Nacale Falls, Bagasbas Beach | On Being a “Kapwa” in Daet, Camarines Norte

September 6-8, 2013

Freshly bitten by a travel bug and a willing victim of it, there I was going with the flow; drowning into my pounding heartbeat and giving in into the mystical sensation of wanderlust thing.

We were invited by our friend/officemate Pamela to her hometown. We presented our self to go with our friend/officemate Pamela in her hometown to spend our weekend. With no hesitation, together with Pam, Ria and my grandfather, we rode a bus going to Daet at 8:00 pm last September 6, 2013. For about 8 hours road travel, we arrived in Daet at around 4:00 am the next day. We were happily met by Ate Lore and Kuya Wengie at the bus terminal in Daet and drove us to a certain Inn in Bagasbas Beach. There, we met Kuya Glenn who arranged the accommodation for us. Feeling VIP lang, very kapwa ang “peg” and hayahay ang buhay. 🙂

Day 1  “Trek to Nacale Falls”

 Being a “kapwa” (fellow) in Daet means everything is set, no more worries on where to eat, where to go and what to do. After a quick nap, we had a superb breakfast at Ate Lorie’s eatery, “solb ang agahan.” 🙂 We then headed to San Lorenzo for our first activity in our Daet escapade, “the trek to Nacale Falls”. With us were Pam and friends namely Mark Dan, Toby, Mobby and Neneng, Ate Lore, Kuya Wengie and Kuya Glenn. After the registration at the jump off point in San Lorenzo Barangay Hall, we then started our adventure. We passed through several households and to our surprise, we saw a cable car in the area, the locals used it as a means of transportation so they can reach to the opposite edge conveniently. They also used it to transport charcoal, firewood and other agricultural products to be traded in the market. And well obviously, as newbie trekker we did not waste the opportunity to experience riding a cable car and at the same time save our energy for the trek. Some of us are hesitant, however, we paid the operator P10.00/head and just put our ass off, closed our eyes and hold our breath (si Lord na ang Bahala :)).  Mark Dan, Toby and Mobby just walked their way to the other edge since they were faster than the cable car (the cable car would only fit 4 person in one trip).

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A smile sa solb na agahan 🙂

at San Lorenzo: Picture picture pag may time!

at San Lorenzo: Picture picture pag may time!

Bawal huminga!

Bawal huminga!

A date from above...

A date from above…

After the exhilarating cable car ride, we then began the serious hike. Along the way, we see Pineapple plantations, Coconut trees and other plants and trees. There are also some Sunkist and guava fruits that we managed to pick (sorry sa may-ari, wala namang tao eh, at walang bahay heheh). The Sunkist was refreshing anyways.  It was evident on the trail that Nacale Falls is not yet popular to hikers and mountaineers. Only few have discovered and experienced its beauty and the thrill it offers along the journey. Grass and reeds are too high and there are parts of the way that is not so visible due to some vegetation. Before reaching the campground, you need first to go through a very steep and a bit dangerous path where you have to hold a rope to be able to descend. Extra careful is needed.  There we set up our camp and had our delicious lunch, with authentic Bicol express, adobo and some santol recipe. We thank you to our Daet friends that they did not let us suffer hunger (buchog much :)).

along the way, highway!

along the way, highway!

smile pag may time para mawala ang pagod.

smile pag may time para mawala ang pagod.

A pose on the way and in the camping area

A pose on the way and in the camping area

We then headed to our final destination after a quick rest. The path was very challenging, thrilling and dangerous (not suitable for very young audience parental guidance is advised :)) especially for first timers; you need be extra careful as you stride into some slippery rocks and running water. There are parts that you need to swim, as the water is deep. It is very dangerous to walk on rocks, however if you have the guts and insurance you may do so. 🙂

Pahirapan ang papuntang falls.. lurv it!

Pahirapan ang papuntang falls.. lurv it!

Upon reaching the falls, we did not waste our time. We immediately dipped into the water, and enjoyed the place, we swam, we jumped, we shouted as Mark Dan did some exhibition. If I were just a good swimmer I can do a lot of things there, unfortunately I’m not (Sorry nalang ako :)).

They obviously enjoyed it!

They obviously enjoyed it!

At dito pa sila nagdate... :)

At dito pa sila nagdate… 🙂

smile ...smile...smile...

smile …smile…smile…

Ready get set... jump! phew... kinabahan ako dun doi....

Ready get set… jump! phew… kinabahan ako dun doi….

Nacale Falls Rock!!!

