2018 Week 20: Barangay Election | Mt. Ulap Climb

May 14-20, 2018

May 14 was barangay elections so I was still in Baguio on Monday. I was not happy about the results in our barangay but it is what it is so…..anyway.

Highlight for this week though: climb at Mt. Ulap. It was a dear friend’s birthday climb and she invited me, which I said yes to because I also wanted to visit Mt. Ulap.

NOTE: The succeeding narrative is based on how we did our climb and this post may not really be helpful if you’re specifically looking for a detailed itinerary and expenses.

We left Manila on the dawn of May 19 and we reached Ampucao, Itogon at around 5:30 AM. We rented a van so travel time was fast.

We registered and had our breakfast at the barangay hall. But we were informed that we can only start our hike by 9 AM because they are letting the day hikers go first. There is also a 24 hour limit from the time we hike up until the time we hike back. Meaning to say, if we start hiking to the summit at 9 AM, we should be hiking back down at 9 AM the following morning. I think this is their way of controlling too much crowd at the summit. They also have a limit of accommodating just 500 climbers per day. That’s good to know.

And so as planned, we started hiking around 8:50 AM on May 19. And we reached the campsite at 2:30 PM hehehehe. It was really a slow-paced hike, which was good especially for me because my fitness wasn’t 100% ready for this hehehehe. And also, we took lots and lots of pictures along the way.

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↑Of trees and mountain ranges

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↑That is Mt. Sto. Tomas as seen on the way to Mt. Ulap

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↑This is abundant on the trail. Beautiful flowers of a bush.

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↑My favorite part of the trail because of the tunnel formed by the branches of the trees.

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↑The famous Gungal rock.

We pitched our tents and started preparing dinner upon arrival in anticipation of the rain. True enough, it rained at around 4:30 PM but good thing that it stopped after around 30 minutes and it wasn’t that strong. We were also able to witness a little bit of sunset when the sun wasn’t covered by clouds.

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↑Trying to catch what was left of the sunset.

We had socials after dinner where we played some games. The punishment when you commit a mistake is to take a shot of Tanduay mixed with iced tea then 4×4 gin with sprite and calamansi. I had a lot of shots at first but I made sure to master the game because I don’t want to drink anymore hahahaha!

We called it a night by 10 PM because we wanted to wake up early the next morning for sunrise.

We woke up early the next morning for sunrise and to climb up the summit. Watching the sunrise or sunset will always be my favorite activity when I’m outdoors. We were lucky to witness it because it wasn’t as cloudy that morning.

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↑Beautiful sunrise. What a lovely day.

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↑Obligatory picture at the summit of Mt. Ulap

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↑Picture with Mt. Santo Tomas because somewhere at the base of that mountain is our home sweet home hehehe.

We had breakfast by 7:30 AM, fixing our stuff by 8:30 AM and went back up the top of the hill where the summit can be seen once more for a group picture. I almost didn’t want to join but it was for a group picture so ok, fine hahaha.

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↑Campsite

We started hiking down few minutes before 10 AM. We took the shorter route that exits at Santa Fe. We were back down at 12 PM. After a very quick change of clothes for most of us, we started our trip back.

Another friend and I dropped off near Baguio as we still had errands to do. The rest continued on with their trip back to Manila.

My friend and I had a quick shower in the city proper and went to Don Henrico’s after for a super late lunch. We parted ways after to attend to our own errands.

Some things notable on this mountain.

  • There is a store near the camp site where you can buy some stuff especially in case your food isn’t enough
  • There is a CR
  • There is water source! No need to bring extra water for cooking
  • The Ampucao trail is not all assault so there is time to catch your breath after every few meters of assault
  • Most of the trail is covered with trees. For the grassland part, hello umbrella.

Estimated expense is around Php 2,000 -2,500, including personal and group porters, van rental, group expenses for food and butane, and personal expenses for snacks along the way.

The end.

2018 Week 15: Anything New?

April 9-15, 2018

Wala na akong maisip na witty title haha.

April 9 was a holiday, therefore I had another day in Baguio. I started checking out Baguio wedding suppliers and I got so confused because there were a lot. Napagod ako just by looking at the list hahaha. Sumakit pa ulo ko. So tinigilan ko muna.

