Up and Down to the top of Mt. Batulao

Hooray, I just conquered the 6th mountain on my bucket list since I started hiking.

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Mt. Batulao (photo by: shella salud)

The mountain is called Mt. Batulao; known for its up and down hills on the way to the top with less trees along the trail . The mountain is located at Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, and is 2 hours away from our place in Cavite.

Since there are seldom trees along the trail, I highly recommend that you cover yourself from the sun to prevent sunburn. This is what we got for not securing our skin from the sun:

We started the hike at 7:30am and got down from it at 5:30pm. We climbed the mountain almost the whole day because we were fond of taking breaks whenever we feel exhausted.

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The hike was kind of difficult because there are lots of hills to be climbed up and down plus the fact that there are trails that are too steep for us to climb and to get down.

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Before reaching the jump-off, you will need to walk about 2kms to get there. You have the choice to walk or ride a tricycle; in our case, we decided to just walk our way to the jump-off.

Upon reaching the start of the trail, there are vendors of bamboo stick that will eventually help you climb the mountain. The stick only cost P10.

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As we climb the mountain, the scenic views started to amaze us.

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And as we go higher, the trail started to get more difficult.

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But even though you get exhausted along the way, there are stores and vendors that offer refreshments like coconut.

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There are also plenty of dogs in the mountain.

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And after 5 hours of going up and down the hills and paying 5 registration fees due to land ownership, we have reached the summit.

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There are another registration fees upon going down the summit. All in all you’ll spend P130 for the 6 registration fees. That’s quite a big amount compare to other mountains. Usually, there is only one registration fee amounting to P20-P50 for climbing mountains here in the Philippines. But it can also be expensive if they require tour guides. It’s a good thing that this mountain didn’t require us to have one.

We decided to go down the summit using the new trail. I forgot to mention that you have a choice which trail you will be using: the old or the new trail. In our case, we chose to climb the summit via old trail and get down on it via new trail.

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And though we were already descending the mountain, we can’t deny the fact that still the scenery is still breathtaking.

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Although we were exhausted and quite pissed about the numerous registration fees, no amount of money can pay the beauty we have witnessed upon climbing this mountain. And here I am, encouraging the readers to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the world God has created. You will be mesmerized by how creative our God is.

For those who want to see the list of our expenses, here it is:
P150 – van transpo fare from Tejero, Cavite to Mt. Batulao
P130 – registration fees
P150 – van from Mt. Batulao to Tejero, Cavite

Time of arrival: 7:30am
Time of departure: 5:30pm

To see the footage of our journey, click this link: Mt. Batulao Adventure.

Masungi Georeserve Adventure

Two months ago, we decided to take a reservation here in Masungi Georeserve. We chose a date that will give us enough preparation financially also physically, aside from the fact that most of the nearest dates were already fully booked.

Masungi Georeserve Management requires the visitors to book  the date of their visit in advance. They don’t allow walk-ins. All you have to do is go to their website: Masungi Georeserve to book a reservation. Also, you must be a group of at least 7 people but not more than 14. And since there’s no public transportation that passes by the area, you might need to bring a private vehicle. Further details can be found at their website: Masungi Georeserve.

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Photo by: Shella Salud

The place is located at Baras, Rizal, Philippines. It was named Masungi because it was derived from the word Masungki (crooked teeth), which describes the rock formation around the mountain.

The place is famous for the bridge and ladder which were made out of ropes,

and let us not forget the giant rope hammock hanging between two hills.

Another famous attraction of the place is the so-called Sapot, a giant spider web hanging between large rock hills, which of course made out of ropes.

And before you head on to the finish line and grab some snack,

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You must overcome the final challenge — Bayawak, in English giant lizard..

Aside from these challenges, there are some spots too that are worth savoring and seeing . Here are those:

To sum it up, the 4 to 5 hour hike isn’t that hard, you just have to follow the trail and the instruction of the park ranger.

Also, once in a while, the park ranger gives insight and trivia about each spot or attraction that you will encounter.

