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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Boracay Getaway : Mount Luho

[BEFORE] Boracay Getaway : Batangas Port, Caticlan Jetty Port, Cagban Jetty Port, and Boracay Breeze Hotel

"This view is to die for! Let's jump off!" - Biqque

“Hi…can we just take any tricycle to Mount Luho?” I asked the hotel reception.

“Yes, you can…but you have to walk to the main road to get one. Here, no tricycle.” He spoke in thick Pinoy ascent.

“But I know someone who can offer you a better price…for ATV or buggy.” He added.

Back in Malaysia, hubby told me that we should try for ATV to Mount Luho. Moreover, we can continue the ride straight to Puka Beach. There are many operators who provide this activity, so we just have to pick one. So, thinking of trying this beast, I told hubby, why not.

The reception then called up his buddy who came 10 minutes after. He passed us his name card, printed with all activities that he offers. ATV, diving, snorkeling, island hopping, paragliding, bangka riding, paraw sailing, skimboarding, and what not.

“Only PHP600 per ATV.” He thought it was already cheap. “You can ride for 2 hours.” He added.

I ALMOST SPITTED MY WELCOME DRINK ON HIS FACE!

“Owh really…can we both ride one ATV?” I control macho la macam orang kaya tapi sebenarnya miskin! *angkat kening*

“No...” He laughed. “One person, one ATV. You can take buggy for two. I can give you PHP1000.”

GILE KO! “And which route we use?”

He explained that, the rougher the track, the longer the time, the handsome the price. Anyhow, we cannot ride straight to Puka Beach. Only up to Mount Luho. Ok, get it!! Macam rugi jer. So we told him that we will discuss and think about it first. Literally, WE WON’T TAKE IT LA KAN!

We went to see the reception and asked him about getting a tricycle. “Do you know how much will it cost if we were to take a tricycle instead?”

“Hmm…maybe 150 peso…if you share, maybe cheaper…” He smiled.

Hubby and I walked out from the hotel and headed to the main road. It was a bit cloudy but still, scorching hot. Fortunately, the hotel was only 50 meters away. Here in Philippines, the road direction is inverted than what we have back in Malaysia. Here, you have to wait at the opposite side if you are going left. But catching a tricycle wasn’t a big challenge though, for they can stop in any direction at any time they want. Haha! Before we stopped any tricycle, they stopped first and asked where we were going. Wah ini sudah bagus! Easy! Haha!
“Mount Luho? How much?” I asked the tricycler.

He nodded to show that he agreed.

“How much? How much?” I still didn’t get his answer. I saw his face, he looked contemplated. He might be doing a tough math, coz I looked like Muslim Mindanao. But why a Mindanao spoke English on her own land, rite? Macam belagak sangat. Haha!

“Hundred PIPTY…” He said. (PIPTY okay…equal to RM10!)

THAT’S FREAKING EXPENSIVE!

Hubby and I however agreed (we asked few tricycles, they must have made a pact), since that was the standard charge for any location on non-flat land (well, Mount Luho is on high land). Whilst, any location on flat land should be cheaper, roughly around PHP70-PHP100. (Boracay Island is 7km long and 2.5km wide, so regardless the distance, price is fixed.) And so we rode to Mount Luho, and fair enough, it was actually quite far. Basically, it is located almost at the end of the island. Adding to the scene, the tricycle had to put extra effort, pressing to full throttle, especially when the road was slanting. We were really slow, hence, I looked at the tricycle speedo meter to check on the speed. Well, nope, it wasn’t working.
We then reached at one kampung where I saw one buggy overtaking us. In few seconds, another ATV did.
AND MORE AND MORE ATVs were overtaking us! (See how slow we were??) A group of ATV riders were looking good in safety helmets, riding up to the Mount Luho. Orang kaya!
We however, reached the Mount Luho view point, and paid PHP120=RM9 each for the entrance fee. Before us, we saw ATV riders parked their ATV and gathered around. We quickly climbed the man-made track, to avoid congestion at the top. It was an easy climb (even with a long dress), from cement-rendered-steps to bamboo-tied-boardwalk to steel-tower.
“WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!” Both of us shouted happily, seeing the infinity blue ocean joining the clear blue sky with some splash of green trees over the land.
We were on the best view deck at the highest point in the island with 360 degrees view of the entire island!
We clearly saw the shoreline of Aklan, Lapuz-Lapuz, Bulabog Beach, Crocodile Island, and…”What’s that?”

