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mount mauyog

mount mauyog

brgy. sunog, balamban


it was my first time to climb a mountain with my friends, grace and madam kyra πŸ™‚ we were still unsure if we’d push through with the plan because it rained for 2days straight last week and we thought it might be dangerous for us to climb. but papa God cleared the skies and made sure it didn’t rain last Saturday. the good weather finally made us decide to go through with the plan of climbing mount mauyog last sunday.

grace set the meet-up time at 5am but i woke up at 530 😀😀😀 i had to rush taking a bath and changing clothes. thank goodness they waited for me. 

after filling our tummies with a jollibee meal, we went to ayala terminal to catch a vhire bound for balamban. we made sure to tell kuya driver to drop us off in brgy. cantipla.

it was a foggy-fog-fog-foggy morning πŸ˜€

we were dropped where we needed to be, salamat kuya driver! πŸ™‚

thank you, papa God for a perfectly-fine weather πŸ™‚ 

us three while waiting for a motorcycle taxi: 

after more than 30minutes of travel time, we arrived at our next stop: 

we paid our dues and registered:

the view at the back of the building: the river that we had to pass through and the mountain but it’s still not mount mauyog πŸ™‚ 

my feet-fie and yes, here we go! πŸ™‚ 

with kuya guide, jessy! πŸ™‚ 

the 3 of us (and kuya jessy too ;)) 

and every time i want to give up, i always see a baka πŸ˜€ 

the beautiful flowers that we passed πŸ™‚ 

grace took these pictures of me, klaro kaayo nga na.uwahi ko πŸ˜€ 

and it was in the gym (halfway to the foot of mount mauyog), that we met our new friends πŸ™‚ 

after a few hurried introductions, we decided to pretend to be together to be able to save on the guide fee going to mount mauyog πŸ™‚ 

it’s not pangilad per se, i call that strategy πŸ™‚ our picture together and our kuya guides πŸ˜€ 

because i missed madam kyra so much, we just had to take a picture together πŸ˜€ 

our kuya guides and another guide from another group who we also asked to play pretend with us πŸ™‚ salamat, kuya guides πŸ˜€ yep, kuya jerry also carried my bag for me too πŸ˜€ 

we were all hungry by this time so we had to eat our lunch πŸ™‚ 

and another group picture with our new friends because close na baya mi πŸ˜€ 

and then, it was time for us to finally climb mount mauyog πŸ™‚ this was it, no turning back πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

remember i mentioned that we had to play pretend with another group? they arrived at the top first so they got first dibs πŸ™‚ we all patiently waited for our turn and i just took everything in πŸ™‚ 

grabe, kanindot na man lang jud sa talan.awon πŸ˜€ thank you, papa God! πŸ™‚ 

and then finally, it was our turn πŸ™‚ 

madam kyra’s pictures: 

grace’s pictures: 

and of course, i savored my time at that spot too πŸ™‚ 

as i’ve mentioned in my insta post, with these 2, 3 is never a crowd πŸ™‚ 

si madam noren na lang kulang πŸ˜€ 

i’m so happy i climbed mount mauyog with you 2! πŸ™‚ 

i also just had to take a picture of our new trekking buddies πŸ˜€ 

it was at this time that i experienced cramps on my left knees. my kuya guide was already worried i might not be able to make it back down.but no way, josΓ¨, hinay signal wifi didto no, i just had to go back home πŸ˜€ 

after a few minutes, kuya decided to show us the other side of the mountain, nindot pud daw ang view. 

unsay nindot? nindot is an understatement. nindot jud kaayo πŸ˜€ 

the other girls still got first dibs πŸ™‚ we didn’t need to wait for our turn though, because there were a lot of rock formations that you could claim as your own.

