My Tinipak River Trek

While browsing Facebook, I saw a post of Vagabond Pinas offering a trek to Tinipak River with side trip at Pillilia Windmills. Bim and I saw the windmills but never had a chance to see it up close during our Rizal … Continue reading

L & L: Loreland Farm Resort + Luljetta’s Hanging Garden

There are lots of affordable hotels and resort in Antipolo but we decided to have our overnight  stay at Loreland Farm Resort since we wanted  to experience Luljetta’s Hanging Garden.

We chose option 1: Bed + Breakfast + Day Tour Access in Luljetta’s with meals for 2 pax. It’s a standard double room – air conditioned, toilet & bath and cable TV. Although located outside the main resort, it is only a 5 minute walk going to Luljetta’s Hanging Garden and Spa.

Inclusions are:

Welcome drink and snack of Antipolo’s Best Suman

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Hanging Garden’s Getaway for 2 at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa (6 hours). This includes the traditional bathrobe (batik) and towels for use. Access to Hanging Gardens Facilities (locker, sauna, heated Jacuzzi, hydro massage, infinity pools, dr. fish and meditation lounges).

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Dr. Fish + Hydro Massage

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to infinity and beyond

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Infinity Pool + Jacuzzi

Four (4) course wellness menu served ala-carte.

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This place is perfect not only for couples but also for people who wants to have some relaxation. I personally enjoy the sauna and Jacuzzi. We stayed there for more than an hour. After that, time to sleep now for us to recharge our energy for our next day adventure.

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sauna + jacuzzi

Woke up early and had our free breakfast at Verde Restaurant. Our plan for the next day is to leave Loreland early so we will be in Tanay before lunchtime. But we explore the place and saw lots of swimming pool. So instead of leaving early, we changed to our swimming outfits and enjoy the pools.

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walking around Loreland Farm Resort

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time to swim

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the famous Loreland swimming pool

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oh hello yellow!

We left the resort after lunch. 🙂 Then off to Tanay Rizal for our next tour.

 

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BCM: A Historical Tour

December means a long holiday…yipeee! It’s a perfect time to travel and explore a new place. Our first choice is to do a Bicolandia trip but due to recent typhoon, we had to look for another place. The next choice is Baler, we will be joining a tour but since no available tour on our selected dates and doing DIY for two is very expensive, we decided to cancel Baler also. So where did we go then?

Dec 27: Visited  the Unexplored Sisiman Lightless Lighthouse in Mariveles Bataan. 

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view from the top of the Grotto

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Mt. San Miguel

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Sisiman Lightless Lighthouse

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The Gang – Lei, Faye, Bim, Angel and Me 🙂

Dec 28: Should be our Intramuros trip but had to cancel since Lei  need to rest her knee. Perfect timing since I had to attend my cousin’s wedding at Crystal Beach San Narciso, Zambales

Dec 29: Walking Tour at Corregidor Island 

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with my travel buddy “Lei”

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Corregidor Lighthouse

Dec 30: National Museum and Luneta Park. It’s holiday so free entrance at National Museum. I can’t miss Luneta Park, need to visit our National Hero esp on this day. Thank you for this holiday! 🙂

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Spolarium – Juan Luna

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a portion of Berlin Wall

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no photobomber Torre de Manila

Full blog per day trip on my historical trip will be available soon.

Mystical Kabayan Trek ~ 9 |19-20|2015

I’m a fan of all the hikes of Ate Ibang and Ate Ruby – they are my Indochina buddies  who loves to hike beautiful mountains here and abroad. I always check their albums and so amazed on all their photos. While browsing, I saw an event hosted by Yabag Mountaineering group (liked by Ate Ibang) and  decided to join. I always wanted to do the Mystical Kabayan Tour based from the photos I saw from my Ate’s. I also like the itinerary posted but Yabag is known as a group not following their itinerary. Is that a good or bad thing? Well, I need to join to find out.

So I invited my travel sissy “Bim” and my colleague Lee. But when the event is near, Lee cancelled so it’s me and Bim who went to this trek. Tour fee is Php 3500 which includes transportation (Bus Manila to Baguio 2 way and 2 days rented Monster Jeepney – Baguio to Kabayan), Entrance Fees & Environmental Fees, Guides for the Lake tour and hike and 2 camp meals (Dinner and breakfast).  You can even rent tent from them just like what we did (paid Php 750 for 3 person tent). And since I’m from Baguio, the tour fee that I paid is less the Manila Baguio transportation which is Php 2600. I just wait and meet them at Victory Liner Terminal PNR Baguio.

