What Is and What's Not in Calaguas

Here's a little guide to help you manage your expectations on the island. Knowing what to expect, and not, will help you make the most of your trip to this paradise!

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Beauty Born Out of Destruction

As soon as I emerged from the trail, a magnificent beauty greeted me. Exhausted after a 1-hour-45-minute trek, the view was a pleasant reward. Who would have thought that this beautiful landscape was ironically created by destruction? It was simply beautiful.

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What is BRATpacking?

Everyone's familiar with the life of a backpacker -- those who live on a backpack to travel the world for long months, even years. They have the reputation of being grungy, spontaneous, friendly.

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Picking Our Way to Pico de Loro

I am not (yet!) a climbing enthusiast. In fact, this is my first real climb, as I consider my first two experiences of mountains as "treks" (Taal Volcano in 2005 and Sagada to Bomod-ok Falls in 2007). This is also my first camping trip as an adult, and I was worried that I wouldn't like it because of the absence of a toilet, shower, soft bed, nice linens, and all the other things that make life comfortable.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

It was love at first sight. That kind of love that makes you feel lost, and yet you know you're home. That kind of love that overwhelms you with emotions, and yet you feel serene. That kind of love that makes you feel like a fool, and yet you don't care. This is my favorite spot on earth, where the place is enchanting and the people are endearing.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kota Kinabalu, Here I Am!

I am finally in Kota Kinabalu! I am meeting the group I am climbing with for the first time tomorrow. I can't wait to see the summit of Mt. Kinabalu.

I am staying in a resort far away from the city, just to chill before the climb. I took the public transport and did a walking tour of Kota Kinabalu with just a city map, all by myself!

A local guy creeped me out, though. As I was walking up the Signal Hill Observatory, he talked to me and walked with me. I noticed that he was eyeing me while I was taking photos, so I tried to avoid him when I saw him in the shortcut pathway with a thick bush (I was advised not to take this as it was dangerous). When he disappeared, I continued walking back to the city but he emerged again as I was walking past the pathway. He insisted that he will take me back to the city. I went back, walked fast, and waited for a cab instead. So much for just walking around!

So I asked the cab driver to take me to the City Mosque. He quoted me an expensive price but I had no choice because I wanted to get away from the creepy guy, and vacant taxi was too few in that area. 

Here's the City Mosque (photos taken with an iPhone 4S):

And here's the sunset from my resort:

More photos soon from my Canon!

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