Mount Kapayas: You Took My Breath Away

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Ill be honest, I dont really go trekking or climb mountains a lot but when I do, I always see to it to make the best out of it. I may not be a professional climber but I do know the basics and I always practice safety.

In this particular adventure thou, I was lucky enough to be trekking with one of the best trekkers there is in Cebu, and ill forever be grateful. For the chance and guidance they provided all through out the experience.

I must say, I was pretty much psyched to be climbing one of the highest mountain peak in Cebu and quite scared at the same time. But it all turned out fine, we may had experienced some bumps but nothing much that we cant handle and the event was a big success. Sure we do have some points to consider improving but overall it was an experience of a lifetime.

Mt. Kapayas Itinerary

Saturday

4pm: Van Transfer to Compostela from Ayala terminal

5pm: Arrival at the beach. Set up tents, hommock and

Cook food for dinner

6pm: Dinner

7- 9pm: LNT Workshop

9-11pm: Last and Light Backpacking

11.15pm: Awarding of Certificates

11.30pm: Lights Off

SUNDAY:

4.30am: Wake up call prepare breakfast per group.

6.00am: Enroute to Catmon

6.45am: Meet the Driver with our Permit.

Registration at Police Office. Last buy at 7-11 7.00am: Motorcycle ride to Jump off

8.00am: Jump Off, meet the guide and prayer and

Start the trek.

11.00am: Peak, pictures

12.30pm: Lunch, rest

1.30pm: Decend

2.30pm: Enroute to Falls

5.30pm: Enroute back to Cebu

The trail started easy, it was just like walking in the park but it gotten really hard with our backpacks and the heat of the sun. That’s where the lightbacking comes in places, never really bring stuff that aren’t necessary it’ll serve as a deadweight. (Not a big idea to bring lots of stuff).

The summit thou, it took my breath away! Quite literally but its really nice to have such exeperience. Some peaks are easy to reach, this one is not one of them. You have to climb your way up through the stone wall (cliff if not with trees that surrounds it). It was really challenging and nerve wrecking. But once I get to the top, it was really worth it. The view was so amazing, 360 degree view of the north, I was in awed for a couple of minutes. Not everybody gets to see this amazing creation, right at that moment I felt really blessed and humbled, and realized how such small space I occupy in this big big world. But that specific moment, I was on top of it, and I couldn’t be anymore prouder.

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Carnaza Island: Travel guide and experience

Created a new YouTube channel for my travel videos – Girls On Global Adventures , Check it out! I post new videos weekly. I am currently traveling through Southeast Asia.

I normally involve myself in a pre-planned open-invite group travels, not because I have no one to go and travel with but because it allows me to meet new people and make friends with them. It allows me to listen to new life stories and struggles, it gives me some sense of belonging, being with a group of people who doesn’t know who you are gives me that strong feeling of starting a fresh. Like I can be a different person, a better version of me.

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 Lamanok island on the background

During my most recent travel, my wandering feet and my curious self led me to Carnaza Island, honestly i did not put any attention when I was invited by my fellow traveler about this Island, in fact twas the first time i heard about it. Only when i started researching and reading blogs about it did i know that Carnaza Island is part of Daan Bantayan in the north. My curiosity grew bigger when I saw how picturesque the island was with its beautiful landscape and turquoise clear water.

Undeniably Carnaza is a lovely island that is yet to be famous

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ITINERARY for CARNAZA ISLAND
OCT 29-30. 2017
(Budget 1k for transpo)
1st Day
3am – meeting place (Hi way Jollibee Mandaue)
4am – depart Van going to Tapilon Port
7am – Tapilon port, depart to going to Carnaza
9am – Carnaza Island, tour around the island
10am- Camp Site, Kang Elena Beach Carnaza
12nn – Lunch
1pm – Travel with a Purpose Activity: Repainting

Afternoon: Enjoy the beach
You can walk and tour the island for your photoshoots!
Evening: Catch the Beautiful Sunset of the Island
Socials at night time
Overnight

2nd Day
Catch the Amazing Sunrise of the Island
Breakfast/Better cook your lunch before we leave, lunch will be at Lamanok Island

9am- depart going toLamanok Island
10am – enjoy the sandbar and the island
12nn lunch
1pm – depart going to Gato Island then head back to Tapilon
3-4pm – Tapilon Port
4pm – Head Back to the City

