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Friday, September 10, 2004


I'm climbing Tarak Ridge next weekend and I'm scared. Been doing a lot of research on the internet and it will be the most difficult climb I will encounter yet (trek is about 6-8 hours). Was telling J the other night how I read that the vertical assault is at an 80-degree angle (parang wall climbing na!) and that I read in another site that there are a lot of limateks (they're like leeches that pop out of nowhere. they're very tiny and eventually get fat from sucking your blood. they're also very, very itchy). Though I know that if I'm really going to make a hobby/sport out of mountain climbing, I will have to be bitten by a limatek sooner of later (maybe in Pulag), but I'm just not ready for to be bitten right now. J told me not to worry and not to put to heart everything I read about Tarak on the internet because writers have different opinions and that he honestly believes I can do it.

Still, I have doubts.

Last weekend, I joined the applicants of the mountaineering group for their training. Was at the film center in Manila by 730am then I jogged to Roxas Blvd. (CCP area) and back. When I got back to the film center, I did some stair excercises (ang haba ng stairs!). They wanted me to do 20 rounds, up and down the stairs, but I just couldn't. My legs were shaking and I was only able to do 10.

Last night, I set my alarm for 5am because I wanted to go jogging. Woke up at 5, realized it was still too dark and unsafe to jog alone and went back to sleep. Got up just before 6 and jogged for about 40 mins.

I'm sooo excited yet terrified at the same time. I also have this fear that my ever-dependable trainers will give up on me in the middle of the climb.

But I'm going to do it. So I can prepare myself for Pulag. And besides, I wanna know how it feels like to camp here. Beautiful, tiba?

I'll see you next weekend! Yehaaayy!

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Loves the beach, wishes she had more time and money to travel, recently got hooked to climbing mountains, reads anything she can get her hands on, frustrated writer, adores her 3-year-old Lhasa Apso, Tashi, constantly needs caffeine, wonders when she'll quit smoking, and will most likely die due to liver complications from drinking too much (if the cigarettes doesn't get to her lungs first). Can't live without accessories especially big, dangling earrings, shoe freak (aren't we all?), sucker for discovering hole-in-the-wall restaurants, will ingest anything spicy, enjoys giving and receiving massages, addicted to Friends, Sex and the City and CSI, goes gaga over kids, dreams of being alone with Jim Morrison and smoking a joint with Bob Marley. Would love to party with Gwen Stefani, shop with Patricia Field, write poetry with Maya Angelou and have Sting, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain and Bono over for dinner.

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