So, the adventure continued and we’re feeling so high…
The higher, the closer to heaven.
We feel high…
We felt high… when we learned we were climbing Mt. Kan-Irag through Budlaan.
We felt high… despite the gloomy weather the day before our adventure.
We remained high… although there were only five of us who showed up on the day of our scheduled jaunt.
We felt high… when we started trekking Kabang River and witnessed the mightiness of Budlaan Falls.
We felt higher… when we bathed in the flowing water of Kabang river.
We still felt high… just by eating isaw, and chicken feet bbq for lunch beside a basketball court.
We felt higher… when we continued our quest to the peak of Mt. Kan-Irag.
We felt high… seeing our national animal taking a dip in a muddy puddle under the scorching heat of the sun.
We felt high… as we took a short break and rested our bodies in the grassy field.
We felt higher… when a mother cow chased us and saw her sexy baby posing elegantly in front of our camera.
We still felt high… though our paced slowed down because our bodies were already exhausted.
We felt high… even though we had to take a lot of short breaks to regain our energy.
We felt even higher… when we reached the shoulder of the peak and saw the city below us.
We felt high… as we enjoyed the wonderful view and pointed the trail we passed through.
We felt high… as we realized we’re just a dot in this vast universe.
We felt high… as we contemplated on mundane things that we missed to notice below.
We felt higher… when we were welcomed by the blooming flowers of cogon grass which brought us to a different world.
We even felt higher… as we started walking and making our way through those grass that are taller than me.
We felt SUPER high… when we finally reached the top and saw a beautiful paradise below us.
We felt high… as we rejoiced because we finally reached the peak.
We felt higher… while looking at the clouds and identifying the shapes they formed.
We felt high… talking about life and past experiences.
We felt higher… while dancing to beat of the infamous Despacito and the Shark Song.
We remained high… even until the sun started to set painting the sky a different hue. Even higher… as we argued whether the hue was pink or orange.
Truly, Mt Kan-Irag being the highest peak of the city’s highland, made us feel high as we scaled her wonderful trail. Even looking and reviewing the photos we took during our trek make us feel high. No wonder why most outdoor souls who are always hungry for adventure love to go back to her peak.
After a hiatus, the hubby’s schedule has finally agreed with mine. I had 10 days off from work and Ace also filed a time-off. Because it’s not every day we get this long break, we made sure all of the days are jam-packed with adventures.
So, our second day was set for a trekking through Budlaan Falls in Talamban all the way to Mt Kan-Irag also known as Sirao Peak. With the help of our guide, AJ – The Wandering Soul Scamper and his friend Lakbay Lawin, our plan was made possible.
We agreed to meet-up at Gaisano Grand Mall-Talamban at 9:00 am. And just a few meters away from the mall, we hailed a motorcycle to take us to Barangay Budlaan where the jump-off point is. There, we registered our names and immediately started our trek. Along with Ace and I, was our good friend, Louise.
Our guides suggested taking the river trail because it was more challenging and exciting. We can’t say no to extra challenge, you know. So, as expected we followed the river upstream. Before we arrived at the banks, my heart jumped as I heard a loud cascade which signals the river nearby.
When we arrived, we saw a group of outdoor enthusiasts already enjoying the waters. Our first sight was the infamous heart-shaped waterfall basin. The water was brown and muddy, probably because of the rain on the previous days and nights.
After few minutes, we continued our upstream adventure. We saw more mini-waterfalls along the way. I heard these falls have their names but I can’t tell which is which. Trekking the river involved climbing boulders and jumping from one rock to another, and even crawling if the situation requires. My experience brought me back to our Mulao River adventure.
The sight of a bigger waterfall welcomed us after almost hour of following the river trail. I reckoned it is already the Budlaan Falls. But contrary to what I’ve seen on the internet, the descent of water was stronger and mightier compared to those photos on the web. The water was abundant up there maybe because it had been raining the past days and weeks.
