Whenever I feel blue, or the need to be alone ( I am an introvert, the Time say) I go home to the province, or to my homebase in the metro, the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
UP Diliman is my 1st home here in Metro Manila. I studied college here, and I spent more than 8 years living in its suburbs. I feel safe in its surroundings. I feel comfort under its acacia covered streets. I feel peace and serenity under its kapok and fire trees. Cheesy but no part of the city compares with UP.
So, I few weeks back, I went to UP for a bit of escape, or introspection. And I found my in the perfume garden of the UP Film Center.
In the garden, I found towering ylang-ylang trees. I think I spotted several blooms but they’re so high up the tree that my nifty point-and-shoot’s zoom can’t reach it.
A bit smaller, and more prolific bloomers are the champaca trees. They have a lot of flowers that you could actually smell them from afar. The flowers are so lovely, so delicate, and very fragile.
And a shrub, which looks like a jasmine. And the flower on the heading, with really looks beautiful, and smell lovely, and looks very exotic.
The fragipanis are still losing their leaves (or preparing for a full bloom) so no pictures but the university have a lane lined with frangipanis. They frangipanis like to show off their blooms during summer.
So, for a few hours, I was able to escape to a world of fragrant flowers and greeneries, and forget all my worries away. Nothing feels like coming home really.