Strolling in Nuvali
by Danny Tariman
Not much activities at home, we decided to spend the afternoon strolling in one of the newest commercial centers in South Metro Manila – the Nuvali. From our home in Sucat, it was an easy 20-minute ride to Sta Rosa, Laguna via the South Luzon Expressway.
There are quite a number of new malls in Sta Rosa, but this time, we settled to just stroll within Nuvali complex. It is home to many of the middle-market shops in the Metro. From branded sporting shops to casual restaurants that you normally see in Manila, you will find it here in Nuvali.
But this place has more to offer than the commercial centers in the Metro. It has very spacious lawns and gardens that you will not usually find in the city. It has a man-made lake where you can feed a multitude of Japanese koi (golden yellow carp) freely swimming in the area. The fish is of enormous quantity, that when you drop your feed, they out-do and “wrestle” each other just to catch the food!
The lake is quite long, and lined with water plants. It looks almost “natural”, it is very refreshing to the eyes. The park offers a 20-minute boat ride traversing the entire length of the artificial lake. It is an experience, really!
The expansive lawns and gardens provide a place for a relaxing stroll in the complex. Should you wish to ride a bike, you can actually rent a bike for a 30-minute or an hour ride.
And for the more adventurous type, you can go for wake-boarding at the back end of the lake. My daughter who loves “adrenaline-rising” activity plans to go and try this wake board. Make sure to bring extra clothes when going to this adventure.
After the day’s stroll, we capped it with a glass of halo-halo (sweetened mixed fruits in finely-shaved ice and milk, topped with ice cream) and a good slice of cake! Or you can try sipping freshly brewed espresso in one of the many coffee shops in the area.
Perfect for family bonding!