There is a small store where visitors could buy some snacks and fresh buko or coconut fruit. Fresh coconut water is a good source of hydration and electrolytes. And its meat could be a source of energy. We bought one for each of us as we rested in one of the cottages nearby.
We resumed our quest after we finished eating our buko and had our energy replenished. We stopped in front of the mighty falls for a while to take some photos and enjoy its mightiness at the same time.
The vehement pressure of the water was like pulling us as we stood in front of it. The pressure was too strong that the moist was enough to wet our clothes. We did not swim here because we don’t have any idea how deep was the catch-basin now that the water is abundantly flowing.
Instead, we headed to the right side of the waterfall to continue our journey. We climbed a steep slope and cliff, holding only to roots and giant rocks to avoid falling. One wrong step, I would have tripped and fallen down giving me only 30 percent chance of surviving. (Charot!) This trail is not advisable for those who have the fear of height, else you’d end your life here. (Another charot!) 😛
But, really. You must dare! The price is worth it!
You must be wondering what made our adventure serendipitous. It was this water flowing on a steep and slippery slope after that dangerous and risky climb above the main waterfall. Now, I’m not claiming we were the first to discover it because this water trail has been here for a long time ago. But on that day, the water was flowing in a torrential flow.
I could say, we came at the right time indeed, perhaps we’re just lucky.
The water was inviting and it was clearer compared to that of the main falls. Louise and I decided to take a quick dip while the boys were taking a rest. We really enjoyed the cold water. It was a pure bliss from nature, a therapy per se.
After ten minutes of indulging with nature’s therapy, we quickly changed into our dry clothes so we could continue our trek to Sirao Peak. And yes, it was timed because we had to catch the lunch-time. 😛
This is where our Kabang River and Budlaan Falls adventure ends. But we’re sure to come back because we believe “no experience are the same no matter how many times you do it”. 🙂
Stay tuned as we continue our adventure to Mt. Kan-Irag on a later post.
One gloomy Saturday, together with our good friend Niña, we decided to do the boundary climb to Mount Mago in Carmen, Cebu. Because of the last-minute decision, I asked my sister’s husband who happens to live in Carmen, to take us to the jump-off point.
We were already in their house when he told us that no one could look after my niece, Ahkirah. Without hesitation, I said we’re going to take her with us. And off we go!
We never expected an hour butt-aching ride to the jump off point. The road was slippery because of the other night’s rain and fog.
When we passed by Durano Eco Farm and the Lhuiller’s Farm, the temperature dropped lower than expected which meant we were already in a higher altitude. We saw a lot of pine trees and vegetation that only grow in cold places, too.
After we passed by the Lhuiller’s Ranch, we had a quick stop over at an intersecting road separated by a perfect muffin-like hill. While waiting to ease the pain on our behind due to that painstaking ride, Niña and I agreed to climb the little hill with Ahkirah.
And oh, I don’t know how to describe how we felt but we wished to just stay at the top and end our jaunt there because it was just AMAZING!
The top of the hill is denuded perhaps because of the recent dry season. The soil was red, like really red. While we were on top, we called Ace and Dan-Dan to climb and see it. We felt like we were already on the top of the world. The colors around were so rich and fulfilling to the eye. I, personally, admired how the colors green, blue, red and white complimented each other.
We arrived at Barangay Santican which is the jump off point of the trek. The person who was assigned to list our names for registration was not around, instead, we were given two young lads to guide us to the boundary.
We immediately started our hike after Ahkirah devoured one hanging rice. We walked through a fully established trail but it was muddy because of the rain on the previous night. Ahkirah, on the other hand, walked for few minutes and asked to be carried because it was muddy and she was having a hard time walking. We took turns in carrying her. And when she has rested her feet enough, she also asked to be put down and walk by herself. Now, I see a future adventurer in her.
Few meter from the jump-off point, we passed by a couple of houses and eventually, grassy slopes. Although it was cloudy, I thought the weather was with us because it was not hot.
