Mt. Pulag; A Journey on top of the Clouds

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It is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines. I wasn’t able to see its beauty at its finest because of the weather but I’ll surely be back sooner or later. I wanted to see the famous “sea of clouds” but unfortunately I just saw a glimpse of it.  This is an amazing place and one of the reasons why I climb mountains. Inspiringly and spectacularly beautiful plus the amazing bunch of people I got to climb with.

Mt. Pulag I’ll see you again later 🙂

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These are the magnificent rice terraces you can see at the beginning of the climb. It can surely ease your shortness of breath before starting the upward trail.

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The summit with these two amazing people 🙂

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And yes! It’s a rainbow up there, it’s like a dreamlike scenario. Quite pleasing to the eye and uplifting to a weary soul.
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Climbing Mt. Pulag wouldn’t be complete without trying to ride on top of the jeepney, worth the risk. You can see amazing landscapes along the way.

on the way to Mt Pulag

on the way to Mt Pulag

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I got to climb with these tough girls, how amazing 🙂

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As Mt Pulag constantly gains its popularity, the number of tourists and climbers are also increasing. This is actually an alarming scenario, years from now I wonder how this place would look like if people wouldn’t start taking action to protect this lovely gem of Cordillera.

Mt Pulag

Mt Pulag

Expenses and Itinerary:

It’s advisable to go to Mt. Pulag in a group if you want to save money. I’ve been here Dec of 2013,  we were a group of 20. We paid 2k inclusive of ride from Manila to Baguio and vice versa, monster jeepney from Baguio to Mt Pulag jump-off, 3 set of meals and a souvenir shirt.

Day 0:
night trip from Manila to Baguio

Day 1:
06:00 monster jeepney from Baguio to jump-off
lunch and briefing
start trek
Ambangeg-Ambangeg trail =2-3 hrs trek
campsite = dinner/socials

Day 2:
05:00 am = trek to summit 1-2 hrs
summit = sea of clouds if the weather if good
picture taking
back to summit
pack your things and leave no trace
travel to Baguio, sightseeing for 2 hrs then back to Manila

Notes:
There’s a portable toilet at the campsite but don’t expect much.

Things to bring:

The usual camping stuff

tent
headlamp
insect repellant
super thick jackets = really cold
waste bags
cookset
survival kit
first-aid kit

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The Gentle Giants of Oslob, Cebu

Well, who would have thought that these enormous sea creatures are  harmless to humans. Well they don’t eat human flesh, they eat planktons. And they are really achieving popularity nowadays. I was here on July of 2014.

You can also find these “butandings” in Legaspi, Albay but I think it’s only seasonal. In Oslob, you can see these whalesharks all year round.

How to Get There:

Just ride a plane bound to Cebu International Airport. You can find good deals or wait for seat sales of Airasia and Cebupacific.

From Mactan airport, ride a cab to South bus terminal (P250.-300.00). From there, ride a Ceres bus going to Oslob ( P150.00) 3 hrs. Ask the driver to drop you off at Tan-awan. Depending on your itinerary, you can opt to find a place to stay or go directly to the whaleshark watching site. Just ask directions from the locals on how to go to Brgy. hall where a seminar is conducted before the whaleshark watching.

Expenses:

airport to bus Terminal : P200 -250
Bus ride to Oslob: P150
Whaleshark watching: P500 for 30 minutes /1500 for foreigners

If you will stay in Tan-awan, I recommend Chateau de Tan-awan. We paid P850 for overnight stay, they also serve breakfast P150.00. It’s really worth it and you must try their banana cake.

Cebu whaleshark

Cebu whaleshark

Cebu whaleshark

Cebu whaleshark

Oslob Cebu whaleshark

Oslob Cebu whaleshark

Oslob Cebu whaleshark

Oslob Cebu whaleshark

You can watch my video in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZAPaCSgDKk

Tips:

break your own snorkeling gears, be at the whaleshark watching area early in the morning. Oslob is really popular nowadays, expect a flock of tourists.

Kwebang Lampas; Pagbilao Quezon

I always want to spend time at the sea, the serenity it brings is like a medicine to the soul. I normally search for an unexploited wonder where I can unite with nature without the usual hard partying which is common among the popular tourist’s attractions.

Quezon Province has a lot of beautiful wonders to offer. I searched the internet and convinced my friends to go to Kwebang Lampas for an overnight camping. We used a private car going to Pagbilao, Quezon. It took us 5 or 6 hours to get there.

How To Go There:

By Public Transport

Ride a bus en route to Lucena (either from Buendia, Kamias or Cubao) and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal. From the terminal there are vans and jeepneys en route to Pagbilao. All buses en route to Bicol will also pass the town of Pagbilao.

From the Lucena Grand Central Terminal
Take a jeep ride bound for Brgy. Polo for Php 35.00.
Tell the driver that you are going to Lukang Beach (Lukang Beach is the old name of Kwebang Lampas).
Once in Brgy Polo, you can hire tricycle going to the Kwebang Lampas Registration area.
Tricycle drivers are charging around Php 200-250.00 one way, to bring you to the registration area. From the registration area, you can either walk all the way to the beach or ride a boat for P20.00 Round Trip, after the boat ride you need to hike to the beach for 15-20 mins.

At the registration, you have to pay for entrance.
Php 160.00 for an overnight stay.
Php 20.00 If you are crossing the lake via boat, two-way.
Php 300.00 Tents for overnight rent. bring your own tent to save money.
Php 700.00 Tables for rent.

By Private Transport

From Manila take SLEX to its end at Calamba and follow the signs towards Batangas. You will see a fork road on the right a short distance after passing the entrance to the STAR expressway. The right fork goes to Lipa City and the left goes to San Pablo – take the left fork towards San Pablo.

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The photos will speak for itself 🙂

Kwebang Lampas

Kwebang Lampas

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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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