Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summit to Mariang Sinukuan

I’ve been pre-occupied lately that I’ve already forgotten to blog about my recent adventure. Last June 14, I went trekking again along with other friends. This trek has been postponed several times due to the bad weather but after a long wait we were able to push through with it.

6:00 AM was the call time for our group so again; I got up early preparing the stuff that I needed to bring.It’s too bad that not all the guys were able to join this hike. Jogs had a competition so he passed. We reached the foot of Mt. Arayat at around 7:00 AM and started our trek. At first, I thought that it’s just going to be easier than our Haduan since it’s just continuous uphill hike…well, I thought wrong! The fact that it’s a continuous uphill hike made it a lot harder. I felt like I was dragging my legs.The scenery was nice though. It’s like I was on the set of the book “Twilight” that I was in the forest of Forks…hehehe… It took us roughly 3 hours to reach the point they call White Rock.There we met some hikers from Manila who spent the night at the summit and did flag raising as part of the Independence Day celebration. We had a little photo opt and after they left, we decided to have lunch there and rest for a while.

After our lunch, we continued with our hike, we were told that it’s another 1 hour hike for us to reach the summit. I was like, “that’s just another hour…I was able to do it for 3 hours already…it’s gonna be easy”…If you noticed, I always tell myself that, “hey, it’s going to be easy”…that’s actually my way of motivating myself.hehehe… going back, it indeed took us another hour before we reached the summit…the trek was more strenuous and I was like, “Jen, you have no choice…you’re already here…go try to reach the summit.”

When we got there all the pain that I was feeling suddenly went away! The feeling was soo amazing…the scene is breath-taking. We had a nice chit-chat with the army guys stationed at the top of the mountain and got to know about how they live there. After an hour or two stay there (and of course after our photo opt), we decided that I was time for us to go back. On our way down, the trek was a lot easier….until it rained hard. We were drenched by the heavy rain while we’re going to down the mountain. The trail was muddy and slippery. While walking along the grass fields, I kept on asking Papa Rics, “Are we there yet?” and he would just say, “Malapit na.” That type of conversation went on for like 1 hour. It took us two and half hours to reach the foot of the mountain. It was one heck of an adventure and I’m up for it again! By the way, for our next trip, we’re planning to go to Miyamit Falls…gotta save up a lot of energy for that one…hehehe….

Monday, May 25, 2009

Nature Trip

In my recent post, I was talking about my inclination to mother nature and how I wanted to join Papa Rics on his adventures. Well, I didn’t wait that long…Papa Rics and his pals went back to Haduan Falls…this time, I was with them! Yep yep, you read that right, I went to Haduan Falls yesterday. Not with a bike though…yesterday was a pure trek.

Our call time was 8AM so I was awake by 5:30 in the morning preparing my stuff. When I got to our meeting place at Clark Maingate, everybody’s already there: Papa Rics, Jogs and his girlfriend, Yay and his girlfriend and his sister. The group’s ready for the adventure.

Haduan Falls is located behind Clarfield so we went to Clark’s Gate 14 and looked for a guide. Jogs has been there soo many times already that we really don’t need a guide anymore, so we just took one with us. We started to hike at around 8:30 in the morning, the sun is already high but not that hot yet. The trek was very strenuous. It was not a continuous uphill walk, there were lots of downhill trekking as well which made it a little harder. The trek going to Haduan Falls last for about an hour or so. We walked, stopped for a little photo-opt, then walked again, and climbed some rocks. We even had to pass this waist-deep water to get to our destination.

After doing all of that, we finally reached our target point…the Haduan Falls. The moment I saw the falls, man, all the exhaustion that I felt during the trek suddenly disappeared…No kidding…the place is just breath-taking! The water is really cold and nice. We swam…well, they swam I just dipped myself into the water coz I don’t know how to swim (well, I’m actually looking into taking swimming lessons now…hehehe). Then we climbed the falls and went to the other one above it. Jogs told us that the falls above the first falls that we saw is actually the Haduan falls. It was higher and more beautiful. When we headed back to the first falls, we were challenged to jump off it. I declined and went down. The others took the challenge except for me and Jogs’ girlfriend. After eating, they dared me one more time. I took the challenge this time. I can’t go back being the only one who didn’t jump. I gathered all my courage and jumped off the freakin’ falls! And I did it! Jog’s girlfriend did it too. So we went back with no regrets coz all of us jumped.

