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Waterfalls Trekking in Pili, Camarines Sur

After settling in our rooms at Eurotel, I met with the rest of our group which included fellow bloggers Shawn (Life Beyond 8-5), Estan (Langyaw), Kara (Traveling Up), our hosts, Wayne, Rustom from Naga Tourism and Albert from NagaX, Naga tourism’s marketing arm. By private van, we traveled 45 minutes to Barangay Curry (pronounced as Koory)  in Pili, Camarines Sur's capital.  
The jump-off had a wide open space for parking, two spartan restrooms where you can change and a hut where we registered our names. 

After meeting our guides, we set off to a deeper section of the forest. The start of the terrain was flat but a little rocky which is quite manageable. Trees and shrubs surrounded us. Hues of green were strong and instantly, I felt even more cheerful, this is home! 



In about 20 minutes, our feet had to get wet as we crossed our first river. Water was cool and quite tempting to dip in. 


After resting, we proceeded to my favorite part of the hike, this daunting, steep section.  I felt…

Puerto Galera Series : Mangyan Village, Talipanan

Widely known as one of the beach party destinations close to Manila, I was very amused to see the less popular but beautiful and bucolic side of Puerto Galera - something I missed the previous two times I was here since I didn’t get to explore and all I saw aside from the beach are people flirting and getting drunk. :P Nothing against those who enjoy these social pursuits, I just prefer quiet getaways where I see a lot of green.
Raise both feet behind your ears if you're like me! :P 

Quiet, slightly remote, this settlement of Iraya Mangyans (Iraya, a sub group of Mangyans in Mindoro) are for visitors with a penchant for culture and meeting people. An enormous hut serves as a weaving area for our Mangyan sisters. The finished products- bracelets, storage bins, etc are sold to stalls a few blocks from the weaving area and would make awesome souvenirs as some takes weeks or months to complete. The people here are generally friendly and don’t mind you clicking away for souvenir shots bu…

Gears : Quantum Osprey Pack

I’ve been using Osprey Quantum for weeks now and I’m excited to share how it went. :) This outdoor pack from the US has been in the industry for 40 years but it was only in 2013 when it was brought to the stores by local retail giant, Primer Group (which also owns all The North Face, Columbia, Mountain Hardware & R.O.X. stores in the Philippines). 
Osprey’s Quantum is designed for urban and weekend adventures, meaning it has specifications to suit those who intend to use it on and off the trails. It’s for people who switch roles at the blink of an eye, a corporate slave on week days, outdoor junkie on weekends. 

Among its many pleasant specs is its numerous compartments for a laptop, tablet, MP3 players, pens, keys, first aid kit, basically whatever you need to bring. Mine has a capacity of 34 liters which is perfect for work and post-work adventures. I exercise regularly so I seem to be always lugging a lot of stuff all the time.  
On days that I train for future hikes/food trips, I…