May 14, 2013

Tales from the Peak of the Parrot

Never in my wildest dream did I ever see myself climbing a mountain. As I've said a million times, I belong to the beach. All my things are stuff about the sea. But thanks to my friend RJ, I was given a chance to try (and love) something new.

So I was invited to attend a mountain-climbing trip with some of the Philippines' travel bloggers who completely do not know each other. While all of them are focused to capture scenes which they would cover in their blogs, I was focused more on the thought of how I could keep myself alive.

Hey RJ! Thanks for the invite! ;)

Pico de Loro is situated at the Southern portion of Luzon, somewhere in Ternate, Cavite. It has been famous for its perilous tracks. You'll almost never walk on a flat surface. It's climbing a mountain, literally. They said it's an easy climb, I say easy your face.

Because the diwata Kaiz said this sign is epic.

Our adventure makes no difference from what the men on the flying trapeze does. We're both defying death, but still having fun at the same time. Imagine having to walk and climb for hours just to reach the peak of the mountain. Tiring as it is, but rewarding. Thank to our water. No. More than our water, it's actually our gummy bears that kept us going. Thanks Robx for the cool tip!

 You'll never get lost. Mountaineers create pile of stones and place it to the right way. Yep, the spirit of adventure. (Photo courtesy of Robx)
We get to meet mountaineers who'd always greet "Good afternoon sir/mam. Ingat po!" One culture I love about mountaineering. Only after I climbed the top did I realize how sincere those words can be when said to those who are just on their way up. You've already conquered the dangers of from what's up there. Now it's time for you to warn them, but still let them have their own fun. Now that's ethics in the most sincere way.

 Feeling the wind like a boss.

I was almost at the peak of the mountain when I had to stop because I know I've already met the limit of my courage. Strong winds and steep sides took the best of my climb. Anyway, from the spot where I stopped, I'm seeing just the same scene as what they're seeing from the mountain top.

Cowardice, I say, but my new found friends think otherwise. One blogger (Gabi) told me: "Ang tapang mo nga e. It takes more than courage to admit defeat." Coming from her, it meant a lot. Being the small person that Gabi is, you'll never thought she'd make it to the mountain's summit. Good news, she did! Kaka-proud. :)

In the end, here's my blog entry. Travel blogging can be fun, too. For real, it's more than the pictures that meet the eye. It's actually the cool experience. The songs sung during the long walks. The humors shared to cheer the tired bodies. The friendship established during the time most unexpected.

Picture c/o Rommel. Say hello to my new found friends: Marx, Robi, RJ, Gino, Kaiz, Gabi, Nikki, RJ and Kirk. :)

If there is something that I've learned: life is a journey, not a destination. When I look back, I was more exhilarated of the journey I've had with the group and not really with the sight that I saw at the mountain top. I was also amazed of how from total strangers, we've all become travel buddies looking forward to the next mountain we'll conquer.

 That guy in the violet sando is Robx. A visionary, famous blogger and the mastermind. Sa uulitin!

Just one great memory to keep and remember during the bad times (e.g., how the 2013 National Elections went in the Philippines).

March 30, 2013


OK. I didn't expect this to happen. NOT on a Black Saturday, at least!

March 24th around 6 PM, I was watching TV Patrol. I can't help but notice the reporter. Dominic Almelor. He's so buff. He is just so buff. And then I tweeted:

According to UrbanDictionary, HIPON refers to a guy who has a nice body but an "ugly" face. Hipon is a tagalog word for shrimp. And you when you eat a shrimp, you usually just eat the body and throw away the head.


Haha. Peace! I just wish Dominic Almelor has a great sense of humor.


March 22, 2013

"Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance  and so are everybody else's."
 Baz Luhrmann, Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen

March 20, 2013

Marvin Barangay, Registered Nurse

"Procrastination had me down."

I've had enough days spending my life as a call center agent. It used to be fun, yes, but after years of staying and not growing, I begin to wonder why I'm not doing anything about it.

The line above belongs to India Arie's song "Strength, Courage and Wisdom". For this chapter of my life, that song depicts well of what I am going through.

This post is an ultimatum to the dream that I once thought would make me big. It's time I step up on fate, I have to show my face. For added feelings, please press play as you're reading along. I appreciate that you're here to give a care about my lament. And if you could, please remind me too. It's about time I become the person that I should be. :)

India Irie - Strength, Courage & Wisdom

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Dear Marvin,

You're a sad person.

