February 7, 2018
Hiking Mt. Masungki

Jam-packed January

January caught me off guard. Once my brain went on vacation in December, it seemed reluctant to come back. Aside from waiting to transition into a new journal that I get as a traditional gift from my sister yearly, I took a breather from being my OC self and figured I’d have time to get my plans all sorted in the new year. I kept saying yes to meetings, parties, and gigs without taking down any dates. When the last holiday ham and rhum cake had been consumed, and the gifts had all been handed out, I knew I could […]
January 19, 2018

From the Holidays to a Happier New Year

It’s already half past January, but I’ve been having a bad case of holiday hangover. Right before Christmas, I took off from work and filled my calendar with weddings, reunions, and family. I became busy with slowing things down, paradoxical as that may sound. Despite scuttling from one gathering to another (in Metro Manila traffic, I might add), my tank was full from being with loved ones on an almost daily basis. So, it’s true when they say you don’t tire from doing things you love! At the cusp of December and January, my friends and I sang and attended […]
April 5, 2017

Masungi Georeserve: Benchmark of Conservation

The iconic giant spiderweb made of steel wires Since Masungi opened its gates to the public in December of 2015, I’ve been intrigued by the photos on my social media feeds. Visits are by reservation only, so after two foiled plans of going, I was invited by fellow Mabuhaykers with only two days notice and finally went. Lately, spontaneous has always worked out the best for me, despite my propensity for thorough research and detailed itineraries.  Located in Baras, Rizal, it was just a surprising hour and a half away from my part of the city, even on a Wednesday […]
March 6, 2017

The Catch-Up Storybook: Half a Year

I’ve been away. I didn’t realize that 6, almost 7, months had passed since my last entry. Since the last one was written at a sad time for me, some of you might’ve wondered if I had given this up altogether; but no, I’m still here. Just taking it one day at a time. Let’s see, I was sick for half of August, but still managed a trip to my favorite island, Coron.  View this post on Instagram A little bit of rain created this misty backdrop of #mountain silhouettes. This isn't luck, it's Grace. #HikingHuwebes #mabuhaykers #BikiniHikers #philippines #travel […]
June 22, 2016

Day Hikes and Nature Walks

The cover of the handbook features the author atop the Monolith, if I’m not mistaken I got my copy of “Day Hikes and Nature Walks from Manila: Itineraries and Backpacking Notes” by Gideon Lasco. A friend coordinated the order for 5 books, and we got free nationwide delivery. Signed to “Kaye of the Mabuhaykers”  Gideon Lasco is a licensed physician, and was apparently my sister’s junior at PGH at one point. He is more popularly known as the Pinoy Mountaineer, and his blog at pinoymountaineer.com has become my #1 reference before hitting up the trails. His blog is not only extensive with details on altitude, difficulty, and trail class, […]