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. Pulag, Benguet

March 13-14, 2015
Mt. Pulag, Benguet

My family and I decided to join FUNtastic Philippines funclimb to Mt. Pulag last month (unfortunately, my sis couldn’t come with us because she had her exams). It was our first hike ever and we didn’t know what were the things to bring or to do.. if we should buy hiking gears or it would be just a waste of money and whatnot. So yes, we just brought all the necessary stuff and didn’t bother to spend too much. March 12, was our meet up day at Cubao bus station around 9-10pm and we reached Baguio around 3am. It has been ages since the last time I’ve been to Baguio and I missed it. I was just so excited to be back there. Btw, I already wore 3 layers of clothing that time and what more on our way up to the summit? Ha-ha! It took us a few hours, I guess, to reached the Ranger station, Ambangeg, so we tried our best to get some sleep inside the monster jeep. What is sleep?  ヽ(´ー`)┌

We camped at Baban Homestay around noon time. Our wake up call was around 11pm so we all took the time to do our own thing—take pictures, sleep, roam around, eat, social. The ground inside the tent was damp.. how I wish I brought a sleeping mat with me. Oh well, now I know what to bring on my next camping trip. (ーー゛) Anyway, I wore 5 layers of clothing, gloves, 2 pair of socks and a beanie, plus the hood of my triclimate jacket and I was still freezing. The temperature was bone-chilling!!

We were all set and ready to ascend at 12am. We started our trek at 12:30am. I brought all my 3 cameras (dslr, go pro, instax & the powerbank) with me.. Imagine how heavy my bag was? Plus the freaking monopad and my 1 litre of gatorade. *sigh* Thank God for the porter and for my brother who were there to carry my bag for me halfway through the summit. So yea, we reached peak 2 around 5am and waited for the sunrise. There were lots of people up there waiting and it was just sad that we didn’t get to see the sea of clouds. There were no freaking clouds in sight, just a sea of crowds. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying the majestic view. Took all my time to take photos of the scenery and of course lots of selfies. Ha-ha! (●^o^●)

My family and I decided not to go to the summit. I know, definitely a wasted opportunity since we were already there, why not continue, right? But we were so dead-beat and I’ve reached Peak 2 & that was already fine with me. I just couldn’t wait to get back and take a bath, ya’ know. It was really a long walk back there, it was like an endless walk! Srsly. But man, you’ll definitely enjoy the view when the sun’s up. Really beautiful! So yea, even rode the habal-habal back to our campsite because I just can’t even. Can’t walk for another 3-4km. All in all, it was a great experience! Not bad for a first time hiker like me. Thank God I made it, we all made it back safe and sound! キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!!

ERI Web Design Team goes to Aurora, Baler

January 24-25, 2015
Baler, Aurora

(All photos grabbed from Mam Dhin)

Second outing with my workmates. I was so excited with this trip because I have been wanting to learn to surf and tadaaa! After falling off the surfboard a dozen times, I finally did balanced myself for like 4-5 times only. But I still did it anyway and it was worth it. Another achievement for me!

The weather in Baler was pretty sombre but grateful that it didn’t rain though. Our first stop was at Sabang beach to surf, then we trekked to Ditumabo/Mother falls the next day and went downtown at Museo De Baler and some other Baler attractions. So yea, it was tiring yet fun filled experience with my travel buddies. Can’t wait to have another getaway with them. Travel pa more, pls. ♡