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!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Five Reasons You’ll Get High With Caramoan

I’m so baked right now reading about it. What more if I am there experiencing it!!!!

The Joys of Journeying

Image Pictures of Matukad island (top left) and of Sabitang Laya (bottom) were grabbed from the website of Gota Village Resort. With permission to publish 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.

Image Paniman beach, one of the jump-off sites for island hopping

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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