Mt Kinabalu Heritage Park

Before I tell you about the recent climb to the majestic Mt Kinabalu, let me first talk about the lighthearted visit that me and Baba had when we first came to Kinabalu Heritage Park.

December 1. We woke up early and passed through the waking streets of Gaya to head to the terminal of vans going to Kundasang in front of King Park Hotel. I would have loved to shop around Gaya Sunday Market but we needed to leave early because Kinabalu Park is still 2 hours away from the city. We just pleased ourselves with photos of sale items and shops we passed by in Gaya.

We are not sure what activities awaits us at the park and the van is waiting for more passengers before it travels so we headed to a nearby Kedai Kopi to have a light brekkie and buy some food we can take to the park. 

We were joined by a group of 2 and another group of 4 in the van to Kundasang. The group of 2 were climbing Mt. Kinabalu and were already worried about the time, they asked everybody if we are willing to share payment for the remaining seats and we all agreed. Luckily more passengers arrive and we were on our way.

The van was actually going to Ranau and will pass by the park entrance in Kundasang.

The trip afforded scenic mountain views and the country side. It was not long before we all felt the cooling temperature and soon we reached our destination.


Fees for non-Malaysian adults are at RM 15 but it was a lucky day for us then because a community event is ongoing and the entrance fees had been waived.

We decided to take the guided trek of Silau Trail which starts at 11am with 4 others. While waiting we scored maps of the park trails and walked around the park on our own, and got lost and got tired and went back to the start of the trail. Luckily, we still had some time to rest, eat and recharge before we started with the guided trek.

Our guide gave us basic info on the plants flora and fauna that we see on the Silau Trail. It was a short 15-30 minutes trek for only RM 6 per person.

red lady – edible berries
microscopic orchid

After the trek, we went back to the entrance and the other group of 4 we were with on the trek arranged for transport service to Poring Hot Springs. This Aussie guy who looked like Beckham invited us to join them, but Baba reminded me of our other plans for that day (visit a church and buy pasalubong at the Filipino Market) so we decided to decline the offer.

souvenirs at the community event
presentation at the hall
bazaar at the park

We had lunch at what appears to be a stop over in front of the park entrance before waiting for the bus going to KK.

While traveling back to the city we vowed to come back and climb the majestic mountain and we did!!

A Bit Disappointed Merrell Shoe Fan

If I could live with one pair of shoes for a some time, I’d happily choose Merrell shoes. Yes that’s how I love their shoes specifically their “Aqua Sports and Waterpro Maipo” models. My first pair of Merrell’s were bought in 2007. It was very comfortable and I loved wearing it during our free day in the office. After adjusting my schedules in 2008, I started some travels and outdoor adventures with my friends.

I forget the first time I went out of the city exploring wearing my Merrell’s but the first documented picture was taken in June 2008 – during my early backpacking days with my friends in Sta Cruz and Liliw, Laguna. My best friend also brought her first pair of Merrells to use for the trip too. We both love it really.

In late 2008, I encountered a sale in one major department stores and abruptly bought a Merrell Sienna Ruby Sandals. I was really impressed with my shoes and was confident that this sandals will also be comfortable and durable. In 2009, I had a lot of comings and goings to explore more places in the Philippines. I used my Merrells sandals in exploring Bohol in February 2009. And later in June, I also used it for a trip to Coron, Palawan.

In 2010, I became more into outdoor sports and adventures. Being an active member of a dragon boat rowing team, I got invitations to mountain climb and hike. My first major climb was Mt. Pulag, Benguet in February. My almost 3 year old Merrells took me to the summit and brought me back to Manila safely – no blisters no dead toes.

This was followed by a fun trek in Mt Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas in March 2010. I am really very happy with my trusty old Merrells. It was in July, during our Mt Tarak climb in Bataan that my favorite shoes was tested to redemption. I felt my shoes loosening up a bit, something is just not right. I was worried the soles would give in before we come down, still my trusty ole shoes made it and accompanied me back to Manila. But the soles were really giving out. I didn’t worry though. My shoes had served me only too well during the past 3 and half years.

My friend suggested I take my abused shoes to a shoe repair and have the soles stitched. It worked and I was able to use it for a couple of months (Aug-Dec 2010) until I bought my next pair in Dec 2010. It was a new version of my Merrells aquasports, this time it’s called the Waterpro Maipo.