Nacale Falls Rock!!!

Nacale Falls, Camarines Norte

Nacale Falls, Camarines Norte

We were mesmerized by Nacale’s own unique beauty and charm, the adventure it gives along the journey that quenched every thirsty adventurous soul. It was indeed an amazing experience.

After the trek, Daet friends prepared a bonfire along Bagasbas beach where we also had our sumptuous dinner. While we were eating and the Kuya’s were preparing the fish for grilling it suddenly drizzle, so we quickly bought our things and the food to the inn. After eating, unfortunately, I was too tired from the activity that I was not able to join the inuman (drinking session) and kwentuhan (chit chat) and I just willingly submitted my self into a dreamless sleep. Sorry guys, next time nalang.

Day 2

On Anniversary Celebration, Surfing and Skim Boarding

We just rested all morning and walked barefoot in Bagasbas beach. At around 11:30 am we were fetched by Ate Lorie and Kuya Wengie at the Inn and brought us to Leo’s restaurant along Bagasbas where we had our lunch. The food was delicious, definitely a proud Bicolano style of cooking. Together with us was Kuya Glenn and his wife which luckily celebrating their wedding anniversary at that time.

Happy Wedding Anniversary! (Kuya Glenn and his Wife)

Happy Wedding Anniversary! (Kuya Glenn and his Wife)

The Ultimate Couple!

The Ultimate Couple!

Yummmmm!

Yummmmm!

We did not also miss to try some surfing and skim boarding as these sport is quite famous in Daet , to hopefully experience what stoked is. Unfortunately, I was not able to stand up in the surfboard, and Ria got injured in skim boarding. However it was still rare and awesome and we were happy for our friend Pam for all the first time she experienced. It was her first time to trek, to ride in a cable car, to walk in a hanging bridge and though being born and raised in Daet, it was her first time to try surfing which luckily she was able to stand up in the surf board. You rock Pam, we’re so proud of you! (With matching, Oo naman tol!)

Skim boarding tutorial :)

Skim boarding tutorial 🙂

The new Surfer in town!

The new Surfer in town!

After the surfing and skim boarding attempts, we had our dinner at Catherine’s courtesy of Ate Agnes. (Iba na talaga ang maging “kapwa” sa Daet [ Me singing in the background: Sana maulit muli :)])

@ Catherine's

@ Catherine’s

Special Thanks to:

Pam, Ate Lorie, Kuya Wengie, Kuya Glenn, Ate Agnes, Mark Dan, Toby, Mobby, Neneng and to all who made this trip more memorable.  Thank you for assisting Gen Logico during the trek, thank you for feeding us. Thank you so much for your hospitability and generosity. God bless you more.

To sum it up, it was a weekend well spent, where life was breath and love was felt. Thank you friends!

Magayon!

Magayon!

 More Photo Ops. 🙂

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If you are planning to include in your itinerary a trek to Nacale Falls during your visit in Cam Norte, I can refer to you a guide. Just send me a message at atnaive@gmail.com 🙂

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Mt. Pinatubo Rocks

August 10, 2013

This is another travel package that we availed with Travel Factor, this time with me, is my cousin Ria. We decided to join the trek to escape the daily boredom in the office and get a little dose of sand, rocks, fresh air and life.

We woke up early as in super duper early (at 1:00 am) to prepare ourselves for the trek. Beforehand, we asked our taxi driver a neighbor, who luckily agreed to drive us to McDonalds, El Pueblo, Ortigas, where we will meet our Travel Coordinator, Vince at 2:30 am (assembly time).

After registration and waiver signing, we departed to Capas, Tarlac at around 3:00 am. We arrived in Capas at 6:00 am where we registered at Capas Tourism office.

With no further ado, to begin with our adventure, we rode a 4×4 truck for about 60 minutes with so much breath taking actions. Along the way, there are mountains of sands (lahar) and rocks due to the volcanic eruption in June 1991. If Bohol has Chocolate Hills, Mt. Pinatubo also has a Toblerone Mountains. It also offers some beautiful formation as they say some are similar to Grand Canyon (never been there) and some are just well, beautiful, it’s another nature’s best.

Ria with the 4x4 ride

Ria with the 4×4 ride

The Toblerone Mountain Formation at the Background.

The Toblerone Mountain Formation at the Background.

Rocks and sand formation along the way.

Rocks and sand formation along the way.

