Making memories while panning the amazing scenery is my thing. Here’s some of my Panorama photo for my adventures this 2014!
Without qualms, upon arriving to Baguio 7am of the 31st of October, I went to get some vitamin F and vitamin S.
On my birthday, I had the strong urge to trek and chase waterfalls. I’ve stumbled upon http://www.pagnapagna.com which consists of plenty options to choose from in terms of chasing waterfalls within the northern and central luzon. I chose 3 waterfalls. Tangadan in San Gabriel, Budahaw Falls in Burgos, La Union and Towing Falls in Sablan Benguet.
I wanted for my birthday to atleast try a solo trip. And so I printed the itinerary from that blog and just followed them.
First stop was Budahaw Falls. I paid 80 pesos from Baguio to New Poblacion Burgos La Union. I went to the public market few steps from the Municipal Health Center along the Naguilan Road. I asked if someone can guide me to Budahaw Falls. Instantly, one lady discourage me not to go alone there. No concrete path to follow and you might get lost or hurt without anyone to help you.
I heed the warning and just settled to go to Towing Falls. I road the bus 10 pesos to Sablan Town proper. Asked around about Towing falls. You can walk 10 — 15 minutes to the jump off or ride a 15 pesos trike. I chose the latter.
There was a notice that Towing Falls is temporarily closed as of 2011. You can see the path has some roots and dirt cover above them. It seems it was not use for quiet a while.
But i chose to continue since it was only a 10 min downhill descend according to pagnapagna.com.
It was a sight to see! 3 cascades of waterfalls. It was majestic!
Roaring tons of water rush to the catch basin of 3 levels of awesome pools!
45 peso way back to Baguio and that’s it – 150 round freaking trip!
“Anticipated Yet Unexpected Climb” – @traveladik
If you haven’t read the first part, read here.
Yes, it was anticipated since it was planned weeks and weeks ago (feels like ages).. And when it happened, unexpected things just keep pilling up!
There are 3 trails to get to the Parrot’s peak. One is via the Ternate, Cavite, another is via Nasugbu, Batangas and last one is only known by locals around there.
We took the usual trail, via Ternate. This was one exhausting trail! It was a series of ups and downs, ascend and descends. It took ages for us to get to the camp site where salvation from thirst was granted.
Along the way, there were plenty of water streams. The lush vegetation shelter hikers and like from direct sun light. There were no wind along the trail so it felt really humid.
In the confines of the forest, we heard Ibong Adarna sing songs to make your heart at peace! We also heard the mockingjay cheer us to go further and reach the top! Kidding aside, Mt. Pico De Loro is teeming with life! You hear flocks of bird laugh at you because you fell on your back. Red, Green, Black Ants march their way to your exposed legs and bite their way in. Leaf hoppers guides you to the right way by jumping in front of your face to signal that “you’re drunk dude, you’re going the wrong way”.
Soothing green plants recuperate your eyes from the pollution of the city. You can enjoy the fresh air while basking in some sun light escaping through the trees. You definitely will say, “What A Wonderful World!”
We had no plans laid out when we got to the top of Parrot’s Peak. We just climbed our way to the summit and see what else could we do. We were stunned and awed by the serene sight before us!
In order to immortalize the moment, it was decided to take turns in climbing the Monolith, while the other one to take the photos. And so, under the influence of #SPONTANEITY, we did what we must!
Climbing the Monolith was the highlight of the hike. Do note, it’s not for the faint-hearted. There’s an obstacle there that Manong Boyong described as the main reason for some injuries and accidents climbing the monolith.
This obstacle has two ropes, one for climbing purposes and the other one is for balance for you not to fall off the cliff ( literally ). Side note, Manong Boyong is the tour guide of the other group consisting of priests and their batch mates (hi sir Robin Aquino, and sir Anthony!) kung tama man hehe
With the awesome experience in Parrot’s Peak and Monolith, we decided to eat wholeheartedly in the camp site down below and take the trail back to the metro.
Since we were not 100% prepared in our food, Aling Fe’s Store provided us with Barbecue on sticks and a heavy rice combo, coupled with ate @traveladik ‘s Pansit, It was heaven!
Upon eating our meal, we strolled around and find a vantage point where we can see both the Parrot’s Peak and Monolith.
We were blessed to see such a sight before the rain started to pour.
With our curiosity at its peak, it was an easy YES to take the Traverse Trail, the one going to Nasugbu, Batangas. The problem was, the Traverse Trail is way up the Parrot’s Peak, down the Monolith, then into the forest down below.
It was raining.
Trail is wet and slippery.
Still we pushed through (kahit nag aalanganin kasi sabi wala daw tatapakan sa traverse trail, puro ugat walang bato, umulan, kaya maputik)
Thank God for Kuya Joey! Our guide for the traverse trail. He has 2 children, 30 yr old, from Nasugbu, Batangas, her aunt is a Hernandez (bias lang eh). Hired him for free ha ha just kidding – talent fee – 300 pesos
We managed to go down the tricky part of the traverse trail, and all is smooth sailing. Until, one after the other, me and ate @traveladik slipped. Truly blooper moments. After that, we just blamed the rain, the ground and that tiny branch that couldn’t carry our weight – shame on you little branch!
After less than 2 hrs of trekking, talking, laughing, and more talking, we arrived at the Firing range at the foot of the mountain. Outside the range, was the Papaya Toda Tricycle Terminal.
Kawa Falls. It was slippery, many plastic and waste scattered around the falls. If not for it’s unique charm, I would have not enjoyed taking a swim.
Can’t End this Epic Experience Without Acknowledging my Co-Team mate in this Epic “Anticipated Yet Unexpected Climb”
ate @TravelAdik 😀 Cheers and Happy Trails!
I don’t know where to start.
I am completely dumbfounded and utterly clueless how to blog my experience in climbing Parrot’s Peak a.k.a Mt. Pico De Loro.
What I can tell point blank; It’s my hardest climb to-date!
This hike has been drawn in air too many times. So when the right timing had come, I packed up my bag and left without second thought. “Kahit dalawa lang tayo ate, Game ako!” I told ate @traveladik.
So we pushed through this day hike without qualms. Rode the bus from Coastal Mall to Ternate, Cavite (82 pesos) then road a 225 peso tricycle ride to DENR for registration (25) and to the Mt. Pico De Loro jump off point (few hundred meters away from DENR).
The jump off point was quaint. Slow ascend, and it went on for more than half an hour. In our fast pace, we advanced 3 groups. We never expected (never really bothered reading hike notes from others :P) that the next part of the hike was an UP-DOWN trek! We went up an almost 70-80 degree slope then back to a steep descend and it goes on and on.
No pictures were taken during this time because we were concentrating in reaching the top before anyone behind us catch up to us (Competitive!). Seriously though, we just want to have the Summit to ourselves before those 3 large groups monopolized the Parrot’s Peak and the Monolith.
First blooper – no ample Water
Solution: store in the camp site (after 2 and a half hour of hiking)
Second blooper – heavy bag packs
Solution: endure the Pain!
Third blooper – no Camera Man
Solution: One stays at Parrot’s Peak, while the other climb the Monolith (vice versa)
Nth blooper – never assume unless otherwise stated!
Solution: “Kapit Mabuti, Ingat Palagi, at Mag ingat pa ng mas Marami!”
In the early days, the Spaniards saw a form of a giant parrot, perched in the forested mountains in Cavite while aboard their galleons. They named it “Pico de Loro” – “Parrot’s Peak”.
According to the locals, the monolith is part of Batangas while Parrot’s peak is part of Cavite. This two land mass serves as the borderline to those provinces.
…Next part of the Blog is our Traverse hike going to Nasugbu, Batangas.
Ever wonder what to do on your first trek since days of future past?
Well here are the things I have come up with to help you enjoy that day with mother earth:
Trekking here and there, you would encounter people from different walks of life. Maybe you’re in luck, you could be talking to your future better half, business partner, travel buddy or your soul mate!
Talking to locals also gives you insights about the place, its history and demographics. You could discover new things other trekkers have not; best spot to take pictures, hidden routes and the like
2 Enjoy the View!
If you are living in a city like in Metro Manila, you can never have this view! Suck in nature’s finest offerings. It will give you a lot of things; different perspective in life, understand things clearly and perhaps give you a sense of satisfaction.
3 Capture the Moment!
Nothing comes close to immortalizing this amazing experience with a photo! Memories are best accompanied with picturesque snapshots! So strike a pose with your travel buddies, capture each of the moments that made the trek memorable.
4 Be Green-minded!
Yes! Be Green Minded! While on this journey, you should always keep what you have and leave nothing behind but Memories. Trail foods should be properly kept until you come down of the mountain. Treat nature as a sacred place, its the only thing that keeps us around and provides us with everything.
The 5th on this list is for you to discover! Every trek is different from person to person. This experience might leave you a mark. It might give you a purpose in life. Clear you mind.
If you have discovered the 5th or 6th or Nth on this list, share your thoughts! It might helps others enjoy there Trek with Nature!
Who who’ve thought, a Lion and Rhino exist just outside Metro Manila!
Yeah you read it right. Lioness and a Rhinoceros rock formation are found in Bigte Norzagaray Bulacan.
Imagine a naturally made figure through thousand of years of erosion and corrosion has formed into one of nature’s largest mammal and the second largest cat in the world.
It was an easy travel to the Jump off.
- From Cubao, ride any Bus going to Tungko – fare 55 pesos
- From Tungko Jollibee, ride a Jeep going to Bigte Norzagaray – fare 12 pesos
- From Bigte Tricycle Terminal, ride a a tricycle going to Upper Bigte ( ask the tricycle to drop you off near Iglesia ni Kristo ). Fare ranges from 10-15 depending on how many you are in the tricycle.
