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Young Dumb and Broke: A trek from Mt. Manunggal to Mt. Mauyog

Jane Austen once wrote, “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Just recently, my escapade with the adventure-seeking squad echoed this very line as we faced the rocks and mountains of Mt. Manunggal and Mt. Mauyog head on. These are two of the most famous peaks here in Cebu that are often hiked by beginners and seasoned mountaineers alike. And we don’t want to miss that, do we?

We started with a foggy greeting. On our way to Balamban, we were welcomed with a misty surrounding that almost felt like entering a world of miasma. Most of us were worried that we won’t get a chance to see the panoramic view atop but gladly Mr. Sun was kind enough to smile upon us.

From the junction of Brgy. Sunog, we said our prayers and started our trek. I should add here that before anyone can proceed with the adventure, you will have to register and pay various fees. I’m not going to elaborate, though, how we ended up broke but I suggest you bring extra money.

Moving along… It was quite a long walk but a fun one. Thanks to Marc and his Mi Gente, we spend the day with this song in our heads. We even danced uphill but we were badly choreographed. Should we do better next time? Yes, please!!

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The trail to the campsite of Mt. Manunggal is lined with agoho trees which are often mistaken for pine tree. And Shiela wouldn’t want to miss this!

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Mt. Manunggal

Aside from its 1,097 meters above sea level of grandiose, Mt. Manunggal also made its way into the list of the most historical places in the Philippines being the crash site of the late President Ramon Magsaysay. Magsaysay’s presidency was dubbed as the “Golden Years”. He was known for his humility and kindness which earned him the moniker, “The People’s Idol.”

As for Team Bang, we also have our very own “idol” with us. A very close resemblance, we’d say, since he’s one of the kind and humble trekkers there is.

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Meet Reymund, aka IDOL
Mt. Manunggal

To the seasoned mountaineers, Mt. Manunggal lacks the grueling trail despite being the highest peak in Cebu. It involves walking on cemented footpaths which turns to mud and rock as you progress. The trail is a winding ascent and descent in a jungle of lush bushes—but not that steep. The real challenge, I’d say, lies on the last part of the trail with its narrow and sharp rocks. There are also stingy foliages that you need to be cautious on holding on to.

The reward that awaits is priceless. The peak has an exquisite rock formation at its pristine form. We had to jump through the boulders, leaped and hugged some enormous stones. Lo and behold, the green glory of Balamban!

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Ever want to embrace the nature in its awesomeness?
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I think I wasn’t the alone since Sir Juan was also in arms wide open. 😀

One of the highlights when you go to Mt. Manunggal is getting on top of the protruding monolet.

But while all of us were brave enough to stand on its crest, three men were just certified daredevils with their stunts!

  

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And, oh, have I told you? Just like my previous adventure, I brought another favorite book with me too. This time its Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho. 😀 I even encouraged a fellow bookworm bring his own. Haha. A book club in the mountains? Not bad!

Mt. Mauyog

For a first timer, Mt. Mauyog came as a shock to me. Compared to Mt. Manunggal, I find its trails arduous for one reason: the assault. We were scaling with all our limbs until we’re breathless.

While fairly easy during a good weather, this is quite treacherous due to the slippery tracks from last night’s rain. We had to gingerly hold on to the branches to retain our balance and to avoid tumbling down the cliff. The fun (if not so embarrassing) part was most of us ended up climbing on fours. Yes, just like our four-legged friend who came with us, we fought our way through sharp blades of grass, thorny branches, and slippery path crawling. Surprisingly, this kind of trail pumps more adrenaline and personally, I am thankful to have my dance and badminton training up my sleeves which helped me survived the trek.

By the time we reached the top, I was a trembling mess. I was too tired to take a lot of solo. The peak has a gorgeous limestone promontory that looked like a huge brain-like brae. This is not for the faint-hearted and those with fear of heights though. One wrong move could mean goodbye.

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We did get tons of group pictures here, thanks to Sir Juan. And just how true friends should be, we didn’t forget to include Cherwinn in our photos. Even in spirit, the lovely “gracefool wanderer” will always be with us. HAHA~! Another lesson learned: Thou shall not be absent.

