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Monday, December 31, 2012

Whoa. (2012)

Eh yung andami-daming nangyari ngayong taon na 'to?! Parang worth 2 years of bonggang experiences. Andaming u-turns, detours, surprises, lessons, mali at tamang akala, nawala, nahanap, natagpuan... sabi ko nga andami :)) Kung maiimbento ang time-travel, gagawin kong tambayan ang 2012. :)

Presenting, in no particular order, the "ests" of my 2012:
  • PNR (Hogwarts Express- Pinas version!)  Pangarap ko 'to dati pa, dala nung mga cartoon adaptations of classic stories. Although walang nagtutulak ng mga candy sa aisle (walang space!), at mejo mas maalog pa sa bangkang naliligaw sa dagat Pasipiko, panalo pa din dahil komportable, malinis at kasama ang friends (yihee :>) Bad news: nag stop ata sia ng operations ngayon dahil nasira yung riles? May twitter sila, sila na lang tanungin nio. 
  • Boat? Ship? O para soshal, cruise? Haha, di ko talaga alam ano itatawag dun, although mas tama  naman ata ang ship. Technically, di ko perstaym sumakay ng barko; I have vague memories of time I was in one when I was a kid. Pero perstaym ko sumakay ng barko mag-isa. Sobrang saya :)) May videoke (di ko inattempt), inuman (di din ako kasali), TV, stargazing, liveband, pagkain at kwentuhan galore with kung sino-sino :) Kumpara sa tren, mas stable to-- feeling ko nga di kami gumagalaw. :)) Pag maaga nagising, may bonus na sunrise. Malamig, malinis, maayos, tahimik at komportable ang tourist class na accommodation na inavail ko (may free meal!). Next time, pag me perang masusunog, magcacabin ako. Haha :))
  • (Libreng) bus ride c/o Globe. Ako na mabilis makaamoy ng libre. :)) Salamat sa Globe, nakatambay ako sa La Union nung Holy Week. May bonus pang freebies dahil sa mga games sa bus :))
  • Trabaho.* :) After 2 years + months sa AUB, I resigned and transferred to Indra (at naassign sa Meralco). Shaky nung una dahil ako ang anti-role model ng pagpaplano (kinapos sa budget nung first 2 months. Buti na lang may suporta ng nanay. Hihi), mga sumablay sa expectations... pero ok na ko. Keri at flying steady na. :) 
  • Lakwatsa galore: Calaguas. Sagada. Seven Lakes of San Pablo. Laoag. Pagudpud. La Union. Vigan. Mt Manalmon. Quezon. Puerto Princesa. El Nido. Coron. Boracay. Zambales. Laoag (uli), atbp lugar sa Ilocos. Nablog ko lahat yan, pakibasa na lang. :)) Sa mga nagtatanong kung pano ko afford: 1.) Cheap travel and 2.) Eto lang po ang bisyo ko. :) Kaya ikaw, kung gusto, afford din. Bawas-bawasan ang milk tea at frappe. Hihi.
  • Embarrassing moments: madami, pero yung sa nangyari sa bus terminal sa may Puerto Princesa ako pinaka-natatawa: 
Edi sumakay na ko ng bus papuntang El Nido, pumili ng magandang window seat at inilapag ang bag. Mejo nasiCR na ko nun at malayo pa ang stop-over, so kahit di ko sigurado kung aalis na (parang aalis na kasi puno na halos yung bus, pero wala pa ko seatmate.), bumaba ako ng bus para magCR. Wala ako nabilinan kasi di ko magets kung sino yung driver. Anyway, paglabas ko nung CR, na nasa mejo dulo nung terminal, nakita ko yung bus gumagalaw at paalis na! >.< Edi siyempre nagpanic ako, tumakbo, and with arms flailing, sumigaw: Kuyaaaa, wait lang! o.O Eksena galore. Turns out, di pa naman aalis yung bus, nag-adjust lang ng pwesto. :)) Ah, the things you need an invisibility cloak for. >.<

  • At madaming-madaming-madaming leksyon at katatawanan sa buhay na bitbit ko na forever! =D 

Thank you Lord for another awesome year (they just seem to get better every time. :D). I'm sure 2013 will rock even more, and for that, welcome 2013!

