Mount Pico de Loro

This climb’s our 2nd this year and officially our 4th mountain overall. First day hike though.

Pico de Loro is popular for beginners and dayhikers as they say but I still had a pretty hard time trekking this mountain and climbing the super steep monolith or Parrot’s Beak which is mostly the goal of climbing Pico de Loro. They’ll tell you that your climb”s not complete if you don’t experience being on top of that monolith which is in front of the mountain’s summit.

We started our trek at around 6am after registering at the jump off point in Ternate, Cavite. We rode a bus from Coastal Mall in Pasay City at around 3am then arrived at Ternate, Cavite around 5:30am. Tricycle ride going to the jump off point or DENR post. You can even eat breakfast if you want coz there’s a sari-sari store, souvenir shop and carinderia in the area. That is also where hikers take a bath coz they have a number of restrooms where you only have to pay 5pesos.

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It rained the night before, hence, the muddy trail. Look at the those fallen mangoes on the trail. It exuded a sweet rotten smell and a loooot of insects flying about. It made me hop from side to side faster just so I could get to the end right away.

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Here’s my friend Ley trekking through the tree vines. At this point we’re about 20-30mins away from the campsite.

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My Dad, who was the sole reason why we all got into this, showing us how to rappel up the steep rock going to the monolith. He climbed the monolith twice! First alone, then second was with us.

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Me at the summit in front of the monolith or Parrot’s Beak. I was already satisfied just being there coz it seemed impossible for me to ever get on top of that monolith. It was my Dad who insisted we all go and so we did. Priceless experience yet again! Thank you Papa!

Since it was a day hike, no camping and all, we got back to the DENR post past 5pm. It was a good ol’ tiring 11-12hrs. Worth it but I don’t know if I’d go through it again. I need to lose a lot of weight first.

LOVE NATURE!

 

Seoul Searching

(안녕하세요) Annyeonghaseyo! (반짝 반짝) Banjjag Banjjag!!

Yep, just been to Korea. I didn’t expect going there this soon even though it’s in my bucket list. I was invited by my friend/housemate Kim to take a trip there. She’s a Kpop Fanatic so it’s her dream come true to go there. Thing is, she remembered me making a promise that I’d go with her if ever the opportunity comes. So I had no choice but to fulfill my promise even if I only came from the States 4mos prior(READ: out of budget).

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This is where we’re checked in.

Besides thinking of how short my financial status will be after the trip, I just thought of the personal experience I’m gonna gain throughout the tour. It was a 4-night, 3-day tour around Seoul, the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong Shopping District, Nami Island and Everland Resort. We even had a university tour (HanYang University) because it was enlisted as an educational tour with members of the Centro Escolar University Faculty.

 

Statue of the one of the most popular Koreanovela "Winter Sonata".

Statue of one of the most popular Koreanovelas entitled “Winter Sonata” in Nami Island.

We even had side trips to Gangnam and the SM Entertainment Building where the Kpop Stars go.

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Overall, it was a superb experience alright. I’d comeback coz I know there’s waaaaay more to explore in Korea. I haven’t been to Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower and Jeju Island!

 

 

Mt. Cinco Picos Traverse

I was given the opportunity to join the anniversary climb of the ADDICT Mountaineers. For me, my fiance Steve and our friend Ley, this was our first traverse, our 3rd climb and our 2nd major mountain climb.

It was all excitement because we were told that we’ll be camping by the beach which will be like an outing altogether besides climbing, plus it’s a traverse, no more going back to the starting point.

We left Manila at 10pm from Victory Cubao Bus Terminal. Arrived at Olongapo around 1am. Rode a jeepney going to the starting point which was at Pundaquit, Zambales.

We started our trek at 3:30am. It was our first time trekking without sunlight so it was really an adventure even if the trail seemed the usual rocky and grassy path.

There were several muddy encounters and two river crossings (the rivers were too shallow to be afraid of so sa’ll good!)


This is not even halfway of the hike. lol Isn't this a breathtaking view?

This is not even halfway of the hike. lol Isn’t this a breathtaking view?


This trail is challenging because it's like going through thorns.

This trail is challenging because it’s like going through thorns.

 

We passed through trails that were burnt. Caused by the sun's heat or by careless trekkers who just leave their cigarettes on the trail? Sadly, I found out it's the latter reason most of the time.