After the bumpy ride, we started the 7 km trek. The trail, though not so steep,  was really rocky and dusty. We also crossed some shallow rivers that added to the challenge. At first, the breeze of the wind was chilly and it started to drizzle. However, as we went along, finally the mighty sun came out, its scourging heat added to the thrill. My cousin and I walked faster, we left the other participants behind as we wanted to have an extended rest along the way and we can reach the peak first and of course, we can do some extended photo ops :).

Start of the Trek at Lipit Station

Start of the Trek at Lipit Station

Ako lang naman ang hamak na photograper nang hanep na model. Kung hindi naka upo ay kumakain ang peg! lol

the rocky, dusty and sometimes damp terrain.

the rocky, dusty and sometimes damp terrain.

We reached the rest station 1 km (20 minutes trek) to the crater, we took a 15 minute break and then continued the trek. There are vegetation now on the part of the trail however getting steeper and rocky. I felt tired and exhausted when we reached the man made stairs. I got overwhelmed with the exhaustion forgetting to appreciate what is around me, all I wanted at that time was to reach the peak. I was catching my breath, yet I still took one step at time. It was difficult for me especially for my body built; however giving up is not an option we were almost there.

At dahil feeling young, we were obliged to take a 15 minutes break only. :)

At dahil feeling young, we were obliged to take a 15 minutes break only. 🙂

Sa wakas! Crater na jud! huh!

Sa wakas! Crater na jud! huh! Mao na nga mag papicture jud! Di pwede ug di. Bahalag kapoy

Apart from the breathtaking and bumpy 4×4 ride, the most breathtaking and enchanting part was the hidden lake in the crater, an unexpected beauty that lies in a sleeping monster.

The Majestic and Enchanting Crater.

The Majestic and Enchanting Crater.

And the Moto of the day : “Never say Die” and “Never Give Up!”

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We made it! Yeheey!

Rainbow in the Metro

Rainbow in the Metro

While on my way to work today, rushing to the next jeepney stop, having Monday blues, my cousin called my attention to witness  a wonderful view . A Rainbow, a beautiful rainbow in the metro. I then realized that God never fail to show his people that we are love, I am loved!

I also realized that we do not need to hurry, sometimes we need to slow down to stop, to look and to listen so we won’t miss the beautiful opportunity around. Appreciate and notice not only the heavy traffic, air pollution, stinky garbage in the corner but also the beautiful rainbow along the way.

I hope that everyone will have a beautiful day today! 🙂

***I just forgot to bring my camera and was not able to capture a good quality photo.

mixed thoughts and confessions

I understand that my mother work hard for me so I could go to school and get a high paying job in the corporate world whether local or international. I’ve been playing that society’s imposed mentality and that role ever since, however something just hit my forehead that this kind of life doesn’t really work for me. Honestly, I am sick and totally depressed everyday trying to survive in this kind of system; I am so bored and uninspired.

 I feel sorry to the people who toil especially to my mother in order for me to get a degree and be alleviated from subsistence farming or becoming a household helper to be in middle class working in this corporate world or to work abroad or whatnot. I am so guilty of being a slack in the cube.

                It’s been 2 years and counting, being out in a university is quite challenging, where all my dreams and aspiration started to fuzz. Focusing on something has been a great issue. I am Lost! The eagerness to live is fading. Pouring out tears with perverse reason, being awake at night and entertaining the growling grief and worries is sickening. Depression I thought. Self- Imposed findings. However I do not like to dwell on the idea. I wanted to be happy and feel alive, some feelings I’ve experienced a few months ago when I went to Sagada, an ecstatic feeling when I am indulging into some outdoor activities or when I am on the move. I don’t travel and do outdoor activities often due to financial and time constraint. I was not born with a golden spoon and just rely only on my monthly paycheck. I don’t even have another means of income, and I did not attempt to find some.

                Well, I confess: I just turned 26 and I am still a laze! I don’t like to put extra effort except on things that I am interested in. I don’t like to complicate things and I don’t like complicated people and I don’t like complicated clothes. But then, my mind is so complicated in itself.

                 I am not in good shape and I am having weight issues, yet I love trekking/ hiking and climbing mountains. I’ve done a few treks and fun climbs, I love it and I want more. It is like a nebulizer to me when it is difficult for me to breath, when I fell enclosed in this cube.

                Lately I’ve been interested into environmental thingy, volunteerism, vagabonding and some sort of ideas like working in an NGO, farming and others. However, I am a prison on my own built cage. Yet I am hopeful, “hopefully”.

These things are quite a motivation for me to keep going, like a fine string that holds me so I could notice the good things around and keep myself sane.