There is no other mountain, when in Tarak.

I just posted my blog few days ago about Tarak, First Time Ever.  Yes. I was just there last February. And I came back.

This is quite a different story. This was my revenge climb as I was not able to summit it the last time because of the strong wind. My body could not take anymore of the cold. This is Jose‘s mother mountain. We were supposed to be climbing Mt. Daguldol in San Juan, Batangas and camped in Laiya Beach but some things really happen. So changed of plans. I chose this mountain for Jose’s first climb because this is my personal favorite. And of course I was after finishing this mountain as well. It works for the both of us! Yay! This was also Josh‘s come back climb after Mt. Tibig in Lobo, Batangas last December. This was his first climb this year. What a good way to start.

Of all mountains, (I’m not the only one proud to say it) Tarak captivated the whole of my being. From the rainforest,tricky, steep, sloppy assault to summit trail, challenging terrain and the pristine river, It is simply amazing! If you can declare your love for mountain, this one’s mine. My declaration of love for Tarak!

So I’ll start with the break down of the expenses:

Tarak Expenses

The bus in Alas Asin going to Manila is up until 6 in the evening, or ’til 7pm if it’s Sunday. In the event that you’ll miss the bus at 6pm then you can go to Balanga Terminal. It’s 1hour 30 minutes away from Alas Asin. Bus Fare is P48.00. Please don’t ask the conductor of the buses as they tend to say P50 for backpackers and climbers. (REALLY!)

For Contacts, here are some of the numbers of the people who can help you:

Nanay Cording 9174723978
Cris(Guide) 9481206687
Darwin(Guide) 9483496829
Ate Beth (Guide) 9495869556

Please note that Guide fee varies: Overnight- P800. Day Hike- P800, addition will be up to you but it is mandatory to give more.

The adventure starts here:

 12:15am – Departure (Pasay)

03:07am – Arrival, Registration at BRGY Hall. In our case, we did not get our own guide. (Ahem, I guided this group)

3:20am – Start ascent

5:35am – Papaya River (Rest, Take pictures, Chicha)

6:25am – Assault to Summit

7:20am – rest/ take 10 minutes, picture taking

7:30am – Resume

8:30am – Ridge (Finally!)

  • Breakfast
  • Rest
  • Picture Taking
  • Summit (15 minutes)

10:25am – Start Descent

11:35am – Papaya River

14:00pm – Start Descent to Nanay Cording’s

16:00pm – Arrival at Nanay Cording’s

  • We had Buko Juice and chicha
  • Took a nap (For an hour! Holy Mackerel!)

In this case, since we are already tired and muscles are swollen, we took a tricycle that will bring us back to jump-off. It’s a 15 minute walk by the way. But when you’re tired, 15 minutes is the longest walk ever! Tricycle fee is P150.

This adventure was a real fun. I actually listed a lot of things we lack of and things I learned from them. Here:

  1. Famine/ Hunger– Yes. As hard as it seems, we experienced food scarcity. I already brought packed lunch and my friends had their own. Imagine continuous walking for 6 hours in the woods and you have nothing but a starved tummy? Ow-Em-Gi!
  2. Dehydration– I thought I am gonna past out because we lack water. Imagine walking a challenging terrain and assault of 90 degrees up to the summit and the only option is to push through because you are already there? Good thing, I saw a group of men and when I ask them if they can give me water, they did not hesitate for a second. Oh, talk about nice people! Bless their hearts.
  3. Sleep Deprivation– This does not apply to me but to my friends, yes. They were both from work and they were not able to sleep prior to this climb. I was able to sleep for 7 hours. But I was still sleepy and if going down isn’t mandatory, I would’ve stayed there sleeping for the rest of the day!

You see, this mountain is classified as a Major Climb. This is 1,130MASL that we’re talking about. Day hiking it is really epic especially for our friend who just did his very first climb. Poor Jose. Plus he didn’t know I am LOLing him here. 😛

Know more about this mountain here: Tarak Ridge by Pinoy Mountaineer

My packed lunch. Tinapa and Ham.

My packed lunch.
Tinapa and Ham.


I get too excited sometimes and I can't just rely on what they give as the ETA. My ever reliable Blackberry App never fails!

I get too excited sometimes and I can’t just rely on what they give as ETA. My ever reliable Blackberry App never fails!


So here we are at Nanay Cording's. Before I even realize it, we already walked 15minutes. Way to go.

So here we are at Nanay Cording’s. Before I even realize it, we already walked 15minutes. Way to go.


So we're here.

So we’re here.

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Papaya River. What a Pristine.


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Photoshoot while we’re resting.


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He did it best.


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My favorite stolen shot.


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Josh and Jose in action.


Our trail pictures.

Our trail pictures.


This one's pretty much my favorite. I love this picture of myself with nature.

This one’s pretty much my favorite. I love this picture of myself with nature.


At the ridge. 8:30 in the morning. It's a sunny day. We're sun-drained. I'm so thirsty.

At the ridge. 8:30 in the morning. It’s a sunny day. We’re sun-drained. I’m so thirsty.


Our breakfast at The Ridge.

