Friday, February 3, 2017

Mt. Batulao: First Mountain for 2017

MT. BATULAONasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault

Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
Above info from
I missed trekking the mountains. When was the last time I climb? Oh it's been a year. Because of this, I decided to hike Mt. Batulao, as what I've read, it's very easy and recommended for beginners (but why is it 4/9 diffucluty?) ehehehe. And because I also wanted to test my knees, lately I feel there is really something bothering. when i play badminton too long, I feel uncomfortable with my knees. This started when I hike a mountain that is very steep downhill.
At first I was planning to go solo, but eventually i asked my cousin if she's interested to join.
We leave the house at around 6am which is supposed to be at 430am, but due to something we were not able to leave early. We arrived at DLTB bus station at around 7am, and ride the bus bound to NASUGBU, Batangas.
We arrived at Evercrest, it is now Hillcrest Golf Club. I feel so excited and nervous at the same time, because I learned that it will be my cousin' first time. oh, I should really be responsible, this is one of my adventures that I don't have idea what to expect or what challenges we will encounter. But of course maybe it's innate to me to accept any challenges, we're good to go.
There's a lot of strangers volunteering to be our guide, but I decided not to have one. I know right, ahahaha. I always have the urge to endanger myself ahahaha. I have the courage you know...
We say a lil prayer first before we start trekking, it was muddy because of the rain the past few days. After 10min of walking the trail become narrow and you can see it's a beautiful day, bright sunny day with a beautiful clouds.
Another 10min and we arrived at the first registration, we paid 20pesos here. We rest for awhile and then moved on. And then there's another registration place, before the separate trail going to old and new trail. Another 20pesos.
We choose the old trail, because at what others say, it is more challenging. We encounter another registration here, we paid 20pesos, we rest for 3min here. And then we moved on. There's a two way path, and I'm not really sure what to follow, i just trust my instinct (all the time ahahaha). Then we arrived again in a resting place, and there's another fee.. I noticed there's a lot of station with fee here. And because I'm already exhausted and out of breath, we rest here a bit longer, because I can now feel, the final leg,..the remaining course will all be assault. Also it will be open, no shade at all, just grass..
 The trail was breathtaking literally and figuratively ahahaha.. When you're out of breath you just have to look around and breath, and you'll be recharge again. The moment when you thought it's so close, ah , so close yet so far... I thought it would take us 15min more to reach the summit, but no, it took us 30min.

The path became difficult, as i need to remind Jasmin to take one step at a time, and to be more careful. (Lagot ako sa Nanay nito pag nadapa or nahulog, ahahah). And then there's the 90deg vertical trail that you need a rope to climb. whew.. And the dog that i feed with jelly ace follows us. I wonder how she did the rappelling ahahahaha..
Another 10min and we reached the summit, around 1230pm. Breathtaking indeed, refreshing. Luckily, we're the only people on the summit. We ate our lunch here, yeah we don't mind the heat from the sun. But we need to go down immediately because it was about to rain. We follow the new trail going down. After 5min, it rained.

Another challenging part, it is now slipper because of the rain. We pass through a knife edge like trail, and it was too windy, so we need to scooched down to pass the trail. We don't rest much going down, and when we arrived at the hut, we took a rest, eat goto and halo halo... Ahh, so tiring.
Even when it's tiring we decided to walk up to Hillcrest, we arrived at around 4pm. Hay kapagod. Panindigan ang paglalakad.. ahahaaha.. We took a shower in one of the houses nearby for 25pesos each. Then we waited for the bus to go home. When we arrived at Manila, that's the time I feel my legs so weak and my knees hurt..
But still, it was fun and fulfilling. My knees are still ok with hiking though.
Here's the video clip of our adventure..
How to get there:
-Ride a DLTB bus bound to NASUGBU in Buendia Station.
-Alight at evercrest
-Take a trike to jumpoff..
Easy eh.   
It took us 3hrs going to summit and 2hrs going down to jump off

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Handwritten Letters

I was cleaning my room, and I found a box full of letters. Akala ko magiging mabilis lang ang paglilinis ko pero hindi pala. Super natuwa ako while reading these cards. It's been 2 decades ago, during my high school years. Yung iba, letters that I wrote na hindi ko na naibigay sa dapat pag bigyan, meron ding break up letters.. ahahahaha.. Grabe, I felt like time travel. Like I'd travelled back in time, I felt like I'm in highschool again. Those memories of your first love and first heartbreak, your was amazing. I'm really glad I was able to keep all of it.
It's a great feeling to read all those letters. Nowadays we rarely pick up a pen and paper to communicate with one another, because we have the convenience of text messages and emails.
Handwritten letters create lasting memories kaya nga super naappreciate ko pag nakakatanggap ako ng letters sa panahon ngayon. I'd rather received a letter that a gift na hindi ko naman masyadong maappreciate.
When you receive one, feeling mo they show how much they care, and parang ang sincere lang pag handwritten, effort. I remember after our highschool graduation, kanya kanya ng punta sa City to study. Noon, you'll wait like a week bago makabalita sa kaibigan mo from the province. Kaya pag may nakita kang letter sa mailbox, it makes you feel good.
Iba pa rin talaga ang handwritten, see, it makes me feel so happy during this dull moment of my life... hahahahahaha...
(yey may naipost din)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Travel Solo

