Climbing Mt. Babag For A Sunday’s Trek

In preparation for this week’s activity in Alto Peak at MFPI’s All Women Climb, last Sunday, May 17,  despite the Mister’s subtle protest, Liz & I decided to pursue our plan to condition ourselves. I initially wanted to be on a full gear mode bringing in the stuffs that I’m supposed to bring at Alto but decided I would be better off without it. Good thing, I change my mind because I have spared myself from the pressure of keeping up with the rest of the guys. 😀

Liz & I are still determined even if it’s just the 2 of us but still very happy to have these guys with us yesterday. From L – R: Liz, Portia (Liz’s LDI friend), Me, The Mister and Kuya Ali.

My first time in Babag was a little battered because I was carrying some foods for the outreach hosted by another local mountaineering group in Cebu, this time despite joining a group who will be having an outreach again in the same place, we were just free loaders. Thankful to Sir Jorge and Sir Jing for letting us trek with them. Without Liz’s resourcefulness, we would have added to Kuya Ali’s heartaches in Mt. Babag by being lost the 2nd time. Haha!

What’s A Day Trek in Babag Feels Like

Ohhh it was super fun…I felt energized and so full from eating A LOT! Haha! The Mister kept on mentioning how I ate a lot. It was therefore trek eating for me. But gluttony aside, trekking to Babag is easy when you have less things on your back. Unlike the first time, at about an hour from Napo Basketball court, we reached the manggahan where most trekkers stop for lunch, to the Mister’s utmost surprised. He even commented how easy it was which hurts me a little ’cause I was really having a hard time last trek.

Lunch stop after an hour of walking from Napo Basketball Court.

Because it was too early for lunch, we decided to just chill. We took a siesta from 11:00 – 12:00 PM. The Mister and I climbed and slept in the 2nd floor of the mango tree, Liz & Portia in the ground and Kuya Ali settled in the 1st floor.

Liz is dozing off to her dreamland!
The Mister & I cozying up atop a Mango tree.
Portia balancing up sleep!

We had lunched then left the Mango tree stop at 1:00 PM, leaving our new found friends behind to finish their outreach planning. I saw them arranging the school supplies before leaving. We were on our own after. But before we left, Sir Jorge told us that the path towards the flowers were closed but there is a new path. We just had to follow that & make sure we are on an uphill climb.

The sign posted in the closed path.

And it was indeed closed so we went ahead to the exposed path. Then a local kid passed by, when asked, she said we were on track. And up we went. We had some minor confusions on which path to take but we eventually been leaded to correct path. Yay! After an hour of walking up hill, we reached RCPI towers. And I thought that was it. Ohhh boy, I haven’t been warned. It took us almost 3 hours to finally reached the last leg of our adventure, Temple of Leah. But this time, we were walking on a cemented road. We actually had a choice to hail a habal-habal but decided walking is better. 🙂

In summary, here’s our itinerary:

07:00 Assemby at Guadalupe Church
08:45 Ride a habal-habal to Napo basketball court (10/person)
09:00 ETD to Manuel’s Manggahan
10:00 ETA Manuel’s Manggahan, lunch and chill
13:00 Resume trek to RCPI Towers
14:00 ETA RCPI Towers
17:00 ETA Temple of Leah

Comparing this trek to my last trek, the loads will certainly make a difference. Last time it took us 2 hours to arrive at Manuel’s.

Highlights of the Trek:

  1. Because we only brought water & packed lunch, our pacing were stable despite the almost 80% uphill trail.


2. The tree platforms at Manuel’s is just so cool. Makes me want to pursue my dream of building my own but where? Haha! And of course, the buko & mango were very tasty. The Mister was complaining because we spent Php 95 for I consumed 2 bukos and a mango. Hahaha! Buko is at Php 25 each and the mango is at Php 10.



3. Despite the seeming light trekking, my body aches after, which means, the conditioning was successful.




4. And I was finally able to visit Temple of Leah. Yahooo!




Itinerary Spin-Offs

Because it was my first time to complete a trek to Babag, I just realized that there are more trek itineraries that you could do to make it more fun & adventurous.

  1. Day trek entrance in Babag, then proceed to Sirao peak, down to Budlaan as exit.
View of the Chalet camp from the road.
  1. Overnight camp at Chalet via Babag, exit at Mt. View.
  2. Overnight camp at Sirao via Babag, exit at Budlaan.

Well, that’s what I could think of for now. I’ll add more soon. Happy to have find a new funtrek route for my fun club. But certainly not as fun as what we had in Sirao last time.

*All pictures courtesy of Kuya Ali.

