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Mt. Irid Fail, Kinabuan Falls Wins.

The original plan was to go to Mt. Irid in Tanay, but because of miscommunication about the permit, we we’re not allowed to hike Irid. One guy from Tanay Tourism said we can simply print our “Permit to Hike” only to find out that we have to personally pick it up from the Municipal Hall. We were going on a Sunday, how can we get it? Anyway, we went ahead and just printed our email conversation hoping that they will accept it, unfortunately, local management did not accept it but allowed us to go to Kinabuan instead.

Not meant To Be. I guess it was not really our time to hike Irid. As we go to Kinabuan, rain fell after crossing the 4th river, that means five more rivers before we reach the camp site where we can pitch out tents for the night and expected for the river to swell. Soon enough on the 7th river, the water current was so strong that we had to take a detour where the water is not too deep and too strong for us to cross. I thought that if we are to climb the summit, it will be a very difficult one because of the rain. Trail will be 5x more difficult than what it already is.

From barangay hall to Kinabuan we had to cross 9 rivers to reach Kinabuan.

By 5:30pm we reached Kinabuan and assembled our tents. By 6:00 pm we’re done and ready to go but our guide told us check out the waterfalls the following morning instead since it’s already dark, we will not be able to appreciate the waterfalls. So we freshen up, prepared our dinner, short socializing and lights out by 9:00pm.

The next day after we had our breakfast, we went straight to Kinabuan Falls, just a three-minute walk from the camping site. I remembered seeing it for the first time, it was glorious. I may be exaggerating at some point but it was really beautiful. It is like a paradise where fairies and mystical creatures live. Unspoiled.

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Here are some pictures we took on our way to Kinabuan and the Kinabuan Falls:

TIP: WE VISITED THE PLACE SEPTEMBER 17, ONE WEEK AFTER A STORM PASSED BY, IT IS VERY EVIDENT TO THE SIZE OF THE WATERFALLS. DURING SUMMER, IT IS RELATIVELY SMALLER BUT YOU CAN STILL ENJOY THE COLD DIP IN THAT POOL.

MAKE SURE TO CONTACT TANAY TOURISM FIRST IF THEY REQUIRE “PERMIT TO HIKE” JUST TO GO TO KINABUAN FALLS. BUT IF YOU PLAN TO HIKE MT. IRID, IT IS A MUST THAT YOU HAVE A HARD COPY OF YOUR PERMIT.

Contact Pitoy (point person) at +639293265454 or 639263652353

How to get there:

Option A.

  1. From Cogeo Gate 2, take a jeepney going to Sampaloc, Tanay and drop off at Batangasan (San Andress, Php42.00).
  2. Take a tricycle going to Sitio Maynoba (50.00 per person for a group of four)
  3. From Maynoba, you have to walk and cross 5 rivers to get to Sta. Ines, proceed to Bgy. Hall for permit, registration, and secure a guide.
  4. From Bgy. Hall, start trekking for about 2 hours to 2 and half and cross 9 rivers before reaching Kinabuan camp site.

Option B. Wait for monster jeep from Cogeo leaving between 12:00nn to 1:00pm. If you missed that you have to go with Option A.

Option C. Rent a monster jeep (as they call it)

Option D. Use your own 4×4 or a mountain bike will do.

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Terima kasih Indonesia!

I have been very laid back these past weeks and not been able to do any new blog post yet. Done with my last hike in Tanay, August has ended and we’re now on the second week of September yet no update still from my Indonesia Trip. First of, my Samsung Note 5 already expired (entirely my fault really) and all of my pictures were there I meant the good coupes. I had them uploaded in Facebook though, all of them, but you can’t really use those because it automatically reduces the size of the file once uploaded to Facebook server so it is not going to be as good as it should be to use on a blog. But I am gonna use them anyway (I thought you should know first so I now apologize for the quality of pictures uploaded.) ’cause I really do not have a choice.

Anyhow, thanks to our very kind, supportive and generous host, Mrs. Lolita  Cruz-Arbozo for taking care of us while we (3 monkeys and guest) were in Jakarta, Indonesia. Terima kasih (Thank you) Ma’am Oyette! Our stay wouldn’t be any better without you doing all the translation with the locals, letting us disturb your peaceful apartment for several days.

What are we going to do in Indonesia? In my opinion, creating itinerary after securing a flight ticket is a no no. When we had our tickets secured, we started to search “Things you can do in Jakarta, “Places you can visit in Jakarta” and the like in google. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do in the city. Most of the suggested places to go are all about museums, midnight bars and clubs, music lounge and amusement parks. Not our type of activities, so what now?

JAKARTA

  • City Tour and a visit to National Museum.

I loved how the city bus is managed. They have their own lane and terminal, it is like MRT but it is a bus. The inside looks MRT/LRT as well. Cool.

And this is what it looks like inside the bus:

  • National Museum.
  • Central Park.

And you always have one in a group who takes photos like this:

compare to this:

Monumen Nacional (MONAS)

It is a 433 ft (132 meter) tower in the center of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia.

Best shot ever: WHERE IS JUSTICE?

We all wanted to go at the top of the tower to see the view of the city form above but because it was a holiday in Jakarta, there were so many tourist both local and foreign wanted the same thing. They are also limiting the number of guests to 500 per day who can go up the tower and unfortunately we did not make the cut. We tried the next day but with no luck we were not too early enough to get the reservation, by the time we get there they were already full. We still had fun though.

  • Ancol Dreamland. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol otherwise known as Ancol Dreamland is an integral part of Ancol Bay City, a resort destination located along Jakarta’s waterfront, in Ancol Kelurahan, Pademangan, Indonesia (from Wikipedia).
  • Alive Museum. Jakarta’s brand new fun and entertainment destination, it is one of the biggest 3D illusion museums in Jakarta.

MAGELANG

  • Borobudur Temple, or Barabudur. It is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, as well as the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and also one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues (from Wikipedia).

YOGYAKARTA

  • Prambanan Temple or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

Getting a best shot in these two temples was a struggle because of so many tourists.

  • Kalibiru National Park. A beautiful park of lush nature, a peaceful environment and beautiful views.

 

According to Aesop, “Adventure is worthwhile” and indeed it was. Looking forward for more.