Monday, January 30, 2012

Sneak Peak: The Start of My Adventures and Wishes for 2012

by lakwatserong tatay

Hello 2012!!!!!....I do expect this year would be more of land travels and most of it will be mountain trips. I really missed trekking and reach every summit of the mountains and the overnight camping specially the "socials at night"....hehehe....Although i do have a one confirmed trip to Leyte this coming April (family trip), that will be my only trip via air and the rest would be via bus, jeep, habal-habal, tricycle or maybe roro transfers...any thing that using land transfers..I do not have a bucket of list that i want to travel but instead it would be a monthly trekking trips in different places and some DIY trips....^_^...
January, 2012 will be ending in few days, i have already visited three towns and two cities.

Here's the Sneak Preview of my January, 2012 Trekking adventures with Tropang Tits & Pips:

January 7: Our Destination are a Day Hike Trip to Mt. Talamitam (Sitio, Bayabasan, Nasugbu, Batangas).

Group pic @ the Summit of Mt. Talamitam
Here's another shot courtesy of Ichan (aka: anak ng kidlat), our group photo opps together with our guide at the summit of Mt. Talamitam, this was around 12nn, but the sun was so cooperate to us and it just give us a few sunlight, although we expect that time it would rain because it was a bit cloudy but luckily we trek up, reach the summit and descent after having lunch at the summit, we just encounter few drops of rain.....were really happy that time....hehehehe...(i'll be doing a separate post for climb so watch for it!!!)
Group pic again with our guide (Kuya Paul in Cap)
After a grueling dayhike of Mt. Talamitam, one of our unexpected side trips is the river of Brgy. Bayabasan known as Layong Bilog River, were we had freshen up and chillax for an hour, before proceeding to our next destination. (i'll be doing a separate post for this river watch out for it!!!!)
Tropang Tits & Pips with Princess @ Layong Bilog River
After being freshen up, we proceed to our next destination. It took us almost 2 hours to reach our sidetrip.
Our walk tour to Town of Taal, Batangas, to visit the "Asia's Biggest Catholic Church known as Taal Basilica" and our Walk to Heritage Village of Taal. (i'll be having separate posts for this walk watch for it!!!)
It's me @ Taal Basilica Marker....^_^
January 16: My First Time to See the Famous Waterfalls behind the Famous Folk Song "Tayo na sa Antipolo".  The Hinulugang Taktak Falls......(i'll be doing separate story about this do watch for it!!!)
My photo opps @ Hinulugang Taktak Falls
After visiting the resort/place of our desired reception for our youngest son 1st birthday celebration. It come to my mind that time that i've been living to Antipolo for almost 4 years and i've heard so much about this falls and other spots that can be seen in Antipolo, because of that, together with my wife, i encourage him to go to this falls since my wife last visit is when she was on high school (1st year), but as we reach the park and it's falls my wife told me there's been no changes aside from close swimming pool inside on its park, closed stalls and stores, and an almost abandoned park, but we cited few lovers inside the park....hehehehe...^_^.
it's me with my lovely wife...reggie...^_^
Just last January 22, i had also my first food trip, happened at Chick-Boy Chicken at was a family dinner with my kids, my kids nanny and with my wife
My 2012 Wishlist:

As 2011 end, my dreamhouse is almost done, and i wish this year, we could transfer from it, but i hope before we transfer it's already furnished and also we could buy all the necessary things that we will used on our dream's to many to mention.......^_^.
our dream house....^_^
Here's my 2nd wish this year, a telephoto lens (70-300 mm), no matter what's brand but of course, i'm looking for the cheapest brand that is compatible to my cam....^_^. If there's willing to sell their lens like this (syempre dapat in very good condition and mura po!!!) or like to sponsor me to have this dream lens of mine....(meron kaya ?)....

Tele-photo lens (70-300mm) range
The 2nd gadget on my bucket of wishlist is to own a laptop, i wish to have a laptop not just a notebook but it must have at least the capabilities of a desktop...hehehe...^_^... i will used it as my personal unit of course for blogging, and on my trips.
one of my dream unit in laptops.....^_^
And last on my wishlist for this year 2012, is to have a healthy and happy kids would be always in good health and also my wife would always give me a go signal on each my trips (hehehehe..wish ko talaga yan..) more travels together with friends and of course with my family....and to finish all of my draft post stories and share it all to you .....(medyo marami po kasi talaga...hehehehe) that would be all....
One more thing pa pala...i hope i could meet any of travel bloggers in the road...^_^.....