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How To Get There (Alternate):

** Take a bus from North Bus Terminal via Maya port
** Get off at Tapilon port
** Ride a boat to Carnaza Island,

Oct 29, 2017 right after my night shift, I went straight ahead to our meeting place. And there my fellow dream chasers awaits, we were strangers but we had a common purpose and that was enough to for us to be comfortable with each other. In that 3-hour road trip to the north we rarely talk with each other we hardly even look at each other, but the silence was perfect only because it was still dawn. The the morning came And we finally arrived to our first stop, Tapilon port where we embarked into a boat to our final destination – Carnaza Island .

Every where you look, you’ll find a picture perfect view

So there we were, 15 people oozing with excitement. At this point we were already feeling a little bit more at ease with each, made some small talks, took some photos, all excited to talk about expectations about the journey in hand. Hours past and we can finally see the white sand from afar, the island did not disappoint it surely have amazing landscape.

First order of business- Twin beach Carnaza Island

As soon as the boat dropped its anchor, I thought to myself, I had to get this place dissected. I wasn’t able to contain myself I had to explore the place. The view was breath taking, the clear blue water seemed so inviting, but dipping in the water was not part of the plan for this quick stop. With much eagerness i quickly disembarked from the boat and looked for a perfect spots to take photos of the place. It was amazing, the cliffs and the stone formation near the shore added more magic to the place it was pure heaven. I was able to find this small cave in one of the mountain in the island and it was a perfect spot to take photos. I indulge myself for a bit to appreciate the beauty in front me and then move forward to where my fellow travelers were busy taking pictures of themselves. It was a small mountain overlooking the twin beach where small fishing village resides. No wonder my fellow traveller hurried to this spot, it has a 360 view of the beach as well as the open water. And it was breathtaking, i took some awful lot time just exploring the mountain top. The cliffs were so jaw-dropping its as if its enticing me jump off it straight to the turquoise water. Anyhow, I had this fellow traveler whom I partnered with so someone can take pictures of me and vice versa, and we just clicked. We explored the rest of the mountain together and took some cool picture of each other, he completed my travel essentials. Photo buddy🙂.

The water so inviting, the sky so blue

In the scorching heat of the sun we finally decided to head back to the boat. we lost track of time, all the other travelers were already waiting for us when we got there. As soon as we settled in the boat, the boatmen then maneuvered the boat to our campsite, Kang Elena Cove. It took us approximately 15mins to get there, the cove was a perfect location for a campsite. There were no houses nearby, there were newly built boats on works for paint jobs though, but aside from that the cove is literally isolated. Its as if we own the entire cove. As soon as I touched my feet on the sand I wasted no time, I hurriedly looked for a suitable place tie my hammock and pitch my tent.

The view so invitinng I can’t help but take a picture of it

Moments passed and each of us was already settled in our private space, and then lunch time came. My friend, who’s the leader of this little venture already contacted someone from the island to prepare seafoods for our lunch they prepared crabs for us, back in twin lake we bumped into a local fisherman a fresh caught squids we bought that grilled them in the cove. Some of the travelers brought some food for lunch as well, and i must say it was a sumptuous lunch. At this point, were getting more and more at ease with each other. As time passes we learn more things about each other, we discovered we have lots of stuff in common. We didn’t even care how long we were sitting there eating, all we know is that its was fun sharing the food with these 13 strangers, and definitely fun knowing them little by little.

Sea foods bonanza
booddle fight ala Carnaza island

Afternoon came and we were all full, feeling lazy to do anything I lay in my hammock just enjoying the moment. Some of my fellow traveler needed to go to the cemetery for some paint job for Dilon’s deceased friend’s wake. I opted to stay together with some other people. With nothing else to do we decided to start socializing, hence libation. So there we were, 8 not so strangers anymore, in the grass squatting, sharing life stories while drinks on hand. Its always my favorite part, learning life experiences, struggles and successes. There’s no single moment in my life when I feel bored socializing, it’s always fun. The days still young, all 8 of us already tipsy but full of life. The time seemed too slow in this part of the world, I swear to God the time seemed three times slower not that were complaining though.

