Experience | Pinatubo

I'm kind of pushing this blog a little further. Stretching it a little wider. I simply want to share and inform and educatewhat a place is about, where it is, and how to go there. Chaks! I'm an aspiring travel guide here! :P And I think I missed to mention something about my Pinatubo post before this: Lord of the Rings. So read on :P

Trekking Mt. Pinatubo

It was 4.00am. Jenty and I had to wake up early again. We needed to get into a couple of rides up to the registration area at Capas, Tarlac. After a bus and a tricycle ride, we reached Barangay Sta. Juliana. At 6.30am, we met our driver and our trek guide, registered, then hopped into a 4x4 and drove past the other trekkers on standby. Good thing we made a reservation for the day trek weeks ahead. The place was swarmed by both foreigners and locals alike: everyone thrilled to see the volcano that almost swallowed up Philippines a decade back. We were headed to Mt. Pinatubo.

Guns and Aircrafts

Despite what seemed to be just a shut-eye the night before, we managed to stay up for the hot air balloon set-up and release 'til the sun broke off full blast. An hour after, lahat ng nasa lupa were almost close to hellfire. Ang init lang! We ate, leaned on a table and dozed off for some minutes that seemed like hours then found out that there's more to balloons and skydivers about the event.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

So one of the things I listed on my bucket list this year was "to ride on a hot air balloon". Unfortunately, it was not possible yet. To be able to ride on one, you may either have to make your own hot air balloon or sponsor the event. For lowly life forms like me, the only thing doable was to watch everything float and covet on everyone flying. Kaya for this year's Hot Air Balloon Festival, sightseeing lang muna.

From North To South

This is definitely my longest trip to date. Twenty days to be exact. It was awesome---like Kung Fu Panda! Ahw. :)

In this trip, I got to travel with a handful of people for the first time following itineraries that went on shorthanded and made up it was so fun we wanna travel together again to get lost more and laugh at misadventures along the road. Nyaha, run-on sentences are so fun right? Just like run-on sentences, our trip was so spontaneous we almost lost in touch with hygiene and current events :). I didn't even know Whitney Houston died and that my hometown got flooded again until the next two days. Being so caught up with the here and there, I almost had no time for laundry. I had to wear the same shorts for 4 days and wear the same....secret!

Make A Difference

Here and There 2011. Siquijor and Valencia photos by Enshong.

Several cities, some flights, 2 foreign lands, a few islands, countless jump shots, heaps of carbo, new friends and other faces. I must say I have my share of here and there last year too. All that merrymaking was fun, but a huge margin of that year though was spent idle. I could have gone to deeper seas, countless shores, greater heights and lengthy hikes if I didn't choose to hopelessly wait for any hospital to call me as if they would compensate fairly. But that year carried on at its best; t'was still awesome in many other ways nonetheless. ^_^