Climbing Canlaon in 3 Days & 2 Nights Via Mapot-Mananawin Trail

It was our 2nd attempt to conquer Canlaon in the same trail. Started at Mapot, exit at Mananawin. The first was almost 3 years ago in September 2012. Climbing a mountain and not being able to reached its peak is sort of an unaccomplished feat for a mountaineer but is sorely understood. Regretful and sad but who could battle Mother Nature when it’s angry.

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2012. Leaving the shoulder without reaching the peak due to bad weather.

3 years ago, with a heavy heart & a much heavier body because we’re wet and cold, we left Canlaon’s shoulder in a haze. The winds were strong. It was drizzling. The fog covered everything. It was pitch whiteness everywhere. Neither of us knew then that we were walking down a very steep slope, a fact just confirmed since it was a clear day when we left Canlaon this year, a stark contrast from 3 years back.

2015. Going down on a clear day!

Note that our first climb was in September, a rainy season & this year was in February. It might really be best to climb Canlaon in Summer since it’s less likely to rain.

Compared to the first, this climb was a breeze. Somehow it’s not as battering. Must be because I have aged & accumulated trekking experiences over the years? Lol Kidding aside, I was really in high spirits all throughout. Could be attributed to having a camera as well, haha. Last time we have none since I lost it in Taal. Being unable to capture what I see is most heartbreaking. Whenever a trek has been decided, I always make it a point to research about it. And I always end up reading those with many pictures & an overly detailed story of the climb (found none for Alto Peak yet, waaaaa! makes me anxious!). Being true to my motto “Give what you want to receive”, I make it an extra effort to give everything I’ve got as well. 😀

Note this is the summary post of the climb, Day 1 is done, Day 2 and Day 3 is still in progress.

Foggy Moments on the way to Shoulder Camp (Night 2)

View of the foggy peak from Makakawiwili Peak! It took as a while before we were provided this view.

It was all excitement when we reached Makawiwili Peak. From the blogs that I’ve read, that part has some cool views of the great Canlaon which is unfortunately unseen on our previous attempt. This time, we were very happy to have been given a slight clearing. I thought that was enough. But human as we are, I wanted MORE!

Like the first, I could only see an outline of the great Canlaon. It was still very foggy when we arrive in the shoulder camp. When I slept that night, I prayed that we would have a clearing* the day after. I was in for a little heartbreak but not for very long.

Sunrise at the Shoulder Camp

It was the same whiteness in the morning of our 3rd day. Good thing that in spite of that, the sunrise is just as beautiful, painting the view in its orangey glow, like a ball of fire in a sea of clouds. In my mind, oh well, at least I saw the mighty sun this time and had a peek of the peak at Makawiwili. It’s already a better experience than the first.

When everyone woke up, they talked about how the waters broke into their tents and all. I was just listening and feeling very lucky ’cause Liz & I were spared. Then a thought came, it wasn’t luck, my prayer was answered in a different way, it said. I shrugged, oh well. There is always a 3rd time. But after the commotion die down, they told us to get ready for the summit. I was hesitant. Are we really safe in that fog?

The Climb to the Peak

There were lots of like this but I can only watched them since I’m too tired to get the camera from the then-boyfie-now-husband Migo. Trivia: this was our last climb as Migo & Miga!

30 minutes ascent, the guide told me when asked about how much time it would take to reach the peak. The path was laden with loose rocks in an about 30 degree angle. Since it is still foggy, I could only make out a few of what was in my surrounding. But of course who would miss the cairns (pile of rocks). When we reached the top, the prayed clearing* is still unheard. But we were patient & maybe, also hoping that the gods would answer our silent prayer…clearing please.

The Peak

Group picture while waiting for the fog to go away wearing our team shirt specially made for Canlaon. Our 2nd shirt! Yay! The first is a blue version worn at Mt. Apo!

While waiting for the fog to clear, we busied ourselves. I had a slight inkling that it was maybe just it. But the other part of me was hoping & continued praying. Please. Please. Pleaseeeeeeee. I couldn’t remember the exact time or for how long did we wait. All I remember is the happiness when the great Canlaon finally showed itself. It was amazing and euphoric.

Soon to be Mr & Mrs. Julio enjoying their last climb as Migo & Miga with the very shy Canlaon on the background.

Because of our delight and fear that the mighty Canlaon would shy away again, we just each took our time to do things on our own. We totally forgot to have a group picture. LOL

Back to the Camp

After a slight taste of clearing, the fogs were back. We walked down in the same pitch whiteness. Breakfast was ready when we arrived. All thanks to our very nice porter & guide. Weeeeeee! While we are busy eating…my fervent prayers were answered. Lo and behold! The fogs left and I could see everything CLEARLY. Finally a 360 degree view of Canlaon’s beauty. It was such a wow moment.