i stayed somewhere in the middle so i had a vantage point of everybody’s spot and i was able to take pictures of them too πŸ™‚ 

thank you again papa God for making all things beautiful! πŸ™‚ 

i also had my pictures taken in my spot too πŸ™‚ thank you, (instagram id) jons know πŸ˜€ 

and i can never thank my kuya guide enough for what he did for me for that climb πŸ˜€ he carried my heavy bag, helped me manuever through the rocks, held my hand and helped me stand up everytime i fell πŸ™‚ 

the rock formations or spots as i call them, are incredibly beautiful πŸ™‚ 

we just had to take a group picture with our new-found friends πŸ˜€ 

that was ultimately the most fun climb i’ve had yet; and the climb that i had friends for company πŸ™‚ 

it was also the most difficult climb yet. i experienced cramps and i fell four times. but i just got back up everytime i did because dili nya ko ka.uli πŸ˜€ 

i  felt that it was level1000000 na difficulty in going down and i finally took out my phone to take a picture of us when i saw that we were just a few meters away from the starting point πŸ™‚ 

and i did mention that i fell four times right? i wore this like a badge of honor. i survived mount mauyog, yay! πŸ™‚ 

my flower finds! πŸ™‚ 

it was also my first time nga maki.hitch ug ride and i was the one nga nipara, hahahahahaha! πŸ™‚ free ride for me and my friends, until sa transcentral highway πŸ˜€ salamat sa nagpa.hitch namo! πŸ™‚ 

and what do you do in transcentral highway? πŸ™‚ take pictures right in the middle of the road of course, while waiting for your next ride πŸ˜€ 

khevin asked if we were ok with going to island in the sky since we were just in the area. guess what our answer was? 

a blogpost will be written about what we did next πŸ˜€ 

mount mauyog, you tested my strength and my will and although i barely passed, i am sure glad i gave climbing you a try πŸ™‚ 


> mandaue to brgy. cantipla

10.00 jeepney fare from mandaue to ayala terminal

120.00 vhire fare from ayala terminal to eskina cantipla

70.00 hb2x fare person from eskina cantipla to tabunan multi-purpose building

> brgy. tabunan to brgy. sunog:

30.00 denr fee 

400.00 guide fee from brgy.tabunan to brgy.sunog (regular fee is 500.00 for a group of less than 10people)

> mount mauyog:

30.00 disturbance fee 

300.00 guide fee for a group of minimum of 10people

if you want to do away with paying the fees in brgy.tabunan (and less trekking too if i may say :D), you can go directly to the foot of mount mauyog. just ask the vhire driver that you’ll climb mount mauyog or to get you off in brgy.sunog – whichever is familiar sa driver. maybe mount manunggal would be a better landmark though. while you are in the area, you might want to climb mount manunggal too (we didn’t ;)) πŸ˜€ 

cebu province · larissetravels · mountains · visayas

mount naupa

climbing the peak of mount naupa wasn’t easy. i didn’t expect it to be an easy climb but i didn’t know it was going to be that difficult. take note though that i have only climbed 2 mountains in my life so maybe you’ll consider that factor too.

i have been blog-hopping about which mountains to climb and read foureyedlaagan’s post about the 6 mountains in cebu that he considers to be an easy climb for beginners. that post is bookmarked and now serves as my guide on which mountains to climb first. so thank you, foureyedlaagan πŸ˜€ 

back to mount naupa πŸ˜€ 

i planned to start climbing at 6am but i went back to sleep at 430am and only decided to push through with my plan at 9am because of grace’s prodding.

from my house, i rode a jeep plying the mandaue-ayala route, got off in mabolo and walked towards sm city cebu then took the bus bound for naga and told the driver to drop me off in tungkop, minglanilla. i ate brunch first before i got on a hb2x which brought me to the chapel in cogon, naga which is the for mount naupa. the hb2x ride took nearly an hour because it was really far. 

my mandatory start of trek picture:

that’s my guide, dave πŸ™‚ 

when you start the climb, be careful and really watch where you’re going because gamay ra jud kaayo ang agi.anan and bangin na ang other side. after 20minutes or so, the path will be wider. you’ll pass by a very batuon path which made the climb a little more difficult for me. you will see a lot of mango trees, wild flowers, sagbots and other mountains on your way to the top.

it took me an hour to reach the top of mount naupa, with a lot of time sa’s for me to catch my breath ranging from 5 to 10 minutes each time. 

for novice climbers such as moi, i suggest that we do not push ourselves too much and hunong, take deep breathes and drink water whenever we need it. it is never a contest on how much time you spent reaching the top. just enjoy your climb. 

