Panoramic Places

Making memories while panning the amazing scenery is my thing. Here’s some of my Panorama photo for my adventures this 2014!

Monolith Conquered!

Mt. Pico De Loro Traverse

“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.

#soundsOfNature

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!”

#doWhatYouGottaDo

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 

#happyTrails

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

#walkInThePark

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.

#offToWashOffTheDirtAndEnjoyTheFalls

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.

#TeamBida2x

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'm on top of the World!

Mt. Pico De Loro Day hike

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!

#TeamBida2x

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).

#LooksCanBeDeceiving

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.

#worthAlltheBloopers

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!”

#PicoDeLoroFacts

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.

5 things you should do: Trekking

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:

1 Socialize

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!

 

 

 

A Lion and a Rhino in Bigte Norzagaray Bulacan

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.

The Journey

It was an easy travel to the Jump off.

  1. From Cubao, ride any Bus going to Tungko  – fare 55 pesos
  2. From Tungko Jollibee, ride a Jeep going to Bigte Norzagaray – fare 12 pesos
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

The Twist

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

 

Return to Batulao

If you want to hit that RESET button, there are a number of ways to effectively do that. One of them for me was Mt. Batulao!

The first time I went there last April 12, it was under siege by forest fires. Nonetheless, it was an amazing journey. Traverse the mountain from the Old Trail to the New Trail. We camped at the new campsite it the new trail. star gazed. drank our way to oblivion yet manages to cooked food for the soul.

My return to Mt. Batulao was a spontaneous decision to join my other like minded spontaneous peers. There was no plan for it, but it happened anyway. Just like love, you may not plan to fall in love, but then again, it catches you like cupid shot himself with his arrow. #parangPagibig #segway

Photocredit to Mr. Aleks Paat

Unlike popular beliefs, returning to a place you have visited before for me is never the SAME! The people changes, the experiences changes, the environment  changes and of course, you yourself changes.

Mt. Batulao I’ve seen this Sunday (June 23) was reaching her peak of magnificence. There are still burned areas but unnoticeable. The bald trees have now grown leaves. The grass now as tall as a man are turning its color to that perfect hue of green. All is well for Her.

Our IT for the day hike was go up the summit via the new trail then down the old one. If someone ask me right now which of the two hike patterns would I recommend(past hike vs this hike),  I would say try any of the two, and go back to do the other. There is no comparison, because its two different experiences which are unforgettable! It was challenging for us because we had no ample sleep. But with our perseverance and eagerness, we prevailed!

 

Peak 8 has the perfect backdrop to an amazing photo! While the summit holds the grandeur of seeing all the peaks plus more of the lands and mountains surrounding Batangas – Tagaytay – Laguna area.

 

Photocredit to Jepepips for some of the photos

We were the only hikers who were at the summit when we arrived. We owned the place, took selfies, enjoyed the view, Go Pro moments, laughed, cried, reminisce and bask in the beauty of Mt. Batulao.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve Experienced Maculot!

I am writing this blog  while my body and head leaning on the head board of my bed just because I can barely move. Too much of uphill and downhill trekking from yesterdays day hike at Mt. Maculot, Rockies, Cuenca, Batangas.

Yes! The famous and controversial Mt. Maculot and the Rockies. Somewhat infamous for climbers with the incident happened awhile back. I do admit,trekking and hiking the mountain was dead on exhausting.

 

Reaching the Rockies is again another challenging path and requires you to be fully alert of the stones you stepped on.

But! It was worth the effort. We await for the clearing in the Rockies to view the amazing Taal Lake. From the Rockies, you can see it all, Tagaytay, Most of Batangas, Mt. Batulao, and of course the apple of the eye – Taal Volcano.

You have to go to this spot. Recommended with out most care!

I warn you to be very cautious and careful!

Enjoy and view paradise!

