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!

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!

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!

The Great Ilocos Summer Adventure

Last year, our start up company – ehem (time to plug this 😛 ) Wait For It Photobooth Services – had the Great Ilocos Summer Adventure!

It was spontaneous, thrilling and most of all, full of Wait-for-it Moments!

Day 1

We stayed at Pangil Beach Resort in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.  The place was amazing facing the Currimao Coral Rock Formations.IMG_3593

After almost 3-4 hrs (i forgot) of waiting since we arrived early thought we can checked in, we started ASAP our Ilocos Tour!

Back then I had two Hair tattoos, different on both sides lol \m/

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Our first stop is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. You can definitely see some great views atop this structure.

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We had fun poking around the miniture replica of the lighthouse, photo ops and enjoyed the view.

 

Next stop, one of my favorite places, is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formations.

This was one of the highlights for me of the Summer Adventure. Ilocos Norte is indeed a traveler’s haven.

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Another favorite, the Bangui Windmills. I think I have no least favorite in our Summer Adventure 2013, because all of it, until now, I can still remember the feeling, the view, and the joy when we arrived in every location.DSC_0270DSC_0188

 

After Bangui Windmills, LEGGO TO THE BEACH! The Famous PAGUDPUD Beaches, namely the SAUD white beach overlooking the Bangui Windmills.

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we continued on the seat of Power of the north: Malacañang ti Amianan (Malacañang of the North). We found out the heritage of the Marcos’: their legacy, early pictures of the family,  clothing and their wealth.

 

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This house used to be Former President Ferdinand Marcos home during his reign. It was built near the Paoay Lake thus resembling the vantage point of the Malacañang of Manila.

After this educational trip, we continued on to the Church of Saint Augustine, commonly known as the Paoay Church. Built during the baroque era, made of big slabs of stone put together to build the foundation and form of the church. It withstood hundred years (304 years to be exact) even made it in one piece during the World War II.

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To cap off the Day, we enjoyed the night with Karaoke in the Pool. The infinity pool overlooking Coral Rock Formation of Currimao.

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The Mega city of infinite possibility

It was only July last year when I embarked my journey in Metro Manila.

A lot of reasons why I choose to go here. Definitely one of them is to experience the difference. The difference in atmosphere, environment, community, leisure, sports, pop culture and etc.

I had a lot of things I had seen and go thru everyday while I was residing here in the big busy city of Metro Manila.

I’ll give you inside scoops of how I manage to survived in this Urban Jungle. Maybe give you somethings you must and must not do. Eat and be merry at the righ place. Do what you love in the place where things go unexpected

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Mt. Pulag

The majestic Mt. Pulag.

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Climbing this mountain inspired me to write about my adventures.

It was life changing. I see myself as tiny dot in a world full of limitless possibilities.

 

THE PATH

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Trekking the different paths of this majestic mountain (mossy forest, grasslands, dirt and dusty rough roads) has been a food to the soul. It nourishes your inner self to be at peace with mother earth. It connects your life force to the great circle of life. It opens the pores of your spiritual self and absorb the air that is God’s love. Sounds cheesy but that’s how it felt. I’m serious 😐

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THE PEOPLE

Warm greetings of hi’s and hello’s. Wishing people luck and take cares are some of the things you will encounter climbing. You’re lucky if you get some advice and stories from strangers you meet. Some life lessons and some great tips!

You will see and feel what a wonderful world (ha ha did you sing the song?)

 

THE COLD

Perhaps the coldest temperature I have experienced. And the kind of cold you that you will miss every now and then!

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THE ADVENTURE

Rough roads you trek.

Rough winds you endure.

Vertical drop of rains you encounter.

Long lines of head lights and lamps, a sight to see, you will treasure

Summit assault, the climb where you want to be

Deep breaths you take

Great leaps you must make

All along, this is an amazing adventure you will remember!

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