Mt Maculot


 It was the day after Typhoon Nina had just devastated some parts of the country. We were supposed to climb a different, more difficult mountain that day, but, given that typhoon had just hit the area, we decided to change our whole itinerary.


From a large group of 20+ that was supposed to hike a different mountain at dawn to catch the sunrise, we ended up with a little less than 20 people climbing up to catch the sunset instead. And I’m glad we did.


We saw a tree that had fallen the day before right at the start of the hike. We were scared that the soil might be soft due to the storm but fortunately, the soil was dry, thanks to the humidity and heat that day. Ofcourse, it was the heat and humidity that made the climb harder than it really was as well.


Having some first time hikers with us, we paced slow and steady, and took tons of photos every chance we had. And boy, did we take lots of those chances! 


I kept muttering “oh my God it’s so beautiful” over and over as we were nearing the Rockies. Because it really was. Everywhere we looked, everything our eyes could see… the photos don’t give any justice to the breathtaking beauty that we witnessed.


Standing at the top and edge of every rock just for that obligatory mountain photo was quite a challenge. You look down and see that one wrong move would mean the end. It is of utmost importance to practice extra caution when going up those rocks. Didn’t help that I’m actually frightened of heights so I had to do my deep breathing exercises whenever I’d be standing by a cliff. 


We were all on top of the Rockies when sunset occurred  and we just stayed there. Sat down and took it all in. (And took tons of photos again ofcourse.) there are no words that can suffice to describe it. Mother Nature put on a show that day and to just marvel at what you see was inevitable.


We climbed down as it was getting dark and again, the view of the city slowly lighting up in the dark was another sight to behold. Took more photos not with a camera but just my eyes for the memory bank this time… extremely grateful for that sudden change of plans. Grateful to have hiked safely. Grateful to have witnessed the sunset at the most amazing spot thus far. Grateful to have had another opportunity to climb. To end the year with an exhilarating climb up a mountain is more than what I wished for when this marvelous year started. I love it. 

climbing Mt. Pico de Loro

Guess who’s back? Decided to change my blog so that i’m not restricted to writing only about food and fitness. I already have a weekly column at The Standard for that already anyway. For my first post, let me tell you all about my adventure last June 6, as i climbed Mt. Pico de Loro with  my 2 superclose friends, Angel & Chito. You may have seen my countless instagram posts about this climb, but believe me, you haven’t seen half of it. (I have 367 photos on my phone from this climb alone – here’s 20 of them lol)

Angel, Chito and I met up at Angel’s house at 2am so we can make it to the bottom of the mountain by 6am — with our water, snacks & mountaineer bags in tow. We sought help from mountain hiking experts, ofcourse, and to my surprise, as they said hi to us, one of them, is a childhood friend of mine. It made the climb much more fun, i think. It made us feel like we’ve known all our guides for a while.

I dont have a specific timeline of our hike, all i know is, everything was very picturesque that we kept pausing to pose away and snap photos… :p

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After a few hours of hiking (and taking a few breaks in between), we finally reached the campsite, which is just near the summit (the peak).. so near, yet so far..

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doing a yoga pose with the summit behind me felt right. lol.

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The climb to the top wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. The view was breathtaking and these photos cannot suffice how marvellous everything was.

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At the summit, you can see the tall rock formation called the monolith, which is behind us in the photos above.. we weren’t originally planning on climbing it, but since we were there already, we decided we were up for the challenge. Ofcourse, we only realized how dangerous everything was AFTER we climbed. It didnt help that it started raining while we were on top, which made us a little bit worried that we might slip on the way down.IMG_2095IMG_2231

the vandalism on the rocks are quite an eyesore though. sad. IMG_2193IMG_2196IMG_2012

view from the summit…

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behind me is the summit.

after climbing down the monolith, we decided to traverse our way down the mountain. We grabbed lunch as we found some logs to sit on in the middle of the trail. Stories and jokes went on all throughout the climb. To say it was fun is an understatement.IMG_2183IMG_2118

found a grotto where i had to take time out to pray..

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a few hours later, we were at the bottom of the mountain. We climbed the mountain from Cavite, and went down in Nasugbu, Batangas. It was a fun-filled yet tiring 8-hour hike for us. a real UBE (Ultimate Bonding Experience) for friends and i cant wait to do it again.

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xx,

Bubby