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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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

Hacienda’s de Naga Adventure

Hacienda's de Naga

Hacienda’s de Naga

If you are looking for an adventure of all sort, this is the best place to go.

 

 

Haciena's de Naga

Haciena’s de Naga

 

wall climbing

wall climbing

 

rappelling

rappelling

 

zipline

zipline

 

fishing

fishing

 

horseback riding

horseback riding

 

horseback riding

horseback riding

 

biking

biking

 

biking

biking

 

atv riding

atv riding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daraga, Albay

We are weekend warriors indeed. I’m guilty of being busy, so I’m always posting late. We visited Albay on the first weekend of July, I travelled with my sister who have visited Bicol for three times, a real wanderlust and a sucker for beautiful places. It was long hours of travel, about 11 hrs from Cubao to Naga and another 2 hrs from the city of Naga to Daraga, Albay. We met my sister’s friend at Daet, Cam Sur before heading to Naga. We checked in at Sampaguita Inn for 800 pesos for 1 day. It was a pretty good deal, room is quite spacious for 3 and it includes 3 single beds, hot shower and the room is fully air-conditioned plus the terrace overlooking Naga river.

 

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Albay

Albay

 

morning at Naga

morning at Naga

We travelled at night so we didn’t get enough sleep but we only had 2 days to spend so we headed to Cagsawa Ruins and Lignon Hill on our first day. It was a pretty amazing and historical place. Mt. Mayon is really majestic, I wish to conquer this mountain someday. It was formerly called “Daragang Magayon” a Bicol dialect which means beautiful maiden which is very suitable for such a beauty.

Cagsawa Ruins

Cagsawa Ruins

 

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My Love Affair with Mountains; Mt. Batulao

My soul is inextricably intertwined  with nature. How I miss the relaxing smell of trees and  the soothing sound of a rushing creek. I yearn to dance with the wind while I extend my hands drowning with its glory. I’m dying to see how clouds fashionably change its forms and how the shadows play with the vast, grassy land. How I long to embrace the rays of the mighty sun and feel its heat towards my pale arms. I would trade a sumptuous meal just to have a cold, sweet taste of a spring water. My love, just the thought of these simple pleasures you bring makes me tremble with excitement.

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

And yes, I wouldn’t care getting scratches from conquering a giant rock. I dare to feel the nasty pain from being bitten by ants. I would take the risk of multiple falling just to surmount your splendid mountains.  I wouldn’t mind being burned by the sun just to witness your spectacular beauty. When will I be reunited with you? How I wish to have longer days, longer days to spend with you.

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

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Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

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Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

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And if someday I’ll be given the chance to meet that someone who shares the same passion as me, I will never let him go. 🙂

My Love Affair to Mountains; Mt. Maculot

Here’s a haiku I wrote for the love of nature 🙂

Place where I found love

It melted a frigid soul

In the summertime

Mt. Maculot Rockies

Mt. Maculot Rockies

Mt. Maculot Rockies

Mt. Maculot Rockies

Mt. maculot

Mt. maculot

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Mt Maculot

Mt Maculot

My Love Affair to the Mountains ; Mt. Daraitan

Daraitan is a trekking destination nestled within the Sierra Madre mountain range in Tanay Rizal.

Mt. daraitan is my 5th summit and the second most challenging so far next to my Mt. Makiling climb. It was supposed to be a river trekking and spelunking as what Brgy. Daraitan is known for but we eventually decided to go for the summit though it is not unanimous because we have two first timers in the group.

Getting there:

It was the last week of May. Our meeting place was at Teletech Roxas at 4:30am but of course we left the office at past 5:am. It was approximately a 2hrs drive from pasay to Brgy. Baras Tanay Rizal where we had our car parked at the house of Jeruel’s friend who had been very kind to us. She volunteered to drive us to Tanay market where we rode a jeepney going to Brgy. Daraitan. It was past 8am and the next jeep bound to Brgy Daraitan was  leaving at 9 am so we needed to consider several options. We then rode a jeepney going to Brgy. Sampaloc, fare is 26 pesos which lasted for 30-45 minutes ride. From there, we rode a tricycle for a price of 50 pesos per person. We initially thought that it was expensive but latter on the ride we realize that 50 pesos seems underrated because of the never-ending rough road. After an hour we reach Brgy. Daraitan, the jump off point, we had our registration at the Brgy. Hall for 20 pesos each and we had a guide for 500 pesos. Our plan would be to climb the summit then afterwards trek down to the famous Tinipak cave.

Sierra Made Mountain Range

Sierra Made Mountain Range

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Getting started:

We started our climb at approximately 10:30 AM. I would say it is not a frequent destination for mountaineers because the trail is not yet established. There were no ribbons showing directions, if we climbed by ourselves then we had a fat chance of getting lost. The trail was rigid and mostly ascending, abby and beth who are both first timers were verbalizing their dismay and were even saying that it would be their first and their last climb. I admire their courage though; they carried on til we reached the summit at about 2:15 pm. The view from the summit is not very rewarding, I wouldn’t recommend it for first time climbers. The view from the top doesn’t requite the hardships in climbing. However, it was very beautiful in my eyes; the mountains, trees, everything bring peace to my heart. There’s a familiar bliss I couldn’t explain every time I reach the summit, even just the thought of climbing brings a strange excitement to me. Of course it wouldn’t be complete if we don’t have our pictures taken. After a quick rest and picture-taking, we decided to trek our way down.

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Traversing down:

We traversed to the other side of the mountain, it was pretty easier going down and our pace was faster. We ran out of water so we were dreaming of drinking cold sodas and a litre of ice cold water along the way.  After 2 hrs of trekking down, it rained and we were soaking wet, good thing we were approaching our destination. We caught a glimpse of hope when we saw nipa houses on the way. We were literally running down and at last we stopped at a sari-sari store where we had our sodas and we ate our leftover from our packed lunch.  The sweetest mountain dew I would sayJ. We rested for a while before we finally went to the Brgy hall to log out and proceeded to lovenel’s house in Angono to wash up.

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Dinner at Ang New No.

And yes it was a reward after the long hours of hiking, we had a dinner at Ang New No,a new restaurant in Angono Rizal. It was a birthday treat of lovenel and we had plans of celebrating it here beforehand.  The meal was delightful; they served a good food with a cheap price. I would recommend this restaurant for certified foodies out there.

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What to Expect ; Travel costs

Pasay to Angono vice versa = P100 per person for the gas

Tanay Market to Brgy sampaloc vice versa = P26 p x 2 =  52 pesos

Tricycle going to Brgy Daraitan vice versa = P50 x 2 = 100

Registration fee = P20

Guide fee = P500 / 6pax =  P83

Overall travel expenses =  P355 , packed lunch not included.