We met new faces on this trek, Migs – owner of Yabag Mountaineering group, Cris – loves to do solo travel (we plan to do a trip together soon), Ate Lulu – trekker who will be hiking Mt Everest with Ate Ibang, and Jonalyn – a broken hearted soul who wants to mend her heart thru hiking…plus a lot more.

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The beautiful Lake Tabeyo

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” the Gang”

Before starting the trek, we ate breakfast at Good Taste. But since Bim and I are so “pasaway”, we went to Jollibee, eat breakfast and bought pack lunch.

The original itinerary says that we will be hiking Mt Timbac  (3rd highest in Luzon, 9th in the Philippines) but due to the recent typhoon Ineng which caused lots of landslides, the area is closed.

We visit Kabayan National Museum where we see a fire mummy. It’s so amazing how they do the mummification process.

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at Kabayan Museum

The mummification began shortly after a person died where he would digest a very salty drink. After his death, his corpse was washed and set over a fire in a seated position, thus drying the fluids. Smoke from tobacco was blown into the mouth  to dry the body’s inside and internal organs.  Eventually, herbs were rubbed into the body. Mummified bodies are then placed in a coffin made of pinewood and laid to rest in rock shelters, natural caves or man made burial niches. The practice of that mummification ended when Spaniards colonized the Philippines in the 16th century.

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Kabayan Fire Mummy

Then we proceed to Tinonchial Burial Cave where see more fire mummies.

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off to Tinochol Burial Cave

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more fire mummies

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amazing Fire Mummies Burial Caves

We arrived at Lake Tabeyo at around 12 noon where we had our lunch. We just let the  Yabag boys to  set up the camps & tents. They are really organized and very fast in setting up the camps. We had few hours to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The weather is not too hot or too cold. This is a fun base camp since we have toilets and stores where we can buy coke. Yes, Bim and I are addicted to coke. I think we were able to drink two 1.5L coke for this tour.

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nice set up Sir Migs

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the great Mt. Tabayoc

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our home for two days

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kids playing…they have the coziest playground

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lovin’ the view

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beautiful Lake Tabeyo

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off to our trek

We arrived  early since Mt Timbac is closed, it was agreed that we  will start the hike to the three (3) lakes. We were accompanied by our lady guides since the Yabag boys will stay and prepare our dinner. We just bring our trail food (snacks), waterproof jacket, hats and cameras. It’s a monkey trail so I need to bring light items only. We were also reminded to minimize noise while we explore the lakes. I guess they know how noisy I am. My friends in Baguio also told me to always call my name – “Uwi na Roan” since the place is enchanted. This is for me to avoid from getting lost.

We rode the monster jeep and bring us to the foot of Lake Ambulalacao. It was really nice to know the folklores behind the three lakes. According to our guide, some fishermen saw shooting stars going up and down from this lake so it was named Lake Ambulalacao. Sadly, we are not able to see the whole beauty of this lake since it was covered by fog.

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yes, we’re here

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Foggy Lake Ambulalacao

Before reaching the next lake, you will see a lot of beautiful picturesque view.

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monkey trails

Next stop is Lake Letep Ngepos. The trail is muddy, you need to follow the guide’s trail since you might fall on the quicksand. It was believed that there was a young man who dive into it’s waters while holding a lit torch looking for treasures and the torch  didn’t die as he dived.

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Lake Letep Ngepos

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Lake Letep Ngepos

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The last lake is Lake Incolos where I didn’t see any body of water. Our guide explained that we are actually on top of the lake. This explains why it felt like I’m sinking and my shoes are wet. We are also not allowed to do the jumpshot hehe!  Our guide told us that a crocodile lived on this lake but was killed by a fisherman. The lake was covered by the crocodiles blood turning this lake like this now — covered with grasses and thin layer of land. After hearing her story, I’m imagining  that a giant crocodile will appear and will try to eat us… alhough it will not succeed since we are the fastest sweepers haha!

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Lake Incolos

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We continued our trek to Junior Pulag.  No wonder it’s the junior Mt Pulag since it has the same grassy terrain and peak. We stayed for a few minutes to take some rest, share stories and laughs before we head back to campsite.

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Dinner time. Time to drink some booze and learn more things about our new found friends.

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ready to eat and sleep

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Woke up early to see the beautiful view of Lake Tabeyo.

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mornings like this…yes, please

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Our guide teach us also on how to do carrot picking and proper way of cleaning carrots. Jonalyn and Bim have carrots for pasalubong already.

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carrot picking

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time to go home

Side trip to Opdas Cave where we see hundreds of skulls and bones. May they all rest in peace.

