If I am happy writing my first travel post, well I am super excited writing my second travel post. Totoo! Why? Kasi, it’s my first time trying out hiking and I am still in awe that I can’t believe to have done such thing.
So, alam nyo na!
For my second travel post, ⏩ Mt. Palay-Palay (famously known as Mt. Pico De Loro) Ternate, Maragondon, Cavite 🌄
We have planned this hike for about two weeks before the day (May 8, 2016). At first we planned to do overnight, but upon contacting to DENR Ternate, Cavite, the Mt. Pico De Loro caretakers advised that overnights are not allowed anymore since last year. So, we have to do the day hike. (It’s much easier because you don’t have to worry bringing tent, pillows, blankets, dinner or other snacks) 🙂
Our plan was to meet up at 3AM, have breakfast, then leave from Biñan at 4AM. Plano lang yon. Pero syempre, hindi naman ayon ang susundin. Hehehehe. Matic na yun sa barkada! 👊👌✌
Just to hang you up, (hehee ✌) I’ll tell one sad short story. I planned this everything with my awesome boyfriends that two weeks before the day. And everyone has the “more than excited face”. So, we’re six, plus, the two girlfriends, and my two workmates, that would be ten people. But, unfortunately, only half make it on the day. And the saddest part, it wasn’t even the barkada, it was me, my two workmates, only one from barkada (thank you so much Ernie 💋) and his girlfriend.
Okay. Let’s get moving.
Reminder #1: Pack light. 🎒
Because ypu have to bring your backpacks travelling, trekking, to the summit until you get home.
If you want to know the things that I pack, here’s the list:
✔Shirt, Shorts, Undies, Hankie
▪Make sure to make your cellphone battery full, so you don’t have to bring powerbank.
▪Do not forget to bring money, especially when you are only commuting.
For foods, I bought only from convinient store:
BLUE Orange flavored water, Regular-sized Mineral Water, Chocolate Bar, Peanuts, and Mini Cheese Breads.
R #2: Dress comfortably.
I am geared up with shorts (yung makakagalaw ka widely, nang walang possibility na mawakwak ang pundyo 😆), white shirt (para hindi malakas maka-absorb ng init), hiking shoes (i bought from Merrell) . I also spread sunblock sa mga areas ng skin ko na expose sa araw and sa face, to prevent from sunburn (dahil sunog na sunog na ako kaka-swimming). 😨😆
R #3: Have breakfast.
You must. Make sure that your breakfast can get you through 4 hours of trekking and 30 minutes climbing to the summit.
I meet up with my workmates Ruby and Joyce at Jollibee to take breakfast. We had their breakfast value meal. I had sinangag, beef tapa and coffee.
By 5 AM, we meet Ernie and Aila at the jeepney terminal.
If you are coming fro Biñan, ride a jeepney that drops you off to GMA. From GMA, there’s a jeepney terminal that drops off to Pala-Pala. Then, ride a jeepney again that drops off to Trece, ride another jeepney that drops you off to Naic and from Naic ride a tricycle (but we don’t ride tricycle, kasi, may jeep na nag-take samin don sa Pico together witn six other hikers, we pay 100php/head), and tell them that you are going to Pico De Loro, and they will drop you of to DENR Ternate, Cavite, the registration booth.
Yea. It’s one jeepney to another and another. Heheee. FYI, the drive from Naic to DENR Jump Off Point/Registration Booth, is really a long long long ride. But, I still get excited 😄
We reach the booth at 8AM. We signed waiver and pay for the registration (i am not sure about tge price but it was lower than a hundered). We were advised that the they are not allowing to climb the Monolith because the soil was a bit soft that makes it dangerous.
We start to trek at around 8AM after we signed the waiver. The trek was a bit of difficult for me, since I have a weight. At first it was rocky, then it was uphill, downhill, uphill again, downhill again, you have to cross over some big branches. The trek keeps me dehydrated and tiring. Because of that, I have to stop, drink and rest. (I really felt sorry for my mates because even if they want to carry on, they have to wait for me, which makes them slower. Peace out guys ✌) There man-made seats for you to rest so you can re-charge and unwind.
