Jeffer's Odyssey

FF#2: The Most Beautiful Moment In (a Fan’s) Life Pt. 1

Taking liberties with this post’s title, which is inspired (or should I say, infires?) by the title of one of my favorite album releases recently, by Bangtan Sonyeondan (aka Bangtan Boys, aka BTS, aka Bulletproof Boy Scouts if we’re going to be literal about it), “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1”. I think it’s most fitting, since (a) that EP is the BOMB and (b) I am highly anticipating their follow-up, “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2”, which will finally be dropped on November 30. That’s just a couple of days away! And also my belated way of saying belated Happy Birthday to a certain fish-loving space cadet who goes by the name of Ohno Satoshi.

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Tangadan Falls of San Gabriel, La Union

Sometimes, you find that there’s an itch that you can’t simply ignore, and you just have to scratch it. For the month of September, some of us developed especially itchy feet and most of our waking moments were occupied with “WHERE DO WE GO THIS WEEKEND?!” As it turned out, there were a couple of other waterfalls accessible (read: can be reached within 1 to 3 hours) from Baguio. Our first stop: Tangadan Falls in nearby San Gabriel, La Union or, as I’d like to call it, the “waterfalls that will make you crane your neck up (tangad in Ilocano).
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The Magdapio (Pagsanjan) Falls of Cavinti, Laguna

I don’t know what they teach grade-schoolers in Philippine elementary schools nowadays, but I can still remember the first lessons we’ve had in our Sibika at Kultura (now I think it’s Social Studies…?) and the types of land forms and bodies of water. When it came to talon, or waterfalls, the prime example used was Pagsanjan Falls. Fast forward more than two decades later, and I was finally able to lay (more than) my eyes on Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna.
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Tinuy-an Falls of Bislig, Surigao del Sur

You know that a place is awesome when not even the rain can stop you from having loads of fun. Following up my post on Ditumabo Falls of Baler with another waterfalls. This time, it’s the multi-tiered Tinuy-an Falls of Surigao del Sur, which is also referred to as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines – the miniature kind.
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The Ditumabo Mother Falls of Baler, Aurora

Baler is one of those places that holds a bit of mysticism, thanks in part to advertising and hype (although I have yet to see the film Baler, which I don’t really plan to). But the good thing is that it’s not purely hype, because this place is truly a must-see for anyone wanting a break from too much action (or inaction, as the case may be) in the urban jungle. It’s a place that has something to offer for those who are looking for a complete “getaway package”. Nature? Check. City scenes? Check. Adventure? Check. A healing sojourn? Another check.  Read more

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