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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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Discover Malaysia: Time Travel back to 2015

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Walkway going to Victoria Hotel.

For starters if you follow my blog you know that I just recently do blogging and have not posted my international travel debut. So in preparation for my second travel outside the country this year (2017) YES! Allow me to recollect the memories of 2015 and share it with you.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Basically it was my first time to travel abroad, be in a foreign land and be with foreign people- it is quite intimidating and challenging at the same time. Intimidating in such a way that you might feel dumb because of language, norms and cultural differences, you may not be understood but also challenging where your people skills and ability to adapt will be measured.

Here are some memorable experiences in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Driver seat on the right side of the car! As soon as we had our Peso changed to their local currency (Ringgit) we headed straight to the taxi bay where bunch of cars parked and on the other side drivers were chatting with each other while waiting for passengers. As we approached the bay, one guy came to us and asked if we needed a cab and we said yes, then he helped us towards the cab. As always,  I seat next to the driver’s seat so I opened the car door on the right side and got surprised to see the steering wheel staring back at me.  I looked over my shoulder and saw the driver’s face turning red bursting with laughter and so my friends and the other drivers in the airport! I exclaimed “hala!” and laughed with them.

Here’s a picture of four of us with me next to the driver. (I am sorry kuya I forgot your name,  it’s been awhile now so I hope you understand).

 

Don’t worry I am not driving.

 

After we checked-in in our hotel,  we went out to the nearest mall to look for money changer.  Tip: have enough money changed to local currency at the airport and the rest of your budget in a local money changer. Exchange rates at the airport is considerably higher compare to regular money changers at the mall.

They say that in every country there is always Filipino. True enough, past lunch time and we had not eaten yet, we decided to look for some local food close to our hotel. While we were discussing which way should we look for we were interrupted by a familiar language from unfamiliar voice asking, “Saan ba kayo pupunta?” (Where are you going?) and you know what happened next.

Thanks to our friendly kababayan who helped us with directions, we found a restaurant. As we order food we were arguing which one from the menu is better than the other. Funny cause we have not tasted any of them before but basing our judgment on the pictures then the waitress said, “Mas masarap pa po yung halo-halo natin diyan.” And we were stunned.

You might guess that some of the hotel staff where we stayed are Filipinos,  you bet.

Enough with the chit chat and start with our first stop. Mount Kota Kinabalu view point.

Mount Kota Kinabalu view deck. Behind is the famous Mt. Kinabalo draped with clouds.

Mt. Kinabalu Botanical Garden.

Canopy Walk

Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Parasailing and Island hoping.

These are some good memories in 2015. Looking forward for Indonesia this July!

(pictures of flowers were taken by @salingkatkat)