Monday, January 16, 2012

Truly.......It's More Fun in the Philippines

by lakwatserong tatay

In line with new DOT's campaign, truly our country has so much to be proud of. As a backpacker/traveler/tipid tripper and a father....^_^, seeing those different sites and tourist spot makes me proud to say's It's More Fun in the Philippines. This past few weeks this meme has gone viral on social networking sites, everyone is creating their own versions of showing that "It's More Fun in the Philippines".

Hope you will like my version of showing "It's More Fun in the Philippines".

Your free to copy and shares this pictures to anyone.....
So what can you say........It's really more fun in the Philipines......^_^

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2011: A Retrospect of Lakwatserong Tatay's Adventures

by lakwatserong tatay

Thank You 2011 !!!!!.........Welcome 2012 and hope to have more DIY travel and camping activities this year!!! I would like to take this chance to show my appreciation to all of my travel companions, the new and old ones.....hehehehe.... It was really nice to be with you and hope to be travelling with you again this Year of the Dragon. Thanks for entrusting me to be your travel buddy/companion and one of your friend. I do promise that our escapades and adventures will not be ended but it will be surely pursue up to the end....nonstop na galaan and tipid trips ang gagawin natin muli ngayon 2012......cheers and more travels to us!!!!!!!!

2011 has ended, but the memories, places and travel is been part of my life. It was really a jam packed year for me, inspite of having nonstop OT's at work, different travel opportunities together with my travel buddies..."Xplorerboyz" and another set of travel/blogger buddies "Tropang Tits & Pips". It is nice to look back on all of those things...the chance to visit different places. Travelling via plane, bus, jeep, tricycle, habal-habal and small boats and roro transfer. Visit different churches of our country, Chasing of Waterfalls, and  Encourage other trippers to make their own blogs to share their own stories. There are two happenings in my life that i would not be able to forget in the year 2011: The chance to be seen in GMA News TV for Weekend Getaway Show with Drew Arellano as Weekend Warriors for Vigan Episode and of course the Birth of my Third Angel "Gabriel".

Here to share my adventures, travels, climbs, events, and happenings in 2011:

San Pablo, Laguna : DIY Trip of Seven Lakes (Bunot Lake, Lake Calibato, Lake Pandin, Lake Yambo, Lake Palakpakin, Lake Mohicap and Sampaloc Lake). Trek to Mt. Malauban

Nagcarlan, Laguna :  Underground Cemetery, Presedencia Nagcarlan, St. Bartholomew Church and Bunga Falls.

Antipolo, Rizal : Gift Giving at Precious Heritage Children's Home

Puerto Princesa, Palawan : Food Trips (Bilao't Palayok, Kinabuchs Grill & Bar Restaurant, and Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill & Restaurant), Trip to Binuatan Creations, Manny's Guest House, Mitra's Ranch, Baker's Hill, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Crocodile Farm, Tiangge Tiangge, Palawan Museum, Plaza Cuartel and Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Taytay, Palawan :  Parish Church of Santa Monica and Stone Fortress: Fuerza de Santa Isabel

El Nido, Palawan : Marina Garden Beach Resort, Trek to Nagkakalit Waterfalls, Island Hopping (Small Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Seven Commandos, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cudugnon Cove, Snake Island, Natnat Beach, Bukal Island) and Parish Church of Saint Francis of Assissi.

San Antonio, Zambales : Church of Holy Infant Catholic

Pundaquit, Zambales : Anawangin Cove, Capones Island, Camara island and Faro de Punta Capones.

Biñan, Laguna : Family Trip at Splash Island Resort

Tagaytay : Overnight Stay at Foggy Heights Village and People's Park in the Sky.

Nasugbu, Batangas : Caleruega Church.

Vigan City : St. Paul Cathedral, Vigan Heritage Street (Meztizo District): Calle Crisologo, Vigan Plaza Hotel, Vigan Heritage River Cruise, Arce Mansion, Plaza Burgos , Plaza Salcedo, Pagburnayan (Jar Making Factory), Baluarte (Mini Zoo), Vigan Airport, Food Trips (Irene's Empanada, Hidden Garden, Los Mojitos de Vigan, Cafe Leona, Legacy Super Club)

Here's the first part of my Weekend Getaway (Vigan Episode) taped last June 9-12, 2011 and aired to GMA News Channel 11 
For the rest of the videos just click this link (lakwatserong tatay)

Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur : Pinsal Falls 

Cabugao, Ilocos Sur : Cabugao Beach Resort

Kalibo, Aklan : Kalibo Airport, Solina's Residence

Boracay Island : Helmet Diving, ATV Ride Adventure, Everland Aviary Farm and Amigos Beach Resort

Rosario, Cavite : POD Outing at Mount Sea Resort

National Capital Region (Quezon City) : La Mesa Eco Park.