We had to stop for short breaks to regain energy. Actually, the hike was not very draining because the trail was pretty established and the hills are not too high.
The only problem we had, I guess, was the amorseco grass that clings to Niña’s and Ahkirah’s pants and shorts. Ahkira complained that it was itchy so we had to make a few stops to remove some of them so she can walk with ease.
But those clingy grass did not make our trek less enjoyable. We were rewarded with a wonderful sight of the grassy slopes, green with envy.
After almost two hours of trekking through valleys and plains, we finally arrived at the boundary sign. Imagine being in three towns at the same time?
I couldn’t forget Ahkirah’s face when I told her she did it! She was very happy and ecstatic as she ran towards me in the boundary sign with her dad following her.
I bet her dad was very proud because I am. Considering her age and her inexperience, surviving that two-hour journey was indeed a BIG accomplishment for a two-year old kid.
After feeding our eyes and souls with the refreshing sight around, we ate our lunch to replenish our tummies. After a while, the clouds above us became darker. As much as we wanted to stay longer, we couldn’t risk soaking in the rain with Ahkirah.
But as we started to descend, the wind seemed to have blown the clouds away. 😀 Which was a really good thing, so we didn’t have to hurry home.
We were given a good chance to bask in nature and take photos to remind us of the beauty of the place. Ahkirah had a great time running in the field while we were happily watching.
You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is calling… so, get on your way!
When we arrived at the basketball court where we left our motorcycles, the rain started pouring heavily, as if heaven waited for us to find shelter. While waiting for the rain to stop, we had fun watching some kids feeding bananas to a little monkey in a sari-sari store across the basketball court.
As soon as the pouring stopped, we headed home feeling contented and happy with our experience.
Just when we thought our jaunt had enough surprises…
As we passed by the red hill where we stopped on our way to the jump-off point, a sea of clouds showed up to complete our AWESOME experience.
We were so amazed by the sight of it. Words of amazement and gratefulness were all we uttered. We stared at it until it started drifting away before we realized to take a photo.
Although we were unable to take a photo of clouds floating near us because we were very consumed by the sight, the picture of it is painted in our memory and that’s what matters most.
Our worthwhile experience is something no words can really define — not even this thousand-word post. Mt Mago is not a mountain of struggles and not for people who wanted it extreme. But for a two-year-old kid’s first trekking experience? It is something she’d treasure forever. And if she forgot it, I will never get tired telling her how she scaled a 700+ Masl mountain for two hours when she was only a two-year old.
Our next stop was the Sohoton Cove National Park Tourism Office where we had to register our names and transfer to a smaller boat in order to explore Sohoton Cove.
From afar, we already saw many boats surrounding the registration building. It took us almost ten minutes to find a space to dock ours. We saw many people waiting for their turn to register.
When it was our turn, we were told that they’re not accepting further visitors for the day. Wait, what? It so happen that there were too many people on that day and that they couldn’t accommodate everyone. 😥
I went back to the registration table and plead. With my persuasive attitude, I was told that they might reopen the registration after two or three hours when there is already an available boat. But we had to be on stand-by because it’s a first-come-first-serve basis and they’re not accepting advance booking payment.
We thought, we would be wasting our time waiting for them to reopen. 😦 Again, I gathered guts and with my convincing power, we were able to secure the first slot once it would be reopened.
While waiting, we went back to our boat and our boatmen steered it to another part of the island. There, we took a dip in the water. At first I was hesitant to join the gang because the water was deep blue which means it was very deep. I had my life vest but I was worried about what could be lurking underneath. (Eh, sharks, crocodiles. :p nyahaha)
After about 30 minutes, we were called and told that we could already register. (That’s faster than we thought.) We hurriedly got off from the water and went back to the registration area. After paying for the necessary fees for the tour, we were given life vests and we waited for our tour guide.
We were divided into two groups because one boat could only have seven passengers the most. Our tour guide introduced himself and our boatman. They seemed to be very experienced and have known the place like the back of their hands.