Although the hike is quite easy, it’s no doubt that it’s exciting and full of adventure and rewarding, especially the part when you reach the end of every challenge and when you reach the peak.

I highly recommend Masungi Georeserve  to first-time hikers and beginners. Although, this might cost an amount of money, I assure you that it’s worth the time and cost. As of this year, their rate per head is P1,500 during weekdays and 1,800 during weekends. That includes snack at the end of the trail.

If you wish to see more of our adventure, you may click this link and watch our video footage: Facebook: Masungi Georeserve Adventure, Vimeo: Masungi Georeserve Adventure.

So what areyou waiting for? Book a visit now! 😀

Climb for Caio at Mt. Maynuba

Almost a month ago, I and my travel buddies joined a climb for a cause, it was entitled climb for Caio. 13584762_1051845154900842_6784064101318652925_o Caio is a dog who died at the mountain and thus the owner buried it at the mountain top.

The event was organized by Saint Roche Premium Organic Dog Shampoo.

I failed to capture every moment due to exhaustion (I need to catch the group up and keep climbing), IMG_053313641030_1051846814900676_5812513284486564784_o13581986_1051847788233912_7566774269653651925_o13568904_1051846151567409_5485026404996972826_o13640947_1051846704900687_1552931111181413057_othat’s why some of the pictures here were grabbed from the Facebook page of Saint Roche.

I realized one thing from the climb: that if you want to enjoy every moment of your climb you should never ever join a group climb, your focus will be on the catching up not on the beauty of the climb.

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Mt. Maynuba is located at Tanay, Rizal, Philippines, we climbed it for 3 hours, and I guess it is recommended for the first timers.

Here are the pictures of the view while we climb:

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And finally we reached the top..

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Ilocos Tour

My sister and I decided to join a tour in Ilocos, collectively refers to two provinces in the PhilippinesIlocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. The tour was great and we had so much fun and learned amazing things about the province. We enjoyed its ocean and explored other amazing places, like Bantay Abot, Bangui Windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Kabigan Falls, Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Blue Lagoon, Saud beach and many more (see pictures below).

The 3-day tour was so worth it, you will experience that God is really an awesome creator. The photos below are only half of the awesomeness you may feel when you travel Ilocos but I hope these photos are enough to convince you that Ilocos is a worthy place to travel and explore. It was a good thing that we joined the tour.

Here are the pictures of the amazing places of the province:

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Calle Crisologo

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Calle Crisologo

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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Bangui Windmills

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Bangui Windmills

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On the way to Kabigan Falls

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Kabigan Falls

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Kabigan Falls

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Patapat Viaduct

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Patapat Viaduct

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Patapat Viaduct

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Patapat Viaduct

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Bantay-Abot

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Bantay-Abot

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Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon

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Saud Beach

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Saud Beach

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Saud Beach

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Sweet Escape

Batangas, Philippines is a nice place for scuba and snorkeling; a sweet escape indeed. It’s just a bit sad that I don’t own a waterproof camera; I failed to capture what’s underneath the ocean.

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Aside from that, there are other things which you can enjoy while you stay at the place.

Here is a warm Gotong Batangas that you should try to eat.

Also, don’t miss the special hot choco of the place. Made from pure cocoa/tablea boiled for less than 10 minutes.. and dyaraaaaan.. a mouthwatering hot choco.. 😛

Don’t forget to enjoy the nature while you stay at the place.

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So what are you waiting for, visit Batangas and celebrate a special moment with the nature and don’t miss the special delicacies of the place..

Mind the Nature

I always believe that adventure is just a step away from home, that’s why last day I went to the nearest sea and was excited to feel the warmth of it. I wanted to feel and play with the sun, sand and sea.

photo by: Shella Salud

photo by: Shella Salud

But I noticed, as I roam around the area, some garbage around the shore. And this made me feel sad.

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I wonder why some people chose to put or drop their litters elsewhere, rather than disposing them to the right place. We are supposed to take care of the nature given by God; we are supposed to appreciate them. Please mind the nature before dropping your garbage elsewhere. If you can’t find a right place to dispose them, then keep it in your bag or pocket and dispose them properly later.

