Get your Playlist Ready on your next Roadtrip with Black Widow!

15 05 2016

14-17 April 2016

Bicol Region, Philippines

The song Black Widow that combines a cracking sound of joy, heavy beat and clapping chorus formula was indeed a good concoction for a roadtrip.

Despite the fact that the lyrics chronicle subjects of revenge and feminism in a failed romantic relationship we all turned the negative message into positive coherence to renew the vow of friendship. We were all ready with our wide open road itinerary to explore the beauty of Bicol region, pair of shades, waze – a free GPS driving app and a hat to go with the final get-up.

The song surely capsulized a continuing friendship. “I’m gonna love ya.. I’m gonna love ya” as if saying “I’m gonna drive ya, I’m gonna drive ya” even if you wanted to sleep while on the road.  The song accompanied us, Breadship roadtrippers – Monay, Crinkles, Straw, Eggpie and Ensaymada, the birthday celebrator in our Bicol region adventure. “I’m gonna love ya, until you hate me.. And I’m gonna show ya, what’s really crazy”. We went nuts indeed! So, what’s your playlist?…h

 

 

 

 

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The TTs that you should Experience while in Benguet

5 04 2016

TTs – Mt Tabayoc (+/- 2685m asl); Mt Timbak (+/-2,545 m asl)

Saturday, 2 – 3 April 2016

Benguet, Philippines

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Mt Tabayoc – Picturesque mountain and said to be the second highest in mountain in Luzon. One would see the view upfront Lake Tabayo even from the ranger. Official record shows an elevation of 2,842 m asl.

Mt Timbak – sacred place for the locals, ninth highest mountain in the country. Official record shows an elevation of 2,717 m asl. This is located between Atok and Kabayan

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 (travel to the destination)

21:30 ETD Pasay, Joy bus

 

Day 2 (actual hike)

3:00 ETA Baguio (the business district of northen Luzon, +/- 1540m asl considered to be a tropical pine forest ecoregion of the country)

7:00  ETD Slaughter house compound to catch the bus bound to Kabayan, This was where we met Pedro (Peter, real name), a Dutch volunteer and backpacker

11:00 ETA Poblacion, Kabayan, Benguet

12:00 Have lunch at Chogong Restaurant

13:20 Take the local bus going to the jump off (Ballay Elementary School, 1st registration at the local barangay; Take a chartered ride to the Ranger station for the 2nd registration. Otherwise, start walking on a rolling hill up for 1 hr)

15:00 Start pitching tent (Remember that this is the best tip when camping – Pitch tent before it gets dark! Ensure that you will minimize risks while pitching during the night and most of all you could immediately rest after night trekking! Leave unnecessary things on the trail. Make sure you carry your trail food, water, torch/headlamp, raincoat or poncho, jacket. We did hiking at 11 deg C in the dark mossy and rooted forest trail)

16:00 Start hiking (at +/- 2,480 m asl, farm land area so please respect crops of the local community while walking)

17:40 ETA Dungawan (+/- 2,505 m asl, already in the middle of the forest trail, halfway to the summit)

19:20 ETA Summit (be careful stepping on the wooden stairs).

19:30 Start descend

22:00 ETA Ranger, prepare dinner

23:00 Dinner

24:00 Lights out

 

Day 3 (actual hike then travel back from destination)

06:30 Wake up, prepare breakfast, break camp, clean your tent and pack up your things

08:00 Have breakfast with the locals

09:00 Enjoy watching the locals harvest carrots! (if you are lucky to catch the season)

09:30 ETD Ranger bound to Timbak Elementary School (The chartered ride takes 30 minutes only but we did quite a number of stops for photo opt and giving way to counter flow vehicles. Make sure you choose a very good driver like Kagawad)

11:30 ETA Timbak Elementary School, register

11:40 Start hiking (enjoy the short-distance ala pilgrimage trek up alongside farming area of lovely flowers)

11:50 ETA Summit

12:15 Start descend then head to the highway

13:00 ETA Halsema highway km55

15:30 ETA Baguio

 

Side trips within Baguio

18:00 Tam-awan Village for a unique blend of indigenous aesthetics and craftmanship of Cordilleran art

19:00 Go to Session Road and chill out (too many restaurants to choose from for various foods – pasta, pizza, local food)

21:00 Try the night market for “Ukay-Ukay” or bargain shopping (with defective items or second hand goods)

22:00 Catch the bus back to Manila

 

BUDGET for:+/- 5,000php for a group of 4 pax inclusive of bus from Manila to Baguio, environmental fee, heritage fee, guide, camping fee, entrance fee, food, taxi within Baguio, chartered vehicle within Kabayan and Atok areas, FX or bus from Baguio to Benguet areas

*NOTES: 1) elevation- from my reading using the 2015 calibrated Casio ABT watch; 2) Conserve water from the Mt Tabayoc Ranger, local female/male guides patiently fill up pails for the visitors; 3) Coordinate with Jahmes Calixto for onsite guidance – 0917-3818041 globe, 0918-510 9711 smart. h

 

 

 





Good morning Vietnam!

18 11 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

It feels morning all the time in Vietnam! People are friendly and there’s good food all day round!

After having your healthy balanced Vietnamese food with fresh herbs, meat and spice, the best way to end the day is to go around HCM on motorbike during the night. Hire a 100 cc bike and enjoy the cooler green environment and breathtaking scenery of the areas Districts 1 to 3 where tourist spots, clubs and good restaurants are located. There are 24 districts in HCM and you do not need to see all these areas for sure!

