Making memories while panning the amazing scenery is my thing. Here’s some of my Panorama photo for my adventures this 2014!
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.
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’m so baked right now reading about it. What more if I am there experiencing it!!!!
Going to Caramoan means enduring more than two-hour boat ride from Sabang pier to Guijalo port, a less than ten-minute ride from Guijalo to town proper, and another fifteen-minute road trip (where the road is muddy during rainy season) from town proper to Paniman, one of the jump-off sites for island hopping. Not to mention the seven-hour butt and neck numbing ride if you choose to go to Naga from Manila by bus.
But despite this excruciating, all-day ride travelers have to go through to get to Caramoan, it seems that none of them seem to mind, especially if the basis of this observation would be the number of tourists that have visited the peninsula since it came to…
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Indeed, Puerto Galera has lots to offer; from land tours, to island hopping to para sailing, one of the activities I most looked forward to was snorkeling the Coral Garden of San Antonio Island.
Sadly, we were not prepared in capturing the beauty and serenity of the Coral Garden (empty battery for the Underwater Camera since we partied all night and forgot to recharge the battery)
These moments, I wish I have a GoPro, or a waterproof protective casing for my S720.
We were dragged by small boats along the whole stretch of the Coral Garden. We fed the fishes with the bread we bought in the port. Some of my mates tempted to eat the bread since we did not have any breakfast that morning but opt not to because feasting our eyes with the spectacle is more fulfilling! Atleast that’s the case for me 🙂
I saw Dory, I saw Scar Face, but I didn’t Find Nemo