Hammock by the beach is always the dream life. Time seems so slow, living the dream

Sunset finally came and we transferred to the beach front, all of us under influence of alcohol but all conscious we stared blankly at the sunset as it changes the colors of the sky, it was pure bliss. One of the most beautiful sunset I ever witnessed in my existence. And then night came and it was all darkness in the cove, but we didn’t mind we know this was what we signed up for. The rest of the group finally came back and joined us at the beach, we then made bonfire to keep us warm while we continued sharing stories. The bigger the group, the more fun it became. Libation ended at 11pm, but that’s after we put our speaker on high volume, sang our heart out along with the music, one of us even started dancing her signature crab dance😂. It was pure fun! When the rest of them settled in their tents, we opted to be left behind enjoyed the warm of the evening water, gazed into the star-filled sky, spent another hour there and then finally settled in my hammock.

enjoying the sunset with a joyful heart

So I lay there in my hammock underneath the sea of stars, it was heaven on earth. I lay there staring at the sky contemplating of the day that has been. Spending the entire day here in the island with all these random people was amazing, people with the same mindset as you are, people who just wanna have a good time. And in that one day, i feel closer to them more than with other people that i encounter on a daily basis. Its both weird and amazing how can you be so at ease with people you just met. Its must be because we share the same passion for traveling.

Morning after a long night drinking sessions is always the worst, but to wake up to this view. It brings positive vibration.

Morning are the best during camping, everybody’s busy with morning chores prepping food and stuff. And of course early morning dip. Right after we ate our breakfast we all of us started heading to the beach and enjoyed our remaining hours in the cove. There’s never really a dull moment when you’re with your fellow crazies. Any moment somebody would crack a joke and even if its not that hilarious hearing people laugh would make you laugh out loud as well. Our final day begun just like that.

Another hour came and we finally left the cove and it was rather a rough ride to our next stop, LaManoc Island. Approximately 45 minutes boat right to this beautiful island. There we were insatiable for yet another paradise, like we haven’t spent the last 24 hours devouring Kang Elena cove. To our defense though, the island is pretty awesome it has this beautiful landscape and picturesque surroundings, it has this long white sand bar that connects two island together allowing us to explore the other adjacent island. It was perfect, the sun was on its peak, the water so clear and I can’t get enough of the of the picture perfect white sandbar. And in that island, 15 souls lost themselves. 15 wanderers was enchanted by the beauty that was LaManoc Island. 15 strangers turned friends made and left memories nobody can take away from us.

And just like that, we ended our 2 day trip to Carnaza. At the end of this trip I can only say two things. 1) We went here as 15 complete strangers, we were going home as friends. 2) We will definitely find our way back to Carnaza Island, may it not be together but for sure this wont be the last of us visiting here. The island is exceptional, there is something in this island that keep our wanderlust burning. It keep us thinking of more travels to come.

20 Things I Do on Weekends 

Lets be honest here, there will always be that day when you got nothing to do and you’re left with that one million dollar question “What should I do now?” Here’s my top 20 list of the things I usually do.

1. Read a novel – you probably want the short one, that kind you can finish reading within three, four hours tops. Comics will do too, you might get interested with the illustrations and other visual information. You can also check out Amazon Ebook for their vast collection of Ebooks.
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2. Music Trip – just listen to the song you like, sing along every-now-and-then a good way to just let the moment pass. If you’re into those trending Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Get hold of your Jam Plus Bluetooth Speaker, put that Animal and Tsunami on repeat. Or if you’ve been looking for that childhood soundtrack and for some reason couldn’t get hold of any copy you can check Music List, and see if you can find one.

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3. Movie Marathon – you can choose from your Movie Collection
and just sit there while watching a movie. A documentary will suffice if you’re more into story of some aspect of reality, or for purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. And you can even check out those Nicholas Sparks Movies you’ve been stacking for years. Or those hilarious American Pie Movies
series. Either way, it will surely take a lot of your time.

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4. Watch Your Favorite TV Series – or if you’re probably sick and tired of re-watching your favorite movie, why don’t you move your fingers and search in your files the TV series you’ve saved for the long vacation. It’s probably the best time to watch episode after episode, season after season. Say the all time favorite Friends Series.
who can resist Phoebe Buffay, Rachel Green and the rest of the group. Or you’d rather seeing Queen B and Serena of the Gossip Girl
. Or the highly acclaimed Big Bang Theory, you will surely laugh your *ss out. Personally though, I have a stack of TV series in my   the likes of Prison Break, ArrowBlacklist , Graceland, New Girl, Nikita, RevengeDexter my list can go on & on, I’m a sucker for TV series.