It looks really good and once again I was happy with it. I haven’t had a lot of mountain climbing since then though, but it was what I used for jogging and light running and a bit of trekking in Biak na Bato National Park in Nov 2011.

biak na bato national park

My Waterpro Maipro was more for city slicking because it was really comfortable and I can move freely with it. Just recently in June 2012, I was able to use it for trekking once again in Sagada. I brought my two Merrells wth me there, the Sandals for exploring the caves and the shoes for trekking to Pongas Falls.

trek to-fro Pongas Falls, Suyo, Sagada 2012

After that, my Merrells are back to their city slicking use. After being thoroughly impressed and confident with the comfort and durability over my shoe brand, imagine me rushing one morning, pulling on my shoe laces to tighten it as I would normally do and experiencing a sudden snap! (mental calculations: uh-oh, what happened? what will I wear now? the chucks, its a long walk to my school. This shoes is not even 2 years yet and it wasn’t as abused as my first!)

I watched the strap slowly beginning to loosen its strands. I hurriedly took a lighter to tamper it. I started sewing them together too while disappointment started to settle in. I don’t want to wear the chucks or the adi running shoes. I hope this hold until November when I can buy a new pair.

I think I will still buy another Merrells but not this kind anymore. The straps are vulnerable and looking at the others, they might soon snap too, I’m also looking at buying those five finger shoes instead. ๐Ÿ˜€

Pongas Falls: One Mighty Sight and Uncaptured Moments

If you haven’t yet read our first taste of Sagada Adventure read about it here ๐Ÿ™‚

After a hectic afternoon exploring the caves of Sumaging and Lumiang Cave connection, we were already doubting our capacity to trek to the falls the next day. We wanted to see Bomod-ok or the Big Falls but it was closed due to some event with the tribes. SAGGAS suggested Pongas Falls instead. It is one of the newest discoveries by the Association and they guarantee us another amazing experience of Sagada.

Our second day started with a hearty breakfast at the Yogurt House. Baba had Tapa meal and I choose the Hiker’s Breakfast which I can hardly finish!

Then we headed to SAGGAS office to check our scheduled trek to Pongas Falls. We opted for a jeepney ride to Suyo (southern part of Sagada) which is the jump off point of the trek. The guide fee for this site is P600 and a vehicle can be rented for P600 for convenience, but we did not think about our ride back to town and simply hopped on the top load of the jeepney bound for Suyo.

Trek starts at Suyo and we passed by the Sitio’s rice terraces where harvest time is happening. Our sourly guide said the trek will be about 1-1.5 kilometers across the rice fiels and will take on a rocky and slippery route.

first sight of waterfalls

Pongas Falls was indeed a magnificent sight to behold. It was a challenging and fun trek with an amazing reward. There were other traveler when we reached the site with whom we had friendly and funny exchanges. One thing we all agree on is that this site should never be missed by anyone visiting Sagada.

Our Sagada Adventures are soo sulit. We crave the thrill and the challenges of both the caves and the trek to Pongas Falls. I think surviving all these challenges together bonds us even stronger. We hiked back to Suyo mainroad and waited for something that will take us back to Sagada. Our guide was a little cranky because me and Baba were already considering just walking back (5km :D)

We waited and considered other options such as renting motorbikes, fortunately, Sagada MPS pick-up was in Suyo that time and allowed us to hitch hike. Me and Baba settled at the back and once again savored the sight of nature. Our guide was comfortably settled inside and had our camera with him so we didn’t have any pictures. Still we can’t help smiling at our fortune and the best memories we’d forever treasure in our minds.

Baler: There’s More Than Just Surfing!

A private message from one of my high school classmates gave way to this trip. We were 3 girls but I wanted to bring along my partner for him to experience what I love doing – travel.

There were a lot of “palpak” and “sablay” while the day of the trip come nearer. Joy Bus was fully booked and most of the accommodations and hotels we contacted were also full. The 4 of us were determined to push this through and on the night of 18 May, we took the regular trip of Genesis Bus (Cubao) to Baler. The trip took 10 hours and the fare – P450 (more or less).
|Day 1

Sabang Beach in the morning
We arrived in Baler at around 8 in the morning and hoped to make a reservation for Joy Bus trip back to Manila. Having no other trips that fits our schedule for our trip back, we decided to just take a risk and travel to Cabanatuan first for more buses going to Manila. We walked to Sabang beach from Genesis terminal and started looking for our accommodations. We ended up at Elaine M&M Lodge and paid P1300 for a room that accommodated the 4 of us.  
After freshening up, we headed to Bayler View for breakfast. After which we scoured for the cheapest tour tricycle tour rate we could find. They all asked for P800 per tricycle to take us to Mother Falls, Centennial Tree and others we could cover for that day.
been years since we last enjoyed soda from these plastic bags
Millennium  Tree 
They first took us to the gigantic Balete Tree in Maria, Aurora. We took the challenge of climbing it up along with kids who seemed to have made a hobby of crawling and climbing up the tree like monkeys. It was a great experience and a first for all of us.



