B/Biyahe: Postcard from Mt. Batolusong

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At the start of 2016, BENCH BLOG emphasizes a rediscovery of domestic destinations as a grand resolution. Through the month, we field postcards from our favorite new nomads: travelers who inspire wanderlust through their itinerant Instagram feeds. This week, new nomad Lea Valenzuela and sends us #LoveLocal all the way from Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal. 

Story behind the snap: 
“I guess the hardest part of shooting this was waking up early. I barely got any sleep the night before because of the chilly and blustering wind. It was so strong, one of our fly sheet’s pegs was uprooted. Despite the lack of shuteye, there’s nothing quite as invigorating as waking up to a beautiful sunrise, especially after a night longing for the embrace of the warm sun.”  
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Local thing to love about this destination: 
“If you have the luxury of time, consider camping overnight. This will give you ample time to wallow in the beauty of the wilderness. You can climb up by day, cozy up at night, build a campfire, roast s’mores, stargaze, wake up to a beautiful sunrise, and if you’re lucky, witness a majestic sea of clouds. The whole experience is gratifying and the best thing about it is that this destination is only two hours away from the metropolis.” 
Travel tip: 
“The weather can be a little erratic, especially in high elevations, so dressing in layers is recommended.” 

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