2015/01/img_4075.jpg 5. Window Shopping/ Online Shopping – what better way to let the time pass than going to the mall and window shop, it’s also a very effective way to relieve your stress. Or if you have budget with you, do yourself a favor and buy yourself something fancy. You can also check out some offers at Amazon with huge discounts.

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6. Write a blog – for those people who have imaginative minds and like to write a lot, you can check out the internet and sign up to a blog site and start publishing your own article. You can draft anything you like, from stories of your life to you dreams. Your imagination is unlimited, it’s up to you how to make it unique as possible.

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7. Read your past journals – If you had lived your earlier years writing in a journal or a diary, it’s probably the best time to read those entries and try to reminisce the feeling of being young. You might be surprise how naive you were before, and laugh at yourself as you realize how silly you were every time you spotted your first crush.

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8. Dig in your photo albums when – Many people probably would agree how fun it is to look at your photos back when you were that cute, clumsy, and thin little fellow. Seeing how you transform from that lanky girl & boy to a voluptuous sexy woman and sturdy guy. Sometimes, looking at pictures can bring bad memories and makes you remember someone you once loved, but lets focus on happy memories though. (Spread good vibes)

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9. Write a poem – Some people are just born to have that talent of making up poems that can touch people straight to their heart, but their are some that can write beautiful and meaningful poem specially when they are inspired and so in love or they are depress and they need to channel those unsaid words and emotion into a heartfelt literary work of art.

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10. Try to draw/ sketch / paint – It’s never to late to learn how to draw or to at least try to learn how to draw. So get up, get those paint and water-color, the brushes and the palette, get your hands dirty and bring back the kid in you. Eventually you will realize how fun it is to get yourself dirty and learn at the same time. Some doodling can be fun too.

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11. Good old talk with a friend – Sometimes life can get so messy and all you have left to do is to contact that person you really trust so much. A good old catching up is enough to patch the lost time. Make sure though, you’re not disturbing your friend and that like you they too have some time to spare.

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12. Clean the house – funny thing sometimes, is when you got nothing to do and the boredom brings out the best in you. Like you start cleaning the entire house. From mopping the floor, to cleaning the kitchen sink, or even the bath room floor, doing your laundry, changing the sheets, taking out the garbage. This I think is the most productive way of spending your spare time.

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13. Food trip – whether you’re alone or you got company, eating will always be fun. Forget the calories, forget the fats. It’s not every day you get to eat and not mind anything at all. Where there is food, there will always be that someone dozing off with full stomach.

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14. Bar hopping Surely those young spirited people can relate to this, bar hopping is so much fun specially when you’re with your “Bardaka”. Who wouldn’t like going to bars after bars and explore the city. You can also organize a cocktail party at your own place, but that’s too much of a hassle you don’t want spending the day after cleaning your mess.

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15. Go the mall and play at the Game Zone – good thing about malls is that they offer you awful lot of things to choose from to make you occupied. One in particular is the game zone. Some people are so hooked they even visit the mall . Ow well, good thing about the game zone is that you can interact with other people who have the same interest as you. Although some of the games in the game zone are outdated, it is still a very proper way to spend your free time at.

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16. Play with your pet – It’s not every that you get to spend a bit longer time with your pet. May it be a cat or dog or what ever it is that you’re fond of, they deserve to have a quality time with you. They spend their entire day waiting for you to go home, it is just right to pamper and spoil them sometimes.

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17. Work-out Easy to say but very hard to carry out. But to those who are really body conscious and cares a lot to their well-being, working out is a very effective way of staying fit by burning unwanted fats, it can also clear your mind causing a positive disposition. You can also watch Work-out Videos while you do your own sweating.

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18. Go to the nearest artificial park/ forest – reunite with nature, listen to the chirping birds, the rustling sound of the tree leaves, fill your lungs with fresh air, release your worries, be one with nature.

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19. Chat with friends – now that social media is on its peak, why don’t you take advantage of it and reconnect with your friends aboard. Even internet base messaging app is within your reach. Communicating with your close relatives and friends is just a Send button away.

