March 9, 2012

River-Trekking to Casaroro Falls

Casaroro Falls | Valencia, Dumaguete, Philippines Casaroro Falls is “lodged deep into the rock crevices of the rugged Valencia mountains. With an astounding height of 100 feet, the water plunges into a deep cold basin before it flows down to a stream.” Of course, with a description like that, it left me wanting to jump into the water roaring in my head. Fellow mountaineers, who have scaled up Mt. Talinis—also known as Cuernos de Negros or the Horns of Negros—often say “nindot ang Casaroro.” Aside from the neighboring volcanic lakes, it is the temporary solitude for the terrain-bitten climbers. 
March 1, 2011

Dumaguete: A City That Walks

Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people who disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except there is one less item, one missing element. Or you get lost, in which the world has become larger than your knowledge of it. . . This is what the view looks like if you take a rear-facing seat on the train. Looking forward you constantly acquire […]
December 28, 2010

Bacolod–Dumaguete: Experiencing the First Road Accident

Dec. 26 4AM Southbus Terminal 330 AM North Bus Terminal 430AM ETD for Bacolod via Tabuelan Toledo (229) 7AM Arrived at Tabuelan Toledo Port 1PM ETA Bacolod Ceres Terminal. Late Lunch. Meet Guide 2PM ETD for La Carlota.(50) 3PM ETA La Carlota. Buy Supplies 4PM Off to Guintubdan Jumpoff(50) 5PM ETA Guintubdan Jumpoff. Start Trek 6PM Sleep Out 8PM – ETA Camp 1 830 PM – Pitch camp. Dinner. Talk. Drink 10 PM – Lights out Dec.27 3AM Wake Up Call.Breakfast 730 AM Wake-up Call. Breakfast 4AM Start Trek 9 AM Breakcamp. Backtrail 12NN ETA Jumpoff.Off. Off to La Carlota […]