Finally a group picture on a clear day at Canlaon! 
Margaja Valley!
Jump for joy!!!

And then it was time to go. Unlike last time, we didn’t left with a heavy heart. We left with a smile on our face and a gratefulness in our hearts. Finally, we have conquered Canlaon. Yayyyyyyyyyyyy!

Spot the difference! 2012 vs 2015

*clearing – term used to describe that instant where we could see & marvel the beauty of Canlaon, in short, the fog would disappear. 

Canlaon Series:
Summary -> You are here.
Canlaon Trek Day 1 of 3 – Sudlon Falls & Base Camp
Canlaon Trek Day 2 of 3 – Makawiwili Peak & Shoulder Camp
Canlaon Trek Day 3 of 3 – Slide Away from Canlaon

Canlaon Trek Day 1 of 3 – Sudlon Falls & Base Camp

We plan to met at North Bus Terminal before 4 AM. But the Migo&I was 30 minutes late. Instead of riding the bus bound to Canlaon directly, which was already so full when we arrived, the group decided to abandon the bus & proceed to Citilink, where we rode a V-hire to Toledo to catch the 0730 ferry for San Carlos City.


We had an Economy(sitting) ticket but we lacked sleep so we opt to go to the Standard(lying) floor where we could lay, hoping no one would claim the bed we took.


By 0930, we arrived at San Carlos City Terminal, had breakfast then took a bus bound to Canlaon City.



At 1130, we arrived in Canlaon City Bus Terminal where we are welcomed by Kuya Islaw, our porter last 2012, now our guide. He led us to Sir Jigz place, our guide before, now one of the focal person for Canlaon treks. We weren’t the only group in Sir Jigz’s place, we saw other mountaineer friends from Cebu as well. After some chitchat, signing in the log book and of course, picture-taking, we were off to the entry point Brgy. Mapot. Since it was still too early to head for the base camp, we visited Sudlon Falls first.




At 2:45 in the afternoon, we started the trek to the base camp. Unlike last time, the uphill climb was bearable. The combined walk and some stops together took an hour and 15 minutes. By 4:00 PM, we were ready to camp for the night.



After a yummy dinner of boiled pork and dried fish, we played our favorite pastime – The Resistance. It was once again an epic but this time, Dave stole my crown. Couldn’t be happier that it’s finally not with me. 😛

Canlaon Series:
Summary – Climbing Canlaon in 3 Days & 2 Nights Via Mapot-Mananawin Trail 
Canlaon Trek Day 1 of 3 -> You are here.
Canlaon Trek Day 2 of 3 – Makawiwili Peak & Shoulder Camp
Canlaon Trek Day 3 of 3 – Slide Away from Canlaon

Sirao Peak Funtrek With Office Ladies

It’s more fun…trekking with more friends indeed. 🙂 The weather was perfect for a climb, and everyone honored the agreed assembly time before 9 AM. For the first time, the boyfie and I arrived in Gaisano Talamban 15 minutes before 9. Haha!
Having fun playing 7Ate9 – card game in mathematics. 😛
 While waiting for the others to be done with breakfast, some played card games. By 9:45, we had our group picture, prayed for a good weather and a no injury climb, then walk to Sunny Hills for a motorbike ride to the jump off in Baogo.
Group pic before leaving the assembly area.
 At 10, we were ready to trek but not before we had the “family” portraits per group. Since we were many, I decided to divide the groups into 3 manageable groups w/ OICs in each group. The head group headed by the trail lead, the boyfie Migo. Middle group by me, the self-proclaimed photographer of the event. The tail group headed by Liz and swept by Angel.
 Our phase was relaxed but since it’s been six months since our last visit, the boyfie and I didn’t know that some of the trail’s difficuty got worse. Good thing, no one was injured while trying their best to trek on 3 major challenging parts where we need extra care in crossing.
On the trails before the arduous parts. 😀