i didn’t take a lot of pictures going up because i was too busy concentrating on where i was going and catching my breath. 

in case you need some more water or cold soda and some crackers, dave’s family has a store midway. a 300ml royal true orange costs 20.00 though.

dave hasn’t eaten lunch pa diay so i made sure he did. we stayed there for 15minutes to chitchat and they were kind enough to let me borrow their powerbank or else i wouldn’t have taken pictures at the top. 

from their store it was only a 20minute ascend to the top but first you had to pay the 20.00 entrance fee πŸ™‚ 

and finally, i could see where i wanted to be: 

i just had to take pictures too, as proof that i was really able to reach the top πŸ™‚ 

the view from the top: 

it also took me an hour to descend. climbing down is always easier compared to climbing up. i was just happy to be finally heading home and to be able to rest my tired and aching legs and feet, hehehehe πŸ˜€ 
and then i saw these cute kids when i reached the chapel: 

and then it was byebye time πŸ™‚ 

mount naupa, i am just glad i was able to experience you. the huffing and puffing were all worth it πŸ™‚ 


35.00 bus fare from sm to tungkop, minglanilla 

60.00 hb2x fare from tungkop, minglanilla to cogon, naga chapel

20.00 entrance fee 

100.00 guide fee (amount depends on how much you’re willing to pay) 

100.00 hb2x fare from cogon, naga chapel to highway (hb drivers charge 50.00 per pax for a 1way trip and since i was alone i had to pay for 2 pax)

20.00 fare from minglanilla to carbon 

larissetravels · mountains

osmeΓ±a peak

osmeΓ±a peak,

i am tired and my legs are gipamaolan yet i am happy. i climbed osmeΓ±a peak earlier today and i’m proud to say that i did that on my own. okay, naa si ate celda na guide, but still πŸ˜€

my original plan was to be at the terminal by 6am but i woke up at 7am instead. so nag.dali2x na intawn ko.

because i planned to go alone, i did my fair share of research on how to get to o’peak.

i went all the way to carbon to look for the bus that will go all the way to mantalungon market. the bus is parked in caltex, duol na sa cebu eastern college na side. i arrived there at 9am but the bus sign said that it will leave at 10:30am. i patiently waited by sleeping on the bus after eating at the carenderia sa kilid. the bus left carbon at 11am and we arrived in mantalungon market at 2pm.

i had to register first and i paid 30.00.

and then, i started ascending πŸ™‚

after i took this photo, ate celda took charge of my phone and took a lot of beautiful, amazing and breath-taking pictures:

i spent 30minutes going up and another 30minutes going down and stayed at the peak roughly mga 30minutes pud. ate celda said that experienced mountain climbers could reach the peak in 15minutes πŸ™‚

the hangak and kakapoy was all worth it. the view at the top is truly breath-taking and amazing, picturesque kaayo.

i would love to go back again and again sa o’peak, but there are still so many places i have yet to see πŸ™‚

i thought that hadlok mosaka sa o’peak nga ikaw ra usa but trust me it isn’t. dili lang siguro ka magpa.gabii or πŸ™‚ also, you need to be alert and dili magpa.tanga2x πŸ˜€ watch your belongings and make sure na dili tibuok imong money para you can give the exact amount inig bayad2x πŸ™‚

travel bucket list #1, ticked off πŸ˜€

expenses for this trip:

7.00 jeepney fare from my house to jmall (pataka sakay jeep :()

10.00 jeepney fare from jmall to manalili

159.00 energizer aa batteries which i used for my point and shoot sony camera

55.00 water and ham and cheese sandwich

32.00 brunch sa carenderia

10.00 water

100.00 mini-bus fare from carbon to mantalungon market

30.00 registration fee

25.00 water (again :D)

200.00 habal2x fare (50.00 from mantalungon market to o’peak, 100.00 from o’peak to dalaguete proper, 50.00 tip because he waited for me)

150.00 guide fee (ate from the center said that fee range from 100.00 to 150.00, depende ra and my guide ate celda, took really nice pictures so i think the 150.00 was worth it :))

