Mt. Maculot Day Hike

I was invited by a good friend in high school to climb a mountain in Batangas which is Mt. Maculot. Honestly, i didn’t have any background about climbing a mountain. So after i confirmed my schedule i told him i gonna join their group.

I packed my things the night before the climb. I also researched what to expect, what to do etc. I wanted my first climb to be memorable and enjoyable one. I woke up 3am (yeah i think i didn’t sleep at all) prepare my packed lunch, water and myself did some stretching/warm up.

At 5 am we went in our meeting place which is at Robinsons Dasmarinas waited some of their friends and at 6 am we travel to Batangas by a van. (My friend,his Girlfriend and their officemates were my buddies during the trip) It took us 2 hours +++ drive to reach the drop off point.

At 8:30am, We registered in the drop off point and after that we hire a tour guide. Later on we started our long journey. We prayed for a safe climb and took some pictures with newly found buddies. It was an easy climb at first there are stop overs on the trails so you can rest for a while or buy a drink. I felt the weight of my bag after few minutes of walking. Kinda heavy haha..



We reached the 1st station at 11am where we ate our lunch together  and to prepare ourselves to reach the summit. Mt. Maculot Traverse has 3 peaks, The Rockies, The Summit and The Grotto with 930 MASL, and said to be top 3 mountains for beginners. (In my case the top 3 became my first climb.) The First peak was The Rockies, we were able to leave our things in the campsite. Rockies was just few meters away from the campsite. The trail was a bit hard because it was slippery and lots of sharp rocks. We took some pictures.There are many people on that place kinda crowded but its okay. When you reach the peak of Rockies you will see the nicest view of Batangas. It was really high and dangerous because every corner was a cliff but it felt so good to be at the top.




But hey there are still 2 peaks and that Rockies was just a warm up. (hey really can i go down na?) The struggle going to the summit was really challenging i swear. The weather was not good but we managed to continue because there’s no turning back though the rain was not that really that strong. Now my legs are very tired and though there are stopovers my motivation was to reach the summit right away.After hours of walking finally we reach the summit. (i thought i cant make it, i am still alive.) The view there was really amazing imagine we climb 930 MASL the pain i felt was gone after we reached the summit. (achieved na achieved)



After few minutes in the summit we decided to go down. I thought climbing up was very hard but for me going down was the hardest because it was really slippery and one wrong moved you might fall in the ravine. I am extra cautious walking (drive me crazy!!). I learned some rappelling thingy (i didnt do that ever since just for this one). My legs are very numb and my things felt so heavy.I cant really walk because of the pain i felt. Thankful that some of my Friend’s office-mates were very helpful. It took us so long going down because the rain was so hard and muds was on our shoes legs and hands.

The last part was The Grotto, though it was the smallest peak among the three because we are all tired it wasn’t easy at all. and we need to go down again so we can reached the drop off point. As i remember we reach the dropoff point 6pm. 10 hours climb in total.

It was the most unforgettable moment of my life because it was my first time to climb a mountain. All the pain i felt was turn to happiness because as a first timer never thought i can’t make it because it was too high. Achievement it is I did it! Hooray! This will not be the last climb because i really wanted to climb again. I hope that it fits my schedule.

Thank you Lord for another adventure you gave to me. I’ve gained new friends and learned new things. I will treasure this moment. To more adventures soon.


PS: for the expenses i guess i spent less than 700 php for the van and tour guide because we are in group so the expenses lessen each pax.




My Batangas Trip (Solo-ing)

My first birthday leave, so tinake advantage ko na. I want to travel alone, to spend my time alone. So in short ng soul searching ako at Batangas ang napili kong lugar. It was supposed to be an overnight kaso hindi natuloy.

It was my first time to travel that far all by myself and first time in that place. I just wanted to experience being a solo traveler. I discover a restaurant, a nice church and the beach para mag muni muni .

Of course before i went there i researched about the place how i will be able to go there what are the places i can see etc. So i prepare my things and myself.

I rode a DLTB bus going to Nasugbu at 9:45 am in Robinsons Dasmarinas. The fare was 160+. It took me 2+ hours non stop trip to Batangas. That was too far huh. Honestly, ang sakit sa pwet nun hahaha. The bus has an hour trip so you dont have to worry going back. So many nice views infairness maganda naman view sa Batangas. After i traveled for two hours finally i reached my destination. Dahil past 12 noon na i went to a restaurant to eat my lunch. It’s name is “Kainan sa Dalampasigan” you just need to ride a tricycle maybe  2-4 mins ride and you can reach the restaurant.

It has a unique ambiance your like eating in a garden full of flowers and plants. They said that if your going to Nasugbu you need to experience dining here.  So i ordered beef broccoli, a rice and a drink. Their food is good for 2 persons and because i am alone i really don’t know how will i am going to finish the food i ordered haha!  Anyway there are few people eating on the place and i think it is ideal for events also because the area was too big but not crowded.

After i ate my lunch i don’t know where am i heading so i ask the tricycle driver the nearest church they have in a place. The people are really nice and helpful the drivers wont charge you higher prices and i was happy how honest they are. I went in a church name St. Francis Xavier Parish Church. It was Kinda big church at the center of Nasugbu. I prayed for guidance because i am travelling alone and prayed for some other things. I hope He will listened. It was Friday so there are only few people going to the church.

My adventure continues i walked around the place and decided to go to the nearest beach they have. I rode a tricycle asked the driver what places i can visit there so he send me in their public beach i thought there are lot of people but i was alone i enjoy the calmness of the beach, best for my “soul searching thing” i stayed there because I’m kinda tired walking and just enjoying the moment alone.

Hello my haggard face haha! Selfie Selfie time while chilling near the beach. Thinking a lot of things haha. There was a man offering me a package in the  Fortune island. I really wanted to go there but i am kinda scared because it was late afternoon and I’m the only one of course security reasons na rin . So i asked Kuya’s number so that the next time i will come back, i have friends with me. Finally, i came back in the bus station and ready to go home.




Pro’s of travelling alone:

  1.  I don’t have a hard time asking somebody if he/she is okay or hungry or tired etc.
  2. I can do anything without restrictions going here, doing that, etc.
  3. I learned to budget my expenses (ex. resto to eat, skip meryenda, walk rather than riding puvs, etc) although you can save with group expenses but there are things travelling alone saves.
  4. Sticking to the plan.
  5. Discovered something in yourself.
  6. Have a peace of Mind 🙂

Con’s of travelling alone:

  1. No chika buddy, I was quiet all day.
  2. Security reasons.
  3. Eating on a resto and the servings are good for 2 or more persons.
  4. No second opinions.


Whatever purpose of your travel i hope you stay happy and have an enjoyable one. Sometimes you need some “me time” and sometimes you need a “goupie” time. Just be alert when alone.Always find happiness and  discoveries while travelling.

Have Fun! xoxo

Puerto Galera Escapade

After months of working hard, it’s about time to get some rewarded trip to Puerto Galera. I and all my officemates in our branch went to Puerto Galera for a 2 Days 1 night trip branch outing.

Day 1: April 9, 2016. 5:00am we travel to Batangas Port and arrived there at 7:30 am. We bought the tickets when we booked our lodging. We expected that we can rode a Motor boat early so we can go at the island early morning but unfortunately we had some delays. We took hours of waiting in the port.It was already 11 am when finally we can rode a Motor boat. It was a 1 1/2 hours trip to Muelle and a 20 mins drive to our lodge.

Finally we arrived in the lodging which is the Victoria’s Bed and Breakfast. The owners were really accommodating and they allow us to check in early. After we prepare our things we ate lunch near the white beach. It was 5 mins walk from where we stayed. Even though it was kinda far we didn’t notice that we are walking that far. We tried the usual Filipino food because we dont have any energy to find other food because we were already tired and hungry. While eating, we asked the owner of the lodge if we can avail an island hopping activities, so she offers us a package which is a boat rental for island hopping good for 6 pax for 1500php and an additional 400 for another activities which are Underground cave, fish feeding, snorkling and giant clam. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly that we really enjoy the tour. Even we dont really know how to swim.It really took me a courage to do that huh!

After the activities we came back to the white beach to eat again because we are really tired and watching the sunset in Puerto Galera was amazing.😱😱

We spend some hours swimming on the evening and ate our dinner and have some drinks in the lodge. Our place was clean and comfortable it is highly recommended though you just need some effort to walk when you need to go the beach. They have wifi access, airconditioned rooms with televisions and toiletries. They have bar in the rooftop and can cook food there. Their accommodation includes breakfast. The room rate was 2500php good for 2 extra person was 800php.

While some of them enjoying the drinks in the roof. Mina and I went to the beach to check their night life. We met some people and hang out for a while. We tried their signature”Mindoro Sling” and we watched Fire dance.The beach was very crowded because there were many bars and performances every station.

We came back in the lodge at 1am and woke up 5am to witness the sunrise the next morning. We took some pictures and got the chance to stay there for few hours.

Overall i really enjoyed the trip with my officemates and this will be the last time because some of us will transfer to other branch. Huhuhu!😫😫 Anyway thank you Lord for keeping us safe during the trip. 😇😇

-Xoxo KC 😘