Labor Day Therapy Climb

We didn’t have a great weekend, Allan and I. I was having a miserable time at work and he was going through some serious drama in the romance department. Our plan to do a Maculot-Manabu twin day hike on Labor Day couldn’t have come at a better time. Life was crappy at the moment and we needed to sweat out the angst. Mac was supposed to come with us on the Maculot hike but he got busy guzzling gin and lambanog until sunrise. (Save your complaints, Mac. Sabi ko naman sayo ilalaglag talaga kita. :D)

This is a rough timeline of how our day went.

6am
On a Jam Liner bus going to Cuenca, the jump-off point to Maculot, one hour behind schedule.

8:40am
Arrived in Cuenca. Had our first Mountain Dew of the day at breakfast.

9:10am
Started trek.

9:25am
Started huffing and puffing. This would continue for the next hour or so. Seriously, I need lungs of steel.

First glimpse of Taal lake

10:30am
Arrived at campsite. Intense heartbreak talk.

Quotable quote: Sanay na naman akong maging fallback plan. Kelan ba ako pwedeng maging number one?

11am
Headed off to the Rockies. Oohed and aahed at the spectacular view of Taal Lake.

We also befriended a couple of foreign girls, a French and a Canadian, who offered to take this picture of us.

11:30am
Hungry. Started descent so we could have our lunch with cold Mountain Dew at the base.

12:30pm
Arrived at Aling Thelma’s sari-sari store. Lunch. Mountain Dew. (Yes, we like Mountain Dew very much, particularly after a climb.)

1:15pm
Left Cuenca for Lipa. Sad love songs played on the jeepney radio, someone sank deeper into emo mode.

2:00pm
Arrived in Lipa. Looked for a tricycle to take us to the Manabu jump-off point, a place called Sulok. A fitting name since it was located in the farthest corner of Lipa, right into the neighboring town of Sto. Tomas.

2:30pm
Arrived in Sulok. Started trek.

3:10pm
It began to rain. Old folks say the first rain of May is therapeutic and heals all sorts of illnesses.

Quotable quote: Unang ulan ng Mayo! Gagaling na rin ang sakit ko sa puso!

3:50pm
Arrived at the summit amidst rain and dark clouds.

Malaking Krus on Manabu peak

Rainclouds over the summit

We couldn’t stay long at the peak because it was still drizzling. We went down after 10 minutes of enjoying the view and taking photos.

4pm
Started descent. Saw lots of garbage on the trail.

People who leave trash on the mountain should have their hands chopped off as punishment. The much touted Leave No Trace principle doesn’t seem to sink in on these jerks.

4:50pm
Arrived at dampa. Nothing like fresh buko juice to relieve the day’s exhaustion.

5:10pm
Took a tricycle to a lomi house in the next barangay. The primary reason we went on this day hike is to devour delicious Batangas lomi at the end of it.

Jawo’s Fast Food and Lomi House

We got there and ordered two jumbo-sized servings, foolishly thinking we could finish them.

6pm
Our order arrived: two giant bowls filled to the brim with lomi (at only P70 each). And Mountain Dew, of course.

After 30 minutes of stuffing our faces with lomi, we were so full that egg noodles were practically coming out of our noses. We only managed to eat half of the heaping bowls of lomi before we called it quits.

Big boy versus the jumbo lomi. The lomi won.

The lomi was really good and we would definitely come back for it. We’ll just order the regular size next time.

7:30pm
On a bus back to Manila. With aching muscles and full tummies, we sat back and promptly dozed off.

When life knocks you over and gives you a rough time, sometimes all you need is a mountain (or two) to climb, a big bowl of comfort food, and a bottle (or three) of cold Mountain Dew. We shall live through work-related angst and nasty heartbreaks and we’ll be stronger for it. So chin up, big boy. Lilipas din ‘yan. 😉

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20 thoughts on “Labor Day Therapy Climb

    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Hehe therapy climb din tayo minsan? It’ll be just like those dorm room talks in college, only now we’re on top of a mountain. And I’ve developed a higher tolerance for emo so I won’t roll my eyes as much. 😀

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        1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

          Hiking shoes? I use Merrell. But for a day hike at kung di naman ganon kahirap ang trail, just wear your regular rubber shoes. You can invest in hiking gear later on if you decide to do mountain climbing regularly. 🙂

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    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Diba, iba talaga ang sarap ng Mountain Dew lalo na pag wasak na ang tuhod mo. Hehe. Sulit naman ang tinakbo natin. Highly limited pala ang supply nun sa paanan ng Arayat.

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  1. zhira thoktok

    hi po. ask ko lang po nong pababa kayo from manabu, sa jump off po ba mismo my tricycle na?dati po kasi madami kami umaakyat dito pero may hired jeep kami at papasok po kasi yon, ngayon po kasi dalawa lang kami (di naman po masakit mga puso namin..hehe).may plan po kasi kami ng twin dayhike maculot-manabu.

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    1. Tintin Post author

      May tricycle na dun sa jump-off pagbaba namin. Di ko lang sigurado kung laging may trike doon o nagkataon lang. Hehe. Ingat po sa akyat!

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