A week ago, I joined a group of friends in a fun and exciting “mini adventure” exploring Masungi Georeserve. I call it a “mini adventure” because you don’t really need to be an experienced hiker to be able to conquer this hike, but if you’re scared of heights you might want to come prepared.
EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | MOUNT PALIPARAN AND TUNGTONG FALLS.
I’m lucky to be part of a group called “Halo Halo”, a community of women in Metro Manila who hike together. We’re not actually exclusive—the group also invite men to join us in our hikes—but we’re made up of mostly women from different corners of the world and of varying ages and backgrounds. Once in a while, we get together and discover local trails. We take these organized hiking trips as a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, connect, network, and share our different experiences while living here in the Philippines.
Dear Mila, If you get a chance to read this, THANK YOU for being the force behind “Halo Halo”, organizing these hikes and helping us discover the Philippines one mountain at a time.
Last week, we went to Mount Paliparan, located at Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. We left Metro Manila at 5:30 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead just a few minutes shy of 7:00 a.m. There, we registered ourselves at the Barangay Hall, had a short briefing on what to expect, then set off with our assigned guides. Read more
EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | HIKING UP MOUNT MABILOG.
Waking up at 4 a.m. was a challenge but I still made it on time for our 5 a.m. meet-up at San Antonio Plaza, Makati. By 5:30 a.m., everyone had arrived, registered, and filled up two mini vans. We were finally set for the trip! Read more
EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | HIKING UP THE TAAL VOLCANO.
A crater lake on a volcano on an island within a lake within an island seems like a mindboggling idea. But did you know that such a place actually exists? Read more