kurtzky

kurtzky

Travelogue of Mark's journey across the Philippines and neighboring countries, mixed with a pinch of awesome weirdness and a dash of awkward craziness.

Done That

Pink Manila Hostel: A Nomadic Pranksters New Hideout

Metro Manila

Pink Manila Hostel: A Nomadic Pranksters New Hideout

Marky Go | Aug 23, 2013

I missed the discussion about the Ottoman Empire (over a case of beer) the previous night. Thank goodness as even I consider myself a bit of a nerd, I can only go as far as the boxer rebellion. My friend Gaye who initiated that out-of-nowhere topic, was staying at Pink Manila Hostel for a couple of nights when I invited myself to join her hang out by the pool. The sky was overcast and the road was drenched in puddles of rain when I arrived at the Vito Cruz area. Around early in the afternoon I came about this seven-floor building with the Pink Manila Hostel sign. I entered the gate and was met by stare downs from metal pumping 3-sets-12-rep-160-pounder-bench-press junkies. I momentarily feared about walking into a trap.

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Not so easy, Mt. Manabu
Batangas

Not so easy, Mt. Manabu

Mark Rodel dela Rosa | Sep 05, 2013

Summiting Mt. Manabu is no easy feat. The underrated mountain, located at Sto. Tomas in the province of Batangas standing 760 meters above sea level, is cited by others as a peak that is very easy to climb. Not really. All in all, Manabu has eight stations—five of which are the portions you have to overcome to reach the campsite. The trail begins at the front yard of residences and appears very easy in the initial stage. The climb becomes more complex from Station 5 due to continuity of upward hike.