On our way back, the trek was much more strenuous. The sun is very high and it’s scorching hot. I felt like my throat was drying up so fast and I was running out of air. I had a hard time pulling myself up on the very steep uphill climb that we had to do…but hey, I made it. I was able to write this blog so it means I still got home…hehehe…

It was a very fun adventure that I will never forget….we’re actually planning on our next trek already. Our next stop: Arayat Summit!

Here are some of the pics from my little adventure at Haduan Falls:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hayden's Cam

Everywhere you go now, you’ll always hear the names Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili. Everyone seems to be talking about the much publicized sex videos of Hayden Kho with Katrina and two other women. This issue even reached the senate and on the news, this is all you hear.

I’ve seen the videos myself and I also got enraged by them. I agree with Sen. Bong Revilla, such act is a doing of an insane man…. Isa nga s’yang buwang. Hayden Kho is a pervert of the highest kind.

Watching his apology, I could feel nothing but appall. Being a woman, I feel for his victims whose lives he has ruined. I mean, the dignity of these women had been trampled and I can empathize with them. This will forever be marked in their lives. I just don’t understand why Vicky Belo could condone such acts and still has the face to defend this perv. I strongly believe that Kho should be punished for all of his perversions.

Hayden Kho is a one big A**HOLE!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Just heard the news about my friend, Papa Rico. He’s got another addiction now...Cycling. I remember back then, we would always talk about how he wants to have a mountain bike. I would actually tease him during that time (as we normally do to each other) that it will take forever for him to get one because mountain bikes are quite expensive and he’s too “old” for it. Then we would just laugh about it. I never thought that he would actually get his own bike and join the “eTel bikers” as I would name them and explore different places.

I know how cycling can help you health-wise and I'm happy for him. I actually got a little envious of him. When I saw the places they’ve been to, man, they are just breath-taking! I’ve always had this inclination to mother nature ( I don’t know why...hehehe...). I wish I could go with them some time. I’m actually thinking of trying this hobby/sport out one day...someday... but for now, I’ll just settle for my “stationary bike” here at home!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Quarter-life Crisis

It’s been forever since my last post. I guess I have been deeply immersed in my self-created chasm. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately...mostly about how my life had turned out. Funny as it may sound, I do....

While I was surfing the internet, I found this very interesting term, “quarter-life crisis”. This is actually the first time I’ve heard of this. According to Wikipedia, the term is named by analogy with mid-life crisis. In the context of the quarter-life crisis, however, it occurs shortly after a young person – usually an educated professional, in this context – enters the "real world". After entering adult life and coming to terms with its responsibilities, some individuals find themselves experiencing career stagnation or extreme insecurity...ya da ya da...

Reading through the article, I thought I saw a glimpse of myself and how I’ve been feeling lately. I now know the term for it. I’ve been telling my friends that I feel under-achieved...that I should be someplace else doing different things and not where I am right now. There are a lot of things that I wanna do...I want to achieve...but can’t seem to get the chance to do’s a struggle.

The feeling sucks! Big time! I just hope that I will be able to surpass this darn thing, whatever crisis it is and be able to say, as my favorite blogger says it, “I claim my place in the sun.”

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Singapore Getaway

It’s been two days since I got back from my weekend getaway to Singapore...another one of those Cebu Pacific’s promos that I took advantage of (I’m beginning to love this airline...hehehe).

It was a very short trip but I had so much FUN! I got to see good ‘ole friends and got to go around the place. Grace or Ate Lah as I would call her, became my official tour guide. She showed me and some of my friends who were with me in this blissful trip around.

Singapore is such a wow-er. I got to see the beautiful place, taste the food that it has to offer and how can I forget their MRT station...I ‘ve been able to memorize some of its stations...Dhoby Ghaut, Boon Lay, Chua Chu Kang, Punggol, Ang Mo Kio...and to many more to mention...hehehe...

It is such a wonderful place that I wished I could have stayed longer but hey I gotta go back. Like I said, it was just a weekend that I will never forget...well besides the fact that I had to put on liniment on my legs while on the plane coz the pain was killing me. Though we have not been able to reach Philippines on our flight home, I have already decided that I’m going back there and explore more of its beauty....hopefully it soon! (Calling the attention of Cebu Pacific....LOL)

Here are some of my pics on this blissful trip: