I don’t own a gold mine. And with that being said, it’s probably obvious that I work really hard even on the verge of getting sick to earn big―something I can use to help my family, pay the bills, and of course, gratify my own needs and wants which includes traveling. If you have been a regular reader of this blog (oh geez I forgot that I lost all of my previous posts due to my I-deleted-the-database-of-my-site-and-I-did-not-know-it-meant-losing-all-the-contents moment), you should know by now that I am not a fan of any travel packages since I find them way expensive compared to having your own itinerary wherein you know where every cent of your money goes. I am all about not going beyond the budget.
AKA six basic things girls should know when travelling alone. 1. Always bring any form of identification. If I were to rate the importance of bringing IDs during trips with 10 being the highest, I’d give this a 10. Why? If mishaps happen, concerned strangers will always look first for some sort of identification so they can contact your family, friends, or anyone related to you. It is also advisable that your ID has contact details of person who can be spoke with should you encounter a series of unfortunate events.
The Ring, Feng Shui, Shutter, The Grudge, and the list goes on. These are just some of the films I can hardly forget because of the nightmares they caused me after seeing them. Hands down, I easily get scared by films with macabre, gore, and horror as its theme. I used to believe that ghosts and monsters exist when I was younger. But as you get older, you’ll realize that it’s just YOU who’s creating the images of these strange creatures. I am still afraid though, but less obvious. A big thank you to those people responsible for the successful horror movies I mentioned above. Why did I jump into that assumption? Some friends perceive me and mountaineers in general as witnesses of paranormal shenanigans in the […]
Rowjie and I were fetched at our humble abode by a big van with cameras and all the glitz. We didn’t know where we were headed. All I knew was we have a very long day ahead of us. And so I closed my eyes and played sleep. Then I heard this whisper, “Palalabs, papunta tayo ng Terminal 3.” And that kicked off our epic vacation, the one I will surely remember until my last breathe.
Persistence really pays off. And so if you are the type who easily gives up on something, it’s time to change gears. Here’s the audition video I created for GMA News TV 11’s Weekend Getaway, our ticket to Zamboanga, the farthest we’ve been! More pictures coming up! Keep posted for my stories of the whole experience. ☺
This post was written a day before Adrian Alba’s body was found. I pray that if fellow mountaineer Adrian Alba didn’t make it through the rough conditions of nature these past days, may his remains at least be found. I am hoping for the best though, that he is safe somewhere. I’m so good in huffing that I won’t miss this chance to let everyone know how disgusted I am with what’s happening in our little community. I seek no attention nor trying to be infamous but hey, it’s a person’s life that we’re talking about.
Late 2007, Rowjie and I decided to save up to go back to Boracay for another vacation. But when we already came up with the money we needed, we had a change of heart. We thought Boracay could wait. And so we spent all of our savings on mountaineering gears and equipment; among them was our first-ever tent: Hubba-Hubba by the Mountain Safety Research (MSR). I love to death our Hubba-Hubba. We named it Orange (obviously, because of its color) because Hubba-Hubba seemed so long. It’s very light yet spacious, and you can even keep two big backpacks inside though it already has two vestibules on each side. Hubba-Hubba is a two-person tent but can still accommodate another one (just like what we did in Mount Daguldol). It […]
My knowledge of Lambanog and its roots is close to zero. All I know is that it’s an alcoholic beverage which has been around since the Spanish colonial era. I promise to bring you more stories about this native brew in my next posts. For now, I can’t wait to share this small collection of videos taken during one of our boring nights in the mountain. See how lychees that are plunged in a bottle of Lambanog for two months could make your world turn upside down. Apologies for the low resolution of the video and my noobery with video editing (the hi-res version will take 1381294821374823 years to upload). Have fun, anyway! Submitted for the approval of the Team Evercrest, I call this story… THE […]
Location: Mabini, Batangas Date: August 13 to 14 3 2011 Present: Kaiz, Jie, and the Team Evercrest They say third time’s a charm. Oh, yes for some but not for me. I’ve scaled this mountain thrice and I never experienced anything but fun and amusement of how beautiful nature is on all three occasions.
Location: Baler, Aurora Date: July 22 to 24 2011 Present: Kaiz and Jie, Team Jibb, Mel, Jojo It has been a long time since I wrote a decent entry, I admit. My past posts were nothing but inane rants. So here, an attempt on producing a substantial write-up. Dot dot dot. My friends at the office and I decided to take three days off from our exhausting work loads. And so we all agreed to go back to Aurora, which we visited some three years ago. Digital cameras were not yet a hype during that time. I promised not to miss the second chance of capturing Aurora’s beauty particularly Baler. For all I know, this could be my last visit to one of the North’s pearls. […]