Hi everyone, it took a while for me to finish this blog post because of external factors but as what they say, better late than never!
Last February 25, 2018, my friends and I hiked up a beautiful mountain in Batangas by the name of Mt. Gulugod Baboy, also known as Mt. Pinagbandirahan – my 54th mountain. My recent hikes have been relatively easier as compared to before because I wanted to go back to non-physically demanding hikes. Lol.
Elevation: 520+ MASL
Location: Anilao, Batangas
Difficulty: 2/9, Minor Climb
Trek to Summit: 2 hours
This was my annual birthday hike and as per tradition, the trip has to have a beach side-trip. Read on below for the full story.
Hi everyone! A lot of good things have happened at the start of 2018 and I have been quite busy handling things from different aspects of my life. Luckily, I had a quick weekend break last January 20-21, 2018 which I spent doing two of my most favorite things – hiking (Mt. Daguldol, my 53rd mountain) and relaxing at the beach!
Elevation: 680+ MASL
Location: San Juan, Batangas
Difficulty: 3/9 Minor Climb
Trek to Summit: 2.5 hours (5KM)
Because many of us have not hiked for quite a while now, this was just the right amount of difficulty to make us remember how it feels to be on the trails again. Just that, it also made us remember the essential things to bring during an overnight hike, only, a little too late. Lol. Read on below for the full story.
Ahh, I missed doing hiking posts. Like always, I shall start with the breakdown of expenses.
TOTAL PER PERSON (14 pax)
ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIME
San Juan, Batangas
TOTAL PER PERSON (14 pax)
ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIME
San Juan, Batangas
TOTAL PER PERSON (14pax)
Guide Fee (Php1,000 overnight, Php500 one way)
SAFE BUDGET: Php 1,000
Day 1: #SANJUANDownTheRoad
The group decided to rent a van for this trip. This was a good thing because the commute to the jump-off was a bit tricky. We left Manila around 11AM and arrived at the jump-off around 3:00PM. It was not until 4:00PM when we began our trek after doing our final preparations. Because most of the guides were already unavailable, we were allowed to only go with one guide – Mang Jose, after all, the trail was pretty easy to read.
For a minor climb, we were surprised to deal with a great deal of assaults at the onset. This made us sweat and catch our breaths almost immediately. After a while; however, we arrived at the first waiting shed (hanging) where we decided to take a quick break to rehydrate.
According to Mang Jose, the assaults at the beginning were nothing compared to the second half of the trail which, according to him, would be more draining. Along the trail, we encountered two men carrying sacks of coconuts, which, according to our guide, will be made into different products such as coconut oil.
Even though the assaults were continuous, it was not as tiring because we were not under the heat of the sun and we got to rest at different waiting sheds along the trail, one of which even had a videoke machine!
According to Mang Jose, the start of the more difficult part of the trail will be where there are a lot of coconut trees. It was not difficult to miss because indeed, there were numerous coconut trees around. The assaults were more difficult in the sense that they were steeper and longer with minimal flat surfaces as compared to the first part. In general, the mountain is safe for trekking because aside from it is not technical to climb, there are also no dangerous cliffs with a deadly fall.
It got dark pretty quickly because we were inside a forest. Unfortunately, some of us forgot to bring headlamps, including myself, so we had to make do with our smartphone’s flashlight. Before reaching the campsite/summit of Mt. Daguldol, we passed by this open area where we saw the city lights of Batangas.
We knew we were already near the campsite when we heard the voices of the other groups. At around 6:30PM, we arrived and found a spot to pitch our tents. The night was cold but bearable – the only thing that made it difficult was the strong wind.
Everyone was excited for dinner because of all the good food that were brought – buttered shrimps, fried chicken, pork steak and the boys’ made up dish – the puchigang (puchero + sinigang). Unfortunately, some of us, including me, forgot to bring utensils and baunan so we had to improvise by using the cookset’s cover and our hands to eat. (Yup, that is what I get for not hiking for several months)
It was not long after when all of us went to our respective tents to get some rest for the following day.
Day 2: #MaLAIYAKaNa
We woke up to a foggy and very windy morning. I was part of the breakfast team and we prepared spam, pancit canton, bread, eggs and rice. After breakfast, we decided to have a little bit of fun by doing Zumba to fully awaken our bodies before dispersing to take photos.
After all the photo ops, we started to pack our things to prepare for the descent. And because the ascent was mostly assaults, it was easier to go down knowing that the terrain was not rolling. It was only the first half that was difficult because the trail was really muddy probably from the fog and moisture.
We only made one stop at the waiting shed with videoke machine where we bought iced cold sodas to quench our thirst before finally proceeding to the beach (because we missed the trail leading to Maambon Falls lol).