Cayagan De Oro : White Water Rafting Experience, Victoria Suites, Food Trip (Street Food Dining at Plaza Divisoria and Hammer Time Bar and Grill).

Misamis Oriental : Balingoan Port and Roro Boat Ride Experience. 

Camiguin Island : Taguines Lagoon, Giant Clams Sanctuary, Sto. Niño cold Spring, Gui-ob Old Church Ruins, Sunken Cemetery, Mt. Vulcan/Walkway to the Old Volcano Station of the Cross, Bura Soda Pool, Katibawasan Falls, Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring, Pabua Cottages, Island Hopping (White Island and Mantigue Island). 

Bukidnon : Camp Phillips Del Monte Plantation and Dahilayan Zipline Adventure.

Iligan, Lanao del Norte : NPC Nature's Park, Maria Christina Falls, Tinago Falls and St. Michael the Archangel Church.

Tanay, Rizal : Daranak Falls, Batlag Falls and San Ildefonso Parish Church.

Paete, Laguna : Mt. Humarap (Tatlong Krus), Matabungka Falls and St. James the Great Parish Church

Antipolo, Rizal : Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo Cathedral) and 3B Resthouse 

My Greatest Achievements for 2011:

Last March, 2011, my wife gave birth of a bouncing baby boy named as "Gabriel Rein Enzo", youngest of my three adorable kids. My son Gab just have his christening few months ago that happened at Antipolo Cathedral and reception follows at 3B Resthouse.

Last 2010 when me and wife finally decided to purchase a house and lot. Our house is located near Thunderbird Resort (Rizal). After 6 months of paying the equity our house was started and had the chance to visit just last quarter of 2011 and 1st floor was almost done and just last December, together with my wife our house is finally built and ready for turn over and hopefully this year we could already transfer to our dream house were also my brother bought a house and lot too......^_^

I'm proud to say that i've influenced some of my fellow newbie tripper to create their own blogs with their own taste, on how to share something about their self, trips, and etc. Although their all newbie when it comes to blogging, im pretty sure that they do more than what did i do for the past 2 years in blogging.
Anak ng Kidlat (Ichan), Lady Traveler (Judith),
Valiant Wife (Lorna) and Batang Kaladkarin (Aleli)   
and hoping that Jheng would follow....

I just want to thank this time to give THANKS TO YOU ALL.......who is behind why am i called the Lakwatserong Tatay now........My travel buddies (The Xplorerboyz and Tropang Tits and Pips), thanks to all funny memories and activities we've shared on 2011 and hope to travel with you more this 2012.

To all my kabundukeros.....SPIMC and YABAG MC....i really miss you guyz, it's been a while since the last time i've joined any of your mountaineering activities...i'm hoping this 2012, i could get back on trails and reach again each of every mountains that i'll be walking and trekking on....^_^

To my online friends, especially the Pinoy Travel Blogger community, that is always there when it comes in sharing different travel tips and helpful guide in everytime one of the member of this community is in need of  TRIP GUIDE, im proud to say that i'm part of of this blogging community that shares the passion for traveling. Even though as of now i'm not really active in making out of my blog stories....hehehehehe.....

To the readers and followers.....Thank you so much for making me more comfortable sharing my travel trips and showing appreciation by simply saying that i helped some of your trips, getting you more reliable contacts, and plan your dream getaway. I promise that to update my site by early quarter this year and continue to share my upcoming trips, the funny stories behind it and make it very easy to you my readers to plan your dream getaway......^_^.....Thank you for the visit, shares, likes, tweets (bago palang ako dito....), and comments. Hope that someday we could meet and join any of your travels.....^_^....

Finally, to my family and friends, who is always supporting me and keeps me comfortable doing all of this trips. to my travel buddies/friends that is always on the go when i planned an unexpected my tatay, at mga kapatid, who is always reminding me every time when i'm in out of town, that it is always show respect to other and be courteous to greet each everyone....and of course to my loving wife, that understand my passion of travelling even though sometimes...galit na talaga siya kasi ba isang buwan 2 -3 times ako gumala (day trip or overnight man siya)...Thank you so much Hon....sana this year payagan mo parin ako sa mga trips ko....hehehehe.....and lastly to my three adorable angels....Kuya Gian, Ate Gayle and Baby GabGab, this passion of sharing my stories behind my travels is for them. That hoping someday when they know how to read, write and understand things, they will be proud of me....and follow my footstep in exploring our countries beauty and share it to the world the unique sights, festivities, food and people in the Philippines...once again Thank you so much!!!!!!!

I hope this year 2012 will be more fruitful and very jam packed trips again for me and also wishing that someday we could meet and bump within our travels....

Cheers....and more travels to you all this 2012!


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