Dashadowlost in Baguio

Took a quick trip to Baguio with friends to start the year and I guess it’s the best idea ever. Didn’t regret it! Well except for the burned gas!!! The car’s not that efficient anymore. 😦 but anw…

I guess we could say that we actually waited for the New Year just so we could push through with this trip. It was planned a looooong time ago. Chazzz 

Sometime in the middle of 2016, my friends and I were planning a trip to Baguio to look for leather jackets at thrift stores (Sounds sosyal, right? UKAY-UKAY! HAHAHAHAHA). It never happened because we all got busy and went back to our old boring lives to study back in Manila/Baguio.

Fast forward to new year’s eve, it was decided that we shall push through with the trip. And so we did!

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Fierce fierce-an. @ CJH

We met up at around 12nn, had a quick lunch at Jam’s place and went straight ahead to Cordillera! It was fun and wasn’t that traffic since most people were already driving down to go back to their respective homes.

I actually wanted to go to Baguio sometime at the end of 2016 but I was too lazy to drive and people from Baguio Continue reading

Dashadowlost: Cabongaoan Beach, Burgos, Pangasinan

So last year, my sister and I made a quick trip to Burgos, Pangasinan to cap off 2016. It was supposed to be a getaway with my 2 sibs and our 5 dogs but ate decided to stay behind since there would be no one left to guard the house. Elijah and I still pushed through with the trip. We were supposed to leave for Burgos at 3 in the morning to catch the sunrise BUUUUUTTTT we both overslept so we left at around 6 o’clock in the morning.

It was a 4 hour drive (since we left late, and there were also a lot of tourists heading towards Alaminos, and Bolinao (other beaches on the same area). Not many people know about Cabongaoan beach Continue reading

Mt. Batolusong

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Mt. Batolusong is located in Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal. It is a 1-2hour drive from Manila (depending on the traffic). My friends and I met at McDonald’s in front of Trinoma, and left at around 5AM. Along the way, we could already see the Sea of Clouds. It’s amazing, and I got a little more excited. We reached the jump off site before 6AM.

We started the trek a little past 6 and reached Duhatan Ridge just in time to capture the beauty of the majestic Sea of Clouds. It was my first time to hike so it all makes the experience a little more special. The view was truly breath-taking. So was the hike, LITERALLY breath-taking. I managed to blurt out “ayoko na” several times along the way but still continue to drag myself up to the peak which is 780m ASL. The trail was almost 5km long, and was rated 2-3/9 but since it rained the night before I think that made it a little bit harder (or baka ako lang  kasi first timer).

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We payed Php20 pesos at the Barangay Hall (+ another Php20 for the Rangyas Peak). Some hikers don’t continue the hike up to the peak and enjoy the scenic view from Mapatag Plateau. It is another 1hr hike or so from the plateau to Rangyas peak. You’ll be passing something like a bamboo trail, and will be needing to “rock climb” to reach the peak. A cold, and fresh breeze greeted us upon reaching the peak.

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We stayed there for a few minutes to appreciate the view, as well as to take a short break. On our way to back to trail to Kay-ibon falls, we passed by a small “store” selling fresh buko. Again, rested for a few minutes and continued to trail for the falls.

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We stayed a few minutes, had our snacks, and continued for the Sangab Cave. It wasn’t advisable to swim and explore the cave at that time since the water wasn’t clear due to the rain the night before. If ever, you’ll be needing extra gears such as headlamps and additional payment for the tour.

We walked our way back to the Brgy. Hall where we had our lunch a little past 1, cleaned ourselves up as the rain was falling. Then went home past 2PM.

It was indeed a fun, and fulfilling experience, especially for my first hike. Will definitely go hiking again… SOON!

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Be the “kaya ko pa” in this world full of “ayoko na”.

Mt. Batolusong

Major jumpoff: Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal*
LLA: 645 MASL / 780 MASL
Days required / Hours to destination: 1 day /1.5h (Mapatag); 3-4 (Rangyas Peak)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon; and if you’re early: the Majestic Sea of Clouds
Budget:
Brgy. Hall: Php 20 (+ another Php20 if you want to reach Rangyas Peak)
Tour guide: Php 500 (good for 5-7 people)
Food: Lunch is around Php50-70 (there’s a nearby sari-sari store that also sells lunch, just go ask manang before heading up)
Transpo: sorry I don’t know; we went by private car.

The Tribulation

I cannot believe that 5 years had already passed and here I am, scrolling through facebook, looking pass through the graduation posts of my batchmates, and wondering about the what ifs of my life.

What if I took a different path? What if I did not choose Physical Therapy? Where would I be standing right now? Although I can’t see myself being in any other place or situation other than where I am standing today.

What if I my mom let me shift to another course 3 yrs ago? I told her I wanted to become a veterinarian. She brushed the idea off and told me to finish the degree I have started. It was a long way. It was hard and I’m still not finished.

What if I didn’t run as the Honored Queen of our Bethel, would everything still be the same? Would I be better? What if I didn’t take the entrance exam in UERM five years ago? Where would my place be?

We don’t really know what is written on our destiny. We only know that we can make changes on what we know today. We can only plan for the future based on the current situation we are in. We may be tested on our faith, in God, and in our self. The most difficult times are the times where we must stay strong and focused to achieve the goal we have. We may have not reached the deadline but it is not a reason to give up. All the same, we are almost there. Our life just needed a little detour as our future needed re-construction.

We may not see it now, but in tomorrow we would realize what today has in store for us. We just have to keep on believing in ourselves, and know that one day, we will also see the view from the top. Success is more than just a piece of paper. Success is more than just a grade. Success is what we will become in the future. We may not understand these things today but someday, it will make sense because “the flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and beautiful of all.”

Catch Me

You are imperfect. 
You are flawed. 
You’re not a head turner
You don’t look special.

But everytime I see you,
I see a ray of sunlight in a storm
Your face is the first thing I search
In a sea of people.

Everytime I sneak a peek at you,
All I ever see is your face,
smiling back at me
I hear you giggle.

I just hope that you feel the same way
If you only do feel the same,
Let me know because I’m starting to fall
Catch me.

Prisoner Zero has Escaped

I didn’t notice you at first because I was so focused on what’s in plain sight. Then I saw you, at the corner of my eye, I saw you. It struck me and that’s when you started crossing my mind. Seldom and suddenly all the time. I hate you! How could you do that in such short amount of time. I fucking hate you for taking me away from my goal but it wasn’t your fault. This is all on me.

I like you. I FUCKING LIKE YOU. There I said it. Now, what are you going to do?