And for next year...
  1. Mas madaming akyat! Namimiss ko na mamundok. Ayain nio ko please (eto lang isang gawaing di ko magawa mag-isa. Haha. Siguro in the far, far future. :)))
  2. Mas madaming solong lakwatsa. It's not that I shun company (see next item. :)), it's just that I find a trip more immersive when I'm alone and forced to depend on strangers for my well-being. Besides, mas heightened yung sense of adventure kapag wala ka na ngang plano, wala ka pang kakilala. Haha :))
  3. Travel with a huge group of friends. Magulo, masaya at madaming pictures-- what more can I ask for? And this wish, matutupad sia on June 2013 sa Davao, one of my favorite places in the Philippines (13 kami, weeee! pwede pa dumagdag, c'mon). Super yay! :D
  4. Mag-aral? Biglang di ako naging sigurado sa balak na 'to. Haha. Pero pag di ako tinamad, baka ipursue ko ang balak kong mag MS. Miss na miss ko na ang UP eh. :)
  5. Mag-aral ng wala lang. Haha. Baka bagong hobby, o iimprove ang luma. Kahit ano lang, dahil wala lang. :D 
Notes:
*See, di puro lakwatsa ang tema ng buhay ko. Hihi

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ilocos sa Ikatlong Pagkakataon

Una, nung nag-Pagudpud kami nila Dar at Cere.

Pangalawa, nung holy week at nag-solo trip ako sa La Union.

At etong pangatlo, kasama ang dalawang pares na nagmamahalan.

Haha. Di ko na aayusin ang kwento ko. Wala din naman akong makocontribute sa mga itineraries nio dahil: 1) libre ang accommodation, 2) at sobrang asikaso kami ng mga host namin. Salamat friend's* kamag-anaks! :D


So umalis kami nang Manila ng mga alas 9 ng gabi. Akala ko matutupad na ang pangarap kong marinig ang pangalan ko sa : "Calling the attention of the last remaining guest of Cebu Pacific flight 5J404 bound for Laoag..." kasi akala ko 8pm yung flight namin at 7:15 na wala pa sila Angge at Al. Si Al talaga! xD

Dumating kami around 10pm, sumakay sa van, at naglakbay ng 2 oras sa madilim na kalsada. Paminsan-minsang nagkakatakutan pag napapadaan ng sementeryo at tulay hanggang sa nakarating sa tutuluyan naming bahay. Sa isang napakalawak na kwarto kami pinatulog.

Nagising ako sa isang napakaganda (at napakaagang) umaga.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Tree Planting with Indra at Palauig, Zambales

Oct. 27, 2012

I arrived at 5:30 am. It was dark inside the Meralco compound, and the street lights did very little to dispel the gloom. The trees and the lamp posts cast eerie shadows in my path. I found the meeting place after a short (and nervous--haha) walk from the center gate.  Thankfully, there were already a few people there, so my apprehension of waiting for others in a dark parking lot was quickly dispelled.  :)) The bus arrived shortly thereafter. We left at around 6:30am.

I missed you, mountain view! Haha :))
It was drizzling as the bus rolled from EDSA to NLEX. After a couple of  months of hiatus (my last trip was waaay back in August), it felt so good to be back on the on the road. I greeted NLEX with a warm hello.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Love in a Hopeless Place? (Ramblings about Boracay)

A/N: This isn't going to be coherent, nor detailed. Much has been said and written about Boracay, and I don't think I'd be able to contribute anything new to the wealth of online info about it. Besides, it's probably one of the most hassle-free vacation destination there is, and contrary to what is widely-believed, not really that expensive (or maybe because I was there in the off-season?)I was a first time visitor, and despite my initial misgiving about the place due to its reputation as a party island (I'm not a party person), I'd thoroughly enjoyed myself. Also, I managed to do just what I came to the island for: tone down my travel hyperactivity and just stay put. Yay.

So what about the title?
Every single time I pass by D'mall, I hear that song playing. Up until now it's still a loop inside my head. I don't know why the shops play that song endlessly. But seriously, every single time.  I can tell immediately if I'm nearing D'mall even with my eyes closed: that song would be blaring from speakers.

One of the alleys in D'mall.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Impulsive First: Iligan

Iligan. Aside from its majestic waterfalls, I would also associate it to my many firsts: first time to stalk a local (wait, don't judge me! Read on.), first time to ride a habal-habal, and first time to come face to face with a place so iconic, it felt mystical to me.

