Thousand Versions

 

In a world of thousand versions,
I see you staring at me
Moving closer beneath the mint tree.

There’s magic in that glance
That i dont want to miss a chance
To be cared and loved by thee.

Fleeting, chasing slowly cuddling
Your hands above mine
Carefully caressing the moonlight fang.

Then again i wanna chase you
Surrender to you
Feel your love and
Create  thousand versions of us.

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Reaching for the Ulap (Mt. Ulap Hike)

MT. ULAP ECO-TRAIL
Itogon, Benguet
Entry point: Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon
Exit point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon

January 27, 2018

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1846 meters above sea level, we are ready to conquor Mt. Ulap. My cousin and I joined a group tour in this journey, we left Quezon City at around 11 in the evening and reached the jump-off at 3:00 in the morning. The wind was so cold, naisip ko nga na dapat dito ko dinala ang winter breaker ko kaysa sa Mt. Pulag. We ate light snacks, para ready na din sa hike at busog na,sa camp 2 pa daw ang sari-sari store.

I am more ready here than in my previous climb to Mt. Pulag, I just brought a fanny pack containing important things and a bottle of water, ayoko ma-hassle na ang dami ko dala, good thing, we had a van where we can leave our things.

We started the hike at 4 in the morning after a quick orientation and meeting our guides. Flat pa lang ang trail sa simula, I think mga 10-15 minutes na ganoon (warm-up muna),  then there is a cemented assending part na sabi pinaka-mahirap daw pero for me kaya naman (mas mahirap yung cemented area ng Mt. Gulugod), from there, smooth naman ang trail. There is up and down slopes, so better be ready with your headlamps.

Our guides wanted us to reach Gungal Rock Formation early because of the long lines there for picture taking. They pushed us to move a little faster, after daw kasi ng Gungal, pabebe hike na lang kami.

It’s 5:30 in the morning when we reached Camp 2, we are faster than expected according to our guides and coordinators. As we go along, we couldn’t help but to mesmerize with the beauty of mountains and clouds along the way, we just awed and non-stop picture taking occurred.

At 7:30, the sun is up but the cold wind was still embracing us, we reached Camp 2 or the Gungal Rock. Filing up were numerous of hikers taking photos in that iconic rock formation. But behind that rock formation was the crumpled clouds in the air. Hay! ang sarap lang tignan.

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At 9:00 in the morning, we reached Camp 3 or the summit. We took a rest here for more than an hour, enjoying the view and thanking the creator for allowing us to see this breathtaking sight.

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The most crucial part of this hike was the descending part. Panalo sa hirap dahil pababa lang sya sa bundok ng pine trees. Better ready your lower body. Literal na mahirap talaga. Ang sarap na lang magpagulong pababa.

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By the way there are  two  7-11 (mini store) in the descending part where you can energize by drinking buko or munckin ice candy.

I can say that my hike here is my favorite so far, less baggage plus a great weather and beautiful scenery. If you are first climber and you choose Mt. Ulap, just prepare yourself more. Wag papetiks lang. Para sa akin kasi ang Mt. Mabilog (San Pablo) ang para talaga sa first time climbers.

The whole tour cost Php. 1,300.00

Thank you for reading. Hope this write-up will be a good help.

Staff Eating

 

My office mates explored the streets of Maginahawa Quezon City  for some food sessions.

Our first stop. Rib City along Maginhawa St. Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. The place is quiet small but at least we got the whole venue for ourselves. We waited for 15 minutes for our orders

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We ordered the following:

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Not Just Nachos, Php. 248.00

 

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Wharft (Tempura Platter), Php. 498.00

 

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Big City Mix, Php. 898.00

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Tater Skinners (Potato) , Php. 198.00

Our Verdict: ( In order )

Regine’s  Top 3: Potato, Tempura and Nachos

Matet’s Top 3: Ribs, Tempura and Nachos

Cynthia’s Top 3 : Potato, Ribs and Tempura

Gina’s Top 3: Chicken, Nachos and Ribs

Jenny’s Top 3: Potato, Tempura  and Ribs

Me:   Potato, Nachos and Ribs

Overall Ranking:

Top 1: Ribs

Top 2: Potato or Tater Skinners, Nachos  and Tempura

Top 3: Chicken

 

RB CTY / Rib City Quezon City

63 Maginhawa St.UP Village, Quezon City(0917) 871-468

XO Heritage Bristo Experience

We had good dining experience last Sunday at XO Heritage Bristro at Estancia Mall. The food is excellent and the staffs are warmth, they were speaking full Filipino language while communicating with their guest.

