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fresh air, cloudy sky, and a whole lot of smiles

Taken in Mt Pinatubo, located in Capas Tarlac Philippines Feb 18, 2012, credits to my friends for the photos.

Had a great time, simply because it's a place everyone thought once as a scary place, being a volcano. But we (Macy, Jennylyn, Nicol, Chris, Tin, and me) made it the most of our trip. Gone over and under the lahar barren land of Capas Tarlac, had a few scares while riding the 4x4 jeep which from afar looked like toy cars in lots of colors. The first few pictures are taken in the morning so not yet looking like old people due to the vast cloud of dust coming in on our faces. Thankful that a day before it rained. The people are friendly, honest tour guides who serve also as porters. They will help you out with your bags if you can't carry them anymore. The trek is just as we expected, long and tiring and if nature calls then you will have to use the traditional way, just use a scarf to cover you. Mt Pinatubo's old trail is for both beginners and advanced climbers, mostly rocky and sandy, so you better bring trekking shoes for protection. What thrilled me is the cold water when your shoes take a dip while passing by the many streams behind boulders. Quite slippery so your guide will be your most trusty partner to help you across. Just like me, I was excited to get so fast to the other side. Note that safety first before having fun :P With that said, I confess I still enjoyed the water inside my shoes. The first glance at the entrance to the lake, welcomed us with a nice view. The proof if in front of me, I was 7 yrs old when it erupted and there I was standing the wind was blowing fresh air, and just in time to put on my slippers . Glancing at the beautiful view, my hungry senses reminded me to rest first. Nic had the plan to eat our lunch at the other side where we can swim and play at the hot spring, but we all just gave in and took out our simple salo-salo composed of siomai, donuts, salted egg with tomatoes and onion whom Macy and Jen carefully prepared. Aside from that we shared rice and pork made by Chris and Tin. People gathered around the shed too and then the place was instantly turned into a casual restaurant by the lake shore. Koreans, Brits, French, Pinoys, name it, it was an international gathering where the boys enjoyed girl watching and the girls just enjoyed sun bathing and out on the coolest outfit of them all haha..nope they're not nude, they just let the sun burned them a bit. Like us while waiting for the boat to catch. From being tired we dossed off. The sunny-cloudy sky was making me sleepy and they I believe made themselves comfortable with plain sands on our backs. Unlike a few people who brought their camping gears like tents, and that cute little cooking kettle that the Koreans used for their afternoon tea . I hand it to them being a newbie on travelling and exploring, I am trying to absorb everything I see, and heard. Specially from Nic, he always tells me how to make use of my time better than just staying at home. At last the boat came, and we aboard. Another addition to my firsts, is riding it without the wood to balance in tagalog is called a "Katig" with the "Tarik" on the side are outriggers which are bamboo that when filled with water, is my worst fear yet hahaha. Just tried to be brave and enjoyed the torquise water, and even if I imagined there is a monster going to bite my hand off, I felt the 26 degrees and 5.5 pH, haha . It was weirdly silent at the other side, few people who paid for the fee to ride the boat and take 30 min swim made me calm and just enjoy the view. We forgot to bring eggs, as supposedly the shore where the cold and hot water meet can cook them in minutes. But even if we didn't get to do it, I got to swim Just this one small problem, I can't get back to the shore I found myself asking for help, from our guide to drag me. So embarrassing but my life depended on him, and my butt being cooked from the heat. Had a few funny moments where one of our boys wore trunks and just flaunted himself in front of the women in bikinis, haha I was proud of him and with his mighty guts to do that. I was satisfied even for the short time we had. It was time to go back and get the last glimpse of it all. The trip back was very fun, I used the poncho we bought, and I was enjoying the sprinkles of rain showering above us. The 4x4 at the jump off are waiting patiently as we took our group shot near the edge of a lahar cliff, dangerous but very nice view. Bumpy bumpy ride good thing I sat next to Nic he helped not to fall over. And when we arrived we showered and went home finally, I couldn't help but sleep at the van, and just as I thought my dream couldn't be any better, We were back in Manila saying our quick goodbyes...until our next trip ^_^ did we leave him behind?? where could he be??