Tag Archives: Bataan

Photo of the Day: Tarak Ridge

We love mountaintops. We have not conquered one, unfortunately, so we have to make do with — for the meantime, that is — gawking at the amazing photos of our fellow travelers. We’ve featured some of those mountaintop photos. Then there’s this photo of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan) from Cess Catangal, who probably refers to travel, or how her significant other should get to her, when she said “by air, land and sea.” We could imagine the peace up there. It’s probably not literally peaceful, with the high wind and the sweaty exhilaration and all, but it’s like getting out of the mad world and testing the limits of your mind and body. For many, peace of mind is found in a zen garden or in meditation, but for others, peace of mind exists while extending their arms in reaching the summit and savoring the smell of contentment. We’ll go climb our own physical mountain one of these days. In the meantime, check this photo from Cess (check her Instagram account, @cesscatangal, for more awesome photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Tarak Ridge

Photo of the Day: Papaya River, Mt. Mariveles

In this modern day focused on steel and concrete monstrosities called cities, it’s refreshing to see living, breathing rivers. It may be hard to believe that one can drink fresh water direct from an actual river but we’ve stumbled into one such river — in instagram. This river, with a photo posted by arjaysalvani (he says he just “shoots wherever, whatever, whenever”), goes by a strange name — Papaya River. At first we thought he’s pulling our leg when he labelled it the Papaya River, a river which turned out to be a part of a mountaineering adventure in Mt. Mariveles (Bataan). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Papaya River, Mt. Mariveles

Trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan)

Some people love new things. Others love the old. People go to places usually based their preference. Imagine a place that is relatively new, and currently being expanded, that features something really old. At Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan), you’ll find old Philippine houses painstakingly relocated and preserved, or rebuilt and reconstructed. Continue reading Trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan)

The Beautiful Anvaya Cove (Morong, Bataan)

Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists . . . . So goes the familiar (at least, ahem, in our generation) opening lines of the Sunscreen Speech written by Mary Schmich, which became a successful music single “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann. Continue reading The Beautiful Anvaya Cove (Morong, Bataan)

Directions and Surprises in Mount Samat Trip (Bataan)

There are two long weekends in November 2009 and maybe some may be interested to drop by the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Pilar, Bataan. Maybe when we remember and pray for our dearly departed on All Saints’/ Souls’ Day or undas, we should also whisper a prayer for the heroes that fought and died for our country during WWII. Let’s talk about the directions and the welcome surprises of a trip to the Dambana ng Kagitingan. Continue reading Directions and Surprises in Mount Samat Trip (Bataan)

Mt. Samat Trip: Journey to Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan

It was a slow Saturday. The Friday before that was capped with a client dinner-meeting that extended until late at night. Add the trip home and it was already past midnight when we slept. The problem with having a regular waking hour is waking up on that particular hour; even if you don’t want to wake up to extend your rest hours. Continue reading Mt. Samat Trip: Journey to Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan