Mt. Batolusong – Embrace Me Under the Big Sky

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.
TIPS
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!

Mt. Batolusong Just about to hike

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Roughly an hour of hiking, the dawn is breaking. Raul for Absolute Drinking Water xD

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Looks like a painting ❤

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Photo Opp

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
witnessing the sunrise

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Breathtaking view. Too bad there’s no sea of clouds!

Mt. Batolusong
Team Mt. Batolusong, just halfway there!

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Right now, surely, you’re looking at the same sky somewhere~
Nishino Kana

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
The sun is up but still cold

Mt. Batolusong
At the grassland

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Just taking my time to appreciate all the wonders of our nature

Mt. Batolusong
My friend Coi having fun while hiking

Mt. Batolusong

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
More more grass

Mt. Batolusong
Because hiking is incomplete without a jump shot! 😀

Mt. Batolusong
Finally seeing the summit!

Mt. Batolusong
Beautiful flower

Mt. Batolusong
Team Mt. Batolusong : Mission Accomplished! Summit Reached!

Mt. Batolusong

Mt. Batolusong
View from the summit and the other one having Laguna de Bay at the background

Mt. Batolusong
I love the clouds, feels like I can reach them!

Mt. Batolusong
Rest! Staring at the clouds, feeling the wind, smelling the grass!

Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Mt. Batolusong
Embrace me under the big sky! ❤

Mt. Batolusong
Of course, take a chance to dip in the mountain waters, so refreshing 🙂

Mt. Batolusong
Going home. Highway is just a few steps away 🙂

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s