March 8, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Concluding the Year with Mt. Kanlaon

MUSING OF ITINERARIES Is it possible to treat realities like itineraries—impersonal, detailed, stern? Yet, life—on its microscopic self—is unpredictable. Planning cannot impede life to go on with its unpredictability; and the least we can do is anticipate its possible turns and twists. We hang on to the possibilities. Itineraries can’t be religiously executed; yet we see ourselves more excited about the  unincludeds, about the unwrittens. OF PEAKS Reaching the peak, for others, is the ultimate, the apt conclusion for a mountain climbing activity. For me, however,  the whole length of the travel, the pre-peak moments matter most; after all, they […]
March 4, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Kanlaon: The Language of Its Faunas and Floras

Plants and animals are also a language, even in our reduced, domesticated English, where children grow like weeds or come out smelling like roses, the market made up of bulls and bears, politics of hawks and doves. Like cards, flora and fauna could be read again and again, not only alone but in combination, in the endlessly shifting combinations of a nature that tells its own stories and colors ours, a nature we are losing without knowing even the extent of that loss. —Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost   Parents want to grow their daughters like daisies: […]
December 28, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

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 […]