Our orders were composed of the following:

Nilasing na Hipon, Php. 295.00

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Sinigang Salmon Php. 475.00

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Fried Chicken Meddala, Php. 395.00

Laing, Php, 295.00

Pinakbet ng Laoag, Php. 355.00

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Sisig Kapampangan, Php. 390.00

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Crispy Pata, Php. 765.00

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Adobong Batangas, Php. 585.00

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Tinapa Rice, Php. 240.00

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Garlic Rice Platter, Php. 185.00

Calamares Crujiente, Php. 395.00

Pansit Lomi-M, Php. 195.00

They also have service charged.

And they have complimentary snack too.

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My favorite among their menu are the calamares, crispy pata and pinakbet ng  Laoag.

 

 

 

Mt. Mabilog

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First climb in Laguna this time, it was Mt. Mabilog situated in San Pablo, Laguna. From San Pablo town proper we rode a jeepney bound to Nagcarlan or Liliw and got off Barangay Sta Catalina . We walked to Pandin Lake (one of San Pablo’s seven lakes) in able to climb the mountain. We passed by Lake Yambo.

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Photo-op at the lake is mandatory, kasi madungis na kami after the trek. Guide’s fee is Php. 300, we were just two. Mt. Mabilog is 441 MASL, the trail was mostly banana plantation and what happened to me was I stumble and fell for more than five times. The supposed to be two hours hike turned out to three hours. We started at nine and reached the summit almost 12 noon. The cloudy skies prohibited us to enjoyed the summit, after few minutes of rest and recreation, we decided to descent because the heavy rain started to fall. At around 1:30 in the afternoon we were at Lake Pandin, we were more faster descending, the halo-halo was a bliss for me after the tiring trek.

We also swam in the lake along with the locals. It’s kinda clean naman kaya kebs lang. It’s refreshing to swam while the heaven was crying loudly – iba din sa pakiramdam. We had fun with the locals, chatting with them about their lives and means of fun which is splurging in the lake.

The bad side in this trip, we got sick after.

Soleus Trail Run

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July 9, 2017

Mt. Sinai, San Mateo

 

My first ever 12K run, second time sa trail run since I joined Merrel in 2011 at Timberland.

The race fee is Php 1,100.00 and as a preparation I enrolled at Slimmer’s World for Php. 5900.00 good for six months.

 

I was afraid and agitated if I could finish the race in four hours (cut off time), hindi biro ang trail run especially that you would encounter rough roads and dangerous trails along the way. Basta ang nasa isip ko lang, laban lang!

 

I met with Matet and Marvy at Jollibee farmers at 3 in the morning, we need to be in Mt. Sinai before 6 in the morning. We rode a jeep going to Cogeo and another jeep to Mt. Sinai (the trip is almost an hour).

 

Marvy gun start past 6 in the morning because he ran the 21K while me, I stayed near the stage for the warm up excersise, masyado ako pa-bibo that time – I enjoy the exercise as evident in my pictures taken by the organizers. The gun started and everyone was excited but we opted to walk because of flocks of people. The trail was downhill , some parts were narrow and arduous. Nakakahingal din. The tough part was the uphill near the cemented road, nakaka-ubos ng hininga pero keri pa din.  I reached halfway at 7:15 AM, chill lang ako, enjoy the view and photo-ofs. I just preparing myself for the grueling return which composed of uphill trail. Umaraw na kaya mahirap na lalo, tapos medyo ubos na yung energy. In  able to get some strength I played worship song from my phone and the song Still gave me courage to reach the end. Faith lang talaga.

It was 20 minutes before the cut-off when I reached the finish line, Matet was already there and I am happy seeing her because finally natapos ko na din ang 12K. I am grateful for this achievement, I didn’t imagine that I could pull off this trail and finished it within the given time.

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Congratulations to me and hoping for another trail run in the future.

 

Photos from Running Photographer..

Mt. Talamitam Take 2

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In search for another mountain to hike, we ended up in Mt. Talamitam. We supposed to go to Mt. Tapulao in Rizal but the recent accident in the area made my companions worry.

I urged them to go to Mt. Talamitam since I haven’t finish the trail two years ago and I am excited to try again Lawang Bato. This was motivation that time and also to prepare me for my Mt. Pulag trek.

