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The original plan was to go river trekking and caving but the latter never happened since we got lost twice with dead-ends!
Probably the most affordable, closest, and most natural-thrilling-adventure in Cebu City. The jumpstart of the river trek is at Brgy. Bon-Bon in Busay. It is just right after Tops down the slope way before Ayala Heights. Accessible by a private vehicle or through a habal-habal ride (hybrid motorcycle). The trek is very treacherous with boulders, swamps, three waterfalls, and forks that will definitely lead you somewhere else. There is also no network signal all the way so forget about real-time Foursquare checking-in or Instagram-ing for that matter! Therefore it is best to have a local guide which is available upon query at the jumpstart area. Our fate was deemed to get lost and never find the most wanted cave for whatever reason the unnatural has that’s why we forgot to get a guide. Nah actually we just thought we were too awesome for a guide, obviously we got lost twice! I wanna make it sound more scary and narrate everything that happened but I’d like to leave that to be discovered personally by anyone who will venture. Nonetheless, this is definitely not for the unfits and weak. Yes those kinds.
It is always important to be safe and ready. Tips on what to bring will be food and water of course, hand gloves, dry bag for your kikay stuff including flashlight, head band or cap, compression wear, and rubber or trekking shoes. Please don’t wear slippers because you are not going for a walk in a park. The trek will take about 6 hours at least going forth and back inclusive of getting lost. If you find the cave, top up an additional 2-3 hours on your schedule. This is probably the cheapest outdoor activity I had at approximately P400 off my wallet which is totally not worth the amazing experience we had!
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First things first, the two hippies I’m with are not named Aurora and Baler!
So we got two days spare done the music festival and hopped on a bus to the town of Baler in Aurora Province. Along the way I got con by an old woman, may she become a snail on her next life!
To cut this short which can pretty much also define our stay, Baler is beautiful. An outskirt (well you have to travel at least 6 hours to get there) with so much to offer! Accommodation, food, and people are very affordable. Coming from the big banana Manila, you can easily take the very comfortable Joy Bus for only Php700 per way. I have to say very honest too, as they returned my leftover phone and send it all the way to Cebu. Big thanks really! I can’t imagine how many text mates i’d lost! LOL Seriously THANK YOU!
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Up to date the biggest music festival in the Philippines just happened. We pretty much enjoyed ourselves! #truestory
Just a brief about the event; the VIP passes are not worth it. Kudos to those who bought the GenAd - you made the right choice! The DJ’s Kaskade, Alvaro, Reid Stefan, and Riddler did a great job beating us all night! Ronnie’s, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ lead vocals, girlfriend is a filipina and they murdered Guardian Angel, death by a duet. I don’t get it Kendrick Lamar. Empire of the Sun - awesome of course! But Red Hot Chili Peppers nailed the whole festival!!!
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Some of the other things you can do in Cebu aside from malling.
From Queen City take a bus to the town of Badian, then contact any of the guides for the canyoneering available on stand-by at the parish church ground. Our guide was Albert (09359254769) at P500/head. Canyoneering is best experienced after the rain when water is more intense thus the added badass feature. The river trek is really clean and almost no sign of human behavior, so don’t mess up the balance and keep your trash. Canyoneering will run from about 2-3 hours depending on how much photos you take every moment but totally legit because the view down there is just amazing. Total cost including transept is around P700 and the adrenaline rush is priceless.
After, you may chose to go straight hiking, which is a lot more awesome if you do, to Osmena Peak from the end of the river trek and spend overnight camping or (the lesser awesome) take a transport vehicle to Osmena Peak drop-off point at Brgy. Mantalungon via the trans-central barangay road. Then walk your way all the way up for less than an hour to Cebu’s highest point. This is just a little above your walk in the park with too much reward at the end, say the Tanon Straight, the magnificent Mt. Kanlaon of Negros, and the scenic Badian Island with its white sand beaches. I say even the unfits can go up with a kit-kat! Getting lost!? Is not really an option. There are kids everywhere, I’d like to mention Lord and Sin (Sean) whatever, who are more than willing to guide you with a bargain. These kids pretty much ask everything you have that interests them which is pretty annoying but still adorable. My friend succumb and gave out his tent whole heartily. Total monetary cost is less than P500, the view up there is priceless.
