Summer Hike

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    For Holy Week, my roommate invited me to join her and my other roommate to go to Mt. Cabuyao on Good Friday. At first, because I know that I’m really not physically fit for hiking and the thought that that I might just be a burden for their hike, I declined their invitation. But because my roommate was insisting that I should come and that he kept on bugging me to come because he did not want to be a third wheel (we were joined by Ate Aina’s boyfriend), and that I really wanted to go (after all, it was Mt. Cabuyao), and after sudden realizations that it was Holy Week at that time (meaning, it was for Christ–not for my eternal movie marathon pleasures), I chose to come despite my worries.

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Me, Ate Aina, Kuya Conrad, and Em. 

The night before our hike, we prepared the things we had to bring. Since we were joining the Station of the Cross, we printed booklets for us to use during the tramp. Also, we brought medicines and first-aid kits for minor bruises. We also bought snacks, and prepared our lunch (yummy adobo by Ate Ai and Em) to eat after the hike. Don’t worry, we brought reusable containers and we didn’t litter on the area. Anyway, Ate Aina and Em are both environmentalists and aside from that, they have both hiked to different mountains in the North. 

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Station of the Cross, 2014.

We arrivied in Tuba, Benguet where Mt. Cabuyao is located at around 7 or 8am. From Baguio City, it would take a 30-45 minute ride (And I think this also depends on the traffic). We rode the jeepney going to Greenwater and alighted from the jeep at the foot of the mountain. While we were hiking, my roommate Em, (most diligent friend I have ever met) as expected, didn’t kill time. He was memorizing chemical whatnots for his Chemistry exam while we were walking. I, on the other hand, was eating and listening to my music player while Ate Aina and Kuya Conrad were talking to each other.

When we reached the area for the station of the Cross, we joined some people in the tramp. Some of them were ardent followers of the Station of the Cross traditions, and some, like me, were first-timers. There were a lot of people at the time we went there because it was Good Friday. Families, groups of friends, couples, and religious organizations were seen to observe the Holy Week tradition.

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Towards the end of our hike, we could barely see our way down through because of the fog. We actually expected that it would rain and fortunately, it didn’t. After several photo ops, we found our cozy picnic place 30-45 minutes away from the famous cave where buried remains and broken coffins can be found. We tried to go there as well but unfortunately, we were too tired so we just opted to eat instead.

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After several attempts of having a picture perfect group shots, we came up with these. Sorry, we didn’t have monopods. Actually, I’m really not sorry for not having a monopod. I  think monopods are funny.

Anyway, it was a good afternoon picnic for us. We enjoyed eating and talking and laughing and lying on the grass. It was the perfect time to appreciate our environment while observing Holy Week traditions, and at the same time, a perfect time to rest our eyes and keep them away from our laptop monitors for awhile. We’ve had too much acads. Kidding. We’ve had too much facebook, twitter, and acads.

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Behind us is the Mickey Mouse Ear-shaped radar built by the Americans. This can be seen from the SM Baguio Veranda too. 🙂 

All in all, we had almost 7 or 8 hours of walking spent that my legs ached for three days. But it was a great tramp indeed! Something I thought I wouldn’t do for a lifetime. It’s also a great way to spend vacation, instead of sleeping through it and looking at various vacay and endless #laboracay photos on your news feed while miserably binge-eating/watching TV series as what I have planned to do. 

When we got back to the city, we were too tired and hungry that we decided to go to McDonald’s and eat for merienda. We were soooOoOoo tired of walking and when we were about to go home, it took us about 30 minutes to ride a cab and go home.

I enjoyed it a lot. Next time, we’re planning to go to Quezon Province or to Sagada in Mountain Province for our next trip. I’m so excited for that. 🙂

What to do this Summer!

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Aside from exercising your ass out in bed with the laptop in front of you and your other hand grabbing some potato chips, why not try these ten tips to make your summer more memorable?

Pardon my nonexistent photoshop skills, but I think it’s time for us to make a change in our lives especially that we’re getting older; no one wants a lame life flashback when everything ends, do you? Here are some of my lame explanations for the typography I just confessed I made for you guys:

1. Exercise! A little stretching and jogging won’t hurt, right? Why not take 15 minutes of your oh so precious life and take time to stretch those limbs up! Aside from the fact that it’s free (unless you would want to enroll on fitness training whatever you call them), it would make you healthy! Trust me, I’m an engineer! (wait, wut?)

