Fake Confidence: Nobody would know what’s up

I woke up to three text messages from a friend at work. I had the Kim Possible beep as my text tone so imagine how I felt waking up. I thought there was some kind of emergency or something.

Anyway, he was asking if I wanted to take this photography job our boss was offering. It was for his son’s birthday party in the afternoon. Turns out that the person he first hired won’t be able to make it. My friend left all his gear at home too that’s why he was asking me.

I had to think about it for a good 30mins. I had this debate in my head weather I should do it or not. The first question that popped into my mind was “Can I do it?”. I was telling myself that my friend won’t ask me to do it if he thinks that I can’t handle it. I was supposed to reply with “do you think I can do it?” but I didn’t. I’m glad I didn’t.

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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 Black and White Photo Challenge

Last month, I was nominated by a friend to do the black and white photo challenge. I have already seen some people do it and didn’t expect that I would actually be nominated. I am not a pro at photography, I’m just a “pho” not a protographer. (HAHAHAHA. Didn’t get the joke? OKAY!)

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So you have to upload black and white photos for five days (one photo per day) and you have to tag five different people each day. No skipping of days!!! But well as for me, being a sucker at uploading photos and even at updating my blog, I was able to skip at least 2 days for my third and fifth photo. Nye nye.

Anyway, here are my photos:

1. Mademoiselle.
This photo was taken in 2012 when we went to an educational field trip in Bulacan at Biak-na-bato.
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2. Minesweeper
Okay the title is a little bit corny. Fine, CORNY! This photo was taken in Baguio City last 2013 at Mines View Park, hence the name Mine+Sweeper.

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3. Upside Down
This is my friend doing a hand stand at a wooden platform in Pampanga last 2012 during our field trip in our Philippine History Class.

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4. Barasoain Church
This is also in Bulacan taken at the same day of the first photo. Barasoain Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. This place served as temporary residence of the first Philippine president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It also held three important events in Philippine history: the convening of the First Philippine Congress, the drafting of the Malolos Constitution, and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic. (source: http://www.barasoainchurch.org/ -read more)

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5. Pyromusical
I was really thankful for the opportunity of being invited by a protographer (omg! I’m using it again) during this lovely event. We weren’t really at MOA to experience the event but we were right across the venue so we can still hear the sound. It was really hard to take a decent photo since I had no external shutter that time and the tripod I was using broke. (Talk about kamalasan!!!)

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Well here it is! If you want to do it but no one is nominating you, go do it yourself and just say that I nominated you (((: