Blogging Tips, Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

Cavite State University: A Talk About Blogging With a Purpose

Brene Brown once said that we are all wired for connection. And the only way for us to connect to others is to let ourselves to be seen.

As a blogger, I take this advice seriously.

When I write and hit that publish button, I don’t just blog about the places and adventures I’ve been to. More than anything else, I dwell on the stories of lessons, realizations along the way that proves my mantra, my belief in life, is true – we all have a purpose here on earth, our goal is to figure it out and get about the business of doing it. Read the rest of the story…

Inspiration, Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

Mt. Pico De Loro: Conquering the Summit and Monolith

I’ve heard some stories… stories of mountaineers who have found their inner peace on top of the mountains. Some even mended their broken, fragile hearts.

For me, climbing mountains is personal. It has given me realizations that I am now carrying with me as I move forward with my life. There’s an amazing power and connection by being closer to nature.

And that experience was the same as I climbed Mt. Pico De Loro.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales: A Chance to Give Back

Surrounded by darkness at the campsite, all 13 of us were grouped in circle. In the middle was a bottle of brandy, and on top of us was a small bulb – our only little source of light that night.

This is what mountaineers usually call, “the social” A chance for everyone to get to know each other.

In case you aren’t aware yet, most people who dare to join group trips are actually strangers to one another. They are taking risks to be with people they don’t know, bonded with the same passion for adventure and travel.

I was invited by my good friend and our high school class valedictorian, Genel, to this trip to Nagsasa Cove in the province of Zambales. I was immediately convinced when he said it was not going to be a usual travel but an outreach program for the indigenous people of Zambales, the Aetas.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Travel Stories

Paoay Sand Dunes – Falling Face First While Sandboarding!

The problem is, we give so much f**k about what others think about us.

This way of thinking is so deep…so severe, we’ve become trapped, a victim of an unknown nemesis.

“Am I gonna say this? Do I have to do this? They might laugh at me.”

“Am I sure about this? They might think I’m crazy.”

Those are just some of the things that run through our minds whenever we want to do something. We always think and worse, seek of others approval.

I remember when I travelled to the captivating sand dunes of Paoay, Ilocos Norte. I’ve found myself asking the inner me, “Am I gonna do this? What If I fall? They might laugh at me.”

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Inspiration

The Higher Purpose of Corporate Workers

Every morning, you prepare everything for work.

You also planned to go home early and rest, but you always find yourself arriving at your doorsteps late (at night.) 🙁

This has been your routine for years, and the cycle goes on and on.

You have learned to just go with it, just like what everybody else is doing. Just like what the society keeps on telling you.

But then again, after years of doing the same thing over and over again, you woke up one day and felt something weird, something different.

Out of nowhere, you just feel that there must be something… something better and bigger than what life has in store for you. You couldn’t figure it out, but you just knew there is something.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

The 2 Faces of Slum Tourism in Manila

Reading is a way for me to de-stress.

I read books, publications and of course, I am an avid follower of really amazing bloggers. One of my favorites is Sab, a travel blogger from Germany who decided to quit her job to fulfil her dreams of exploring the world.

Her story is quite inspiring, and what I like about her the most (very subjective me) is her love for the Philippines.

One night I checked her blog, and was happy to see she has a new post. And it has a profound title, Smokey Mountain: A Walk Through The Slums Of Manila, Philippines.

I knew this place well.

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Inspiration, Philippines, Visayas

Remembering Typhoon Yolanda

I was at the office when I first heard the news, the strongest typhoon to make landfall was about to hit the Philippines. Shocked and worried, I decided not to wait for the news on TV and just did my own research.

I remember how my heart pumped when I read that the storm (International name Haiyan) will directly hit my country’s Visayas region specifically the provinces of Samar and Leyte. Most of my relatives are in Samar, a beautiful island in the eastern part of the Philippines facing the Pacific Ocean.

I was born there, even spent some of my childhood days with the care of my grandparents and Aunties. Thinking that my loved ones might be facing an imminent danger made me restless. We were able to contact my Aunt, though she promised that they would take care, it was not enough to take away our worry.

The day came. Yolanda, the typhoon’s Philippine name, has finally made its landfall. Manila was hundreds of kilometres away from the center of the storm, but the strength was undeniable. We were busy dealing with the bad weather, not knowing that our fellows in the south were experiencing catastrophe. Yolanda, a beautiful common name in my country, has become a name we will never forget.

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Inspiration, Travel Stories

The Woman I Met at a Manila Park

The Manila City Hall is one of the most iconic structures in Manila. Built in 1939, this building has not just withstood the test of time but has also become witness of the city’s vibrant history.

Today, there are a lot of people in the area. No wonder, because a huge mall is just located at the back of the building. Beside it is a university, and between the school and this building is a park where students group together to relax and chit-chat. This is also a place for others to grab a bite as food stalls and kiosks are lined up.

After so many years, I’ve found myself sitting at the park again. I’ve never expected that I would enjoy being in a place like this. It was nostalgic. I remember when I was a kid, my parents used to bring me and my brother to Luneta Park, the most popular spot in Manila which is also situated near the City Hall.

I just finished a meeting with a client near the place when I decided to take my lunch at the park’s food stalls. I work as an Account Manager for an international shipping company, visiting customers is a big part of my job.

At that time my car was busted so I took a cab going to my client’s office. I admit, the inconvenience aggravated my mood.

I felt lost.I was experiencing a deep sense of unhappiness. I was looking for meaning.

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