October 16, 2014

Karogo Falls, Rizal

October 16, 2014

We didn't plan to go to this waterfall, hence our inappropriate clothes. Our agenda for the day was solely Wawa Dam, but because the universe was on our side, we were told by the locals that Karogo falls was nearby. Had I known, I would've brought extra clothes and jumped the moment I got there. It was gorgeous, especially the turquoise water basin that greeted Kaye and I when we hiked to the top. It was a simple waterfall really, but the simplicity of it made it all the more beautiful. 

The hike to the falls didn't take too long; probably around twenty to thirty minutes. There are no stores around so bringing food and drinks would be a good idea. It only takes a five-peso bangka (small boat) ride from Wawa Dam to get to the side where the falls is. Thanks to our guide Kuya Onie who was so patient with Ishaq's city boy problems, our countless stops for photoops, and for bringing us there safely. He doesn't ask for a specific amount for guiding tourists, you give however much you want. When we gave him our tip, I heard the wife saying "may pang-ulam na kami." Kuya Onie does not only guide tourists to Karogo falls, he also does rock climbing guides (with or without ropes), trekking, hiking, etc. Give him a call if need a guide to Karogo falls: 0946-446-4078 Onie Ferrer

Photos by Michelle Neri, Kaye Nesas, and Ishaq Estero

Wawa Dam, Montalban, Rizal

(From Kaye's S5. A+ for photo quality. Seriously!) 

(The obligatory tourist shot.)

My friends and I went on another adventure while we still can, since this might just be the last time we get to do so as I'm done with my academics and I'm finally flying home next week. *cries*
Kaye was able to come across a blog post about Wawa Dam days before we went and showed it to us, and since it wasn't too far from Manila, we thought why not? It took us roughly two hours to get to the Dam. Was it worth it? Honestly, it was disappointing. Perhaps it was because it rained hard the day before we went there, which was why the water wasn't clear. Aside from that, there weren't benches to sit on, and when we did find a bamboo bench and table, we were told that we had to pay a hundred to rent the "cottage". We were ready to leave after that, thankfully, when we asked the locals what else there is to do in the area, we found out there was a waterfall nearby, and so we went, but that deserves a separate blog post. :)

Anyway, Wawa Dam wasn't entirely bad. As you can see, we took advantage of the photogenic tunnel-like way going to the Dam. We had to be quick though to avoid unwanted photobombers

This trip was budget friendly. We spent less than 300 pesos:
50 - Cubao to Eastwood (Rizal) via FX
10 - Eastwood to Wawa via Tricycle
(the rest for food and drinks + Ishaq having to buy slippers because he wore shoes haha)

Photos by Michelle Neri, Kaye Nesas, and Ishaq Estero

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 rainbows or what, but seriously, when you're there you couldn't help but be in awe of 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... ;)

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