Since I quiet know the place, I served as the tour guide. We didn’t get a tour guide since (magmamarunong ako) and just paid Php 50.00 for entrance / environmental fee. Actually,  there are lot of changes along the trail – I was looking for the community in the forest but none, I remember, we paid Php. 20.00 before entering the grassland. There were also various store in the grassland now.

We spent an hour trekking the forest area and more than two hours in the grassland. The heat of the sun made the trek difficult especially ascending the summit (nakakaubos ng hininga, pinipilit ko talaga tapusin pero ang hirap talaga). We reached the summit at 12 noon, I think we started the climb at 8:30 and we just reached the at this time. We spent an hour there, eating halo-halo and picture taking in all angles.  It more easy descending at we reached the jump-off at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Starving that we are, headed to Tagaytay for some bulalo and good food. I brought them to Rada Itaas Road since Bulalo restaurants lined up there.

Bangkok, Thailand

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June 3- 6, 2017

I booked a flight last March 2017 via PAL for this  trip. Gaya ng mga dati kong trip, bahala na ano mura, paghandaan na lang pag malapit na. First international trip via Pal that’s I’m super excited to experience it. I guessed  I booked Chern hostel a month after.

June 3, 2017 was the day of my flight, my flight was 1:40 in the  afternoon but was delayed for an hour. Prior to my departure, I was stressed because I need to change my peso in to baht and the money changer in the airport was close and the other one offered higher amount, I changed the Php 1.00 = 1.63 baht (mahal di ba?!)

Okay back to my PAL experience PR-736, it’s a huge plane, since there were few onboard passengers, I occupied the entire three rows and clang to three pillows. The menu was full course meal (a first for me since hindi naman ganoon ang Cebu Pac and Air Asia) I just lived the experience even I looked like a fool in the plane. Paki ko ba, basta mag-eenjoy ako.

It’s kinda board for three hours, I brought my journal so I can write stuffs and anticipations. I landed at around 5:00 PM (Thai time). I must say hassle free airport, although malaki sya pero sundan mo lang yung mga sinages and you will not lost. I went down to the basement to ride a train going to my hostel. The Sky train going to Phaya Thai cost 45 baht for 45 min ride, not bad kasi wala naman hassle although my times na puno pero hindi naman siksikan unlike nung MRT. I reached Phaya Thai past 7 PM, I looked for taxi that could bring me to the hostel but most of them overpriced like 200-500 baht, my goodness! I decided to take the tuktuk at 200 baht, I don’t have a choice because taxi’s wanted contract than using their meter.

I arrived at Chern past 8 in the evening. I paid 1,200 baht to the hostel for my three nights stay. They were accommodating and kind, the ambiance at Chern’s is excellent, it’s not like the typical hostel that instilled in me. I went to the dorm, there were some guest and I talked to one Irish girl who had her vacation for almost three days.

I walked outside the hostel to look for restaurants but they were already closed because it’s almost nine in the evening. I ended in street food and paid 45 baht for my dinner.

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Day 2

I woke up 7 AM (8 AM PH time), I overheard two Filipino guests (buti na lang may pinoy). I prepared myself to go to Grand Palace. Actually, when I studied the place, there were around 5 places to visit in the area and I’m not sure if I would go to all of these places.

I ate breakfast in the streets, I don’t know what kind of noodle  dish was that but it’s not that delish (laman tyan na lang din naman). I went back to Chern to fix my things. They said that Grand Palace was 15 minutes away from the hostel but NO (malayo sya promise, parang Philcoa to Edsa. Ganoon!)

The entrance fee to Grand Palace is 500 baht, unlimited access nay an sa whole palace, malaki naman din masyado kaya sulit. Nakakapagod din ikutin kaya marami moments na nauupo na lang ako sa tabi. The good thing here is they have free drinking water. Ang nakakainis lang hindi nakisama ang SJ cam ko, buti I brought spare camera para sulit pa din ang moments.

One in the afternoon when I decided to end my tour at Grand Palace and I’m starving to death, I bought an orange juice at 30 baht, it’s  really refreshing. I ate my lunch in a restaurant nearby, I ordered Spicy Chicken Basil and although it’s really hot it delish (lalo na gutom na gutom ako).

I told myself na uuwi na ako, ayoko na mag Wat Pho kasi ang sakit na ng paa ko at it’s 2 PM already pero the Dora in me, said keep on going. The walk from Grand Palace is another kilometer (sabi malapit daw, pero hindi – hindi- hindi). Wat Pho is 100 baht and where the reclining Buddha is situated. I thought maliit lang sya pero ang laki pala. At dahil okay na si SJ cam, I had good pictures there.

