A daily life in the Metropolis is sometimes very demanding or time that traffic congestion is so bad, time that you just chose to take train but crowd and queues are just so horrible, MRT facilities are dead and not working… time that you chose to take cab but units are scarce or drivers are selective, or time that you chose to go to work late to avoid from traffic but safety will be a concern…
How can you manage a stress free life if we always have these elements in our daily life in the Metro? Aside from transportation and safety concerns, there are sometimes issues in the workplace, overtime is required, reports during month end, project to finish and series of meetings to attend, but that can be addressed through time management, know how to organize and prioritize but there is something missing that would eventually re-energize you to another week ahead, and revive your mind, body and soul. Are you longing for perks of nature? Enjoy watching the scenery, listening to natural sound of environment, smelling fresh nature tang, breath a fresh air or just need physical exercise that our body needed the most. One of my ways to stay positive and survive life in metropolis is to take time to reconnect with the nature, go out for a number of hours or days on the nearby provinces of Metropolis. I would still prefer outdoor activities over doing activities inside the mall or parks that are still within Metro.
Hiking is my easy outlet to survive from Metropolis life, easy in a way that place can be reached in 2 – 3 hours, can be done in one day, and most especially it’s just economy in our pocket. And of course the the experience that is priceless, experience to see the lives of other people, try their culture and sometimes a place of realization. You will find yourself and know yourself even deeper and times that you will suddenly stop and say a little prayer.
What makes hiking an easy way to escape Metropolis Life?
1. Distance | Going South, East or North? – You have all what you need from the corners of Manila. You have Bulacan & Pampanga in the North. You have Laguna, Cavite and Batangas in the South and Rizal in the East. I have listed some of the summit below.
Mt. Sembrano – future documentation..
Mt. Tagapo – future documentation
Mt. Sipit Ulang (https://wordpress.com/post/92833817/620/)
Mt. Pamitinan & Mt. Binacayan (https://wordpress.com/post/92833817/539/)
Mt. Balagbag (http://makenowheresomewhere.blogspot.com/2013/02/mt-balagbag-san-isidro-rodriguez-rizal.html)
Mt. Pico de Loro (https://travelprince.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/mt-pico-de-loro-7th-time/)
Mt. Marami (https://wordpress.com/post/92833817/514/) I don’t recommend this for day hike.
Mt. Manabo (http://www.waypoints.ph/detail_gen.php?wpt=manabo)
Mt. Talamitam (http://www.mountainsnbeyond.com/2012/05/mt-talamitam-nasugbu-batangas-mt.html)
Each of the destinations above can be reached in 2 – 3 hours. You have Coastal Mall southwest terminal that caters Batangas and Cavite, Laguna Bound.
You have Cubao and Crossing for Rizal Bound.
You have Cubao for Bulacan and Pampanga bound buses.
And, driving with your own car is just so easy – it will just take you 2-3 hours.
3. Budget Friendly
Because mostly can be done only by a day trek you not need to spend too much for food overnight fee or other expenses. You just need transportation registration fees, guide fees and meals. The cheapest I had is only 230 for my recently Duo Pami & Binacayan hike.
Accommodation not needed.. No hotel rental etc…
Most of the peaks have established trail, organized and have guides and mostly have people around since its convenient and accessible you will always meet other groups along your way. Cellphone signal is also strong on the most part.
And finally, aside from being easy escape – it helps our body and mind healthy. It will also bring social awareness and someway helps our locals on their livelihood activities.
So what are you waiting for? Pack up and Hike!!