About silhouettewanderlust

The blogger is a Pinay who has an extraordinary passion for life. She dreams to explore the world, climb the highest mountains and dive the deepest seas. A girl who was raised in the countryside and nature is close to her heart. A gypsy at heart and a real wanderlust. Join her in the fulfillment of her dreams.

Scuba Diving at Anilao

So I finally tried diving.  I’m now a licensed open water scuba diver. I just got my license on July of 2014. I couldn’t be more proud. It was an awesome experience.  To be able to witness those underwater wonders is really an awesome experience. I want to encourage everyone to try scuba diving diving.

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

10862490_1029023983781091_9127815667708567525_oDiving is fun but it doesn’t mean it’s expensive. if you want to try diving at a discounted rate, please visit my new facebook page 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/pinaywanderlust?ref=hl. See you underwater!

Kapurpurawan Ilocos Norte

Alas! I got the chance to blog again. I’ve been so busy lately. There are many places I’ve been to since my last blog. I’ll try to post them soon.

I just want to share some photos of my Ilocos trip, I never got the chance to update my blog after my last post.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

This is my first solo travel. Never miss this place when you go to Ilocos Norte.

Here’s how to go to  Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte via Bus (Public Transport)

Partas Bus, Philippine Rabbit, Fariñas, and Dominion Bus are the most common buses that travel to Laoag.  Check their travel schedule at least one day before your trip:

Partas Bus Pasay Terminal:  (+63 2) 852 – 8194
Partas Bus Cubao Terminal:  (+63 2) 727 – 8278
Dominion Bus:   (+63 2) 741 – 4146 ; (+63 2) 727 – 2350 ;  (+63 2) 731 – 4780

Ilocos day1

Through experience i’ve learned that there will always be a beautiful side in every situation, every place, and every person. It is not innate for someone to appreciate the goodness of life and disregard the downside of it, it is a skill which is acquired through constant practice and experiences.

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Last night we had a fight with my boyfriend and so with my aim of finding diversion, I decided to go traveling on my own. Then I found myself bound to the Ilocos Region. I departed at almost 12am from Partas bus lines and arrived at Laoag Ilocos Norte past 10am. It was definitely a long ride and I haven’t eaten anything for dinner so I was really starving. Right after i boarded off the bus i made a haste in finding something to eat. Alas! I found “Mang Inasal”. Try imagining a girl with a man’s appetite.

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After eating a man’s meal, I roamed around the area, took pictures of anything that interests me and some “selfie’s of course given the fact that i have no one to take picture of me. Then I took a bus going to Bangui windmill, it was an hour and a half ride, i was dropped off the highway and i took a tricycle going to the windmill. The fare was overpriced i think depending on the proximity of the place. I paid 200 pesos for the two way fare, oh well I think it was fine cause the tricycle driver serve as my photographer during my stay at the windmill.

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My day wasn’t over yet, I took a bus going to Pagudpud. I read a blog regarding home stays at Brgy. Saud so I have a definite destination this time. Allen’s home stay it was, never a single regret. They welcomed me with that familiar Filipino hospitality, warm and kind. Tomorrow, i’ll head back to other amazing spots and visit Vigan before I head back to Manila.

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It’s my first time to travel solo and the experience was superb. I’ll post more for the expenses and itineraries on my day2 blog.

My Love Affair

Caleruega with Mt Batulao as the background

Caleruega with Mt Batulao as the background

Life is all about taking chances, every individual struggles everyday in pursuit of their own happiness. Few might be brave enough to risk everything to achieve their ultimate longings and most might be too weak to fight for their heart’s desires. I wonder whether I belong to the majority or the exceptional ones.

I want to share you something about the man I love. Well, he’s not the most handsome guy in town but he has the most atypical way on how to make his woman special.

He might not be the varsity type and maybe not as strong as one but he has a valiant heart of an adventurer. He can endure the scorching heat of the sun and hike for hours just to be with the woman he loves.

He sometimes is fanciful but he’s a very selfless man. He will give his girl the last drop of water and endure his own thirst. He will give her the last bite even if he’s still hungry. He will give his jacket just to keep her warm and will do everything just to keep her safe.

