Masungi Georeserve A Test of Friendship

May it rain or shine, through highs or lows, for laughter or for tears, it’s a blessing to have people you can call true friends. People who will accompany you as you visit your dream places, and will help you achieve your epic photos.

Real people, different personalities, with real problems and different dreams. People who chose to smile, laugh, and be happy. They bonded together, hiked a mountain, and shared an unforgettable experience.Read More »

Second hike, first summit! Mt. Maculot

Hey everyone! First, i’d like to apologize for my absence for like a month?

I told you I hate excuses so I don’t like making one too. I can be so cruel to myself. But I guess I owe you guys an explanation? (Hehehe) So, here let me try making a creative excuse: You know I’ve started studying more about fashion coz I want to be part of the  industry (professionally) and I’ve been juggling my time between my full time job, part time job; researching, styling and doing photo shoot plus photo editing for my assignments, and hey my graphic design class have just started too. In short, my blogging life have to sacrifice a little, but will try my best to catch up.

Moving on, I want to share here my hiking trip to Mt. Maculot with my parents, titos and tita last February. How fun was that? Well, I wasn’t the youngest in the group to start with; there’s only a little age difference between me, my titos, and tita; and my parents are just in their 40s. It’s very unusual though that I do this kind of trip with my parents. I’d say it was fun-ny (pun intended) in its own special way. What makes it more unbelievable is it was my mom who initiated this hiking trip. But that was cool, right?

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It was 9:00 am when we started trekking. It was raining intermittently too. The way up the mountain was steep and muddy and slippery making our climb more challenging especially for non pros like us. Along the way we encountered people going up and down the mountain. We’ve exchanged hellos, take care and wishes of luck it was amusing because people don’t do such in a normal setting.

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The owner of this bath place is my distant grandfather!

On the way up we found resting stations selling fresh coconut juice and light snacks so we had a lot of stop overs (Hello, newbies). Halo-halo anyone?

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It was already 11:30 when we reached the campsite so we head right away to climb the Rockies.

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This is butchi ng batangas by the way. My favorite local food in Batangas.

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From this view, I thought it would be impossible to climb those rocks, but then again the adrenaline rush spiked telling me I have to do it.
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So I did! It was 12:15 P.M. too bad I couldn’t get a decent photo of me. It was so windy up there I felt like the wind could fly me any moment. But the view was so darn beautiful! We had a good view of Taal volcano up there.

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The rain had stopped leaving a muddy trail. We reached the summit at around 3 in the afternoon giving everyone a rewarding feeling. It’s as if we won first place in a marathon.

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Climbing down the summit was twice harder because we have to do a lot of rappelling with no harness. We had to be very careful otherwise we might end up with broken bones or it could just be the first and last mountain for us.

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The scariest part for me was when reached the grotto it was 6:25 P.M and the wind up there was so strong, stronger than when we were at the Rockies and Summit, it was whistling. I am dauntless, but I don’t want to be blown away unplanned. Hahaha

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Hiking may be a very tiring activity as it requires great physical and mental strength. During the ascent someone could ask why are we doing this? The other could curse the person who invited him/her. Then probably you could hear someone promising that he/she will never hike again, ever. The funny thing is, when you reach the highest parts of the mountain (Rockies – Summit – Grotto) and see the beautiful view from the top it gives you a rewarding feeling. It rejuvenates the once depleted energy and makes you want to take back everything negative you have just said on your way up because the truth is you want to do it over and over again. It is addictive.

Chia

Mount Maculot, Cuenca Batangas
Rockies - 706 MASL
Summit - 930 MASL
Grotto - 510 MASL

First hike: Mt. Malindig

The next morning we started our day early. Packed some light snacks and bottles of water, first aid kit, towels and extra shirts; looked for a local tour guide and we were ready to conquer Mt. Malindig of Buenavista, Marinduque.

Fact Time: Mount Malindig also known as Mt. Malindik and Mt. Marlangga is a potentially active stratovolcano.

As far as I can correctly remember this is my first hiking experience.

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Can I tell you a secret? I am kind of a weakling in a way that I usually stumble. shhhh! So, when I told my parents that I am going mountain hiking they were like “Oh no! Please do not. You might tumble, get hurt, etc.” But I didn’t mind. In fact, I felt challenged to prove that I can do things that they thought I cannot just because I don’t look strong enough.  This applies to all little ladies like me. Don’t let people stop you from achieving things they think you can’t do

We started at this portion of Brgy. Sihi, Buenavista. Note: If you want to hike to Mt.Malindig you better go first to the barangay hall of Sihi in the municipality of Buenavista, Marinduque. You have to register, acquire a permit and a local tour guide.

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When we began, the soil was damp. Just enough for my shoes to get a good grip of the ground. Thus, whenever I make a step I find it easy to walk through the steep trails. No slip No sweat HAHA

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On our way up we came across a dog oh-o!, some goats, horses,cows, and carabaos resting and grazing for food.

If you look at the photos the trails are easy to moderate. I must admit it wasn’t easy but It wasn’t hard at all. Maybe because… Well, as you can see the obvious I am lightweight. Hence, it was easy for me to carry myself up. I’ll tell you another secret. My bf had a hard time carrying himself up. He was like I can’t do this, I feel dizzy, I can’t reach the top you can go ahead just leave me behind. hahaha Of course I can’t leave him behind and I know he can do it. He just need a bag of motivation. For first timers like me I hope you learned a lesson. It is important to prepare yourself physically and mentally.

Although the gradual trails are grown with coconut trees, there are only few trees where you can cover and rest.

Here’s the beautiful view when we reached the 1/4th part of the mountain.

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Along the way my attention was caught by these wild flowers. I know these are ordinary flowers but seeing them on our way up made me appreciate their simple beauty. Our tour guide said we can see orchids at the top and strawberries too.

He (tour guide) was right about the strawberries! But we haven’t reach top yet. The temperature from this portion is slightly colder. Our tour guide also shared that the locals grows marijuana here before but not any more.  We’ve seen abaca trees too.

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When we were finally halfway there we rested for 30 mins. and took the opportunity to capture the magnificent view of the lowlands and neighbouring hills. It is like a pasture where no trees for us to cover. So, if the sun is already high can you just imagine the extreme heat that we have to endure. Fortunately, we started early and it was cloudy.

At this point, I was thinking if the scenery from here is rewarding what more if we reach the summit.

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From the military outpost it seems like we are only 1/4 away from the summit but too bad we cannot hike further to the top because it is already restricted by authorities. huhuhu I guess I just have to be contented with this photo or maybe it’s a good excuse to return. haha

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We rested for a while like for 2 hours.

I would like to say Mt. Malindig is simply beautiful and rich in its own way. You have to experience it.

When we decided to go back the sun was high whilst the land was dry and loose. To be honest, going down was more challenging for me. I was gingerly, fearing I might loose my footing.

To sum up the time we consumed, ascending only took us two hours (including the rest periods) while an hour to return to where we started.

After the uber tiring and fun experience oh boy you can’t blame us for feeling famished. Without further delay we head straight to Curba Grill and Restaurant to load up. I will talk about it on my next post.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I pray that I have inspired you in some way.

Happy Earth Day!

Chia ♥