mount pinatubo

Posted on: August 10, 2014

went to see mount pinatubo last month… because i wanted to conquer a mountain (or volcano) before i get any older, lol. chose this mountain because it’s close to manila and they said it was good for beginners.


we arrived at capas, tarlac a wee bit earlier than scheduled so we had to wait at the pay parking. the place had some hibiscus serving as a canopy in one of the stores. thought those were pretty.


special thanks to my sponsor for my shoes, hahaha. i’ve really taken a liking for this brand. also, those shoes remained fine after going through several kilometers of trudging through rock, sand, and rivers…

mount pinatubo fb

and then we were off! we started with the 4×4 ride. got paired with other solo travellers in the red one! pretty lucky it had a roof, some had none, and it was going to be an hour’s worth of sun and dust in the 4×4.


we watched the others drive past while we were waiting for the guy who was on a bike… err that’s his job i think, from anyhoo, the area has a very beautiful and quiet feel to it, if there were no tracks, one would probably think it is deserted. we’ve seen people walk by though, some rode carabaos, and some were riding motorcycles.

mount pinatubo fb

i was in grade school when mount pinatubo erupted, i remember it rained ash in our hometown in bulacan and it was dark even at noon. after that destructive phase though, we were left with the most awesome of views.

mount pinatubo fb

we arrived at the jump off point… the other participants looked so healthy and they were in their full trek glory, lol.

mount pinatubo fb
mount pinatubo fb
mount pinatubo fb

the trail was mostly flat, with lots of rocks. i’m used to walking in the kms and can usually do the 2 kilometer walk from sm fairview to my home in about 15 minutes more or less… but, but, but i miscalculated and carried too much stuff, which i had to lug around in the heat and then there were the uneven rocks and rivers we had to cross that made the 7 kilometer walk to the crater last hours.

mount pinatubo fb

at last we reached the last kilometer! this was a lush trail filled with tadpole infested rivers and plant life, it was also cooler here.



and then finally, the summit crater lake! oh, it was breathtaking! the water reminded me of those kiwi lime stuff maki drinks all the time, heehee. we had lunch here, and lounged around looking at the wonderful view.

mount pinatubo fb
mount pinatubo fb

class pixxor daw, hahaha! some of the photos are from tin, the little girl on the left, decked in purple clothing. so eun, my skin got burned, my feet and legs got sore, i got some scrapes but everything was worth it… made new friends, took in some awesome sights…  this was one of the best adventures i’ve ever had yet.

yun lang.

♥ melai


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hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.

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