Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mt. Daguldol | My First Climb

To climb a mountain is one of my biggest dreams ever. You know I have done a lot of long road trips, explored a number of astonishing caves, bathed on many white sand beaches, walked miles of distance just to visit structures of historical importance, but I never had the chance to bring myself on a mountain's peak. And so, December 28, 2011 is the date to be remembered, it is the date that I finally conquered my first mountain.

Mt. Daguldol is the mountain now close to my heart. With the company I was with and the awesome side trips we ventured, it surely was a memorable first climb.
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Day 1 - December 28, 2011

It all started early in the morning of the 28th of December 2011, the four of us traveled to San Juan, Batangas aboard the first trip of RRCG Bus (I really have no idea that there's a bus in Buendia-Taft that will travel direct to San Juan, Batangas).
| RRCG Bus Line offers trips direct to San Juan, Batangas via Ibaan. It would only cost P188 (as of 2011) from their terminal at the corner of Buendia and Taft Avenue. Travel time would only take 2 hours.   
At around 8AM, we reached the town of San Juan, alighted somewhere near Puregold, and from there we walked to the jeepney terminal located near the town market. We were after the first trip to Brgy. Hugom but we arrived a few minutes late. We had no choice but to wait for the next jeep to get filled with other passengers - sigh - at least we have some chocolates to nomnom while waiting. Finally, after more than 30 minutes, our jeep left for Brgy. Hugom, yehey.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Year End Post | The Best of 2011

In just a matter of hours, our generation will have to say goodbye again to this outgoing year, a year that for me is full of unforgettable successes, mishaps and adventures. Actually, 2011 is my most traveled year as of now, it is also the year that Batang Lakwatsero have fully grown into a travel blog. In this post, I will summarize all my Firsts, Bests, Achievements and Travels of 2011. 



Trips of 2011

Batang Lakwatsero had 22 successful trips
around Luzon and Visayas on the Year 2011. 


The trip that gave me goosebumps.
The trip that made me love the music.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Viaje Bagio | Pasalubong Shopping at Mines View Park

Last minute pasalubong shopping!!!
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I think I was nearly penniless, after the non-stop backpacking trip which started 7 days ago in Sagada, my treasury is about to lose everything. What was left with me was P1050.00, of course P450 of that will be allotted for my way-back-home fare, so apparently I only have P600 for pasalubong shopping.
| There is a panoramic view of Benguet's gold and copper mines from the park's view deck, hence the place is called Mines View Park. 
the new signboard of the park

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Viaje Baguio | OMG is for Oh My Gulay

Our stay in Baguio City was coming to an end, our last two hours were spent on delectable vegetarian meal, shopping for pasalubong and a little sightseeing.
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Day 7 - November 4, 2011

The time was 11:30 AM, me and Robbie just checked out from La Brea Inn, and we're now on our way to Oh My Gulay, also along the Session Road, for a sumptuous lunch.
| Oh My Gulay is a vegetarian resto located at the top floor of La Azotea Building along the Session Road. You wouldn't know that a restaurant exists on the 5th floor because it's really not so noticeable.



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Viaje Baguio | Side Trip to Bell Church

Bell Church, a hidden Taoist temple located at the border of Baguio and La Trinidad.
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This Taoist temple is one of Baguio City's famous landmarks that we're aiming to visit. So after our sweet strawberry encounter at the Strawberry Farm, we went next to Bell Church found at the border of La Trinidad and Baguio city.

A Chinese arch with well-carved designs of dragons and bells marks the entrance to this hidden temple. And as we entered this archway, there was a feeling that we're shifted to a different place. The bridge, the houses, the walls, all are tinted with hues of green and red, and statues of dragons and bells dominate the path that leads to the main entrance of the Bell Church. Welcome to China in the city of pines!

the bridge to the temple

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Viaje Baguio | Strawberries of La Trinidad

It's our last day up on the mountains of Cordillera, and we cannot afford to miss the sweet red strawberries of La Trinidad, Benguet.
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 Day 7 - November 4, 2011

Oftentimes, people consider Baguio City synonymous to strawberries. However, these small red berries are not grown in Baguio City, in fact majority of the fresh green "Baguio" vegetables found in the markets of Metro Manila are not coming from Baguio (even if they're labeled as such) but from the fields of the neighboring municipalities of the province of Benguet. Strawberries are grown in La Trinidad, hence, Robbie and I traveled to this nearby municipality just to visit its famous strawberry farm.
| Baguio City is not part of Benguet. Many thinks that Baguio City is part of the jurisdiction of the Province of Benguet, but hey, this mountain city surrounded by the municipalities of the province gained its autonomy ever since it became a city in 1909. 
at the border of Baguio and La Trinidad


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Food Trip | Mang Larry's Isaw @ UP Diliman

One afternoon, a friend invited us to join a conference/seminar at UP Diliman. Since I don't have any prior commitments and homework that day, I, without thinking twice, said yes to his invitation.

Fast Forward >>>

It was a nice conference/seminar, talking about the undergrad and graduate courses offered by colleges and universities in Japan. However, I am not interested in studying abroad so I'm kinda bored and wanted to get out as soon as possible. After waiting patiently for an hour or so, we all decided to leave the auditorium.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chronicle of My First Flight Experience

The day has finally come, 12th of December 2011. It was the most awaited day of the year, the day that I will finally experience flying (oh yeah, I will fly for the first time in my 19 years of existence). I really don't know what I am feeling that time, a feeling of excitement and nervousness combined. Exactly the same feeling I felt when I tried doing my very first solo travel last April. 

My plan was to spend my whole night at SM Mall of Asia, wait there 'til it closes at around 11 PM then commute to NAIA Terminal 3 by jeep (thanks to Lloyd for the advice). Then at the airport, I'll wait for my travel buddy and plane ride mentor, Brenna of thephilippinetravelogue.com.

In fact, I formulated a Mission-First-Plane-Ride:
1.) Get into the airport with less than P100.00
2.) Eat and Sleep at Terminal 3
3.) Flight Check in
4.) Board the plane
5.) Window seat

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ready to Conquer the Sky

I have tried various modes of transportation during my travel. I have conquered both the road and the rails, the land and the sea, but not yet the sky. I have not tried riding an airplane yet!!  

I have tried riding the Jeepney, the "King of the Road"
But not an Airplane yet!
 
jeepney has always been my favorite, it's cheap and it suits well with my kuripot budget


Monday, December 5, 2011

The Philippine Blog Awards 2011

The mere mention of my blog among the finalists for the Philippine Blog Awards - Best Travel Blog for Luzon is something that I can really be proud of. It's a milestone for my 1 year and 15 days old blog. yeeha!
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Viaje Baguio | Inside the Ben Cab Museum

World Class Art done by a National Artist. The art pieces inside the Ben Cab Museum are well worth a visit.
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Day 6 - November 3, 2011

We arrived at 10:30 in the morning. Amazed upon seeing the infamous Ben Cab Museum, the building alone is a fine work of art, I excitedly entered the place. A nice European-like woman welcomed us at the front desk. We paid the admission fee, Robbie paid the full fee at P100, while mine was only P80 (estudyante lang po).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Viaje Baguio | Exploring Tam-awan Village

A native village within a city. It is good to appreciate indigenous art in an indigenous atmosphere.
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Day 6 - November 3, 2011 

Our day started with this art-appreciation tour inside the Tam-awan Village. After having a delectable pizza breakfast at Pizza Volante, Robbie and I took a cab (about 15 minute ride from Burnham Park) to this unusual native art exhibition.

I paid only P30 (ansarap ng buhay estudyante, andaming discount), while Robbie paid the full fee of P50. 

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