Panoramic Places

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

Worth P150 gift for myself

Without qualms, upon arriving to Baguio 7am of the 31st of October, I went to get some vitamin F and vitamin S.

#VitaminFalls

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.

#VitaminSoloTrip

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.

#Towing Falls.

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!

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.

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

 

5 ways to enjoy Boracay (for non party goers)

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 🙂

Numero Uno

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!

 

Numero Dos

Food Trip!

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!

Numero Tres

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.

Numero Quatro

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!

Numero Cinco

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!

Help keep our Beaches Clean

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!

I miss Kaffeeklatsch

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)

Viva Vigan!

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!!

VIVA VIGAN!

Enchanted Kingdom

That Enchanted Feeling

Each of us has an inner kid that craves for Amusement parks. Getting giddy riding bump cars, or eating cotton candies while watching street performers and acrobats do spectacular performances. Feeling all pumped up riding roller coasters or even  adventurous enough to get wet and wild for the fun of it.

That’s where Enchanted Kingdom is all for! It has been the top amusement park destination in the country. I have been there thrice, one college field trip, second with my close friends and the recent was the Family day of our company.

Of course on my third comeback to EK, I know what I want to ride. All those adrenaline-packed rides were my target!

First stop is the Disk-O-magic

Then comes Space Shuttle, Jungle Jam, Flying Fiesta and Ekstreme!

Here’s a video of us riding the Anchor’s away

After which, repeated some of the rides again!

Ekstreme was very exhilarating! I never did catch my breath while going down that free fall.

And of course, to cap off the event, there were fireworks

 

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.