Mt. Baloy-daku: Four Days Cursing the River, Leeches, Ragiwriw, and everything in Between

My choice of words depends on the people I deal with. Since I’m working in a learning institution, you’d expect me to talk formally because, you know, “modeling”. But of course, when pressed with all the deadlines and demanding people, I turn into a Super Saiyan and that’s when all the foul words learned from … More Mt. Baloy-daku: Four Days Cursing the River, Leeches, Ragiwriw, and everything in Between

Mt. Hibok-hibok: Why you should be Grateful despite the Heartbreak

As of this writing, my heart is breaking into pieces: for the second time around… I was rejected. Just when everything’s perfectly laid, the universe decided to twist this ill-fated story. Why can’t March be a good month for me? What have I done to the God of War to declare such outrage against me? … More Mt. Hibok-hibok: Why you should be Grateful despite the Heartbreak

Mountaineering is Dangerous to your Heart

As early as grade school we were taught about symbolism – from the colors of the flag to the school’s seal then to those crappy literary pieces that we have to analyze and interpret. Eventually, we then learned that behind those beautifully crafted “happy endings” hides a brutal, mind-boggling, and thrilling chapters left untold by … More Mountaineering is Dangerous to your Heart

Spartan Trail: Paying forward what the Mountains had taught me

If you were to ask me about the first mountain I have climbed, brace yourself for a long and detailed tale of a gutsy decision and misadventure. It’s difficult to forget a first time – same as first love, first boyfriend, first heartbreak, first… whatever. But more than the memories, it’s the lessons that we … More Spartan Trail: Paying forward what the Mountains had taught me

CEBU MOUNTAINS: Perfect Trails for Reflection and Pilgrimage

I’m back! It’s been quite some time since I last posted something relevant in the blog. Others call it “writer’s block”; I’d like to call it hiatus. And while on those moment of reflection and allowing things to happen just the way the universe planned it, I have come to see on social media (and … More CEBU MOUNTAINS: Perfect Trails for Reflection and Pilgrimage