Ultimate Daranak Falls Experience

Another despedida outing for my friend. It was originally a family outing but she tagged us along. Where to? Daranak Falls at Tanay, Rizal. 4 hours of travel with lost-in-the-road-ask-random-people-how-to-get-there and finally we got there in time for lunch. Getting near the falls wasn’t that easy, too. You have to cross a long bamboo bridge, a mini bridge and step mostly on big rocks just to get to the tables.

Before we ate lunch, we went to see the falls. I thought it wasn’t that nice since the water in the stream was not so good. But the falls (being a first timer to see one), was really amusing. It wasn’t that breathtaking at all but not bad.

We took few pictures and went back to our table to eat. You can bring your own griller and that was what tito did. So we had barbecue aside from the adobo. Nomnomnom. Great lunch. Just enough to fill our stomachs before starting our stream trekking.

We were supposed to go to Batlag Falls but we gave up after (probably) 15 steps. The road was steep or so it was for us. People say it is just a 5-minute walk away from Daranak but personally, I think it would take me 10-15 minutes just to get there. Anyway, we just decided to push through our stream trekking. We got almost far but decided to go back since there was a man who was talking to my friend’s brother directing us somewhere. We were freaked out. LOL.

My friend picked up a heart-shaped rock. He even put it in my bag without telling me! I was like remove-it-in-my-bag ’cause I was afraid that I would be cursed from getting something from the nature. But the rock was so lovely, how could not anyone pick it up? I just hope he won’t be cursed. LOL.

So when we got back, we decided to swim. The water was so cold, brrr. The water gets deep near the falls. You would really need a salbabida (life-savers) if you don’t know how to swim. It’s going to hurt your arms (in my case, the whole body) a day after ’cause you will need a lot of effort to move around the water with your floater. Oh, there are sharp rocks near the shallow area which can wound you big time. =/

The 4 hour waterfall experience was really fun. The travel back will make you hungry ’cause you’re tired. Hahaha. My friend, Nok, served us foods! RICE IN A CUP! Plus mango for dessert which was gross but who-cares-no-one-except-the-four-of-us-saw how we ate it. It was really a challenge!

Yay because this is the 3rd time I went swimming this summer. Ha, I so love the water this year!

Have you been near the falls?

Mountaineer me

Click the images to enlarge. 1st, the view from the top. 2nd, view from the school we went to.

Congratulations, we finished our experiment!!! We went down around 7am and arrived at the school at 7:45am. Yeah, we walked down. It was scary buwis-buhay (deadly) trip. Srsly, I wanted to cry when we reached the school! HAHAHAHA!

We walked uphill for more than an hour. I thought I was going to die – my heart was constantly palpitating. Good thing we had stop overs ’cause if not, I don’t think I’d survive. =))

Too bad we lacked time and we didn’t have the chance to go to Tagaytay. Well, there’s always next time. 😉 The trip was oh so fun though we didn’t last there for 24 hours. Heh.

Transport

Noong pumasok ako sa PUP may ilang mababaw na goals akong nailista. Ang sumakay sa ferry boat (oo yung dumadaan sa maduming river) at sa PNR Train. Hindi pala ako nagiisa. Yung mga ka-close ko sa school, gusto rin nilang masubukan. So parang perfect friends sila sa mga ganitong mini adventure diba.

Alam ko nakasakay na ako sa isang malaking boat noong bata pa ako pero nakalimutan ko na yon. Nakasakay na rin ako sa ferry boat na papuntang Corregidor pero syempre iba pa rin yung dadaan sa maitim na tubig noh. So nasakatuparan namin ng mga friends ko ang pangarap na sumakay ng ferry boat noong February lang. Wala kasing klase noon at perfect day talaga. At halos sakto lang kami sa schedule ng boat. Saan kami patungo? Sa Intramuros! Wala nga lang kaming souvenir dahil kinukuha pala yung ticket at bawal din magpicture kasi daw pa-Malacañang yung way.

Nito lang thursday, dahil mga wala kaming assignment sa major namin, pinalabas kami. Medyo cool sa akin yon since badtrip ako that time. Hindi pa kami umuwi agad at napagusapan naming susubukan naman namin yung PNR Train.

Gusto ko talaga kasing sumakay doon dati pa. Noong luma at bulok pa yung train, marami akong naririnig na bad reviews katulad na may mga nangbubuhos ng tubig (minsan pa nga ihi daw). Syempre, yun nga yung adventure don e pero dahil hindi naman nilagay yon para mag adventure kami ng mga classmate ko, corny yon para sa ibang tao. Pero ano ba, bago na yung train ngayon! Airconditioned na raw. Sosyal na ever. Kalungkot lang na hindi ko nasubukan yung old school train. 🙁

So ayun na nga. May schedule pala ang pagdaan ng train. Akala ko parang MRT/LRT lang na parang every 5-10 mins, may dadaan. Sobrang nalungkot naman ako diba. Pero say what. Meron doong trolley na de-tulak talaa. Nung pagkahinto nung isang manong sa tapat namin (inaalok kaming maground trip) sabi namin pasubok naman magtulak. Hinayan niya kami for awhile tapos pinasakay na niya kami at weeeeeeeeeeeeee. Joyride! Hahaha! Ang bilis talaga at take note, paa lang ginagamit ni manong. Para ngang ice skater e. Astig. Saludo ako kay manong talaga! Akalain niyong limang piso bawat tao lang naman ang isang sakay tapos ang hirap ng ginagawa niya nakabilad pa siya sa araw.

Push that trolley! :)

Nakakapagod yung roundtrip na ginawa namin kasi sigaw kami ng sigaw kapag may parang lubak. Naubos talaga yung energy ko. Pero I’m telling you, super fun talaga! Gusto mo rin bang masubukan? 🙂