Friendly Diet

Too much of everything is harmful, that I seriously accept as true. Thus, we need a diet.
What does it mean? For me, it’s a way of refraining from doing something we do regularly. Fasting. A break from a routine, a rest from it.
This not only applies to cutting down food consumption as its commonly use. This can be a break from anything or anyone. From smoking, from alcohol, from spending or saving too much, a break from work, from stress, from being too serious all the time, from a relationship, from being too kind, or just merely a break from your own…usual world.
I said this, on a somewhat serious note because I am currently having a diet. Yes, a diet from a relationship, from a friend and from always looking and doing what I think is good.

Disclaimer:  I will use ‘URGH’, as a reference to a person to protect the identity of the involved individualJ. URGH is not a bad person, this is all ME talking and sharing my difficulty.

From a relationship. Who says I don’t have relationships? In fact, I have a lot and I have to withdraw some J.  It’s this; I am getting use of URGH being in my circle so I need to disperse URGH before I get accustomed to it. I don’t want getting too attached to some (selective) people, and that include URGH. You know, sometimes, you just get tired being with that person and you need a reason to miss URGH. And URGH is pissing me off now. What seems to be so cute before is becoming annoying and I do not like it anymore. I have not only to be honest with myself, URGH need it as well. URGH need to understand. Right now as I’m having my diet, I’m thinking of how I could mitigate this cruel truth with URGH.

From a friend. I’ve been practicing absorbing good vibes these past few months and URGH’s, let just say, is not a bearer of a helpful atmosphere most of the time. URGH steals my positivity. Whenever I get excited of something, URGH is like an antagonist who jumps in to the scene and makes fun bursting my bubbles. It’s fun when you’re a kid, like literally popping a bubble, but not anymore. Grownups need encouragement and I don’t get it from URGH easily and I hate it! Like what they say, remove what destroy your happiness and I’d like to get rid of that negativity right at this moment of my life where I’m having the best of the world. I just thought a slice than a mouthful of URGH feels vigorous and better.

From always doing what I think is good. This make me feel guilty and happy all at the same time. Trying to dip myself in a fire wondering if I’ll get burn or not. I just wanna be random. Doing things without thinking too much. Do this, do that, who cares?! It’s awesome to break rules, I feel courageous!

So there, I am just having a friendly diet, not totally getting rid of these things/people. Cutting something/someone out of my life does not mean I hate it/them, it simply means I care for myself; I need to take a break. Die-ting don’t let something just die in your life; it will keep something from continuously working in your life, properly. It keeps the fire burning. I think we all need to abstain from something and it’s healthy to take it once in a while.

Sudden thought: I think I just narrated the history of the word break-up. Well, dieting is better than breaking-up right? I’m picking the healthy choice.



Mountain Invation AMCI Batch DOSE

My Mountaineering History
Being a mountaineer is such a big event of my life and I wonder why I haven’t shared it with you? So let’s get back to 2012.
It all started last June 6 last year. A dorm-mate, who likes to climb, mentioned there’ll be an orientation that will be held by AMCI, one of the mountaineering groups here in the country. I said, all right; let’s try it since there’s nothing wrong with pretending-you’re-listening strategy in a talk. As we entered the lounge, three laptops were lined up on the table. All were showing a slideshow of pictures of the group taken in all their climbs. The other one is showing videos.
Let me cut my intro short, the very impulsive me, I/we registered.
Training begins. It will be held every Wednesdays and Sundays of the four months. Please refer to our batch calendar.

At first, it felt like I’m one of the Tributes sent to play for Hunger games. Learning how to tie ropes, pitch a tent, light up a different stove, first aid, wall climb, rappel, run and swim with backpacks, etc… These are just some of the activities included in our syllabus.

Let me give you a brief background on how the course works that will run for four months, from June to October. First, within those four months of training, there will be four climbs and you are required to get three. Good tracking of attendance is a major requirement too. Maximum of four absences is the limit, though they give merit runs or extra rounds mostly, or other activities that are outside the course calendar to make up for your absences. They give quizzes too, and you need to pass 80% of the quizzes of the entire semester. First Aid, CPR, rappelling, wall climbing, and orienteering are major requirements too. You also need to hit the finish line for a 15KM run within two hours. I had mine at the downhill UPHILL road in Ultra, Pasig. Whew!
Any failure to complete any of the major requirements above will forfeit your entitlement to be a member. Though you could finish the course, graduate and be a certified mountaineer but, it’s totally heartbreaking not to be a certified member.

