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.
Friday, March 28, 2014
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!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Without further ado, here are my 50 cute date ideas:
1. Go to an ART gallery
You’ll learn a lot about the person you’re standing next to you. Plus it gives you something so much more stimulating to talk about.
Location: Pinto Art Gallery, Silangan Gardens, 1 Sierra Madre Heights, Grandheights, Antipolo City.
Entrance Fee: 100-150
2. Wake up early and watch the sunrise together
You can plan a picnic, go for an early jog or just simply go for a walk and watch how beautifully the clouds reflect the morning sun as it rises. When your on the beach, watch how the earth uncovers the sun. Everything turns into a new beginning. A new day, new hope, new strength, and new dreams!
Locaton: El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa, Lingayen, Pangasinan
3. Playground date
Push each other on the swings, race down the slides, swing across the monkey bars. Bring out the kid at heart in you! Surely it will be a lot of fun!
Location: Rainforest Waterpark Pasig City
4. Go to an Arcade. We went tried this one on our first dates. My S.O, tried to impress me by throwing his best punch on this boxer vending machine. Then we played the basketball shooting game, and the list goes on..
The best part here is that you can try different games and challenge each other to no end. While connecting with each other on a social level, you will get to know your date better
5. Go to the beach. Build sandcastles, put sunscreen lotion on one another, go swimming and then travel home together as the sun is setting, relaxed and happy.
Location: Lingayen, Hundred Islands.
6. Videoke/ Karaoke. Also one of our first dates he took me out to a family ktv. We performed a duet and sang our throats out. It was fun! I must say, it is a great way to get to know someone — you’ll instantly know how outgoing they are, how much they like a challenge and what their music taste is like.
Location: World Music Room; KTV Room
7. Take cameras and explore an abandoned place
Yes, it depends on how adventurous you are, and how willing you are to explore. *grin* It is also an excellent opportunity to be artsy-fartsy.
Location: Intramuros, Manila
8. The generational date - ballroom
Pretend you’re an age that you’re not, then act accordingly. A senior citizens date might involve going ballroom dancing. A teenager date might involve roller-skating. Something like that. :P
A year ago when we attended a ballroom dancing event at Club Filipino. Athough we were the youngest couple in the ball, we didn't let that stop us from dancing our own oldies' step. It's our first time to dance like that so we end it up stepping on each other's foot :p All clumsy yet funny!
A good tip that I can share, grab a good partner, so when you go back to your original partner, you’ll have a much better time dancing. ^^
9. Decorate a Christmas tree together
Since christmas is approaching soO fast, why not include this on your list? Sweet eh! ^^
10. My old neighbourhood date
Walk around the area you used to live and tell your date about where you used to ride your bike, share your creepy neighbor stories, which bakery has the best bun! Something like that...
Weeks ago, we had (similar to this) kind of date. The only difference is that we went to his former school instead. He tour me around, told me about the good memories and he also showed me the school museum where he formerly work as SA (student assistant). Learning history is really cool and I'll never taught it would be more exciting with him around. :p The tree-shaded streets offers a refreshing ambiance in the campus. Cafes and coffee shops provide quiet places to sit.
11. Take a dog for a walk
They are adorable and fun and will give you something to talk about if you get stuck. Plus, people will come up to you and say, “Cute dog” and you can beam at each other like proud parents.
12. Jump on a trampoline
The hardest part will be finding one, but I have faith in you!
13. Wall climbing
Look for a place near you that offers an indoor or outdoor wall climbing. This isn’t always a perfect match, especially for those who's afraid of height but potting your partner as they scale a wall is a great way to gain their trust and burn calories.
Location: Camp Sandugo, 5th floor, Market Market Mall, Fort Bonifacio Taguig. (near the cinemas and Timezone).
14. Ice Skating
In the first few weeks that we've been going out, he set up a surprise date for me. He took me to a nearby ice skating rink (I was like... completely clueless) he even brought a jacket and socks for me.