It was my first trip after college, and my first trip to Mindanao. I was unable to book a flight with a schedule similar to my friends', so I decided to book an earlier flight. At first, my plan was just to spend all day chilling at my hotel room, since my friends will be arriving later that afternoon. I wasn't much of a travel bug then as I am now, you see.

But I realized it was too good a day to waste, and having heard that Iligan was nearby Cagayan de Oro, I told myself, why not?


So despite having no plans, no idea, no one that I know, I went straight from CDO Airport to Iligan. How? I tailed a local.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Palawan Day 7: Coron Day 3 - (Pasalubong) Shopping Spree

Aww. This is the last post of the second part of my Palawan escapade (see part 1 here). The last post  always feels like the last day of trip itself: already nostalgic, despite the fact that I'm not even home-bound yet.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Palawan Day 6: Coron Day 2 - Island Sight Seeing

Good Morning Coron! 
I woke up at around six am to find almost everyone in the room also stirring up. Ha. A trip can really bring out that morning person in everybody, even the most hardcore anti-morning like me. I was excited for breakfast, as I've ordered (one of) my favorite breakfast from Macario's-- danggit-silog ( a lot of dried danggit, garlic rice and egg for Php 95. Free delivery, yay). Paired with free and unlimited instant coffee from our inn and the cold, refreshing, sea-side morning air, it was such a nice breakfast.

Gumamela with morning dew.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Palawan Day 5: Coron Day 1 - Hello Coron!

July 5, 2012
A week after my Puerto Princesa- El Nido trip, I found myself (found talaga, parang di sinadya. ahahaha) back to the airport, this time with friends and now bound to the another island in Palawan.
We were all a little nervous about the weather, since it was raining heavily for several days before the trip. Thankfully the sky cleared up a bit on the day we were bound for Coron-- just little drizzles here and there.   Our nervousness went back with full force when we saw the plane we'd be riding in:
Yep, that tiny propeller plane. Dear Lord, the turbulence.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Palawan Day 4: Homebound (But Not For Long)

Plan: 
Wake up at 7am, roam around the city center, visit a museum, see Plaze Cuartel, have lunch, dash to the airport.

Reality:
Woke up at 10:30, a hurried lunch (and all because the trike driver misheard my 'Plaza Cuartel' and thought I meant 'Plaza Hotel' >.<), a quick peek at the Cathedral and missing Plaza Cuartel by inches, and the mad, mad dash to the airport.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Palawan Day 3: Journey to the Center of the Earth and Firefly Tales

Having left El Nido at 10 pm (how I love that the RORO buses stick to the schedule), I was expecting to reach Puerto Princesa  at around 5 am, but apparently trips are shorter at night, because we arrived at around 3 am. The San Jose Terminal was alive with trike divers waiting for passengers. My companion, Tina, and two other backpackers were immediately surrounded by drivers offering a trip to the city center for Php 150. It was much too expensive for us, so we decided to just wait for daylight (when fares go dramatically lower) in a corner in the station.

Palawan Day 2: The Amazing Limestone Cliffs of El Nido and other Island Hopping Tales

There are so many things to love about El Nido, but the thing I fell hard for were the limestone cliffs. Those tall, rugged, majestic awesomeness that proudly display the scars of time on their facade.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Palawan Day 1: Puerto Princesa and its Stories

The Solo Trip Planning Process
Months before this solo trip, I drew up this itinerary for a four day stay in Palawan that included a visit to the ff key spots: El Nido, Underground River and Puerto Princesa City. The RORO bus line hasn't begun their operations yet when I started researching about the place, so it was bit worrying how I'd manage to squeeze in those three places in the limited time that I had (yep, four days is sooo short for a Palawan vacation) in consideration with the van and other buses' schedule (no night trips~ >.<). I finally came up with an acceptable itinerary that left very little room for vehicle breakdown, delayed flights and other inconveniences that might come up (including what might be a lengthy search for an accommodation). But hey, to come up with an itinerary was already an Au achievement, since I rarely form plans and pretty much prefers the go-with-the-flow way of travelling. However, a cursory search about the place hints a requirement for a modicum of planning, so planning I did.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Over Time


It was an emotional ride home. These past few months have been crazy, to say the least, and the enormity of everything that I've done and been through just washed over me while I was listening to this song playing in the bus:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

