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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.
As part of a new found interest, I would be creating Microsites for the places I have been.
Technology to be used: Google Drive + HTML5 + JQuery + CSS3!
I’ll be creating micro sites on the scenes and places and people I have captured. It will be a challenge since I’ll make them with the different emerging web technologies!
My very first Google Drive hosted Web Page:
It is a simple Parallax web page. Find the right resolution to view the site lol. I’m sorry, laziness strikes so it’s not yet responsive.
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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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!
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/
Our first stop is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. You can definitely see some great views atop this structure.
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.
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.
After Bangui Windmills, LEGGO TO THE BEACH! The Famous PAGUDPUD Beaches, namely the SAUD white beach overlooking the Bangui Windmills.
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.
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.
To cap off the Day, we enjoyed the night with Karaoke in the Pool. The infinity pool overlooking Coral Rock Formation of Currimao.
The majestic Mt. Pulag.
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.
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 😐
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?)
Perhaps the coldest temperature I have experienced. And the kind of cold you that you will miss every now and then!
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!