Yambo Lake

One of the seven lakes of Laguna is Yambo. Located in San Pablo City, Laguna. It’s actually a twin lake of Pandin which only separated by a strip of land.

A perfect for picnic and bonding with family and friends. It is considered a paradise for the residence of Yambo. From Manila it can be reach though bus from Buendia going to San Pablo for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Activities:

  1. Swimming
  2. Kayaking
  3. Picnic
  4. Relax on floating cottages ( also called Balsa )
  5. Hiking to see Pandin Lake
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Responsible Mountaineering: Responsibilty

Leave no trace as they always say but how responsible are we when it comes to protecting our mother earth. We always say that it’s our assets, it’s our wealth but the real thing is that we do not know how to protect it. We do not know how to take care of it. We do not know how to respect the wildlife. The question is when do we need to make actions? Do we need to wait the time that our mountains are no longer accesible to everyone because they are already gone. When is the when? And who are the who?

Promoting a responsible mountaineering is everyone responsibility. Leave no trace is a basic principle of this kind of outdoor activity. We should learn to keep our own waste, our own garbage because there would be no other human being to do that for you. I remember the first time when I get the chance to experience such activity like this. I was not aware of those, I just want to experience it and that’s it but more than just climbing, hiking or mountaineering is the responsibility that need to be given attention. Many nowadays climb but don’t realize of why they are doing it. Planning ahead of time is very important so you can prepare of everything, transportation, food specially when you go overnight, accommodation and others. When you travel and decided to camp make sure on a durable surface. Minimize campfire that may cause fire. Another important that we have to be aware when we go mountaineering is to respect the wildlife and be considerate to other hikers.

The most important when we go climbing, hiking or mountaineering is to enjoy and have fun. We have to enjoy every steps that we take and make a memorable experience that we can share to those who are planning to experience it.

Mt 387

Caranglan, Nueva Ecija – Another exciting hike for this year. It’s an overnight stay at the top of the mountain. The experience is fun going to the one of the hottest province in the country during summer is one of a kind adventure.

Along the way going to Mt 387 was a bit tiring. It took us almost 5 hours before we reach the place.

Transportation: through bus or van

Mt 387- known also as Batong Amat, instantly gained its fame in 2017. Known for the chocolate hills version of the north. We reached the place exactly noon. We had our lunch first before we’ll start our hike. At 3pm we’ve started a long and winding walk to the top. Lucky for us we have a good weather that keep us going. We took almost 3 hours to be at the peak.

Finally we can rest for the day.

Day 2: sunrise

Chocolate hills version 2.0

The lover’s tree

Since we did not choose to do the traverse going to Aloha Falls instead we took the back trail. You know what is interesting about the back trail is riding a damp track, that was the funniest experience yet memorable. From the jump off point we started our rough road trip to the falls. We cross the river, It’s summer so it’s understandable that there is no enough flow of water in the river. After few minutes, we reach the drop off and hike for another 30 or more minutes to reach Aloha. We spent almost an hour in the area before we decided to go back to the jump-off point for our lunch then going back to Manila.

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Transportation ( to and going back ) : Baliwag bus in cubao to San Jose then tricycle to jump off point or any bus going to Cagayan Valley to jump off point in Caranglan then vice versa.

See you there!

LEAVE NO TRACE

Playa La caleta

Matikis, Morong, Bataan – Are you looking for a beach escape for the summer? Playa la caleta is a perfect destination for you. The beach cove is an Eco-tourism resort inspired that can be found in Morong, Bataan. The private island can be reach through land from Manila and a few minutes boat from the mainland of Bataan. The resort offers two option, a day tour or if you wish to go over night.

Transportation: Van, Bus, Boat whichever you prefer

Accommodation: Gazebo/tent whichever you prefer

Activities: The beach offers you a lot aside from swimming from the calm and blue water, it’s also a perfect place to chill and relax.

  • island hopping
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • slip and slide
  • Bonfire
  • and other activities coming soon ( discover )

I had fun when we visited the island, I can say that it’s well spent weekend with the group. We brought our own food, we cook, we drink, we share stories to get to know each other.

What I like the most about this island is that, it’s not crowded as it’s being expected since we went to visit the place is during summer. The beach is so friendly and is so calm. I enjoyed swimming while some of my friends are resting. I also thought that there is no electricity since a bit far from mainland but no it’s available.

As per manong locals you can actually directly go to the island or walk in. You can go ahead and also contact their reservation office.

Playa La Caleta

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Taytay Falls

Majayjay, Laguna – just below Mt. Banahaw, is you can find a falls named after Imelda Marcos as written in the trivia posted along the way when you go the falls #neveragain ( charot ). One of the many falls of Laguna that is easy to reach or very accessible, no too much hiking required. My friends and I went to Taytay Falls last March 2018. We’re very lucky to have a car owned by one of our friend in Laguna. We we’re able to experience the beautiful spot.

We had our registration fee/entrance fee at the barangay hall for only 20.00. Laguna is indeed rich in natural scenic places and Taytay Falls is one of the proof. You will enjoy the place by having a picnic or setting up a tent to enjoy the cold weather and amazing view.

To conclude the day we’re able to try to swim and what the hell the water is so cold. My bones were challenged but anyway I enjoyed it.

The Hidden Falls of Laguna

How to get there? From Buendia near LRT take a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna and from there you have to take a ride through a jeepney going to Luisiana. After registration at house of the Barangay Captain take a tricycle to star a short hike going to the Falls.

