September 18, 2014

Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna

September 18, 2014
So last Saturday when there was a typhoon in Luzon, we decided to go on an adventure. lol actually when I woke up at 4am that morning, I was toooooooo lazy to get out of bed because it was raining and the weather was just perfect FOR SLEEP. It sure was tempting to go back to sleep, but thankfully I didn't because Pagsanjan falls is amazing. It doesn't look much in the photos as it doesn't have clear blue waters or what not, but seriously, when you're there you couldn't help but be amazed by it.
Naks naman, Nisassssss :p

It took us about two hours (I'm not sure because I fell asleep halfway lol) to get to Pagsanjan, and another thirty minutes to reach Cavinti, where the start of the trek to the falls is. There are two ways to go to the falls, by a canoe or trekking. We chose the latter because the canoe ride's kind of pricey at P1,250 per person, although you get to see more waterfalls (well, smaller ones) along the way, compared to the P270 per person for the trek.

There were two of these steel ladders (40ft & 30ft) where we had to rappel down (and climbed it when we were going back up!!)
This part of the trek had 589 steps which was crazy. It was so steep, we had to go down sideways!! 
Good thing no one in our group fell because that would've been crayyyyyyzyyyyyy. 
Once you survived the 589 steps though, you'll be greeted by the relaxing sound of the river. (Plus a really good spot for photos!! :p) 
Then you'll see the real thing after a few more steps! Tadaaaaa

The P270 we paid included a raft ride going to the cave behind the falls. Since the current was so strong because of the typhoon, the falls created waves (I felt like I was riding a bangka in the ocean I swear haha), which made the raft ride even more exciting! It's just a short ride but the thrill when you feel the water splashing in your face when you're near it is just (ahhh i don't want to say amazing again) breathtaking! We stayed in the cave for about thirty minutes and swam there since it isn't deep. I wish we had a GoPro though :( It was a bummer not being able to bring my dSLR in the cave with the fear that it gets wet or die or what. Oh well. Next target is definitely a GoPro.

We didn't really stay long because we were hungry and parched! So we went back up after about one and a half hours.
This was after the 589 steps. You could say it was really really tiring. My calves are sore until now. Seriously. This had to be my craziest leg day, yet. Am I willing to do it again? Hmmmm, I might just pay for the pricey canoe next time. :))

If you decide to go, I suggest you only bring with you your camera, when you go to the falls via trekking. Leave your change of clothes in the car and all other unnecessary things because you're going to need both hands for the way back. Just trust me on this one... ;)

July 26, 2014

Random Musings at Dawn

July 26, 2014
(photo from my Ilocos trip which I have yet to blog about)

It's almost 4am and I can't seem to sleep... So I thought of visiting my blog and write, this is what a blog's for after all, isn't it? Anyway, I feel bothered, I don't know what's going on with me, I have requirements left and right but I don't have the same drive to do them like how I was the previous semester. My friend told me it's probably the LSS (Last Semester Syndrome) kicking in, perhaps it is, but I don't know... it feels different. I don't participate in class, study for tests (I'm still able to pass them somehow, don't worry mom!!!), and I don't exert the effort that I should, which is absolutely foolish thinking it's my last academic semester and I just couldn't find the most perfect time to be this way. I'm not usually this lazy person, I swear! I keep thinking maybe I just don't like what I'm doing or that I lack the passion to continue to do what I'm doing (i mean duh, who is passionate for school, anyway?). How does one become passionate for school again??? or maybe the right question is how was I passionate for school during the previous semesters??? I think I have quite a few reasons in mind, one is that I had a subject that I was so interested in, it's a plus that it came with it a very intimidating, but super awesome professor who made me want to go to class every meeting (perfect attendance, bish!!! my ONLY class with perfect attendance. EVER.). I was so into it that it came to a point where I'd do the requirements after class even when it was due the next week. To think I'm a crammer! And now I'm back to my question, what on earth happened to that passion?! Can't it work for all my subjects?

Seriously, I've probably watched all the recent rom-coms (I hate the oldish looking ones) and done all the possible procrastination schemes I could think of (except cleaning my room haha so maybe not all schemes, but that can wait *wink*) just so I could avoid all the requirements I have to comply with. I have to get through this phase before midterms or else I'm doomed. No really, I have all the major subjects this sem and boy do these subjects know how to be such pains in the bass! I can't screw any of these, so note to self: PAGTARONG NA, MICHELLE, PLEASE. 

whatever happened to my LastPush motto? I thought I'd go through this sem with that in mind, it's funny how things always happen the way you didn't expect it to be. LastPush saimong nawong!

I guess I should probably try to get some sleep as I'm not making sense anymore. Goodnight, folks. I feel sorry that you read all the way to this punctuation mark. and after that, and after that even when it's utter nonsense. Oh and I am not reading what I wrote again so if there are errors, pardon the bored af person who's trying to write even when she knows it's not her best talent. Seriously now, good night, and thank you John Mayer for getting me through the night.

June 26, 2014


June 26, 2014

Dubbed as one of the most illiterate tribe in the Philippines, according to the pastor who housed them, the Badjaos had to leave their homes because they were mistreated and taken advantage of. Their houses and boats were burnt, which ceased their main source of livelihood -- fishing. Now they are found scattered all over the country with the same goal of searching for a place to call home. Lucky for the group of Badjaos we got to interact with, they got help from two individuals, Pastor Albert and Sister Ellen Santiago, who gave them a chance to start over. They found ways to give the Badjaos a new source of livelihood, they gave them capital and taught them to buy materials (i.e. fancy accessories, pearls, etc.) in Divisoria, and sell it in Batangas, sometimes even reaching Tarlac. This put an end to some of the Badjaos who reduce to begging or stealing in order to survive. The missionaries also ensured that the children were properly nourished and eating the right food, from their usual kamote and fish, they now get to eat rice with viands other than fish. I used to believe the color of their hair was because of seawater, the heat, or that it was dyed, but to my surprise, it's actually due to severe malnutrition. Now that they follow the right diet, the hair of the Badjaos are slowly turning black. 

During our visit, all we ever did was interact with them (even with the language barrier) and gave them the simplest of food, but with our little gesture, we were able to make them happy. I guess that's why I want to go back to this community, because all I remember are the smiles from their faces and we didn't even do and spend so much. Hopefully soon, we get to gather funds and supplies to have something to give when we go back. :) 

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