Few years ago, when I read blogs about solo backpack, the first thing that came into my mind was, ang lungkot naman yatang mag travel alone, tsaka nakakatakot. But then I was so curious, and it was like ang astig naman nila. Then I think it is awesome adventure to try. Since then, it was on my bucket list.

I thought it was pathetic or somehow you will feel like you don’t have friends to come with you. But then when you’re there and actually doing it, it doesn’t feel alone, and you won’t feel empty at all, oh well there were moment pala ahahaha. Pero mas maraming times na energetic and feel good talaga.
Would you really feel alone or sad when you’re busy looking for a place you’re going? Kung asan ka na ba? Or you are busy appreciating the scenery, and having conversation with someone? It was really fun traveling alone. But of course it’s fun din naman when you’re with a group. But I prefer small group lang. Ever since na nag travel ako alone, parang mas prefer ko na to travel alone, kase wala akong ibang iisipin kundi un masasatisfy yung sarili ko.. ahahah selfish… :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Legazpi Albay, birthday travel

This is the first solo travel I've done locally, and second time to travel on my birthday...yey.  As usual last minute research, wala pa nga akong tutulugan... ahahahha.

Heto na tuloy na tuloy na. I was supposed to travel last night but I decided to attend first the "all singers rehearsal". Kaya ngayon, game na talaga, walang makakapigil. :) I chose Bicol Isarog, medyo mahal din pala ang ticket to Legazpi, 1100 pesos, but the seats are ok, spacious naman. Dati nga 12hrs kami sa bus going to Tabuk, chance passenger pa, walang seat. Nakaupo lang sa sahig, pero nakayanan naman ng powers.. ehehhehe. I will never forget that moment. Sakit sa pwet at likod, sa ngalan ng pag gala talaga... :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Philippines News: Killings everywhere

what could be the difference between foreigners and filipino reading/watching the news? sometimes we thought we knew everything, pero hindi ba naririnig at napapnood lang din naman natin sa news? and also naniniwala lang tayo sa gusto nating paniwalaan diba? alipin din lang tayo ng mga filtered information na lumalabas...

From the start I never been a fan of Pres. Duterte. I don't know but i could not find any reason to like him. But since he was the new President, what can I do. I hope he will fulfill every Filipino's dream. I just don't like the idea of killing. Why would you kill someone? as in really? Maniniwala lang ako talaga if ipapapatay din nya yung mga as in kilalang drug lord or yung mga sinasabi nyang officials na protector ng druglord. Pero bakit hindi sila namamatay at yung mga mahihirap or maliliit na tao lamang nag napapabalitang namamatay? Hay naku ba. Ewan.Kaya ayaw ko na rin nanonood ng news or magbasa, nakakainis lang.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Shoe Addiction

I don’t know but I’m so into shoes.. well, mostly sneakers, I only got the chance to buy heels or flats if the needs arise. Right now I was torn between the 4 shoes, but I should not buy any shoes as of now simply because I don’t have money na.. Naubos sa pagtalon sa Macau Tower.. ehehhe

Last night I was looking at Nike store online, because I’m looking for a particular flyknit. It’s Airforce 1 Flyknit. Kaso hindi ko Makita online yung gusto kong color… Eto yun e. 


And because wala akong makita sa nike store online, nagbbrowse na lang ako. And then I found a nike blazer na pwedeng icustomize… and then I play with it, ayan ang kinalabasan. Ang cute.. ahahha Pero pinaalala ko sa sarili ko na I need to save money for future travels, kase nga naubos ako sa HK-Macau trip.

Sadyang marami lang ang biglang sumusulpot… Nakita ko nama naman sa email ko ang Bucketfeet na bagong design na nag vote ako na irelease nila yun.. ahaahaha.. ang ganda, kaso it’s too white, kamusta naman pag inilakad mo sya ditto sa pinas.. I’m so tempted. Kase uuwi ang friend ko, pwede akong magpadeliver sa kanila so she can bring it here..
Shoe problem… ahhahaah