more convenient for work.
A distant relative lives in Lake Buhi and I've only been once but I did think it was a nice place to be. Tranquil and everything seemed to be at peace.
|Buhi. Just kidding; some rich person's villa|
Snow capped mountains in the distance. It's wonderful. I am told a large part of the lakes are walk able hills.
Some British people I've talked to said they have created a sub type of leisurely walking to describe the experience in the lakes; fell-walking. It must be a very fulfilling experience; one man (Sir Wainwright) wrote a seven-volume book series on how to do it.
We didn't get chance to do much fell-walking though. We didn't plant this trip so we were wearing the wrong shoes, wrong clothes and just not prepared for any type of seven-volumed level of walking.
The views by lake were enough though. This was taken in Bowness-in-Windemere. We brought a car and for ease of your visit bring one; there are tour buses and they do encourage walking but if you've got a kid and lazy kids-at-heart a car is a good idea.
We parked our cars in one of the free parking places around the park; you have to move it every two hours and there are paid all day parking if you don't want the hassle. We just didn't think we would stay that long. We were dead wrong.
On the way back, we stumbled to this part of the lakes. The park was run by the National Trust
,a charity run to conserve the national beauty of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I think it would have been a good idea if we have something similar back home. Retirement is at 65 and some people go downhill right after; I think partly because they feel they have lost purpose and are housebound. I think older people have a lot to offer and organizations like this could them a reason to get up still, be active and help give voice as well as manage our natural treasures.
My friend said bring a pebble to make sure I come back. I was like, I'll take a photo but don't really want to bring a stone back home. It's gonna look a bit odd.
I shall be back though...
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Politics is at the center of our national consciousness, for the moment. How are we doing?
It seems that the 2016 national and local elections stirred more than the usual partisan divide among the people.
One, there was an uprising of largely unorganized, volunteer electoral machineries that supposedly delivered votes for their respective candidates. This seemed evident in the cases of Duterte and Robredo. Duterte run under the PDP-Laban but it was observed that most of his campaign materials and supporters were not part of the party itself. In some regions for example, tarpaulins were printed and set up by volunteers themselves. Robredo, although running under the administration LP, was also propelled by networks of volunteers including farmers, urban poor, etc. who were never members of the party.
Two, the regions delivered the votes for the winning candidates. Although a huge chunk of the voters are from Metro Manila, It should be noted that the most defined volume of votes delivered for the leading candidates came from the Mindanao and Visayas islands, while the Metro Manila and Luzon votes were divided over the various contenders. An evident manifestation of a growing clamour by regions in the countryside to get political and economic power from the Metro Manila. A sensible message to the elected officials: focus your efforts towards regional development that can ultimately propel the political and economic upliftment of the nation.
Three, the people elected a president and vice president that stands for and represent a sentiment towards change. So the status quou is never perfect and there have always been talks of social change. But this is the first time that the sentiment for change manifested in a vote for both the president and vice president. Duterte is anchored on his unorthodox approaches and staunch anticrime stance while Robredo is very vocal on her advocacy for transparency and peoples empowerment towards participation in governance.
So somewhere in these must be a message from the people. Probably any of the following? (1)Dismantle oligarchs and political dynasty so that genuine political discourses focused on ideological and developmental paradigms, programs, and issues can be at the hear tof electoral campaigns. (2)Review the political and economic empowerment of the countryside vis-a-vis the monopoly of power and resources by the national capital region.(3)Enhance government service with efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and peoples participation.
Anyway the next six years will be a period of continuing discernment and hopefully, national development.
BOGEY BERNARDO & DENISE SEHWANI GONZALES
Tagaytay City | Ph
We are very much thankful for the enduring support and trust of our citizenry. Amidst decadent strategies to divide us, we have remained united. We have shunned the temptation of exchanging short-term gratification over long-term success and prosperity.