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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mensans, present at the advance screening of "Scorpion"

By: Arra Jeuneze Corpuz
This September 17, 2014, Mensans had the opportunity to catch the first ever premier of the American television series, "Scorpion" here in the Philippines at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall in Makati.

The series follows Walter o'Brien, a computer expert with an IQ of 197 (higher than Einstein's), as he and his team: Scorpion, solve problems for the benefit of the state and moreover, the world. He and his team of highly intellectual experts work together to critically analyze the conflicts and find a solution before time runs out. Their individual expertise and comical quirks make them very dynamic and humorous at the same time.

Elyes Gabel, Ari Stidham, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong, and Katharine McPhee star the series. RTL-CBS channel will be airing the series starting Tuesday so here's to another series that we may be hooked into. Aside from the food and souvenirs that the viewers enjoyed, the first episode was engaging enough to have the Mensans discuss about it over post-screening coffee.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mountain Series: Mensa SIG for Adventure (SIG-A) goes to Mt. Batulao, Batangas (09 August 2014)

By: Lex de la Torre

Who says Mensans aren't outdoorsy people? ;)

In preparation for a much grander Mt. Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) climb of MENSA Philippines and other international chapters this January, we have decided to train by doing a Mt. Batulao dayhike.

We started very early, left Manila at 330am via private vehicles and arrived at the jumpoff point around 6am. There are two trails to the summit, simply dubbed as the "Old trail" and the "New trail". I suggest climbers experience both by doing a traverse for they offer different picturesque views. Our group ascended via the old trail and descended on the new trail.

The old trail offered steep climbs, with resting points at any of the nine campsites. It culminates in a 70-80° wall that one needs to rappel before reaching the summit, which is also the tenth campsite. We were covered in fog for our entire ascent, but it dissipated when we reached the peak (lucky us!). The view from the top was breathtaking, offering sceneries such as rolling terrains and the nearby mountains of Pico de Loro and Maculot.

We descended using the new trail. While it is less steep, the trail was narrower. It was also more open. Nothing shielded us now from the Sun, except the occassional friendly clouds.

All in all, the difficulty rating in pinoymountaineer is justified (4/9). The vertical wall and the steep assaults & drops might present some challenges, but the entire trek is quite short. We traversed Batulao in 7 hours, with about 1 hour dedicated to respites and picture-taking.

I might do this again. Thanks MENSA!