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Plans

I’ve been thinking so seriously about the future; not with worry or anxiety, but with hopeful and joyful anticipation of certain possibilities.

Plans. I never used to have plans. I used to just drift aimlessly along. Yes, I’ve been productive but I feel it’s direction I’ve always lacked.

I still subscribe to the philosophy of taking life as it comes, but at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with having a destination. Life is chance. But while we certainly can’t predict the wind and weather, we can adjust our sails accordingly to changes in the wind, and still stay on course.

Plans. I like having plans.

I’ve always enjoyed growing up. While I believe my inner child is ever green, I never wanted to delay growing up. I never wanted to prolong that small window of time in your late teens/ early adulthood where society lets you get away with behaving with a certain degree of irresponsibility. Perhaps you can say it was a privilege I didn’t really take advantage of, but I have no regrets for it. Not that I’ve never done anything extremely stupid. But even at my craziest, I never let go of the reigns for too long. I didn’t really like being out of control.

In literature, I’ve always felt I relate most to J.M. Barrie’s Wendy Darling, and to J.K. Rowling’s Hermione Granger. Yes, deep inside I’m a purposeful, 10-year old British girl, who can be a bit of a smarty-pants, and feels responsible for everything and everyone.

But kidding aside, I think growing up is learning that the only way to truly empower yourself is to take on real responsibilities. Young folks feel limited by committing to a plan. But it’s only by seeing through commitments that we define ourselves and see what we can evolve into. Drifting is good, but to forever drift aimlessly is the path of least resistance, and it weakens the will and makes you slowly lose belief in yourself.

Life isn’t and shouldn’t be all fun and games. I’m happiest when I have purpose, even if it means I have to work hard.

Plans. Plans may not turn out exactly as planned but it’s all gotta start somewhere. Image

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Mad about Yoga

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Being compassionate at the same time strong.

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Breathing gently while stretching deeply.

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Creating movement yet moving into stillness.

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Something magical happens when you do things with heart and soul,

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What I like about Yoga is that it is not based on faith, it is based from experience. I know from experience that I carry stress and the postures are not only ways of releasing the stress but confronting, experiencing  and understanding it. The postures are one way of understanding these blockages, if you apply wisdom to the practice, if you pay attention.

Bike + Shoot

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I miss the rusty and lingering vibe of former Imelda Park (now named “Kalayaan Park”)

Anyway,

RESET.

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.”

Test

Test

visual-perceptual mechanism.

Actually it’s not “blurry” … it’s “unattended” by consciousness. In order to identify an item as blurry, we must attempt to focus on it and then fail to do so. We then pronounce it to be blurry. But if you attempt to focus on that which is presently “out of your eye’s focus”, it will become “realistically in focus”.

Goodnight, Goodlife

Goodnight, Goodlife

Dear Life,

Thank you for giving me what I need, and not necessarily what I want. Because too often, what I want turns out to be only what I thought I wanted. There’s always something better than what I want.

Love,

Me

Penafrancia 2013

The feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is celebrated every third Sunday of September in Naga City. Bicolanos and pilgrims from different parts of the country flock to Naga City to pay honor to The Virgin of Peñafrancia, the miraculous patroness of the Bicol Region. The festival is a one-week affair which starts with the transfer of the image of “Ina” from her shrine to the centuries old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral where a nine-day novena and prayers are held in her honor. On the last day, the image is returned to her shrine following the Naga River route. The colorful fluvial procession is lit by thousands of candles from devotees in boats escorting the image. When the flatboat reaches its destination, the devotees shout “Viva la Virgen” and the image is carried back in procession to the cathedral.

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Backpacking Cambo +++

As I go run around, I meet new friends. Yesterday I met my fellow wanderbee Aissa. For the past years of being virtual friends finally I met her and talking to her about travels and running is liberating! She shared her Surfing stories in Catanduanes and Sorsogon, Biking and Running trails but the best part is her solo backpacking experience to Cambodia!

Since I finished college, Cambodia is at the top of my dream destinations. Why? Because according to my research, stories and photographs that I see online I therefore conclude that Cambodia is a place where people hold on to this mantra “we are who we are, and we do what we do…” Aside from majesty and beauty of Angkor Wat. Cambodia has enough on it’s plate without having to worry about what you think about the place, you will never really had to “struggle” for anything and to walk across the border and be judgmental was the worst thing you could have done.

I love writing about my travels but Aissa’s Cambo experience is really interesting that fueled me to push the dream to go there. But first, allow me to share to you my dear friend’s travel experience.

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There you are! Welcome to Siem Riep! After she luckily booked a cheap air fare and nice hotel and convincing her mom that she really need this ME-TIME trip she landed at newly renovated airport scared and excited at the same time. With guide book in hand and expert biking skills and her cute-sy charms she was able to travel around Siemp Riep started to get into the swing of Khmer life.

FOOD

If you are a happy vegetarian, you will enjoy their delicacies. Lettuce are crispy and no dish is being served without veggies.

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Aissa told me that there’s this dip that is always available in the table. If Filipinos love toyomansi, Cambodian people loves this:

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Tuk meric is an incredibly simple dip made from salt, Cambodia’s wonderful Kampot pepper, and lime juice. They said it goes well with seafoods.

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Picnic at night.

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Angkor Wat needs to be mentioned of course – this huge network of ancient temples is a great place to take your camera and get lost in the history and romance of Asia. In a country where everything is either brand new, old, dusty or filthy, the southern face of the Angkor Wat temple is simply ancient.  Now let’s go Tomb Raiding and Temple Run!

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I did not ask Aissa about the names and stories of each temple because I want to save that thought to myself. At least when I get there, I have a mission to accomplish. Here’s my bucket list:

1. Visit floating village Lake Tonle Sap.

2. Go to Bamboo Island that can be reached by boat from Sihanoukville and is the perfect spot to unwind from a stressful day of sightseeing.

3. and buy that Contax Camera, Typewriter and Telephone that Aissa forgot to buy for me. (HAHA!)

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Aissa or Icy at 26 is a Pharmacist by profession. Her beautiful mind, sweet smile and caramel skin tone can tell how she enjoyed and struggled to embrace life. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories and photographs and for allowing me to spread the sunshine to my other dear friends.

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Wedding Place No More

Wedding Place No More

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Everything is as it should be – the ideas in their infancy, the relationships in their mending, the proclamations in their decline, the silence in its silence.

Of Dancing shadows and Monsters

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Yes! I’m back here in my very own Maharang town!

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Before Batman. Ironman, Fantastic Four, Darna or even Lastikman got created, here in Bicol, we have this epic tale of Ibalong. It showcases the story of superheroes Handiong, Baltog, Bantong, among others.  But since I was a child, I’ve been a fan of street presentation where masks of heroes and villains are paraded on mainstreets, combined with songs and dances.

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Now that I’m all grown up, I want to feel the beauty of Ibalong by observing how graceful shadows dance in the street and how it romances geometric lines.

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“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire”

— George Bernard Shaw

Tumbling and Gratitude

Tumbling and Gratitude

I therefore conclude that the universe brought me here to eat siomai sa Tisa everyday, hunt for old buildings with rich stories behind the walls, Walk like a happy kid in the busy streets of Colon, drink brewed coffee and write, inspire and aspire and meet people with infinite passion for creativity and innovation. Thank you Cebu, you made my heart and brain swell.

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