We all know how crazy FUN, wet FUN, and dirty FUN a Sinulog Street Party can be! And if you haven’t tried it, you must know you are missing something here! This is a once, read it again, ONCE - Yes! once-a-year street party in Cebu where you are allowed to make the unusual fun and literally friends with just anyone! Forget about the formality of exchanging names, because the only things you will be exchanging here are beers (or anything that contains 6% alcohol or more) and hugs! Lots of them!!!
And if you are what I I’d like to believe you are - then you should find, if not all, any of these 10 Sinulog Street Party Photos I have round up in your phone. That will pretty much give you a picture of what you pretty much can’t remember anymore 24 hrs. earlier.
NO.1 THE GROUP SHOT - Every 20 minutes or less. Will tell you how many of your friends are missing in action as time passes by. And if you’re lucky, you won’t go home alone!
NO.2 The Group Hug - Every 10 minutes or less. On this part of the day the alcohol drink is kicking-in and proportionally, level of confidence is increasing. At the earlier stage you will be doing it with your circle friends then eventually a lot more with strangers.
NO.3 THE PHOTO WITH THE PUBLIC NOTICE - You get hyped-up and the least you can do is take a souvenir!? Your guts could have brought you further if you engaged. Seriously.
NO.4 THE GIRL ON TOP OF THE WORLD - You have this picture because you like it, and secretly, you wish it could have been you. It is not important if you are a she or a he. As long as someone can keep you up with that ambition!
NO.5 THE SELFIE WITH YOUR BFF - Again, it is not important if you are a she or a he. Both of you are just excited and giddy with the overflowing awesome sauce around you!
NO.6 THE SELFIE WITH THE PARTYHOLICS - Eventually you’ll find yourself, made-lost by alcohol, with the YOLO people. And it’s just right for a photo-op for your future reference for cool party poses. Just right.
NO.7 THE GROUP SELFIE - All of you will try to fit in that square and neither of you will mind if it’s just the eye or a strand of hair that successfully made into it.
NO.8 THE SELFIE WITH THE ARMPIT MAN OR THE HUKAS BOY - These people are like the unofficial Sinulog give-aways.
NO.9 THE SELFIE WITH THE DRUNK FRIEND - You just have to for future blackmail proof-of-friendship reference in case needed.
NO.10 THE SELFIE WITH THE CRUSH - If not now then never!
So if you have at least 5 of these or more, then I’m sure you are what I’d like to believe you are. Your Sinulog Street Party experience was awesome! You will have a hang-over, find yourself scanning photos over and over again, you will miss it for days or even weeks. And you will develop that feeling of excitement for Sinulog every year. The same feeling you had on your childhood with Christmas. Yes that kind of feeling. And it’s good. Really good!
A storm happened when we start ascending to the ‘beak’. So I thought it’s nature’s way of telling us that mountain climbing is not a cheesecake. Although the path is mostly covered with lush trees to shade you from the sun it didn’t come handy since it was raining and instead it just made everything around us dark slash creepy. Plus the already rocky terrain became slippery wet that we must stride cautiously or slide and die. Upon reaching the summit at approximately 800m above sea level, twas already raining hard and the wind is blowing crazy! We had to drop ourselves to the ground and crawl most of the time so we wont get blown and roll down and die. It was almost zero visibility due to the heavy fog and it’s freezing cold up there! Dang we forgot to bring beer would have been ahhhsome!!! Nonetheless, for short times we also get to see the famous parrot’s beak from the summit and a little of the view when the clouds errr fog clears then it’s gone again. It was really amazing up there and I enjoyed it more because of the storm. Everything that kills me makes me feel alive! haha
P.S. All clips are taken using Go Pro Hero3 Black. Awesome sauce belongs to The Strokes!
Happy birthday to my brother Christian! (no not the Buddhist) Thank you for always understanding my cryptic attitude and most of all for loving your family more than yourself. I envy your generosity to others and the ability to see the good in people. P.S. Have fun in life always! YOLO! 😉
So the ITC crew went to Taipei for some action! We got a food trip! Ximendeng became the favorite spot. I have never encountered so many variety of street food in my entire life! The capital is also know for themed cafes and restaurants and we hit five of them in three days row.
P.S. All clips are taken using Go Pro Hero3 Black and Jennifer Lawrence’s confidence.
Our group went on a relief operation to Bantayan Island today. One of the Philippine Islands favorably ravaged by the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) two weeks ago. And as I look around the tragic remains I end up looking to the sky and thought that it’s beautiful out here. The strength of the people to stand up on the rubbish of their homes is called hope. Something that can never be taken away.