TriPinas #1: The Small but Terrible Taal Volcano

in travel •  last year  (edited)

imageSmall volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano...say whaaaat?!


Taal Volcano is the smallest active volcano in the world and this is located in Luzon, Philippines. It is small but terrible with a history of several deadly eruptions. On top of that, it is a complex volcano being a "volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano". That sounds confusing and I found a free image to show how that works.


imagesource: NASA



It is accessible from Manila and you don't have to pay expensive travel agencies to take you there. I found one that charges Php 10,000 if you're traveling alone! That's too much even if they take you there via a comfortable car. We were 3 in the group and the day trip only costs us approximately Php 1,000+ each.

*1 USD = approx. 51 PHP


How to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and Save Money

  • From Pasay terminal (Metro Manila), take the bus bound to Tagaytay. You can ask the driver to stop at the terminal to the volcano. (PHP 120+)

  • From the terminal, you can take a traysikel / tricycle (this is the Philippines version of tuk-tuk) going down to the resorts. It is quite a long and steep ride and the tricycle costs Php 300 (Php 100 each)

  • There are several resorts lined up that offer a boat going there. If you can find other people to share the cost of the boat, that's better. The boat plus fees and trek guide were worth a total of Php 2,300 (Php 766 each).


The Trek to the Crater and My Quick Snaps

I was busy playing tour guide to my foreign friends and I wasn't able to take nice photos. I only took quick snaps when I got the chance just so I have some memories to take home with me. I have edited my smartphone photos through Snapseed mobile app. I will also show the before and after photos. I also added a frame on the edited ones because I realized how poor my framing was.


It was a short boat ride from the resort. You can already see the volcanic island from the port.

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The view from the banca (traditional wooden boat).

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This place is an easy day trip from Manila. We arrived and there were already other tour groups who have started their trek.

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The trek was easy breezy as there was not much ascent. Most of the trail was flat. Some visitors also took a horse ride going there but we decided to just get there on foot as it was only an hour trek.

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The trek gets more difficult as you approach the crater

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The main crater lake

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The trail to the Red Lava Point

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The Red Lava Peak. It is called as such due to its color which was enhanced through editing.

imageBefore Editing - I don't know whose leg is that lol

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We stayed there for an hour or so and returned to Tagaytay. You get to see a nice overlooking view from this area as well.

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Lastly, we rewarded ourselves with food! We had Bulalo which is a specialty dish in Tagaytay. The weather in here is cooler and the hot beef bone marrow soup was perfect!

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Reference:

http://factsanddetails.com/southeast-asia/Philippines/sub5_6h/entry-3923.html

Photos hurriedly taken using Sony Xperia Z1 and enhanced through Snapseed


About TriPinas
I thought of making a TriPinas series which would have a collection of my trips within the Philippines. Pinas is our nickname for Pilipinas. Thus, TriPinas = trip + Pinas.

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What a beautiful place .... we need to get to the Philippines asap!!!

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Thanks @for91days. Actually, this isn't even among my recommended places. But it's a good choice if you just have a few days in Manila. I promise you that there are more beautiful islands and volcanoes 😊

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Yeah, there a just a small amount of islands to choose from .. hehe

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Great to see @travelfeed on my post! 😍

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haha not an overwhelming amount at all...@travelfeed

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good to know! Because I heard traffic is bad in Manila and it can take hours just to get somewhere. I really really hope I can come later this year. Salamat po for the info :) I have to use Taglish lol

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just wow 😊

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Thanks for reading @gwenbyyy 🙃

I like the name TriPinas !👍Can't wait to read the other parts of this series. It's more fun in the Philippines!

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Thanks @wander-full agree more fun in Pinas at
Wow Philippines 😊

Wow, you are creative as always! Just love how you call it TriPinas, so Pinoy!🇵🇭

You now have 2 titles for your travels, Wander Blog and
this one!😃

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I checked that there's a travel agency named Tripinas so hope that's not an issue coz I've thought about this even before. They're full name is Tripinas Travel & Tours anyway haha

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Omg, that you will need to check further. 😱
Too bad, although I also hope that wouldn't cause much issue.😅

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I have the capital T and P. Will have that trademarked haha 😁

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Hahaha push!👊

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haha good idea

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Hello, this is the admin of TRIPinas Travel and Tour Ventures, a DOT accredited eco-tour company, duly licensed to operate. The name and logo "tripinas" has been registered and trademarked with the Intellectual Property Office. Feel free to verify it with them. Placing uppercases on some letters of the word doesn't make it a different name. We will highly appreciate if you respect our legal rights to our trademarked name and make the necessary changes on this post effective immediately otherwise, we'll be forced to take appropriate legal actions. We shall continue to monitor this site until a change has been made.

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I'm sorry about that. I thought of this name even before I checked. And I was just playing with words. I will not use it again. Unfortunately, I could no longer edit the post as it is past pay out and now irreversible on the blockchain.

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Unfortunately, an apology won't quite cut it. We'll have our legal team reach out to you and steemit to fix your post. We'd appreciate if you can help as well. Let's take this offline, kindly send us a PM ([email protected]) to solve this.

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You may try to have it reversed but technically impossible. With all honesty, I have no power to edit it. That is also my understanding on how the blockchain works. I will edit it if I can. I don't want any legal issues because if you sue me, with all honesty, I have no means to defend myself.