I took the tuktuk going home, imagine 100 baht going back to Chern samantalang kayak o naman lakarin (well, malayo at baka maligaw ako kaya wag na lang). Charge to experience at least I get to experience riding it.

I asked the reception area of Chern where can I get a tour to Ayutthaya, they told me to go to Khaosan ( I can walk daw, ayan na naman tayo sa lakad na  yan eh), so I walked I asked people where is Khaosan pero napagod ako at nung may nakita ako na travel and tour, pinasok ko na kahit wala pa ako sa Khaosan. They have various tours and I paid 1400 baht for whole day tour with lunch. Pwede na sabi ko, at least makakapunta na ako sa Ayutthaya.

I explored the streets nearby Chern looking for something to eat. I ate in a carinderia – parang chicken curry yung order ko cost 70 baht. They I had chocolate crept  for 40 baht.  I also did my laundry when I got back at the hostel, it’s nice kasi sa ibang bansa ko pa na-experience ang self-service laundry. Kakaaliw din.

Day 3

Yehey! Ayutthaya na. I got a chance to talk to my pinoy roommates, they worked in the call center and happened to spend the morning in floating market. Nakakabilib lang sila because they’ve been to 5 countries in 10 days and Thailand was the last. Amazing!

I was amazed with ancient temples since I went to Cambodia, iba talaga ang dating nya sa’kin. There were about 5-6 temples in the tour and all capsized me. I love the fascade, it’s history matched the perfect blue sky.

I must say that riding a elephant was a tick on my bucket list (don’t bash me – di naman ako kabigatan). It cost 200 baht plus 160 baht for the picture. I met Aleth, Pinay din but she is based in Vietnam, we bonded because kami ang buddy sa elephant ride. Konting chika and exploration of the place, she’s so bubbly kaya napa-chicka kami sa group of monks in one of the temples.

At dahil dyan, naiwan ako ng service. Sumabay ako sa service nila Aleth kaya lang naiwan ko yung gamit ko sa service ko, alay daw sa Thai yon. Grabe ang paghabol namin sa van, practice training ko na yon sa marathon na sasalihan ko.

Binaba ako ng service sa Khaosan kaya nag-explore na din ako at bumili ng pasalubong. I ate at Burger king dahil gusto ko ng aircon. The food cost 132 baht. Kaso kumain uli ako ng Pha Thai sa market worth 95 baht. The best part was the massage at 160 baht (feet, legs, and head lang). Pasalubong cost 620 baht.

Day 4

It’s my last day in Bangkok and it means shopping time. I went back to Khaosan kasi nga, ang dami pwede pamilhan don. I passed a street noodle house and it’s very delicious (solid talaga!) and very cheap at 45 baht. As I walked Khaosan kainis lang kasi ang dami pala mas mura na bilihin compare sa mga napuntahan ko kahapon, nasa bandang baba pala yung mala-divisoria na presyuhan. Asar di ba! Pero ano magagawa ko, ganoon talaga. Bumili pa din ako kasi mura nga eh. Pampalamig na lang ng ulo ay yung coconut ice cream nila.

I left Chern at 1 PM since 6 PM pa naman ang flight ko. I took the taxi going to Phaya Thai sky train, good thing metered ang taxi ang it’s only cost 70 baht (super cheap compared to 200 baht na tuktuk). I ate at the mall near the sky train, it’s a high end resto and the cost of my food was 165 baht. I also bought some bread at 88 baht baon ko lang in case gutumin.

Masyado naman ako maaga sa airport kaya konting ikot muna kahit wala naman bibilhin. My flight was delayed again, 7 PM na kami nakaalis ng Thailand at it landed in Manila at 11 PM (PH time).

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Expenses:

Day 1 – 290 baht

Day 2 – 2466 baht

Day 3 – 1432 baht

Day 4 – 1433 baht

Hostel – 1200 baht

Total in baht: 5388

Total in peso:  8,782.44

Others:

Airfare – 8000 php

Tax – 1620 php

Total Bangkok trip in peso:  18,402.44 

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Mt. Pulag

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Pronounced as Mt. Pul-ag meaning Bald (or Kalbo) because of non-existence of trees from the grassland to the summit. Dubbed as the “playgrounds of the Gods” because of the majestic presence of sea of clouds (you are very blessed if you witnessed one).

