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Scaling Mount Timbak was really such a great experience! Meeting with new folks, be inspired by the locals, sharing insights and laughing over silly jokes with the Conqueror Outdoor Club it was indeed a meaningful and fun experience that I will treasure forever.
Glad our CAGBALETE ISLAND Trip was a success. Thanks to Ms. Tess of Villa Cleofas who answered all of my inquiries and to Josiah Sicad of Lakas Trip. I'm glad that I stumbled upon his blog for this made our journey possible in the cheapest way.
What I love in Calaguas Island is its shimmering grains of powder-white sand and its awesome turquoise waters. No doubt, these make me want to go back again!
We face a lot of challenges everyday of our lives. Some are easy to handle while some may seem too much for us to take. And as I gradually became fond of climbing lately I realized that Life is.. Life is also a mountain to climb!
I was very sincere in seeking God. But I also saw the reality that my religiosity in church did not carry over to my life at home. I got angry at my nieces and pinched them whenever they touched my things, gave my mom, my ate, a weeks/ or month of silent treatment in rebellion to their strictness, spent hours devouring novels and giving way to my imaginations. I was selfish and self-centered.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Thursday, June 11, 2015
And guess what?You’re human and so is your partner. In fact, we all are. We make mistakes, we lose our tempers, and we get caught off guard. We stumble, we slip, and we spin out of control sometimes.
But that’s the worst of it; we all have our moments. Most of the time we’re remarkable. So stand beside the people you love through their trying times of imperfection, and offer yourself the same courtesy; if you aren’t willing to, you don’t deserve to be around for the perfect moments either.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Last year of May when I organized a climb for the group. In the midst of planning, I was challenged by several concerns -- like safety of the group, kind of weather to expect, what could be the time schedule of the jeepneys/bus, where to buy food, affordable place to stay overnight, etc. I have kept a 'notes' to this for future reference (that will share to you shortly). I must say this is one memorable trip! It is a strenuous.. and long hike all the way to Mt. Daguldol summit but is very rewarding. :) I tell yah!
If you are torn between setting up a tent at the mountain campsites or at the beach-side I recommend you to choose the latter. Mt. Daguldol is a 5-6 hours walk and it would be such a relief to leave and secure all your things down before you start the trek. PLUS you have more time to explore the beautiful Laiya beach. Here's a sample 2D/1N itinerary for your reference:
0330AM Our Assembly time is at Alps Bus Liner Edsa Terminal.
The terminal is beside the national highway. From EDSA-Cubao it is fronting Nepa Q-Mart. Tip: If you want a faster route to Lipa and Batangas City choose buses with sign ACTEX.
0400 ETD to San Juan, Batangas.
Yes! we took San Juan-bound bus from Edsa. Contact Alps for bus schedule
0700 ETA San Juan Town Proper (town market); Then ride jeep to Brgy. Hugom
From San Juan market, ignore all tricycle offers and go left-heading towards the town proper. Turn right, crossing the road and find the market in the next corner. Find the Hugom jeeps along the street, parallel to the main road/ or just ask the locals. (Don't you worry marami ka naman pedeng pagtanungan :), in our case, si manong na nakasabay namen sa bus even pointed us the way to the jeepney terminal.
0800 ETA Brgy. Hugom. Arrange for guides.
Please note that Hugom is the last stop from San Juan town proper.
Hugom > HEGA Station, this is where you need to register and hire a mandatory guides.
Guide's fee: Php350-700, for day up/ wholeday.
Registration fee: Php35
You can tell to your guide the time you wish to start the trek. Once settle, you will opt to walk along the beach. Yes, you will pass along different resort, take note, you have to walk in the shoreline under the sun’s heat for about thirty minutes as the jump off point is at the other side of the town and about five minutes of walk to reach Sitio Biga before you reach the jump off point in Sitio Catmon.
We don't have a reservation :( sadly, those resort with website our quite expensive, therefore on the same day (plus tiwala lang), we look for an affordable resort where we can pitch our tent. Most of the resorts are full, some are out of our budget until we reach the end of the long shore where we found KIMBERLY RESORT. They allow us to pitch our tent with the use of their table + opened nipa hut, wash room, for only 900 pesos, They do owned a small store and carinderia where you can buy food, snacks, softdrinks, etc. Pede karin magpaluto :) I think it is the nearest resort near the jump off point of Mt. Daguldol. Here's some pics for your reference:
|The Nipa Hut and table that we rented for an overnight stay, 900 pesos only.|
|O diba may coffee vendo pa sila ate. sosyal!|
|bamboo table beside Ate Kim's store|
0900 Start of Beach Trek
Ate Kim allow us to leave our things on one of the room they owned before we start the climb.
|First phase trail|
Sorry, I forgot the name of our guide. :( Past 12pm when we reach his place. They have cooked food, (adobo and rice) so that's what we have for lunch. They selling halo2x too!
0100 Resume Trek to Summit
After we regain our energy we resume our trek. River, Boulders and steep ascent greeted us after few hours of walk.
Campsite 1 (Gulugod-Baboy);
Campsite 2 (Niyugan - lots of cocount trees)/ water source
Campsite 3 (Anahawan). - ideal camp site
Camp 4 - also an ideal camp.