Our breakfast at The Ridge.

 Psalm 18:36 “You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.”

Ariadne Captures Best

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Uncategorized
“When Great Trees Fall When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves. And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.”  ― Maya Angelou

“When Great Trees Fall
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.”
― Maya Angelou

How can I die without seeing every inch of this world?

February 6, 2015 Batulao New Trail Anniversary with Footprints Outdoor Group

February 14, 2015 Lioness Back and Rhino Rock Formation with Powerpuff Girls

February 28, 2015 Tarak Ridge, Mariveles with Trippers Trekkers

March 6, 2015 Sagada Trilogy ( Mt. Ampacao, Mt. Balintaugan, Mt. Polis)

She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings. (C) Ariana

Expenses on a Spread Sheet

The Salary isn’t really 9000. But I would like to see how far I can go with that alone. The excess of 9000 will automatically goes to my savings. Also, if you notice, the School Fee is tagged as “TBA”- it stands for To be added. It isn’t the start of school year yet and I have no idea whether the school will stick to the old pricing or not.

I hate to say it, but cigarette is really part of my daily finances.  I don't have food budget because I always eat at home before I head out to report to work.

I hate to say it, but cigarette is really part of my daily finances. I don’t have food budget because I always eat at home before I head out to report to work.

I forgot to include the Tithes and Offering for our church but I guess that shouldn’t be considered as daily finances. It is something you give out of faith and belief and it is for the love of God and our church.

When it comes to finances, I find it hard to sustain myself the capacity to be victorious over temptation. There’s a lot to indulge and also, places to go. How can I ever resist the mountain when it’s calling me? How can I resist the voices of nature when they’re alluring me? These questions and a lot more. I was asking those questions to justify myself when it comes to finances because I, sometimes forget my limit. I do not have discipline and thought I have no control over the matter. But it isn’t true. This actually led me to finding this book that talks about finances.

250 Bible Verses About Money

On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. – 1 Corinthians 16:2

When we pray, after we thank God for all the blessings, we actually ask for provision. And to me, praying for provision and guidance would not mean anything if you won’t help yourself.

With great determination I know I can do this.

I shall. And I will.

There really comes a point in our lives when we feel unpretty. This song by TLC reminded me of those days I was gaga over love. I felt nothing but sadness and emptiness. I was happy, yes. That was no doubt. But what’s underneath when you love someone and you know that you can only love him, not have him? You tell me. My bestie happened to share this message to me. She saw this Facebook post from one of her friends and posted this to my wall. I was teary-eyed after reading this simple, yet relatable message.

Letting go is like pulling a tooth. Once it’s gone, you’re somewhat relieved. But how many times does your tongue roll over that same spot? A few hundred times a day maybe, because there’s something missing but that is also a reminder that it may be gone, at least you don’t have to feel the pain it gives when it was there.

The lyrics of this song’s cool. I can pretty much relate:

My outsides look cool My insides are blue Every time I think I’m through It’s because of you I’ve tried different ways But it’s all the same At the end of the day I have myself to blame I’m just trippin’

Before I even start, the title is not original but it tells everything about this blog. There’s this one girl, a very sound girl. Or not. She fell in love with a man ten years elder than her. It was actually an epic love tale. It all started as what they call a whirlwind love affair. The first time they met is not special because they encountered through a friend. Perhaps the timing was wrong. Or they were simply not meant to be.

So i’ll start.

June, 2012

It embarked on with a pen and a tissue. The man was really aggressive but don’t get me amiss. He was a genuinely funny guy. Whenever he talks, I laugh. It was like the first in forever that I ever laughed even in a very feeble joke. He’s not even straining to be funny. I have never thought that day, my life would alter forever. I will not try to explain what happened. But if I can delineate it, clearly, he was the prince who swept me off my feet. It was absolutely magical.

But just like every love story, it came through ups and down until one day, the fairy tale is over. Considerably, it wasn’t even very real to begin with.

Just like that…

The Ridge at Tarak

Photo was taken using my Blackberry Z10.

Lyrics:
VERSE 1:
From darkness to light
From death into life
His grace changes everything
From broken to whole
Stained to whiter than snow
His grace changes everything
His grace changes everything

CHORUS:
There’s no sin too great
There’s no pain too deep
The cross declares it is done
There’s no shame too real
That His love won’t heal
Forever the victory is won

VERSE 2:
He has broken the chains
He has conquered the grave
His grace changes everything
By the power of His blood
We are daughters and sons
His grace changes everything
His grace changes everything

(CHORUS) (2X)

BRIDGE: (8X)
It is finished
It is finished
The victory is won

(CHORUS) (2X)

Forever the victory is won
Forever the victory is won

(CHORUS)

( From: http://www.christiansong-lyrics.com/grace-changes-everything-victory-worship-lyrics/)

Romans 12:9. Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.

This will be updated next week. See you in Daguldol and Laiya beach on Saturday! 🙂

Mt. Daguldol Itinerary and Expenses.

  

Fresh Turmeric Tea from Sagada, Mountain Province.

Photo was taken using my Blackberry Z10.