I have never been ice-skating before so I'm a bit nervous. When we got on the ice rink, he showed me how to turn my foot, to push off and glide. He helped me walk onto the rink and showed me how to keep my balance. Albeit, this is a great excuse for a guy to hold their girl's hand! :p Isn't it?
I couldn't count how many times I fell all I can remember is that I came home with bruises and cuts :p But it was so much fun and the cool thing is, I feel more comfortable with him. *blush*
Location: SM Skating Rink at SM Mall of Asia
15. Go outreach together.
Volunteer somewhere. You’ll spend quality time together – and help out someone else. Cool! Raise money for a cause , or pick a service project at your church. It might make you grateful for what you have and will certainly be some quality time with your love.
Again, it happened during the first few weeks of courtship. He volunteer himself to join one of the outreach program I've attend to. He came earlier on the event day, infact calling me around 4AM in the morning to inform me he's already outside our gate! :O He's from Cavite so didn't expect his travel time would that be so fast to Pasig! Awww.. well.. at that very moment I gave him another 3pts! :p Kidding aside, volunteering rocks, and you'll get to know your date on a different level.
Location: Ulingan, Tondo Manila
16. Climb a mountain
It's certainly not for everyone, but If you want to do something daring, this is a chance to get a little dirty, see the sights, and learn about your date in a fun, casual setting.
|official mountain date|
Location: Mt. Talamitam Nasugbu Batangas,
17. Go Camping
Just the two of you. ^^ The alone time around the campfire will give you a chance to really catch up, and the potential for unforeseen circumstances (wild animals, rain, etc.) makes it an adventure. RAWR!
18. Star Gazing
The idea of lying next to each other in the darkness, looking up at the sky is uber so romantic (well atleast for me ^^). If you're living in the city, the hardest part I guess is to find a great spot to stargaze. But don't you worry UP AstroSoc (UP Astronomical Society) has been organizing a FREE public observation events in PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in UP Diliman for those who wants to experience stargazing.
Yours truly also looking forward to go to UP Diliman sunken garden and gaze at the stars. ^^
To know more about star gazing in UP I think you can contact them at: email@example.com or visit their UP AstroSoc’s Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/upastrosoc. And pls. pls. let me know how your star gazing date turns out.. ^^
However, if you absolutely can't get away from the city, find a secluded area and turn your stargazing date into moongazing! Whatever the choice, think quiet and secluded.
19. Go bird watching
Spending your day in nature can make for a great date. Be sure you bring lots of water to stay hydrated and take snacks to keep your energy and spirits up. Opt for trail mix with fruits and nuts over high-calorie, sugar-packed energy bars. If you’re not up for hiking, a leisurely stroll in the woods or walk around the neighborhood also burns calories, gets you out of the house, and can be very romantic.
Location: Nuvali Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary
20. Watch his/her favorite team live!
Support him/her and watch basketball together. A date night out to watch his/her favorite PBA team play must be something sweet!
In the colder months, when it might seem tough to find an active date idea, a day at the lanes is the perfect solution.
22. Go to a theme park
Find a great theme park, have fun!
23. Monopoly / board games together
Break out the board games and see who’s the best Monopoly
24. Go to a concert or local band show.
25. Start a scrapbook together
26. Watch fireworks together
Last year when we had a chance to watch pyro musical in MOA. I was in awe looking at those fireworks display, not to mention the kilig factor as I watch the lights with Him! ^^
27. Go for a bike ride
- Bike ride around town.
28. Go to the zoo
Visit the zoo or aquarium. I love going to the zoo on a first date. It's not too expensive, and it's hilarious to see your guy get all goo-goo over the sea lions.
29. Fly a kite
Grab your S.O and head to the park to fly a kite! Sounds little kiddish, but hey! we got to let the little kid inside of us out sometime, and why not do it with the one we love. :)
30. Get a couples massage
31. Go to a comedy
32. Go to a book store and read your favorite childhood books to each other
33. Walked in the rain together
I think it is very nice and romantic to walk, run around in the rain together! Ahm, and get a kiss in the rain!
34. Morning Jog
35. People watch at the mall (or other location). Make up a back story for them - but be nice!
Write a fictional story together.
*to be continue
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.|