This is an honest mistake and coincidence. I have no intentions to cause harm. I have been working on my original posts and have always cited references because plagiarism of any form is frowned upon here. I am deeply saddened that this mistake would lead to a legal action against me which I never imagined to have to deal with in my entire life. This post only earned an author reward of approx 500 pesos (it will no longer be rewarded after that) and I could not believe this would potentially ruin all the hard work I have put on this platform.

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@annpablo I also just found that there's a travel show by Solenn called Tripinas. Do they also get sued? Or do they also sue me or you?

This is just a title for my post and not even my page. How about wanderlass. Im sure someone have used that name already, do I get sued as well? As well as the other people who may have coincidentally used trademarked names. I have thought of Trippines, Triphilippines ETC because i was just trying to be creative for a post title... for a post title. Other people plagiarized here and they don't get this. I have had several sleepless nights for my posts and all activities and this one word will destroy me. You have no idea of the anxiety this has caused me now. I see you even follow @steemph.manila.

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FYI, their show is officially called tr!pinas because of copyright issues. You have our email address, we strongly suggest that you discuss this with us PRIVATELY.

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Wow! This made my day (midnight actually haha). I will check out that post too. Maraming salamat po 😍

Wow! I love the bulalo. lol. Nice work lass. Keep it up.

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Thanks @itsmechille. Nagcecrave dn ako for Bulalo pero anlayo ng Tagaytay :D

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that is great photo.love to stay with you

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Thank you @steemibu351. It's easy to go to if ever you're here in Manila 😊

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Great photos and nice you explained everything how to get there and the prizes. The beef bone soup looks tasty.

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Thanks @zija2022 and yes on Bulalo soup. It's a dish I'll recommend you if you ever travel here, healthy too 🍜

Those edits are pretty awesome! And the pics are also very beautiful! Thanks for sharing! :D

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Thanks @gabrielatravels! Snapseed mobile app is also pretty easy to use and free 😊

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Oh those are with snapseed? I'm also using it! :D

wow this is a very fun trip @wanderlass, the scenery there is so beautiful and very natural, I really want to be able to travel like you, hopefully one day I can enjoy my trip. by the way your soup menu really makes me hungry.

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I'm sure that you will be able to fulfill your dreams to travel. And you can start there in Indonesia. You have a very beautiful country!

You can also try cooking this dish, it's called Bulalo 😊

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do you have the recipe? if any, i'll give it a try ..

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I don't cook a lot actually haha. But here's a recipe I found online from a reliable Filipino recipe website. Please let me know when you try it

https://panlasangpinoy.com/2009/03/26/bulalo-stewed-beef-shank/

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thank you so much, i will tell you if my cuisine is successful, but if fail i will hide it hahaha.

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You can post it and tag it in philippines and see what other Filipinos think 😊 Just an idea

It looks a great location, that soup sounds something to taste. I like beef very much.. Enjoy your trips around!!

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Thank you @philfreetotravel! The beef soup is also really good during the rainy or cold weather 😏

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I guess also very healthy after such weather :)

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even without editing the place is already breathtaking!

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Thank you @macchiata! I took some photos in a hurry and the edits helped 😊

What a spectacular place. Who knew there could be nesting lakes and volcanoes like those Russian dolls. Reminds me of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (one of my favorite places ever). Thanks

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Thank you @qberry! I have just checked Lake Atitlan, Guatamela and it is beautiful! I'm discovering more places because of traveler here in Steemit 😊

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Are you from the Philippines?? I didn't know that when I was talking to you earlier...Gusto ko matuto Tagalog!! Philippines is one of the places I want to visit this year if I can... so I was surprised to click on your page and find this lovely post!!! 😃

I love how you edited the edges of these photos. Instagram had a similar feature about 5 years ago where you could make the edges look like this, but I think it's gone now. I don't know how you did it, but I love it! I always loved to use that feature.

Is Bulalo also eaten in other parts of the Philippines as well? It actually looks really good to me...and also, bone broth is considered a superfood nowadays, so bonus points!

Those boats look awesome too. They remind me of Dutch shoes that point upwards. They're like shoe boats.

A volcano inside a lake inside a volcano inside a lake...lol I had to read it 5 times and still think I got it wrong. But it definitely intrigued me right from the start!

Volcanoes are so beautiful and lakes are always so calming. Thanks for telling me about this cool place...it's right up my alley...exactly the type of place I'd love to travel to.

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Hi @nomadicsoul! Yes I'm from the Philippines :) And you know uncommon Tagalog words for foreigners! I'm sure it will be easy for you to learn Tagalog. Your biggest challenge I guess is being able to practice because most people will try to converse with you in English here haha.

Bulalo is actually a common dish here but a specialty in that place. You can still find it anywhere. And yes it's rich in collagen, all the more reason to have bone broth!

I never thought of our banca to look like Dutch clogs. But now I realize they do!

If you love vocanoes, Mt. Pinatubo is a dormant one with a very beautiful crater. I was there a long time ago but I'll share photos when I find them. We have a movie that called it "a beautiful disaster" :D

I've heard of this place and it sounds like a cool thing to do and see. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I'll go the next time I'm in the Philippines.

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It's a good place to see if you're in Manila but if you have time, I recommend Mt Pinatubo. This one is dormant but has a really scenic crater! :D

I like the nature view...

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Hello thanks for visiting my travel blog. You also have nice nature in your place when I saw your post about your home :)

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lol. you are welcome and thanks