There’s this frog that’s hanging out in the CR. usually sleeps when I’m awake and it’s such a rarity to have our schedules lined-up for this photo-shoot. Let’s see, rats, a snake, a bat, a couple of shrew-like rodents, fireflies, and now, a tree frog. This house=zoo
Hi, my name is Mychal and I’m an internet addict. But just for a day or two, I like to be thrust into a situation where I am painfully aware of every ticking moment. Hence this hobby. Of getting lost in the heat of the moment. Of getting lost in thoughts. Or of getting physically lost in a tropical mountain.
For those who haven’t been briefed, this is my second (successful) attempt. I got lost on the first one, well actually, I was clinging to the “lamat” excuse at that time because I couldn’t face the facts.To paraphrase George R.R. Martin, Superstition is the last refuge of the inept. I wasn’t prepared for my first attempt, (1) I didn’t take my cardio seriously, (2) I brought non essentials, (3) forgot to put on the pack liner, (4) Didn’t break-in my boots. A lot of things I shouldn’t have done even though I already hiked to Mt. Kitanglad twice (Read: I’m still a noob). So this time around, I’ve redeemed myself, but still I forgot to buy a power bank or an extra set of battery because the extreme cold zapped the juice from my phone hence why I don’t have photos for the sunrise at the peak.
So, this is my disclaimer, photos are mine until the top-load jeep part. The rest are from Vernon Tony Valdez Medrano. Idol. (edit: since this is tumblr and only 10 photos can be uploaded, all of the photos are from Vernon)
Things I learned while hiking:
1. You don’t need serious money to go to places but you do need serious training to get there; you can’t just wing it as you go. Well, you can, but what the mountain taught me is that, spontaneity is for the great, but for the rest (like me), you need to be prepared.
2. “Don’t make a date with heart attack. Meaning: You’ve got to pace yourself and not to forget to slow down. No job is forever. So relax and have some fun.” Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. > Applies to hiking a mountain
3. Would it be better to have the ability to hike for unlimited lengths but you get to feel the effects of exhaustion, or to hike for set amount of length (limited) but you don’t feel the effects of exhaustion?
4. Hiking with a strict American diet of peanut butter and bread, nuts and raisins, and power bars, can be very cost efficient (calorie-wise). But nothing beats rice and hot noodles.
5. Poverty is the mother-in-law of innovation. My improvised “camelbak” performed great.
6. If someone offers you a chance to be part of something big, don’t eke out on it just because you don’t have a lot of money. You can always borrow from your mountaineer friend, or just buy the cheapest yet trustworthy local equipment you can find. A 650php sandugo sandals will do. I was the only one wearing sandals of the group, btw.
7. Baby wipes, don’t go going outdoors without it.
8. Taking loperamide is like converting shit into farts.
9. Topload, best seats in the house.
2nd attempt at Mt. Dulang-Dulang is a success Next up is Mt. Kalatungan (hopefully)
I got inspired to do a photo-walk when I listened to the soundtrack of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. This, despite having 8 hours of electricity. I had a few keepers
After the photo-walk, I went to Lea’s place to accompany her on her darkest hours (read: it was their turn for an 8 hour brownout). Was then invited to dinner, and I had an inspiration on how to cook chicken thighs next time. Thank you and then some more.
I’m not a good cook but I realized that maybe I’m just not
following instructions. There’s too much “yea, a bit more spice
wouldn’t hurt” attitude on my part. So I decided to cook arroz
caldo the way the recipe book instructed. The result was
similar to the photo on the book. Although, I should have
been keen on the “serves 4-6 persons” part. Read: ate arroz
caldo for two days. x)
Since I have trouble finding wax dedicated for mustache care, and DIY recipes need rare bees wax, I have to improvise. Make it soft with conditioner, wait for it to “set”, then make it hold using pomade.