Bunny Preps: Mt. Pico De Loro (Palay-Palay) Camping + Trek


A good friend of mine – Ome – wanted to try trekking and camping since it’s something he has not tried yet.

I recommended Mt. Pico de Loro or Mt. Palay-Palay – a mountain bordering Nasugbu, Batangas and Maragondon, Cavite. I researched and found that it’s a minor climb, with a 3/9 difficulty and a trail class 1-3 (I have no idea what this means, I’m assuming it’s synonymous to “easy”)- perfect for my beginner friend.

I live south of Manila. As such, I tried finding a blog providing information on how to get there from Alabang – I failed, miserably –  so I decided to make one for myself and for others who will travel to Pico de Loro from south of Manila.

There are two jump off points to the Parrot’s beak / Pico de Loro summit:

Major jump-off: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite
Minor jump-off: Ternate-Nasugbu Highway, Nasugbu, Batangas

I chose the one in DENR, Ternate so I’ll be sharing directions from Alabang to Ternate.

Directions from Alabang to Ternate via Google Map

~Driving directions:


~Commuting directions

Take the Alabang –  Dasmarinas – Ternate route

Very Important Update: I have already tried this route and it’s a litte more taxing than what I have expected and have written here. First off, after taking a van from Starmall Muntinlupa to Dasmarinas, you will be dropped off at Robinson’s Pala Pala. There is no direct van/jeep to Ternate. Here is the actual route:
Alabang – Dasma (Robinson’s Pala Pala) – Trese Martires – Naic – Ternate
I know. It looks scary. But, I have tried it and it’s still fun, especially when you are lugging around your cool hiking backpack while wearing a cool hiking outfit. Everyone was looking at us with envious eyes, and I felt very much like a celebrity, pro-adventurer ala-Bear Grylls. It was awesome. (Updated March 30, 2015)

From Ternate terminal (last stop of the public vehicle), a tricycle (worth 250 pesos or 75 per head) can be taken to go to the DENR Station.

Of course, being the list-freak that I am, I will not be able to call this post my own if it does not have a list in it. (I have printables and editables for you.)

So, here you go…

My Camping + Trekking Checklist (Overnight)

000102Hooray! I have here PRINTER and EDIT-friendly CHECKLISTS for you!

Overnight Camping Checklist (PRINTER-friendly: PDF)

overnight-camping-checklist (EDIT-friendly: Word format)

I also have my budget checklist. I have accounted possible price increases so as to avoid not having enough money once there.

My Projected Budget Checklist (Alabang – Pico de Loro)

04Another hooray! I have PRINTER and EDIT-friendly BUDGET CHECKLIST versions here for you!

Budget Checklist (EDIT-friendly: Word format)

Pico de Loro Budget Checklist (PRINTER-friendly: PDF)

Budget recommendations:

Minimum budget = 800 pesos

Maximum budget = 1000 pesos

Aaaaand I know that a travel prep post will not be complete without an itinerary, so I also made a projected itinerary.

I also made PRINTER and EDIT-friendly ITINERARIES for you!

You are welcome. Haha.

My Overnight Camping + Trek to Pico de Loro Itinerary

0708As promised, here are the documents you can use:

Pico de Loro Itinerary (PRINTER-friendly: PDF)

Pico de Loro Itinerary (EDIT-friendly: Word format)

I’m sooooo nice, it’s scary. Hahaha.

Don’t forget to check the area’s weather before trekking / hiking. On our scheduled climb, it seems the weather will be quite manageable.

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Note: My documents have spaces for you to write down the actual expenses, activities, and duration of the activities you’ve done, so that you can also track them on your own.

<3 I hope this information and my checklists help you guys one way or another.


Hop+hike+trek+camp+hop again,

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Bunny Beeps: I like Bem.

Disclaimer: This is cheesy, and some might find it egotistical, but the fun thing is — I don’t care. Hahaha. My good deed for the day is a good deed for myself.


I like Bem. I really do.

I like her smile. It is contagious, and it can immediately light up a room.

I like how she cares for other people. I like that she puts a lot of effort to show how important others are, and that she thinks respect for others is awesome.

I like her courage to look adversity in the eye and smile. I like that she works hard to give what her family needs, and is not afraid to sacrifice the little things.

I like how she sees the world in its imperfect beauty. I like that she accepts things as they are and is not afraid to get dirty once in a while.

I like her loyalty to her friends. I like that she accepts them for who they are, and does not want them to change in ways they do not want.

I like that you can talk to her about anything. I like that she won’t judge you for what you say or do and would lend an ear if you need someone to listen to you.

I like how she loves being vulnerable and being human. I  like that she takes time to appreciate the little things and is not afraid to express gratitude.

I like that she wants to see others grow. I like that she feels satisfied when she has been part of someone’s betterment, and that she works hard to do it everyday.

I like that she is independent. I like that she is brave enough to do things in her own way and in her own time.

I like that she is open to new possibilities. I like that she is not afraid to feel, taste and see new discoveries in the new and the old.

I like Bem. I really do.


I am my favorite person <3 ,

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Bunny Writes: A Song For You – DearYou



You, who will sweep me off my mind and not off my feet; not with sweet words and lavish gifts, but with actions, persistent and passionate.


You, who will enjoy freedom in our independence and more so in our unity.

You, who will have faith that together, we can stand brave and mighty.


You, who will be equally curious with my endless curiosity.

You, who will be restless together with the restless me.


