Friday, January 27, 2017

Twin Day Hike: Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Ayaas

This completes my posts about the five mountains in Rizal namely: Mt. Sipit Ulang, Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi, Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Ayaas. These mountains are those being climbed during a penta climb. 

I promised to do a better guide posts for mountain climbing but... :))

I could say that we kind of made a bad choice in climbing Mt. Binacayan first because the trail of Mt. Ayaas is too damn long and we weren't ready for a night hike... but was it really a bad choice? Let's see. 

Wore this for the first time instead of my usual hiking shoes because I knew it was going to be muddy and we have Tarak Ridge Hike scheduled four days after this twin hike. Guess what? It immediately gave up. haha. 

It was a short but a bit hard especially because the trail is muddy (beginning) and rocky (near the summit). As usual, the pabebe "climber" needed my guide. Buti na lang si Jeric ulit HAHAHAHA!

As usual, I don't stop with intents of taking pictures so these pictures taken during our take fives. 


Masakit man isipin pero 'yun nga, sa throwback na lang ako payat pero mas okay stamina ko ngayon. Hahaha. Hello, dati nasa baba lang. Ngayon nakakaakyat na ko kahit pabebe... wala namang forever so impossibleng pabebe forevs.

Iba ka talaga, Sierra Madre. <3
I'll never get tired of you. 

Bes, akyat na akyat na ko. HAHAHA. 

At 'yung sumunod nga, andito na kami. 

Kung papayat lang din naman ako, bakit hindi pa ngayon?! HUHU CHAROT


I don't have a picture of the summit, idk why :/

Descended Mt. Binacayan, ate lunch, then rode the tricycle to Barangay Mascap - the jump off point of Mt. Ayaas. 

The guide informed that the trail is long so we're risking a night hike here. For those who do twin hikes, triple peak hikes or penta, it's Mt. Ayaas that they climb first... tutuloy pa ba tayo?! 627 MASL din 'yon.

Tumuloy pa rin po ang mga pasaway hahaha

Manhid na ko besh nung dumating kami sa summit pero ang ganda ganda ng view!! 360 degrees view of the moutain range. <3

Kunyari po, di na-stress. 

Nakaka ganda pala talaga ma picture pag golden hour. HAHAHAHA

We left the summit a few minutes before the sunset...

Endings can be beautiful too. 

The trail was long, dark and muddy. Combo of all the things I hate. HAHAHAHA. But then around 40 minutes before reaching the end, one tree had fireflies in it!!!


It may have been a bad choice since the night hike was treacherous (I say treacherous kasi baka may mumu haha), but nature has its unique way of making us feel loved and that all the hardships are worth it. First time ko makakita ng ganun karaming fireflies!! <3

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Farinas Ilocos Empanada, Visayas Avenue Branch

I didn't crave for an Ilocos Empanada for the several months. Walang appeal. Nawalan ng appeal to be exact. Until my brother mentioned to me one night that he saw a couple putting bagoong isda with vinegar in their empanada and how the empanada tasted so much better after. 

"Susssss, imbento ka na naman!", I said.
"Sira! Hindi. Totoo, masarap nga", He said

Until I finally gave in and handed him money to buy empanada. HAHAHAHAHA. 

Bes, ang sarap!!!
Sobrang sarap nakalimutan ko na mag-English. HAHAHAHA!

Baka acquired taste, hindi ko alam. Basta pag andun kayo, try niyo na lang din. Nakakawala ng umay. Haha. Basta. Simula nung natutunan ko 'yung bagoong saka suka, nagc-crave na ko para sa Ilocos Empanada once in a while. Once in a while na three consecutive nights, ganern. HAHAHA

Buti pa rito, pwede ka mag-request na special ka.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mt. Ulap 2017 (Reverse Traverse)

 'Yung friend mong, "Ge, bahala na."
Ako ata 'yon. :))) Well, ako nga 'yon. Malakas ebidensiya. HAHAHA! 

I've been wanting to go to Mt. Ulap because I saw the picture of the rock (Happened to be Gungal Rock) on a sponsored in Facebook but back then, I didn't have hiking buddies yet. Be careful what you wish for talaga. I was blessed with hiking buddies. Ako na ang umaayaw but the mountains keep calling pero hindi ako nagre-reklamo, akyat lang ng akyat. <3

I don't do my research whenever I climb. My climbmates do all the searching/itinerary-making. Ito na nga, Mt. Ulap daw. Kala ko Mt. Ulap 'yung bato. Hindi pala. Research, research din kasi. Lakas mo mag blog, di ka sumoporta. Hahahaha. Nags-search naman ako kaso maliban sa kung anong difficulty ng trail, wala na kong tinitignan kasi kinakabahan ako. :)))) 

We arrived here at the Barangay/ Registration and there was an ongoing wedding reception. They offered us dinner which we were more than glad to accept. May they live happily ever after ganyan.

