09/27 – 09/28: My first-ever mountain climb experience! It was a very timely out -of-town with a new bunch I’m happy to spend the weekends with. I knew them from my previous company though I haven’t had the opportunity to go with them on their regular trips. Their itinerary for September is at Mt. Gulugod- Baboy in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. Kenneth, one of the IT guys I had worked with my last project in that company, convinced me that this trip will be perfect for beginners who didn’t have any experience going up the mountains. To experts, Mt. Gulugod is a minor climb with difficulty level of 2/9. Boy, for me, it was the hardest and toughest activity I did! >.<
We hiked up the mountain around 2:30 PM, with a lot of rest every now and then (because of me, huhu, sorry guys!). They even helped me bring my things just so we can go up. Huhu, I promise that I’ll exercise before the trip the next time I’ll come with them (crossed fingers)! Here are some photos while going up, thanks to Cindy and Aldrin. Same with my recent posts, didn’t have my own camera to take good pictures of the place (basically regret this part!)
Shortly after 5PM, we arrived at Peak 1, perfect and just in time for the sunset! Again, photos are from Cindy and Aldrin:
At 6PM, we started to set camp at Peak 2. Edmund (the head chef, ehem), with the help of Cindy and JM, cooked our dinner. Thank you for the Boneless Bangus, Adobo and the ‘perfect’ Rice (HAHA!)! <3 Aldrin was our main entertainment with his trusty guitar and Lac singing in the background. We even had a ‘guest’ from another group who willingly played music for us (yey!!!). We finished off the day with a few drinks and booze.
The next day, we woke up as early as 5:30 AM to wait for the sunrise. SPECTACULAR – the perfect word to describe what we saw:
We went to Peak 3 before we descent the mountains. At 8:30 AM, we’re already eating halo-halo for breakfast. Shortly after 9AM, we are on our way to the beach!
We were supposed to go to Sumbrero Island, but the locals advised us to just stay in Oscar Island since it has a larger beach front. Oooh, the white beach:
Sore muscles, check. Bruised hands and arms, check. Darker skin, check. Despite all of this, I’ll do it all over again <3
Till the next adventure, Kenneth, Lac, Mikko, Butch, JM, Edmund, Aldrin and Cindy!
That’s all for now.
<3 always, Irene