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20. Rest : Sleep/ Nap – last, but not the least. The most basic form of relaxation I suppose. Everybody deserves a break, they may say, time is very precious to be spent in the comfort of your bed. I say, enjoy! You owe it to your body, to yourself. INDULGE!

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What ever it is that you decide to do on weekends, just always remember to enjoy yourself. You deserve it, after a long and stressing work week.

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eflatiessaltafulla.wikispaces.com, Presbyterianism.blogspot.com
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You Only Live Once #YOLO : Make The Best Out Of It

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste, to experience the out most, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” – Eleanor Roosevelt –

This quote has always kept me going, somehow her words seemed to linger in my mind. Living the moment and experiencing life to the fullest. Taking chances, exploring possibilities. Making the best out of every chances the life has to offer. Being fearless to try anything, anything at all.
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Having these thoughts I always make sure to grab ever opportunity that comes my way, no matter how hard and difficult it is. People may judge me and label me impulsive but I don’t care. This is my life, I won’t let anybody control it. I will collect as many memories I can collect, i will enrich myself with experience and train myself to be wise. When I get older, I don’t want to wonder what could have happened if I did this and that. I don’t want to look back to my younger years and ask myself, What if. I can only live one, and I intend to make the best out of it.

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“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” – William Ernest Henley –
True indeed, we are the once that are responsible for ourselves. What we will become is the sum of the choices and risks that we make in our lifetime. We are responsible to enrich ourselves with ideas, memories and experience that worth reminiscing when we get old and no longer capable of doing the things we used to do.

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I may not be that organize and I don’t usually plan my next move, but what I am certain of is that I am always grateful to those chances that life presented me. Some don’t turned out great, some even failed and went straight to the drain, but I know that as I continue my path to life I gathered a lot of experience and memories that somehow made me wiser and wiser. Failure after failure I learned, and I became wiser within.

Live your life with such eagerness to experience and learn, only by then you can say you lived a life to the fullest.

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Exploring Underwater World In Just One Breathe

“Yes I Live it. The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert where man is never alone for he feels life. Quivering around him in every side. There is supreme tranquility. The sea does not belong to despots. On its surface iniquitous rights can still be exercised, men can fight there. Devour each other there, and transport all terrestrial horrors there. But at thirty feet below its level their power ceases. Their influences dies out, their might disappears.
Jules Verne – 2000 Leagues Under The Sea_

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Taken at Kontiki Dive Resort – Lapu-lapu, Philippines

I can say I am lucky to be living in a city where the beach is just a ride away. Whenever I have time, my cousin and I would prep our snorkeling gears and hit the road. I never get tired of doing it, in fact I am always excited… ALWAYs!!! The beach – or the sea in general gives me a kind of energy that I can’t explain. There’s no boring moments in the beach!

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I know exactly why I love free diving; for one it gives me a satisfying feeling – of knowing that I am conserving every bit of oxygen in my system just to stay under water for as long as I could. I can barely stay longer but couple more tries and I know I’ll get there soon. Second – is that knowledge of being one with the sea, I am all alone, I can relax my mind and focus to what is in front of me – the water world. Third, is that it gives me the opportunity to explore what is beneath the clear blue water. I get to discover the beauty of God’s creation. Forth is the thrill – of not knowing what Sea creature will I encounter next. May it be an ordinary fish, a clown or even a lion fish. If you’re lucky enough you may get see sea turtles. That is actually one of the main reason why I love free diving that much. The sea offers a lot of surprising things, things I never thought I’d be able to see. It is full of endless possibilities.

IMG_1719.JPG At the end of every beach day, I would look back to the day’s activity and admire myself! God! I’m that brave. FYI, I don’t swim that good, in fact I really don’t know how to swim. If not for the fins, i would never dare to go 7ft – 8ft water deep. But see, I’ve conquered my fear over & over again. That’s how big a risk I get into, every time I free dive. But with the right companion and a bucket full of determination, everything is possible. You just have to have faith to yourself. We can all conquer our fear!!!

IMG_1926.JPG During our free dive in Kontiki Dive Resort, while we were practising on how to expand our lungs to conserve oxygen, hence, prolong our stay underwater, a group of people are doing there recreational dive (background)

IMG_1929.JPG Me and my cousin together with our master diver friend Arief (hehehe) ©Breniel Remoroza