Do you remember the first time you fell in love? It was all tingles and butterflies in the stomach. Didn't it feel like your heart was going to explode? They say firsts are always special and that it is never forgotten. 

This was the first time we went hiking--and we're pretty sure it was love at first sight.

Let me take you back to summer 2014: Out of excitement, I packed my bags weeks before, and because it was my first time... I brought everything! I even had an umbrella. Who hikes with an umbrella??! Haha. But I wanted to be prepared. 

Jay and I met up with our friends at around 7am, and we were all excited!

Since Mt. Batulao is quite near the city and very easy to access, it only took us around 2 hours to get there (via SLEX; see directions at the end of the article).

We took the new trail and started our hike at around 9-10am.

Jay looks extra tall here