I went back to Manila in the evening na.

The following day, I was not feeling well so I opted to stay home and rest. Sayang ang leave pero ayaw ko ring ipilit.

The rest of the week was dealing with issues after issues.

On Thursday also, I had to cram with all the reading assignments for the Execution sessions.

On Friday, I had to talk to my boss because I was not feeling good about everything work-related. I was relieved after that talk and I’m glad I did it.

The weekend was spent for domestic chores plus a dinner with a friend on Saturday. We went to Bag O’ Shrimps in Megamall. We enjoyed the food! Ang sarap ng timpla ng shrimp. However, it is best eaten talaga if kamay without the plastic glove hehehe. Pero sa sarap, ni-takeout ko yung sabaw together with 2 or 3 shrimps pang-ulam the next day hehehe.

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↑There is an additional payment when you add corn and sausages.

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↑Dynamite na hindi ko keri ang anghang kahit may cheese.

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↑Sweet potato fries.

The end.

2018 Week 13: Holy Week Break

March 26-April 1, 2018

It’s April already! First quarter of 2018 has gone by just like that.

Anyway.

I was looking forward to this week because it means spending more time at home.

I hitched a ride with a friend on Thursday. We left Manila at 4:30 AM and reached Baguio at 4:30 PM. The travel time includes all the traffic in NLEX, Pangasinan and La Union, traffic in the restrooms at the stopovers and the accident we were involved in. My friend’s car got hit at the rear because the driver behind us fell asleep. I guess it was a good thing that it was traffic so the impact was not that strong. No one was hurt. The driver was cooperative and accepting of his fault, hence the police report was easily accomplished. It will now just be a hassle for the repairs of the cars but that will happen in time.

I dropped by Good Taste to buy food that will sustain me and my brother at least until Friday hehe. The rest of Thursday was spent for sleeping.

I just stayed home on Friday and fixed some stuff. My brother and I also designed a new cabinet because the first that he made doesn’t fit the space in my room as a whole. We’d have to make a dissected version. Also, I changed my mind about having only one bedside table in the master’s bedroom. I want one on both sides of the bed so he’ll make a smaller version. The first set he built will be used in the other rooms.

The nieces and I met with an aunt on Saturday supposedly to visit another aunt at the hospital but she went out earlier that day as per the nurse. Ok, maybe next week for this.

The plan was to attend the Easter vigil after the hospital visit but given the case, my aunt just decided to go home and catch the Easter vigil at their parish.

We also dropped by Ace Hardware to buy some door handles. I am a little frustrated because everything that I want is out of stock. Even at SM Megamall actually when I also tried to check it out earlier last week. Anyway, I’ll check other branches if needed.

Sunday morning was still spent at home. I attended the afternoon mass in our parish, after which the BF and I went to Good Taste (again) for dinner before my trip back to Manila.

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The end.

I hope you all had a meaningful Holy Week and a productive week ahead.

2018 Week 7: Happy Chinese New Year!

February 12-18, 2018

Last Wednesday, February 14 was Ash Wednesday so I attempted to wake up early to attend mass, which I successfully did even with just a few hours of sleep.

I was soooo looking forward to the holiday last Friday. I was planning to leave the office early, which did not happen unfortunately. I was waiting for a ride home when I was startled because of the fireworks. Well, it was already 12AM, that’s why. Happy Chinese New Year!

My friend and I went to Binondo supposedly for some food trip. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people and all the restaurants are full. What were we thinking? Hahahaha! So after dropping by the supermarket that sells cheaper apple cider vinegar, we decided to just leave. On our way towards Binondo church, the parade has already started. We saw Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the reigning Mr. and Miss Chinatown. We went towards Quintin Paredes Street where we booked Uber to bring us back to Makati hahahaha. So titas. Suko agad sa crowd.

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↑Calamansi in pots! I was amazed, but I was sad because it was expensive hahaha. The small one is Php 1,700.00 while the big one is Php 3,500.00. I’ll just buy a small one then let it grow haha.

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↑I was able to capture the reigning (?) Miss Chinatown but was not able to see the Mr. because we were busy navigating the streets to get out hehe.

Since it was already almost 3PM when we reached Makati, we decided to just avail of Dad’s merienda because of more choices (as always) for a cheaper price at Php 258.00 per pax.

We went home after because we got really exhausted because of the heat and crowd hahahaha.

The rest of the days were spent at home, except when I went to mass, to Din Tai Fung for takeout of xia long bao, and to the grocery for green mangoes!

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↑Lanterns at Shangri-la Mall.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 1: Happy New Year!

January 1-7, 2018

Happy New Year!!!! I hope your first week of 2018 was great!

I did not have any plans on January 1 but few days before New Year, an uncle asked our plans, and so instant January 1 lunch invite to all the uncles and aunties on Mama’s side hehe. Nasanay na kasi silang nag-iinvite ang nanay ko dati kaya siguro until now, hinahanap pa rin nila.

I forgot to take a picture of our pang fiestang handa sayang.

↑Eye to eye with the newest member of our extended family. Such a cute baby! Tapos umiyak sya after a few minutes na hawak ko hahahahaha!

I was on leave on January 2 so I spent most of the time cleaning the house and dismantling the Christmas tree. Medyo hassle pala yung type ng tree na nabili ko hahaha. I did it before leaving for Manila kasi baka nakatayo pa yun sa next na uwi ko nyahahaha.

I traveled back to Manila in the early evening. Akala ko naman nagsibalikan na ang mga tao. Aba, blockbuster pa rin sa terminal! Buti na lang umabot naman ako next bus. At buti na lang mabilis naman ang byahe.

And it was back to work on January 3 but I was already waiting for the weekend to come nyahahahaha!

Weekend

I spent Saturday reading a romance novel at natapos ko maghapon hehe. For a change, I was able to resist tending to my Farmville.

↑Kilig kilig din pag may time. I tried looking for other books in several National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches to no avail. I’ll try the other branches.

I miss this kind of relaxation. I’ll try to read more books again, not just blogs. Actually, marami akong dapat basahin. Kaso mas kailangan ng mga yun ng mas matinding brain cells eh, kaso pag weekends, nakabakasyon din ang work brain cells ko hehehe.

I met up with a friend on Saturday evening for dinner. We ate at Gangnam Wings in SM Megmall. We ordered their chicken and beef bulgogi cheese fries. Ang sarappppp! Umulit kami ng order hihihi. No pictures sa sobrang gutom. It was my first proper meal that day eh hehehe.

I went with her after dinner to canvas for winter clothes as she and her officemates are off to Korea by the end of this month.

I also did some household chores. Some lang kasi di pa rin ako tapos.

I also went to the derma para sa kung anong anik-anik sa UA at fez.

And someone got too excited with all the year end sales at the mall. Too excited and was not able to resist hence she went home with some shopping bags hehehe. No regrets naman because I wanted all the items I got.

Ganito kasi yun. Sometime last year, I tried on some clothes in several shops. While I wanted those that I tried, I knew I won’t have the heart to buy them at regular prices kasi sobrang ang mamahal talaga hahaha!. Kahit magdildil ako ng asin, hindi ko pa rin maatim na bilhin! And so I just tried to check out if those items are still around during this sale. At nandon sila! As in lahat ng bet ko noon. Naloka ako sa tuwa! Hahahaha! Paano ka naman hindi mawiwindang eh halos lahat 50% off.

Yung isang nachambahan ko, jeans sa Gap. I am not sure of the exact amount pero I think between Php 2,500-3,000 siguro. Nabili ko sya ng Php 995.00 na lang tapos himalang may kasya pala sa akin don. Choosy pa ba ako? Syempre hindi na hahaha!

Basta, natutuwa na ako ngayon sa mga end of season sales hehehehe! I’ll do the same strategy again this year – fit potential buys and see if they are still available during sales. If yes and I was able to grab it, meant to be hehehehe.

Ok, enough about shopping. Susmio, first week of the year, gastos pinagkaabalahan ko hehehehe. But I have budget for that so I’m not worried. Pero kailangan nang tumigil kasi pag tinuloy ko pa, yun wala nang budget hehehehe.

Ok, the end for week 1. Hope you guys have a great week ahead.

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