Enjoy the city’s folk and ancient Vietnamese architecture rich in brick, pottery, ceramic with unique dimension and correlation. While on motorbike, I feasted my eyes looking on to the  well-lighted 68th floor high skyscraper Bitexco Financial Building, 262.5 meters (861 ft). Good thing I wasn’t the one driving! Thanks to both Minh and Tuyen for I reached back the hotel safely! 

Other related blogs >>https://adventureh.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/wanna-be-a-millionaire-go-to-vietnam/

ADVENTURE PROMPT: As a precautionary when on motorbike, carry your backpack in front of you. h





5 Things to Discover Argentina’s Diverse Attraction

10 10 2012
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday 23 September 2012

1. Sightseeing in Buenos Aires for free. As you land from the airport, take the Manuel Tienda León bus and they will give you a free tour of the city as they drop you off your hotel. You will be lucky if the driver will swing by Avenida Corrientes (Corrientes Avenue), the  major thoroughfare of the city. Then come back to Avenida Corrientes during the night and have a glimpse of the ‘street that never sleeps’ cultural and nightlife. You would see running theater plays and main shows with luminous marquees! Oh by the way, don’t expect the driver to act as your tourist guide since you only paid for the transportation!

2. Lobos Marinos (sea lion). If you are the National Geographic type person, go to Mar de Plata and see for yourself the enormous sea lion ever! You could see them right in front of the Atlantic Ocean coast line. 

3. Valleys and mountains. Enjoy the scenic San Luis and go to Cordoba to complete your mountain ranges “Sierras de Cordoba” fascination. Take photos of the estancias, fashion statement of the gauchos, and get awed by the grande grass-fed Argentian beef freely walking the valleys. (Now why I know why Argentian beef is soooooo good for the palate!!)

4. Faith reaffirmation.  Do your pilgrimage to the Capital of Faith (La Capital de la Fe) and honor the Virgin of Luján, the patron saint of Argentina.  Luján city is just 68 kilometers from Buenos Aires

5. Boat riding and water sports. Enjoy the sun in Tigre, 24-30 kilometers away from Buenos Aires. You could take the public boat or drive to reach the area then rent a boat so you could enjoy the secret of Tigre. Relax as you cruise the Delta. Have lunch in the riverside restaurant. (Good that Chiquilin knew what to order for me otherwise, heavy lunch would be a “BIG no no” when doing the cruise)

See the glass enclosed vacation home of former President Domingo Sarmiento. Most of all, have fun seeing the adrenalin rush of locals as they do some water sports (speed boat, water ski, wakeboard, paddle, kayak)!

 ADVENTURE PROMPT: Items 2 and 3 mentioned above needs a lot of flying here and there from Buenos Aires 
VISA REQUIREMENTS: Take note of visa requirements before booking your Argentina adventure! h




See how Necochea People Cracks Joke!

26 09 2012
Southwest of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Tuesday, 18 September 2012

There is only one corner Necochea people will go to in case of fire and when they get hungry. h





Book Review: Spin Cycle

1 07 2012
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Philippines

It will turn your imagination around cause it is about career, romance, friendship and family relations. Nice book to tag along when on travel to remind you that life goes on amidst challenges!

Author: Sue Margolis

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Outdoor 101: Getting Back Into Outdoor After Knee Surgery

25 06 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Arusha, Tanzania

If you are amongst the “lucky ones” who had arthroscopic knee surgery and would like to go back into your usual lifestyle, then these tips may be for you*:

1. Don’t Baby the pain. Right after the surgery, move your legs but not too much. Walk slow but sure. I had surgery on my left knee last May 11 and was sent home. I initially was assisted by a “human walker” (Thanks to my bro! 🙂  ) The following day, I used stick for walking. I have used 2 different walking sticks for proper balance. They were my accessories for a week. The first was a straight stick with a derby handle but equipped with an “umbrella” so I only used it for 1 day. ( I found the style very strange. Was it an umbrella or a walking stick?, so I asked my sister.) Then the second was a narrow-base quad cane. (This one I liked best because I had the balance I wanted. But after a week of using, my hands were in pain!)

2. Keep the wound dry. Allow the wound to heal. Do your own magic while taking a shower to prevent it from getting wet!

3. Undergo a physiotherapy. I could hardly recognize my left knee! It was swollen and very weak so I endured going to the hospital every single day. On my 5th day, I was already doing some knee exercises to help rebuild the lost strength in my knee muscles. My 2nd week was a blast! I was already doing some cycling exercises! I even bought a leg strap so that I could exercise before sleeping.

4. Manage the swelling by a hot pack and anti-inflammatory medicines (like gel). While showering you could even allow the warm water to free flow the area. Put hot pack while sleeping. During my outdoor camping 5 weeks later after the operation, I was already tucked in my Hillary -20 degree sleeping bag with a hot water in a container prepared by our waiter named Amani. Every night, my 2 other camp mates – OMishes C and J slept with the smell all over our tent caused by my anti-inflammatory gel. Then during the trek, I made sure I was using my knee pad to keep the gel and not to stress my left knee after 10 hrs or so of walking within the 6 day Machame trail route.

5. Wear a very comfortable shoes. I intended to recover fast so I bought 3 new pair of shoes for my first few weeks of recovery so as not to put pressure on my knees. On my 30th day after operation, I was already using my hiking boots, as planned.

*NOTE: Close consultation with your doctor is highly recommended since right treatment and recovery may differ from one person to another.

This entry is related to >> https://adventureh.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/packing-checklist-mt-kilimanjaro-adventurehescape/

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