- From Iglesia ni Kristo, you can either take the cemented trail (before Iglesia ni Kristo) or the Bahay bahay trail (after Iglesia ni Kristo)
We didn’t know the first trail so when eager locals helped us, they pointed us to the Bahay bahay trail. We could easily see the Lioness Back summit from the jump off
At first, we thought it was an easy climb. It started with easy trekking behind the houses of the locals and near the Iglesia ni Kristo Church. Of course, a lovely young lady helped us to find the way up. Thanks Jenny!
Then comes the assault!
It was pure Rock Climbing. I can say that most our time spent there was 80% rock climbing, 10%sitting, 10% figuring out why the hell we climbed this treacherous mountain!
When we arrived on top the hill, there were many climbers alike taking pictures and basking to the joy of climbing such steep facade.
So we just left them there, while we head down and visit the Rhinoceros rock formation seen from a far.
We trek a couple of meters and saw how steep the Lioness Back was. On our way, tall grass paved the surrounding. we could hardly see the path to the Rhinoceros rock.
At Last, Rhinoceros Rock is conquered!
After our escapade in Rhino’s Rock we went back to the Lion when other hikers were done there.
For the Second time, Lioness Back
Mapapanginig ka sa Kilig!
This is what I felt when I climbed up to the Lioness Back. I couldn’t contain the fear and excitement all at once! I manage to climbed up to the edge of the Lion but was scared to climb on top because it might dislodge the rock.
Capping off the Rock Climbing Experience
It was 2011, the first time I set foot on the famous white beach of Boracay Island.
I don’t yet grasp the idea of “living in the moment.” I was young. Mapusok, at wala pang muwang sa mundong kasarinlan … hahahaha
Many things happened there, fun and excitement, enjoying the island time. Although, looking back now, I could have done more if I knew what I know today. (naks, maturity kicks in)
With my surprise return this year, enjoying Boracay for non-party goer like me (occasionally, *defensive*) was relatively easy.
I have shed off the party vibe and embodied a more holistic perspective in life. hahahah ano daw?
Let’s start this make-shift list as prescribed by danventures 🙂
Find a hammock and stay there!
Nothing beats the ocean breeze caressing your chicks and flowing through your messy sun dried hair!
Or an alternative, find a chair, feel like a boss!
Go Eat and splurge your hard earn money to mouth watering foods. Boracay has lots of sumptuous delicacies to offer.
The Astoria buffet was free!!!! It was an open invitation by sales personnel to advertise and promote their hotel and resort.
You should definitely MUST try the Calamanci Muffin of Real Coffee & Tea Cafe! “Maasim asim” plus their Banana Calamansi, a different combination but taste great!
Traverse Station 1 to 3
I enjoy long walks, so walking the whole stretch of the Boracay white beach was my Main Goal.
I discovered the changes and see sights I never seen before.
Chase the Sunset!
Indeed chasing the sunset in Boracay is a spectacular event, one that is chased by tourist and the like. I can’t blame them, it is picture perfect!
Take plenty of Pictures and leave nothing behind!
Boracay is over populated! Adding you plus the people vacationing and visiting the Island stresses the environment.
So to enjoy more of Boracay, Be OCEAN MINDED, Help Keep our Beaches Clean!
Lastly tip to enjoy Boracay, is to HYDRATE! With the Island heat, and the crazy things happening there, don’t forget to take care of your body and drink plenty of booze! ha ha ha JK, drinks lots of water and Have fun!
During this Rainy Season, my best pick to chill during these cold nights is Kaffeeklatsch.
Yes, you pronounced it awkwardly! ha ha 🙂
It came from the two German words 1) Kaffee = coffee and 2) Klatsch = gossip. It is used as a single word to describe an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. (thanks heaps Merriam-Webster!)
Kaffeeklatsch is located near Caltex at the corner of City Camp Road, Baguio City.
I definitely miss hanging there, sitting, talking or no talking it’s ok. Just a cup of hot tea (because coffee will make me an insomniac person – have low tolerance to caffeine) .
One cool tip, you can borrow some board games and UNO Stacko if you surrender any valid ID to the cashier as deposit. This is only available from Mondays-Thursdays. I don’t know if this one is true nowadays.
And of course, one of the main reasons why I keep coming back to Kaffeeklatsch, THE BANDS! Talented Musicians and Soulful Vocalists! Nostalgic.
Here’s one of the bands playing regularly in Kaffeeklatsch. Sorry, forgot their name. (edit this soon)
It’s official, Vigan advances to the next round of the international Search for the new Seven wonder Cities of the World!
It feels right that Vigan is on that list! For one, it is a very historical place where some of the oldest churches of our country where built during the Baroque era. Art, culture, music and people mesh with the modern age. Wildlife preservation, and our culture’s heritage are being constantly highlighted and boasted to tourist and the like.
Also since 1999, Vigan has been added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
My experience in Vigan was for sure one of the highlights of my 2013. I went there twice within the same month! It was May 2013!
Congrats and like Puerto Princesa Underground River who is listed as the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Vigan will also be in the list of the World’s New 7 Wonder Cities!!