Ditumabo Falls (Mother Falls)

The trek was fun and easy. You can hear the sounds of flowing water and the sounds that small animals and insects make.


There were slippery spots on the trail but overall it was refreshing and you get rewarded with the sight of one of most majestic waterfalls. We all enjoyed the trek and the dip on the freezing pool. 

After that we were really hungry and we wanted to eat along the way. But our guides and drivers said that there are no place or stores near the sites we’re going to visit where we can eat. So we decided to take just 2 more sites and head for the town to eat our late lunch. 
Diguisit Beach
Our guides took us next to a beach but we were really starving to pay much attention to it’s name. We were already in Diguisit and the sights of islets and rock formations are stunningly beautiful from the road. There was a small swimming area but this beach has a very rocky shoreline. 

There are no stores here so people who wanted to swim just bring their own food. Passed by Diguisit Falls and decided not to climb up. Our guides still wanted to bring us up to Ermita Hill but we declined and so we just headed to town to eat and explore other places of interest.

Museo de Baler

After our late lunch, we walked around town with our guides to explore and know more about Baler.

Baler is very rich in history. Before Aurora became a province, it was a part of the province of Quezon. Both President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife Aurora was born in Baler. Baler also was an active participant in the galleon trade during the colonial times.

The Museum was under renovation during that time, but the staff welcomed us warmly and apologized fervently for the inconvenience. Also inside the ground of the museum is the exact replica of Quezon’s Family home.

Aurora’s Home

Our last destination for the tour was Aurora Quezon’s home downtown. They were considered wealthy during those time. Quezon’s presidential car was also parked here.

We also passed by the church and gave short prayer of thanks for this opportunity to travel and enjoy the company of each other.

We headed back to our room and decided to rest. It was a tiring but satisfying day of exploration. We are beginning to fall for the beauty of Baler. 

Sagada’s Cave Connection: Tough Adventures for Tough Love

Highlight of our Sagada Trip – Cave Exploration



Sagada was my no. 1 destination for a solo trip experiment last year. I’ve been planning for it for so long before as a form of escape and sojourn to heal my heartache. But “force majure” in the form of Typhoon Mina stop my ascent to this Shangri-la Town last year, and so I’ve embraced the thought that I may never travel solo to Sagada. 

cable bus tours travels daily and leaves manila at 830pm at it’s QC Terminal
Stopover somewhere in Banaue













The cause of “heartache” back then, now became my partner and soon, the planned trip to Sagada was once again played out and realized. The 12 hours travel via Cable Bus Tours from Manila to Bontoc plus the 45mins. jeepney ride from Bontoc to Sagada was well rewarded with enchanting mountainous sights and cool air.





our breakfast at Bontoc before proceeding to Sagada

We arrived early and settled ourselves at Residential Lodge (09196728744) and find the office of Saggas (http://sagadagenuineguides.blogspot.com/) a few steps away. We made arrangement for the Cave connection right after lunch. Then we proceeded to Salt and Pepper Diner for our first taste of Sagada’s cooking. I ordered for Sinarabasab which is actually half-cooked grilled pork – much like kilawin with a lot of ginger and my partner wanted some fresh veggies and settled for a bowl of delicious ChopSuey. 



Sagada Adventure 1: Cave Connection

30 minutes after lunch, we met with Kevin Luna, our guide for the Cave Connection Tour. We’d be exploring 2 caves – the Lumiyang and Sumaging Cave and they say this takes about 4-6 hours – tough but we survived and enjoyed this the most. 