We arrived at Laiya beach a little past 12:30PM. And because it was still hot, the others decided to eat lunch first while the rest settled down and changed clothes. We went to a nearby view deck where we took a lot of photos before proceeding to swim.
And because the view deck was also a good photo spot, I took advantage and got several shots in.
It was around 5:00PM when we departed for Manila but not without stopping by to eat some lomi!
The overnight trip was surely a good starter trip for 2018. It also helped that I was with fun and great people that made everything worthwhile and memorable.
Thank you to Mang Jose for taking us safely to the top of Mt. Daguldol and to #SOMO for yet another hike!
Nate for organizing this trip and for being on top of everything.
Rayford and Jervine for looking after me again and for being my trail buddies as always!
Jaze for cooking the spam and three types of eggs (sunny side up, scrambled and omelet) for breakfast.
Mama Yhang and JL for being fun companions when we were all together during the ascent. To JL for introducing ExB songs to me. Hahaha!
John/Cuterz for being very patient in taking photos and for bringing a lot of good food! Happy birthday again!
Sir Black for bringing most of the breakfast goods and for the good laugh before dinner. Did not expect to see a different side of you. Haha!
Fran for all the slow motion videos that we made. Congratulations on your new bag!
Ate Mai, Ate Sunshine, sir Marco and Jeff for being friendly and welcoming! It was a pleasure to meet all of you. Ate Mai, thank you for sharing your sleeping bag with me. Ate Sunshine, thank you for cooking the pancit canton and taking photos of everyone. Sir Marco, thank you for documenting the trip through videos! And Jeff, thank you for being patient in taking photos of us as well.
Here is a video that summarizes our fun summit-to-sea weekend trip:
Last September 16-17, I was finally able to go to the beach for some much needed relaxation with my friends/officemates. But before the relaxation, we volunteered through DENR for the 32nd International Coastal Cleanup which was simultaneously done in several countries.
It was just the perfect balance of work and play as we explored the beautiful province of Zambales.
Hi everyone! This will just be a quick post about my recent trip to Pangasinan with my family. Even though it was just a quick trip, it felt really special because it is not everyday that I get to go on a trip with my family with all our conflicting schedules.
My sister and I planned a trip to Pangasinan since most of the resorts in nearer provinces (i.e. Batangas, Laguna, etc.) were already fully booked. Read on below to know more.
Hi everyone! Last May 12-16, 2016, I took a break from being an adult and went on a trip to Bohol with my friends. And because I was really excited for this trip, I started packing my things a week before our scheduled trip.
I had so much things planned in my mind but unfortunately, most were not done because of my bad condition on the days of the trip. It was unfortunate but at least I was able to see a bit of Bohol during my stay.
Read on below for the really quick summary of our hohol in Bohol.
Hi! I just came from my first beach trip for this year! My friend decided to organize a post Luzon 3-2-1 (Mt. Timbak-Mt. Tabayoc-Mt. Pulag) event that also served as my pre-birthday trip. I was always out in the mountains that when I got invited to a beach camping activity, which I have not done since summer 2015, I readily agreed to go.
The itinerary was set from February 20 (1:00PM) until February 21 (1:00PM) and although there were complications along the way, I am extremely happy that this trip still pushed through.
Well what do you know; spontaneous trips really have higher chances of pushing through than pre-planned ones. Last November 3 and 4, I went with my sister and her friends to an overnight trip in Subic. I said spontaneous because originally, the plan was to go to Cagbalete in Quezon (I even made the itinerary) but due to some unwanted cases, we ended up in Subic.
This trip also happened in the middle of the week so I had to go back to work the following day. Nonetheless, I was still happy to have taken even just a quick break.
Hi! It took a while but I finally found the time to share all about the second part of my weekend last, last week (first part was the climb to Mt. Maculot). Last May 16, me, my sister, my cousin and some friends went to Kwebang Lampas or formerly known as Lukang Beach in Pagbilao Quezon.
Before this trip, I had plans to join a fun run with my office mates. However, I was tasked to organize and make the itinerary for May 16 – 17. I told my office mates to just go without me and that I would join them in their next run in June. At first I was regretting my decision of giving up the run but when we got to the place, the regret slowly faded away.
This was my second beach camping experience. Read on below to know more about it.
Who needs LaBoracay when I can have something cheaper and more accessible?
Just this labor day, May 1, I went to a beach camping trip in Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas. This was a very spontaneous trip as I was invited by a friend just two days before and I already had other plans for that weekend, which was to climb a mountain. But in the end, I chose the beach camping trip because I have never experienced this and the fact that it was spontaneous made it more exciting.