Overnight at Nagsasa Cove via Mt. Bira-bira Traverse Day 1

April 15, 2017 Mon Laguatan 0 Comments

I really want to write an entry regarding our adventure to Nagsasa Cove via Mt. Bira-bira traverse since this was my very first experience of climbing a mountain up to its summit. As I am writing, the company I had during that climb are at Mt. Ulap (they are already posting photos on social media). I wasn’t able to join them because I need to report to work for our planned power shutdown and so now I have this perfect time to write.

The Ascend

We went there last October 30, 2016. We are divided into two groups, the team Bangka and team Bundok. We (the team Bundok), takes on the challenging path of traversing Mt. Bira-bira. All of us lack sleep due to excitement. By 3AM at Sitio Cawag, Subic (Jump off) we officially started the trek because we are aiming to avoid the heat during noontime. It was still dark when we started, so dark that nothing can be seen without an aid of any light source (Our surroundings were pitch-black). This gave us a hard time starting since most of us are not prepared, although we all have smartphones with LED lights, we are conserving the battery for we will be staying at the cove for one night. The starting trail was slippery, muddy, and full of tall grasses. It wasn’t long before the sky was starting to light up, seems like the man in the moon was annoyed of our complaints and gave way to the dawn already. By that time, we are already being soothed by the wind, as if it was singing; I guess that’s the call of the mountain, as mountaineers have this quote of “The Mountains are calling”.

The feeling of finally having the taste of the dawn, witnessing the end of darkness, and watching the whole place as the sun slowly lit everything was incredibly heartwarming. It feels like I’m eating sweets but through my eyes.

As we are approaching the summit, the trail became more dangerous. It was life threatening as a little slip could mean death. We are walking on a cliff-side, and with the wind blowing hard so as our heartbeat. We became at ease the moment we stepped on the summit.

The Summit

I can never forget the flurry of feelings I had during that time of seeing the view of the cove from up there, truly magnificent and satisfying despite the hunger and exhaustion we experienced throughout the climb. About how I feel diminished seeing something greater the moment my eyes were set into the scenic vast landscape. The accomplished feeling like I was Jack the giant slayer standing on a giant’s shoulder. I am glad I ventured on trying this wonderful experience with wonderful people and these made me utter ,“this is definitely not the last”. We took turns on taking solo and group photos with the awe-inspiring view and since we are also planning to visit Nagsasa Falls, we descended and didn’t take much time on the summit.

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” —Edmund Hillary

The Nagsasa Falls

The descending trail was no longer muddy, but rocky which was painful to the foot. The sun was catching up to us, the temperature slowly rises, and it was a mountain with less to no trees so we headed full throttle. We reached Nagsasa Falls around 8AM and we spent an hour bathing and relaxing. The water was ice cold, crystal clear and greenish comparable to jade or natural emeralds. I think of this as a bonus for pursuing the traverse, and the cove as a reward. 

To the Cove at last!

Back on track, we continued walking towards the cove, by this time, we are already complaining about the heat, no escaping from it even with our early measures. The moment when I can already feel the sand on my feet, we hurriedly headed until we reached the camp site. The breath of “FINALLY!” has come. We are already hungry and we should probably start preparing for lunch, but the team who went by means of a boat is still not present. We put team Bangka in charge of bringing the food to reduce the load of team Bundok. While waiting, we setup our tents and some decided to take their nap. We waited for almost two hours for team Bangka before we finally had our lunch. After satisfying and stuffing ourselves with food we decided not to plunge yet to the sea and instead have our rest and wait for the sun to go mild.

When we are finally ready, we decided to have a walk on the shore. The cove was extraordinary, a place where the sea, river and mountain’s meet, and the rest was non-stop swimming, photo shoot, swimming, photo shoot, swimming…

Night came and there’s so much more to do.

One can still go midnight swimming, the water’s depth was tolerable, and very peaceful.

Ever believe in magic? Try stargazing, for the longer you stare the more stars seem to appear, catch a shooting star and have your wish, believe soon enough it will come true.

Gather and create a bonfire. The experience of sitting around a fire with family and friends doing some conversation and storytelling keeps the fire on every heart burning. For nothing beats the sensational warmth from the fire and company you have, perfect along with hot dogs and marshmallows too.

Looking for more time to write (#Day2 Up next)...


Crystal Beach Resort: Crystal of Central Luzon

April 11, 2017 Mon Laguatan 0 Comments

Beach destinations are known well for relaxing and unwinding, but for those who seek party, sport friendly, safe camping site and a little night life at the beach, this one is for you.

Crystal Beach Resort is located in La Paz, San, Narciso, Zambales and is famous for surfing enthusiasts as it is one of the nearest surfing destinations from Metro Manila. We went there without any plans of trying surfing, but to unwind, have a simple and safe camping experience, and of course to see for ourselves why Crystal Beach Resort is being visited by many.

The resort can be easily reached once you are already at San Narciso. One tricycle ride from the town proper and presto! The best of Zambales summer experience.

The resort vicinity was actually nice. Worried about the glaring sun? The camp sites are well shaded by trees. The landscape and arrangement of their amenities are pretty smart, very much appealing to the eyes, especially for social mediaholics. It’s like a haven for Instaaddicts. There is nothing much especial with the beach though, the sand and water was typical, but the waves are the real deal, no wonder QUICKSILVER Philippines took part on improving the surfing school of the resort.

During weekends, the resort offers a mini Boracay like experience. They have a mini concert with performing live band, fire dancing and a fireworks display, an experience that millennials will surely enjoy. During night time, swimming on the beach is prohibited.
We enjoyed our stay, playing “How Far I’ll Go” (a soundtrack from the Disney movie, Moana) most of the time since I brought my Bluetooth speaker (yes, hindi na kami nagsawa) while playing cards. We had some drinks, a little party before going to sleep and the next day, nonstop photo shoot!

I am very much welcoming the idea of going back to Crystal Beach Resort and when I did, I will surely try to surf. I won’t let it slip.

If you have plans on going there, especially this summer season, you must book a week early for they are really currently in-demand. Seriously, if you are planning to spend the night at the resort during weekend wag niyo silang i’surprise, kayo ang masusurprise. Magpabook ng maaga, baka sapitin ang sinapit ng nakararami (ang magcamp sa tabing resort ni Crystal Beach) In case naman na sapitin niyo nga, you can still transfer the next day and avail their day tour package for 195Php per head para naman hindi masayang ang binyahe.

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Thanks for reading. For more information regarding Crystal Beach Resort such as, how to get there, sample expenses and itenerary please visit this blog owned by a friend of mine “Crystal Beach La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales” or just simply notify me.