We were asked which trail we are taking, the normal traverse or the reverse traverse which will be steeper but will take shorter time.

If you are also doing a night hike, reverse traverse will be the best option for you so 'cause I don't think we missed that much view.

Didn't know really that "Mt. Ulap" Hike is a hike through a ridge and that there are going to be three summits in one day. 

The reverse traverse was from Sta. Fe to Mt. Ulap (campsite) and then we spent the next day trekking the rest of the ridge.

Pictures from the night hike.

I am for night hikes. I am for Cordillera Hikes. <3 I am so inlove with you, CAR pero super minsan ko lang mapuntahan. Haha. Sa susunod talaga, Banaue at Sagada!

We stopped by the Burial caves to rest for a bit and they started building their zen stones again. Something beautiful but I don't have the patience for. 

This was from the wedding. I didn't know they handed out take outs too. Haha! That night was also the first time I drank Emperador lights. Had to daw kasi malamig. And yes, beshyyyy, di ko masyado naramdaman 'yung lamig saka ang himbing ng tulog ko. :)))

We went here a few days after the supermoon so the moon was bright.

We saw some stars that night but it was too chilly to stay out of the tent. I slept soundly that I didn't notice that it started drizzling sometime before dawn. We were supposed to wake up at 5 AM so we could trek Mt. Ulap before sunrise (around 10 minutes from the campsite) but since it rained, we had to wait... char! Di ko alam na we had to wait. Tulog ako. HAHAHA

From the campsite, Mt. Sto. Tomas the one with "big electric fans" was visible. Gusto ko pa naman puntahan 'yon kasi dun daw malapit 'yung Cafe in the Sky. Keri lang, napuntahan ko naman na 'yung adjacent mountain. 

There wasn't a sea of clouds in Mt. Ulap but there was in other mountains visible from the top of Ulap.

Gatorade session in the morning.

I used to forego bringing energy drinks on hikes and just drink water but I was told that it's essential since muscle cramps occur when salt in the body isn't replaced. Sports drink can replace mineral losses and rehydrate your body so don't think twice and bring your own bottle of energy drink. I am not being paid to endorse Gatorade but I am accepting donations. CHOS! HAHAHA

Di ko talaga alam bakit ang dami kong picture na nakapikit ako. Di ko naman sadya 'yan. HAHAHA. Feeling cute, ganern.

Darating ka rin.
'Yung sasama sa'kin hanggang dulo.
Ako muna ngayon, mag-isa.
Ikaw na muna ngayon, mag-isa.
Mag bahagian na lang tayo ng kwento sa hinaharap. 
Sa tamang panahon.
'Yung handang handa na tayong dalawa.  
Sa tamang panahon, 
Babalikan natin ang mga bundok at lugar na pinaka-nagustuhan natin
Pupuntahan natin ang mga bundok at lugar na pumukaw sa ating atensiyon pero hindi pa natin napuntahan dahil gusto natin kasama ang isa't isa.

Oo. Balang araw magiging handa tayong dalawa.
Walang takot tayong gagawa ng mga bagong kwento... kwentong punong-puno ng saya, pag-ibig, at tiwala. 

Pinakamagandang view so far!!!!

Chill climb pero sobrang ganda ng view. <3 View ah. Ang ganda ng trail. Best sunrise ko pa rin sa Mt. Pulag. Hehehe!

Ito mga daan na ayoko. HAHAHAHAHA!! Hindi ko alam pano ko bababa. Buti na lang, kuya guides and ate guides are always there. 

Ang tarik, bes!!

The places we've been.
The places we'll go,
Kapit lang, shoes! <3 hahaha

'Yung bandang left na bato, 'yun 'yung sikat sa Mt. Ulap na Gungal rock pero sobrang haba ng pila kaya di na kami nakipila. Naghanap na lang kami ng alternative sa paligid. 

While waiting and resting at this part of the ridge, clouds slowly rose. 

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you -- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.


Ang ganda!!!

Will forever have a thing with clouds and fogs.

On the way to the first peak which was our third.

Much love for pine trees. 

End of trail. 

Overall, I can say that Mt. Ulap is a beginner friendly hike especially when you're doing the regular traverse. Just make sure to pack light because even if the trail isn't that challenging, walking with a heavy backpack will exhaust you faster. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bossing's Grill, Ali Mall, Cubao

Eat all you can at Bossing's Grill Buffet in Ali Mall for only P 299.00/person. 

I have eaten here once with my friends two years ago and I'm glad they have a lot of improvements already since that first visit. 

The first thing I noticed is how they now have grillers to make sure that the food that are on display for serving are hot. Sarap nung bagnet! Crunchy ang skin, Hihi.

With this much choices, sulit na sulit na sa P 299.00. There's even a 20% discount if you're eating later than 8:30 PM. 


I think though that they need improvement when it comes to their dessert options. I don't remember anything from the choices na. I didn't find anything that was special. But I did make my own halo-halo though. 

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