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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I found more leech marks. Bloody leeches!

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    ^I think those marks are from the 3 fat leeches thar got bounced off when I removed my socks after the hike

    oh no…Cue loopers (and others) lecherous and sad comments

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Cold Mac D sounds awful..
    its no good Bets, she also eats cold omelettes when surely packing cucumber and tinned salmon sandwiches would be the go to hike nutrition, standards and all that.

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    @betty - they like legs because some
    of them come from the ground. Once when I did a leech check, there were leeches on the sole of my sandals and at the side. Some of them, they drop from the trees.

    A green leech almost attached itself to the eye of one of our guides. It's good that my friend was able to remove it immediately. Leeches like moist areas, so they aim for the eyes if they're on your face.

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    Horrible creatures; I couldn't walk around in places with them. Luckily, I've never been leeched, and hope never to.

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    Pics of my failed attempts to get nice pics at the summit (rock formation). It was cloudy & foggy, no view of the surrounding mountains.

    Hiking in the Phils-img_20230719_100140-jpg
    ^going to the rocks

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    ^had to hold my hair since it was windy

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    ^this guy knew how to pose. He's of the IG generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    its no good Bets, she also eats cold omelettes when surely packing cucumber and tinned salmon sandwiches would be the go to hike nutrition, standards and all that.
    Hey, it wouldn't be nice of me to kill time at a McDonald's while waiting for my hike-mates, without buying anything. So I buy a burger or two to patronize their store.

    Re: omelette sandwiches, I put chicken, tofu and green leafy vegs in the omelette, so I adhere to some nutrition standards! I wasn't feeling posh, so no SPAM for the past hike.

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    We had to navigate boulders in some parts

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    Mossy forest... It was nice but had lots of leeches.

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    ^this gal knew how to pose for IG.
    (that's not me, btw)

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    Large prop roots
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    This was our group of 11 joiners... For 11 river crossings!
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    Cheers all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Hey, it wouldn't be nice of me to kill time at a McDonald's while waiting for my hike-mates, without buying anything. So I buy a burger or two to patronize their store.

    Re: omelette sandwiches, I put chicken, tofu and green leafy vegs in the omelette, so I adhere to some nutrition standards! I wasn't feeling posh, so no SPAM for the past hike.
    Cucumber and salmon or egg and cress were good enough for Burton, speake and livingston dear lady.

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    ^had to google those names. They're all British explorers from the 19th century, apparently.

    AFAIK, there's no watercress here in PH or I haven't seen it in markets. We do have water spinach (local name "kangkong", Latin name Ipomoea aquatica). I put some water spinach in my omelette. As for salmon, they're very pricey here. If I brought salmon as my lunch, my friends might think that I'm too hi-so and might disown me. As for cucumbers, they're fairly cheap here. I may bring some on my next hike.

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    Very nice, thanks for sharing, but I do have to deduct a point for the lack of SPAM involvement.

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    Top photos Katie

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    The lipstick is for scale.
    And mucho respeto to a lady who takes a lipstick with her on her gung-ho jungle journey, battling the leech vampires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^had to google those names. They're all British explorers from the 19th century, apparently.

    AFAIK, there's no watercress here in PH or I haven't seen it in markets. We do have water spinach (local name "kangkong", Latin name Ipomoea aquatica). I put some water spinach in my omelette. As for salmon, they're very pricey here. If I brought salmon as my lunch, my friends might think that I'm too hi-so and might disown me. As for cucumbers, they're fairly cheap here. I may bring some on my next hike.
    Burton and Speake would never have minded what HNZ said about their sandwich filling, in fact as Victorian Gentlemen they would not have batted an eyelid over sandwiches which only included Elegede and omitted Salmon - gentlemen made do.

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    @topper - sorry, no SPAM sandwiches as I wasn't feeling posh that day.

    @looper - my sister gave me a belt bag which fits a phone & has small pockets on the side. I put a tube of my old lipstick there. I've learned to bring lipstick during my hikes - from my millenial hikemates! They (the girly ones) usually do a "touch up" of their faces upon reaching the summit and before taking pics for IG/ FB. Yes, there are the sports bra wearers. One of my friends is such, and I won't be posting pics of that/ of her. As you can see, the lipstick can also be used for scale in pics.

