Attended the christening of another addition to the clan, the pretty Atasha Triszel. Born on January 23, 2012, during the Chinese New Year, we nicknamed her with a lot of things: ‘Dragona’, ‘Ona’, ‘Tikay’. That last one given to her by her uncle who already passed away. So the name stuck.
The day I cursed caves, where literally I could feel my knees struggling to keep me standing, where I witnessed fear taunting me, and death looming the moment I take a wrong step.
I don’t have a lot of words for this activities, what I have are bruises, bruises, sore msucles, curses, self-pity, despair, regrets, some more sore muscles.
I thought ascending the sharp rocks under the blazing heat is the most difficult part, as it turned out there is still a lot I don’t know about rock formations and how it would put your life at risk.
Until today, as I am writing this post, the cave experience seems surreal, it felt like it didn’t happen or if it did, only in my dreams.
I only have pictures and sore muscles to prove that it really did happen.
“So what we spelunk, So what we caving…We’re just having fun. Not” Hahaha
Photos by: Dan Samarita
Manalmon Day Hike
Mountain Climbing-Spelunking-River Crossing-Zipline. A lot of first in 12 hours.
We started the day at 3:00 am where we and other hikers/ trekkers will meet up in the designated place. At 4:00 am we are on the road to bulacan, where we will climb Mt. Manalmon.
(Eaten at Manalmon – transliteral meaning)
First! Because this is my first time to climb a mountain. I am no professional, but since I pledged and promised to myself that for an adventurous year I gave in to the invitation of a friend. And since I have no prior experience whatsoever of long treks and mountain climbing, he said that this mountain is a good way to start since it is suitable for beginners. A “minor climb” he says, this is the “easiest” climb he says. Boy do I hated everything what he said.
It is safe to say that everything came as a surprise, I did not expect everything that happened. Heck, I did not expect this “simple” and “easy” and “minor” day hike to become one of the most unexpected and deadly adventure yet. To the point that I actually told myself, “Why did I ever agreed to do this? Why the hell did I think this would be fun?”. This, I said to myself, is what I get for trying to be spontaneous, for trying to be adventurous.
This experience, in my 21 years of existence, this is one of those things that I will try my best to avoid; hiking, trekking, spelunking, climbing, rapelling. Anything that involves risk and anything that will take me out of my “comfort-control” zone. I try my best to avoid anything that requires “surrender” and “giving up” of my control. I try to stay away from being hurt and from regretting things. I am trying to save myself.
But the truth though, is by NOT living with risk, and by staying SAFE, I am actually aiming for a deadly self destruction and preparing myself for a very depressing life ahead. I don’t like to find myself in a point in my life where I wished I have done things differently and done things that I am afraid of. I don’t want to pass on opportunities to conquer my fear and to conquer this need for control.
So I did this. At an impulse. Without knowing the risks. Without expecting hardships. Without thinking things through. And let myself be surprised at what life and nature have in store for a SAFE/CONTROLLING person like me.
So in my next post I will tell you all about that Manalmon adventure! 🙂
This is friday. And tomorrow is definitely Saturday. The day after that, I expect, is sunday! 🙂 Familiar words? Haha
I am going Mountain trekking-spelunking-ziplining. And I’m gotta post it all here after the weekends! 😀 I am actually excited for the weekend! Gonna meet new people and stuff. 🙂
Way to go weekend! 🙂
This is a special case as I rarely post anything that involves family, but this is funny because my cousins had sleep over at our house and this afternoon after I got some work done, I found out that we have all brought our laptop for whatever purpose it may serve us, and together in our living room we are all tuned into the screen. 🙂 I couldn’t resist taking pictures so I would just share it to you. Or living room turned into a wireless hot spot hub. 😀