0330 ETA Summit! Enjoy the view.. Pictorials!!!
About one and half hour, we reach the summit! Woo-hoo!
|Chilling at the Mt. Daguldol summit|
0330 Start of descent
Past 3 when we decided to go down. We no longer proceed with our initial plan, (to take Naambon Falls sidetrip) since we feels like hindi na rin kaya ng oras. It's almost 7PM when reached our campsite. We are so dead tired and hungry. We had our dinner at ate Kim's Carinderia, wash up, and took early sleep because were thoroughly worn-out. Beside, were excited to explore the beach in the morning! *Lights off*
0500 Wake Up Call/ watch sunrise ^^ (optional)
I dunno but I really had a great sleep in the tent! I felt like I had been in a deep sleep! I just woke up with the sound of crashing waves, and as I open our tent I was greeted by a peaceful morning! All is quiet. I see the sun rise over the sea.
|sunrise at the beach|
|Calm and still|
The beach is inviting, so we didn't waste any moment, we had our quick breakfast, and finally dipped our sore feet into those clear waters!
|hmm.. it feels good!|
We enjoy the beach until 10am! The sand is not as fine and white such as those of neighboring resort but it was ok, our resort is at the end of the beach--there were less people and so we felt like we own the place! Good enough.
|in deep thought?|
|sitting in a rock|
Since were situated at the end, we have to trek again the beach shore (where in scorchingly hot) to reach hugom. Good thing, meron kami nakasabay na private jeepney from our place whom happened to be the same way as ours. While other passengers are still preparing, we decided to have our early lunch. I remember, we paid only 500 for us six to San Juan town proper where we ride a bus back to Manila. We reached Manila around 4:00. Indeed it was an awesome trip!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This year more big-name triathletes are expected to compete. For the professional division, there’s Pete Jacobs, a 3-time Ironman Philippines 1st placer and Chris McCormack a 2-time Ironman World Champion to watch out for. Both world champions will definitely deliver an exhilarating showdown during the race.
Amongst the ladies, there’s Caroline Steffen of Alaska Team TBB, the defending women’s champion and Belinda Granger, 12x Ironman Distance Triathlon Champion, a tough competitor for the title. The finisher’s medals and winner’s trophies to be awarded during the event are designed by world-renowned furniture designer and proud Cebuano, Kenneth Cobonpue.
What makes this year’s event more thrilling are the big celebrities who will not just be gracing the event but also be participating in the competition such as Isabelle Daza, an Ironman 70.3 first timer who will be having her first big race. She will be doing a full triathlon, which consists of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21km run. Matteo Guidicelli who was first known for his racing career has gotten into triathlon with his dad as his biggest influence. There’s Erwan Heusaff, Drew Arellano and Kim Atienza who are all active triathletes. Piolo Pascual on the other hand will be joining the bike relay. Other celebrities who have signed up for the event are Solenn Heusaff, Pia Cayetano and Raffy Tima.
On August 3, the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon will kick-start the event. Alaska Ironkids is an event open for kids aged 6 to 14 years old with the goal of promoting a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle to show them that being healthy can also be fun.
For more information, check out the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines website, www.ironman703phil.com and www.ironkidsphil.com for Alaska IronKids.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
a major concert featuring Juris Live in Concert at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Kapitolyo, last friday, July 26.
|Juris Live In Concert|
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Francis 'Kiko' Salazar
Is one of the music industry's fast-rising young composers. He composed one of KZ's Tandingan hit song Puro Laro. (It goes something like this)
Nakakabaliw, nakakabaliw lang isipinHe is also the composer behind "Kung Aaminin Ko Lamang" of Eleven O One band.
Anong gagawin, anong gagawin sa sarili
Kung ayaw mo na, ayaw mo na
Ba't iniibig pa, iniibig ka
Francis Salazar is not just a composer, he is blessed with beautiful voice too. I was amazed when sang a masterpiece song of late Michael Jackson, 'BEN'. His vocal notes are clean and timbre and resonance are strong.
Eleven O One Band
This band really has a potential. The two vocalist Nico and Carl are good. Their voice are clean and nice. Each member can play instrument (not to mention they are all good looking!). The band performed their original song Kung Aaminin Ko Lamang.
|Eleven O One|
Juris Live in Concert
Juris finally came on the stage around 930PM. She is really amazing! For me, she revived song more beautiful than the original. Her beauty is really different from other artists. She is so simplet yet she rocks. When Juris started to sing her soulful songs, I suddenly missed my SO, I know it will be more romantic if He was here. ^^
After Juris serenaded the crowd, oozing hot Sassy Girls followed, they're cool, funny and sexy!
|My friend, Chard with Sassy girls and Nico (at the back stage).|
Better yet, it was an evening of fun and music! I wanna say thank you to Ms. Cherry Bustamante and fellow blogger Mommy Lariza for the exclusive invites. :)
To view the rest of the photos, click HERE.
The 3C's of life are choices, chances and changes. We often encounter these 3 words in our reading and even in our own lives. Although Life can be tough at times, I believe that every person is capable of doing what they desire when they dare to take big risks.
There's always a chance, there is always a choice. Life is short. So be open to changes, waste no chances, and make wise choices.
Take a big leap of faith, Don’t be afraid to take chances, you never know what could happen.
God is the author of our life BUT remember, WE are the writers of our journey. Better yet, write it well...
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
- Barack Obama
|CHANGE Starts with YOU :)|
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Nothing says happy birthday like a fun-filled party with friends, delicious food, exciting games and surprises. Now, mommies and daddies can make their little princesses’ special day even more memorable with a Hello Kitty-themed Jollibee Kids Party.
|Hello Kitty-Themed Party|
|Hello Kitty Birthday Party at Jollibee|
|Jollitown Party Cast|
Give your kids the happiest birthday celebration to remember and treat her to a Hello Kitty Jollibee Kids Party! Visit your nearest Jollibee store or log on to www.jollibeeparty.com.ph for more details.
|Celebrate with Hello Kitty and book a Jollibee Kids Party for your kid now.|