Then he told us that we were already about to enter the Sohoton National Park. He pointed to a cove and said that we were to pass through it. From a far, I doubted our boat to go through it because it was very small.
During high tides, the cave is impassable not unless you dive underwater. This is where Sohoton Cove got its namesake — from the Visayan word “so-oton“ which means to pass through a small opening.
And tada! We’re now in Sohoton Cove National Park!
Not far from the entrance, is this oddly shaped rock which they consider a very important landmark. They fondly call it “Tiil sa Kabayo” or a horse’s feet.
The fjord, and these muffin-like islets inside the cove looked very similar to each other. Those who are unfamiliar of the place would certainly get lost, even our guides admitted that they could be lost, too if not because of that Tiil sa Kabayo landmark near the entryway.
As we went deeper the Sohoton Cove National Park, our guide continued feeding us information about the place. He also showed us this very unique limestone cliff. I said it’s unique because all islets inside the cove are forested but this cliff’s face. We just forgot its name. Sorry.
Our first stop for the tour was Hagukan Cave. It got its name from the term “haguk” which means snore. They said, if you’re lucky, you could hear snores from the cave which is created by the waves that goes in and out of it. Guess, we’re not the lucky ones because we did not hear it. Pffft!
For one to enter the cave, we had to dive for 3-5 seconds through the entrance of the cave. If we had a little luck that time, that was because the tide did not reach the ceiling of the entrance yet, thus we only had to float upon entering. Inside was a huge cavern hiding healthy stalactites.
After swimming inside Hagukan Cave, we boarded back our boat and head to our next stop, the Magkukuob Cave. Only few of us went inside because we were told that the only exit was to jump from a 15-feet platform. I did not do that but Ace did.
We skipped the Jellyfish island because we ran out of time and the tide was rising. We had to be out the cove before it submerged in the water and trap us inside the National Park. It was getting dark when we arrived at the Tourism Center. We hurriedly transferred to our bigger boat so we could go home.
It was getting dark on our way back to the port of Hayanggabon. We were rewarded with the glimpse of a wonderful sunset while cruising through Sohoton Bay.
We really had a great time exploring Bucas Grande’s pride. With positive attitude, we were able to make those misadventures an adventure itself. Because we believe that the twists and turns that we had experienced was what made our experience worthwhile and worth telling. 😀
Thank you, Bucas Grande for such a wonderful experience!
Over to you, have you had misadventures that are worth telling? We’d love to hear it from you. Leave us some words.
‘Til our next adventure!
Love, Ace and Demi.
P.S A huge thanks to our friend Annel Hope Mayuga and to her wonderful family for adopting us during our four days stay in Surigao. Thank you for your warm welcome and for making this venture possible. ’til next time.
Let me start this post with an aerial photo of Bucas Grande Islands which would surely ignite every itchy feet’s curiosity.
We know it’s a cliche, everyone says to lower our expectations. But, could you blame us for expecting too much? Photos posted on Facebook , Instagram, and other social media sites spell HIGH EXPECTATION.
We already had posted a photo diary about of Surigao experience here. An invite from a good friend brought us to the beautiful City of Island Adventures and gave us the chance to experience a non-stop island hopping. 😀
So, how was our Bucas Grande Islands and Sohoton Bay experience?
It was already 7:00am when we arrived in Surigao. A van picked us up to bring us to the Port of Hayanggabon where our Bucas Grande Island adventure awaited. We dropped by our host’s house to leave some of our belongings and immediately resumed our journey for the day.
At the port, a medium-sized motorized boat waited for us. We quickly get on the boat and had our breakfast on board. We were very busy filling our hungry tummies, without knowing, we were already in the middle of Sohoton Bay.
Our major tour for the day was Sohoton Cove National Park. Since it was still a high tide, our boatmen toured us to other islands around Sohoton Bay. Our first stop is the Crystal and Bolitas Cave.
Unfortunately, I did not have a decent photo inside the cave. But just a heads up, Crystal Cave is a huge cavern with stalagmites and stalactites shining like crystals while Bolitas Cave got its name from the strange rock formations inside that resembles to that of a pellet. (Here’s a perfect post that best describes what I’m trying to say.)
After we explored the two caves and done our photo-ops, we hopped back to our boat to explore another island. As our boatmen expertly maneuvered our boat avoiding the shallow water, we noticed this boat-like rock which is perfectly shaped by time. Look how amazing nature is!
After a few minutes, we were in front of another island. It was fronting a cliff and it looked like a developed resort. We agreed not to drop there and just find another place where we can grill our fish for lunch so we won’t run out of time.
Our boatmen brought us to this nearly isolated islet. We saw a small hut when we were about to dock our boat. We learned that the hut was for the caretaker of the island but no one was around except the two kind big dogs. But not too long, a small banca arrived and we reckoned he was the said caretaker because the dogs greeted him sweetly.
He was very kind and told us that he lives alone in this part of the island but there are frequent visitors who drop by, too.
For a while, we had the whole island for ourselves. While some of us prepared our food, others were having a great time exploring the island, taking Instagram worthy photos. I couldn’t help sharing this photo below that best describes how ‘struggle was real’ just to show that beautiful photos on Facebook and IG. 😀
😀 Anyway, after our lunch and that crazy photo-ops, another group of visitors were headed to our spot. We decided to pack up and gave them the chance to enjoy the place like we did.
Next stop, Sohoton Cove National Park. But I will save that on the later post. 😀 So, kindly stay tuned for that.
We hope you enjoyed our Bucas Grande Island and Sohoton Bay photo diary.
‘Til our next story.
Love, Ace and Demi
P.S A huge thanks to our friend Annel Hope Mayuga and to her wonderful family for adopting us during our four days stay in Surigao. Thank you for your warm welcome and for making this venture possible. ’til next time.
A weekend when the hubby and I were off for an adventure, like ANY adventure but the universe had conspired not to make it happen.
One Saturday morning, we went to Sogod, Cebu for some appointment. Fortunately, the appointment was done early. By 1:15 pm, we’re already free for the rest of the day. So, we decided to visit Maravilla Resort in Tabuelan, Cebu which is only few kilometers from Sogod. However, the only way to go there when you are commuting is by bus. So we started waiting for a bus ride to the place.
After an hour of waiting, we were still unable to catch a ride. The buses that ply to Tabuelan are scarce and if there were any, they were jampacked with passengers to the extent that even the rooftops of the buses are occupied. We were not in a hurry so we resolved to wait for another two hours. But it was all in vain.
It was 4:00 pm and we were still waiting. Surprisingly, none of us got impatient which was very unusual. Until a concerned local noticed that we had been waiting for hours, he approached and told us that it was Tabuelan’s annual fiesta and it was also a San Juan (water fest). By that being said, it meant, it’s impossible to catch a bus ride to that place because people from the city were going home since it also happened to be a long weekend.
But we were still in for an adventure!!! We agreed to just hop on any bus and go where it would take us. Thirty minutes passed and not a single bus passed. (What?) It was already 4:30 and I already felt like I was about to give up the waiting game. Ooopps, wait! Three buses were coming — one for Borbon, one for Hagnaya Port, and the other one for Maya. Let’s see. The bus for Borbon was also jampacked, the same thing for Hagnaya Port because people were trying to catch the last trip boat ride to Bantayan Island. And Maya…oh, Maya. Wait, where is Maya? We don’t have any idea where is Maya!!!!
Yeah, we did not take that bus because we don’t have any idea where is Maya. 😀 So, after few minutes of laughing at our situation, we decided to just go back to the city and watch movies or maybe eat in a seafood restaurant. While on the bus, we thought about what happened and we were very amused. We didn’t know but we were not annoyed nor upset with the situation. 😀
The bus stopped-over Carmen for pee-break and some snacks. We still have not recovered from our epic misadventure, we agreed to spend the night in my sister’s house because we were already hungry. We forgot to have lunch because of that waiting game. (No, actually we were aware of that but we didn’t want to miss a bus so we kept waiting and waiting and oh…hunger was what we got.)