The Challenging Parts

On the way to the river. The first hard part where the group take turns in trekking with extra care. Pic 6 shows Te Noela and Biboy supporting Xyna across the slippery slope.
After the first challenging part, comes a more challenging part. Another slope with an even slippery trail that ends in an orchard. While waiting for the others to cross, pic 6 shows the triumphant trekkers who just had their share of crawls. 😀
Another challenging trail after the orchard! This is on the way to the river!
Lunch stop at the clearing after crossing the river
We reached the falls at 11:30 but since some opt not to see it, it has been decided to have lunch at “The Manggahan”. We were there at 12:15. We had lunch, some rested while others played. The group were divided while playing. The tail group coached by Van2x and Arsenio played Super Circles. Head and middle group coached by Analyn played 7Ate9 and Spot It. And then, the boyfie, keeping track of the time told me to announced it was time to go at 1:15. They suggested to have it at 1:30. By that time, some opt to rest for 15 minutes while those who were to energetic opt to play “The Resistance” where Nadia became the ultimate “Spy”. Haha!
Photo break in the orchard after braving the challenging part 2.
Lunch break at “The Manggahan”!
Crossing the river!
We finally left at 2:00 PM and was at “The Store” 15 minutes after enjoying the extra kick of cold soft drinks.
At 2:45, we were ready to conquer the mostly uphill trails. We had 4 major rest or picture breaks before starting the summit ascent; in the mango tree with the nice city view, the bamboo, at the plum tree then at and the grassy place just before starting the cogon laden pathways.
Other challenging tasks!
 During our visit in June, the cogons were high and green, yesterday it was brownish with specks of black ash indicating it has been burnt. No information was gathered why it became so but me thinks it’s because of the hot weather? Hmmm!


Group pic at Sirao Peak. Ladies. Gentlemen. Group pic at the clearing before Ayala heights. Waiting for the ride to JY!

Then finally, at 4 PM, we reached Sirao Peak as planned, indicated in our itinerary. Wew! That was some trek. And it wouldn’t have been that great if the trekkers, both seasoned and first timers, weren’t that great as well. It was everything I optimistically think it would be – a funtrek!

We stayed in the peak for almost an hour, taking in the views, enjoying the air and mostly cam whoring! And then it was time to say bye-bye. Some suggested we’d wait for the other trekkers in our company before leaving but the sun was threatening to set already. So we opt to leave according to plan but as we were about to, we saw some office mates arriving. We had a quick picture then catch up with the others who went ahead. By 5:15, we saw the clearing. Another group picture and merry making then off we resume walking in the road to Ayala Heights with an extra excitement for the buko and sweet corn in a nearby store.

And then…heartache at 6:00 PM. No more buko and sweet corn. Huhu! When asked, the vendor told me that on non-Sundays, they usually don’t cook corns 30 minutes before 6 anymore. Huwaaaaaaah! Imagine the disappointed look on my face. When the disappointment settled down, I realized I have another problem. How do I get us out of there? We were 23. We need 11 motorbikes and I don’t see any jeepney around. Hmmm! And then I thought of walking down to the nearby house in the road. When I pass by the house just before reaching my target, a lady asked me where I’m off to. I told her my problem. And…viola! She offered her 2 rides. I am so blessed and lucky indeed.

I wish I took a picture of us in the ride but it was in the boyfie’s pocket already. Haha! For a motorbike price of Php50/person, we hailed 2 multicabs. 11 in the other cab, and 12 in our cab. Me thinks it’s more comfortable than the motorbike since I was able to talk to them on the long ride to JY square. Special thanks to Ate Tessie for the offer. Hoping to have that ride again when we come back next time. 😀 Unfortunately, I opt not to get the contact. LOL

And then it was time to go home and rest. The others who were famished went to dinner at AA’s – our last stop for the day that started in Jollibee in Gaisano Talamban.
I still have more thoughts but keeping it in as a beautiful reminder for our next funtrek to be scheduled. Hopefully, most will still enjoy nature as much as I enjoyed it. There is no greater happiness than to be able to share something that you love to your friends. 🙂

Group pics at stops. The store. Manggahan. Plum Tree.
Special thanks to the following people for being a real backbone on this event. In no particular order after #4:
1. July – Migo, the boyfie, who despite being a pessimistic nagger still supports me in a somewhat scary undertaking. Haha! I have always been a girl who believes that everything will turn out the way I planned it and the goodness of people. Still he insists, things could happen so he have me prepare that waiver. LOL Anyways, that was good too. 🙂
2. Liz-zy – For everything. 😛
3. Maria – For everything and coming despite the celebrity-hectic schedules as well. Haha!
4. Angel – For being one of the optimistic supporter and going with us despite her group’s event as well. 😀
5-7. Analyn, Charina (& Ricco) – these gengs who have always been with me since Ganisiya days. 🙂
8-9. Nadia (& Randy) – the ultra active couple who expresses their support no matter what. LOL
10-13. Camia, Fredelyn, Kathleen, Nikka
14-16. Te Noela, Xy-na (& Biboy)
17-20. Power couples Ebeb (& Charlie), Newly weds Meriam (& Way2)
21-22. Vanessa (& Arsenio)
16 ladies (2 non-NCR), 6 lads (2 NCRs)

Special Note: There’s an NCR organization “Women In NCR” or WIN but this event is not organized through it. Haha! I just find it unsettling even if we are still NCR Women but unfortunately only some of us are WINs so…I hope you get the message.