2. Read. Nah, you don’t have to read a 35,647-page novel and just end up dying! Everything is a must-read, I tell you. Those advertisements on the streets? Read up and see what you might find out. Newspapers, books, bible, and even leaflets can help enhance your critical thinking skills (that is if there are).

3. SLEEP. Now’s the time to take a good zzzzzz from all those sleepless nights you had because of studying (really?) last semester. Sleep early, no one would even bother to call you up late at night to hang out, I’m pretty sure.

4. Vote! Aside from exercising your limbs, exercise your right to vote! Make sure you’re at least 18 years of age and are registered into your local barangays for you to vote. Vote for someone deserving, stop voting the corrupt politician, it will help you and your community as well.

5. Laugh! This is the easiest way to be happy this summer. Let that smile radiate from your body and inspire others to smile too! Read a good joke book. Watch a comedy movie. Look at your face in the mirror. See? You just laughed!

6. Inspire. Inspire others to do good deeds this summer! Going to church? Why don’t you ask your friends or family to join you? Want to join a fun run? Bring your classmates along! Tag someone along with the good deeds you want to do and you’ll both enjoy life. Again, trust me, I’m an engineer.

7. Spend. And when I say spend, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to withdraw from your atm card for you to shop. Well maybe you can, but spend time, not money. Spend time with your old friends, catch up on each others lives! Spend time with your sibs and parents, these things make good memories for you to remember some time in the future.

8. Love. Love is in the air this summer for most people, why not join the bandwagon? Don’t have a partner? Love your dog instead! Don’t have a dog? Love your fish instead! Don’t have a fish? Love the ants instead! If all else fails and ants don’t appear in front of you for you to love them, then love yourself instead! There’s plenty of reasons to love, after all. 🙂

9. Eat! Aside from junk foods, why not try eating fruits? Local delicacies? Never tasted a particular dish before? Now’s the time to try it! Who knows, it might be one of the best food you have ever tasted in your life. Om nom nom nom your way to a healthy lifestyle!

10. Try. 😉 Try to break those bad habits you’ve been doing for some years now! Try doing something new, dare to be different! 🙂 Try another hairstyle, if you don’t like it, bald would be a good idea! Try bungee jumping, snorkeling, going on for an adventure, travelling! There’s so much more life’s got to offer you!

These ten tips are just simple things that would help you be a great person and would help you satisfy the pleasure you wanted. Make sure to enjoy while doing these things! 🙂

Summer 2K13

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At long last, summer is officially here! Gone are the days where I have to wear cardigans and hoodies because I’m not in a cold place anymore. What’s not so nice about summer is the unbearable heat of the sun but whatever, that’s what ice creams and milk shakes are made for!

Aside from the people who post endless instagram photos hashtagged with #summer #beach and other #summerwhatnots, SUMMER is also for the people who have tired their asses out from endless papers, requirements, and productions; they’re called STUDENTS! LIKE ME! This year I did not consider the university hell week as my hell week because even if it was tiring and exhausting, I loved what I went through so it doesn’t really fit the hell week category. Anyway, I’m so glad I’m done with the second year life. I experienced a lot of things, and I’m sure summer’s got a lot of offers for me.

Hashtagged above, are the things that’ll compose my vacation before I turn into an acadzombie again on June. What’s new in this list is that I didn’t include the mainstream beach, outings, and whatever; what I included was tadaaa – SUMMER CLASSES! (Do I sound geeky here?)

And yes, I’m going to take summer classes in Diliman. Although it may not sound vacation-y to you, I think it’s time for me to grow up and study my asses again because if I won’t, I’d be delayed in school for a year. Hahaha!

Of course there are occasional out of towns but my goal is to take three subjects so that I wouldn’t stress myself in the next school year. Also, living in Manila, I believe, would open me to lots of possibilities—live band watching, food tripping, new adventures ehem ehem HAHAHA, new relationships – friends, instructors, other people HAHAHA and jus new things to discover. I don’t want to plan anymore; I’ll just let the perks and privileges of summer wait for my arrival. (Do I sound like a VIP here?)

How about you, what are your summer plans? I would like to know! Share! 😉