I knew Cloud 9 from my college blockmate who used to live in Rizal. Cloud 9 is a place of overlooking experience of metro’s city lights and it was on my list that I should set foot there during those years. While college days were a fun and light ride, students were doomed to finish their papers for a lot of courses and I was no exemption. The goal of going in Cloud 9 was buried in oblivion and five years had passed to this present day that my wish came true unexpectedly.
My UP friends and I (the only Thomasian in this circle) went last year to Tagaytay unscheduled and it was fantastic. We really had a good time talking about life while looking at the picturesque view of Taal and munching our pizza. This year of April 18, they planned to visit Antipolo Church and I suggested maximizing our time by going to Cloud 9! When we visited the church, there was a wedding so we just prayed silently on our own, lit a candle and went to the second floor to see the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.
It was 5 pm when we arrived and we’re so famish! There is no any other restaurant around but only the Cloud 9 Restaurant. The spacious restaurant is not air-conditioned but it’s alright for we are on the top of the world so an aircon is not really necessary.
The parking and the restaurant has no barrier so you can literally see the people who are coming in. There were some antique displays which makes me feel like the place is an extension of Cubao X.
We were taking pictures of the sight right after the waiter took our order. If my memory serves me right, these were the conversations we said when we saw the amusing view of the city. We were trying hard to take its moment by taking pictures, but it is the moment taking us because…
“Real na real! Dan-dan-dan, dalandan”
Our Filipino dish has arrived. Our 4 rice, Kare-Kare and the Liempo were served on our table and I couldn’t complain to their food because it was delightful. I believe they serve beers. More and more people are coming in as the night creeps in transforming the lonely afternoon into a vivacious evening. By the way, our bill to our food was P 700+.
After that, we decided to climb the 360 View by the use of the hanging bridge! The watcher asked us if we’re a guest and we said a yes. After giving the receipt we had in the Cloud 9 Restaurant, we conquered our fear with the swaying bridge.
It was terrifying and exciting at the same time because it’s already dark and the breeze had gotten stronger and cooler as we continue climbing the top. There were full of shouts and screams especially that one of us backed out. Lol. Anyway there’s an easier way going to the 360 View by entering to the gates of 7th Heaven and my other friend chose that way.
For the one’s left who chose the hard way… as we reached the middle of the bridge… Boom! There were fireworks bursting in its colors on our right side like it was cheering us for conquering the half of the bridge. (Thank you Rea for the effort of taking the photo. Hahaha!)
Truth is, while we were trekking on the steep road, we saw a romanticized area on the front area of Cloud 9. We were thinking that it could be the reception area of the bride and the groom that were exchanging vows earlier in Antipolo Church. Anyway, thank you for the perfect timing newly weds. (big grin) Best wishes.
After that, everything went trouble-free and the next thing we know, we were already on the flat surface, mesmerized by the 360 View. We looked for our spot to hang out for a long while and Robin played music from her iTouch.
“Sobrang relaxing. Ang sarap ng parang wala kang ibang iniisip. Dito na lang tayooooo. Ang liliit ng sasakyan, parang langgam.”
“Alam kaya ng mga mga taong yan na paulit-ulit lang yung ginagawa nila?”
“Oo nga eh. Kakasawa kaya. Wala ka namang ibang choice.”
“Who are we? Just a speck of dust within the galaxy?” – Adam Levine
“Huy anong iniisip mo, parang ang lungkot mo. Share naman!”
“Finally, Ariel happen to me.”