This is an event brought about by a love for trekking and just sharing it with others. 🙂 Freelance but picky since we trek with FUN only. Hahaha! If you want a more competitive and contest-like trekking, this is not for you. 😛

An Unexpected Body Pains From Kawasan Traverse

Unlike my previous Osmeña camp, that Saturday night was cold but no rains. It was so cold, I opt to miss the socials. While the boyfie played the “killer game” with the group, I watched “East of Eden”. Halfway through the movie, the boyfie went back to tell me he will teach them “The Resistance”. When he left, I dozed off. Despite the howling winds, I slept soundly. At 5:00 AM when the alarm sounded, I was already in high spirits. Because it was still cold, I chose to use Pong’s burner instead of waking up Liz. Turns out, she was just waiting for me as well. Haha! Liz and I prepared breakfast while the boyfie is still in dreamland.

Our breakfast is rice topped with yummy Adobo pre-cooked by Liz. And of course, coffee for the cold morning.

While the others are preparing to go, we went to the summit again with our packs. By 0830, we started our trek to Kawasan.

Break Camp. Liz posed while the others are still busy packing. Keith carried the group trash to the designated trash area.
Other trekkers on the way to Kawasan! View from the summit.

Keith and the boyfie have trekked to Kawasan but it didn’t saved us from getting lost still. Good thing, there were locals who eventually lead us to the right path.

This was my favorite part of the trail. It was like a setting from a horror movie. A house in a secluded area. You will not see it in the pic but the hill at the back of the house is towering and imposing. SUPER SCARY! I will not trek here at night. Awoooooo!

We got lost countless of times but the worst was our first,  just before reaching Bugtong Basketball Court. The wrong path was very slippery and dangerous. We were walking on a steep slope. When it finally ended, we had to climb up a hill side. Because I climb up first, I managed to take a video of the others as they go up the hill. It was quite an adventure, one worthy of a major applause.

Views just before leaving the camp site.
Views after the house seen in the summit. I will surely ask the name of the place next time. 😛 You can still see the summit from here.
The creepy part. Awoooooo!

The trail varies from roads, farmlands, forests and grasses. When we reached Candiis Barangay Hall, my feet is already sore. Good thing we were walking on a road already. 30 minutes after, we stopped at a waiting shed. Keith informed us that a water source was nearby. Turns out it’s still 10 minutes away from the shed. Haha! That was 1 hour passed lunch time already but nobody mentioned that their stomach is grumbling. Wew!

Candiis Brgy Hall, the shed and water source!

Another 30 minutes of walking on the road and finally we reached Sanlagan Brgy Hall. From here, the group was divided. The others went on the short trail while we continued on the somewhat hard core trail. Another “lost” moment again. We missed the exit for the road to Kawasan, we instead follow a road that, as the locals said, will lead us to Matutinao. Still in Badian but we’ll miss the Kawasan source. I don’t know how much time we spent on that because everybody was in haste. I was a little worried as well.

The “lost” look. Just before climbing to the right path. 😛
We are betting on the dirtiest! So who won?!
The view after we were lost. Was finally able to got a hold of the camera again. 😀
This was rather dangerous. The boyfie kept telling me to concentrate but I can’t. I just had to take a picture. The path was on a rocky slope.
And because I keep taking pictures, the others were very far ahead already. Haha!
The boyfie is descending slowly. Good thing he didn’t see me run. 😛
We were happy to be on this road…finally!

To sum everything up, the traverse to Kawasan was quite an adventure. I was tired but not too tired thus I was surprised of the muscle pains in my lower body. It was unexpected. Everything was aching. From my waist, butt, legs and torsos. But it could be because I haven’t been climbing as much since our Apo last year as well. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
If asked if that trail was for beginner’s? Nope. I don’t think so. But I’m quite excited to come back. I think I just found a new “Sirao”. I’d love to memorize this trail. Everything about it is just exciting especially that it ends in a cool, cool swimming in Kawasan. Just my cup of tea! Yay! Hopefully, I wouldn’t be as battered next time. 🙂

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Osmeña Peak Will Never Be The Same

Without the lost moments, it was still a long walk to Kawasan Falls and not an easy venture even for a somewhat seasoned trekker, much more to beginners. My heart goes out to the girls who had to endure that trail for their first adventure. 🙁 Now I am more fired up to bring them to Sirao Peak. The beauty of the trail is comparable but surely not that arduous of a journey. Still, it’s up to them to erase the bad memory and try once again. 🙂

View of the camp from the rocky mountain.

