She will be named Marie.
I always dream of having a child; who doesn’t? Boy or girl, it doesn’t really matter.
I want him to be an artist, a musician or a painter maybe. I wish for him to be fit and become an athlete. I desire him to have good grades in school and be a disciplined student.
The Ring, Feng Shui, Shutter, The Grudge, and the list goes on.
These are just some of the films I can hardly forget because of the nightmares they caused me after seeing them. Hands down, I easily get scared by films with macabre, gore, and horror as its theme.
I used to believe that ghosts and monsters exist when I was younger. But as you get older, you’ll realize that it’s just YOU who’s creating the images of these strange creatures. I am still afraid though, but less obvious. A big thank you to those people responsible for the successful horror movies I mentioned above.
Why did I jump into that assumption? Some friends perceive me and mountaineers in general as witnesses of paranormal shenanigans in the mountains when in fact I haven’t seen one in my four years of mountaineering activities.
My knowledge of Lambanog and its roots is close to zero. All I know is that it’s an alcoholic beverage which has been around since the Spanish colonial era. I promise to bring you more stories about this native brew in my next posts.
For now, I can’t wait to share this small collection of videos taken during one of our boring nights in the mountain. See how lychees that are plunged in a bottle of Lambanog for two months could make your world turn upside down.
Apologies for the low resolution of the video and my noobery with video editing (the hi-res version will take 1381294821374823 years to upload). Have fun, anyway!
Submitted for the approval of the Team Evercrest, I call this story…
THE BANGUNGOT CHRONICLES
Location: Mabini, Batangas
Date: August 13 to 14 3 2011
Present: Kaiz, Jie, and the Team Evercrest
They say third time’s a charm. Oh, yes for some but not for me. I’ve scaled this mountain thrice and I never experienced anything but fun and amusement of how beautiful nature is on all three occasions.
Gulugod Baboy is pig’s spine in the vernacular and the mountain is name as such because of its shape. Mount GB, as most mountaineers call it, is one of the favorites in the mountaineering community when it comes to day hikes and massive camping. The campsite is a big playground for all outdoor enthusiasts!
It was just disappointing during our latest visit as I’ve been waiting for it since last month because of the full moon phenomenon. It was all foggy and rain showers never failed to add up to our already dismayed hearts.
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.