Oops dont’t forget to bring a bibingka it’s affordable and yummy. What made it difference from other bibingka I tasted is made of malagkit and the basket that made me awe😝😝

The falls is actually a connected to other falls such as Talay, and Hinulugan which I already visited. After visiting the place you can go ahead and try other tourist destination in Laguna. The province offers you a lot. If you’re into food then try LILIW restaurants and other nearby municipalities.

Mt. Kupapey x Mt. Fato

Bontoc, Mt. Province – amazing view, awesome destination, beautiful terraces and magnifying sea of clouds are just some of the province of Mountain Province can offer. The province can be reach through bus from Cubao, Quezon City. There are two option for you to get there. You can take Baguio-Benguet road or you can take Banaue-Ifugao route. It took almost 12 hours of travel to be in Bontoc then grab a jeepney going to Maligcong. I suggest when in group, the best way is to get a direct contact to fix your itinerary from your food, transportation and accommodation whichever is cheaper.

Day 1 – Maligcong Rice Terraces and the Maligcong village. To make the most of our adventure, our guide decided to experience the life in the community, their way of living and their culture. It was a fun moment for us to explore the stairway to heaven. It’s almost evening when we finished the adventure on that day before going back to our accommodation.

At the accommodation: We took our dinner and do some clean up before 10 pm. Please note that it’s prohibited to have loud voices and lights must be off  at 10 pm onward.

10 pm: time to sleep

Day 2 – Early bird catches the worm as they said. We woke up around 4 am to start our day, hiking and catch up the most beautiful sunrise in Mt. Kupapey. With our flashlights ready and wearing the best outfit we started hiking full of excitement and full of energy. Hiking is physically challenging but depending on which peak your going to conquer, you’ll be rewarded by the cool weather and amazing panoramic view of the mountain. Definitely rewarding when we’re at the peak of Mt. Kupapey, the beautiful sunrise and the sea of clouds that give you the feeling of achievement. It was a beautiful morning indeed watching the view.

Next destination is Mt Fato know for its wonderful view and other picturesque view of the community of Maligcong. After taking memories at the peak, it’s about to go back to our accomodation. You have to hike going down to the place. After our lunch we packed up and prepared to go back to reality.

Yes it was fun day at Maligcong. At Bontoc before we took our bus back to Manila. There is a known restaurant at the town “CAJA” it’s a must try restaurant, an old house turn to be a food gallery. The food is awesom from pasta to other sweet products.

Alright, we’re bound to Manila. Until our next visit Mt. Province “Agyaman Kami”

 

LEAVE NO TRACE

Mt. Talamitam, Nasugbu, Batangas

Nasugbu, Batangas- starting the year 2018 with a right direction. Exploring mountains, Discovering beautiful creations and Challenging oneself to a new level of hiking.

Mt. Talamitam, grassland hiking destination near the famous Mt. Batulao, Located in Nasugbu, province of Batangas. This mountain offers you a windy experience and a dramatic views. From Manila it will only took you 2-3 hours to reach the place. Either thru bus or a private vehicle. Approximately 600 – 900 budget you can enjoy the mountain. Among the mountains available nearby, Mt. Talamitam is considered to be one of the easiest so far. It’s recommended for a beginner. The mountain is approximately 630 MASL and a a difficulty of 3/9.

As usual the last man standing rather the last man to be on the top. Most importantly is the fulfillment that you have conquer another mountain never mind if you are the last to reach the peak. Along our way indeed a dramatic there was this couple who has having an argument “Chismoso lang pasensya na” until they ended up going back home. Ok enough for being a Chismoso we’re here at the PEAK.

 

LEAVE NO TRACE

Mt. Ulap, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet

September 29-30, 2017 – Another interesting hiking adventure found in the northern part of luzon, particularly located in Cordillera Autonomous Region is Mt. Ulap.

Mt. Ulap is 1846 MASL and about 6.5 km from the starting area. This ecotrail is perfect for day hike and it is only less than an hour from city of Pines, Baguio City. The mountain offers you more than what you expect, the views, the trail and the people of the province.

We left Manila at around 11 pm. Our meeting place is at Telus house cubao, Quezon City and reached itogon almost 5 am. The weather is perfect for a day hike not so cold and not so hot. After paying necessary fees at the barangay hall of ampucao, we go straight for our day hike.

First peak is Ambanao Paoay 1788 MASL. It was easy I believe since the trail is friendly. We took some pictures and grab a minute rest before we proceed. We have to power our walk to meet our itineraries.

Power! That’s the word I always heard from our new found friend. We moved on and continue our adventure. We were at 1814 MASL, the second peak at Gungal in a perfect time.

In this area where we spent some time to take photos. A bit hard to wait indeed because we have to wait for our turn to experience the most popular picturesque view of the mountain and no turning back. Waiting is all worth it.

After a long photo shoots in this area, we power it again “Totoo yun” to reach the last peak. As per guide its only about an hour. The hike was tiring but everything is nothing when you see the people that you’re with are having a good time. Boom! We’re almost there, we’re almost at the peak.

Finally we’re at 1846 MASL. We’ve conquered the Mt. Ulap. My experience was indeed amazing. The mountain is consist of pine trees and grassland. Tha trail is easy and it has no dead spot everything is picture perfect. The rocks made you rock just be careful in dealing with it.

To wrap up we can now go down and with us are the experience and memories we got from the mountains.

Along our way going down I thought it was easy but what the hell is going on, you need to go down as in down down but it’s no problem what is important is that we conquered as a group and thankful that there is no accident that happen.

Thank you for my group for a memorable and a wonderful weekend! Thank you for our two ate who guide us from the start to the end of the trail. Until then.

 

LEAVE NO TRACE

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