Dinner, finally!!! So, while eating dinner, we talked about going for a swim the next day. We heard about Middle Earth Spring Resort which is also now the home of the infamous Mangitngit Falls.
I’ll give you something to look forward to. 😀 I know this has been a long narrative of our misadventure, I don’t want to ruin my Mangitngit Falls’ story along with these. So stay tuned for my Mangitngit Falls and Middle Earth Spring Resort story on the later post. 😀
Some plans are not meant to be realized. We have to accept that there are things and circumstances that won’t go as planned. Some inauspicious situations will lead us to a more worthwhile experiences.
Life starts when we learn to see our misdaventures as adventures.
So, what do you think about our misadventure? Have you had any experiences similar to this? What did you do? We’d love to hear from you.
Okay, so today is our anniversary. I want to sing him a love song but my voice makes it sound like a nursery rhyme. 😥
I have to admit it, singing was one of my BIGGEST frustrations until life hit me and made me realize that I was just adding ‘problem’ to the society. 😀 Anyway, yeah I did not finish the song because I don’t want to make the hubby sick.
Daot, if I could sing for you once more, here’s 12 songs I wish I to sing:
1. THIS IS WHY I NEED YOU ~~ Jesse Ruben
You make my weakness less weak. You make the bottom less deep. You make the waiting feel shorter. You make my crazy feel normal, every time. You are the who, love is the what, and this is the why.
2. PILLOWTALK ~~ Zayn Malik
Nobody but you, ‘body but me ‘Body but us, bodies together I love to hold you close, tonight and always I love to wake up next to you
3. COLD WATER ~~ Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber & MO)
And if you feel you’re sinking, I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you And although time may take us into different places I will still be patient with you And I hope you know
4. SAY YOU WON’T LET GO ~~ James Arthur
I’m gonna love you till My lungs give out. I promise till death we part like in our vows. So I wrote this song for you, now everybody knows ‘Cause now it’s just you and me till we’re grey and old Just say you won’t let go Just say you won’t let go
5. LET ME LOVE YOU ~~ DJ Snake (feat. Justin Bieber)
Don’t fall asleep At the wheel, we’ve got a million miles ahead of us Miles ahead of us All that we need Is a rude awakening to know we’re good enough Know we’re good enough
6. PERFECT STRANGERS ~~ Jonas Blue (feat. JP Cooper)
Who knows the secret tomorrow will hold? We don’t really need to know ‘Cause you’re here with me now, I don’t want you to go You’re here with me now, I don’t want you to go
7. THINKING OUT LOUD ~~ Ed Sheeran
Darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70 And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23 And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways Maybe just the touch of a hand Oh me I fall in love with you every single day And I just wanna tell you I am
8. ALL OF ME ~~ John Legend
Cause all of me, loves all of you Love your curves and all your edges, All your perfect imperfections Give your all to me I’ll give my all to you You’re my end and my beginning Even when I lose I’m winning
9. SWEET CREATURE ~~ Harry Styles
Sweet creature, sweet creature Wherever I go, you bring me home Sweet creature, sweet creature When I run out of road, you bring me home
10. SHAPE OF YOU ~~ Ed Sheeran
I’m in love with your body Every day discovering something brand new I’m in love with the shape of you
11. IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW ~~ Brett Young
You’ve got all of me I belong to you Yeah, you’re my everything
In case you didn’t know I’m crazy bout you I would be lying if I said That I could live this life without you
12. ISSUES ~~ Julia Michaels
‘Cause I got issues But you got ’em too So give ’em all to me And I’ll give mine to you Bask in the glory Of all our problems ‘Cause we got the kind of love It takes to solve ’em
Yeah, I got issues And one of them is how bad I need you.