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A Sojourn in South Africa II: Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain which forms parts of the Table Mountain National Park. It was one of the voted and officially named New 7 Wonders of Nature last November 2011. It has an elevation of 1087 meters above sea level and you can reach the top in two ways. If you are an adventure enthusiast who loves to hike, then you can choose one from four major trails. However, if you are not a fan of hiking or time is of the essence and you just want to see what’s on top, then you can go for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

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A Sojourn in South Africa I: Arrival

So here comes D-Day. Our flight was scheduled for February 3 at around half past six in the evening. What was I feeling that time? I really don’t know, nervous and excited perhaps. Being used to traveling far away from home, going outside the country felt just like taking another ordinary trip. There were no emotions at all that would make me think twice about going. What has only made me worry was the twenty long hour trip. Thoughts about planes crashing and going missing just went through my mind. Guess I watch too many movies :p.

The Rebirth Of A Dying Tradition: Butbut Tribe Ed.

Apo Whang-od Oggay, hailing from Buscalan village of the Butbut tribe in Tinglayan Kalinga, was first featured in the television series Tattoo Hunter on Discovery Channel by anthropologist Lars Krutak. Since then, it cannot be denied how great the impact has been with hundreds of tourists flocking in to Buscalan village mostly on weekends, with the hopes of being tattooed by her as she has been often described as the oldest and last traditional tattoo artist of her generation.

#abramazing Journey

Belonging to the Cordillera Administrative Region, Abra is a landlocked province approximately 270 miles away from Manila. In the past, Abra was marked with a stigma of being an unsafe place that has left many people to stay away, for reasons such as politics-related violence and the presence of insurgents within the area. Still, at present, this is somehow true. I myself have felt fear the moment I first arrived there two years ago as I saw a lot of soldiers marching down the road like as if there is a battlefield nearby. However, recent efforts of the local government to promote tourism can be seen as a pivotal point, with the influx of tourists as an evident sign that despite its lamentable history is a place worth going to.

Great Cordillera Traverse: Mt. Napulawan Edition

At around five, I already went out of the tent. I started walking around. Like a kid who can’t wait for his birthday present was perhaps the feeling I had that time. Eventually after some time, the light broke.  The sun has started to make it’s way up in the sky. Happiness there was. Simply, the beauty of nature was beyond words in those moments. Getting bitten by blood leeches, getting drenched in heavy rain, losing my breath to very steep slopes. It was worth it all. Despite not seeing a sea of clouds, I was embraced by a beautiful sunrise that soon lights up a vista of colossal mountains from almost all angles. It was more than I could ever ask for.

Mt. Poswey, Abra: First Organized Exploratory Climb

As we have underestimated this exploratory climb, what we had left were just pieces of loaf bread and one can of tuna for our second day. It was heartbreaking! But that wasn’t just the sad part. As we were done eating, the sweeper group came in with a bad news. One of the members experienced severe pain along his lower back making it questionable whether he could still push through. Fortunately, there were some of our companions in the group who are skilled enough to handle the situation and attend to his pain. As it subsided, he was then carried by the guides using a hammock tied up to two running bamboos. With what has just transpired, we got delayed by another 2.5 hours more or less.

Hidden Treasures of the North: Payangapang Falls

Following the path before me, I have passed by several junctures that are of vein like structure either leading me to a dead-end or another path. It was in there that I’ve had several thoughts like “What am I actually doing here?”, “Should I still go on?”, “Can I really do this?” and the like. But I was already there I thought. It would be of such waste if I would back out now. So I opened my Compass app again in my phone and see where the falls is located. I continued scouring the wilderness until I found a well made path. I followed it and there was already this feeling in me that I am heading towards the right direction. The path was continuous and no diversions along the way. I continued walking and I can see that I am at a higher elevation meaning I went pass the base of the mountain already.