Group Hug: Kibungan Circuit

Organizing a climb is not as easy as tagging your friends out to watch a movie or go elsewhere you wish. There are more than tons of what ifs to weigh and think about as well as things that should be planned fully well. Hindi rin ito laro na kapag napagod ka ayawan na o immature relationships na kapag nahihirapan o nasasaktan ka, break up na because we are talking about lives here under your care.

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Sa presinto ka na magpaliwanag. Haha. May problema ka ba? Talk to Jlo. haha

Truth is, team leading an outdoor activity, take mountain climbing specifically, is so stressful that it cannot just be handled by anybody. Granted, you had your BMCs and all, so what? Where would your collection of certificates take you if you cannot manage your people right and adapt to a certain change given the unpredictable situations? Can sheets of paper save you? I’m not saying it bears nothing. Training matters of course, that’s your foundation, but those training got to be given life. Apply what you’ve learned and enjoy hiking. Too basic right? But not easy.

For me, more than the perks of getting the chance to climb for free or the benefits of whatever shimmers, it’s the morals I get after every climb that matters. Beyond that are the people and our shared experiences, because are worth more than a hundred thousand treasures.

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The early bird catches the grand prize, este, the worm. Hehe. Congratulations Rommel! Our call time was 8pm, but you were already there @ 7:12pm.

 

Katulad ng sagot si Jlo sa sa nagtanong sa kanya kung may sea of clouds ba sa Kibungan,

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Ang babae sa tabi ng bato: Tanap Hot Spring Babe 

“May sea of clouds, pero malayo at kung may obstructions baka hindi mo makita.” Before the climb took place meron kaming struggles. Tuloy o tigil?

Una, bumagyo the previous week kaya nasira ang mga kalsada patungong Kibungan. Tutuloy pa ba o hindi? But as we got the assurance from Kibungan Tourism na safe nang daanan ang mga kalsada, tuloy na tuloy na talaga.
Ikalawa, kaugnay ng mga nasirang daanan, dalawang araw bago ang itinakda, nagkaroon ng update regarding increase in transportation churva, mabuti na lang at maunawain ang mga participants ko. Willing sila mag-adjust para pagaanin ang burden na iyon.

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Kapoy kaayo, power nap muna tayo

Ikatlo, a day before the climb dalawa sa participants ang umatras. Yung totoo, biglang tumigil ang mundo ko. Siguro mga 30minutes akong loading noon. “The boat is sinking, to whom shall I group myself into?” Ayoko nang ipasa ang burden sa grupo dahil kapapasa ko lang noon a day ago. So ok, just please oh God, bless us with good weather. Kahit doon na lang, kahit iyon na lang po. And on that day was another name. Shocks! What’s happening? Though she assured me that she’ll still give her share, di pa rin ako maka-chill. On my end, nakaka-guilty to still take it without her on this trip. Ayoko ng ganung idea. So I prayed na sana, sana, sana talaga makasama siya. Until she came and I thanked God, so much.

 

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Cute moh, Kiks haha

But wait, there’s more. Ewan ko ba kung matatawa na lang ako sa mga kaganapan sa mundo when one of my kids (anak, as I consider them) got stuck on a crazy Friday night traffic. Aabot ba siya o hindi? Going once, twice, quota na po ito Lord uh. Buzzer beater boom! Basang-basa sa pawis dahil tinakbo niya ang distansya mula MRT Cubao hanggang Victory Liner. I appreciate the effort kaya ngingiti-ngiti ako noon. Ang cute mo talaga Kiko. hahaha. Somehow, nagamit ko rin naman ang waiting time para tumakbo sandali sa Farmers at makabili ng cake in 20 minutes. Kaya lang, nalamog sa biyahe pa lang matapos gumulong pabagsak ang box nito mula sa upper bags’ compartment ng bus down to the aisle . 😦

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If you just smile… lalala 🙂

Lahat ng stress, pagod at pag-aalala nabura as we started trekking. My focus was then shifted to the safety of my team.
The first challenge took place doon pa lang sa Mt. Tagpew river crossing (Mayo’s river). I didn’t expect it to be that deep (most shallow part: hip level; deepest part: chest level. When the depth was measured we crossed using the most shallow part. For this, I must admit na nagkulang ako. I should’ve brought the TL’s rope. Good thing Janry and Rommel brought their emergency ropes.

