To see or not to see-ok

Siok Falls is the biggest waterfall in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and sits atop a mountain in Barangay Mabini, eleven kilometers from the city proper. The trek to Siok Falls starts with a 15-minute easy walk across rice paddies, small brooks and established foot paths.

As you reach the foot of the mountain in Brgy. Mabini, the foot path drastically morphs into a slippery 45-degree killer trail with thick foliage. In some areas, the trail disappears into the river, prompting you to make quick riverine crossings through moss-covered, and sometimes sharp rocks.

In one section of the river, you have to do this:

… to reach this:

After about an hour and a half of slipping and sliding, you will reach Kawa Falls, a small cascade thus named because of the ‘catch basin’ below the stream, which resembles a kawa or a huge shallow cauldron.

Kawa Falls

… another 30 minutes or so of walking, climbing, crawling through rocks, shrubs, brooks:

I wasn’t equipped for this — I look like an ‘effin tourist!

… gasping for air.

You hear it first — the thundering sound of rustling water hitting the bottom — before your breath is taken away by its beauty —  soft, silky cascades! EUREKA!!!

Seeing Siok Falls for the first time will make you forget all the sores, aches, blisters, scratches — even hunger — you’re suffering from, and make you want to embrace the enchanting body of water. It had that effect on me. I ran toward her and started to climb…

Ahhhhhhhhh…. BLISS!!! Pure satisfaction!

Now… how do I get down from here?

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About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

5 Responses to To see or not to see-ok

  1. The Landy says:

    Looks awesome, and great photos….

  2. Hello Sir, is it a tough rough kind of climbing?

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