Budget and IT

147 – Buendia Jam Liner going to Lemery ( drop you exactly at Cuenca)

20 – for the tricycle going to drop off

20 – for environmental fee

100 – for Lunch

24 – transport to SM City Lipa for Dinner and Terminal for Bus going back to metro

166 – Bigg’s Dinner Carbonarra Platter spicy chicken (not recommended, sloppy carbonarra, try their Kebab)

94 – transport to Alabang riding Jam Liner

52 – back to SM North

Cost : 623

Experience and Happiness Cost: PRICELESS

 

Kapit Pusa, Buslot sa Kweba

Lahat ng aking isisiwalat ay pawang katotohan lamang at walang bahid na anong kasinungalingan.

 

Ang mga pangyayari ay nangyari noong Abril 27-28 ng taong kasalukuyan.

Unang kaganapan ay ang KAPIT PUSA.

C360_2014-04-26-15-47-55-322Sa mga tinipak na batong ito nangyari ang mga bagay bagay. Kami ay nagsisiyahan sa aming munting tahanan sa ilog ng Tinipak, Daraitan. Sa kagustuhan kong makakuha ng signal ng telepono ko, ako ay umakyat sa batong ito. Walang kahirap hirap ang pagtaas dito.

Nang ako’y nasa itaas na, sinuri ko ang aking telepono kung meron ng signal. wala pa rin. ikot sa kabila, pihit pakanan, tutok sa taas-kaliwa, taas-kanan, diretso-taas. Animo nag lalayag ng watawat.

At nang mapansin na ako ng aming butihing tagapagbantay, si Manong Ed Daraitan (di po un ang kanyang tunay na apelyido), ay agad agad ako sinenyasan na ako’y bumaba. Kalakip nito ay sabihan ang mga kasama ko na ako’y pababain na sa  malalaking bato na to.

Sa kahit anong kagustuhan kong bumaba, di ko magawa. Sadyang sobrang tarik ng aking inakyat. May ilang minuto din ng napansin ng mga kasama ko at si Manong Ed na di ako makababa. Bida Bida sabi ng isa. Parang pusa sabi naman ng isa.

Tinulungan ako ni Manong Ed. Inalay niya ang kanyang balikat para aking tungtungan. Dahan dahan niya itong binaba hanggang nakayanan ko nang maabot ang sahig. At ang tuksuan ay bumuhos. 😀

 

Pangalawang ganapan.

Buslot sa kweba:

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Sa unang pagkakataon, ako ay papasok ng kweba (spelunking, caving). Matarik ang pababa ng Kwebang Tungtong. Ang aking ilaw ay hiniram ni Manong Ed, at nanguna sa pagbaba ng kweba. Kaya naman pagsalpa ko sa ilalim, ako ay nabuslot, at natabig ko ang isa sa mga betirano sa aking harapan. Agad agad nag init ang ulo nito, habang ako ay humihingi ng pasensya.

Tinignan ko ang aking kaliwang paa kung meron bang sugat na namumo. Ngunit wala pa. Lumabas ang mga sugat pagkauwi namin galing sa Masaya at nakakakilig na Byaheng Daraitan. Wala akong babaguhin sa mga pangyayari. Dahil sa mga ito, naging makabuluhan at maaalala ko ito hanggang sa huli.

 

 

 

Return to the Playground of the Gods: Sea of Clouds of Mt. Pulag

My first major hike was Mt. Pulag. It was an amazing experience.

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This mountain is perhaps most famous for its very unique beauty unlike any other: IMO, its the view of Gods to the terrain of the world. Sea of clouds rolling in the mountains like its beneath your feet. It is a mountaineers/hikers dream to reach the summit to view the spectacular sunrise over the sea of clouds. We too hoped to see it but was not given the chance.

We enjoyed the trek over the Mossy forest to the grasslands.

We endured the windy and cold night under the foggy sky.

We created memories with games , stories and food trips

We (well I) almost got hypothermia for not changing my layers of wet clothing.

Got swept away by the strong winds of the summit assault.

Got stuck in long lines of hikers climbing up the summit.

Awed by how people treat you differently and very kindly going up and down the mountain.

how faith in humanity got strengthen by their eagerness to preserve nature.

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VERDICT:

Nonetheless, it is a sight to see and definitely one of my Top items in my Bucket list. So I WILL RETURN! – date of hike (March 22-23)