Finding Beauty In Unexpected Places: Asik-Asik Falls

We were still yawning when we got up on a double tired truck and was told to hold on for our dear lives. We just had the bumpiest thirty minutes ride of our lives at six in the morning. The truck then dropped us off at the most breathtaking jump off point that reminded me so much of middle earth. I just want to stare forever at the thick lush foliage and rolling hills of Alamada, Cotabato. I didn’t know that such beauty exists in this far off remote town. We haven’t even reached Asik-Asik falls yet but I was already captivated.

Asik-asik falls

Asik-asik falls

I first heard about this majestic waterfalls from my cousins as it is located in the home town of a family friend in Alamada, Cotabato. My entire family has seen it two years ago and I was green with envy when they all went there without me. So I beg my cousins to go back with me the following year. It then started gaining popularity since it was featured in a TV show, but it remained hidden to the crowd since it’s located in a remote town. Travel bloggers started writing about it and how much of a pain it is to get there. One of them even said that it was the worst ‘habal-habal’ (motorcycle) ride he ever had. They said that it was literally a pain in the ass.

Asik-asik falls

Asik-asik falls

The area is so remote with rough, unpaved roads that only motorcycles and double tired vehicles can pass. I was even told to prepare myself for a motorcycle crash. There are also some safety concerns as it is located in a province that has a reputation scarred by religious conflicts and political insurgency. While we have to take the necessary precaution, one should never generalize and judge a place by its reputation. Let me echo the Dalai Lama when he said that ‘we may not understand each other’s religion, culture and languages but kindness and compassion is always universal.’

Asik-asik falls

So last December, my friends and cousins finally agreed to do this trip with me. What made it even more fun was when we decided to do a little outreach Christmas party for the kids in town. It’s priceless to watch the kids’ happy faces and sincere smiles. The thing I love most about going to rural towns is the warmth and hospitality of the people. The simplicity of their lifestyle humbles me and their kindness always warms my heart.

Asik-asik falls

Honestly, this trip was more of a comfortable family trip in a private van rather than my usual shoestring, backpacking trips. We were very lucky to be well fed and accommodated at a family friend’s huge house. We also decided to rent an enormous double tired truck instead of risking our lives riding a motorcycle. We paid about P3000 for the truck and P50 per person for the registration fee at the barangay hall.

Asik-asik falls

Asik-asik falls

From the jump off point, you have to go down the five hundred plus steps which is really not that bad. The tiring part was going back up the same number of steps after enjoying the falls. It was one of the most unusual waterfalls I have ever seen. It was like a curtain of cascading waters. The current was a little strong so just take the necessary precaution but it’s safe enough to take a dip. It was beautiful and different. The water was icy cold, they said that it’s an alkaline water and we can drink it. So we filled our bottles with water and used it for drinking. We had the entire place to ourselves and we couldn’t be more delighted to take photos after photos. My camera lens was fogging up because it was so cold. It was amazing to find beauty in the most unexpected places and to find beauty in something different. Sometimes, we just have to go off the beaten track and explore the unfamiliar path, it might surprise us with an astonishing charm.

Asik-asik falls

Asik-asik falls

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  1. cheryl

    Nice blog getz…

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    • Lost Dreamer

      Thank you che! =)

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