Zambales Getaway

January 16, 2017 Zambales, Philippines


This year, I've decided to cross out as many as possible from my Project 81 list. I'm not even sure if can make it but I strongly believe that if there's a will, there's a way. To start my adventure this 2017, I chose Zambales as my 12/81! Man, I have a looooong way to go. Ehem, this blog is accepting donations and sponsorships for travel! ;)

I've done my research and there are a lot of things to do and so many places to visit in Zambales. I can only pick one because a) budget and b) time, so I had to chose which one will be worth it all. We had a week to decide which among Liwliwa, Crystal Beach, and Anawangin is it going to be. It was a tough call between those three and I have to admit, it gave me a a headache.

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The Sunday Currently | Vol. 3

January 8, 2017


The Sunday Currently #3
Reading - Still Life with Elephant by Judy Reene Singer. Just started reading it last night, it's quite good. A different kind of book from my usual taste. I like it! 
Writing - a very heartfelt letter on my journal. 
Listening - to Colin and Caroline's version of Let It Go. It's amazing, it has so much feels, damn it. It makes my eye well up when I hear it because it keeps reminding me of how King Francis' died on Reign

Mt. Maynuba Travel Guide

December 13, 2016 Rizal, Philippines




Rizal offers a list of mountains that makes mountaineers jump with excitement! Whether its for beginners or advanced climbers, it's there. I chose to conquer Mt. Maynuba first! 

Apparently the internet spells it as Mt. Maynoba but it actually is Mt. Maynuba, as per our guide. So don't judge nor get confused. This mountain had just opened last March of this year, so if you want to conquer all of Rizal's mountains, add this on your list.

Trailhead: Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, RizalLLA: 14°36′22.4′′N, 121°25′18.6′′ E, 728 MASL (+470m)Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hoursSpecs: Minor hike, Difficulty 3/9 (Summit); 4/9 (Loop hike), Trail class 1-4Features: Sea of clouds, scenic views of the Sierra Madre, waterfallsSource: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/

Plus, it comes on a package because you'll have to pass through Mt. Cayabu first before you get to the Maynuba camp site. You'll hit two birds with one stone!

Here's CAMP ONE, where we set out our camp and stayed for the evening. BTW, I am thrilled to say that this is my first overnight hike! And it was an experience like no other. 





We reached the summit of Mt. Cayabu by 9PM and it was dark so we could not appreciate the view slash did not take photos. 

And here are photos of the trail to the summit.


Got our matching waterproof bags from osah.com.ph. They are very light and very essential! 


MT. MAYNUBA SUMMIT!
Also, along the trail, you will pass by the "8 wonder falls". We stayed at the first waterfalls and dipped for a while though we decided to skip the 7 more falls so we just descended to the exit. There were just a few falls along the trail which we stopped for photos.



MORE PHOTOS: 





How to get there:
  • Ride a bus/MRT to Shaw Boulevard
  • Take a jeepney in Starmall bound to Tanay then alight at Tanay Market
  • Ride a jeep to Sampaloc
  • Ride another jeep bound to Batangasan
  • Ride a trike to Brgy. Cayabu
In our case, there are trikes in Tanay Market that offers to drop you at the jump-off point of Mt. Maynuba. It costed 700 pesos for the 5 of us in one trike. 
Things to bring:
  • Plenty of water/hydration fluids
  • Insect repelant
  • Trail snacks
  • Packed lunch
  • Extra clothes for changing
  • Flashlights/head lamp
  • Blanket
  • Waterproof bags/bag covers
  • Sun protection (sun block/cap/sleeves)
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
Our itinerary:
Day 1
14:00     meet-up at Star Mall, Shaw.
17:30     arrive at Tanay Market
19:00     arrive at Mt. Maynuba Jump off point
19:15      start trekking
20:00     reach Mt. Cayabu summit
22:00     set camp at Mt. Maynuba camp one
               dinner/lights off

Day 2
05:00     witness the sea of clouds
05:30     breakfast
07:00     continue hike to Mt. Maynuba summit
08:30     reach Mt. Maynuba summit
10:30     take a dip into the waterfalls
13:00     back to jump-off point/log out
14:30     lunch at Jabee Tanay
19:00     arrive back at Shaw Boulevard

Total damage:
24    RT Bus to Shaw Boulevard
58   Jeep to Tanay Rizal
140  trike to Brgy. Cayabu (700/trike 1:5)
40    Entrance fee 
20    Pay-per-use bathroom
80    Trike to Batangasan (200/trike 1:3)
27    Jeep to Sampaloc
27    Jeep to Tanay Market
70    Van to Shaw Boulevard
300  Food budget/pax
786 lang bes

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! We should go climbing mountains together sometimes! Just hit me on the comment box below! :)

Hulugan Falls Travel Guide

November 16, 2016 Laguna, Philippines


We all know Laguna is home for numbers of waterfalls, naming Pagsanjan Falls and Majayjay Falls. Hulugan Falls is also one of the hidden gems of Laguna. If you're hankering for a  weekend getaway, go on and continue reading! With just a few hours away from Manila, your weekend adventure will all be worth it!

Location:
It is located in the heart of Luisiana, Laguna.


How to get there:
  • Ride a bus bound to Sta. Cruz. There are bus terminals from Cubao, Pasay, and South Station that en routes Sta. Cruz. Alight at the bus terminal in Sta. Cruz. Ride a jeepney bound to Lucena and alight at Luisiana (Hulugan Falls). Finally, ride a trike to the barangay hall for registration and then off to the drop off.
Expenses:
  • Round trip bus fare to Sta. Cruz = P204 (from South Station)
  • Round trip jeepney fare to Luisina = P60
  • Round trip trike fare = P40
  • Tour guide fee = P400-500/guide. Max person per guide is 5. 
What to bring:
  • Packed lunch and trail snacks
  • Plenty of water
  • Trash bags
  • Waterproof camera 
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof everything
  • Toiletries for washing up
  • Extra clothes


Crossing Huluhan Falls

You can also visit two more waterfalls, the Talay Falls and Hidden Falls but that's optional. The trek to those two other falls is quite harder than of to Hulugan Falls. I suggest not to wear your favorite shoes because the trail if composed of slippery rocks, soft soils, and mud. You'll be crossing streams and you'll be swimming in the falls so it's much better if your have your trek sandals with you.

More photos:


HIDDEN FALLS

TALAY FALLS




Talay Falls





The gang - Photo credits to: Chel Breva

Hope ya'll enjoyed my post! If you have any questions, just leave them on the comment box below. Thank you! :) XX

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