Jul 10 2014

The muddy trail – Leave No Trace (LNT) / Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)

One of the guidelines in Leave No Trace (LNT) and Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) talks about staying on established or existing trails. It suggests to walk in a single file, in the middle of the trail even when it is wet or muddy.
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I have no problems with this when I’m using my combat boots. The insides of the boots do get wet eventually, but they go dry easily. These boots may be heavy compared to the well known brands of hiking shoes but these are so damn durable. I always bring a pair or two extra socks with me for cases when my boots eventually get wet. I just put on a fresh pair of socks and I’m good to go.

How about you? Do you stick to this rule? Or do you walk on the sides and avoid the wet and muddy trail?
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Apr 24 2014

Denatured alcohol

Stocking fuel for the alcohol stove
Time to restock on denatured alcohol for future camping trips. :-)


Nov 2 2013

Cable ties in my EDC Bag

cable tie (zip tie)
I always have a bunch of cable ties in my every day carry (EDC) bag. This habit started back during my stay in Chinatown, Singapore. I was staying in a backpackers hotel in a shared room with 2 other backpackers from Austria. While I was packing my backpack for a hike at one of the trails in MacRitchie Reservoir Park, I was busy tying stuff before putting them into my bag. One of my roommates came to me and handed me a bunch of cable ties. That made things so much easier. She gave me 5 black cable ties. I used 3 of them and kept these 2. Since then I’ve been stocking cable ties at home and always have a few cable ties in my EDC bag. For overnight backpacking, hiking and camping, I carry a pack of cable ties. :-)


Oct 16 2013

3-Port USB Charger Adapter from CD-R King

3-Port USB Charger Adapter from CD-R King
To consolidate my device chargers, I decided to purchase a usb charger adapter from CD-R King. I got curious with it’s features.
3-Port USB Charger Adapter
The 2.1A output on each usb port was enough to convince me. The fast charge 5W output on one of the USB ports is a bonus.
3-Port USB Charger Adapter
3-Port USB Charger Adapter from CD-R King
3-Port USB Charger Adapter from CD-R King

My thoughts about the product.
- I like the solid build. Although it’s made out of plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap to hold.
- The output power is very helpful. I can charge my power bank, pocket wifi and mobile phone at the same time. Plug in a single 4-port usb hub to the 5W port and you can now charge a total of 6 devices.
- The blue led power indicator is a nice touch. Although can be annoying during the night if you want your room to be dark when you sleep.

This is still new and I still have to fully test this. I will update this post soon.

Update:
It is now April 03, 2014 and I’m still using the charger. I use this daily at home and at the office. I also bring this with me on my travels. It’s still working as advertised. This charger was able to charge 3 devices at ones. I don’t have a way to measure the output current though. I haven’t made any scientific measurements, just my personal observation from my day to day use.


Oct 15 2013

Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the 7.2 earthquake that hit Cebu City

I originally planned to go downtown and buy some denatured alcohol for my alcohol stove. I learned that a hardware store downtown was selling them in gallons. But I forgot that it was a holiday and the store was closed.

Earlier this morning I saw on the news that the Basilica del Santo Niño was damaged by the earthquake so I decided that since I’m already here downtown I might as well check out the place.

Just a quick video upload to show everyone the damage done. I was only allowed in the first cordon.

Snapshots:
Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the earthquake.
Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the earthquake.
Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the earthquake.
Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the earthquake.
Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the earthquake.
Basilica del Santo Niño damaged by the earthquake.