He might have a bad reputation and has done stupid things in his past but I’ve given him the chance and I love the man I know. Truth is, I don’t care who he was, I care about the person I will mold him to be. I’ve given him my trust and I believe that someday he will be a great man because of me. I don’t care what he does for a living nor how much money he makes, I care about his dreams and I’ll be there as he makes it come true.

People around us may not understand my choices and they’re not entitled for an explanation. They just don’t see what I see, can’t listen as I do. What they know is superficial, they can only understand what their mind can process. They say  I’m stupid and is being blinded by love. They’re totally wrong. I definitely know his flaws, how immature he is, how weak he could be, the dark things of his past and the wrong decisions he made. I know his flatteries and his lies but thing is, my love is greater than all his negative traits and I accepted them all with the aim of helping him change.

Today is our 4th month being together, maybe it’s too early to say that what we have will last forever but who cares about forever anyway? We are living in the present and we should enjoy being in love, marvel at different things and live life like tomorrow is the end.

Burot beach looking good together

Burot beach
looking good together

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Beach Bumming at Borawan Island

My dear readers, my apologies for posting late. I’ve been in this island twice this year and it’s still a beauty. Below are the photos;

beautiful face of sunrise

beautiful face of sunrise

spectacular sunrise

spectacular sunrise

sunrise signifies new hope, new beginning

sunrise signifies new hope, new beginning

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enjoying nature's beauty with friends

enjoying nature’s beauty with friends

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bliss :)

bliss 🙂

How to Get There:

We traveled via private vehicle. It’s around 5-6 hrs drive from manila.

here’s how to get there via bus; by http://www.pinoyadventurista.com

1. Take a bus bound for Lucena and get off at the Grand Terminal. There are bus companies that has regular trips to Lucena. We took Jac Liner in Buendia, fare is around 220 pesos and travel time is about 3-4 hours.

2. From the grand terminal, take a mini-bus bound for Unisan and get off at Brgy. Marao in the town of Padre Burgos. Fare is about 40 pesos and travel time is around 45 minutes.

3. Look for Vista Playa Restaurant and ask where you can rent a boat going to these beaches. Prices depend on how many are you in the group and how many islands you wish to visit (600 – 1,500 pesos).

 

 

Mt. Manalmon

passing the Madlum river through a raft

passing the Madlum river through a raft

Mt Manalmon summit

Mt Manalmon summit

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river trekking

river trekking

rock diving

rock diving

I crossed the monkey bridge :)

I crossed the monkey bridge 🙂

hiking buddies :)

hiking buddies 🙂

QUICK INFO
MT. MANALMON
San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15°15.11’N; 121°1.22′ E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
Source: http://pinoymountaineer.com

My Life and my 27th Birthday

I grew up in a conservative Christian family, my father is a great man and my mother is a woman of prayers. I had beautiful memories from my childhood, I still remember those days where we go to church every Sunday and had our family bible study every Wednesday nights. When I was in my senior year in high school I started teaching kids at Sunday school. It was fun and very rewarding, I love kids and spending time with them brings me real joy.

After my highschool graduation, I was forced by my parents to study in a bible school. They said I needed it to stabilized my spiritual life, I was very upset cause I passed the UPCAT exam and I had the chance to study in my dream University. However, I obeyed my parents and agreed to study at Wesleyan Bible College and took Leadership Training Course for one year.

Life wasn’t easy during my stay at the bible school, it was my first time to be away from home. Students were required to stay at the campus and were just allowed to go home thrice per semester. I stayed at the ladies dorm and had a wonderful relationship with my seniors. I’ve learned a lot I would say; time management, self-discipline, self-reliance, caring for others and all the values I still embrace these days. I transferred at a different bible school in Benguet in my 2nd semester. In there I had the chance for Immersion at some areas in the mountain regions, I taught kids for Sunday school, I also learned from them and I was able to see life in a different perspective.

I entered secular school after my one year in the bible school. I took up BS Nursing. I still remember the first time I assisted in the Delivery Room, seeing the life from a newborn child was just perfect. I was teary-eyed, it was a bliss. And yes I wanted to be a nurse, I want to care for others, to care for the weak and sick.  I had my nursing degree and passed the local board exam, I worked as a nurse and I was happy.

