I Traveled to Batangas

Mt. Taal, Batangas

Mt. Taal, Batangas

Fast Facts: Mt. Taal Talisay, Batangas 311masl, 1.7km, class trail 1 45 minutes to summit, half day climb Mt. Taal is my first actual hike. Well, the one that I at least had an idea I was climbing a mountain. Mt. Taal is located in Talisay, Batangas, even if it is a very common thought that the Taal Volcano is located in Tagaytay. Geographically, the volcano is locat ed in Talisay. This volcano is widely known as the smallest active volcano in the whole world. The once colossal volcano rising to 5800 meters was reduced to the now crater lake and what is known as the Taal mountain. This climb is only a minor climb, with a difficulty level of only 2/9 according to www.pinoymountaineer.com. With a trail length of 1.7kms and class trail 1, the 311masl is only set for a half day climb, 45 minutes to summit (although we took more than an hour). The history of the Taal volcano dates back to a wondrous story, bringing up stories that the beautiful lake stores numerous legends about unknown sea creatures, unknown ruins and even lost cities. Tales have even lead back to stories wherein sharks used to roam the lake as well as a the Hydrophis semperi or the duhol to locals or the Lake Taal Sea Snake

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Taking Tagaytay and Mt. Taal in less than 48 Hours

Taking Tagaytay and Mt. Taal in less than 48 Hours

After months of no travel and in a sudden desperate need of being somewhere but in between work and school, when my sister mentioned that she and her friends were planning to go to Tagaytay, I immediately wanted to tag along. Petty, huh? Little sister having to tag along with her elder sister. Kahiya! However, my parents aren’t that open to my traveling yet. In fact, the first words that come out of my father’s mouth whenever I mention a place – any place is: NPA. Shhh! Our secret. I understand, I do, how worried they are especially since they’re OFWs working in a different country and they don’t get to spend a lot of time with us. So, when I told my sister I wanted to go, she told me to tell my mother. And I opted to tell my mother just before we leave (so she won’t have any choice and she won’t have any chance to say anything that may ruin the weekend for me). Bad choice. Well, then, any choice would’ve been bad except if I decided not to go, and at that moment, I really, really wanted/needed to go. So I did despite my parents already showing angry signs over text. (Tigas ulo! – I’m a hard headed person). My sister likes to plan. She

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