TripLANGthing (Aldave, 2012)

Things I learned today:

1. Tagalog word for biodiversity is samu't-saring buhay. I like that word, it does call to mind diversity and life.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pahiyas: Of Hats, and Streetfood and Thoughts

Last Tuesday, I went to Pahiyas for the first time. I've been hearing about it a lot since I was little-- it being a famous town fiesta in the Philippines. From school books to travel magazines to blogs, Pahiyas is talked about as a colorful festival that draws the crowd year after year. It is known for showcasing cheerfully decorated houses, with colorful rice-based kiping as the main material for the decors.
Banderitas! Wee~

Monday, April 23, 2012

Freedom Island Coastal Clean-up

In celebration of Earth Day, me and some UPGL-mates joined Earth Island Institutes' Celebrate Earth Day by Cleaning Up the Freedom Island Coast on April 21

From the site:
[Freedom Island coast] is the last remaining mangrove frontier in Metro Manila that provides sanctuary to more than 80 species of local and migratory birds. Its diverse ecosystem also caters different marine creatures that are important to the livelihood of local fisher folks. But it is continuously threatened by the garbage problem and the impending reclamation project.

Photo grabbed from EII site | This was how the coast looked like almost a year ago.
According to a friend, clean-ups initiated by different groups have been continuously ongoing since last year. And here is the result:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

?

Would you know if it's time for the ship to set sail?
Is it time already to leave the shore?
I have been in this island for far too long,
I have forgotten how is it to be without a home.
I've tamed my heart and made it deaf
to the bewildering calls of adventure.
But I can feel it stirring now
from its thousand year sleep. Perhaps,
it is indeed
time for me to go.


#sabaw

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Holy Week Vacation in La Union--Other Stuff

Fares, accommodations, and other things might worth mentioning. Seems there's no getting out of the lazy mode, after all.

1.Bus fare: (Manila - San Fernando City, La Union) 
Free. Yep,. you  read it right. Free, courtesy of Globe Love Bus. Probably the main reason why I embarked on this trip in the first place. Aside from the ride, I also got a really cool lanyard and a Php50 off a movie ticket for participation in two of their on bus games. Yeah, yeah, I'm a sucker for freebies. :))
Thought bubble: Go lang ng go.  


Monday, April 9, 2012

Holy Week Vacation in La Union--Summary

A/N I might write about individual experiences if I get out of lazy mode. And more pics to follow. But for now, sneak peek:

April 5
1. Supposedly 7hr road-trip turned 12hr because of the holy week mad rush to the provinces. But it was a comfortable bus ride courtesy of Globe Love Bus. Yep, I got my transpo to and from La Union for free, with games and prizes and candies to boot. Thanks Globe! And I like your slogan huh: Go lang ng go. It suits me. At one point in the expressway, we got free goodies from Oishi. :9

2. Arrived at around 10pm at San Fernando Plaza. Spent the night at the Php300  peson (fan) room of Plaza Hotel. The room was okay--nice, even, but the common toilet was almost a nightmare. Almost because I can tolerate almost anything, so I'm not sure if that's saying something. There was no flowing water (thank God there was some stored in a tumbler), trash here and there, and it stank, but since the toilet was separated from the room, I slept soundly and comfortably. 
Night View - My Room - Day View

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Maybe Why I Travel

(i)
i long for dust swirling in the wake of the slow moving bus
and tangling and settling in my hair
along with the wind.

(ii)
i long for houses and farms whooshing past
and sometimes, rivers and lakes in a blur
glimpse of child strangers playing games
i may have played before.

(iii)
i long for the gentle crashing of the waves
and that nostalgic smell of the sea.
i long for blinding blue
and that somber orange hue at the end of the day.

(iv)
i long for grasses that feels cool to my back
as a lie with my eyes on the sky
i long for that fleeting taste of flying
as i watch a bird soar up high.

(v)
i long for a patch of trees that keep a secret
and flowers too shy to bloom all at once.

(vi)
i long for friendly smiles and small talks without motives
and eyes which hold no more than curiosity

i long for a place where nobody knows me--
and where, for a moment, i know me.




Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pagudpud Northbound Tour (+ a bit of Laoag)

Kabigan Falls
It was a looooong trike ride away from our last southbound destination (Burgos lighthouse). We all fell asleep along the way, even when the trike ride was a little bumpy. :)) Finally, we reached the jump off to Kabigan Falls, where we paid Php130 (already for the whole group so around Php45 each) for the entrance and guide fees.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pagudpud Southbound Tour


After the almost 12 hours road trip which was the subject of my epiphany here, we arrived at Pagudpud. The Florida bus conductor handed us a call card of a trike-driver-slash-tourist-guide whom I promptly called and made arrangements with. Trike tours in Pagudpud are fairly standard: Php600 for south bound tours and Php 600 for northbound tours so there wasn't much negotiations made. Actually, there weren't any. We haven't made any arrangements with regards to our accommodation for the night, but I was confident that we'd find an affordable one.

Before starting with the tour, we ate brunch at the cafeteria at Florida's bus station. It was almost 11 am when we finished eating and met our tour guide, kuya Marlou. He took us first to John Ronald Resort (a suggestion of his) where we decided to stay. Saud beach was just a few steps away and the room was standard: airconditioned, with CR, a tv, tables and a bed for Php 1500/night (Php500/each), and free breakfast. After resting for a bit, we proceeded with the tour.

Here are the places we visited:

Pagudpud town marker
Marker 

Bangui Windmills
Our first stop was the famous windmills. When we arrived, the wind wasn't strong enough to make the mills move, but after some time, they began turning one by one.
Windmills!


Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
The trike ride from the highway to the rock formation jump-off was rough and loooong. We went there around noon, so the heat was in full blast. Good thing they had umbrellas there, and you just had to leave any amount as a donation if you use one.

From the store where Kuya Marlou parked his trike, we walked through a rugged landscape, which was alive with interesting, bonsai-ish plants and mini ponds. It looks slippery in some part, but it wasn't. They don't allow people to climb the rocks anymore to prevent damage to the rocks. The side shown in this picture is the front part. The rear part of the formation is also interesting.
Kapurpurawan rock formation | The root word "puraw" means white, right Cere? 


Cape Bojeador
We decided to have lunch after Kapupurawan, and Kuya Marlou took us to an eatery located across the scenic Cape Bojeador. We had our first bagnet there (dried, salted pork, and usually crispy-- the one we ate here wasn't that crispy though, but it was okay). Aside from that, we also ordered a seaweed dish (I forgot the local name) and sinigang na isda ([sour] fish stew-- according to google translate). We were also served a huge plateful of rice. It must be the sea-air, or the fact that we've been on our feet for far too long, that made us eat so heartily. I nibbled on some seaweeds, and I don't think Dar touched it. Haha. It was Cere and Kuya Marlou who had to finish the dish.
After the satisfying (and quite cheap, if I remember correctly we paid Php270 for everything [the heaping serving of rice, the 3 dishes, and a liter of softdrinks]) lunch, we headed to the last part of the southbound tour.
View of Cape Bojeador from the eatery

Burgos (Cape Bojeador) Lighthouse
Like in the windmills viewpoint, you can also buy souvenirs here, although I think, they are more expensive than the ones in the viewpoint. For example, a windmill replica is sold at Php 25 there, while here, it is sold for 3 for Php100 or Php35 each.
We didn't buy any souvenirs, although Cere bought some karamay. It's a kind of fruit soaked in vinegar. I only ate one (Dar, too, just had one), and left the rest to poor Cere to finish it up, no matter how much she insisted that we eat some more. :))
Karamay with salt


Three little girls at the entrance. Haha


This lighthouse looks a lot like the one in Capones (the first lighthouse I've seen up close). I've read somewhere it's the highest lighthouse in the Philippines, and still being used up to now.



Up Next: Pagudpud Northbound tour

Important expenses:
Fare to Pagudpud (Florida bus with CR) : Php 750
Accommodation (aircon, overnight, with breakfast) : Php 1500/3 = Php 500
Trike Tour (Southbound) : Php 600/3 = Php 200
Trike Tour (Northbound) : Php 600/3 = Php 200
Entrance fee (Kabigan Falls) Php 10 each + Php 100/3 (guidefee) = Php 44
Entrance fee to Blue Lagoon: Php 0 (supposedly Php20, I think)
Fare to Laoag (ordinary bus) : Php 70
Entrance fee (Museum) : Php 50
Fare to Manila (Florida bus with CR): Php 630 (not sure)
A meal usually costs up to Php 150 (food trip level. Haha)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Confessions of a Road Trip Junkie

I'm a huge fan of road trips. Really. While others balk at 12 or more hours of being stuck inside a bus, I exult over the thought. Secretly, of course, since others expect me to be, at the very least, discouraged at the idea.

But really, I looove road trips. I love every part of the ride, not just when the bus is on the roll. I love the traffic (although, not so much). I love the stop-overs. I love the countryside whizzing past. I love the bridges crossed, I love the water under the bridges. I love the clouds when it's day time and I love the stars I strain to see when it's night time. I love the way cars line up in the tollgates. When I'm on a road trip, I love every music that plays in my mp3 player. Really, I love road trips.

And you ask: WHY?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eyes on the Sky

I often walk with eyes drawn towards the sky. Even with the threat of bodily harm, I find looking at the sky irresistible. It's a beautiful earthly feature, an art show above my head. It's an exhibit that is ever-changing, and always lovely. On really lucky days, the sky rewards me, as an avid audience, of a special treat. It could be a really awesome cloud formation. Or a sunrise that I witness because I'm up early. Or an ephemeral double rainbow. Or a wonderful, just-the-right-shade of blue that I really, really like, moments before dusk.
Do you see it? 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Saved as Draft

Today, I wrote a letter again.
I wrote what I couldn't say.
I wrote what I almost couldn't write.
I wrote about the things I remember
about us, and how I wish I could go back.
I wrote about how I have to accept
that they will never be back;
that I have to be content
with the memories I got.

I wrote how I ache for the chance
that I lost when I drifted away...


I wrote to you a letter I could not send, today.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Seven Lakes of San Pablo Quest

Going to all the seven lakes of San Pablo really felt like a quest, with all the mini-treks, and asking for directions and looking for transportation, not to mention, bottled water. It was very tiring but definitely fun, and we did it! Yay!
Cere and I at the grotto in Pandin Lake. This is our only "group" picture. Haha

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tara!

Jan 6-8 (Fri - Sun): Calaguas
Jan 21-23 (Sat- Mon): Banaue-Sagada with ClubTravelNow
Feb 18 (Sat):  Seven Lakes of San Pablo and sidetrip to Nagcarlan
Mar 15 -17 (Thur night to Saturday night): Pagudpud (via bus)
Apr 5-8 (Holy weekend) Solo La Union and Vigan trip
Apr 14-15 (Sat-Sun): Mt. Manalmon with UPGreenLeague
Apr 19-22 (Thursday to Saturday): Palaui camping. The closest (in terms of landscape features) we could get to a Batanesque ambiance. Yay. Resked. Hopefully sa May.
May 15 (Tuesday) Lucban, Quezon for Pahiyas 2012
June 16 (Sat): Rizal : Tree-planting at Baras, and excursion to Daranak Falls
Jun 24-27 (Sunday to Wed): Puerto Princesa - Sabang - El Nido
Jul 5-7 (Thur to Sat): Coron
Aug 17-20 (Wed-Mon): Boracay (via ship. Weee!)

Nov 8-10 (Thur-Sat):Laoag (via plane)

Vague trip (sometime in October or December)
Mindanao-ish (almost same as my last year's solo trip) with Ana and Cere - Hinatuan, Tinuy-an, Samal Is. Lake Sebu, definitely Davao.

*Note: most of the trips are backpacker-ish, meaning no chartered vans, a lot of slow bus rides and occasional habal-habal  (motorbike) rides and lotsss of walking and getting lost. And oh, definitely no starred hotel accommodation because I'm poor. Haha.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

Masarap kumain after ng trekking. At yun nga ang ginawa namin. ^^
Mowdel

We had lunch at Masferre (eto pinakagusto ko sa lahat ng nakainan namin, pero dahil sa story ni Masferre. :D). Nagshare kami ni Sheryl sa isang order ng sinigang. Masarap yung sinigang nila, infairness. 
Masferre

Monday, January 30, 2012

Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

Breakfast at Lemon Pie House 
Lunch palang the previous day, umorder na kami ng breakfast at Lemon Pie House (ulit) para ready to serve na sia kinabukasan. We need to head out early kasi we'll be visiting Bomod-ok falls.