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Together we climb; together we cross the rivers: Never underestimate a river crossing. 

Sa tulong noon, kasama na ang bayanihan ng buong grupo lalong-lalo na ng mga guides at porters namin pati ng men in action, ligtas naming natawid ang ilog na iyon. Lesson learned: Gaano man yan kababaw o kalalim, never underestimate a river crossing. Precautions first.

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Pinulikat ka ba? ‘Wag mag-alala. Kayang-kaya yan ng kamay niya. 😉 Si Marvin nga pala. Ang PT mong dream.

As the tricky assault began, nagsimula na ring mag-vary ang pacing ng bawat isa. Hanggang sa wait, may nag-cramps. Buti na lang may master masahista sa group namin, si Marvin. Sa pamamagitan ng asin, medyo na-resolve ang kanyang suliranin.

Kumanta kasi si Jlo e hehe. Umambon, umulan, umambon, lumakas ang ulan at hindi na tumigil. Nakakainis pero ano bang magagawa namin. Kalikasan na ang kumilos. But I still prayed. It didn’t work because it still rained hard on us. It was cold and getting dark. Wasn’t my faith enough? Are you not hearing me oh

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Umakyat, Napagod, Bumagsak, Tulog.

God? Until we finally saw a hut. I asked Nanay if she could let us in at least for a night. Pumayag siya. Pero hindi naman kami kasya doon lahat. So I looked for another house that could accommodate the 16 of us for an e-camp and they were just so nice, we didn’t stay out in coldness for a night. For a moment it dawned on me, God loves us more dearly than I could think of. It rained hard, yes with the roars of thunder. I prayed for it to stop so we could camp at the summit of Mt. Tagpew, but it didn’t. So here, it didn’t mean that He didn’t hear anything or my faith at that time wasn’t enough. Truth is, He’s given us more than what I’ve prayed for. Lahat kami masarap ang tulog. hehe. Dinig na dinig sa paghihilik nila eh. Alam mo yung feeling na humiling ako ng tinapay pero ang binigay niya ay hamburger with fries pa at Zagu. Nakakakilig diba?!? At lol, nakapag-bonding kami ng assistant chef kong si Rommel na ang ginawa kada hiwa ay pagtikim. hahaha.

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Make a wish! Happy birthday Jay!!!

Sa bahay na iyon ay maraming nangyari. Nagtulungan ang lahat para makapaghapunan kami ng masarap at mainit na bulalo.

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Sa presinto ka na magpaliwanag. Haha. May problema ka ba? Talk to Jlo. haha

Haaay doon pa lang ramdam ko na. I have the perfect mix of group. Hindi ko lang nasabi sa kanilang lahat pero sobrang na-overwhelm ako sa participation nila. For an ENFP-A like me who gets energy from the vibes of people around, I can say that they had me fully charged again. Somebody asked, “Hindi ka ba napapagod? Late ka na natulog, ang aga mo pang nagising?” I answered, “Kapag masaya ka sa ginagawa mo, pag gusto mo… walang mahirap, walang nakakapagod.” Hindi ko lang naidugtong, nandiyan kasi kayo e. Sounds corny, but true. Makita ko lang na nakangiti ang team, nakakahawa na rin. Lalo na pag nasasarapan sila sa food. Haaay. nakakapawi ng pagod.
Happy birthday Jay! I wish na sana naging masaya at spesyal ang birthday mo. Sorry I failed sa cake. Nasira e. hehe. Bawi na lang sa susunod.