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Someone’s looking smokin’ hot with his pose. Hi Jojo!
Yes, we were young dumb kid-at-heart to think we’d conquer the mountains. Truth is the mountain conquers us. Always will. Here’s to being young dumb (and hopefully not broke the next time). 🙂

I’m so high at the moment
I’m so caught up in this
Yeah, we’re just young, dumb and broke
But we still got love to give

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Happy Hearts, Happy Feet

Yet again, life—in its most pragmatic way— found a means of pulling me away from the blogging world. Normally, I would write my AWOL explanation with a pout. But not this time. The past few weeks have been a delightful pull from the outside world to me and I hope my blogging friends here share this joy too.

Making a difference

My friend Shiela, who is a member of a local trekking enthusiast squad dubbed as “Team Bang”, invited me on a hike for a cause in Toledo City. The event was spearheaded by one of Cebu’s renowned travel blogger, Sir Aldrich Infantado of Bisaya Traveler. I was half-hearted at first because although the adventure-seeker in me was excited, my introvert persona was not. Nonetheless, all these reservations faded the moment I met the warm, friendly team, and the children of Old Bucao Elementary School.

It was a heart-warming experience being able to paint a smile on the children’s faces. They went home not just with a new pair of slippers and 2 kilos of rice but also with renewed hope. The fulfillment in our hearts will always be incomparable.

A time for adventure

After the fun program with the kids, we started ascending to the higher lands of Gen. Climaco. This village in the south sits on a very scenic and peaceful land, it reminds me so much of my very own hometown.

Located in the heart of the barangay is one of their pride, the Malubog Lake, which is aptly named for its thick, dark waters. The sun was getting fiery but we all can’t help but stop and savor the view.

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Tada! Of course, the introvert in me wouldn’t want to miss a chance to snap a shot with a favorite book.

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Biliran in a day or two: Waterfalls, beaches, and memories

I’ve been out of blogosphere for quite some time because… life happens. BUT so much for that, I’m happy to be back! It’s been a while that I have shared some vignettes and snippets of my life, too. So here’s a little treat for all of you… 🙂

Ladies and gents, meet the gorgeous Biliran.

Biliran is an island province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. It is one of the country’s smallest and newest provinces. Formerly a sub-province of Leyte, it became an independent province in 1992. This island province of lush mountains, countless waterfalls, and pristine beaches in the east of Visayas is a hidden paradise that is slowly making its name in the Philippines.

The waterfalls

Biliran is surrounded by mountains which explains the province’s abundant waterfalls- the number of which is not yet known. While there are over 10 waterfalls easily accessible to tourists, local mountaineers talk about more waterfalls that can be reached through longer treks, and even about unexplored ones.

My friends and I were able to visit two waterfalls, Ulan-ulan falls (image above)  and Recoletos falls (image below). We would have loved to visit all but time is tissue.

Continue reading “Biliran in a day or two: Waterfalls, beaches, and memories”

The Rule of Eleven (aka The Blue Sky Tag)

Sooo… my two far-away besties here in blogosphere, Rosema and Jade, recently posted the Rule of Eleven open tag. How did my lazy butt get dragged into this?  HAHA! But really, since I enjoyed your answers a lot and I can’t miss the fun you girls are having… here’s mine. 😀

DISCLAIMER: This is a long one coz I answered both sets of questions. Should I call this The Rule of 22? lol

Jade’s Tag

1. Pick one of your scars. What’s the story behind it?
I still have this scar in my thigh from a frenzied battle with our pig.
It was feeding time and I was letting the piglets in when a tiny one shrieked to my surprise. Mother pig got mad at me and I was punished with a bite. *hides*

2. What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched on TV?
Unfortunately we do not have a TV in our boarding house. 😥 I come across a lot of random clips from YouTube though. The latest was about outrunning a fart. It’s a video from AsapSCIENCE.

