The same way that not all beaches are the same, no mountain is alike. I think it’s easy to assume that every climb is a similar experience, but not really. That’s perhaps one of the striking realizations I had during my last climb – this one in Mt. Maculot. Each trail offers new discoveries, and each step takes me to a new path. There are so many new wonders on the way to the summit, and back.
I have been to this island back in 2016, and that trip offered me a glimpse of all the treasures this island holds – so many things to see and experience. But since my last trip was only for 2 days and 1 night, I had to go back to actually experience all the things I didn’t get to try the first time. So for my solo trip this 2018, I decided to visit Siquijor again.
The mountains never fail to surprise. These are already my third and fourth climb, and the trail is actually way easier than that of Mt. Ulap. And yet, there are still so many firsts, so many new things to learn and discover.
Sunny days are almost over, but the itch to climb mountains isn’t. So with high hopes that there won’t be rain amid this unpredictable weather, I invited a cousin to go join a group of trekkers bound for Benguet, a trip that was supposed to happen during the last weekend of July but was moved to the first weekend of August because, yes, the rain. Despite the reschedule, we said yes – and off we went to climb Mt. Ulap!
My previous posts have been about animals and my love for them, a love that I can trace back to a childhood filled with pets. Sorting through my files earlier, I came across something I wrote and posted in one of my old blogs decades ago – a tribute to a pet cat, one of the many who have made a huge impact in my life. Resharing the write-up here – hope you enjoy reading.
Spending a day in an animal shelter – it’s a powerful experience. It has opened my eyes to the reality of the situation concerning stray animals in the Philippines. It has changed the way I look at strays and has made me see the beauty that lies beneath the surface. And it has awakened in me a dream that I keep alive up to this day.
It is my dream to build an animal shelter someday – perhaps when I retire, or when I have enough resources. In the meantime, I do what I can to care for stray animals and to promote animal welfare.
This is a 3-year old Facebook post that I’m reposting and resharing in an effort to bring continuing awareness to the plight of many stray animals here in the Philippines. You are loved, Russette. We hope you’re having a blast on the other side of the rainbow bridge.