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Mt. Tagpew Campsite with Kuya Nestor, Danella, Mit, Kuya Cornelio, Janry, and me (left to right)

Paakyat sa Mt. Tagpew summit kinabukasan meron palang dalawang daan. Doon kami sa mas mahabang daan itinuro ng guide namin. Nakakapang hinayang pero hindi pala.

As we came to sense na kung hindi kami doon dumaan, hindi namin makikita ang ganda ng Pine trees nursery kung saan naroon ang mga bagong sibol na Pines. #TheBrightSide 🙂

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Say, “Tagpeeeew!!!”

The summit didn’t fail us. It was breathtakingly wonderful. And yes, may clearing. Doon, na-in love akong muli. Ang sarap magbilad sa pang-umagang araw. haaay. Na-imagine ko tuloy kami ng aking would-be forever. Sana pagdating niya… hahaha. Sorry naman. Kinikilig talaga ako e. Bawal kj, kwento ko ito. hehe.

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Kebs! Moment ko to. Bawal KJ hehe. Bleh!

Sayang lang hindi na kami nakapag-socials night noong unang gabi kasi masyado na kaming pagod mula sa mahabang biyahe habang noong ikalawang gabi naman ay sobrang lamig na sa summit campsite ng Mt. Tagpaya kaya maaga na rin kaming nagpahinga.

 

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Mt. Oten’s Summit
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Hindi naman pala sayang hehe. Nakapag-pictorial kasi sila. haha

 

Sa Mt. Oten naman. Hmn… Hayun! Picture-picture lang. Sayang lang hindi na nakahabol sina Ms. Gina at Allan.

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Hola Tagpaya!

Kinailangan kasi nilang mag-detour dahil gagabihin sila sa daan. Wise decision naman dahil delikado at tricky ang mabatong downhill sa traverse route ng Mt. Oten to Mt. Tagpaya.
Maraming nangyari at marami akong gustong ikuwento pero sa susunod na lang. hehe.

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#MayLimatikBaSaLikodKo?

Kailangan ko nang mai-post ito para makahabol sa anniversary ng climb na ito ng team namin ngayong araw.

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3, 2, 1… Ang Tawang may Tunog, baw!

Ang tinitiyak ko lang ay lahat ng ala-alang hatid ng paglalakbay na ito ay maganda, lahat masaya. Hindi parang hipon, walang bahagi ang dapat itapon.

 

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#GroupHug @ Tanap Hot Spring Hihihi #HeartHeartHeart

 

Nakakatuwang isipin na ang pagkakaiba-iba namin ay naging fit sa pagbuo ng isang malaking jigsaw family portrait puzzle. Dahil ang tagumpay na na-achieve ng grupong ito ay idinulot ng perfect group effort. Walang nang-iwan, lahat nagkapit-kamay. Kaya naman yung mahirap na trail, kinaya ng lahat.

So paano, i-group hug na yan 🙂

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxo

I miss you buddies. Thanks for trusting me. Till next climb 🙂

PS. Thoughts and virtues nga ba?!?!? hahaha

11997078_10204777524493190_63563429_n*Hindi ako under, mabait lang na boyfriend.” -Janry

* Virtue nina sir Jay at Eric: Payo nila kay kiko, “Dapat mag asawa kang maaga. Para yung magiging anak mo parang mag-barkada lang kayo. Tsaka para hindi senior citizen ka na eh naghahatid ka pa ng anak sa elementarya. hehe. Senior citizen ka na nagtatrabaho ka pa para sa pang-aral ng anak mo.”
Official Sound Track ng climb:

12036434_10207817208091835_5125262958750546523_n“Dan-nel-la, Dan-nel-la, I keep coming back to Dan-nel-la. There’s no place like        Dan-nel-la… Hinahanap-hanap kita Dan-nel-la, Ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga…”

* “Nagta-tantrums na ako” – Roanna

* “Hindeeeee… O-oooooo… Pweeeeedeeeeee….” – Kuya Cornelio

atbp. 🙂

Photo Credits to My Kibungan Circuit Buddies 🙂

 

Love, Love and Love Again,

Mulatto Mountain Chef 🙂

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