3. How did you meet your best friend?
I’ve been asking the same thing! It definitely started during high school when the universe conspired to make us all classmates. How we clicked to become best of friends though… I can’t say. We were bunch of different flavors all mixed into a bowl. It’s amazing we’re still together! ❤


4. If you were to go to the movies by yourself, what movie would you watch?
Most definitely a movie that the rest of my friends don’t like. I remember watching Black Butler live action alone because none of my friends are into manga or anime. AND I’m looking forward to watching an upcoming local movie entitled, Can’t Help Falling In love, this April too. My friends like them but when it comes to this duo, I like to watch alone. Haha!

5. If you could pick any celebrity, dead or alive, to play you in a movie, who would you pick?
Hmm… this is hard. If I could pick one, I’d choose the gorgeous mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke. ❤

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6. Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?
No plans or obligations on a weekday afternoon… hmm, can I just stay at home? 😀

7. What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line?
That would be a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. <3<3<3

Fitzwilliam Darcy: “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

8. Have you ever danced in the rain?
There are only two things left for me to do in the rain. Kiss and cry. Waaaaa! *imagines Mr. Darcy in the rain*

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9. You are designing your perfect pizza. What would it be?
I’m not too picky about pizza but I’d shower it with lots of love, pineapples, and cheese if I make one. Haha!

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10. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country, what would your new name be?
Tahiti. This is one of islands that comprise French Polynesia. Aside from the dreamy blue sea and miles of white sandy beaches, I love the sound of the name. Wouldn’t you agree?

11. Pick a fellow blogger. Describe that person in 5 words.
Breaking the rules, I’m picking both Rosema and Jade because both are.. Oozing with charm and wit. xoxo

Rosema’s Tag

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.
Untamed. 🙂

2. When and why did you start blogging?
2015. Mainly it was because I wanted to write.

I write because…
My words stumble whenever I speak
But find their way whenever I write.

3. Is there a person that you look up to? Who is it and why?
Hmm… there are a lot of people that I look up to. The latest addition to the list would be our  Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ secretary, Gina Lopez. In a world full of greed for power and money, her fight against mining industries in our country is admirable. I strongly believe this world needs more people like her who have the guts to make a change. To say “enough”.

4. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?
Definitely coffee or a sip of Chocolate Chip Froccino from Bo’s. ❤

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5. Aside from blogging, name one activity that you truly enjoy.
Since ‘activity’ suggests movement and daydreaming won’t suffice for an answer, I’d say long walks. I love long walks— especially on a moonlit night. I do it every day, after my shift. 🙂

6. In your bucket list (or if you will have one), what country/place will be on your top spot?
The Philippines! Although I am from this country, I haven’t been to everywhere. I want to see the beauty of my place before I check my international travel goals. *fingers crossed*

7. Do you have a phobia? What is it?
I am not sure if it’s a phobia at all… but any of our plump, soft, squishy, and squirty friends frightens me. Those anytime-might-burst crawling creatures! lol

8. What’s the weirdest wish/hope that you have secretly said?
Believe it or not, I hoped (even prayed) that I do not fall in love— yet. I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for anything about love and daydreams but I don’t think love is what the current me needs for now.

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9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer. Well, not much to choose from since we only have wet and dry season. -.-

10. What is that one book that touched you in a very special way?
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Because readers do not simply read this book, we feel it.

11. What’s your favorite song lyric? Why?
Grrr… this is the trouble with favorites. I can’t have only one. Soo… I’m picking these lines from Tori Kelly instead. Unbreakable Smile, my song of the day. ❤

La da da da dee, you’re not breaking me
La de da da da, ain’t got time for ya, singing
La da da da dee, you won’t shatter me
La de da da da, got an unbreakable smile


AND there you have it! Thank you for reading until the very end. 🙂  Instead of tagging anyone, this fun tag is open to ALL of you. Feel free to answer Jade’s or Rosema’s questions. You can also answer both and have your rule of 22!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Share Your World – Week 4

Here’s for  Cee’s Share Your World Challenge –  Week 4


Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Fruits. Specially freshly picked. 🙂

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I came from a village tucked in the far-most corner of a small town and I couldn’t ask for more. “Away from civilization”, that’s what we jokingly call it. BUT we’re never away from each other. Home is where love and smile is the warmest.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

Green for the trees, blue for the sky, brown for the dusty road. It was a time of laughter, sun-kissed skin and sweat. Need I say more?

