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Jenny and Jegs

Good Morning, Manila!

After a quick shower, I went straight to McDonald's and found the very sleepy Matt and Najiah, the slightly sleepy Reychel, and a new addition to the group, Jerry. After a few more minutes, Aurelie, Winnie, Jegs, and RJ arrived from their hostel. Then came Jenny. Since there's still 2 more people missing, the rest of the group decided to have a quick breakfast.

Shortly afterward, Jenneth arrived. Now where the hell is Mike? We'd been texting him the whole time, without any reply. When he was the only one missing, we tried calling him up, but his phone was off. We decided to just wait til 5AM before we decide whether to leave him or not. What a diva. We should have left him. Lol.

Finally, the diva arrived with well-prepared and pre-meditated excuses for being uber-late.
who's who?
Of course we had to forgive him, because there was nothing we could do, really. So off we go!


Good Morning, Taal!


I stayed awake the entire trip, as were most of the guys. Our source of entertainment was Jegs, who willingly took on the role by trying to speak in Tagalog. To be honest, he still has miles to go, but I'm giving him an A for effort. Not bad for an old man, hehehe.

Aside from Jegs, the scenery along the way got our attention as well. We passed through the scenic city of Tagaytay before taking the ever-winding road downhill. Glimpses of Taal Volcano and the surrounding lake greeted us.
group pic!
The weather was perfect, and our excitement mounted. After an hour, we arrived at the lake-side town of Talisay.

Our jump-off point to the Taal Volcano, which is in the middle of Taal Lake, was the Taal Yacht Club. Sounds fancy, eh? Sadly, it's just a name. I was kinda expecting a royal treatment for us. Oh well. Since we got there pretty early, and without prior reservation, we had to wait for quite some time before the people there were able to organize a trip for us, boat, guide, and all. Each boat can carry up to 6 passengers (plus 2 boatmen), so we had to split the group in 2. Of course, my group rocks, although the other one ain't that bad, either. Hehehe.

We reached the volcanic island within 20 minutes or so.
the loser group nyahahaha
The scenery along the way was very nice and relaxing, so we didn't really notice the time. As soon as we docked (if you can call it docking), we went straight to the business at hand - trekking the volcano. We were told that it's gonna take an hour on foot. Getting on a donkey is another way of doing it, but we didn't have the heart to burden those poor beasts of burden. Uhm... yeah.

If the scenery from the boat was nice, the scenery along the path to the crater was even more spectacular! As we went higher, we had a 360-degree view of the whole place. We were literally surrounded by nature, from the walls of greenery to the clear-blue sky to the immense lake surrounding the volcano and the distant mountains beyond, some still covered with morning mists. Even the pathway looked scenic, and reminded me again of the Fellowship of the Ring and their journey to Mordor.
i'm bringing sweaty back... yeah!
Geek alert!

It being my first time in Taal, I unleashed my inner camwhore. Thankfully, I was with fellow camwhores as well, so by the time that we're done camwhoring, the semi-camwhores of the group had already reached the end of the trek. So, we had to hurry and endure the last, exhausting climb to the summit. When we got there, all we could say was WOW! Sweaty travelers everywhere! Kidding.

The main crater was breathtaking! My jaw literally dropped open, and believe me, it only happens when I'm perving on a hottie. That's how beautiful the crater was! I was so overwhelmed that I wanted to jump into it, but since I don't know how to swim, I thought of pushing Matt and Najiah into it instead. But I didn't want to miss out, so I didn't. It would have been an entertaining sight, though.
like a giant mirror


After resting for a bit, we did a few more minutes of hiking to go to another spot where we had a different vantage point of the crater and the scenery beyond. We spotted a few steams coming out of the lake below and the rocks where we're standing - a friendly reminder to us that under the calm surface of the crater is a monster waiting to come out. And whoa, crows flying above us. Okay fine, we get the message!

A thousand photos (and some videos) later, we're ready to leave. We're starting to feel really hungry and sticky and dirty, so without further ado, we said goodbye to Taal and headed back to where we came from. Going downhill was a lot easier, needless to say, so we all took it in stride. Well, except for Jegs because he stubbed his toe along the way despite the relatively easier way down. Blood everywhere, jeez. Such a clumsy Pole.

As soon as we're done washing up back at the yacht club (which by then was already abuzz with tourists) and inside the van, we asked the driver to take us back to Tagaytay for lunch. Our minds were preoccupied by the thought of food, and it almost overshadowed our amazing experience at the volcano. Okay, I'm speaking for myself here, hihihi.

JeAr says:
well, i'll be one of the drug addicts, then :D
Posted on: Jul 09, 2009
matthew says:
I can just remember me saying "4am! Wah? Only post men, milk men, paper boys, and drug addicts get up at this hour. It's not normal" haha
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
matthew says:
Push me off?? Well, I agree with Naj - next time. ;)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
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Jenny and Jegs
Jenny and Jegs
whos who?
who's who?
group pic!
group pic!
the loser group nyahahaha
the loser group nyahahaha
im bringing sweaty back... yeah!
i'm bringing sweaty back... yeah!
like a giant mirror
like a giant mirror
thats where were going!
that's where we're going!
showin Jenny some luuurve!
showin Jenny some luuurve!
the clumsy Pole and the cool Pinoy
the clumsy Pole and the cool Pinoy
posing
posing
grandpa in the front seat
grandpa in the front seat
early morning in Talisay
early morning in Talisay
so far away...
so far away...
early morning in Talisay
early morning in Talisay
while waiting for the boats to arr…
while waiting for the boats to ar…
arguing about veteran pension, mos…
arguing about veteran pension, mo…
on the way to the volcanic island
on the way to the volcanic island
on the way to the volcanic island
on the way to the volcanic island
Matt and Jay
Matt and Jay
Gerry and Jenny
Gerry and Jenny
grumpy grandpa looking happy at la…
grumpy grandpa looking happy at l…
early morning sunshine
early morning sunshine
glimpses of some island and distan…
glimpses of some island and dista…
peace!
peace!
early morning sunshine
early morning sunshine
one of the volcanic peaks
one of the volcanic peaks
the others boat
the others boat
some scenery along the way
some scenery along the way
some scenery along the way
some scenery along the way
getting closer!
getting closer!
and the trekking begins...
and the trekking begins...
getting higher and higher...
getting higher and higher...
donkeys for tourists
donkeys for tourists
the trekking crew
the trekking crew
view along the trail
view along the trail
the road to Mordor
the road to Mordor
view along the trail
view along the trail
view along the trail
view along the trail
the road to Mordor
the road to Mordor
camwhoring
camwhoring
some posing lady wrestler :D
some posing lady wrestler :D
view along the trail
view along the trail
the crew sans moi (i took the pic)
the crew sans moi (i took the pic)
Jenneth
Jenneth
looking back
looking back
Jenny
Jenny
view along the trail
view along the trail
almost there!
almost there!
the last climb
the last climb
looking back
looking back
looking back
looking back
Jenny
Jenny
Reychel
Reychel
lonely bird
lonely bird
the main crater
the main crater
the main crater
the main crater
Matt, Aurelie, Gerry
Matt, Aurelie, Gerry
the main crater
the main crater
the main crater
the main crater
the main crater and the mountains …
the main crater and the mountains…
im totally not posing here
i'm totally not posing here
ewh
ewh
going back
going back
going back
going back
going back
going back
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photo by: planisphere