Sagada, Mt. Province

February 8-10, 2019

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Mt. Mapalad

Mt. Mapalad, San Andress, Tanay, Rizal – Indeed Tanay has a lot to offer when it comes to mountains. And we are very lucky to visit Mapalad to kick off our 2019 hike. Why it was called mapalad? I overheard from one of the guide that it was called because of the presence of many leaves that looks like a palm. I don’t know if that is true but that’s according to them.

A glimpse of the peak
img_4359Experiencing grass at its best😁

January 26, 2019

How?

Meet up: Jollibee farmers Cubao

Transportation: van (rent) or jeepney along aurora boulevard ( cogeo )

The group meet up at 12 midnight at jollibee farmers and grab some food. We left the place at around 1am going to Cogeo where we will meet our van going to San Andress. We’re able to be at jollibee cogeo at 2am and left immediately going to our destination.

Registration area

Registration

Registration Fee: 100 each individual
Guide Fee: a ratio of 1:5 (500)
Start: hiking start at 3 am
What to prepare: flashlights/trail food/water/extra shirt
Ate Liza, our guide for our adventure and we started by a prayer to thank the lord and guidance on our hike. The weather is a bit cold so it’s perfect for the walk. At the middle of the trail is a bit challenging. You really need to be careful since the stone are slippery.
The trail

At the Summit

5:30 am- We’re at the top early than what we expected. We took a rest but damn it’s very cold. I really need to put on my jacket and other accesories available in my bag.
View of Mapalad

 

8:30 am – We have decided to go back since we are already done with our photoshoot. On our way down, the group decided to perform a dance video. That was fun indeed. We took a long cut cause we’ve heard it’s easier rather than we took the same route. But hell it was literally long walk.

12:30 pm – At the registration area finally. We took our lunch do some clean up.
Ligo: 20.00
Food: affordable

2pm- heading to Manila

It was a tiring day but it was fun and grateful to climb the mountain and experience the beautiful and stunning view of the place.
Till our next climb!

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

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.

Me and my version of Me