Last last weekend’s adventure in Naupa pales in comparison with last weekend’s trek, January 30-February 1, 2015 in Osmeña Peak. It took us 6.5 hours to reached Kawasan Falls. We were lost, slipped, crawled and missed a meal yet despite that, everybody was still smiling and in high spirits. My estimate is that out of 17, there were only 7 who has prior trekking experience. Salute to them first timers!!! The boyfie and I started our hobby in Osmeña as well but without a traverse to Kawasan. I wonder if it made a difference if my first trek was a hard core. What you think?

Day 01 Camping At Osmeña Peak

7:00 Meetup At 7/11 Near USJR Main
8:30 At Mantalongon Minibus Terminal
– Travel time
12:00 Mantalongon Market Arrival
– Lunch, buy supplies
13:00 Start Trek
14:30 ETA Osmeña Peak Camp

Keith talks, we listen! 🙂
Warming up!!!
The drivers begged for a picture. LOL

The first day was easy and comfortable. Meetup was at 7/11 beside USJR Main. From there we walk to the gas station where the minibus bound to Mantalongon is parked. This was my 3rd(the boyfie says it’s 4th but I don’t have posts to remember so…) climb but I never knew there was a minibus that would take us to the market directly. It was convenience and savings at Php100, and definitely better than the motorbike.

3.5 hours has elapsed and was spent sleeping on the ride. It was exactly 12 when we reach the market. Just in time for lunch. Keith instructed us to find lunch and meet back in front of Erma’s store after 45 minutes. By 1, we were in our way.

Happy that Charm’s boyfie took a picture of us. 😀
Oh well, the only decent group picture I have. You see, I tend to be crowd shy. Hahaha!

Because we were somewhat a large group, it was divided. Keith and 5 others went ahead while the boyfie, Liz and I went with the big group. The sun was rather cooperative. It was sunny but not too hot. Just my favorite weather. I can skip, take a picture and pose. 😛

The boyfie looking grumpier! Haha
A little catching up our breath stop!
Wew! It’s maybe not the same bamboo bench from 2012 right?
Photo bombed by the dog. LOL
One of the changes. Cooler BRIDGE!
It was OK to walk faster since they can see us even if we are way ahead.
This is where I saw the log book…must be the log book house? 😀
Just me…being me!
Another one of the beautiful change. I couldn’t even get close to this rock before.

Despite the boyfie’s nagging for taking too much pictures when I’ve been there countless of times, I still took more pictures. LOL For me, no trek is the same even when you are in the same place.

There was some changes since I’ve been there. The way up was already paved and cleaned. The log book was new as well. We listed our names but no fees were collected. A friend tells that there was a Php10 entrance last time they were there. But maybe it was waived on that day because of the fiesta? Hmmm! Not sure. LOL

The sun was still up and shining after we set up camp so for the first time, I was able to go to the rocky mountain opposite the peak. The views were definitely cooler on that part. 🙂

The rocky mountain in my back!
And of course, no good view without a Migo and Miga pic. Thanks Lizzy!
My adventurer Migo! So handsome!!!
But of course, Lizzy and me had to take a selfie…er doufie. 😛
Shadow of the peak. It doesn’t look that “peaky” on the rocky mountain.

Then comes sunset. It was so cold that I opt to miss it but glad I change my mind. From the peak, I was able to capture some sunset views and the entire camp. There were 8 groups on that night.

So many campers! Wew!
Campers on the other side for a total of 8 groups. Wowww!
Waiting for the sun to set…
Heart2x c/o Lizzy!
This is life.
Did you see Migo jump?
Coz we can’t let a moment pass without a picture of us together 🙂

I was really planning on a single post but then it’s almost time for game night so Day 2 on the next post. See you. Let’s end this post with a somewhat prenup posts c/o of Lizzy.


Climbing Mt. Naupa in Naga, Cebu (My Hometown’s Mountain)

It hasn’t been a while since knowing that Mt. Naupa has become a mountaineer’s destination. Seeing pictures of other mountaineers of the campsite puts me in awe. I wanted to be there and experience the beauty for myself. So last weekend, January 24-25, we finally took the time to climb Mt. Naupa as part of our preparation to conquer Mt. Canlaon on the 3rd week of February.

View of the campsite from the summit.
View of the campsite from the summit.

The green meadow was everything I’ve hoped for. The grass was so clean that it’s okay to barefoot but do it only if you could bear the cold. Unlike other’s experience, our Naupa weekend was a cold one. There was no rain but it drizzled a bit. The wind was chilly. I didn’t bring my jacket but good thing the boyfie insisted that I took his red long sleeve. Without it, he would have given me his again (he loves me too much <3).

