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Spent the weekend at Pinsal Falls in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. 

It was another adrenaline - filled weekend. Again, I relished every moment that my bare feet found rock as I clambered atop boulders and descended the rocky terrains. 

I also developed a new skill: skipping stones. :) I figured out some principles in the 20 minutes we threw rocks.

  • Find rocks that are flat
  • Throw the stone as parallel to the water’s surface as possible
  • Throw hard! Use your entire arm, but time the throw to come from the wrist

Here are some photos of our second water - filled excursion this summer. 

The last shot was also taken atop the waterfalls. Behind and below me, unseen in the picture, is where we came from, a deep open void where water falls.

My brother has some really nice shots. Again, I’m either just smiling or pointing my thumbs up. Hahaha. 

Finally got around to watching this brief but insightful talk. What registered to me the most was the concept of identity capital and  picking your family consciously by planning for it before you even get around to it. 

To all the twentysomethings that stumble upon this, I urge you to spare 15 minutes of your time for something that may help gain perspective.

Started re - reading the series last week. Well on my way to finishing The Prisoner of Azkaban. 

Despite being familiar with Harry’s story, and already knowing how certain scenes are going to end, it feels different reading the book a second time around. I’ve appreciated the humor that Rowling has incorporated in her books more, or perhaps just noticed it in a different light. I don’t distinctly remember laughing at how she phrases George and Fred’s antics, or how peculiar she portrays Neville, and other bits of dialogue that make the book more fun to read. 

I also enjoy how direct J.K Rowling tells Harry’s story, but keeps it filled with enough details that it doesn’t get too straightforward. 

There are also details that you notice better by reading the second time around, like how Snape particularly chose werewolves as their assignments, or why Scabbers always scampers, and why Crookshanks keeps throwing herself at Scabbers. 

Perhaps its the latency period between the last time I read the series (7 - 12 years ago?), but I think Harry Potter will be a classic. Tales of death, growing up, being brave, all beautifully written in seven books, about the boy who lived. 

hahahahahahahahaha

Made fruit salad today

Just finished the second season of this show, which was more promising and had a more interesting storyline than the second. Although I haven’t read the comics, I can tell that there will be more arrow - shooting for Oliver Queen against more notorious villains, while learning more about his past. 

Also, I’m rooting for Felicity and Oliver to be together in the future, although I don’t know if it would veer away from the comics. I thought they almost would in the season 2 finale’s second to the last scene. 

The Green Arrow. Worth the watch. 

Just finished the second season of this show, which was more promising and had a more interesting storyline than the second. Although I haven’t read the comics, I can tell that there will be more arrow - shooting for Oliver Queen against more notorious villains, while learning more about his past. 

Also, I’m rooting for Felicity and Oliver to be together in the future, although I don’t know if it would veer away from the comics. I thought they almost would in the season 2 finale’s second to the last scene. 

The Green Arrow. Worth the watch. 

The dogs of Sagada: Chikki and Ping!

1. Jay, our tour guide, bringing the lamp to life. He looks like Bogart the Explorer.

2. First landmark: The pregnant woman.

3. Sitting on the flat foot. 

4. Ohm.

5. Classic thumbs up pose.

6.  Photoshoot.

7. Shower from the Chocolate Cake.

8. Squeezed in.

9. Down the ropes!

10. Survivors!

During the weekend, my family and I, together with my cousin Kyle and ate Theresa, braved steep, tortuous and winding roads to get to Sagada. We departed at 4 a.m. from San Fernando City, unexpecting.

To digress a little, the day before, I felt like I had diarrhea. Luckily, I was able to rid myself of everything before the trip. However, while on the road, my mother offered me a Nutella sandwich, which I happily devoured. Unbeknownst to me, the pastry would later be my downfall.

The road to Sagada has a lot of turns, and it feels just like going to Baguio, except that this path is longer and has more turns. The scenery was mostly trees, and rivers and streams littered with lots and lots of rocks, with sizes that varied, as small as my fist to as huge as our house. 

Greetings, carabaos. 

A few more bridges, rocks, trees, streams and turns later, we found ourselves in the uncommercialized entrance to Sagada. More trees and mountain ranges had befallen upon us, as if the area was just a continuation of the nature-filled roads that we traversed. 

As aforementioned, I had difficulty containing myself. As we realized that we were already in Sagada, the nature’s call turned into a scream, as my insides were crying for help. 

Fortunately, I noticed the sign of what I previously researched to be our home for the next two days: the Misty Lodge and Cafe. I urgently told my father that this was where we should stop here, not just because I was in pain, but because this was actually where we would be staying. 

I hurried up their stone steps and asked the woman if they had a room for six, not for the purpose of inquiry, but to break the ice. It would have been weird if the first words that came out of my mouth were: “Pwede pong makigamit ng CR?”

They were what I spoke after.

After getting settled, the owners kindly offered to call the tourist guides themselves, which was a convenient system for us.

The itinerary for the day was: Echo Valley and Spelunking at Sumaguing.

Echo Valley was just a short trek through woods past the episcopal church. You could really hear the echo as you shouted. 

The more exciting activity of the day was exploring the caves. 

 The team. 

Spelunking was a challenging, tiring and fulfilling experience. The difficulty came from trying to stabilize yourself with only the lamp as your light source. Unexpectedly, the ascent was easier than the descent because you would already have learned how to anchor yourself . 

Down the abyss.

The most enjoyable part for me was crawling and climbing from rock to rock, the act of finding your ground and weaving your way through the caves. I also enjoyed doing this the next day, when we climbed bigger rocks to reach the chilly pool and river under the majestic Bomod - Ok falls, due for another post. 

Descriptions wouldn’t be enough to portray the experience, so I’ll be posting a different set of pictures in a photo post for the first day of Sagada.

Coffee jelly v 2.0

Although the jelly is more coffee-colored and whole, the mix wasn’t as cold.

But still delicious all the same

Mmm