“What where?” Hubby was on viewfinder.


“There…another tower, perhaps?” I pointed to another tower, parallel to the tower that we were standing.

“Must be the Zipline. I thought we saw the info board just now?”

“Ya, I remember…but…I THOUGHT, it connects and uses the same track! Are we conned?” I was about to jump from the deck.
We went down since more visitors went up. We walked back to the entrance booth and asked the tricycle, “Why didn’t you bring us to another tower? Why here?”
“It’s the same ma’am. You still need to pay the entrance fee there.” He explained.

“Ya, I know, but you should bring us there instead of here. The Zipline is there!” Nada tak puas hati tapi terpaksa redho.

“You want to go there ma’am?” He asked. Aku blasah jugak kang. Dah bayar kot.

“No…just bring us to Puka Beach.”

“Okay ma’am. But another hundred PIPTY peso ma’am.”

HOI!!! 
Video : Mount Luho View Point overlooking 360 degree of Boracay island.
Disclaimer : Sorry for the low quality video. Conversion sucks! Wait for the full video of Boracay Island soon!
Note : Abaikan suara mengah tu ye...mak esah dah tak fit...

[NEXT] Boracay Getaway : Puka Shell Beach


13 holler:

Hulubalang said...

gile lawoooo la tempat ni...

tp kena sediakan duit manyak2 woooo...

apa2 jek duit duit duitt...aptb

Henry Fox said...

nasib baik sampai atas sana cuaca waallla! awesome puan biqque. mahal ke kalo rm10 tu? brape jauh dari hotel ke mount luho? standard harga brape?

tetap bergaya dgn dress. adakah nak menang fashion blog award? kekeke.

Biqque said...

hulubalang, mmg lawo sbb bleh nampak biru dikejauhan. kitorang byk buang duit kat transport la dlm trip ni...tu yg cam hmmm geram skit, tapi berbaloi la kot kan...

john, boracay tu 7km long and 2.5km wide. so kalo dari jetty ke tengah pulau is 3.5km pun rm10, hotel ke puka dlm 2km pun rm10, mt luho ke puka 1km pun rm10, ha camne kan? sbb rega tu fix satu pulau. kalo sehari pi tiga empat tempat, dah brapa...koyak poket! hahaha!

dress ni gara2 tgk si fida jacob tu laaaaaa! ish mmg tanak dah pakai dress!

Chawanna Na said...

ha tempat ni la yg i tgk dlm destinasi cinta yg miz nina ngn laki dia pegi tu kekekeke....

*isk teringat bohey dulang pulak...mengah!*

Biqque said...

na, wahhh tempat retis uolsss!

(bohey dulang lagi susah nak panjat kan? yg ni boleh lagi terima...)

Janggel / Rain said...

Wow birunya langit! Birunya laut!!!!

zaraab said...

The whole view from Mount Luho is totally amazing! Worth climbing up. Plus, with dress on tue! :D Wow! Oh ya, mmg going to one destination PHP150 even though the distance varies ek? I mean, even it's 1km, 5km or 7km away?

Biqque said...

janggel, kalo guna polarizer, LAAAAAAAAAAAAGI biru kooooo hahaha!

zaraab, yup. kira one place to another, non-flat land, mmg 150peso. flat land between stations jer (1, 2, 3) yg below 100peso. mcm tak bleh nak nego sgt sbb semua operator yg sama...baju kuning or biru.

MasZuber said...

holalahooooo

merahnye baju mak esahhhh tp santekkkk

Biqque said...

mas, sengaja cari kaler yg naik gitewwww...hahaha!

NEKCIK said...

wamboii mak esah..cam pilem bollywood gitu!!

Janggel / Rain said...

Kompom baru boleh tengok video ko ni biqque!!! Kelass sangat mak esah.

Biqque said...

nekcik, hahaha gitewww...

janggel, baru bleh tgk? janji bleh tgk ye dak. ko tunggu ye, yg ni kualiti buruk skit sbb aku kena convert awal2..nanti yg full video nyer aku cuba buat elok skit so that tak pecah2 mata korang tgk gambar yg pecah2 tu...okeh!

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