My first training climb or commonly called as TC1 and my first real encounter of the mountain is Mt. Balingkilat in Subic, Zambales. Well, I can say we had a very nice acquaintance. How could I forget? It’s 1100 MASL as starter. It’s a very sunny day and all throughout the trek, I think there are only three trees where you can use as shade. It’s a grassy land that if you do not wear arm sleeves, it will leave your arms full of grass cut slash toasted. Now, I am proud to say that I, the only trainee, and my team member’s lead pack first to arrive the summit. The members are all proud and amaze of how fast I am knowing it’s my first climb. Wanna know my motivation? The heat of the sun! I know I’m dark and it’s the least of my concern but it was so really damn hot that I have to choose which one between leg pain and sunburn to savor. I chose the first. I brave the heat and this vertically challenged woman belittled the huge rock approaching the summit. Haha! I reached the summit an hour ahead of the ETA. I just can’t stand the thought that my nape and my forehead are being fried without any fight! Yes, I didn’t apply any sun block. It’s not included in my ‘to bring’ list (although a climb mate offered me hers) and I thought it’s too sunny it will leave you feeling sticky and it’s my first climb what do you expect and yeah, still I didn’t and I learned a lot from this. What to bring, what not to bring stuff. Now here’s a trivia. I am a well known clumsy celebrity. And I proved it true right at this climb. As we are preparing our dinner, I was asked to watch over our ‘tinola’. The pot is in between my legs because I’m covering the wind from blowing off the stove fire. Then I felt a leg cramp. So I switched position. As I lift and position my right leg, I hit the pot and watch the soup pour over. J We ate a soup less tinola. You know what hurts and disappointing? We are all excited for the soup. We all want a soup that night because it’s kindda cold and we are all in craved for soup. Even I want it bad. If you could just see our shocked faces as we watch the soup drip the pan.  I gave an all night apology and we are like ‘apology your face Annie’, yes that include me. They still have that hate in me every time we talk about it. It became a laughing stuff for ABG.
Time for descent and I don’t want to boast my speed again and decided to just enjoy the view and yeah, we weren’t the first group to arrive at the wash up area. Down the hill, awaits our very delicious supper. I ate a mouthful of every dish. Then we have a mini program, that’s suppose to take place during our socials up at the summit but a sudden strong rain pour down on us that night. So we call it off and have the venue change at the wash up area instead. It’s part of the climb to have socials at night. You know, getting to know the group, talking about the climb, sharing, having some numbers, et al…We didn’t win as best performer but we did enjoy the socials that’s full of cheering, drinking, fun and getting to know everyone.
Touch down Makati. F***. I can’t feel my legs! Goodness, the groin! If you sit too long, it hurts, if you stand too long it hurts. I hated stairs for a week, or any inclined steps. L
Now comes training climb 2, Mt Tarak. Yes, my second encounter with nature is far FAAAR different from my TC1. TC2 is also called technical climb. I have no idea what it mean. Now, I could tell you what the heck it means. Technical climb in mountaineering means all of your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual capacity will be tested. An unforgettable climb it is. Don’t ask me here, ask me in person and I’ll tell you what happened.
I missed the third climb due to some unforeseen event in our office. One member of our team filed in immediate resignation that result to leaves freezing and my supposedly fixed calendar goes to disaster.
Fast forward to my TC4, Mount Amuyao. Another different climb, like what they say, no mountain is alike. In this climb, one of my most beautiful morning happened. My jaw dropped. This is what I saw as I opened my tent. I’m like a kid who jump out of tent and say ‘Wooooooow!!! Ang ganda!’.

On my mind:
Sea of clouds. I wanna jump into it. Can I jump? Of course not! But iIt looks so fluffy and soft plus the mountain air. Parang ang sarap matulog sa ulap. Just stare at it, Annie. I glued my eyes into it for like, forever. I can’t look away. Really, the site is awesome.

