K and I are going to climb Mt. Pulag in February! It’s our first time to attempt mountain climbing, and we’re going to Luzon’s highest peak. Ambitious, yes? But we heard the trail was pretty easy and the photos are ruddy marvelous. I sweet-talked/conned K into coming with me by saying we’ll have a lot of amazing photos for our Facebook profile pics. However, we lack the necessary equipment to spend a night away from civilization. Since we don’t know if we’re going to survive and/or repeat the experience, we’re wary of spending too much on things we might not need again, so we decided to go to Divisoria early one morning and look for inexpensive hiking/camping stuff.
90% of what you need to live can probably be found in Divisoria. Clothes, food, canisters, knives. There’s really no limit to the wares that a variety of vendors sell here. It’s even more interesting to go here during the Yuletide season–the place is packed with vendors and buyers alike. You actually have to walk to where you want to go, since the streets are brimming with various items for sale. Most Filipinos do their Christmas shopping here (including us!) because everything is so cheap. You can find some really good stuff to give away, if you have the patience to brave through the throng of Christmas shoppers.
However, we learned through the hard way that though you can find almost everything in Divisoria (Axes? Check! Firecrackers? Check! Pillows? Check! Marshmallows? Check!), it’s not a place you can find camping equipment you feel comfortable going to the wilderness with. Items here are mostly knockoffs, and we kept thinking that it’s startlingly possible that we may not make it all the way to the top without something getting ripped/broken, and then where would we be? So no, we didn’t get what we came for but it was a good trip all the same. In places like this, you can’t help seeing interesting people doing interesting things. Makes for good photojournalism, won’t you say?