I am so lucky to have been chosen as one of the four winners of a round-trip plane tickets care of Cebu Pacific. Just like what I wrote, I am afraid of the sea water but I chose Siargao as my destination as I am fascinated by its world-renowned Cloud 9 waves. Dispatch Magazine, I can’t thank you enough. This is the first time I’ve ever won a travel-related contest.
WARNING: This post mentions the word BACKPACKER/BACKPACKING several times.
I initially wanted the word “backpacker” to be a part of the domain name that I was about to buy back then. And since I couldn’t think of any other term that I could pair up with backpacker, I just added “miss” to declare my sexuality hence the birth of MissBackpacker. I like to write MissBackpacker this way so people can remember it easily.
I thought miss backpacker sounded cool. I thought its plain definition was someone who loves to travel bringing just a few and necessary stuff with him/her inside a small backpack. I thought wrong, again.
Location: San Pablo, Laguna
Date: June 4 to 5 2011
Present: Kaiz, Bien, Tibog, Migs, Kidlat, and other Mountaineering Friends
When Agot was still carrying her yet-to-be-born son, she wanted to name him Kidlat as she was so fascinated with Norsemen’s god of thunder, Thor, son of Odin and carrier of Mjolnir. She couldn’t let go of the idea of a topless Thor and his bikini line.
Everything really started during one of June 2007′s very humid days. HAKAMS organized an open climb where most of the participants were members of the SPI Mountaineering Society (SPIMC). The objective of the activity was to scale the alluring Mount Balingkilat or Mount Pointed Peak as what one of the commonly used maps labels it. The climb wasn’t easy, I am telling you, but it was worth all the excruciating heat and painful climbing. Balingkilat or Baling Kidlat (as a description of the mountain’s physique) in the native Aeta dialect , is incomparable and should be included in every mountaineer’s bucket list.
And since I am already speaking of gods and marvels, lemme say that Agot, one of the SPIMC mountaineers, was a knockout back then (and even up to now) and one of the few pretty faces who caught our attention, Migs’ attention. *ahem, ahem*
Now, who would’ve thought that four years after Mount Balingkilat became a witness to then-blossoming love affair of Migs and Agot, I will be posting this entry about Bjorn Zion aka Kidlat and his third birthday celebration?
A year after Agot gave birth to their first born, the couple started this annual climb in commemoration to the wonderful gift given by the mountain, that is Kidlat. Shame on me, this is the first time I have attented it.
I am seriously thinking of quitting my job to become a full-time mountaineer-slash-scavenger.
This year’s climb was held at Mount Mabilog, a fairly new mountain to the climbing community. The mountain’s located in Barangay Sta. Catalina (San Pablo, Laguna). A view of the peaks of majestic Banahaw and Cristobal can be seen from its campsite.
But this year’s Kidlat climb isn’t like the first two as Agot and Migs decided to bring the celebrant himself, Kidlat. There, we wore party hats, twisted balloons, played games usually played during children’s parties, and of course, sang Kidlat a birthday song.
Happy Birthday, Godson! May you have a fruitful and healthy life ahead of you. Cheers to more years of climbing and friendship!
A birthday party can’t be a birthday party without the birthday song.