120.00 ceres aircon bus fare from dalaguete to cebu

total: 898.00

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travel bucket list

whenever i feel bored sa office (which happens every 5minutes, hahahaha :D) i bloghop to see where travel bloggers have gone to. i get jealous when i see that they’ve traveled far and wide, chased waterfalls and climbed every mountain that they could.

i know i certainly couldn’t go to where they’ve all been to in just a year or two, but let me just put this out here, my travel (and to do) bucket list πŸ™‚ i don’t know when i will be able to tick them all but i know nga sa madugay makaadto ra ko πŸ˜€

  1. climb osmeΓ±a peak – march 1, 2017
  2. chase aguinid waterfalls
  3. swim with the whalesharks in oslob
  4. see the ruins in bacolod
  5. eat cheesecake in calea in bacolod
  6. swim with the stingless stingray in surigao
  7. go strawberry picking in baguio
  8. climb and conquer mount pulag
  9. pose in front of the balete tree in siquijor
  10. mag-ala tarzan in cambuhagay falls in siquijor
  11. go bungee jumping in danao, bohol
  12. take a picture of the mayon volcano
  13. visit the islas de gigantes
  14. stand in awe at the banaue rice terraces
  15. take a picture with the philippine eagle
  16. visit the bencab museum in baguio city
  17. enjoy the rides in enchanted kingdom
  18. ride the kalesa in vigan
  19. party in boracay
  20. visit the hundred islands
  21. visit batanes
  22. explore siargao island
  23. chase niludhan falls
  24. take a picture of maria cristina falls
  25. canyoneering in badian
  26. go white water rafting in cagayan de oro
  27. chase waterfalls in bohol
  28. take a picture amongs the hot air balloons in clark, pampanga
  29. swim in the waters of samal island
  30. chase waterfalls in biliran
  31. visit kalanggaman island
  32. eat mangoes in guimaras
  33. take a sunset shot in manjuyod white sand bar
  34. enjoy the view in perth paradise resort in sipalay
  35. swim with the turtles in apo island
  36. climb mount lanigid
  37. climb sirao peak
  38. climb mount naupa – march 19, 2017
  39. island hop sa cuatro islas
  40. take a picture inside hindang cave
  41. pose with the monkeys in hindang cave 
  42. sardine run in moalboal
  43. climb mount lanaya
  44. go strawberry picking in dalaguete
  45. see the 10,000 roses in cordova
  46. jump from the cliff in salagdoong beach in siquijor
  47. get lost in the labyrinth in toledo  – march 18, 2018
  48. climb tagaytay hill in toledo – march 18, 2018
  49. visit capilla santa ana museum – march 18, 2018
  50. take a picture of malubog lake in toledo – march 18, 2018
  51. chase malubog waterfalls in toledo – march 18, 2018
  52. chase manguyakuya falls in toledo
  53. chase the waterfalls in middle earth resort in carmen
  54. chase bugho falls – march 26, 2017
  55. pa.picture sa biga pit
  56. take a picture in carcar’s rotunda – march 26, 2017
  57. climb mount mago – april 16, 2017
  58. drink coffee in coffee madness
  59. eat pizza in coffee madness
  60. eat la paz bachoy in iloilo 
  61. island hop in the islands near olango
  62. climb mount mauyog – april 2, 2017
  63. eat pancit molo in iloilo
  64. pray in jaro cathedral in iloilo city
  65. walk along the iloilo river esplanade
  66. chase kan amo waterfalls
  67. chase dayhag waterfalls
  68. climb ili rock in boljoon
  69. maligo sa dagat sa alcoy
  70. reach boljoon’s ablayan peak
  71. chase pityak falls in dumanjug
  72. chase basak falls in san fernando
  73. chase tubod-duguan falls in dumanjug
  74. climb kandungaw peak
  75. climb mount kapayas
  76. pa.picture sa parola sa liloan – april 14, 2017

i know there are still a lot of places that i want to visit and do everything fun and tourist-y; i guess i’ll be adding something to the list from time to time but i do hope that i also get to tick off some items as well.

libre ang mangarap, so might as well dream of going anywhere and everywhere and doing everything πŸ™‚