I am taking this seriously because we are damaging God’s nature seriously. If we want to have a clean environment then please start that discipline within ourselves. Let’s take care of the environment given by God. Ruining the nature is ruining God’s glory as well.

Have a wonderful world. 😀

Solitude

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Solitude.

Sometimes, this doesn’t mean being alone in your private world; you can experience solitude even when you’re surrounded by people who are real to you.. You can experience solitude by just looking at the sea. Just like how I experienced mine when I captured this kind of solitude.

And please keep in mind that solitude is best spent with people you love the most. 😀

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Pico De Loro, Second Time Around

Last February, I blogged about my adventure at Pico De Loro and was left asking for more. I fell in love with the adventure and with the beautiful scenery above. And so I promised myself that I will return on that place: mainly, because I want to experience it again, secondly, to finish the whole challenge, which I failed to accomplish during my first climb. And so I told myself, ‘this time, I’m going to conquer the top of the monolith.’

As stated in my previous blog about Pico De Loro, I failed to climb the monolith due to physical exhaustion. I had ran-out of enough strength for it.

So, this time, I planned a different itinerary to be able to complete the whole climb. Together with my two travel buddies, we headed on to Ternate around 2:30pm. They agreed to take an overnight adventure in that place. (Thank God, I got their favored after an hour of persuasion the night before the event.)

In less than an hour, we reached the terminal and rode a tricycle to DENR. (You can check this footage but this was taken during my first climb here). The transportation fees were just the same as before, and also the entrance fee. And yes, I was very much confident that everything were just the same as what we had encountered last time. And I was right, except for one. Geeee, they’re not accepting overnight campers anymore. According to them, this Memo was issued last March 28, due to uncleanliness of the campers who were leaving garbage at the top. So I thought: 1. What now? Are we going back home empty handed of the adventure we were seeking? 2. I should get ready for the blame of these two friends, after all, I was the one who persuade them to do an overnight here. And maybe the registrar guy noticed these thoughts on my face, so before I even ask him what to do, he told us that we can build our tent some place down there and start the climb tomorrow instead. At first, I was kinda disappointed and was tempted to refuse his offer. It wasn’t what we planned for. I was also looking forward to film the sunrise at the top of the mountain, and how will I do that now if we’ll start our trek tomorrow? And then the registrar guy said we can start the climb at 4am, he said just the right words to make us stay and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

So we find a place to set our tent to start the night early. We need so much strength for the adventure tomorrow and we can’t allow ourselves to sleep late.

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set the tent

set the tent

set the tent

But just like anyone else, we can’t force ourselves to sleep early when we’re not feeling sleepy in the first place. So we headed on to the highway outside the campsite, hoping to enjoy whatever views and amazing things await us there.

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outside the campsite

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outside the campsite

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outside the campsite

And these things didn’t let us down.

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She owns the world

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ROCK ON!!

Of course, like what I always say, mind the small details. Enjoy and savor the moment but don’t miss out the little things.

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And finally, after somehow exhausting ourselves, and after we ate our dinner, we set a bonfire.

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This was a first time for me. I haven’t been literally camping out on a cold dark night. And thank God He gave me this perfect time to experience.

We laid our backs at exactly 7:30PM but slept maybe 2 hours after, you’ll know why if you’ll try.

We set an alarm at 2:30AM for us to have enough time to eat breakfast, to warm-up, and get ourselves ready to climb.

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inside the tent

And though I can feel the cold ground underneath my back and how hard they were, thanks to God He gave me enough sleep just perfect for the adventure in a while.

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time to set down the tent

We started our trek at maybe around 4:00am. It was a good thing there were campers like us who were also going up at a time like that. The more, the more lights of course. 😀

And because it was dark, we failed to capture our way up. And now I must say that I didn’t catch the sunrise. We were moving kinda slow. But that’s just fine, I can still do it some other time. 😛

Besides, the scenery, as we were nearing the top at an early time, was I think amazing than any other time.

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near the first peak

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near the first peak

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near the first peak

And then at last, after more than 2 hours, we reached the first peak.

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first peak

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first peak

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first peak

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first peak

What awesome creations we have here. The perspiration really paid off. But we know that there’s more. We still have two challenges we need to accomplish: the second peak and the monolith. So again we set the tent up and rested for 30 mins. and then we headed on to the second peak and left our tent standing since we have agreed not to traverse.

In less than 25mins. we reached the second peak. And geez, the way up seemed steeper than before. I don’t know if it was just me or it really became steeper but I was sure my first climb here was easier than this time. But no matter how hard the climb was, it was fun and fulfilling when you reach the top.

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view from the 2nd peak

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view from the 2nd peak

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view from the 2nd peak

And after savoring the moment on this top, we braced ourselves for the last challenge: the monolith.

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the monolith

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view from the second peak: Monolith

view from the second peak

view from the second peak: Monolith

We had to climb down to the other side of the peak to get to this monolith. The way down was steeper but rocky, that was why I considered it easier than climbing the second peak. You have unlimited access to wherever you want to place your grip.

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way down to reach the monolith

In less than 20min. we were at the bottom of the monolith..

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bottom of the monolith

bottom of the monolith

bottom of the monolith

We were actually having a hard time deciding if we were going to climb this cliff. It actually looks dangerous when you’re already standing next to it.

But then I realized, didn’t we prayed for it and entrusted God everything in this adventure? Why not do a leap of faith. Didn’t you want to witness more of His creations? Besides, this was one of the reasons why you climbed Pico De Loro for the second time — to conquer the monolith, right?.

And then I went on and climbed this cliff, which at first was difficult but as you climb higher, things were getting easier. Thanks to God for the strength and motivation He placed in my heart. I kept on calling His Name on my way up.

Later, my two friends followed and climbed up too. Maybe they thought that if I can, then surely they can do this too.

The climb to this monolith won’t take you more than 15mins.,  just remember how you climbed up because that’s also how you’re going to climb down.

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top of the monolith

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top of the monolith

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top of the monolith

We spent a little more time at the top. We actually owned the monolith for 20mins.. Nobody’s trying to climb this cliff at that time, which was of course favorable to us.

And when we had finished savoring the moment, we headed back to where our tent was. But of course the way back there was as hard as going to the second peak and the monolith.

In less than 30mins. we were back at the first peak and rested there for almost an hour before we start our journey way down.

In less than 2 hours, we were already at the bottom of the mountain and getting ready for a ride back home.

We left the place at around 11:45am with a fulfilled and amazed heart. And I know, I’m going to ask for more adventure like this. I know.

You can check out this link to literally visualized how awesome the scenery at this place are: Pico De Loro, 2nd Time Around

You might want to budget your time and finances before backpacking so here’s our itinerary and expenses list to somehow help you:

Itinerary:
Meet up at Tejero, Cavite – 2:30 pm
Tejero to Ternate – 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ternate to DENR – 3:30pm to 3:45pm
Set the tent – 3:45pm to 4:00pm
Free time – 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Exploring whatever it is available to explore – 4:45pm to 5:30pm
Free time and set the bonfire – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dinner – 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Free time – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sleep time – 8:00pm to 2:30am
Breakfast – 2:30am to 3:00am
Set down the tent – 3:00am to 3:15am
Getting ready – 3:15am to 4:00am
Start the hike – 4:00am
Touchdown first peak – 6:45am
Rest – 6:45am to 7:30am
Second peak – 8:00am
Monolith – 9:30am
Back at the first peak – 10:05am
Rest – 10:05am to 10:30am
Back at the bottom – 12:00nn

Total Expenses:
Bus from Tejero to Ternate – P41
Tricycle to DENR – P75 each
Entrance fee – P25
Dinner – P65 to P100
Tricycle back to terminal – P75each
Bus from Ternate to Tejero – P41

Thanks for reading and have a great adventure ahead. God bless! 😀

This Kind of Summer

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shell food pond

“My heart and flesh cry out for You the Living God. Your Spirit’s water to my soul. I’ve tasted and I’ve seen come once again to me.”

Just when I’m about to upload this picture, I suddenly remembered this line from a song (Better is One Day) and I believed that was what exactly this photo was trying to represent: That (1) this isn’t just what a shellfish pond in the Philippines looks like during summer and after the harvest. Also, (2) this is what a person feels like sometimes: dry and empty.

And we all get this kind of summer in our lives. Summer that sometimes, you were the only one who can feel; summer that we keep to ourselves and ourselves alone; Summer that we don’t want to pass through; Summer that we don’t enjoy.

And that kind of Summer is normal just like this Summer we are currently experiencing here in the Philippines. It’s part of life and it will pass through.

But if time comes, you think your summer is never ending and you’re tempted to give up, remember this:
Every time we feel dry and empty we can always come to the Lord and allow Him to refresh our whole being. Just like how rain refreshes and gives life to this soil. 

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shell food pond

Rain will come. God will come. Call unto Him and experience it yourself.

Pico de Loro (Mt. Palay-Palay)

For so many years we’ve been spending our Holy week either at home or at the beach, and yes it was fun. Besides, it’s always fun when rest and family is around. For a few days, we can proudly say “Now this is life baby”.

But I wanted to try something different this year. I wanted to add something on my list this Holy week. And that includes nature tripping. I wanted to climb another mountain; I wanted to sweat myself out and be challenged as I reach the mountain top; I wanted to look the world, well some parts of Cavite to be specific, on a bigger picture; I wanted to be amazed and be awed by what awaits me up there; I wanted the feels.

And of course, I wanted to blog and share this experience to others. 😉

After reaching the top of Taal, I know I’ll be hungry for more adventure like this. And so I promised myself that the next mountain I will climb, if ever I feel the urge, is Pico De Loro. First, because it’s not that far from home, that means it isn’t too costly for me. Second, someone told me it’s perfect for beginners like me.

Pico De Loro, sometimes called Mt. Palay-Palay and I don’t why (pardon my poor research on that. Hehe), is located in Ternate, Cavite but you can traverse Nasugbo, Batangas, or vice versa. And since we live near Ternate, we chose this as our starting point.

So here’s the amazing adventure:

Bus ride to Ternate

Bus ride to Ternate

We rode a bus to Ternate at exactly 6am, but actually we were 30 minutes late with our schedule. But that was okay, I told myself, as long as it’s not an hour late, I believe it won’t affect our itinerary. And I was right. 😀

This ride only took us 50 mins. ’til we reached the terminal and from there we rode a tricycle for the actual entourage to the bottom of the mountain.

Tricycle ride to DENR

Tricycle ride to DENR

This trike ride won’t take you more than 30 mins. but it will cost you P75. But that’s just fine, let’s give them a chance to earn income through tourism, besides,

scenery on the way to DENR

scenery on the way to DENR

the scenery as you go nearer the entrance is truly breathtaking.

“Eto pa lang ulam na.” – famous Filipino line when something is as amazingly great as the whole package.

And before you know it, voila!

Ternate's Entrance

Ternate’s Entrance

Make sure to pee before you start the hike. :P

Make sure to pee before you start the hike. 😛

Before anything else, register. :D

Before anything else, register.

So now, let’s get it on!

We started the adventure at 7:10am. You’ll find out later how long it took us to reach the top.

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let’s get it on!

Let's get it on!!

Let’s get it on!!

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

bottom part, rocky

The lower part was actually, well of course, the easiest part. Aside from we still have all the energy in the world, the rocky road made it easier for us to climb up.

But as we were nearing the middle part of the mountain…

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It became more challenging as the rocks along the way get lesser each time you go up farther..

And so expect this if you’re a beginner..

sweat yourself out baby.

sweat yourself out baby.