Our guide gave us suggestions on how we can save and we settled for walking to the first cave opening – Lumiyang cave. We also stopped by burial sites and explained the beliefs and traditions that Sagada have for the dead. Lumiyang Cave had us doing serious stunts and many times, the group ahead us stalled us because of many of them wanted to give up. 

hanging coffins among pine trees in limestone krasts in the background
coffins in the cave – this is what welcomes you at the mouth of Lumiyang cave
Kevin, our guide preparing our light
the descent to one of the Philippines deepest cave system


According to our guide, it is best to limit to taking pictures while exploring Lumiyang cave. This cave is slippery and dangerous to a point. You need to be attentive and careful at all times.  


After the toughest cave adventure in Lumiyang, we were rewarded with wonderful rock formations and easier ascent to Sumiyang Cave exit.

A truly rewarding experience

super duper cold water – to borrow chyng’s words: giniginaw lungs ko!

jumpshot daw ๐Ÿ˜€
cave art



The Sumaging-Lumiyang Cave connection was truly a challenge that pushed us to do the unthinkable and reach beyond our limits. We were happy to have Kevin as our guide, he was funny and patient with us and took wonderful photos throughout the tour. I think he enjoyed having us around as well. 



 We walked back to town and realize that the clouds have come down. We were really craving for a hot shower and luckily, we had a hot tub and hot water in our room. We were  wet and cold and the aches are starting to make their presence known. I remembered Titit’s advise to bring Omega pain killer or Effecascent Oil for this purpose, but we don’t have any. Luckily, the store in front of Residential are selling these two, I think many travelers has been buying these pain relievers as well.

exiting the caves after 4 hours. nope di po kami pagod.

the sight that met us as we walked back to town
chicken something for me
spicy beef curry for him


We rewarded ourselves with a hearty dinner at the Yogurt House after the hot bath and massage.  Slept thinking what’s in store for us the next day. Hope all the body aches vanish in the morning.



 

Early Backpacking Days: Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan Laguna 2008

Looking at my older posts, I realized that  I was really lazy in uploading so my posts lack of pictures. So I want to do another take on one of my earliest backpacking (sorta) experience with my tropa.

Four years ago, we are all struggling yuppies and promdis that take excitement from the littlest gimmicks and adventures. That summer of 2008, our Kuya Pamps (who turned 31 last March 15) suggested a quick getaway to Laguna. Kamusta naman ang budget? Where will we stay? So we scrimped up some money and headed to Sta. Cruz, Laguna without concrete plans.

I forgot the exact dates but I think it was a weekend in May. We arrived in Sta. Cruz and was met by Pamp’s Tita. We were at the mercy of her hospitality because we really don’t know where we will stay. After settling down in her home, we discussed what were going to do and where we’re going. One of Pamp’s colleagues also lives in Sta. Cruz and he took us to Pagsanjan. We were excited to see the famed waterfalls, however, di pala namin afford yung P660 per person rate for the boat tour. So we just settled and took pictures by the river. 

Ansabe, this part of the river is the location of the Tabing Ilog shoot.

Photo Credits (Jack Cruzado)

