Monday, 21 May 2018

Mount 387 and Aloha Falls

 'Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.' 

(Our Group)

It is also known as "Batong Amat" and the "Chocolate Hills of the North". Mount 387 is located in Puncan, Carranglan Nueva Ecija. I never heard a mountain named in number and it seems funny as it sounds as an address. But, they called it as Mt. 387 because the area covers 387 hectares. 

It is a newly opened mountain that has spread over the internet with it's wide plains and a Chocolate Hills looks like. Most of the mountaineers go on day hike and a side trip to Aloha Falls but our group decided to go an overnight camping. 

The Climb:

I have invited by my co-department to join them again for a climb. "Revenue Mountaineering Club" is the name of our group. From Cubao, we took the Baliwag Bus going to San Jose, Nueva Ecija at 7AM. We arrived to San Jose at exactly 12:30PM and rode a tricycle going to the Jump Off area in Puncan, Carranglan. No need to worry about the food as the Jump Off area has a 'Carenderia'. 

(Starting our journey)

We have started our trek at 3pm for an overnight camp and we arrived at the summit at 5:30pm. Going to the summit is a non-stop assault with some minor difficulties. Our only struggle was there's no air even if there are alot of trees in that mountain. The trek going up can be completed in just 2 to 3 hours and we're glad that we were just on time. 

Once arrived at the summit, we have discovered that the area was part of the World War II as evidenced by many large holes caused by bomb explosions. 

So thankful that we have also seen the beautiful view of the sunset. 

At the camping site, you will see a lover's tree overlooking the mountains that looks like the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. 

After preparing our tent, we ate our dinner and drink some Ginebra to keep as warm. The place is too hot during daytime and cold at night. 

Lights off at 10PM then we woke up at 5:30AM to see the glorious sunrise. 

We have decided not to go to the traverse trail as one of my colleagues is afraid to extreme climb. So we did the back trail at 7AM and arrived at 8AM to the Jump Off point then rode an elf truck going to Aloha Falls. Other people were amazed as we only did the trekking going down in just 1 hour. Usually, they said that it takes 2 hours for some mountaineers. 

Going to Aloha Falls riding an elf truck is another adventure. We were at the back of the truck then it ruggedly crossed the rocky road just like riding an ATV. Then we need to walk for another 15-20 minutes to reach the Aloha Falls. So we swim for a bit and enjoyed the cold of the waterfalls. 

Back at the jump off, we took our lunch and shower then prepared our stuff going back to Manila at 1:30PM. 

It was my first time having an overnight camping in the mountain and it feels so great. Hiking Mount 387 was one of a kind that one should not under estimate as it will test your knees and endurance. Looking forward for more trekking soon. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

"You don't have to travel around the world to understand that the sky is blue everywhere. "
하늘은 어디를 가나 푸르다는 사실을 알기 위해서 세계일주 여행을 할 필요는 없다. 

Stilts Calatagan Beach  Resort is known as "The Maldives of Batangas". It is a luxury resort where you must get a reservation first before going. However, they also offer a budget friendly cottages and camping sites. 

Me and my family had our day tour at the resort where we had a full access to the beach and swimming pools. We booked the open Nipa Hut under the trees where we can relax and enjoy the sight of the beach in front.

The place is a bit far from home. We left our house at 4am and we arrived at 7:30am. Once you entered the resort, you will first notice that all staff are nice and polite. They were very accommodating and helpful. 

I was amazed to the clear water of the sea and the delicious food they served on us during lunch. You can also bring food if you prefer but you have to pay some corkage fees. 

The place is breath taking with lots of moments to take photos. That's the reason why my nieces were very enjoyed that they did not want to take pictures with us. 

You will also notice alot of quotes posted everywhere that will flip your heart a bit. 

We can stay at the beach until 6pm and we have waited the sun to set. For me it is the most interesting part of the travel, to see the sunset. It always reminds me that when a day ends, a new one is born. 

I will definitely recommend this place to everyone. Clear water, good food, clean vicinity, and excellent staff service. My family enjoyed our getaway and so did I. 

Gratchi's Getaway - Revenue Management Team Building

LOCATION: Gratchi's Getaway Tagaytay Farm and Resort

Building a solid team is important for an organization to function efficiently. It is true that we must separate our personal and professional lives when it comes to working with other people. But it is also true that it is easier to work with people that you actually like and really have fun being around.

Gratchi's Getaway is a 6-hectare stretch of natural landscape conveniently located in Tagaytay. Blessed with a wide range of natural features and a refreshingly cool breeze of fresh mountain air, our Tagaytay farm resort is the perfect venue for events, conferences, seminars, team-building activities, educational tours, workshops, or simply for leisure, relaxation and wellness.

Our Department held our team building at Gratchi's Getaway Tagaytay Farm and Resort last April 28 and 29. We have enjoyed a fun-filled one and half day at the Gratchi's. Team building is their specialty, so there are lots of different implements from simple to more challenging obstacle courses. Once you entered the vicinity, you will notice how the place is so close to nature. We have experienced mind and extreme games for the whole day that helped us to know each other more. We also held our Rewards and Recognition after the games. 

Our Department was divided in to 4 groups: Red, Orange, Yellow and Green Teams which I belonged to.

At night, we had fun in drinking beers and barbecuing hotdogs on the bonfire. Some did a night swimming at the pool. We also enjoyed the rest of our night telling stories with our Operations Manager. Then we slept on the villas that is so cozy and clean. 

Since I just transferred to Revenue Management Department last November 2017, this was my first team building experience with the whole team. I have enjoyed everything with them.