Nov 8, 2013

Undas 2013 Trip Summary

trip documentation can be tedious at times

Nothing quenches the thirst of a wanderlust soul better than a multi-day, out-of-town road (food) trip. The year 2013 witnessed a halt in my travel and outdoor life, and a few days of travel is like raindrops on hot and humid desert for me. I crave the airport scene, the plane rides, commute with the locals, the inquisitive looks and conversations and of course new food fares to explore.

Oct 28, 2013

Blog Giveaway: Cheers to 3 Years!

Three years flew by so fast and nothing much has changed in this blog. So many travels and climbs that were not shared! Well, I hope to get rid of that blogger’s block and get back to oversharing my adventures for the world to ogle on. This blog was brought to life in the hopes of aiding the mountaineering community with much needed information in preparing for a climb, albeit the posts on personal outdoor experiences. 

In the years to come, I will strive to document vital details not available from other online sources, so that those who will tread after me will be more informed and confident with their sojourn. We all know how hard it is to be blindfolded while on a climb trip.

My first entry on this blog was posted last November 14, 2010. More than 15 days from now, this blog will cross the 3-year hurdle. Yay! These past 2 years I haven’t had the chance to thank my readers. So to change that, babawi ika nga, I will hold an anniversary raffle contest.

Prizes at stake: Two winners of 1 gift cheque each for a lunch or dinner for 2 persons worth Php1,500 @ Café Astoria in Astoria Plaza, Ortigas.

Oct 20, 2013

Undas Trip 2013 and some updates

hope my trip will be as colorful

I haven't been as active as I was before in outdoor, online and offline. I'm still struggling to stabilize balance between work and recreation by focusing more time and resources with work and myself... which I have neglected for so long because of my love affair for the outdoor that almost consumed me.

Jun 13, 2013

BMC Alert: Ayala Mountaineering Club Inc. (AMCI)

Found the time to clean up my Bundokaholics email and I came across this days-old invite from one of the country's leading mountaineering group. For newbies out there, this is the month when most of the prominent groups are holding training courses in mountaineering... so I hereby christen June as BMC month.

Did you miss the Orientation Night last June 5? Don't worry! It's not yet too late to joinAMCI and live for adventure! AMCI Mountaineering Club, Inc.invites you to attend AMCI's Diagnostics Day on June 16 (Sunday), 6AM, at Valero Carpark, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. For map and directions, click here.

Prepare for warm-up exercises, a 1.6 kilometer run, strength exercises, and stretching. A bonding activity will also take place, so be sure to have some left-over creative energy after your diagnostics. Come in your athletic attire. Bring a change of clothes, water (or your preferred sports drink) and some snacks. You may also want to bring sunblock, an exercise mat, and your friends!

For more info, please visit our website. Share this email to your friends who might be interested.

I don't specifically endorse them nor vouch for their group's performance and skills in BMC training, but as newbies who wishes to embark on a never-looking-back journey of becoming one of the country's top hikers... it is necessary to have a BMC training from established groups just like AMCI.

Goodluck to all aspiring mountaineers!

Apr 20, 2013

My Less Than 15 Minute of Fame on National TV

Not to be presumptuous or anything, but while walking on the Roxas Boulevard sidewalks on my way home sometime middle of March, a "what-if" scenario entered my mind. What if some of my stories get media attention? What if I get exposure as the first Filipina climber to do the 7 summits? (Ok, that was over the top already lols).

You could imagine my surprise and suspicion when I received this message via my FB page, dated March 21:

After a few calls, text messages, correspondences, back ground checks (lelz!) and confirmation, I was finally set to do the interview at the GMA 7 office along EDSA. I was picked up by the GMA van at our office last March 26. With me were some of my mountaineering stuff and a laptop just in case they want to highlight my blogging stints.

We arrived at the office around 7pm, and I finally get to meet Ram Cheng and the rest of the camera crew. We were delayed by a few minutes because the building admin issued concurrent interview permits for the Mezzanine area. I was told that the ongoing interview was for Imbestigador on the ATM scams.

They set up the lights, and the camera rolled. Nervousness crept on me, an emotion I didn't feel a few minutes before the actual interview. This is my 2nd time on camera, first being an interview by Knowledge Power for PUP Quizzer's Circle  members during my college years.

Activity sequence for their segment was that they will interview me, then they will go to the site. Few days after Holyweek I was contacted again by Ram, asking for more photos. Then I was informed of the date and time it was going to be aired.

Being part of this segment gives me a glimpse of the effort that our comrades in media are exerting just to produce a video segment that's going to be aired for less than 3 minutes. Such dedication they have!

I am thankful to Ram and the rest of GMA 7 for letting me share one of my climb experiences. The interview clip aired may be too short, but I enjoyed retelling my story and sharing my thoughts with them behind the scenes.

Disclaimer: I allowed myself to get exposed on national television for my mother. So that she can see me on TV and have some conversation piece with our relatives. Lols.

PS: I watched it once, shuddered, and promised myself not to watch it again.