If I remember it right, I really wanted to climb this mountain way back 2012 or 2013 because it was dubbed as the highest peak of Luzon and everyone was crazy over this mountain. That time, I have second thoughts if I could pull off Pul-ag with flying colors, based on what I have seen in social media;  people need to undergone extensive training before climbing, there were seminars and clinics for climbers ( my wild guess, this going to be tough and I didn’t know if I can survive).

Fast forward to 2017, I don’t have plans to go climb, but when my cousin (who was eager since we planned this for I think four years) told me that we should climb, without second thoughts, I said yes and coordinated Tripinas. Well, Tripinas is a travel agency that I trusted because of my experience at Mt. Pinatubo and Sagada. I booked on November 18-19 but need to cancel because of Quezon training so we pushed through with December 9-10 instead.

We are excited as everything was packed and prepared however, Tripinas cancelled because other joiners re-scheduled their tour. So, it’s back to zero, anxious tensed and agigated. We need to push through so Rina looked for travel and tours that offered trip. Until she found Ma’am Jo’s group (as referred by Edelweiss). Gosh! We were saved.

The adventure starts on the night of December 8, I just came from Tagaytay and I was super per-occupied with things and exhausted – I’m stressed for what might happen (panic attack mode on). We were 13, I guess – strangers who have one goal which is to finish the hike and experience God’s wonder through the sea of clouds.

We reached Baguio at 4 in the morning and transferred to Monster Jeep that would transport us to the Ranger Station. 6 AM we had our breakfast at JangJang – if I’m not mistaken it was located at Bokod, Benguet. Rina and I shared tinolang manok and two rice which cost Php. 70.00 only (ang mura).

Past seven when we reached the DENR office for the orientation, log-in and other things.  We waited for a while until the office was open. I enjoyed the orientation a lot, because I got to know the mountain more.

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Going to Ranger station, I decided to ride the topload, ang hirap mag-picture but the experience is good. Medyo kinakabahan lang dahil sa zigzag ang up-down road.

What we just did in the homestay was to sleep and recuperate strength since we supposed to climb at one in the morning. Ma’am Jo, prepared sumptuous meals for us – grabe! Sulit talaga. But we also got a chance to explore Ranger Station since signal was difficult.

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THE CLIMB (This is it!)

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Wake up call at 12 midnight, we need to prepare for the midnight hike. Had breakfast and some rituals. At one in the morning, we headed to the jump-off. After a short prayer, we started the trail. To be honest, I had difficulty in this hike, I don’t know why (my body was not in proper condition, so I opted to go behind the group), we haven’t reach Camp 1 and Ma’am Jo, brought my things, she also told me to remove my jackets because of the humid air. I really wanted to throw away my things that time (di na keri, hahaha). It took us, two hours going to Camp 2 from Camp 1. Camp 2 going to the summit was more tougher, imagine the slippery mud along the way, it’s never easy. Ma’am Jo kept on pushing me, bawal huminto kasi ang worry nya ay maka-hyporthemia ako, yung drizzle kasi sobrang lakas na dahil nasa kabundukan na kami. To be honest, I really want to give up, ayoko na, uwi na ako but within me said go lang. Kaya mo yan!

We reached the summit past six and almost seven in the morning, walang sea of clouds but it’s okay. Worth it naman ang hirap (super, mega, duper na hirap because of the muddy trail). Congested ang tao sa taas, alam mo yon, pila ang pa-picture sa Mt. Pulag sign. Sa dami ng tao parang hirap umanggulo at maghanap ng tamang spot for IG worthy.

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If ascending was struggle same with descending, imagine the muddy trail downhill. I decided to be the last along with the guide Deborah (17 y/o kiddo who never left me all along, actually nag-bonding kami). I’m really tired and starving, all my food was with Rina. Grabe, nanghihina na talaga ako at hindi ko alam kung matatapos ko ba yung trail. I opted to stop from time to time- paano naman 10 hours ago pa yung last meal ko. I thought of good things and stopped to appreciate the world around me, the brown grassland, the mountain, the mossy forest, the flora and faunas, the sky and everything the God created.

I reached the homestay at 11:30 I think and everyone was prepared to go home. We ate yummy lunch c/o Ma’am Jo.

Log –out at Ranger Station and some souveniers.

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We were at Baguio before five in the afternoon and go back to Manila. Reached Manila at 11 evening. Baon ang makabuluhang karanasan at masarap sa puso. Salamat sa mga estranghero na nakasama namin sa paglalakbay na ito.

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Lessons:

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Mt. Pulag as a major hike, “MAHIRAP” well kung tutuusin parang Talamitam ng 3x pero ang struggle talaga yung putik, ilang beses ako nag slide pero bumangon ako. I am thankful kay Ma’am Jo, kasi ngayon lang ako umakyat na may nag-push sa kin to the limits. Paano naman kasi sa lahat ng hikes ko, pare-pareho kami ng mga kasama ko ng pacing, pwedeng magpahinga anytime, but here,  kailangan ko i-push sarili ko. Kailangan ko yata ng ganyang mentor, yung hindi nag-settle sa pwede na kasi kaya mo pa. I need that kind of motivation para mas lumakas pa ako.

It doesn’t matter kung may sea of clouds, tulad nga ng sinabi ko maraming ganyan sa Rizal (lol!) pero yung experience lang. Biruin mo, Pulag na ‘to, sa picture ko lang nakikita pero ngayon napasok ko ang puso nya at pagkatao nya. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam, alam ko yung journey ko na yon kasama ko si Lord. At dinededicate ko ang hike na ‘to kay Joy.

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I hope to climb more mountains (major climb) naman next year

Expenses:

Tour Fee (includes round trip transfer, homestay, dinner, breakfast, lunch) – Php. 2050.00

Head lamp: 100

Breakfast: Php 140.00 ( 2 rice, 1 viand – tinolang manok, 500 ml of mineral water and 1L mineral water)

Lunch: Php. 100.00 (2 rice, 1 viand – sinigang na baboy)

Diner Last Day: Php. 75.00

Pasalubongs: Php. 200.00

T-shirt: Php. 260.00

Total:   2,925.00

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Birthday 2017

Now I know why birthdays exists its because we need to feel the presence of God on simple ways. Dati lagi ko sinasabi dapat kakaiba ang birthday ko, dapat masaya pero ngayon simpleng pasasalamat lang sa Maykapal kumpleto.

i couldnt ask for more. One for the books nga ito – biruin mo celebrating it witn hundreds of strangers in the ship. Sobrang thankful ako kasi mababait ang mga tao dito.

Basta thank you God. Sobra!!!

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Stranded in Maniwaya

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Okay! Its my birthday month and I need to elope where. The first thing the came in my mind was to spend my natal day at HK Disneyland, alam mo yon the Happiest Place on Earth – I’m gonna ride all you can until I’m swelling. So it didnt push through pano pamasahe was so mahal (arte*) and I have two months to prepare.

So I told myself, dito na lang sa Pinas, tried looking travel deals pero waley naman. Kaya I decided to push through Maniwaya. Im thinking of Marinduque scratch the Maniwaya pero of all the beaches – pinaka maganda Maniwaya eh. So here you go, contacted Warlie of the resort. May fear kasi nga sa low pressure area and typhoon, kaya I kept on monitoring the weather since Oct began.

Before I left Manila- I watched Seven Sundays to kill the time since 11:30 pa last trip going to Lucena.

I was at Lucena at 3 AM biruin mo yon ang bilis pala ng byahe kapag madaling araw. Waiting game! the van going to Gen Luna left at 5 AM. Imagine and Im there at 7:30, I think. I strolled around Gen Luna muna, went to church and I felt glad. Basta iba feeling when I get to visit new church.

I took a small boat going to the big boat that would bring me to Maniwaya, it left Gen Luna at almost 10 AM.

So there you go, I am in Maniwaya at 11 AM – there were big waves coming but I managed to stay calm, basta yung song na STILL is my comapanion in this journey.

I arrived at Wawies through a motorbike. And there, wala lunch don at inaayos pa yung room ko. It’s a small nipa hut good for two daw (pero ang 1 lang talaga sya unless kambal tuko yung guests).

No electricity in the island from 11 PM to 3 PM but resorts have generators.

The sea is calmer but bursting in a few seconds. I contacted a boatman Php. 800.0 for Palad Sand Bar, Php. 1000 if umabot sa Rock Formation. Going there is buwis buhay – yung bag ko all wet.

As we reached Palad – I’m happy kasi bumalik sya paano kung hindi- e di hi  achievement goals ang Maniwaya. Ang ganda 😍 ang sarap magtampisaw at lumangoy. Feeling ko nga gumaling tenga ako. Basta yon pa lang sulit na.

Ang daming alon – ang sarap makipag sabayan, I have a feeling na hindi ako mapapahamak nung time na yon. Then, napigtas tsinelas ko pero tuloy pa din at nasira cam ko.

Pagbalik gora sa isla at nag moment ako. Buti may signal wifi ko. I rested din kahit paano and it feels so good.