What was so surprising is that all hikers that we bump into greets “Good Morning” or “Take Care” and so we do. When we ask, “Malayo pa po ba?”, and they would answer an estimated time, or a yes, then would say “Konti na lang po. Malapit na.” I told myself, hikers are delightful people.👌👍
Along the trek, we would crack a joke, take pictures and never forgets to do selfies, we rest and eat, drink, and get amazed by the people and the nature. Replay. Replay. Replay. 🙂
When we reach the “tower”. It’s a deck so you could see this amazing view 👇
This view really washes out the feeling of tiredness. The view was amazing. 👊👊👊 I was really WOW-ed, froze and speechless. 💕
We were so immeresed by the view, na ninamnam na namin ng sobra sobra ang kagandahan nito. We feel renewed and energized again, after seeing that one great view at dahil sabi ng mga nakakasalubong namin, its only an hour to get to the camp site. At! ang talagang nagpu-push through sa amin, ay ang nag-aabang na halo-halo sa campsite 😅. Chos!
As we reached the campsite at 11:30AM, we see mini stores that offers beverages, instant noodles, mais con yelo and the “much-awaited halo-halo”. We ate our foods and bought halo-halo topped with yema. It’s cooling and refreshing ❄ We got some kwentuhan, still hooked up with the view we see earlier, and in awe surviving the four-hour trek. 👊👍
At 12NN, we started to climb the summit.
R #4: Be extra careful.
I suggest that you hire a tour guide here, to help you out reaching the summit and going back down to the campsite.
We never thought that the summit was the hardest part. As we try to climb, we are stuck helping the other hikers to come down because the steps are filled with sand soil, there were some rocks but still covered with sand soil. We have to help them to go down so we could have space to climb.
I was really holding very tight sa mga matitigas na bato and making sure to be in a steady pose until I am ready to step up again, because if you are not really careful and sure at what your stepping and holding at, it will be very dangerous. I was on my “dapa” pose when Joyce is instructing me to move on the right side since the ground was a hard one to step on (#spidermanfeels). And when she tells me to hold her hand, I say “Hindi kita makita Joyce.” My head was down to make that my sweat won’t fall down to my eyes. Thank God I reach the top with the help of Ernie. I sat for quite sometime, managing myself and looking at ghe perferct view.
Check these #nofilter photos 🌄👊💘😍🙌
Seems like the sky is reachable when your at the summit too ☁⛅ 💘
The view from the summit was definitely a picture perfect 🌄👍
By 1:30PM, we decided to go down. We get a help from the tour guides. It was really easy to go down with their help since they know where you can step on and help you balance out. From the summit, they will help you get down to the campsite safely for only Php50/per person.
We rest a bit at the campsite, take some more picture of the view, ourselves and looking up the summit, where we are earlier. We have the same thoughts about how hard to reach the summit,
and the same thoughts how every step, every sweat, the long hours of trek, makes everything worth it at the top.
Then we started to trek back down.
We take five hours going down, again because of me. I deeply appreciate my mates’ patience that day. Thank you so much guys for bearing with me. 💞 I really feel the tireness, my knees wobbles, my legs were stiff, but I have to carry on so we can reach the Jump Off Point before it gets dark. Thank you Aila and Ernie for cheering me up the “Malapit na tayo.” line. Even though it wasn’t yet. 😐 Hehehee ✌
R #5: Drink just enough water. Only to keep you hydrated.
We freshen up when we reach the Jump Off Point.
Going back, we take tricycle until the terminal of Ternate, take a Mini Bus to reach Naic, from Naic we take jeepney that drops off to Trece. At Trece we ate dinner, the team’s first rice meal for the entire day. Then we walk to get to Trece Terminal, and ride jeepney that drops off to Pala-Pala, then to GMA and back to Biñan.
I reached home at around 11:30PM.
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The experience was SUPERB. 👊
The view was so perfect. It was amazing, spectacular 🎆🎆
God’s creation always keeps me speechless and WOW to the extreme.
This is one for the books 👊👍👌☝💕💘💞
Twas a really one perfect-awesome-great day. 🙏
I uploaded a five-second video of the view from the summit on my instagram, and some instagram filtered photos (to make the picture bright) 🙂
If you want guys to check it out, follow me on my IG, username: @remimi_