T’was the Year of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

2010 started unfriendly with me. I was job ess and broke – scrimping on the meager writer’s earnings for my board and lodging. It was indeed an ugly yet challenging start for a part time student, part time writer, long distance mom and a restless viajera like me.
Work and Studies
Career-wise, the past year placed me in a state of crisis. I lost almost all confidence in my writing, I’ve a number of unfinished projects which I shamelessly ignored and forgot. I felt the need to do something else aside from staring blankly on empty computer screen. Even school papers seemed too much to digest for my ulcerated brain. After finishing the semester, I got two jobs – one which lasted for 2 months and another which lasted for about 3 months.
My stay at the first one was short and sweet, it was fun yet two months wasn’t enough for me to be fully engaged in the job. I was pirated by the next job in just a matter of hours. We all thought that I’d be swimming in here like a fish in the water soon as I jumped in but it just wasn’t like that. I was overwhelmed all the time and it seemed like I couldn’t get things right anyway I do it. Soon I learned to love and hate the job and the people, the trips, the overtime work and all else in between. But again, something else came up, with better offers and a more interesting job description – and finally that is where I am right now.
For what went well in my work and studies: Learned to prioritize
What went wrong: Procrastination, Failing to plan and planning to fail..
Places for improvement: writing and reading habits, schooling (again), personal development
Travel and Leisure
Despite being broke, I was able to go to different places and experience new things- thanks to some good old souls! ๐Ÿ™‚
Some of the best trips I had happened this year though they were all confined here in Luzon.
Q1 took me to Mt. Pulag in Benguet with Roslee, Jane and Tons, Baguio, Anawangin Cove in Zamabales and Mt Batulao in Batangas.
Q2 was spent in Tagaytay, EK then in Bicol where we once again visited Amater to relive our high school and college vacation days. It was also during this period that I experienced Nagsasa – which is now one of my most favorite places in Luzon and the Mt. Tarak climb which rendered me crippled for a couple of days in July.
Q3 trips where all limited to OB’s except for Jean’s vacation in September. I was able visit most part of Laguna such as LB, Sta. Cruz, Liliw, Pila, Nagcarlan, Majayjay and others as part of a field trip with Health Implementers. I also spent a week in Albay for a training and this gave me precious time with Teloy while working. Q3 also took me to Calaruega, a quiet beach in Bataan, a turtle conservatory and to Mt. Samat.
Q4 started with an epic trip to Luisiana, Laguna then to Cam Sur for the 1st CamSur Int’l. DB Fest. A month was spent in Bicol and then the rest of this period was consumed by gigs, gimmicks and parties.
For lack of anything else to do, I spent a lot of time climbing walls and seriously rowing. And just when I think i was getting good at climbing, work turns up and made me busy. So I need to do this again regularly, luckily found climb buddies and we’ve now set some scheds.
This has got to be the good or best part of my 2010. The last part should be the Bad, but it’s not actually bad.. just a realization of thoughts, decisions and moves which made me feel bad and worked out to be better.
People
I’ve met and got to know many incredible people this year. They’ve spiced up my 2010 with much life, laughter and love.. hehe and I also strengthened the ties I have with the bestest of friends. Thanks for the connection, for being awesome, for the learnings you’ve shared, for the inspiration and for continuously nudging me when everything seems to stack up.
2010 is also a year of losing and gaining..
of failure to keep communication lines open,
of keeping mum about issues best resolved openly..
of being unassuming and ignoring..
it is a year of avoidance..
But then, this year made me appreciate some very important people in my life – my family. In the past years of working here in Manila, I wasn’t able to spend much time with them especially my Teloyskie. 2010 gave me a couple of months to be a hands-on mom to my son. I got to know him better – his likes, his interests, his tempers, his attitudes and his character.
I learned how mule-headed we are both.
How to tease him mercilessly until he grow mad.
How to quiet down his cries with a promise of chocolates.
How to repair broken bikes and dislocated car wheels,
I learned to kiss skinned knees and chase ‘lagnat-laki’ away,
with cuddles and even tighter squeeze. ๐Ÿ™‚
My family has always been very supportive and it was this year that I have fully appreciated them. I’ve never thanked them enough for the things they did for me and my son. 2010, with all the challenges tied to it made me realize this like a slap in the face. Been too caught up with my issues earlier on 2010 that I overlooked the challenges that my family is going through at the same time. Eventually life shook me hard enough to see this. As the year comes to end, everything seems to fall into their places…
When 2011 closes I’d be 10/10 satisfied if I can achieve these ~
1. closer family ties. more vacations spent at home and being a mom to Teloy – (non quantifiable)
2. debt free!
3. complete DPM asap!
4. learn to ride a bike..
5. climb Mt. Apo
6. go back to writing
7. cross out at least 10 off my goal list for 2010.
Habits to cultivate to achieve my goals..
An essential technique I’ve learned this year is to take notes.. we take notes to remember things… and we write to de-clutter our minds.
There are still a lot of loose ends but 2011 came in friendly with a bright career path ahead. There are promises of more travel, learning and discovering.

May 7-10: Nagsasa Cove Weekend

For beach campers and nature trippers, Anawangin Cove in Pundaquit Zambales has become the place to hole in. It has a pristine white beach and crystal clear blue waters. But aside from Anawanin, Nagsasa Cove, which is only 45mins to 1 hour away from the shores of Pundaquit is also fast becoming a destination for those who wants to have quieter nights with the stars and nature. Like Anawangin, Nagsasa has no mobile phone signals, no electricity nor amenities. The place is home to occassional Aetas who can take you around waterfalls and the mountains beyond. At night, the skies are filled with stars and it is more fun to sleep on the sand or in a hammock than inside the tent.

The beauty of nature here in Nagsasa also lures photography enthusiasts because of the scenic views of sea, mountains and lakes. I was lucky to have been invited by a friend who wants to celebrate his birthday in this amazing place.

To reach Nagsasa, you can drive to Pundaquit in San Antonio Zambales and find a boatman there.