Take note, we haven’t reached even the middle part of Pico De Loro yet. Yeah, burn fats burn. 😀

But you can look around and enjoy those small details in this mountain, which probably some climbers fail to see. And enjoying them will help you forget the exhaustion you’re starting to feel.

Here are those small details I’m grateful I notice:

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

Explore the small details

And then before we knew it, we were actually nearing the top.

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

Almost there

I was kinda surprised how friendly these hikers and backpackers we met along the way were. Aside from the greetings and smile, they were also courteous. I guess, nature trippers really posses this kind of good vibrant. It’s what they get from exploring the beauty of the world.

hikers along the way

hikers along the way

hikers along the way

hikers along the way

And after 3 hours of following the trail, you’ll be amazed by these wonderful views at the top of the first peak of Pico De Loro. These prove how awesome God is.

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

First peak

I was so motivated to climb the second peak. I wonder what it feels to be up there; I wanted to see what’s up there; I wanted to complete my climb.

So after the 30-minute rest, we headed on to the second peak.

to the second peak

to the second peak

to the second peak

to the second peak

Oh boy, the way to the second peak was too steep, but thank God we have reached the top in less than 15 minutes.

And oh, so lovely up there.. And though I failed to climb the monolith, due to insufficient energy, still I felt I have fulfilled my adventure here.

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the monolith

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

view from the second peak

And though the sun was burning our skin, we spent a little more time on this peak. We did savor the moment. 🙂

Because later you will find out, that going down won’t be that easy, especially if you’re going to traverse. And traversing Nasagbu, I think isn’t advisable for a beginner. But cheers to my companions who have survived the obstacles — some of them were actually first timers.

I even failed to capture the hardest part while going down because, well, I was really concentrating on how will I go down safe and sound. I was also concerned with my siblings who were feeling nervous as they climbed down.

traverse to Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse to Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse to Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse to Nasugbo, Batangas

traverse Nasugbo, Batangas

But of course, the more you get closer to the bottom the more you get exhausted, so again look around and see the small details.

enjoy the small details

enjoy the small details

enjoy the small details

enjoy the small details

enjoy the small details

enjoy the small details

And thanks so much to these bamboo beside the trail it really helped us climb down.

bamboo in the house

bamboo in the house

bamboo in the house

bamboo in the house

And of course thanks to our little tour guide, who guided our way as we traversed. We met this boy on the 2nd peak and he offered his help the very moment he knew we’re going to traverse.

our little tour guide

our little tour guide

And though we didn’t say yes, because really we were on a tight budget, he followed us down, and then we realized that we probably need this little guy. And yes, his help played a great role on our way down.

You can also stop by at this little children’s soda station to take a short rest and wind up with a soda in your hand.

buy some soda from them

buy some soda from them

After almost 3 hours of climbing down Pico De Loro, my heart jumped with joy the very moment I saw the exit.

congratulations! You have completed your traverse

congratulations! You have completed your traverse

sign that log book

sign that log book

sign that log book

sign that log book

Finally time to sign out that logbook, baby.

And because the major reason why we decided to traverse is to visit this tunnel, which is starting to make a name in Cavite’s Tourism, we took our chance and took a pose and captured the moment.

Again, you’ll need to ride a tricycle to get here. And this time, the transportation fee, was costly than I thought. You must prepare P150 – P170 for the trike, if you’re going back to Ternate.

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

Kaybiang Tunnel

In less than an hour, expect that you’ll be back to where you’ve started and then you can start your journey way back home. Because surely, you’ll be needing a lot of sleep after this adventure, well, at least for me. But I’m very much certain that I will go back and that time I will conquer that monolith. 😉

Aside from that, spending part of my vacation climbing this mountain made me realized that God is indeed a creative God. How can we disapprove His existence when even nature declares He exist. I’m also grateful that God used this moment to have a wonderful fellowship with my siblings, enough of all those movie marathon and window shopping, we have to spend our time together doing something different. And this one was a success. 😀

So for that, I encourage you to try this together with siblings too. Have a great adventure. 😀

Here’s the footage of the adventure we had in Pico De Loro: This is how we overcame.