Stone 8 - A Swimming Resort to Visit in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija

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One of my favourite places in Nueva Ecija. It is an hour or two from Cabanatuan City. Even the scenery while traveling to the resort will relax you.

Stone 8

As can be seen from the picture, this is one of the reasons why I chose to go to Stone 8. I wanted fresh air and beautiful scenery on the way. Interesting to know as well that the water in the resort comes straight from the mountains. I knew my mom and my kid would enjoy the trip itself and the resort. It was amazing how the weather made it even more enjoyable to go there that weekend, particularly since the sun which hesitated to appear for long has chosen to stay that day. The route leading to the resort was pretty simple and straightforward. Not only was the route that simple to learn, it was a traffic-free route to the resort as well. There were no confusing turns to remember and you could literally drive and enjoy the view at the same time.

Going Up and Down and In Between the Mountains

I enjoyed taking pictures of the scenery too during my driving. Going up and down and in between the mountains was the part of the journey that my son enjoyed the most. He would be staring out the window for the mountains, and chuckling every now and then when the road goes up, down, and turn zigzag. Ordinarily, driving would be such a tiring job, but with this one, I must admit, I did enjoy a lot. There was never a tiring moment as the journey was so relaxing to take.

The Air-conditioned Nipa Hut

There are a number of cottages to choose from. The choices range from a plain shelter to air-conditioned nipa hut cabins/cottages wherein you and your family or friends could spend the night. It is however advisable to pick an air-conditioned cottage which has its own bathroom, a bed, a long bench and an own terrace if you plan to stay the night.

In our case, I opted for this detached nipa hut cabin even if we did not stay the night for a lot more privacy during lunch and changing time, and rest purposes. It also allowed us to move freely from pool to pool without having to take all our stuff with us every time we wanted to go walkabout the resort.

The Kiddie Section

The kiddie pool was just a few steps away from the cottage we rented, which made it convenient and safe for my son to enjoy himself with new found friends without us having to worry that we cannot see what he is up to.

Newly found friends at the resort

There has never been a dull moment for my son as long as there are other people in the site. He is so sociable, he makes friends easily.

Look at how confident he looks, as if he has been friends with this teenager for ages.

A dip in the pool

Even my mom enjoyed her day at the resort, you can see from the smile on her face. Her wet hair gave it away - that she too took a dip in the pool, not to mention the fact that she tried the slide as well. Pity there was no picture of her on the slide as proof!

This is definitely a place worth visiting again, for there were smiles all the way to the resort and back home.

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Mountains, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, Places, Provinces, Resorts, Scenery, Swimming

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
24th Dec 2011 (#)

wonderful place..wonderful experience..wonderful article...wonderful author!

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

thanks for a wonderful comment as well cowboynextdoor! puro wonderful a! :)

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author avatar Tess Irons
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow, this is a nice place. How far is this from Manila? I'll be home in January and am looking for a place to visit. Thanks for featuring this in your article.

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Not sure about the distance but Gabaldon is four to five hours drive from Manila. It may be quite far but it is definitely worth the travel. More pics on my fb account. I'll send you a friend request. :)

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author avatar Tess Irons
24th Dec 2011 (#)

We're FB friends now. Thanks.

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Tess

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author avatar Buzz
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful scenic spot, princess. Your article and pics are great. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Buzz.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

This place looks and sounds just lovely. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise. Merry Christmas!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Dec 2011 (#)

A very well-written traveloghue with some very beautiful pictures to boot.

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Jerry! Merry Christmas!

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author avatar hexebella
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Hey, I grew up in Nueva Ecija and now I would be a stranger there. Nice pick! Cheers!

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Hexebella. Nice to meet you. Happy Christmas!

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author avatar princess
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Mark, thank you for a very nice Christmas present. You have been a very considerate page moderator! Happy holidays! :)

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author avatar angel
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Nice! I want to be there someday...Thanks for this!

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author avatar Marko Novo Ecijano
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Princess! thank you for featuring one of the places to visit in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. are you from Nueva Ecija, too?

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author avatar Rey
25th Mar 2012 (#)

mga taga bitulok....pgndhin p ang gbaldon......

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author avatar Fe macamos
18th Mar 2013 (#)

Diba dilikado jan..???

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author avatar Mikoy 1982
19th Jun 2014 (#)

masarap talaga pumasyal sa bayan ng GABALDON lalo na pag swimming ang paguusapan..sa malamig na tubig ng DUPINGA RIVER siguradong mawawala ang stress u sa trabaho ng buong taon..PASYAL NA...almost 50km from CABANATUAN CITY ( 1 Hour Ride/Personal car )/( 1.5 Hours Ride/Commute ) and approximately 160km from MANILA ( 4 Hours Ride/Personal Car )/(5.5 Hours Ride/Commute )...GO NA..

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