Now I’m currently working in a BPO Company, I also miss nursing sometimes and is planning to practice my profession real soon. I just had my 27th birthday and I celebrated it with the kids of “Kids  the Hope of our Future Philippines”.

 

so happy

so happy

 

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The Hidden Falls

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Height: 80 meters
Jump-off point: Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna
Trail length: 2-3 hours
Registration fee: P25.00

“Not all who wanders are lost” This is a famous line for travelers. I always see this in photo captions but I’m not really sure who came up with this idea or who authored this famous quote. I, however wander because I wanna get lost totally, I want to empty my cup and learn from the experiences and people along the way.

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Not everyone gets to see life from other people’s perspective, like how these two young local boys hike for hours to help their parents in charcoal making. I wasn’t able to immerse myself on what they do but I somehow saw their way of life just by talking to them and asking them questions. Sometimes, we can never realize how blessed  we are unless we spend time with those less fortunate ones. We can never taste how great the food is unless we experience real hunger and we can never appreciate the comfort of having our own roof and luxurious place unless we experience getting soaked with the rain.

a fallen flower on the soil

This is a flower fallen on a muddy soil, we oftentimes just pass on it without a second glance. Not everyone has the eyes to see its beauty.

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what i see

what i see

saw this horse along the way

saw this horse along the way

God’s gift
nature's jacuzi

nature’s jacuzi

standing on a rock

standing on a rock

love of nature love of the humankind love for animals  brings glory to God

love of nature
love of the humankind
love for animals
brings glory to God

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

Situated in Brgy. Balian, Pangil Laguna,  the place can be reached either via Tanay, Rizal route or Fami, Laguna

We traveled using a private vehicle via Fami Laguna route.

Here’s how to get there via public transpo, credits to iamnoempty.weebly.com

Via Tanay Rizal

1. At Chowking Edsa Central, ride a Jeepney bound for Tanay Rizal.

  • Drop off point: Tanay Market, Jeepney will stop at the Terminal.

2. Ride another Jeep bound for Siniloan, Laguna.

  • Drop off point: Siniloan Public Market, then Ride a Tricycle

3. From Siniloan Public Market, Ride a Tricycle

  • Drop off Point : Brgy. Balian Hall

 

EXPENSES:

guide=300 pesos/4 persons

reg fee = 25 pesos

gas and toll fee. P1200/4 persons

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY:

0430 Assembly at TELETECH ROXAS
0500 ETD TELETECH ROXAS
0830 ETA Greenhouse Pangil Laguna
0900 Registration,Final Prep, Secure Guide
0930 Start Trek
1130 ETA Buntot Palos, swim, eat, pictures

1330 Descent
1530 ETD jump off
1630 Back to Manila

 

My Love Affair to Mountains: Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas is 630 MASL, with a difficulty of 3/9.

This is my 7th summit and one of the most remarkable climb I would say, misadventures are part of the game but this climb was full of it and that’s what made it challenging. It was supposed to be an easy, minor climb but because of the weather and unexpected events, we ended trekking at night time under the rain. We arrived at the jump off point at around 6:15 pm and started our trek instantly, you can imagine the trail with the rainy weather, it was slippery and muddy. Kudos to Columbia hiking shoes, it never failed me.

It was raining when we started the trek, we had no raincoat or any protection from the rain but still we kept going. We passed through an unstable trail on the latter part of our trek, it was dark and the right trail wasn’t visible anymore. I wasn’t even prepared for a night trek, no headlamps whatsoever; I still visualize the scenario of me holding a basic cell phone with a flashlight on my right hand while my left hand was struggling to pass against the tall grasses. It was indeed a challenge, a part of my mind was thinking, I could have stayed at home and enjoyed the comfort of my own bed yet I instantly came to the realization that this is what I love to do and the challenge uplifted my spirit to keep going.

with the ANITO mountaineers

with the ANITO mountaineers

After all the hardships, we arrived at the summit at around 8pm. It’s not the end of the drama cause even setting up the tent gave us headaches. it was my first camping, so you would imagine the drama.

mt. Talamitam

mt. Talamitam

view from the summit of Mt. talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

freedom :)

freedom 🙂

sunrise at Mt. Talamitam

sunrise at Mt. Talamitam

sunrise at Mt. Talamitam

sunrise at Mt. Talamitam