The only thing that distracts me from the moment is the freezing cold air. I need coffee. This view is good with coffee. Hurry! Picture! Anyone picture me with this lovely site. And look at that smile on your face Annie. I feel infinite.
Mountain takes me back to the basics, how to arrange and fix my own bed, to cook a very simple delicious dishes in just a small burner. Relearn how to tie shoelaces of my muddy shoes since I’m used to hills, slip-ons, flats and sandals.
It teaches me how to live simply. You need to get out from your city comfort zone. Imagine yourself sleeping in a ground sheet, and if you’re too fidgety, you’ll end up lying in soil together with its lodger. You won’t get to wash yourself in a day or two. It’s like it’s just you and whatever available resources for your basic need. And it feels right; it feels awesome being bare of earthly things yet still happy.
It teaches me responsibility. I began to be responsible not only to myself but also to people who are with me. They teach me how to care, care a lot, and to care more. I never imagined feeling so worried for someone who is not blood related.
It teaches me patience. It teaches me hard work. It teaches me bravery. It teaches me pain. It teaches me glory. It teaches me risks. It teaches me adventure and to dig in for more. It teaches me God.  It teaches me to pray. It teaches me appreciation. It teaches me simple fun. It teaches me how to live a low life. It teaches me nature. It teaches me concern. It teaches me care. It teaches me service. It teaches me culture. It teaches me focus. It teaches me direction. It teaches me strategy. It teaches me to face challenges. It teaches me excitement. It teaches me time. It teaches me how to get lost. It teaches how to find. It teaches me manners. It teaches me to greet ‘magandang umaga po’ to locals. It teaches me smile and give more. It teaches me gratitude. It teaches me love. It taught me life.
I don’t know how to end this but what I am certain of is that I can proudly say, I’ll be able to live without all the luxuries this materialistic world could offer. Just like the old times.
Waiting for the sunrise, gazing into the vast horizon
Waiting for twilight might bores you, not me.

Appreciate a woman who climbs mountain. She knows how to live in simple things. You may please her with all the luxuries and she will like it but rest assured, when these things vanished, she will be fine.
Appreciate a woman who climbs mountain. Her skin maybe full of scars, but she call it scars of success, of survival. (From Woman in Summit)


A Letter of Gratitude

Today, March 26 2013, Holy Tuesday, is the first day I thought of writing note/s dedicated to you. A note of thanksgiving. I don’t plan to write (I mean type) every day, and address it to a certain PERSON, but I assure you, whenever I open this draft and start typing, I meant every letter and it’s all about YOU.
I made to believe, that everything and everyone around us, living and non-living things, with direct and even no direct contact with us, you, this keyboard, the coffee I’m drinking, that guy who just gave me a smile, and the whole universe conspire with us. They help us to be where we should be. Help us fulfill our plans.
From the moment I took this belief in my life, I promised myself to be at peace with everyone I meet and be thankful to the simplest thing I might and may not even receive. So whether you’re an acquaintance, a close friend, common friend, a friend of a friend, best friend, colleague, close friend, passersby, people at public transportation, please accept my thank you.
To those people who are close to my heart, no words can suit to express how grateful I am for knowing you. You have taught and given me a lot of things. Things that are now part of me. Things I will carry for the rest of my life. And that made me who I am now.
My  deepest thank you, that you have touched my life. If this is the last time I’ll see and talk to you, so be it. But I won’t let this day pass without giving you my appreciation of your contribution in my life. You have a piece in me. Thank you.

September 1, 2013

The first day of BER months.

I always find this day happy. It’s like a start of good things, good vibes. Not that the other months doesnt have it. September marks the christmas season for pinoys. It’s like a start where people become extra nice, extra cheerful and extra positive. I don’t know. There’s something in it. Its the season to be jolly, as the song said.

Im feeling the christmas air!

Good vibes!

Date a Girl Who Travels

24 February 2012
By Solitary Wanderer
Date a girl who travels. Date a girl who would rather save up for out of town trips or day trips than buy new shoes or clothes. She may not look like a fashion plate, but behind that tanned and freckled face from all the days out in the sun, lies a mind that can take you places and an open heart that will take you for what you are, not for what you can be.
Date a girl who travels. You’ll recognize her by the backpack she always carries. She won’t be carrying a dainty handbag; where will she put her travel journal, her pens, and the LED flashlight that’s always attached to her bag’s zipper? In a small purse, how can she bring the small coil of travel string, the wet tissues, the box of cracker, and the bottle of water she’s always ready with, just in case something happens and she can’t go home yet?
Yes, a girl who travels knows that anytime, anything can happen and she just has to be prepared with it. Nothing takes her by surprise; she takes everything with equanimity, knowing that such things are always a part of life. She’s reliable and dependable, traits that she’s learned while on the road.
You’ll also recognize a girl who travels by the fact that she’s always amazed at the world around her, no matter if she’s in her home town or in a place that’s totally new. She sees beauty all around her, not just the ones featured in travel guides or shown in postcards. A girl who travels has developed a deeper appreciation for life. She won’t judge you, or pressure you to do things you don’t want to do. She knows too much about the importance of identity and self-efficacy, and she will appreciate all the more if you won’t pretend to be who you’re not.
You can make mistakes with a girl who travels, and you can also be as idiosyncratic as you can be. Trust me, she has seen so much worse in her travels, and knows firsthand the vagaries of human nature.

