Miyerkules, Enero 13, 2016

First time’s always exciting!

I always reminisce my first time experiences. What is it? Where did it happen? How was the experience? And it always boils down to one thing, the desire of doing such. J Well, everyone has their own versions of “things to do”, whether it be travelling around the world, pigging out at the most expensive restaurant, doing sky diving, swimming at the deepest sea, getting a pet, or climbing a mountain. J Now, let me tell you my first ever major climb experience.

Three years back, I told someone that I want to climb the highest peak in the Philippines, Mt. Apo. My desire of climbing that mountain is as a high as 10,311 feet! haha. Oh well, fast track to 2015, that desire came true! J
It was supposedly my 27th birthday gift, too bad no schedule for my birth date. L Checking on the other dates, November 28-30 was the most convenient since 28th was Saturday and it’s my off from work, and 30th was a National holiday! So I’ll only take a leave for a day. J

Anyhow, before going to the trails you need to have briefing first. Sir Albert Gabriel of Mt. Apo Adventures, was our guide. He gave some orientations on what to expect during the climb. He answered one of my awkward questions like, where are we going to defecate? Because that is my big nuisance when going outdoor! Haha

6am on the 28th was the call time. I haven’t had enough sleep, maybe because I was keyed up? Haha I even came at D’Counter too early like 5:30am. J
There are nine guests in total, including me and I’m the only one from Davao City, others from Cebu, Manila, Gensan and India.


Let’s go to the highlight. So how’s the climb? It was arduous! Haha. I thought I was really prepared physically but I was wrong! Farm trail was first. There’s a small community living there and it’s good to converse with some locals and realize how uncomplicated there lives are. They have planted crops like carrots, cabbages and potatoes as their source of living. That time, we saw some children bathing. If by any chance you passed by these kids, you can give them some sweets. That would make them happy. J Up there, my chest tightened and I have troubled breathing. The sun was up, and it was really hot! So I’m like bathing in my own sweat! But, after how many minutes of walking uphill, the tightening was gone. I guess I’m already in the swing of things. J

The second trail was the mossy forest. It’s a good thing that tall trees shade us from the sun. Somehow, it’s already fogging when we entered. We even experienced some intermittent rain inside so please don’t forget the poncho. The forest was mystical. It’s like someone’s been living inside preserving its beauty. I even saw for the first time what a moss is! Hehe. A few hours after, we arrived at campsite 1 or Tinikaran (name of a tree). In there, we set up the tents, had a little chit chat, did some power nap. We changed some clothes and Buboy one of the porters cooked pork sinigang for dinner. It was perfect since it’s already getting colder. I think around 9 in the evening, drowsiness was already knocking on me so I hit the sack and said my goodnight. 



With Sir Albert and Buboy at Campsite 1
So did I sleep well? NO! haha. It was cold and my tolerance to chilly temperature is low. Somehow, I should be ready for the next track. Second day was for boulders (very big rocks) the verdict? Hard-hitting! The worst part? I cried haha. I was really bushed up and I got blisters on my pinkie toes L Good thing I brought my slippers with me. Another thing, I’m acrophobic. So just standing in high places makes my knees jelly! Especially when looking back and I’m already far above the ground, I could feel wooziness. I was really scared then and my pace is so time-consuming. So imagine I’m slow as a snail! Terribly too, when we arrived at the “87 degrees” I become more nervous and distrustful of myself with climbing it. It was steep and I’ve felt this is my finale haha. I even got nightmare that I couldn’t go down anymore and stay at Mt. Apo’s summit forever!  So I did a self check then, did I choose the right activity? haha.




After the petrifying 87 degrees, we arrived at the old crater! J It was filled with knee length water. It was big too. I didn’t dare anymore plummeting my feet since I couldn’t take the coldness. As far as I remember, we went on to the three different peaks before going to summit’s campsite! J It was sunny that time but breezy, and it brings wintriness to my bones. 

