sightseeing the quote of the month (OCTOBER 2016)

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Family Budget DIY Day-Trip in Bato Spring San Pablo, Laguna

October 11, 2016 Tuesday

My 20th family outing initiated and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. This trip also served as my family's 3rd tour-visit in Laguna, the first one was in Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa (Mar. 2010) and the second was in Splash Island, Binan (Jul. 2011)Please take note I did not perform any advance booking, we just simply arrived there as this day was considered as off-peak (weekday and rainy season). Upon reaching San Pablo on a 3hr bus travel from Kamias, Quezon City via JAC Bus Terminal, there was a direct tricycle one-way trip to Bato Spring for PhP150.

(composed of 1 adult, 1 senior citizen and 2 children (10-yr old and 4yr old)

0600H ETA JAC Kamias Terminal
0630H ETD Kamias, Quezon City; 112*2 + 140 = 364 (discount for senior citizen/student)
0930H ETA Bato Spring Junction (San Pablo); tricycle to Bato Spring (5km) 150
1000H ETA Bato Spring; Entrance Fee 70*3 = 210 (free for 6-yrs old and below)
1130H lunch (paluto of liempo grill, hotdog, rice and water) 490
fun swimming to Cold spring and swimming pool
1500H ETD Bato Spring; tricycle to Junction 150
1530H ETA Junction; Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya food trip 405
1630H ETD San Pablo 112*2 + 140 = 364 (discount for senior citizen/student)
2030H ETA Kamias bus terminal, Quezon City


Family Budget DIY Day-Trip in Bato Spring San Pablo, Laguna

Solo Backpacker's Confession with Accomplished Bucket List Tasks

pushing myself beyond limits to define who I am, what I am capable of and how I value life !!

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” - Albert Einstein

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” - Muhammad Ali

"Solo backpacking is one of the most life-changing experience with definitely have an inspiring outcome. My experience cannot be replicated by anyone else. The experience you have will be your own and the journey you make will depend very much on your motivations..."

At first, traveling alone is indeed scary especially if you have tight budget to allot for. Since life without adventure is very boring, I gamble myself for that matter. In fact, I was too hesitant to do it but choice will not become a better decision (good or bad) unless trying it. Furthermore, maturity molds fast as you travel alone due you only depend on instincts and assessments made. On my case, I started this escapade last 2010 and a local online travel forum was my gateway to build that enough confidence. Since then, there was a huge difference who I was and I am very proud of those changes. Most of these are life-changing moment, it's like a light-version of "Into the Wild" movie thing. So my advise, start locally, then observe, contemplate and enjoy however you want it to be. All successful travelers are mostly on solo. Anyone interested in solo backpacking today has to challenge the leap of faith! Life without an adventure is very boring. In order to achieve something really great, you have to work hard for it ...

We Don't Need a Reason to Help People and Protect Nature

sightseeing the joy and pleasure of sharing our blessings

"Even the smallest act of caring is like a drop of water - it will make ripples throughout the entire pond"

Never stop doing little things to others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts."

I want to gradually shift my passion of traveling to a beneficial act to mankind by sharing the blessings or lessons I gained on the road. It is better to give than to receive. Local people assisted me so much more than I did to them. So if ever I have the opportunity to help them, I seize the day without hesitation. 

1. During my 1st Solo Trip in Mainland China (2013),  locals booked me a domestic flight while in cruising train, assisted me on my way going to hotel, shared a taxi with me going to airport. This were the wonderful experiences I had with the Chinese people.

2. During my Solo Trip in Israel (2013), I assisted 3 Japanese teen-agers to accompany me going to a public bus trip to Jerusalem coming from Dead Sea. Also, I assisted one Filipino Engineer travelling alone at night in Jerusalem Old city to find for his car parked he forgot the whereabouts.

LTP Malaya Mountaineering Outreach Program (LK10-2) in Gen Nakar, Quezon Province (Sep. 2016)

Maniwaya Island Overnight Beach Camping

Budget PhP1,700 Inclusion (van service StarMall - Gen. Luna Port - StarMall, Private Boat Transfer, Island Fees, Driver's meal/Gas/Toll Fees, Island Hopping. This  trip was an organized event posted in


Day 0 Friday August 26 2016
10:00pm Assembly StarMall McDo
11:00pm ETD from Assembly Location to Gen Luna Port

Day 1 Saturday August 27, 2016
06:00am ETA in Maniwaya Island
07:00am Breakfast / Trip To Palad Sand Bar (if low tide in the morning)
11:00am Lunch 
02:00pm Lots of chill time [swimming/volleyball/sun bathing/] 
07:00pm Dinner / Socials
11:00pm Lights Out

Day 2 Sunday August 28, 2016
0600am Breakfast / Relax time
0900am Trip to Ungab Rock Formation
1100am Pack up time
0100pm ETD FROM Maniwaya Island to Gen. Luna Port 
1000pm ETA Manila

BUDGET COST: PhP1,700 (fixed rate) + PhP962 (snacks/miscellaneous) = PhP2,662

Maniwaya Island Overnight Beach Camping

Annapurna Circuit vs Lantang Valley Hike Experience Comparison

Nepal's top famous trekking routes that can be hiked on self-guided basis 

Because I have 3 months multiple entry tourist visa granted on my first visit to Nepal, I have more than enough time to trek Annapurna Circuit (2016) and Lantang Valley (2016), two famous trekking routes in Himalayas Region.

Annapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley from Nepal are two of the most popular mountain trails and tourist-hiker friendly trails in Nepal's Himalayan Range. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.

​To summarize Nepal's famous 3 trekking routes (Everest Base CampAnnapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley) based on my self-guided solo winter hike adventure in comparison to each other; LANTANG VALLEY (3,830masl) and KYANJIN PEAK (4,773masl) trekking route is the under-rated trail but the most unspoiled trail ideal for mountain meditation trekking, those who are looking for "off-the-beaten path". At least 6 trekking days and has the most stunning 360degree view on the peak. On the other hand, ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT (5,416masl) and BASE CAMP (4,130masl) trekking route is the mainstream trail based of its tolerable high elevation for all tourist types and can be minimized to at least 7 trekking days for ABC only. Also, trail is much scenic and somehow easy because of continuous ascent/descent trails.

Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)
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