Balut and Sarangani Island Adventures

Sunday, May 29, 2016 17 Comments A+ a-

I have been warned a thousand times that it's not easy to get there. But what they don't realize is that they are talking to Sarah. What would not be easy for me? *smirks*
View of Saranggani Island from Balut Island

Balut Island can be crossed with 50 to 70-seater cargo vessels from the port of General Santos City, which usually only sail at night and most often fully booked. And depending on the vessel, the journey takes about 6-8 hours. Since we only have the weekend to explore the southernmost point of the Philippines, taking the alternative route - the fastest, shortest albeit thrilling ride - would be our best option to make the most out of our trip,

We went to Brgy. Margus, Glan - a two-hour drive away from GenSan - where we hired a small fishing vessel just enough to charter the six of us to the Port of Mabila. After deliberate negotiations, we agreed to pay Php 6,000 for the boat to take us to Balut Island, some neighboring islands, and back the next day.

We hopped aboard only to realize that we'll all be basking under the 10-AM-til-high-noon sun since the boat didn't have any shade at all. Great. Sunugan ng balat na ito. Well, sunog na dati ang balat ko kaya lubos-lubusin na lang natin. Although I was secretly hoping the heavens would weep because it was that hot.

Confessions Vol. 8: What I Was Like 10-15 Years Ago

Sunday, May 15, 2016 12 Comments A+ a-

If it wasn't for the review I made, I would not have blogged anything for almost two weeks. And so I start to think, in the name off all that is holy, haven't you done anything that is interesting, Sarah?

Actually, a lot happened. But I can only think of it as something worth shrugging or eye-rolling. Or something that's only twitter-worthy for it can only be summed up into less than 160 characters like, "Yay! It's the first time I voted. Just look at my blue fiiiiiinger!" or "Just saw someone took a Bacardi 151 shot. Reaction? Priceless. And now I'm curious because it feels like I missed something surreal", or "Ian Somerhalder just replied to my tweet! Best day ever!"

Okay, I made the last one up. Although I would have loved being that fangirl, but my twitter account is pathetic and I could not even remember the password. But anyway, on a Saturday when all the chores are done and my cat refuses to bath, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and might as well humiliate myself just to stir something interesting. Or not. Please don't judge.
When I was 5 or 6 and some time when I was 18 - 20

Review: Brown Trekker Hybrid Tent

Saturday, May 14, 2016 4 Comments A+ a-

Everybody knows that I love the outdoors. This is the fourth tent that I owned (I had domes and a tadpole before) but this will be the first one that I'll make a review.

Please note that whatever I say here is factual and only based on my experience. This is an honest review and not a paid post.
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It was more than a year ago when I scoured for a new tent for our hiking trip in Lake Holon, Mt. Parker. And since I was on a tight budget, I had to look for a tent that has a price like the ones you use for junior camps but should be durable, lightweight, waterproof, and can withstand harsh environments. Yes, I must be delusional. Where in the world would I find that?

Facebook. Haha. Yes, Facebook can do a lot of wonders today. It can be a therapist, a stress reliever, a trophy shelf, a shock-absorber, a news source, a search engine, and of course, an online shop. And this is how I got amazed by Facebook's algorithm. It knew what I was thinking and what I needed at that moment that the Brown Trekker Outdoor Products page just appeared on my news feed out of the blue.

Anyway, to cut the story short, I got this Brown Trekker Hybrid Solo Tent 1. I've used it for over year, in countless and almost extreme situations. I think it's about time to let you guys know how this tent served me.

So let the disemboweling begin.

BROWN TREKKER HYBRID SOLO TENT
I really have no idea why it's called a hybrid tent. But judging from how it looks, it sure does look like a sniper, tunnel, and tadpole tent rolled into one.

Product Description (taken from their site):
Inner Tent: High density Nylon mesh
Floor: 210T Taffeta PU5000, PU Sticker
Poles: 7001# Aluminum
Size: 72 x 43 x 30 inches
Weight: 1.8 Kg
Rainfly: 30D Rip-stop Polyester, PU3000MM. Silicon Coating, PU seam taped, Anti-tear


To More Adventures and Beyond (An Anniversary Trip in Iligan)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 4 Comments A+ a-

"You have found a keeper", a friend once told me.

"Why do you say so? You don't even know him."

"I don't. But not all couples are cut to travel together."

I flashed a silly grin.


Jan and I concluded our second anniversary with sore bodies from our recent trip in Iligan City - at least a ten-hour drive away from home. Not that I am complaining. I could never, in a hundred lifetimes, get tired of going away and come back with aching muscles a few days later.

Dos

Monday, May 2, 2016 3 Comments A+ a-

How many miles have we traveled so far?

Why the hell am I even asking that? I think it's pointless to count when we don't have plans of stopping. As long as we can, we'll keep on traveling, right?
May 2015 - present trips :)
After two years of mishaps and misadventures, it still feels like everything is light and breezy. To have a bestfriend who's willing drop everything, pack, and go on a road trip with me to unknown and uncertain places... I don't think I can ask for anything more.

I'm actually running out of words (and energy). Kung gaano naman kahaba yung post ko dati, ganoon naman kaigsi ngayon. Haha. But for now, I just want to tell the world how much you mean to me.

Here's to us, for more misadventures, getting lost, unplanned trips, and an eternity of datin' and lovin'. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, JAN!