That's the old crater at the back!
Other reason for me is to witness the sunset and sunrise, and it didn’t fail me. It was stunning and great! We are blessed to have a good weather condition that time. It was my first time and it was really amazing! The sun was so near to me and the view’s so stellar! I couldn’t ask for more, really. It made me teary eyed. Best birthday gift ever! J Thank you Lord!




The most struggling is the descent. I was in a ghastly situation that time. Not just blisters, cramps, low pace walking, crying but the sun was down when we reached the forest. Imagine how dark it was! To be honest my legs really hurt and I can barely walk. I was so worn-out. L But, I really need to finish this walk! Thanks to Nonoy and Buboy for being uncomplaining and not leaving me. They are the best porters ever! J And at almost 8pm, I arrived at the jump off point.


Job well DONE!
The thing here is, we will always have fear of something. But then we just need to keep on going and just do it. It’s always hard for the first timer to climb a mountain especially Mt. Apo but then, it’s always exciting because you will be proud of yourself especially when you reach the summit! It’s a journey, there will always be potholes on the way but just continue the stride and it will be a rewarding end. Yes it was tiring but then it was worth it! So will I climb again? Without a doubt! Getting ready for the revenge climb haha! See you on the summit! 

Amazing Grace

Martes, Hunyo 24, 2014

Dine at GILIGAN's Restaurant

Burp*ops! exactly what our tummies expressed in awe to the food we savoured! :D

It's been 2 months since the last pigged out-installment happen and I missed that! haha . When all payments has been settled, we venture to another food trip .. to GILIGAN's Restaurant at SM Lanang Sky Garden. To avoid swiping too much on Charm's credit card, we should look for restos that offer 'Group Meals' or 'good for..' meals etc. I'm not a fan of going to malls so I don't have any idea of Giligan. Hazel my workmate just found it out in the internet while checking restos in the city. Since the restaurant offers 'good for 6' meals and we are just five to wolf down (Kai, Charm, Jezz, Hazel and me) well, it's already enough for gastronomic cravings :D

GILIGAN's located at the edge part of the Sky Garden. It can easily be distinguish since it looks like inside a ship. I wonder if the owner is a seafarer itself?  hehe..Oh! It's Hazel's first time to come with us, so we need to make it special for her. Weeeee :D

Hazel, remembering Elixer uyyy hehehe

Fast forward to 4pm that day, excited to punch out DTR haha.. everyone's hungry since no snack was made :D We opted to have early dinner since Kai will have an appointment at 7pm. We were there a little too early and the place has no diners yet. (Solong solo?) haha . We are so noisy inside like bullying one another and backstabbing someone! haha JOKE! and oh, ate who is the waitress smiles with us too LOL!

We ordered S12 group meal + unli rice (to add php54). It was sumptuous and scrumptious! We enjoyed eating while chitchatting and laughing! So, let me share photo opp moments now. Enjoy!

The Heavy Eaters, este the DINERS pala haha!

Drooling is FREE haha :D NUM NUM NUM

It's a wrap! How can these lovely creations devour these foods and just left it like this? ahahaha.. The waitress uttered .. ' pwede ko na tong i dish out mam?' LOL! 'No miss.. we need refill! ' haha

So? The verdict?? Will I come back again here? Definitely! :D Most important here is were able to enjoy the companion and laughed till our hearts bursts! haha . For more information about Giligan's Restaurant, you can visit their website here http://giligansrestaurant.com/site/index.html. BON APPETIT!

Living life to the Fullest
Ysay ♥

Miyerkules, Hunyo 18, 2014

Photo Op: IGACOS Island Hopping

Hi Dolls, miss you :)

Well, talking about beaches here in Davao, we are blessed since we have Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) just near to us. The slope of the island , including it's little island called Talicud, offers beautiful beaches with it's white sand and clear blue waters. So if you want some time to bum on the beach and kiss the sun, why not try Island Hopping in IGACOS? That's a great deal! :)

This is our company trip and majority decided to have Island Tour. Meet up time is at 7am at Sta. Ana Wharf  where our rented boat docked ^.^  I'll let the pictures do the talking here. Enjoy ~.~

Meno Gaia Family 

Cause we are BEAUTIFUL - Understatement haha

Our first stop was in Angel Cove.

