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..

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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.

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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)

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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.

xoxo

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.

 

 

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Graduation Season

It’s Graduation Season and I can’t help it but reminisce . It was a crazy and enjoyable time of my life. Imagine to graduate twice? That day, everyone was so busy and emotional. Way back 2009, when I first enter college my mindset was to graduate right away, to study hard and bring out the best i can. Of course, it was not an easy thing but a tough one. There were happy and sad moments, easy and hard times. I have a lot of situations that enable me to push harder and also to give up something but hey I was able to come at this point in my life where i am going to received my diploma and say hello to the real world.

Graduation is not the end but only the beginning of more challenges. It is a moment of your life that all the hardships you encountered will be rewarded. All your sacrifices and decisions were worth it. It is just a start of something new and kinda harder. The years spent in college that made you become right now, the influences from peers from professors from people will be your guide to the future.

Lets me also thank my family who has given me everything in order for me to graduate. Without them I can’t do it. They also work hard to give me a good education. I hope i made them proud with my achievement. In return, let us give them what they also deserved. To be a successful one someday.

Anyway.I just wanted to share to you my graduation photos before and during the ceremony.

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In Toga pictorial,

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In Wacky Filipiniana dress.

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In Corporate attire.

This was During the first ceremony. April 2014

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with Candy my co OJT and my Sis from another mother, Jherz, which is a Cum Laude Congrats!

And during the 2nd ceremony!

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Hehe Finally my diploma!!!

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I’ve enjoy the Second part of the Graduation because of the things our  speaker shared to us graduates. Much intimate ceremony than the first one. Thank God for everything and My family!

Our speaker said “Live High Dream Big and Fight for it.” I will treasure his words!

-KC 🙂

xoxo

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Waiting for a Sign – Up Dharma Down

 

 

And I’ll hold my breath

Just until the train stops

Then I’ll count to ten

Maybe I’ll see raindrops

As I’m waiting for a sign

 

The cat wakes me up

A minute before the alarm goes.

I can tell myself

Won’t need him to say so.

Just waiting for a sign.

 

Chorus:

Lean on to me don’t ever

Look back again no never

Cos I am waiting forever

This is more than a sign.

I am here and you’re mine

 

 

If he takes me out

And we talk til midnight

And he holds my hand

Til then I’ll just sit tight

Just waiting for a sign.

 

Chorus:

Lean on to me don’t ever

Look back again no never

Cos I am waiting forever

This is more than a sign

I am here and you’re mine.

 

 

And I’ll hold my breath

just until the train stops

Then I’ll count to ten

Maybe I’ll see raindrops

As I’m waiting for a sign.

 

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