February Favorites

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Hey guys! It’s almost March, and although February has not been a very great month for me, it still deserves a run down of random things I loved about this month! Wanna know what they are? – then just keep reading!

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First up on my list this month is my new found love for Poetry. ❀ I have never been a very big reader of poems ever since the history of me being a reader. I mean, yeah – I do appreciate them but I haven’t really developed an inkling interest, until now. The recent poetry books I got is Milk and Honey and Chasers of the Light – which I both LOVE.

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If you know me (well not all of you do obviously, haha) you’ll see that I am always inside the four corners of my room being the introvert gal that I am. I rarely go out these days which is something that I am trying to change. So my few escapades this month really made me want to see more of the world, lol. Seriously though, life is too short to spend in bed. (but bed days are great too of course 😁)

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Well if you’ve been a frequent visitor of my blog you probably noticed that I regularly post and update weekly spreads. I’m quite proud that i’ve been keeping up with this so crossing my fingers that I continue to do so until this year ends. Love love love journaling.

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OMG I love my bluetooth earphones like SO MUCH. I use this every single day. Music is my daily dose of vitamins so this gift from Sudio Sweden is just perfect – perfect for my iPhone which for some reason does not have an audio jack, like wth. But seriously, thisΒ earphone is life. Check out their products here.

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Speaking of music, well this song is on repeat for the nth time most of this month! It’s not a new song, but I just recently appreciated it so..

Anyway, I just love it so much. And yes, my playlist’s name is “PlauUntilIHateIt” – lol, because that’s what I do. I play a song a gazillion times until I realize i’m hating it already. I am so weird, I know.

 

 

 

 

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Okay. Can I just say that I literally do not know what to do with my life after i’ve finished all the seasons of Game of Thrones. I mean I literally cannot function as a human being. I swear this show took over my life. I just love it! I cannot believe I waited this long to watch it – but yeah, better late than never because Jon Snow is bae.

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I am not a big mobile gamer (is that a thing? lol) but as I said, I need to divert my attention to something after my GoT addiction so I asked my friends from Instagram to suggest to me a game I can play and one of them suggested this one. I have downloaded a bunch of games that they suggested but this one made me really hooked. I loved it! Won’t be too long now until I abandon it and look for something else though, haha. My attention span is short. Btw, you can download this from the App store for free. I think Android has this game too πŸ™‚divider2

And there goes my February Favorites! None super exciting so far but still it has been a pretty good month to me, and I hope you had a lovely one too!

Talk to you soon!

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Weekly Journal Spread (February 6 to 12)

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Told you i’m making it up for you for being late in my journal spread posts, so two in a week it is! πŸ˜€

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You know my life isn’t that exciting when you realize one of the highlights of my week is finishing all the available seasons of Game of Thrones. Haha. Whatever, I was so happy to finally dive into this show, I’ve resisted for so long (because I wanted tor read the books first – but ain’t happening soon, so). I am freaking obsessed with Jon Snow. 😍

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Well at least something exciting did happened this week, haha. Escaping my boring life and in to the mountain! Check out my adventure blog here.Β divider2

That is it! Hope you had an amazing week! ❀

Talk to you soon!

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Weekly Journal Spread (Jan. 30 – Feb. 05)

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I haven’t forgotten! I’m sorry I was just preoccupied with other things and I forgot to post this last LAST week’s spread but here it is! I may have to post last week’s spread too tomorrow to make it up with you. πŸ˜€

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I may have ran out of tips to share so I will now just be sharing the highlight of this week. Some of them are:

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So I sort of hosted a read-along on my Instagram of Sherlock novels and our first read is A Study in Scarlet (which I still haven’t reviewed – I will soon!)

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My books from Book of the Month club for February arrived and I am sooooo excited to dive into all of them!

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We spent our weekend south at Tagaytay and it was amazing! Missed fresh air! ❀

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And that is it! Talk to you soon for my next journal spread ❀

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Adventure Blog: Climbing Mt. Daraitan

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Hey guys! So here I am nursing a sore body and taking a break from my nerdy self and showing off my inner adventurer self. Lol. So yeah, I went to climb a legit mountain last weekend! This is my second time and I failed to blog about my first 😦 (maybe i’ll try to when I gather all the pictures – for now let’s settle for this).

This will probably be helpful to my friends here in the Philippines who also wanted to try a little adventure this year, and who knows – my foreigner friends could find this post useful too should you decide to fly here πŸ˜€

Anyway, let’s get to it!

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It is already our 2nd time to climb (me and my bf) so we know roughly by now what essentials to bring when we go on a hike! Here are the things you need to bring with you, but remember PACK LIGHT, you don’t want your bag to be holding you back:

  • WATER (sooooo important, we brought at least 1.5 liters and 1 liter of Gatorade)
  • FOOD (you may eat lunch before or after reaching the summit, you need energy so bringΒ baon!)
  • JELLIES/SOUR CANDYS (I thought this was a joke but it really helps! It energizes you instantly when you’re already too exhausted to go on)
  • PLASTIC BAG (for your trash! never litter in the mountains please!)
  • CLOTHES (to change, by the end of the climb you’ll be sweaty and dirty, make sure you have clothes to change into.)
  • FIRST AID (like band-aids, betadine, alcohol, etc. – accidents may happen)
  • WET WIPES (for cleaning hand when it’s time to eat)

Optional:

  • Mosquito repellant (if you’re like me that mosquito loves to kiss, then you need this in the wilderness)
  • Slippers (if you’re not to confident that your shoes will survive the wild, go ahead and bring light slippers)
  • Gloves (I will consider this a must though since some rocks are sharp! but not everyone needs it so…)
  • Walking stick (it helps if you’re super tired but not really needed)

 

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So I live in Manila, and Rizal is one of our provinces in the South so it will still be a few hours travel to get there. We traveled to Shaw Boulevard to meet up with my bf’s officemates who will be our companion in this hike. Luckily, one of them was able to rent a van that could transport us straight to Tanay. We paid 450 pesos/person which is cheap to be honest. I heard the commute from the town proper of Tanay to the actual registration area for hikers is excruciating so renting a van (especially if you are a large group like us) is definitely recommended. If not, you will travel by a Tricycle (and it’s a LOOOOOOONG uncomfortable ride). We traveled from Shaw Blvd. to Tanay, Rizal in about 2 1/2 hours.

We left Shaw at around 5:30AM and arrived at the registration site at 7:30 to 8:00AM. You have to pay for your tour guides which costs 500 pesos (that you can split with the group) and an environmental fee which I think is 75 pesos. It was already raining by that time unfortunately so we were all a bit worried this climb might be hard for us. We started the hike at around 8:45AM.

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The tour guide assigned by the Town officials will ask you which trail you prefer, the long or short trail. Different is this: Long trail is well OF COURSE longer but assaults isn’t that much compared to the Short trail that is 90% assault (meaning, majority of the path is steep). Almost all my companions are boys (in fact we are only 3 girls) and everyone chose the short trail..

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You see in this picture that our trail is CRAZY MUDDY! It was raining almost the entire time, which is thankfully not strong tho – just a drizzle, but still enough to make our path way wet and slippery. That was the biggest challenge: to climb without slipping and hitting your head in all those sharp rocks.

Path to the summit has only 3 stations, I think each station has at least a 45minutes to an hour gap away to each other.

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Here we are at Station 2 (Photo grabbed from JD Ro Facebook)

After reaching Station 3, there will be another 15 to 20 minutes steep hike all the way towards the Summit.

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And tadaaaaa! After 4 hours of that grueling, brutal climb – here I am at the top! We reached the summit at exactly 12 noon!

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Photo is taken by the Tour Guide

Having to stand at that peak is incredibly nerve wracking! I ain’t afraid of heights – but man this made my knees go weak! Haha. That is why my standing position there is sooooo awkward! But boy oh boy that view is WORTH EVERY FREAKING KNEE WOBBLING THERE IS! It’s beyond gorgeous!

If you are not very brave to take a picture in this part of the Summit, there is another area that could make up for it. You just need to get the proper angle. Here’s a group pic of us in that place:

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Or you can just simply take photos of the view. It’s too pretty not to snap. Instagram-worthy, I am telling you!

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GORGEOUS! ❀
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This place looks like a straight crop out from an enchanted forest with magical creatures or something.Β 
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I tried going to the farthest rock formation but the rocks i’m stepping in aren’t too stable and it will be a nasty fall if ever so… πŸ˜€

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thumb_iovz3917_1024Okay this I have to be honest with you, if you think climbing up is hard – THINK AGAIN. Going down is WAAAAAAY harder – my exhaustion almost ate me alive. Haha.

The main reason it was harder is because it’s still raining and going down on slippery mud is not in the very least ideal – it’s brutal! Almost all of us slipped or near-slipped in some way but thank God none of us had any serious injuries, just minor cuts and bruises.

Despite feeling tired we just went ahead because we have no choice but to go down right? Unless we want to stay there in the mountains come night – uhm, NO.

Going down probably also took as 4 1/2 hours at the most. The longest 4 1/2 hours of my life so far! Haha, I literally cannot stand without support at about 30 minutes before we’re over – I am almost crawling for my life. lol

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But alas, it ends, and here we are at this amazing river that we were viewingΒ from the summit! We washed our mud-caked clothes and shoes there too!

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Isn’t she lovely….
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Isn’t she wonderful… πŸ˜€
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I couldn’t stay long in the water though because I am freezing cold! It’s still raining at this point and winds are so strong! Yikes!

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There’s a store there near the river so we had hot Lomi first before heading back and bathed and changed our clothes there too. The walk to the tricycle bay is long too, it was dark when we already got there which is a bit scary but people there are nice so nothing to worry about.

We reached the registration site at around 6:30 and then we’re back to our rented van at about 7pM.

We arrived in Shaw Blvd. at around 9PM.

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And that is it for my adventure blog! Hope you enjoyed the view as much as I did! My pictures don’t do it justice though, I wish I could bottle everything that I saw – it was just magnificent.

If you want to see more of something like this check out my travel blog post last year here.

Until next adventure!

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