canyoning

Canyoning in Badian, Cebu

Last June 21-22, my friends and I (a total of 16 persons) went on a new kind of adventure which we first knew about through Drew Arellano’s video on YouTubecanyoning or canyoneering.

Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and/or swimming. -Wikipedia

But before that, let me tell you about the basic information. Most of us are from the city, so we had to meet up at South Bus Terminal at 5:30am before going to Badian (we departed at around 6am). Badian is a town in the southwestern part of Cebu and is 3 hours away from Cebu City.

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I’m Back to WordPress!

Hi there! I don’t really know how to start this, but let’s get down to the story — the story I’ve been telling over and over again that it has gotten boring, I don’t even know why I bother. :P

I’ve been blogging since 2006, and I was using Multiply back then until 2007. Something happened in 2008 (actually, I just read an article on Reader’s Digest that had something to do with a blog) that made me want to take blogging ‘seriously’. So I started a blog on Blogger/Blogspot. After a few months, I learned about self-hosted WordPress, so I switched. It wasn’t long before I learned the ropes. After 4 years, when my lifestyle changed and I thought I couldn’t keep up with ‘serious’ blogging anymore, I switched to Tumblr since I found it simpler (I still wanted to blog, hehe). Again, after 2 years, I realized that I’ve missed a lot when I left WordPress, so I switched back.

The process was easy since I just imported my Tumblr posts to WordPress. But because of blog post and photo permalink changes, I had to edit all entries. Yeah, I’m OC like that.

Anyway, I’m really happy to be a WordPress user again! I’ll be inspired to blog about our canyoning/canyoneering adventure in Badian, Cebu and my/our trip to Singapore and Malaysia! Stay tuned! :D

PS. This blog is hosted by Three-Words Host. :)

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siargao day 5

Siargao 2014 – Day 5: Ziplining at Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))
(Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9)
(Day 4: Bucas Grande Island Tour)

Just like Crystal Cave, this wasn’t actually part of the plan. A local just gave this suggestion, and because we didn’t have any agenda for our last day in the island, we just gave in.

Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park was a 30-minute ride from the inn we stayed at. When we got there, we still had to wait for the owner, who was still in the church (it was a Sunday). While waiting, we just enjoyed the beautiful scenery from the top. We also had a great breakfast of seafood!

Zip to the Pacific!
Zip to the Pacific!

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siargao day 4

Siargao 2014 – Day 4: Bucas Grande Island Tour

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))
(Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9)

We were up very early in the morning to get to Dapa port from General Luna — it’s where we were gonna depart for Socorro via a lantsa. We bid farewell to our friends in Paglaom Hostel before departing.

Ready for the early-morning trip!
Ready for the early-morning trip!

The trip from Dapa port to Socorro was around 2 hours. When we arrived at the town, we checked in at Island Vacations Country Inn (located at the 2nd floor of the bakery at the first corner when coming from the port) to leave our things, then we rented a bangka to get to Sohoton. Our agenda for the day: Sohoton Cove National Park (parts of which were Hagukan Cave and Magkukuob Cave), Stingless Jellyfish Sanctuary, and Crystal Cave.

Note: Most of the photos I have here are just screengrabs from Mumu‘s videos.

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siargao day 3

Siargao 2014 – Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))

Our surfing lessons were only going to last for 2 hours, so we scheduled it in the afternoon. In the morning, we were basically like bums. Having nothing to do after breakfast (which I helped prepare, by the way), I went back to sleep. I only woke up in time for lunch. Haha what a pig.

Cocoy gave us some preliminary lessons on surfing — he taught us how to position ourselves on the surfboard, stand up, do the stance, and balance on the board (but we weren’t on a board yet, so we just had to imagine). It was a little daunting especially when you think you’re too heavy to lift your body up or that you have a weak core.

3pm came, and we were on our way to Cloud 9 (the surfing area in General Luna). We each had an instructor and we had the ‘official’ lessons there. It’s basically the same as what Cocoy taught us, but we were told we could stand up slowly so that lifting our bodies up wouldn’t be too hard (Cocoy was just really quick!).

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