Monday, December 27, 2021

Metro Manila Solo Biking (50km): Kilometer Zero and Bay Walk

26 December 2021 Sunday in Metro Manila, Philippines

50km Post Christmas Biking for my Hometown, Elementary and High School Visits, Manila Bay Baywalk for Dolomite Beach Sightseeing and this Kilometer Zero #metromanila #biking #philippines #pilipinas

My biking enthusiasm got ignited only when I was working abroad due to it's benefit of decrease stress levels and a side trip to visit the famous landmarks. Some notable biking adventure I had outside of my homeland are 4,000 Islands in Laos (2011), Luxor West Bank in Egypt (2012)Hohenschwangau Castle in Germany (2013), Bagan Temples in Myanmar (2014), Stonehenge in United Kingdom (2014), Atacama Desert and Easter Island in Chile (2020), and of course, Sightseeing Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates through Folding Bike Cycling (2020) during pandemic. 

Since I live near SM Fairview in Quezon City, my cycling route flow is passing through Qurino Highway until I reach the Metro Manila Skyway, go to the direction of Manila North Cemetery, then to my hometown Tondo. I revisited my primary school (Emilio Jacinto Elementary School),  secondary school (Tondo High School) and the street where I was born, raised and lived for 28 years. After that, I went to Tondo Church, Divisoria then proceeded to Road 10 going to Luneta Park for the Kilometer Zero and the famous Manila Bay Baywalk Dolomite Beach.

Route Flow : Quirino Highway - North Cemetery - Tondo - Km 0 - Baywalk (backtrail)
Route distance : more than 50 kilometers (start / end in Quirino Highway area)
Route description : amazing views along Corniche, Palaces and Nareel
Cycling tracks : most of the road but shared with other vehicles due to being narrow
Best time / day to bike : Sundays and Holidays (morning)

Metro Manila Solo Biking (50km): Kilometer Zero and Bay Walk

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

2021 Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival

December 21, 2021 Tuesday in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines


Filipinos place much significance on the symbolism of Parol (derives from the Spanish farol, meaning lantern or light), the star regarded as a fount of light and a sign of hope in the predominantly Christian country in Asia. Such a creation however, did not come without the untiring efforts, ingenuity and innovation of the Fernandinos. The Giant Lantern Festival (Kapampangan: Ligligan Parul) is an annual festival held in mid-December in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”.

How and When to Go to Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival;
The event is always held yearly every around December 16 up to Christmas Day and sometimes Exhibition extended until after New Year. From Cubao, just take any North Luzon-bound bus (NLEX) and ask the conductor to drop-off in Robinsons Starmills (San Fernando, Pampanga). Fare is PHP150 for around 2 hours travel. ENTRANCE IS FREE but booked ticket is required via this link

2021 Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

My Solo Major Mountain Hikes around the World

List of All Major Mountain Hikes I have done outside the Philippines, my homeland

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey


My Great Concern as a Filipino Fun-hiker trekking around the World;
Almost all mountains I hiked around the World (be it a major / minor hike or low / high elevation, TRAIL GUIDE IS NOT REQUIRED. In addition, HIKNG THE MOUNTAINS IS FREE OF CHARGE, NO registration fee, NO guide fee, NO environmental fee, NO local fee, NO indiginous fee, etc, to be paid. 

In general, hiking abroad as a Filipino fun-hiker is very safe (to think that most of these hikes are self-guided). List below EXCLUDES more than 15 minor self-guided solo hikes.

 

YEAR

MOUNTAIN

COUNTRY

CONTINENT

ELEVATION

ALT. GAIN

DISTANCE

DURATION

TYPE

1

2013

Kinabalu

Malaysia

Asia

4,095 masl

2,229 m

17 km

20 hrs

2-days

2

2013

Kilimanjaro

Tanzania

Africa

5,895 masl

950m (aver)

62 km

48 hrs

6-days

3

2013

Fuji

Japan

Asia

3,776 masl

1,776 m

13 km

12 hrs

2-days

4

2015

Kalapathar (EBC)

Nepal

Asia

5,550 masl

800 m

300 km

148 hrs

18-days

5

2016

Annapurna Circuit (ABC)

Nepal

Asia

5,416 masl

600 m

280 km

132 hrs

16-days

6

2016

Kyanjin Ri (Lantang)

Nepal

Asia

4,773 masl

500 m

70 km

52 hrs

6-days

7

2017

Jebel Shams

Oman

Asia

2,997 masl

1000 m

9 km

11 hrs

Day-Hike

8

2017

Bisoke

Rwanda

Africa

3,711 masl

1000 m

8 km

7 hrs

Day-Hike

9

2017

Ramelau

Timor Leste

Asia

2,963 masl

600 m

8 km

7 hrs

2-days

10

2018

Devil's Peak

South Africa

Africa

1,001 masl

650 m

6 km

3.5 hrs

Day-Hike

11

2018

Table Mountain

South Africa

Africa

1,085 masl

600 m

6 km

3 hrs

Day-Hike

12

2018

Ala Archa Waterfalls

Kyrgyzstan

Asia

2,665 masl

450 m

7 km

5 hrs

Day-Hike

13

2018

Corcovado (Cristo Redentor)

Brazil

South America

710 masl

400 m

7 km

4 hrs

Day-Hike

14

2018

Le Mourne

Mauritius

Africa

556 masl

500 m

5 km

4 hrs

Day-Hike

15

2019

Margalla Hills Trail 6

Pakistan

Asia

995 masl

400 m

4 km

2.5 hrs

Day-Hike

16

2019

Margalla Hills Trail 3

Pakistan

Asia

995 masl

500 m

2 km

3 hrs

Day-Hike

17

2019

Taktsang (Tiger's Nest)

Bhutan

Asia

3,050 masl

750 m

7 km

6 hrs

Day-Hike

18

2019

Laguna Torre

Argentina

South America

2,800 masl

300 m

19 km

7 hrs

Day-Hike

19

2019

Laguna delos Tres

Argentina

South America

3,150 masl

1,100 m

22 km

9 hrs

Day-Hike

20

2020

Cerro del Ajusco

Mexico

North America

3,951 masl

675 m

6 km

6 hrs

Day-Hike

21

2020

Monte Tlaloc

Mexico

North America

4,053 masl

1,186 m

24 km

9.5 hrs

Day-Hike

22

2020

Paricutin Volcano

Mexico

North America

2,774 masl

817 m

37 km

15 hrs

Day-Hike

23

2021

Tajumulco Volcano

Guatemala

North America

4,230 masl

1,250 m

15 km

9 hrs

Day-Hike

24

2021

Acatenango Volcano

Guatemala

North America

3,976 masl

1,576 m

14 km

9 hrs

Day-Hike

25

2021

Izalco Volcano

El Salvador

North America

1,950 masl

662 m

7 km

4 hrs

Day-Hike

26

2021

Colca Canyon

Peru

South America

3,287 masl

1,300 m

22 km

11 hrs

Day-Hike

27

2021

Sacred Valley

Peru

South America

3,476 masl

500 m

21 km

6 hrs

Day-Hike

28

2021

Rainbow Mountain

Peru

South America

5,036 masl

400 m

8 km

5 hrs

Day-Hike

29

2021

Machu Picchu

Peru

South America

2,430 masl

600 m

27 km

9 hrs

2-days

30

2021

Laguna Churup

Peru

South America

4,465 masl

800 m

7 km

6.5 hrs

Day-Hike

31

2021

Chimborazo Refuge

Ecuador

South America

5,200 masl

900 m

18 km

7 hrs

Day-Hike

32

2021

Tungurahua Refuge

Ecuador

South America

3,800 masl

2,010 m

23 km

11 hrs

Day-Hike

33

2021

La Casa del Arbol

Ecuador

South America

2,600 masl

750 m

9 km

6.5 hrs

Day-Hike

34

2021

Laguna Quilotoa

Ecuador

South America

3,890 masl

600 m

42 km

16 hrs

3-days

35

2021

Laguna Cuicocha

Ecuador

South America

3,512 masl

400 m

13 km

5 hrs

Day-Hike

36

2021

Rucu Pichincha

Ecuador

South America

4,696 masl

1,850 m

30 km

13 hrs

Day-Hike

37

2021

Sincholagua Volcano

Ecuador

South America

3,356 masl

1,148 m

11.5 km

5.5 hrs

Day-Hike

38

2021

Cotopaxi Refuge

Ecuador

South America

4,864 masl

664 m

5 km

3 hrs

Day-Hike

39

2021

Cerro San Luis

Ecuador

South America

4,264 masl

414 m

6 km

6 hrs

Day-Hike


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