01 ViewOnTheWay
View on the way!

The adventure started with an approx of 20 minute motorbike ride to the jump off, Sto. Niño Cogon Chapel. From Gaisano Minglanilla, we were supposed to ride a multicab for Tungkop. But since there were motorbikes in front of Gaisano, one of the BRBs asked if they knew the place. We settled with a Php50 fare.

02 ViewOnTheWay
The motorbike trail was a combination of paved, slippery and rocky ones.

The boyfie and I’s driver was quite chatty or maybe because I kept asking him things. Haha From him, I’ve known that the chapel could be reached in 2 ways via Estaca (opposite of Tungkop) or via Cantao-an (this is our way). Despite his knowledge, he kept looking at the others since we were not sure what way to pick as well. The other driver signaled that we were to take the via Cantao-an route. On the way, I kept talking and taking pictures. Always burdening the driver with questions that is maybe the reason why we seem to miss the turn when we were in KSS. Haha! The other couple went on the paved road above us while we ended in the muddy one near the river. I feel a little uneasy. Manong driver assured us, we would surely reunite with the others in a while. He’s quite familiar with the place, he said.

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Finally, the fear vanished when I saw them arriving.

Because the road has become muddy and impassable, I focus my attention elsewhere. Praying a little that accident wouldn’t befall on us. At the back of my head, I kept praying that we were on the right track. When we arrived at the chapel, there was no one but us. It was then that my heart hammered. Oh my! There were 2 motorcycles before us, where are they?! The boyfie was quite agitated as well. We each proceeded to call the other BRBs.It turns out, it was them that had the wrong turn. Haha! Sorry, Manong Driver for doubting you. 😀

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Chatting about the rather adventurous motorbike ride before a group pic.

After the motorbike chatters died down, we gathered for a prayer and started on our way. We left the chapel around 3:15 and arrived at around 4:00 PM. Yay! We had it around 45 minutes which can be attributed to our luck in choosing the correct point on the fork paths. Haha! Plus there were locals everywhere as well, just when we needed them. 🙂

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And the journey begins…
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Catching up our breaths!
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Dry river!
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First of many fork paths? So where do we go from here?
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Foggy Welcome!
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Catching our breath 2!
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Sad, sad view. 🙁
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Human wrecking havoc to nature. Hayst!

The campsite was very wide. Since it’s still early, we laze around before setting up camp. The summit was a perfect background to the campsite. It was a short climb but mostly uphill so it might take a while before I’ll include it in my funtrek list. The motorbike to the jump off was quite scary too. 😀

Setting up camp!


After setting up camp, we then prepare our yummy dinner. Unlike our previous climbs where we ate mostly canned goods, we had grilled meat this time. We had 2 wines and coke as well. Yay! Chat and almost 9 rounds of “The Resistance” game followed after. Haha! The night ended with me failing badly as a spy. Pffft! Learning how to bluff is no longer an option but a necessity. Hahahaha!

Yummy Dinner!
The RESISTANCE! It’s not good to be a spy on the expansion!!!
Lovely clouds!
Migo and Miga in Apo Blue!
Hello Liz! First time with BRB! 🙂


It was around 30 minutes to midnight when we decided all that spying were enough. But Liz and I talked until 12. The night was tolerably cold but the howling wind kept me restless. It was foggy even at 7 AM. I decided to forego climbing the summit but after a while, the sun shone and everything went clear. Yay! Thanks to it, I was able to make the most out of Naupa. 😀

Our leader who had chicken pox but still went with us. He was supposed to be resting but good thing we all had chicken pox when we were children. We were safe from him. 😀
Loving the color of my hair!!!
Just being meh!
All that green with me in red and blue. So cool to the eyes!
It’s been a while since the boyfie’s jump-scapade! Need to urge him to jump every time. 😀


I’ve known that Naupa is in my hometown. As a child, I have neighbors who has relatives in Naupa but I wasn’t that adventurous then. So I was quite excited when I knew we would have our exit in Lanas. It’s very near our place but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to give my Mom a heads up that I would be visiting with friends. Maybe next time! 😀

Farm lands on the way down!
Extra careful cause the ground is wet!
Tempted to pick one! LOL
Liz and me!
Finally, cemented road!
Kuya Ali walking backwards to save the aching knees. 😀
Migo as well 😛
Don’t tell Mama I was in Lanas. 😛
Lunch in Naga!
The boyfie posed while the others are busy with food.
While waiting for the food to be served.
Civilization at last!!!