I don't need to baby you with words anymore. You know for yourself that you are one sad person. There's no denying it. You do not sleep well anymore. You try but you wake up suddenly with thoughts about life ruining your peaceful mind. Thoughts about how you wasted your youth working on a job that is not supposed for you. 5 years ago, you thought you know better when you chose not to follow the path that was already set for you. Now you face the consequences. You eat your heart out with all of your friends becoming rich and successful one by one. Worse, you watch your parents grow old and try to hide their disappointment in you.

Now you're full of should haves, would haves and could haves. What if you did not give up on the nursing dream? You could have had your Masters in Nursing now. A Chief Nurse. A Clinical Instructor. Or better, you could've gone to a Med school and became a doctor. Let's be honest. You are destroyed by the fact that your partner is going to become a future doctor - and you are not.

Right now, you're not broke. But you're not well-off either. You're just getting by. Yes, you are just getting by. When exactly did you buy a new shirt? A new pair of pants? You love perfumes yet you're wearing a cheap cologne. Why is that? I wonder how a soul like yours got by like that. You used to believe that one can't settle for less, especially if they have the option to achieve more.

Dear Marvin, wake up from this nightmare. You know what your potentials are. You deserve more than just sitting 8 hours, pretending like you care about your customer's agonies and crossing your fingers to get a sale or collection. No more phone times, Marv. You're a caring person but you do not belong to the world of customer service. Check your wallet. A card there will remind you of what you're supposed to become. The reward of the 4 years of sleepless nights studying at one of the most prestigious nursing schools in the Philippines. You even just had that license renewed. You see, the Philippines still puts its trust on what you can do. You are a Philippine Registered Nurse after all.

What's good is it's not the end of your story yet. Trust me Marvin, it's not yet too late. Call it wasted 5 years as you may but please consider it time well-spent. There can be no better reminder to you about your failure than the pain of the five youthful years you've wasted in the industry you thought that would make you live fruitfully. What you've went through made you realize all the things that you've missed so that you will never step back to that world again. Now set an example. Forewarn those who would step out of their Dream Avenue. This time you know better.

Lesson learned the hard way but I'm glad that slowly you're opening your eyes. Let's stop counting the years wasted and begin anew instead. Let's start on April 19th 2013. Do your best. I know you will. Until now you're preparing for it and I couldn't help but be more than excited. I'm wishing you all the best. God bless you.

Hey it's me,

One advice I give to the world: "Do not procrastinate your dreams. Dreams got deadlines too." Special thanks to Binggay for such wonderful quotation. Your adventures inspire me forever.

March 19, 2013

Two (2)

So I once planned to make a monthly post of our love story. Apparently, I failed. I want you to know that I was never busy. Actually I am -- busy being with you. There. I hope you understand.

Thanks to whatever circumstances that happened, I got a hold of this computer kiosk at the office. Got nothing to do while waiting for you to finish your shift so here goes another of my heart's predicament, crying out loud.

It has been 4 months and it still feels like I've won that teddy bear. My feelings for you is still as it was back in first day. Your eyes still captivate me. Your smile still takes the breath out of me. Your imperfections still do not fail to impress me.

4 months young and we've already had our share of ups and downs. You see, even India Arie knows that not everyday could be like a summer's day. I would not talk about the reason of why you pissed me off one time. You already know what that is and I am certain that you will never do it again. But with what you did to say sorry, please know that you blew me away. You've rendered me speechless. You knocked me off my feet. You knew how to diffuse my anger. You knew how to touch my soul. I would like you to know that you're unforgettable. It touched the deepest of my entirety. I will carry that moment to the afterlife.

You hugging me. Random kisses to the face. And singing Adele's One and Only.


You do not have the world's best voice. I even sing a lot better than you do. But with how sincerely you delivered your message, hey, how can you expect me not to cry after that?

I would like to express in words how deeply I was moved but my wordplay just can't. Only I can feel the rain on my skin. Only I knew how it actually felt.

Now that you've done your apologies, it's about time I do mine. I'm sorry if I was silent during that dark time. I promise that would be the last. Next time, I'd let you know if you've hurt me. Immature as it sounds but yeah. I need to hone my maturity a little more.

I'm looking forward to all the adventures (and the fights) that we will have. Let's see how our story goes. But as of now, hey. It's really a love story worth living for.

PS: Hey future doctor. It feels so good to have your dreams come true, right? Like you studying Medicine at the school that you really wanted? Congratulations! I've also had mine come true. November 2, 2012. Less the mush, you already know why. :)