See the water?? so clear!!! 

After a wonderful time in Angel Cove, we transfered to Babu Santa resort where our boat docked off for quite long hour. Before we hit on the white sand, we played some ice breakers, tuned on loud music, dance, picture taking and then EAT! hehe

 We love to LOOK UP!! :)

Jump Shot!

We headed on to Coral Cave after, where we still enjoy sea. It was really wavy that time, that opted me  to wear life vest cause I've felt scared of drowning haha. I was a frustrated mermaid though. When we are enjoying the waves, a jelly fish just get out of the scene and scares all of us. Panick mode! no one was hurt by its sting though and we just laughed it all out after.

Heading back to Sta. Ana all was tired and sleepy however, I know enjoyment, fun and adventures are irreplaceable :D

Living Life to the Fullest
Ysay ♥

Miyerkules, Agosto 28, 2013

Dahilayan Adventure Park Trip

At last!! can I scream more?? AT LAASSST!!!! hehe
Knowing the adventure finder and adrenaline lover me, I couldn't get myself relax when we went in Bukidnon. A road trip with my workmates was amazing and so, conquering Dahilayan Adventure Park was a terrific experienced. Another errand was crushed out on my bucket list - happy me ^.^

A 24 hour ++ travel happened last Independence day, where it's holiday bebe! Everyone's free and kicking hehe.Meet up place was outside the office at 2am! Time wasn't strictly followed since everyone came late (including me. Blimey! ). We had couple of stop overs for photo opps, of course we don't want to missed some good sites enroute to Bukidnon ^.^

It was around 8am when we arrived at the park. An overwhelming sunny day and cool wind approached us. Jacket's a sure thing unless, your have high tolerance to cold . We rented a cottage worth php 200 since we have lots of things and foods to put out from the van. After arranging everything, photo-op moments started around the park. Let me share ya these... :)

Well dolls, the highlight for this adventure is the famous "DROPZONE". Even before this travel was planned by our company, I already dreamt for this ride to happen. This dropzone is much similar to the "Plunge" of Bohol that drops and do some pendulum swing (which I also dream of doing in the future,still crossing fingers for this). The Dropzone having the height of 120feet, could be on "singles" or "tandem". Single could shell you out php 500 and for tandem is php750. Since I already booked Charm, my workmate to be my partner in the ride, we only paid php 375 each (save yeah!) Charm and I decided to ride on Dropzone and flying gizzard  (php250) but at last part , we decided to change latter into Rope Course, thank God we are allowed to do so :) .

To let our mixed emotions let go of our bodies, cause it makes me freaking scared already, we first ride on dropzone. It's not crowded on the place when we made the ride, so it's not hesitant for us to get so noisy with all our screams and shouts as we are about to get higher and higher and dropped in just a blink of an eye. I even cried because of being scared (yes I cried on the dropzone lol!). We are swinged how many times until we finally go on still , hays thank God. Acrophobia is my other petpeeve cause it will make my knees jelly! :(  I had to fight that nuisance and to make sure that dropzone will be an epic event for me, and so it was... :)
Of course, we need evidence for this ride... we had our certificates!! ^.^

After that shaking moments with the Dropzone, we went on the humble Rope Course ^.^ oh I think the Humble-but unfriendly rope course haha. At the first look, the Rope course is very quite and very easy. When I tried it, it was out I think of! Totally different! It was two levels, and during the first level my knees on jelly again. There was a moment I'm about to surrender still on the first level (boo!) Thank God for the coaches/cheerer below - the audiences that helped us to overcome the obtacles hehe. You know, after seeing us they bought tickets and they tried it also! haha
I was afraid, I confessed it.. so, I did not tried anymore the second level. I just let Charmil made it to the end! wooo.. I'm so proud of you spidy girl! hehe