We passed through trails that were burnt. Caused by the sun’s heat or by careless trekkers who just leave their cigarettes on the trail? Sadly, I found out it’s the latter reason most of the time.

It took us a total of 10hrs of trek and hike. It really tested our endurance and patience. Besides the rocky and steep trails was the additional scorching heat from the sun. The unique and the most challenging path we went through was the burning leaves that looked liked a mini forest fire. It scared me a little because I thought we wouldn’t be able to pass through and would have to find a longer way to reach our campsite. Phew!

 

Silanguin Cove... aaahhh! Achievement Unlocked!

Silanguin Cove… aaahhh! Achievement Unlocked!

 

socials

This is during our socials after dinner. It was fun getting to know fellow hikers.

 

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Group picture before going home! ^_^

We even found out that our bangkero (boatman) is a Surfer Dude! lol

Surf's Up!

Surf’s Up!

One boat captured my attention…

God knows us better than we know ourselves.

God knows us better than we know ourselves.

Our First Mountain Climb: Mt. Cristobal

I have always been amazed about nature and all its glory. Always envied mountaineers who get to climb to the summit of mountains and appreciate God’s creation.

Thankfully, my boyfriend’s older brother (Kuya) JR, is a mountaineer himself. We even tease him Java Man because he’d rather climb mountains during weekends rather than attend family gatherings. We can’t blame his addiction though, coz when we experienced it first hand, all the excruciating climb, treks and swings we did before reaching the campsite and the summit was all worth it. The view at the top of the mountain was just simply as they say “breathtaking” after the literal breath-taking climbing process before it.

We were given a chance to climb with Kuya JR and his moutaineer friends on a climb to Mt. Cristobal in Dolores, Quezon last December.

A few facts about Mt. Cristobal:

– a.k.a Devil’s Mountain since the opposite mountain is Mt. Banahaw a.k.a Holy Mountain.

– 1,470m high. I was able to check the altitude while on the summit and my watch read 1, 450m.

– takes 4-6hrs climb depending on how long/often you rest in between.

– there are two campsites: first one is near the crater. The site is kind of rocky plus you don’t want to be near the crater coz I heard one of our guides say that the mini crater lake there is kind of like a quick sand, once you step near the lake itself, you’d just fall deep.  The second one is where we stayed, it is covered by tall trees and is kind of breezy and better. It’s also the nearest to the summit.

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Picture of me at the summit. I don’t know if you can see it, but behind me, there’s the seven lakes of Laguna… it’s was pretty windy that’s why I have my hands on my favorite bonnet. lol

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Here’s my Dad and Steve taking a break from the difficult trail.. They’re sitting on a big rock beside a cliff.

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Here’s a first look on the campsite. We were the first ones to be there that’s why we got to see the real view of the empty campsite. We thought we’d have the campsite to ourselves but unfortunately, more campers came during the evening. They were quite a lot and kind of made our stay uncomfortable coz they were pretty noisy.

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Our tents’ already set up so we can now take the time to rest and admire the beautiful, serene surrounding.

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Here’s a picture with the group at the summit. We went into two groups where the others are left at the campsite to keep an eye on our tents and valuables since there were other campers.

Thank You!

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Minutes after the fall. Yeah, I can still smile. Smile despite your pain. lol

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Hours after the fall.

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Covered in ointment.

After exactly 7 days. Scars present but not too obvious.

After exactly 7 days. Scars present but not too obvious.

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The ointment I used that made my wounds heal faster. Thank you Calmoseptine!

What happened?

I fell hard on my face during a mini hike in the province last Good Friday. I was unconscious so my body lost its motor skills that’s why I didn’t get the chance to use my hands to at least prevent my face from hitting the ground. Factors that caused myself unconscious was lack of air (i didn’t breathe continuously) and the scorching heat that day.

Lesson Learned: Never stop breathing especially when you’re tired. Your body needs more air when you’re tired.

Anyway, we cut short the hike and went back home to treat my wounds instead. I felt bad that we weren’t able to reach the peak since it was just a really small mountain compared to the other mountains I want to climb.

The next day, I decided to go again and hike the mountain but of course I am more cautious this time. I DID IT!

Here’s the view….

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Never give up! Everything’s worth a 2nd try…