    @mike - I wonder what Burton & Speake would think of my millenial hike-mates who are IG/ FB obsessed? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @mike - I wonder what Burton & Speake would think of my millenial hike-mates who are IG/ FB obsessed? Lol.
    apologies i misspelt, tis Speke

    i think to quote him he would have said "Each tribe has its characteristics, it is true.

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    Update to this thread:

    Last weekend, some friends and I did a DIY hike (not an organized tour/ hike) to the Mudspring of Mt. Makiling in Laguna, which is south of Metro Manila.

    From wikipedia:
    Mt. Makiling is an inactive stratovolcano located in the provinces of Laguna and Batangas. Elevation is 1,090 meters above sea level (MASL) at the summit.

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    I've hiked it several times since it's in my general vicinity. The plan for the day was a chillax hike: hike only to Mudspring (~2 hours one way), take pics, descend and have lunch at a nearby falls, chillax, go home. We didn't plan to hike to the summit since based on my experience, it takes 4-5 hrs one way (difficulty is 4/9) and we didn't want to over-exert ourselves.

    "Mudspring is a mud pot, a type of hotspring where volcanic heat and sulfuric acid break down surrounding rocks into clay."

    Mudspring - An ASEAN Heritage Park

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    The day started out fairly well. It was cloudy-sunny, with 45% chance of rain that day. Our route was the UPLB back trail (the end point is your start point) and not the Batangas traverse trail (the end point is on the opposite side of the mountain).

    Mt Makiling is a protected area and is under the care of a university and the DENR (Dept of Envt and Natural Resources).

    We walked to the guard house, registered and paid the entrance fee (P30), then started the hike. It was mostly concrete road and was an easy hike. Elevation/ angle was maybe 10 to 15 degrees.

    Anyway, here are some pics.

    College of Forestry arch - part of the University of the Phils Los Banos (UPLB)
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    ^my friends; Mudspring is 4.3 km away

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    ^ You're back.

    we want the apartment build

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    After ~2 hours of hiking (with a 15 min break at a small local store), we reached the sign post for the trail to Mudspring. We didn't hire a guide. I was their guide since I was familiar with the trail (have hiked it several times).

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    ^ You're back.

    we want the apartment build
    Yes, I'm back. Was busy with life & stuff. Re: the apartment build, maybe next year. Still fixing the papers on the land - there were some legalities to attend to.

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    Thanks Katie, despite not looking good gaiters reduce leech contact also having had malaria I wear long sleeves trousers off piste.I know shorts are more comfortable in humid tropical parts I am just reluctant to add to my stack of meds ad ailments and for thise in LOS Dengue is rife again,Combating Dengue Outbreak and Addressing ...


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    Jun 30, 2566 BE — Thailand is currently facing a severe dengue fever outbreak as the rainy season and El Niño approaches, posing a significant threat

    Is Dengue endemic in Palawan which I would like to visit?
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    The trail was mostly woody and the soil was covered with leaves.

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    We were maybe 3/4 down the trail to our Mudspring destination when we encountered a setback: a green pit viper blocking the trail!

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    Just in case it wasn't clear in the previous pic:

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    According to the guy in the local store (on our way back), the snake that we saw is a viper. I did some googling and my guess is it's a green pit viper:

    Trimeresurus flavomaculatus - Wikipedia

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    @david44 - yes, dengue fever is endemic not only in Palawan but in the whole of PH. I haven't been to the main island of Palawan but I've been to Coron (a smaller island north of Palawan island, which belongs to Palawan province - I know, somewhat confusing).

    If you're planning to go to Palawan, I think it's better to visit during the dry months (Feb to early May). April & May are peak season, so you might encounter more tourists.

    Aside from Puerto Princesa city and the town of El Nido, the towns in between are mostly rural. Port Barton is another seaside town which has accoms for tourists.

    May I ask what you plan to do there? If just beach & chill, then no problem. If it's serious hiking stuff, you'll need a permit & a guide.

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    I once saw a vid of an Australian guy & his Filipino wife do some serious hiking in one of the moubtains in south Palawan. I forgot the name of their YT channel.

    Graceless Fawn lives in Palawan but I don't know if she's still active here on TD.

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