I just had to seperate this post because my Bokong falls experience was an eye opener for me during my Sagada trip. As I’ve said in my previous entry, a lot of things terrify me, espcially when water is concerned. Now, I’ m a nature lover, and I love water, but I just have this irrational fear that when I swim, some unknown creature will just grab me and drown me or something. I know, don’t laugh, it’s ridiculous right? And this is the reason why I never learned how to swim.
So anyway, the trek going down to the falls was tedious. There, were stairs again, but I just felt like it was never going to end. But eventually it did, and when we reached our destination, I was in awe. The falls was small. It had 2 levels, and the water landed on what seemed like a spring. Of course, my adventurous side kicked in instantly, and I was one of those, who immediately started to wade in the water.
Don’t be fooled by this photo. It looks low and all, but it’s not. I watched each and everyone of my friends jump off from those two cliffs, and it seemed pretty high to me. Yes, they all jumped, and because I didn’t know how to swim, I ended up being their photo/videographer, which was fine because I still enjoyed watching them. I did look like a loser though, but you know, I really did have fun. In my head, I cliff-dived about a hundred times so it was all good. Haha.
Well okay, I’m going to admit, I felt pretty bad for myself because I couldn’t do what they were doing. From that moment on, I vowed to the rocks and plants that I was going to try new things and take risks. Good thing, I didn’t have to wait long, because the next activity, definitely changed me for good. Read my spelunking adventure here.
After a few minutes spent down at the falls, we had to get going again. Going up was the worst part of all, I felt like I was going to die, literally. I was so out of breath, I was at the end of the line, and I felt like I was going to vomit. My being a smoker didn’t help me here at all. Bad lungs + a bad case of altitude sickness felt like there was an explosion happening in my chest. I swore that day that I was going to quit, but okay, I didn’t. It did teach me a valuable lesson though, take care of your body if you have plans on exploring the world.