Boat fares range from 300-400 per person. You can camp with Mang Ador in the left side of the cove and he charges 100 per person per night’s stay. Local guides are available from 400 up if you are interested to trek and explore the mountains and the forest beyond.

What to bring on a beach camping?

Beach camping should not be any different from hiking or trekking up a mountain. Here are somethings you should bring on your beach camp:

  • tent
  • water
  • sleeping gears (sleeping bag, malong)
  • head lamp
  • hammock
  • cook set
  • butane lamp or led lights
  • mess kits (spoon, fork, plate?)
  • swiss knife
  • sunblock
  • rope for a clothes line
  • swim suits
  • light clothing
  • zip lock bags or a dry bags (to keep your things dry)
  • insect lotion
  • garbage bags
  • food
  • first aid kits

The more you explore and go on beach camps the easier it will be for you to decide on the things to bring and what you will need.

Three Layer Hiking Clothing For Cold Weather


For those who are new to hiking and mountaineering, it is very easy to overlook the two simple fact of hiking clothing to keep them warm. Primarily, clothing that you use for hiking is designed to keep the cold out but retain the heat from the main source of heat which is yourself. Secondly, you have to realize that wearing hiking clothing for warmth means that you are not trying to be warm as possible. These clothing are only for you to reach a thermal balance, which is a state wherein your bodyโ€™s production of heat comes close to the heat that you lose. This way you stay within your comfort zone whether you are active, active and sweating or just resting or immobile but still sweating.

Functionality and Versatility of Hiking Clothing

Your hiking clothing should be versatile so that you can easily achieve the heat balance that your body needs in accordance with the ever changing weather conditions. You should be able to make adjustments by taking off some layers when it gets too hot or be able to wear more when itโ€™s cold. In many cases, doing this can be inconvenient and impractical so it is essential that your clothing can handle the different weather situations that you go through. Not to mention the fact that being on the move or keeping still can also affect the temperature.

When you are immobile, they should be able to keep the air dry and insulate you thus warming you. When you are on the go, your clothing should be able to pass through to keep you cool by allowing the vapor of the sweat to pass through. Hiking clothing should not be absorbent of the moisture so that it will not be damp when you sweat heavily. This will not be able to keep you warm because it will no longer hold dry air to insulate your body, at the same time, the body will continuously draw heat from your body to turn sweat into vapor. This causes an after-exercise chill which can last up to 2 hours when one is wearing absorptive material while non-absorptive materials only causes negligible chill.

Three Layers of Hiking Clothing

To avoid chill and ensure comfort outdoors, the three-layer hiking clothing system became famous as each layer has a unique function to help you cope with the changing conditions.

1. The first layer of hiking clothing is all about moisture management, or the next-to-skin layer. This layer keeps cool in the summer and warms you in the winter by keeping you dry. These are usually made from polypropylene or other synthetic fabrics. These are fabrics which wicks away the moisture quickly to the outer surface for it to evaporate.

2. The Second Layer is known as the insulating layer and traps air to insulate and keep you warm. This is usually made from natural fibers or fleece which are reliable in keeping you warm. Natural fibers however are more efficient in warmth-weight ratio but they have to be kept dry so that it will retain its warmth. Fleece dries faster and has a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than wool. This fabric is a favorite among backpackers because theyโ€™re breathable, lightweight and can insulate even when wet.

3. The Third Layer should act as a windbreaker and a rain jacket at the same time. These are usually made from Gore-Tex material for breathability. This 3rd layer of hiking clothing should be properly ventilated for avoid condensing perspiration inside your shell.

Mt. Batulao, Batangas

It was planned a month before that Wino will celebrate with a birthday climb on Mt. Batulao. Many has given their consent but when the date came, there were only a few who pushed through. I am not mountaineer but this climb was an enjoyable experience. It was better than my Pulag climb because the temperature is better here.

Mt. Batulao (811+) is considered as one of the most spectacular mountains in Batangas. It as a unique mix of steep drops and easy treks which makes it a favorite training climb for mountaineers and first timers.
One can reach the jump off point at Evercrest Golf Course in Nasugbu by taking a bus going to Nasugbu/Tagaytay in Pasay City. Bus Fare is around P160. Registration at the camp site is only P20. Mt. Batulao can be hiked for one day or you can opt to stay at the camp sites. The old trail on the east is also ride-able for bikers.