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Crazy Doable Adventures

A few days ago, I Tweeted, "Great adventures are often those that were thought to be impossible and ridiculous. :)". 

I was reminiscing happy memories of all the times I pursued a crazy idea and had the time of my life. For this post however, I won't blabber solely about my escapades. I've included the inspiring feats of old friends and acquaintances who stayed committed to their passion and with planning and sane precautions,  was able to fulfill a dream off their bucket list. 
1. Family RTW Trip  Last year, a travel addict friend from college started touring the world with her adorable toddler and hubby. They've been to Australia,  Africa, around Asia and uh, wherever,  I lost tracked already.  :P
If you're wondering how they can afford it, all I can say is that they both work hard and their jobs give them the freedom to work from any place that has internet connection.  
Follow their adventures at Pinay Travel Junkie, follow her on Twitter - @nomadwifey or subs…

Mountain Wish List

I'm enjoying a quiet, lazy weekend and  I'm in a dreamy mood.
Delightful thoughts of mountains while I'm in the comforts of home are floating in my head.
I'm in love with these giant green mounds scattered around the world. I dream of being able to tramp everywhere on my hiking shoes and discover views so beautiful, it will knock off my senses. 
While I am yet to get into that state where I can afford to hike anywhere at any time, I am sharing with you a list of mountains I want to visit within the next two years.
The basis of my picks were purely out of, uhm I don't know.I want to hike these mountains just because, no complex reason, no memories I want to forget, no broken heart or whatever. I climb mountains because it makes me happy.
1. Mt. Hibok-Hibok - an active volcano located in Camiguin. I first visited Camiguin in 2008 and the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok was one of the last stops of the agonizing motorbike tour I availed.  Something about the misty atmosphere ar…

Sunrise at the Akiki Trail

I woke up inside my tent at past 4:00 AM, shivering from the wind blowing from everywhere at the saddle campsite of Mt. Pulag. I groaned when I realized I overslept.  A couple of my companions were already up and preparing for their hike to the summit while I had to pack in the dark and start my hike down a different trail so I can catch the 11:00 AM bus back to Baguio.
The Akiki trail is dubbed by local mountaineers as the "Killer Trail" to Luzon's highest peak. Majority of its terrain is very steep which knocks your breath away while some are slippery due to the scattered pine needles that fell on the ground.
Despite its reputation, many are still enamored to take this challenging trail as it presents a different perspective of the mountain with its mossy forest and imposing views of its neighboring mountains.
Though I was very much excited and determined  to set foot at the Akiki Trail, I was terrified to get out of the tent and battle the cold which was the lowest tem…

A Lazy Adventure on a Lazy Weekend

I woke up at 2AM to take a quick bath, still a bit hung-over from a get-together with friends the previous night. I was meeting Gay, a college friend for an early breakfast before her quick beach escape to Puerto Galera. She had just returned to the Philippines for a short break from her round the world gallivanting with her hubby and adorable toddler so we thought we'd catch up a bit - at 4AM! :P 
Up until the time I woke up, I kept on changing my mind where I'd be that weekend. I was stressed from work and had tons of backlogs to clear. As I put on my shirt, I felt a sudden inexplicable longing to be in the mountains and the whim was just too strong to ignore. Before I fully comprehended what was happening, I was already on my hiking shoes and ready to breeze out the door. 
After laughing the morning away with Gaye and her beach buddy Monette, we parted ways and I began my last minute journey to this place I can consider my second home, Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas. I …

Inspire : Adventure & Travel Videos

When I was a kid, I  had an obsessive habit of keeping tabs of all the Betamax tapes I've watched.  It was handwritten on several pages  of bond paper - back to back.  My memory was quite sharp then and I remembered everything!  Now I misplace my keys most of the time.  :P
I've stopped this eccentric habit more than a decade ago, but my penchant for watching videos - music, raw videos, whatever I fancy has remained the same. How can it fade away when we now have You Tube, Vimeo and  faster internet connection which makes sharing and watching videos easier? But you know what, sometimes, I do miss  the thrill of waiting for the computer to connect to the internet via dial-up.  Haha! 
Here's some of my favorites.  I've limited the list to those related to adventure and travel. :)  Hope you get inspired by these. Happy viewing!

1. Robin Esrock's - This is Life  Robin's an adventurer, travel writer, TV producer and international TV personality. He's a co-host of the…