Yeah baby! my energy that  day was drained! hehe.. but I did not regretted it.. :) Since Cagayan de Oro is just 1-2 hours away from Bukidnon, we made a side trip to the city. We did not stayed long there but our van encountered a problem so the driver fixed it first :(. To kill time we walked around the city and bought VANDEP Pastel for pasalubong :)

At Camp Philips Bukidnon

We got to go at around 5pm already and this time, I've been looking forward to doozing off but couldn't. We are seated at the colum next to the driver's seat. We are five and it's been difficult to sleep since we are like sardines :( The following columns anyway, are lucky enough, cause they have enough space to shut their eyes. I only take forty winks which I complained because I need a DEEP sleep dolls! lol

Going back Davao was scary since it was really dark and heavy rain poured the way :( There's also a man just pop out in the middle of the road that scares the hell out of us! hehe gee..Anyhow, pretty enough to know that dinner could be on our way home, we just stopped at Malaybalay, Bukidnon to pig in. We make sure that the beloved driver is on his sound mind and full tummy to drive us to home.. SAFE! :)
It was 12mn that we finally got to Davao City proper. I got home at 1am and sleep to think I still have 7am duty at morning hehe . Whatta day! It was a wrap! Thanks Meno family ♥♥

Living Life to the Fullest!

Lunes, Hunyo 10, 2013

It's PUKA Beach !

Gosh. Procastinating's my best friend. lol 
In as much I want to write, I always got crabby attitude that end up a unproductive day. Doh.

Anyhow, how are you dolls? I hope your feelin' great !:) This will be a continuation of my Boracay experienced last April and I'll be talking here about, PUKA Beach. Yeah right! Puka Beach is located at the Northern most part of Boracay Island. This beach is a one stop, if you will avail Island Tours. Since I told myself I will not avail of tours, etc cause I want it to be DIY travel, and we think we are "adventurous" echos! :) Me and Cherish opted to take it on our own going to PUKA hehe. We rode a yellow tricycle from the mainroad, that would lastly take about 30 minutes ride and with the amount of 150 pesos per way. Since it's a standard rate, we didn't haggle anymore. hehe

Puka Beach is a home for Puka Shells which is used also as a business by the locals. They make it as accessories like bracelets, necklaces etc good for "pasalubongs" and take note, you can even haggle for lower price hehe. I myself purchased some for friends and family :)

When we arrived there, the sun's in it's hottest. No wonder foreigners love this part of Boracay! It was in this place I became so negra, so prepare sunscreen please! Now, I'll not keep you waitin' dolls! Let me share you our Photo- Op moments! :)

see the Beach's color transition? So beautiful !

White's beach sand is more finer , compare here.

" Heat Savers" - Hat and sunglass.

Boracay Virgins? NO MORE! hehe Knowing a conventional and conservative me, I can say that Boracay open my mind a little.. just a little anyways in terms of wearing TWO PIECE! haha.. I'm plump but still my confidence was really helping me lot LOL. "No one knows me here anyway" hehe.. what happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay! So whatever picture you see here that you think are gross, I'm really sorry hehe.. This gonna be my first time posting these kinds of pics. Heavens forgive me! 

Sun Bathing isn't new here but... it's new to ME! lol

hahaha... my face so red in here. I don't think sun bathing is a good idea anymore. I'm a natural morena and if I over exposed my skin to sun, oh my.. can't imagine anymore LOL . Okay, back to PUKA. Comparing the long White beach to PUKA, the latter isn't a spoiled beach. I can't see any green algae here. Not crowded. Anyhow, I still love the sand of the former since it's more finer and powdery. To summarize it all.. I love PUKA! :)))) The whole Boracay itself anyways :)) See you on my next post! ^.^

Live Life to the Fullest
Ysay ♥