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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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.

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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

Charity Works for a Project

Our Economics Professor gave us a project and it is to interview or help a family or children. Our topic is Poverty, so Family who cannot afford buying luxuries, enough food to eat, education for their children and etc.

I and my other group mates planned where and when we will go to that place. But first we bought some groceries good for three families to give when we go there.

I just want to share what happen before we went there.

That Friday Afternoon after we bought some groceries in the market, I am having the hard time to carry 2 boxes of groceries, it was so heavy that i carry it one at a time. We have no car to use so i have no choice but to commute. While in the Jeep i keep on praying that i can bring those stuff in our house so please help me Lord. I need to get all stuff again and ride again a tricycle but before i ride i need to pass on a highway and i even don’t know how because the boxes are to heavy. I am thinking on how will i call a tricycle. 

Suddenly there are two young boys wanted to ride a Jeep but failed because they will make sabit but the driver was mad at them so i approached them. “Bata? pwede mo ba ako itawag ng tricycle sa kabila? Kasi ang dami kong dala ang bigat, okay lang ba?” (Can you call a tricycle because i have heavy things to bring?) then the young boy said to me that, “ate tulungan ka nalang namin?” (We will help you to carry those things for you.) then i said “okay, thank you” So we passed on the highway and i was like omg thank you Lord you gave me those two kids. They helped me with the boxes until we reached the terminal of tricycles.

Then i said thank you and i gave money to them. I hope they used it on a good way. I guess i helped them to have money to ride a Jeep. Good deed i guess? 😀

God never failed to help me. awww! thank you Lord :*

So here are those 2 boxes. Now could you imagine how i was able to carry them? 😀

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After that i prepared and divided it for the families.Image

My little sister and my mother helped me to repack those groceries, instead of 3 families, we made for 5 families. yey with a budget of 1800.00 php!

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We bought foods, hygiene stuffs and we also gave rice and old clothes.

The Next day, we finally went to the location and honestly we realized how lucky we are of having a comfortable house, food and everything. Those families we interviewed have different stories about life and survival. Really touches our heart.

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That was our adventure trip. It was so hot there, hungry and very tired but still managed to bring simple joys for those families. I hope the government should be more aware about those people. I know it is not an easy task to do but they should realized how blessed they are and should give back not just by giving stuffs but helping them to have work and good houses to stay.

I learned many things in this project and although this was not my first time to visit this like of place but my first time to talked to them and knowing their situations. One day i will be able to talk again and help them.

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