Last February 13, 2016, I experienced a new adventure site located in Tanay, Rizal – the Masungi Georeserve.
“The Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area and a rustic rock garden tucked in the rainforests of Rizal. Masungi’s name is derived from the word “masungki” which translates to “spiked” – an apt description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within.” (http://masungigeoreserve.com/)
At Masungi, guests can experience nature, get to know more about floras and fauna, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains while going up and down rock formations and passageways made of intricately designed ropes and steel structures. It is packed with fun and a whole lot of adventure.
You gotta have a selfie here 😉
June 5-7, 2015
After a few months of waiting, our trip to CDO-Camiguin-(Bukidnon) finally happened. Even before our flight, there were so many negative things that happened that I was no longer surprised that we also experienced other unfortunate events during the trip – companions backed out, cancelled flights, over baggage, long travel and missed schedules. Well at least we learned from them and had fun – we enjoyed the places that we visited; we got to travel by air, water and land in the same day; we saw old friends; we ate amazing dishes; and most importantly we bonded a lot. Philippines is truly a gem. 🙂
Port going to Camiguin
The first stop of our Camiguin tour was the White Island. And as the name says, it is just a strip of white sand island with no trees. Good thing there are some mini stands selling food for those staying for a while. It is near the main island – around 10 minutes by boat so people can easily go there anytime. There are Kuyas renting colorful umbrellas and mats for those who want to lay near the water but doesn’t want to absorb the heat from the sun and get sand on their whole body. I really enjoyed swimming at the place and just enjoying the bare and vast white sand.
On our way to White Island
Strip of white sand
June 8, 2015
What a weekend that was! After the sudden changes in our itinerary and a quick fix in our schedule here and there, we were finally able to try the White Water Rafting in CDO. We were supposed to do this on our second day, however due to flight delays, we did it on our last day just a few hours before we went back to Manila. It was super fun and worth the long hours under the sun. I would really love to go back and try the advanced level and the canyoneering as well.
Here are the photos from our adventure in CDO last June. Too lazy to blog right now so I’ll let the photos do the story-telling for me. Hehe.
Getting ready for another adventure
With the gang
Rich marine life in Anilao
A couple of months after I took a challenge to see things underwater in the flesh, I found myself inside Stef’s car traversing South Luzon Expressway. My feelings were mixed like my insides were going ballistic–I was anxious, nervous, and excited at the same time.
Euphoria, the state of being intensely excited–the very reason why I decided to join another DSD this time with my Travel Factor friends. Since January, Vhik was persuading us to join her. She told us how addicting it is and how diving helped her health immensely. And true enough, when I had my first DSD in Malapascua, I went nuts.
When in Anilao 🙂
Flashback to Saturday–16th of May. After my work, I happily went to a convenience store to buy some snacks for the next day’s adventure. At around 7PM, I set my alarm at 3AM although our meeting place was just at the Sta. Rosa Exit which is about 20 minutes from our house without traffic. I was tired the entire week but adventures always do the impossible of giving me recharged mind and body without the state of fully caffeinating my system.
At the summit
View from the top
June 20, 2015
“I like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.” ― Mark Obmascik
I was having a tough time the past week when one of my colleagues asked me to join their trek to Mt. Talamitam. To tell you the truth, I never saw myself going to these mountains as a hobby. I mean, I like nature and seeing different places in bird’s-eye view but I also know how difficult it is to climb, especially steep and slippery mountains. I know I don’t have the stamina for rigorous activities like that 😉 . But I gave in to peer pressure and accepted the challenge. I felt I needed the adrenaline rush to take out the negativity anyway.
Achievement unlocked! (c) Jaymee Mata
Fast forward to June 20. Jaymee, TJ and Deo picked me up at Sta. Rosa Exit. From there, we took the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road and Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway until we reached Kilometer 83. The jump off point is beside Brgy Aga Elementary School in Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas. One should not miss the area since there is a yellow marker of KM83 and the climbers and guides also gather in there. For those bringing your own cars, there is a small parking space in front of the registration area and sari-sari store. Parking fee depends on you. 🙂
Super fun party (c) Stef
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Summer Siren came by fleetingly and up until now I can still feel the beat in my veins and the alcohol in my bloodstreams. It seems only yesterday when I found out about this fun-sounding event from a colleague. I know it is unusual for a 23 year-old person to be outdated with all the parties but that is my life. It has always been like that. So when I thought of going out of my comfort zone, I thought this was the proper venue–to let go and have a life.
A day before the event, I went to one of my bosses to remind about my “very short” vacation. I was bummed when I was asked to report the next day for a taping. I didn’t know what to do, but I braved their wrath and decided to live my life the way I wanted. It was a risk I didn’t know if it was worth it. I didn’t know the repercussions, all I knew was that I have to enjoy my life and that I needed this well-deserved vacation to have a good time.
With our very nice bangkeros
Red and Green
Yay! I can’t believe I haven’t finished this post. It’s been months since our El Nido trip and I am still struggling to finish the last part. So before I visit another place again, let me finish this first. 🙂
For our second tour in El Nido, we chose Tour A which consists of the Big and Small Lagoons, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commados Beach. If you want more activities like snorkeling and kayaking, this is the tour for you. I think I spent most of my time during our tour just snorkeling and swimming my way to the different lagoons.
The weather was gloomy outside but we were determined to continue the tour. We were picked up again by a trike driver from Nothern Hope Tours. He dropped us at the booth near the pier where we waited for our bangkeros. They were the same guys who toured us the other day. Also, since the activities will be mostly underwater, we rented a gopro. We really wanted to capture the beauty of El Nido’s marine life so we decided to rent an underwater camera. After receiving the gopro and the instructions on how to use it, we sailed to the Big Lagoon.