Recently, Utada Hikaru announced she’s releasing a new song called “Oozora de Dakishimete
” (Embrace Me Under the Big Sky) in July. The song is a tie-in with Suntory water commercial in which she was shown hiking. Check out her photos/videos here: http://www.suntory.co.jp/water/tennensui/utada/
. Seeing her photos and watching the commercial reminded me of the time I hiked Mt. Batolusong.
My officemate Liz invited me to hike Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal which is approximately 2hours from Manila. For 500 pesos, it includes transportation (Ortigas – Tanay – sidetrip – Ortigas), guide fee, registration and environmental fees. Fair enough.
We all met at Eton Cyberpod in Ortigas at 2AM. Bought water, trail foods and some meds (Diatabs for me xD). As usual, 2AM is not 2AM since some were late. We reached Tanay, Rizal around 4:00AM.
I won’t forget the old man wearing all white and riding a white horse who suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I thought he was The Reaper and gave me a mini heart attack. Wew. The driver asked him some information and he guided us to Barangay San Andres, the jumpoff for the hike.
1. Bring lots of foods
2. Bring lots of water and keep yourself hydrated
3. Bring extra clothes
4. Rest if needed
5. Some areas have signal, you can post ATMs haha
6. There are natural flowing water in some areas and you can refill your water supply. Ask your guide to confirm if it is potable.
7. For the sidetrip, you can opt for some food trip or go swimming after the hike. There are tons of resorts in Tanay and Antipolo.
All right, let’s get the pictures talkin!
Just about to hike
Roughly an hour of hiking, the dawn is breaking. Raul for Absolute Drinking Water xD
Looks like a painting ❤
witnessing the sunrise
Breathtaking view. Too bad there’s no sea of clouds!
Team Mt. Batolusong, just halfway there!
Right now, surely, you’re looking at the same sky somewhere~
The sun is up but still cold
At the grassland
Just taking my time to appreciate all the wonders of our nature
My friend Coi having fun while hiking
More more grass
Because hiking is incomplete without a jump shot! 😀
Finally seeing the summit!
Team Mt. Batolusong : Mission Accomplished! Summit Reached!
View from the summit and the other one having Laguna de Bay at the background
I love the clouds, feels like I can reach them!
Rest! Staring at the clouds, feeling the wind, smelling the grass!
Embrace me under the big sky! ❤
Of course, take a chance to dip in the mountain waters, so refreshing 🙂
Going home. Highway is just a few steps away 🙂