Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Apr 30, 2014

Happiness is:
1. I can now cross off Dumaguete from my list of places to visit.
2. The planning and team building at Bluewaters Sumilon.
3. Swimming with the whale sharks!
4. Cheese roll from Siliman University. Yummmmmm!
5. Losing 2 lbs in 3 days!
6. My son is almost enrolled in college. Almost.
7. Excitement over our Mt. Pulag trip next week.
8. Chia seeds.
9. Snorkeling, kayaking, walking the trail and eating buffet at Sumilon. I had fun!
10. How my kids missed me after just 3 days. A vacation is really something you need if only to realize how great you have it at home!

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Beacheneering in Anilao: A Mt. Gulugod Baboy Side Trip!

After our trek at Mt. Gulugod Baboy, we just had to take a dip at the beach to cool down! We paid less than P100 (I forgot how much exactly, hahaha!) at Philpan Dive Resort for the use of the shower facilities and for place to stow our bags.  We did not rent a cottage anymore (P150) as we were only going to stay for a while. So we swam a little and the water was so clear and cold despite the afternoon heat. Notice that we did not remove our arm protectors. Anyway, we stayed for an hour and then we had to leave the beautiful beach, but promised to come back again! A day well-spent with nature!

A Much Needed Massage!

Apr 29, 2014

Thanks to Metrodeal, I was able to avail of the one-hour massage voucher from Rilassante for 2 pax for only P299.  Rilassante Spa is one of my favorite massage place and I was already here before with my friends. The massage was great as always, with added stone massage as bonus.  They have services available that you can avail at your convenience, but the Metrodeal promo was really a great value for money.

Rilassante Spa is located at 2/F Jovita Bldg in Banawe cor Tirad Pass, QC (infront of Orthopedic Hospital).

Swimming with the Whale Sharks!

I do not know how to swim, but one item in my bucket list is to swim with the whale sharks, and I am finally able to cross it off! We had our department's planning and team building in Bluewater Sumilon in Dumaguete and this was one of our activities! Yes, I swam with these gentle giants!

I cannot explain the awe that I felt just watching them, and the fear that I felt when they came too close to me! I would froze, everytime one would get too close.  I was afraid they would touch me or that I would somehow hurt them with my mindless kicking to reach my life vest.

Since we were staying at Sumilon, it took us only 30 minutes or less to reach Oslob by private boat. Then we paid P500 each, for those swimming with the Butandings and P300 for those who will not get off the boat. We also rented underwater cameras for P550 including the CD. Then we had 2 manongs per boat to assist us and take our photos and push us underwater whenever they would see a chance for a good picture. It was very much worth it!

Making It Happen

Apr 22, 2014

My super friends Rona and Ehms and their husbands, and me and my husbands are travel buddies. We have visited several places in the Philippines, thanks to Cebu Pacific's Piso Sale. We have also gone off to Cambodia and Vietnam last February, and we vowed to do this at least once a year. And thanks again to Cebu Pacific, we were able to book again a MNL-SG-KUL-MNL flight for next year! Yes, it was meant to be!  I am too excited for words!

Batangas Food Trip

Apr 15, 2014

On the way to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, we had breakfast at one of the eatery at the Grand Terminal and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the food were delicious! For breakfast, we had the Goto and the Silog. The Goto, which I was surprised to find was not like the Lugaw we know in Manila, but was more like Papaitan. But since I was on a no-meat diet, I just had to taste the soup and it was great! It was a little spicy and really tasty. Then after our trek, we had a very late lunch at the same eatery and ordered their rice and sinaing na tulingan and the lomi. The fish was just right, and we even asked for some tomatoes, in a real Batangenyo fashion. The lomi deserves 5 stars: it was creamy and delicious! I do not have enough words to describe it except that you must try it!

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Gulugod Baboy

Apr 14, 2014

Since April 9 was a holiday and our last hike was in February, my friends Ehms and Teng and I decided to take a day hike at Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Anilao, Batangas. We met at Jam Line bus station in Cubao at 4am, and we were at Grand Terminal in Batangas by 7am. Then we rode a jeepney to Mabini, and alighted at Anilao where we took a tricycle to Philpan Dive Resort.  We started the hike at 855am. 
The saying that no mountain is ever an easy climb is so true! With only 500+ MASL, we had a hard time climbing this mountain! Maybe it was the heat, or the lack of practice or warm-up, or our old age, but we were breathing heavily even before we finished walking up the paved road! We took five minutes rest every tow minutes, hahaha! But since we were in no hurry, we just took our sweet time and hiked leisurely. We took a break at one of the rest stops selling sodas and then continued on with the hike.  By the way, you don't need a guide to hike Mt. Gulugod Baboy as the trail is very visible.
We were at the summit by noon and while it was too hot and there was really no protection from the sun, we had a great time taking pictures and making jumpshots. It is really true that the view of the summit makes everything worth it! And what do you know, the descent only took us less than an hour, hehehehe.

How to get there:
From Cubao, ride a Batangas bound bus (P165) and alight at the Grand Terminal. Ride a jeepney bound to Mabini(P135). The jeepney terminal is also inside the Grand Terminal. Travel time was less than an hour. We alighted at Anilao and rode a tricycle(P40) to Philpan Diver Resort where we paid P30 for registration. No guide needed. 

Taal Volcano: Up Close and Personal

Apr 10, 2014

My visit to Taal Volcano was in 2009 when our department had our planning in Tagaytay. As part of our team building, we decided to take a day hike to the volcano.  We ride a banca at the Yacht Club and proceeded with the hike (P2,500 per boat with 5 pax).
The view at the top was amazing! That is all that needs to be said about it! You will be amazed at the beautiful scenery! It was worth going up that mountain.
The highlight of the Taal Volcano hike was getting up close and persona with the crater.  I am from Batangas so I see this volcano everytime I go home but this is the first time that I am able to say that, "hey, I have been there at the thing on the middle of the lake!"  The view was breathtaking! 

Shouldn't Life Be About Adventures?

Apr 9, 2014

Conquering mountains, and loving every minute of each!  These are the mountains and volcanoes that I have been up close and personal: Mt. Batulao, Mt. Marami, Mt. Pico de Loro, Mt. Pinatubo, Taal Volcano, Mt. Talamitam, Mt. Makiling and Mt. Maculot. Today, I will hike Mt. Gulugod Baboy with my friends,and add one more mountain to my growing list!

How about you, where are you up to?

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Maria Makiling: UPLB Trail

Apr 8, 2014

My first climb for 2014 proved to be very memorable.  It was a post-birthday climb, February 2, and I am proud to say that my 37 year old can still climb up that 1,090 MASL mountain.  But the legends about the mountain being enchanted is true! But I will not share with you the details of that part of the adventure. I will leave it to you to 'meet' the mountain for yourself!
The Nasugbu Adventure Club met at the UPLB jump-off station and after a few reminders (we forgot to pray, hence the 'adventure'!) we were off to do the 7.8km trek to Peak 2.  We battled those pesky Limatiks, and I kid you not, they were everywhere! That makes it this trek unique because you cannot just plop down on the ground to rest!  
We first reached the mud springs, or mud spots which are formed when due to volcanic heat, sulfuric acid breaks down surrounding rocks into clay and the clay mixes with water to form very hot mud.  
After a while we reached the Agila Base and the Wilderness zone and then the real fun begins! The mountain is indeed very rich in flora and Limatiks and our trek was slowed down considerably because of the mud.

The summit was not as spectacular as other mountains, but is nonetheless breathtaking! Again, resting on the ground was a challenge because of the Limatiks but since we were bone tired, we just ignored them.  Going down, we had that 'adventure', and when we finalllyyyyyyyyy reached civilization, we decided to just jump at the back of habal-habal waiting at the road to get back to the UPLB jump off.  We enjoyed a quick hot shower and decided to bade Maria goodbye! It was a trek that I will never forget!

Friday Letters

Apr 4, 2014

Dear Hopia, I hate you. Exercise nga ako ng exercise, kain naman ako ng kain ng hopia! Dear Dress, Yeah, I will wear one.  Need to learn to dress appropriately already. Dear Facebook, Thank you for letting the inner stalker in me flourish, hahaha! Dear Envy, I am letting you go. Let it Go, Let it Go! Dear Mountains, Keep calling, I'm going! Dear Body, I love you but we could lose a little fat and we wont miss them! Dear Friday, I love you!!!

Mt. Talamitam Day Trek

Apr 3, 2014

Anybody out there who wants to join the Mt. Talamitam Day Trek on April 6, 2014? Just drop a comment here and I will connect you with our group, the Nasugbu Adventire Club. There will be side trip to the cool waters of the river, Layong Bilog! Come and join us!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Apr 2, 2014

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness!
Happiness is:
1. A good book on my iPhone Kindle
2. We are finally and officially going to Sumilon by end of April! I love free travels!
3. A climb this April 9, which I will climb alone if needed, hahaha. That is how much I need to climb a mountain!
4.   My 'lumpia' date with my husband last night. First sweldo treat!
5. The banana que from our friend Pol yesterday.
6. 3rd straight day of going to the gym today!
7. My eldest son was back from an out of town trip and I am happy that he is safe. You can't tell with all those road accidents today. Hayyyy.
8. Got my son's high school card and while he is not qualified for the college of his first choice, he still have lots of choices.
9. Cup noodles. Yeah I know.
10. Swimming with the Family this coming weekend!
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