Taal Volcano Crater: A Lake Within A Lake

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  1. neha says:

    All I can say is that it is such a beautiful scene at the end that the whole journey is totally worth it. I am glad you thought of making that second attempt.Which did pay off well for you

  2. Jo says:

    Your experience of being Muslim in the Philippines and making that outwardly apparent was really interesting. It must be a challenge in the world’s current political climate so I’m glad you got to have that really special, and positive, experience.

    • Teja says:

      Thank you.

      I included that experience because I wanted to show an example where people can distinguish between the longstanding political issues they may have – up to and including violence with sovereignty threat – and completely unrelated people and things. All extremism and especially the ‘crowdsourced’ type of our current age, is driven by the drive towards inferring guilt by association.

      I also wanted to remind any of my own fellows reading, that sometimes the fear we have shadowing us that is stoked by media stories, and real threats of harm, makes us unable to see when the threat is actually absent. We can’t let fear get the best of us.

  3. mark wyld says:

    Some amazing natural sights within your pictures here. The Phillipeans is looming large on our radar especially since we live in Australia and its only next door.

    • Teja says:

      You should! The thing I like about the Philippines is that (outside of the mega popular attractions) their other ones have conveniences, but still feel grassroots rather than standardised ‘industrial tourism’. Go for it!

  4. Edoardo says:

    I probably have seen that place in a TV show. The fact that this place is an island of a lake on an island make me really curious. I would like do the same experience even on the horseback.

  5. Auste says:

    It’s interesting that you say being an introvert and not wanting to interact with people made it difficult initially to travel. I find that asking people is quite often the worst decision as the way locals and travelers look at the same things is very different, so usually the information I find online is more useful :)

    • Teja says:

      That’s true – locals and visitors definitely see the same things differently. I have a native Ipoh colleague who doesn’t appreciate the street art in his own hometown. I’m not sure he even noticed. Still, many of the places I tend to go to tend not really to have online information – partly because they aren’t as traveled, or because the information gets outdated quickly.

  6. Wow! A volcano on an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island. If the description is so arduous, the journey seems even more. You are right in that you need good company to trek, and you just need the spirit to do it.

    • Teja says:

      It wasn’t very arduous by pony. But some people I think did it as a trek – and then I think it would be a pretty decent challenge, mainly because it would be in heat!

  7. Alina says:

    Such a beautiful location!
    I am very similar in regards to the introvert thing… but I have learned to fake it and I have made it! Most people would never guess I am introverted. Actually, if you like reading in English, Susan Cane has an amazing book about being an introvert!

    • Teja says:

      I am a proud introvert though – even after becoming much better with engaging people. But in this world, yes it does help if you know how to fake it for when it’s required. :)

  8. you.theworld.wandering says:

    Taal Volcano sounds amazing! What a memorable experience. I’ve always wanted to travel to Philippines so will put this one my list! And I agree – the lake does look love heart shaped!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

  9. Gina says:

    The Taal Volcano is incredible. It’s a crater with a lake in another body of water. I definitely would have stopped for lunch in a high space just to take in the views.