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm

• Stargazing and moon-gazing
• Watching animated films
• Doodling and sketching
• Listening to music
• Lazy afternoons
• Reading books
• Long walks
• Silence

Continue reading “Share Your World – Week 4”

Share Your World – Week 3

So, I’ve decided to join the fun at Cee’s Share Your World Challenge. It would have been nice if I had started at week one but what do they say… better late than never! 😅

Here’s for  Week 3.


1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Close. I’ve watched too many horror films to leave them open. 😱🙈

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

No, thank you. I prefer my own. 👌🏽

3. What is your usual bedtime?

I always say this, “The night is my bed, the moon my lover…” 🌙✨

I love to laze the night away especially when it’s a starry night and the moon is out. My muse, I found, delights in the dark.  Although I am not a night owl per se, I’d say I sleep on an average of midnight.  Continue reading “Share Your World – Week 3”

Conquering O-Peak

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir

I’ve been out of blogosphere for quite a time because… life happens. BUT so much for that, I’m happy to be back! 😀 😀 😀

So, for now, here’s a sneak peak of my trekking adventure with friends last April 9 at O-Peak.

Osmeña Peak, most often known as O-Peak, is the highest mountain in Cebu famous for its picturesque view of the countryside. It offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset, a tedious yet worth-all-the-sweat climb atop the jagged hills, a blanket of moon and stars during the night, and endless laughter and smiles. Personally, I’d say it looked like we were transported to another world. Hmm… say, Middle-earth. ❤

Lo and behold… the beauty of the highest peak in the Queen City of the South! Lovely shots by Cat, too. 😉

Gorgeous sunset. Need I say more? 

Team Backdoor conquers Osmeña Peak! YAY! 

Our ancestors would be so proud, we’ve managed to create our make-shift kitchen! Ha!

Hello there, sunrise! It was foggy and misty when I climb atop the hill but the sun’s ascend warms the heart. ❤

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Moments later, the fog eased and here’s a gorgeous take from Cat. Sunrise is ❤

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Uhmm… I’m adding this just because! Caption: A Little Hobbit in Shire! ^^

Warm sunrise over foggy mist
Silhouettes on a breathtaking sunset
Jagged hills and white coastline
An untamed beauty, nature has defined
Friends and laughter ’round a campfire
Moon and stars lit the night sky
A cold embrace from the wind
I wouldn’t trade this for anything.


Happy Sunday, everyone!

 

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Three weeks ago, I was itching to go home and start my well-deserved long holiday- praying for the clock to tick faster, pulling the remaining days that are to come. There was only one thing in my mind back then, it’s freedom from the corporate world. To finally spoil myself, spend time with my loved ones, and deal with my blog. The first two came in smoothly, it’s the latter that I have failed to deal with. You see, when you live oceans away from home amidst the towering concrete jungle, spending most of your hours in front of a computer, you’ll eventually end up with a thirst for conversations, genuine laughter, childish smiles, comfy bed and a life away from PC or phone. Hence, I set blogging aside. I know I missed a lot but no regrets.

That is why, from the bottom of my happy heart, I thank blogosphere and the all the brilliant people I have come to know and value. I especially would like to thank Priceless Joy (thank you for the playful prompts), Rosema (thank you for the lovely posts), Jessie, Millie, and Madeeha (you’re all equally creative and brilliant).

P.S.  I’ve been meaning to write a birthday post since Doodles and Scribbles will be turning 1 this January and thanks a lot for such timely review!  I shall return very soon, ecstatic to read your posts and be inspired. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award: A ‘thank you’

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I’m a recluse blogger when I first started this site. I only wanted a retreat from life’s hustle and bustle and was just looking for another way to express my endless musings other than scribbling them on a tissue. But as I came to know fellow bloggers who are both awesome and endowed, and became a part of a community who lifts you up and inspires, I felt a bigger purpose unveiling inside me. I wanted to be fearless. I wanted to express my thoughts free of worry. I wanted to hone my writing and learn from them. I wanted this blog to be my abode in being myself. And, indeed, blogosphere has become a home to me. Continue reading “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award: A ‘thank you’”

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