Mt. Gulugod Baboy

A 48 hour trip to detoxify and be offline  for a day or two while satisfying adrenaline rush and crave for out of the box.

Target Place: Mt. Pinagbandirahan also known as Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Where: Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Level of difficulty: Some bloggers/mountaineering enthusiast rate this with 2/9.
Hike time: 1-2hours depending on the pacing of hike

How to get there?

Option 1: If you are coming at nearby area like Cavite, you may opt to take a van ride going to Batangas and drop off at Bauan Town Proper. This will cost you around 140 each (from Dasmarinas Cavite)
From Bauan town proper take jeepney ride going to Mabini town proper (20each). From Mabini town proper take tricycle ride going to Philpan dive resort at Anilao which will cost you 40 per person. You will be required to sign up for registration which is 35 each and do sign off once you’re done hiking.

Option 2: Take bus ride from Cubao or Buendia bus terminal going to Batangas grand terminal or Batangas port.
From Batangas grand terminal there are jeepney rides going to Mabini. Either you rent the jeepney and pay 100/90 each 12122524_10205708109561832_7967857725059396427_ndepending on haggling skills.:). The jeepney will pass through Bauan, and Mabini town proper. If you opt to rent the jeep, the driver will take you to Philpan, Anilao Batangas for the jump off.

Register at the Barangay hall which would cost around 35 each and you’re off to go!

There are no stations by the way, unlike the usual hike where you will be able to see trail marks and stations, in Gulugod Baboy there are no signs, no trail marks, just a plain and simple train uphill.

It was a night hike, with 5 of us (ladies) who tried and exceeded our personal limits and defeat the stereotype of being fragile, and vulnerable. Since there were only  two of us who were used in climbing, the rest of the three were newbies, it was indeed a good start.

A Remarkable hike

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Reached Top at 8pm

It was indeed a remarkable hike for one of our friends who got tired at the start of the trek. She’s not use with long walks and even have a heavy bag with her. Pack light as the norm for backpacking and hiking was validated. While suffering from cramps, and difficulty in breathing, we kept ourselves calm as there’s no room for back-off and not having mental alertness. Luckily, while on our way to the top, a family of 5 were at our back waiting for their turn to be on their way to home. Unknowingly, Kuya Randy (our guide), became helpful in a thousand reasons. He was able to carry our friend’s bag and her 4ltrs of water and accompanied her as she walked bit slower. He also managed to gave us a nice spot on top where we set-up our tent and be prepared for the next day.

Nightmares

October 11, around 1am, we were suddenly woke up by soft rains yet, a bit strong winds hit o12074499_10203707140637522_2006758066096682189_nur tents. There was also hustling sound that made one of our friend more scared than ever she’d been. Certainly, It was a scary early morning as we don’t know when will the rain stop and if our tent is suffice to beat the strong wind. Personally, I was thinking of how the team would descend in a sticky and muddy trail? The rain last for 30 minutes and we go back to sleep only to find out that it was already early in the morning as the sunrise saying hi to us.

12118659_10205708100281600_6835207906858791226_n Sunrise or Sunset?

We have seen the sunset the day before while we were on hike the mountain, as we woke up, we were greeted by the fog as zero visibility waves his hand saying hello! The feeling was surreal, as we climbed and reached the peak (note: the camp site is not that far from the peak), the feeling of a winner sets in. Winner in terms of conquering your personal inferiority, stress at work or home, feel independent and responsible for your own well being ( as no one will care if you got caught in  the middle of the night with  a dog bite- of course that is a bit exaggeration), a dose of positivism lingers till you no longer know the word pessimism and negative vies.

Time to Descend or Wait till Dawn

We left the camp site around 7am and started our way to the trail again. We met Kuya Randy again as he guide and assisted us on our way descending. As expected, it was a sticky, muddy and full of challenging trail awaited us. One of our friends got her shoes broken due to the mud, in result, she walked the trail barefooted. The descend took us 2 hours, as it was not that high mountain. We reached the jump-off by 9am.

Sidetrip

One of the perks of doing hike is to explore more of the place and even the community. It was a nice community by the way, as we planned to booked a nice boat ride to one of the islands in the nearby area. A trip to sumbrero island cost us a fortune, instead, we opt to take the not so popular island- Oscar’s Island. The cost was around 500 each (for group of 5) as we rented a boat and traveled for 45 minutes. We did a quick stop at Sumbrero Island before heading to a much crystal clear beach.

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High at Sumbrero Island

A feeling of relief, that anything can be conquered, and beat any challenges ahead of me. Let’s wait and see for the next trip! 😀

Time Check

2015 is an exciting, enticing, candid, challenging and the year of out of the box. Reasons varies like the colors of the rainbow.

A. Be part of the revolution
– Revolution to change the status quo and no longer settle for mediocrity and complacency. Months ago, I became part of an organization which lifts the Competitiveness of the country which translates in raising the bar for performance excellence not only in personal level but also state level.

B. Listen more and talk less

I tend to talk

most of the time, random thinker as they say, but with a number of diverse people I met, I believe I could spend more time to listen as much as time allotted to speak.

C. Travel more
– Privileged. Is a word that could sum up what I am doing. As part of my duties and responsibilities as an employee I have to roam around the country and promote several advocacies towards competitiveness. A drum beating activity may sometime drain not only physical but also mental aspects of your being. Strike a balance between work-life and your off to go!

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C. Volunteer more
– Since I volunteered last year, the chain of positivism lingers in me. Sounds cliche, but it is true. I could spend my long weekend volunteering for a cause than sit idle looking at the window waiting for my dreams and endeavors to become a reality.

D. Financial literateracy v Frugality
– I am pro financial literacy since then, I am quite lucky enough to be part of a small community which highly value education. Knowledge is power as they say. Last year I set up my own set of goals towards my financial status. I could tell that it is so strange that there are people who are attached to a thin colored paper which has really an imaginative value. Where did the value of interest rates, stock market valuations and a lot more came from?

E. You are an ordinary-extraordinary individual
-As your age (practically the numbers associated with your existence), your values and even perspectives differs and widens. It is so weird to think that you have  limited limitless time here. Limited coz at a certain time you will die, limitless in a sense that you can do a lot of things while existing. For an individual, it is an ordinary day,month or year, but for others it is already an extraordinary gift; of being alive and breathing oxygen and still rationally thinking. How about those who could no longer remember what they did?? so strange isn’t?

Micro-Macro Where Am I suppose to go?

Which one do you prefer? A leader or a boss??

When I enter the workforce, I thought there is a very thin line between a boss and a leader. A boss and a leader for me is the one who gives instructions, taking charge of tasks delegations and gives appropriate recognitions with their staff.

8 months had passed and I have been too judgmental with how my supposedly utopian leaders must act, balance if not assess the gap between the millenials and baby boomers, with idealistic v realist and how to engage all members of the organization towards performance excellence.

I admit, and guilty beyond reasonable doubt that I judge people whom I thought were mediocre, complacent and sitting idle in the meadows. They might roam around, sit idle do more of thr talking but that is their way of ensuring that the nitty gritty and the small details are well accounted for.

Away for 5 Days

A 5 days under official business, made me think, I am with a bunch of idealist, realist, a micro and macro manager whom made me realized that micro and macro management (either way) is not bad at all.

Striking the balance between the two is the key to harmonized and engaged workforce.