Location: Ternate, Cavite
Date: July 16 to 17 2011
Present: Kaiz and Jie, Team Evercrest, Bob and Totz
Team Evercrest’s family is growing bigger! And this time, we tried a more challenging mountain.
Last weekend’s hike to Pico de Loro was a success. I am so frikken proud of my officemates-slash-friends that no one, though extremely exhausted as we went straight to Ternate, Cavite after our night shift with little to no rest at all, gave up to the mountain’s arduous trails. We even finished the hike at a very reasonable time of 4 hours, a success I could say since most of them are mountaineering rookies.
We had to leave the office a little late compared to our itinerary of 7:00am, to freshen up and also so others could properly pack their stuff. We rented three cabs to bring us to Baclaran where the activity would begin. While everyone was busy munching on their Chowking breakfast, Rowjie was wandering around the place looking for a van we could rent which could bring us to the jumpoff, Ternate. In less than 10 minutes, he returned with the good news that he found Kuya Dindo, who’s willing to drop us off at the jumpoff point for P3200.
Location: Coron, Palawan
Date: June 28 2011
Present: Kaiz and Jie
MNL to USU
Rowjie and I were scheduled to fly at 12:00 noon so we still had ample time to finish packing our stuff since we went home right away after our night shift. This was the first time that we left this late.
If you happened to have been reading my blog posts since I started the travelogue, you would know that I am not a fan of regular-amount airfares. I always wait for seat sales and promos because I cannot afford to pay for P4000 worth of tickets. With that being said, our trip to Busuanga via Cebu Pacific only costs us 100-plus with no check-in baggage. We brought Rowjie’s 45-liter backpack, my small sling bag, and a camera bag. Our things weighed in 9 kilos, at most. Alright, here’s the terrible part (what a nice way to start the trip, I thought).
At the check-in counter, we fell in line and waited for our queue since there were a few people ahead of us. When it’s finally our turn, we were told that we can proceed to the boarding area as our stuff didn’t excess their baggage allowance and we needed not to pay for anything. Alright. I didn’t bother to ask if they needed to put any sticker on our stuff or whatsoever because their policies change from time to time.
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.