And then…home! I thought it was an easy climb but my body thought otherwise since when I arrived home, I’ve only managed to clean my feet and then I dozed off until 10 PM. The boyfie and I miss our Sunday mass again. Waaaaaaaaaa! And we’ll miss it again next week since we are off to Osmeña Peak then traverse to Kawasan the day after. Wew! Loving the weekend climbs. 😀

May The Gods Be Ever In My Favor

Lately, I have come at a realization that targets could stress you out. However dreams and wishes inspires you!!! And…Dreaming and wishing is ABSOLUTELY free!

So today, I started the day plotting my leaves and PH’s holidays. I have a total of 6 weekends for adventures!!! Wew! Five 4-day weekend, a 3-day weekend and a 5-day weekend. Just AMAZING!

I planned to just plot the leaves but look where that takes me. 🙂

Dreams for 2015!!! 🙂


I love adventures but I am not that brave to do things on my own yet. I need people to be safe but unlike before, imposing is no longer a must. Organizing is too much hassle especially if the people you plan it with is not as excited as you are. So this year, it’s gonna be a year of memberships and invitations. 🙂 I just hope that the invitations fall in those dates. Hahaha! Otherwise, it’s gonna be jewelry-making and scrapbook weekend. Hahaha!

This is not a target but just wishful thoughts. 😀



In case one of them comes true, here’s some info:

Mount Ugo Benguet then Sagada?
Ilocos Norte
Mount Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon
Mount. Guiting-Guiting, Romblon
Mount. Halcon, Mindoro


Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Biri Island, Samar

Mount Halcon is LEECHY! Oh nooooo!


Volunteer @ Kindred Nomad’s Activity in Camotes, Cebu

It could have been just another Friday but it wasn’t. Early in the morning, volunteers of The Kindred Nomads and representatives of No Colors, a Japan based organization, gathered at the Quest Hotel, in Cebu City, Philippines, getting ready for the gift giving activity at San Francisco SPED Center in San Francisco, Camotes. 2 vans left for Danao port at around 4 am carrying fifteen volunteers, gifts and essential vitamins for 68 Special Kids.

Early morning assembly at Quest Hotel bound to Danao Port for Camotes.

It was my 2nd outreach of the year. I wasn’t supposed to go ’cause I have an event at dinner. Despite Boyfie’s million reminders, I followed my heart. So happy that I did. 🙂

Jon showing us the KN tarp. – Photo from a fellow volunteer Rox at
Volunteers arrival at Camotes Port.
Volunteers arrival at Camotes Port.

It was drizzling when we arrived so the program didn’t start as planned. Despite the cold weather, I feel surprisingly warm. When the rain stopped, the program started. Unlike my previous outreach, it feels different ’cause everything was laid out already. The gifts were already wrapped and packed. And the program was already handled by the school. It kind of made me feel useless. But not for long!

Wet grounds when we arrived. While waiting for the program to start, prepared the additional gifts from Ro. Coffee and breads were served after.
Getting ready for the program!

I made the most out of my freedom by taking pictures. And when it’s time to distribute the gifts, me and my new friend Liz volunteered for the list control.

Each gift was different ’cause they are based on the student’s wishes. I was so amazed seeing someone receiving an organ. Another a cell phone. In fact there were several cell phones. Then some transistor radios. Solar lights had also been provided as well. It was my first time to witness so many wishes granted all at once. I can see and feel how happy the recipients are but what touched me the most is the gratitude in the parents’ eyes. They are most happy that their special children were treated more special that day

Some kids shared their talents with us!
Natsu, representative of No Colors Japan, despite not feeling very well gathered up her remaining voice to sing a Christmas song. She played the violin as well.
Gift distribution! 🙂
1) Jella showing me her new watch. 2) Local kids flashing me their smiles. 3) Ro and Maria interacting with the special child.
1) Fellow volunteers Gelo, Rox and Liz! 2) List girls: Liz, Te Tsari and Me. 3. ) John holding the plaque of appreciation
Ro, her husband Patrick and Mam Ellen of the SPED Center.

After the gift distribution, lunch started. And soon after it was time for the 7 out of 15 volunteers to go back to Cebu. Lyn and her daughter Danielle, Jon, Yumi, Natsu, Rox, Rohini, and her husband Patrick remained to enjoy the island. While me, Liz, Maria, Te Agnes and daughter Lys, Te Tsari and Angelo left for Danao Port.

My time with The Kindred Nomads team, the school staff and the volunteers was short but just enough to know that we have something in common. Aside from the smiles and highs I got from helping to grant wishes, I am happy as well to have found people that I share the same passion. 🙂  Those and more made my volunteerism meaningful. I will truly look forward for more. 🙂

See more details of the activity in The Kindred Nomads Facebook Page. More pictures at my page as well: Kring’s Place.