#tbt2016 When I met a beutiful family of #aetas out in #mtpinatubo#zambales#lupangpinangako .They are the original people of my #motherland#pilipinas .They were selling a few crafts/artifacts that they hand made(that's their daily income).I flagged them down as they were ready to go home that takes them many hours of walking up hill through the mtns. of Mt.Pinatubo.Bought a few artifacts that I liked & before I left. I politely asked them what's their secret for surviving the hard rains, typhoons & crazy tropical weather of the P.Islands? The mom gathered her kids & said, you do what you have to do for your love ones to survive(anak/son).I knotted my head & looked at her with that I understand look.Before I left I asked them if I can take a photo? the mom replied 2me & said sorry but pls no photo(I was disappointed) but I told her I understand.As we said our good byes,while walking back 2our vehicle the 2 lil ones followed me.One of them whispered 2me, & said thank you for treating us nice & that they both appreciate that I treated their parents fair & didn't try 2 bargain or take advantage of them.(Which many tourists do).They also told me that they noticed that I paid 3× more for what their parents was asking for.They said that their parents don't really know how to count.They just go by the trusting system (how it's been from generation2generation) .I told them no prob & it was my pleasure meeting them & glad 2be a blessing for them that day. I also mentioned to them that I hope they can be a blessing to some one when they get old specially if they're in position 2help(they both knotted & said we will with a smile).Before they headed back 2 their parents I handed them a few chocolates & candies to take back to their home(their eyes lit up with joy & happiness) #maramingsalamatpo /thankyousomuch they both said several times 2me and we parted ways.As we were about to leave, the husband ran to stop our van & told me it would be an honor to take a picture with his family.So here it is a simple picture that was not suppose to happen.#beutifulpeoplebeautifulsouls#aetas#originalfilipinos#smile#thepleasurewasallmine#beablessingtoothers#mabuhay ✌❤& God Bless always.
Time to wrap up the Mt. Pinatubo experience. .
This adventure was not what I had expected. I imagined it as just any other hiking activity. I was not ready to be covered in dust coming from the ashes blown everywhere during the bumpy 4x4 jeep ride before reaching the base of the Mt. Pinatubo trek. I wasn't prepared for this at all (my fault too for not reading what to wear tips 😒). Ashes were due to the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption. .
But reaching the crater lake after a few hours of hike was so breathtaking. It was even more beautiful in person than in the pictures. The vibrant colors of the mountains and the lake was not what I had expected too. And it was truly amazing😍!! .
Sometimes what we expect is not what actually happens. However, we still need to prepare and expect the unexpected. And if we come unprepared, just be ready to enjoy but learn from the experience.
Did you have adventures too where you were not prepared also?
We are never prepared for what we expect. -James Michener
4 hours drive from manila to zambales, 1 hour bumby ride across the valley of rocks and lahars, 2 hours trekking and finally seeing this famous “Beautiful Disaster” of Bulkang Pinatubo is definitely worth it!
Mt. PINATUBO Day
I worked a graveyard shift and went straight to the pick-up point going to Zambales. It was a bumpy ride and we were all sleep deprived. I tried to put my contact lens on so it'll be easier for me to walk and be able to put my sunglasses on. Then, wind blew and I didn't know if my contact lens were still on so, I asked my friends to check if there was something clear or colored on my eye and they said, yes. I never felt the lens on my eyes when I was trying to take it off. Little did I know, they thought my natural eye color was the contact lens.. 😂
Fun and unforgettable experience. Lesson learned: INVEST IN TRANSITION GLASSES.