Sagada 2.0

For my 25th birthday, I decided to head back to one of the few places I totally fell in love with. I first visited Sagada in 2012, and I have wanted to visit it again since then. Thankfully, I was finally able to do so partly due to the Pope’s 5-day visit in the Philippines […]

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There and Back Again

Just this February, I was able to hike up Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ tallest mountain. It was an unforgettable experience and one of the best I’ve had in relation to mountaineering. (You can read about the hike here.) For a month, I’ve been tuning up myself for yet another go at climbing Mt. Apo. This […]

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Greatest Hits… So Far (Part 2)

I had to get me some sleep so I wasn’t able to finish my list in one post. ūüėõ Let’s spring into action, shall we? Here are my five favorite hikes so far:   5. Mt. Ugo Traverse Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet LLA: 16.31916¬įN, 120.80166¬įE, 2130 MASL Days required / hours to summit: 2-3 days, […]

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Greatest Hits… So Far

We are already halfway through 2014. I started writing this post in January. It was supposed to list ten of my favorite hikes from the previous year. A lot of things happened since then and sadly, I never got to really finish my post. The Daily Post’s writing challenge this week asks us to “shake […]

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Surf’s Up

So I finally tried surfing. One of the items on my 30 before 30 list is to learn how to surf – it did not say learn how to surf well. So I think I got that covered. ūüėČ There’s a quote that tells us that the best surfer is the one having the most […]

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Ballin’ Baller

There’s always room for more adventure! Two fun-filled days, that’s what we got from our recent Baler trip. We hiked up a mountain, we bathed in a river, we camped beside a pool, we got drunk, we surfed, we rappelled down a waterfall, and we went inside a 600-year-old tree. Not convinced yet? Maybe some […]

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Surviving Mt. Pulag’s Akiki Trail

  This was originally posted a few months back as a note on my Facebook account. Back then, I still wasn’t convinced I could start and maintain a blog. I’m putting this here¬†because it is where it should be.¬†Here is a link to my original post. Twenty One The¬†Akiki¬†trail is definitely one of the best […]

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Taking the Monster Jeep to Mt. Pulag

Going¬†to Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines, often requires travelers to take what has become known to mountaineers as the “monster jeepney.” These monsters of a vehicle go around the Cordillera region and are aptly named for their engines and tires that can withstand long hours of […]

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Penguins Up Close

On March 12 of 2012, my friends Mika, Maica, and I went to Manila Ocean Park. ¬†There, I had my first “up close and personal moment” with penguins. (It was my second visit, but there weren’t any penguins yet on my first one.) We didn’t actually plan to go there that day; we went to […]

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Davao Wild Water Adventure

In 2011, some friends and I traveled¬†¬†around Davao City. On our third day there, we took on the challenge of¬†white water rafting. It was a blast! There were a lot of rapids that made the ride more thrilling and more fun. Also, it was so fun when our boat capsized. I wish we could have […]

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Of Mountains and Goals

Another continuing theme of this blog will be mountaineering. It is perhaps the one thing I am most passionate about. Mountaineering for me is not just a sport or a recreation, it is a way of life, an expression of self, and a practice of faith and devotion. Here is a list of my top […]

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