Mt. Batulao (Traverse) + Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

May 2-3, 2015
Mt. Batulao (Traverse) + Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

(First five photos grabbed from Mam tal/dhin/nicole)

I was really excited when Mam Tal invited me again to this day hike on Mt. Batulao. This mountain is 811 meters above sea level, so that only means that this hike was much harder than Pico de Loro (664 MASL). So Asis and I met up with the rest of the group, as arranged, at the Buendia DBLT bus station around 5am. We arrived in Evercrest, Batangas at 7:30ish am. At 8, we started our climb. We took the new trail which they said was much more easier than the old one but heck, nothing’s ever easy when you’re climbing a mountain. Ha-ha! I’m not sure what time we reached the summit and I didn’t even know that that was the summit since there were like 12 peaks at Mt. Batulao. The view was great but not as great as Pico’s. And I don’t know what would happen to me if Ramuel (guide slash “photographer”) wasn’t there assisting me on our way back (traverse, old trail) to the jump off point.

It was scary on our way down with all those jagged rocks and slippery paths along the way but we all made it. We got back around 3:30pm. We hiked for almost 8 hours under the scorching heat and that was okay since we really had lots of rest stops. So yes, we conquered Mt. Batulao!! Hurrah! Btw hello, choco na batok! Nagsiitiman. Ha-ha.

We camped at the Burot Beach, Calatagan after our hike. Burot’s not the same anymore which is sad. There were lots of garbage here & there and loud crazy vacationers and there were only few big starfishes left. Oh well. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves. I even saw 5 shooting stars and that made my day 10x better! It was definitely a long fun-filled weekend for all of us. Another wonderful adventure to start the month right.

Duckface | Habang atin ang gabi ♡


Mt. Pico De Loro/Mt. Palay-Palay, Ternate, Cavite

March 29, 2015
Mt. Pico De Loro/Mt. Palay-Palay,  Ternate, Cavite

I was invited by mam kristalynhazel​ to hike Mt. Pico de Loro last month and since I had nothing better to do with my unemployed life, I instantly said yes. And who doesn’t love hiking.. and the nature and the view from atop? So yes, Asis and I went to Mam Tal’s place in Cavite to spend our night out. Our wake up call was 2-3am.. we had to leave at 4am to meet the rest of the group at the jump off point, DENR station in Ternate, Cavite. Btw, I’ve had so much fun commuting that time. Especially when we rode those cute vintage-y jeepneys in Imus. It was just so cool with the awesome playlists they were playing on the background plus the wind blowing through your hair. Such good vibes! Lakas makamusic video ang peg. Roadtrip pa more. (´∀`)

We started to climb at 7am. & fudge, I had a hard time climbing this one than Mt. Pulag. Didn’t expect that the trail would be that steep, slippery and pretty scary (the summit part) but I still made it though. Well except climbing the monolith. Ha-ha! Was too tired and unequipped to try. *boo-ya* I had so much fun with this day hike and it was nice to meet new friends/newly found hiking buddies. I am so up for any kind of adventure like this one, esp, when it doesn’t cost me that much! I have a super tight budget here!  \(≧∇≦)/

2 mountains in a month? Hurrah! Another achievement for me! More spontaneous trips pls. (─‿‿─)