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Wash up at a swimming pool. Sorry but I don’t know the name. Most of them took a swim while the three of us – Bim, Jonalyn and I sing our hearts out at the videoke. They all looked fresh after the swim while we look so sweaty..yikes! Don’t worry, I let Bim and Jonalyn  shower at my apartment. We did a quick tour at Oh My Gulay and had dinner at 50’s Diner. Met the Ulupong Mountaineers at Victory Liner while waiting for their bus ride to Manila. Happy to see Ate Ruby again 🙂

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Day 1: Negros Oriental Eco Tour :-)

Despite the storm and me being alone on this trip, it didn’t stop me explore Negros Oriental.

I contacted several tour agency in Dumaguete but most of the tour package are beyond my budget. Good thing, I stumbled on the page of WPG Philcan Tours (http://philtraveltours.com). Their tour package is in USD but I still tried to contact them. To my surprise, Gord (owner) replied to me and he was very accommodating and willing to help me out on this trip with affordable budget. If you have plan to visit Negros Oriental, you can contact him via email – gord@traveltours.com or call him at 09154881914.

My guide – Kuya Jong2 pick me at the Gazeebo Pension House. We will be going to Dauin for snorkeling and Casaroro Falls via tricycle.

with Manong Tricycle driver

with Manong Tricycle driver

Unfortunately, due to the typhoon which brought big waves made it so impossible or difficult for me to go snorkeling. I’m a bit disappointed since I’m not able to see the fishes. 😦

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overlooking Apo Island

overlooking Apo Island

no swimming! :-(

no swimming! 😦

After a few photo op, I told him that we can just go to Casaroro Falls. It will be difficult to go there via tricycle so we decided that I’ll just ride on his motorcycle. It’s not a big deal for me since I used to ride motorcycle with my brothers in Subic.

There are so many beautiful sights along the way so I can’t resist but to take some photos. I usually have more than 1000 photos on any of my trips. Am I addicted to photos? 🙂

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At last, we’re here! There’s a stairs going down to Casaroro Falls. But to may dismay, I still can’t see the magnificent falls at the end of the stairs. You need to take the difficult (for me) trail and trek for another 20-30 minutes to see the falls. I didn’t push to do the trek since my guide is not familiar on the trail. So I was disappointed again….

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Seeing that I’m so disappointed, my guide told me that he’ll bring me to a better falls for free. So we went to see “MALABO FALLS” at Valencia. It is popularly known as Pulang Bato Falls due to the red color of its rocks. Locals say it is the presence of iron minerals that made the rocks turn red.

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we’re here!

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Pulang Bato Falls

Pulang Bato Falls

I actually enjoyed my visit here since I had the chance to swim. Just a short walk from the entrance is the man-made stone-lined swimming lagoon that is fed by small ‘falls’ cascading down the walls surrounding the lagoon.

spot the mini me :-)

spot the mini me 🙂

Then if you go down, you’ll see the picnic area and another waterfalls where you can jump and dive.

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swimming time

swimming time

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And then the main waterfalls.

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The way to Malabo Falls let’s you pass the highway where you can see some steam vents spewing out hot sulfuric smoke.

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Then off to Tierra Alta Residential Resort. It felt like I was in Greece. I love their Greek inspired clubhouse & pavilion, lighthouse and lagoon type infinity swimming pool. I could live here! 🙂

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It was a bad start but ended nicely.

When in Dumaguete

This should have been my Ultimate Beach Bumming Experience with Travel Factor (TF) – going to Dumaguete Apo Island and Siquijor. But since they had a small number of participants, they had to cancel this trip. Unfortunately, I already booked … Continue reading

Ilocandia Adventure: Bangui Windmill

Bangui is  a fourth class municipality of Ilocos Norte and well known because of it’s Bangui windmills. It was a dream come true for me since I thought windmills can only be seen in Netherlands.

It’s nice to see a giant fan..lol!

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Bangui Bay is also a beautiful tourist spot,yet not practical for swimming because of its deepness and water currents,but it is beautiful to view. Maybe it’s good for surfing…look at the waves.

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Ilocandia Adventure: Balaurte

Our Ilocos adventure won’t be complete without visiting Chavit Sizon’s Balaurte which showcase his private mini zoo. It has animals from other countries and others endemic to the Philippines. Perfect place for family bonding! 🙂    After this fun trip at Balaurte, … Continue reading

Philippines Hidden Gem: Tambaron Island

It’s summer time but I haven’t been to the beach yet. So when I saw Travel Factor (TF) Ultimate Beach Bumming Experience in Tambaron Island, Bulalacao Oriental Mindoro, I register and joined the trip. After all, I’ll have a long … Continue reading