You, who will sing with me songs that are perfectly out of tune.

You, who will create spaces for each of our imagination to bloom.


You, who will lovingly care for the things that I care about.

You, who will share words with me in gentle frankness and not with a bitter mouth.


You, who will join me paint our world with the colors of our dreams.

You, who will help me remember – should I forget – that we work as a team.


You, who will trust that I’m like your kite – always tied to you – and you are mine.

You, who will enjoy to see me soar as I enjoy seeing you fly.


You, who will take this promise to your heart, through our rises and falls:

You, who will never need to ask, “Will you be my constant through it all?”



As my good deed for the day, I am sharing one of my favorite songs from Jason Mraz — “Quiet”.

I hope it will inspire you as much as it has inspired me today.

(Click play on the music player below)

The player is tricky at times. If it’s not playing, press the middle of the bar, or refresh the page. :-)


Inspiration comes from EVERYWHERE,

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Bunny Beeps: 10 Reasons Why Adopting A Pet is AWESOME!


Seven months ago, I had the luck of finding a grey, striped, crazy, living furball.

It’s safe to say that my days from then on have never been the same.

So, as my good deed for the day, let me share some of the reasons why I think adopting a pet (dog or cat) is one of the most awesome things you can do for yourself.

Let’s start! Meeeee-yaaaaw!



Just got your heartbroken? Just killed someone?

Hey, your friendly, non-judging pet is here for you to listen.

C’mon… you can let it all out with them. They will even cry with you.

2. Pets make us LAUGH

They are funny as hell. Just check out Youtube and you’d see that more than half of the funny videos there are made by pet owners and their crazy pets.

3. Pets can be a cute alternative to an ALARM CLOCK

If you want a dog, prepare to get wet. In my case, I prepare for scratches. Sweet.

4. Pets teach us RESPONSIBILITY

It’s like taking care of a baby… a wild and crazy baby, just to turn up the ante.

5. Pets teach us DISCIPLINE

They crave for routine. So make sure that you can give them an organized and timely schedule of… feeding.

6. Pets show us INDEPENDENCE

They do their own thing… 90% of the time.

You can’t tell them what to do, unless, you have food. (And sometimes, even that, fails. Haha)


They can see beauty in every thing. No matter how little or invaluable to us.

Take my cat, for example, her favorite plaything? Crumpled paper.

8. Pets strengthen our PATIENCE

I know they are cute, but they are also capable of:

- making incessant noise at 2 am in the morning

- smearing poop everywhere

- destroying your favorite furniture

- breaking every vase and pot in the house

- unannounced biting and scratching


9. Pets make us FEEL LOVED

They are always excited and happy to see you. They never judge you. They are always interested in what you’re doing. They are sad when you are sad, and happy when you are happy. They protect you from bad guys. ‘Nuff said.

10. Pets let us GIVE LOVE

That’s right. They LET us, and they love it.

And that is the most beautiful thing that one can have — an opportunity to give love.


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They give free obedience training, free vet consultations and discounts from PARC Clinic.



Love is my favorite boomerang,

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Bunny Cries: Stop Animal Cruelty in Boracay!

I know that I have already shared something about Boracay, and like most blogs, I focused more on how beautiful the island’s landscape is — how white and powdery its sand is, or how its blue seas glitter under the hot sun.

This time however, I have been made aware that amidst the beauty, there is something ugly that lurks underneath and I cannot just stand here and look away.

So as my good deed for the day,  I will share a chance for everybody to make a difference.

Let’s make Boracay an island that we know is beautiful not only for its enviable sand and sea, but also for its enviable humanity.


I just signed the petition, “Johnny Yap, Mayor of Boracay, Philippines: Stop the Cruel Treatment of Boracay’s Homeless Animals.”

I think this is important. Will you sign it too?

Here’s the link:


Thank you.


Animals teach us many things, but not one of it is to be cruel,

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Bunny Beeps: A Poem That You Can Live By

I’ve been feeling a little bit in the dumps lately, and I know that the only way to feel better is through a good deed.

So, as my good deed for the day, I will share with you a poem that I read whenever I need a little boost — a little push towards the right perspective.

I hope it can help you too, one way or another.


Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And which is more; you’ll be a Man, my son!
Poetry is sexy,
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Bunny Beeps: 10 Quotes to Tell Your Sweetheart After Valentine’s Day

Happy February 15th! <3

Congratulations for passing the day that tests how romantic AND creative you are.

Anyhoo, the best way to take advantage of this achievement you’ve “unlocked” is to make sure that the feelings rekindled and revived yesterday will be sustained for the next 364 days before next year’s Valentine’s Day.

I can see nodding here and there. Yes…. Yes.

I can also see in your faces that that is a more grueling task than the preparation you had before Valentine’s Day. Yes… Yes.

But that’s one of the many fun things in having a romantic relationship, isn’t it? — the fun in thinking of new ways and letting your creative (and non-creative, bodily) juices flow to make sure that your partner is as happy as a hippie on ecstasy.

And so, as my good deed for the day, let me share with you some of my favorite quoted lines from some of my favorite authors that you can tell your sweetheart, today, tomorrow, and the next few days after, and make him or her giddy as f***.



Thank you Dar & new friend, Kev, for posing for this photo. Haha.









Ahhh… love.

It is the best thing that one can give and receive.

So, get go, good luck, and you are welcome!


*Note: All photos here were taken during my trips around the Philippines. =)


Love loves to love love,

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