So here's what I ate:
Cheese omelet (as in cheese and egg lang. May onion sana, pero di ko pinalagyan yung sa kin. Yummy pa din). Fried rice. Longanisa. Php 100
After breakfast, we rode a jeepney to Bomod-ok's jump off, where we met our two guides.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

[series break] February plans

Ma: Oh, may pupuntahan ka na naman?
Me: (looks up from laptop) Huh?
Ma: Eh para ka na namang kinikilig. Ganda ng ngiti mo eh.
Me: :> Haha. (Kilala talaga ako ng nanay ko. XD)

Actually, I was browsing blogs for Butanding interaction. I soooo want to go. So I decided, what the heck, I'll go at the end of Feb. The blogs say that's the best time to go. Who wants to go with me? I'm planning to ride PNR to Naga again. I'd still go even if nobody is going with me.

And I might see the fireflies too. Yay.

Lets?!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

Spelunking.
Fancy term for caving. Or pwede ding fancy term para pahirapan ang sarili bumaba sa mabato, madulas at ma-bat shit na daanan para lumusong sa napaka lamig na tubig. Ice cold tubig.

Eh ba't ginagawa pa eh mukang mahirap naman?

Kasi ang magandang tanawin,mas lalong maganda pag mahirap marating. Oha.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

...and finally, Sagada!

Eto ang unang town na napuntahan ko na may chimney talaga ang mga bahay. Napakalamig. Karamihan ng establishments, may 'haus/house' sa dulo yung pangalan. i.e Sagada Lemon Pie House. Yoghurt House. Sikat ang yoghurt dito, di lang namin matsambahan. Tsaka exercise galore mamasyal, madaming paakyat-baba. :D

So sa Kanip-aw kami magsistay. Hangganda ng location ng bahay na yun. Pag labas mo ng room, babatiin ka ng napakagandang view ng pine forests at rock formation. Clear din ang view ng sky pag gabi, so pwedeng-pwede mag star-gazing. :D

Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

Mt. Polis stop-over

Dun daw yung highest  point of elevation sa road. Mataba ang mga chips dito dahil sa pressure. May nabibilhan ng fresh gulay at brewed coffee. May grotto din. Pwede mag-jumpshot sa gitna ng daan kasi konti lang yung dumadaang sasakyan. :D Funny yung Polis Station =)))
Ang mga gulay sa Mt. Polis. 


Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

Banaue Rice Terraces
It's awesome because:
1) More than 2000 years old na siya
2) Ginawa sia nang with halos walang equipment. A for Effort!
3) It's simply beautiful. <3

May dalawang viewpoints  kaming pinuntahan. Parehong maganda ang view. :D

Number 1

Banaue - Sagada Adventure with ClubTravelNow Highlights

Wala akong masishare masyado about fares and fees  dahil packaged tour 'to, organized by Club Travel Now! Php3888 yung fee, kasama na lahat maliban sa food. Wala ka na iisipin o aayusin. Hassle-free na, fun pa! :D Salamat kay Cere na sumagot ng kalahati ng bayad ko. Yaaay!

Anyway, di ko alam kung pano pumunta ng Ohayami bus station, at wala masyadong result kay Google pag nagsearch ka. So eto:
galing Ortigas, nag MRT ako papuntang Taft Station. Akala ko kasi LRT1 ang Legarda Stn. LRT2 pala. So yun nag LRT1 ako hanggang Doroteo Jose, tas lakad papuntang Recto Stn tas sakay ng LRT2 papuntang Legarda. Sa baba nung station, may mga pedicab. Php 20 pamasahe pag may kasama. Php 40 pag wala. Siyempre naghanap ako ng kasama.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Heart trail.

Lord, bless my 2013 plans. Sana yun na talaga yung gusto ko. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Kind of Fun

Twenty or thirty years from now I won't be able to carry a 15k backpack as comfortably as I can today. That would take half the fun away from traveling. Maybe I can still trek and climb mountains and walk the length of a long beach, but I bet my knees would complain endlessly, and then I'd only be able to do one of those once a month; spending the rest of the days waiting for the pain to subside.  I might still be able to stare at the stars and wonder at the moon, and solve puzzles in the clouds, but the years would dim my eyes and dull the colors I could perceive.
And so I do my kind of fun now. There would be time enough to be the kind of person the world wants me to be, and that would be when my body can no longer keep up with the kind of person I want to be. 

