Monday, January 12, 2015

The Beach that is Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is one of those super famous beaches we know in the country. As a matter of fact, it is one of the only two beaches I knew (the other one being Boracay) when I was still an innocent child. How pitiful, akala ko dati Boracay at Puerto Galera lang ang beach sa Pilipinas, I was so clueless that we got so much more, even better beaches to choose from.

Despite being tagged as an overrated beach by many blogs and write ups online, I actually still want to feel and experience Puerto Galera. And this interest to visit this beach is heightened by the presence of Mt. Malasimbo, the highest and prominent peak in the area. Para sa mga ngayon lang nagawi sa blog ko, there's an intimacy going on between me and the Philippine mountains, so don't be surprised if I would express my fondness to mountains all of a sudden.

For some reason, it was only January of last year (2014) that I finally decided to see the beach for myself in the hope of climbing Mt. Malasimbo as well. A mountain-beach combo trip has always sounded a very good plan to me.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mt. Purgatory | An Endless Moss and Pine Trail 2

It is not difficult to fall in love with Mt. Purgatory range, especially that it will let you experience what a Cordillera mountain has to offer. The balance between intense mossy trails, and paths lined with tall pine trees makes it one of the best hiking destinations in the Cordilleras, let alone its trails, which are mostly very manageable. No wonder, there was no second thoughts when I got invited to hike again the Purgatory range. I was too excited, almost one year, I came back to do the exact same thing—a Mangisi Traverse, aka Purgatory Mountain Range traverse via the six peaks.   

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Throwback Travels

Since new year is just around the corner, it's the perfect time again to share a rundown of all the travels and hikes that happened in this outgoing year. That's right! This post will mainly be all about throwback sheez of my travels this 2014. Here it goes...
Disclaimer: I have been microblogging all my travels and hikes in my facebook page for the past year so yeah. You'll be linked to my FB posts if you click on photo posts below.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pag-ahon


Sa pagyao ng kahapon, at pagkahimlay ng kaligayahan,
binubulong sa sarili't lubusang inaasam
pag-ahon sa kabunduka't paghimbing kasama ng kalikasan.

Nais nang mapakinggan muli, mga kuliglig at paghuning kagiliw-giliw,   
lagaslas ng batis, at maging pagsipol ng hangin.
Mga mumunting tinig na kailanma'y 'di magmamaliw.

Nais ding muli, masilayan ng mga matang nangungulila
tayog ng punong kahoy, at lawak ng luntian, 
mga banging matatarik at nakalulula.

Anumang sukal ng kagubata'y buong tapang na tataw'rin, 
kung kapalit nama'y kagandahan,
at husay ng Kanyang likhain.

Anumang tayog ng kabunduka'y pilit ding maaabot
kung kapalit din nama'y tagumpay,
kaligayahan ang maidudulot.

At nang  makitang lubos ang ganda ni Inang Kalikasan
Sa sarili'y ibinulong, "bakit pa babalik sa mundong kinagisnan,
kung dito nama'y nahanap na ang tiyak na kapanatagan?"


Pag-ahon
-IBC


Takipsilim sa Bundok Maculot

Monday, December 22, 2014

Taal Heritage Town | A Museum of Museums

Before I became the free-spirited nature-lover, I was a heritage hunter... or maybe, I still am. Actually, I realized that I still have that side of me when my better half has expressed desire to visit Taal Heritage Town in Batangas. Yup, the old quaint town famous for the balisongs, old houses, and that one big church said to be the biggest in Asia. At tulad pa rin ng dati, excited pa rin akong makakita ng luma!

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