Calaguas Adventure 3: Paradise Untouched

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
~Author Unknown
This is Calaguas. This is why we braved the more than 16 hours of butt numbing trips, the fear of rough waves and the uncertainty of the weather. And this why, despite everything that's been mentioned in the previous sentence, we are coming back:









Ang pagpapatuloy ng kwento:
Nung mga madaling araw na, biglang umulan. Akala namin di kami makakabalik agad sa mainland (hala, baka mastranded pa. @_@) Pero sabi naman nila kuya, maulan lang, pero payapa naman ang alon. True enough, mas payapa nga ang dagat. At mas mabilis ang byahe. Half-way sa journey, bumili si kuya ng fresh fish (yes, sa gitna ng Pacific Ocean, may fish market. Hahaha. redefining freshness). Na-entertain naman kami. Haha.

Malamig yung pauwi, kasi nga umuulan, at basa kami. Wala kasing mga raincoat. Kina kuya Nelson na kami nagbihis. Pinagkape pa kami ng Nanay.

Tapos nun, balik na kami ng Naga.

Additional Notes:
1. Mas maganda magvan, kasi mas mabilis. Php188 yung pamasahe from Naga to Daet. Pero pwede rin naman magbus hanggang Daet derecho. May mas madaling way yata, google na lang.
2. Dala kau sleeping bag o kahit anong pang-kumot.
3. Dala kau snorkeling gear.
4. May CR at tubig, walang kuryente.
5. Andami pang pwedeng iexplore!

Pano kami napunta ng Calaguas.
Kwento ng plano.

Calaguas Adventure 2: The Joy is in the Journey

And if you take along somebody you love, then that journey is going to be all the more enjoyable. 

Matthew Buckley, Chickens in the Headlights:
The PNR Bicol Express
Panic mode kami ni Aria. Akala kasi namin di kami aabot ng 630 sa PNR Pasay Rd dahil sa traffic. Pero umabot kami (maaga pa nga.) Yay!

Calaguas Adventure 1 : Panic Planning

"At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. "
- Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Last year ko pa gustong-gustong-gustong sumakay sa PNR Bicol Express Sleeper train. Di pa kasi ako nakakasakay ng tren papunta sa malayong lugar. Kaya nung lumabas yung idea ng pagpunta sa Calaguas, naisip kong magtren nalang kami papunta dun, kahit mejo malayo ang Naga sa Paracale. :P

The Planning Stage
Dahil di talaga ako maplano ng lakwatsa (usually, inaasa ko sa mas organized mag plan, or kung ako lang naman ang gagala, slight research lang), mejo panic mode ako nung maassign ako magplano. Tipong, sigurado ba 'tong mga kaibigan kong ipagkakatiwala nila ang buhay nila sa kin??! Haha.

Pero di naman ako nahirapan maghanap ng contact bilang last year, may mga kaibigan na kong nagpunta sa island na yun. So nagtext ako sa contact na yun, nagreply siya ng Ok tas sunod ko na ng inisip is yung train ride. Tawag ako ng tawag sa PNR, di ako makakonek. Kaya akala ko, di na kami makakapagtren. 3 days before the trip, ipinasa ko kay Aria ang pagkontak sa PNR. At ang galing, nakapagpareserve siya ng tickets! Yehey!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

To be Revisited:

March 4-7 Iligan - CDO - Bukidnon - Camiguin : Whitewater Rafting in CDO, Iligan Waterfalls, Zipline and ATV in Bukidnon and Ardent Hotspring in Camiguin
May 28 Nasugbu, Batangas : Coffeemates 1st Anniv Impromptu Trip
June 3-5 Cebu with Cere: Malapascua, City Tour, Skyride and Lechon.
June 11-12 Mt Pulag with ClubTravelNow!
July 14-16 Naga-Caramoan with CS Friends: 2nd Time in Caramoan.
Sept1-3 Bohol: With Al's family, but without Al! XD Will go back for Danao and dolphin watching
Oct 1-5: Solo Flight in da South: Butuan - Hinatuan - Mangagoy - Davao City - Samal solo tour. A-mah-zing!
Oct 23 : Mt. Sembrano Day trip: I ruined my shoes, but the view was worth it!
Nov 20 : Mt. Manabu Dayhike: First time to use my ps cam in a trip. Went macro-mad. :))
Dec 9-11: Corregidor International Half Marathon: First time to be a marshal in a running event. Everything free and I was even paid. Yay.