Date a girl who travels, because when you’re with her, you’ll realize that even though she’s napped at a temple in Angkor Wat, went boating down the Mekong Delta, ran by the streets of Saigon or went skinny-dipping in the caves in the Philippines, she still retains that humility that is the mark of a real traveler. She knows she’s been to a lot of places, but she’s humbled by the fact that the world is still a big place and she’s only seen a small part of it. Seeing this in her can make you feel all right with yourself too; there’s no need for you to do more, to be more. What you are is enough.
When you meet a girl who travels, ask her where she’s been and what she’s going to do next. She will appreciate your interest, and if you’re lucky, she may even invite you to join her. When she does, do. Nothing bonds people better than traveling. On your trips, you will both see each other’s best and worst characteristics, and you can then decide whether she’s worth fighting for.
It’s easy enough to date a girl who travels. She won’t want expensive gifts; you can buy her (or both of you) cheap tickets to Thailand for the weekend, and she’ll be more than happy to take you to the longest wooden bridge in the country. You don’t even have to go overseas; you can take her out on day trips, caving or hiking, or treat her to a full body massage.

You can also buy her the little things that she keeps forgetting to buy for herself; that carabiner that will attach her backpack to her seat so that she will feel easier about sleeping on her bus trip, or a backpack cover, a small alarm clock, a money belt, or maybe another sarong that will replace the one she lost in China.
She won’t mind if you get lost on your way to a date. She knows oftentimes, the journey is more important than the destination. She will help you see the lighter side of things. She’ll walk along with you, not behind you, pointing out the interesting bits of things you’ll see along the way. Before long, you’ll realize that yes, the journey has been more memorable than the destination that you’ve planted to take her to.
Is a girl who travels worth it? Yes, she is. So when you find her, keep her. Don’t lose her with your insecurities and doubts. Because when she says she loves you, she really does. After all, Sshe’s seen so many things, met so many people , and if she had chosen you, better grab the opportunity and thank the gods that you were lucky enough she’s chosen you and not that bloke she met while watching the sun rise in Angkor Wat, or while whitewater rafting in the Padas Gorge in Sabah.
If she says she loves you, she must have seen something in you, something that can always call her back from her travels, something that can anchor her to the world in the way she wants to after weeks and months of being on the road.
Date a girl who travels. Make her feel safe, warm, and secure. Make her believe that no matter where she goes and however long she’s gone; you’ll always be there for her, the one that she can call home.
Find a girl who travels. Date her, love her, and marry her, and your world will never be the same again.

Kid at Heart (Zoobic Safari – 082513)

Its Mikes birthday today! And not only that, today is our teams educational tour at Zoobic Safari!

No storms can stop us. Last week is such a wind and rain chaos that leaves roads in total wreck. That include SCTEX where we are suppose to pass going to our destination, Subic. We take a reroute instead.

It’s the first out of town i have after my accident. I’m suppose to be banned in different activities because im obligue to rest wheter i like it or not. But this one doesnt include any physical activities and besides, i paid for the ticket already and i dont want to waste it so, i pushed the travel through.

In one of our stop over, we surprise Mike with a cake. We bought pizza. Sam prepared a tuna sandwich. We arrived at Subic past 12 in the afternoon and its drizzling.

The tour is full of ‘did you know that’ stuff. Im amazed with the different animals that i dont usually see everyday. Or just seen in a book or internet. Lately, I get amaze with simple things especially nature. Like looking at the window of our building and checking up on the sky, the clouds, and the far away mountains. Like i have to look at then to calm me, reset my mind. It calms me. Anyway, going back, like what ive said, the animals are so adorable. Some are scary but cute. Here are some of the pictures:


And a lot lot more of animals. Just check my FB account, its all there

We got dismissed by the activity around 4 in the afternoon and we havent had our lunch. We all agreed to take it outside the Zoo and look for a nice restaurant.


August rush resumed. Thank you J.


Meliorism 4 – Cottolengo Filipino

August 10, 2013

The most awaited day of FAB. Our first outreach at Cottolengo Filipino in Montalban Rizal. We’ve been preparing for this since July. And the day has finally come.

After getting our schedule at Cottolengo, Ive done some research. What about the institution, the cases, and anything i could learn about it. I prepared for a simple powerpoint presentation for our preoutreach meeting. Disclosing informations to the attendees. Brainstorming of plans and how we will execute it.

Nearing the day of our outreach, more sponsorships came and solicitations poured out. My excitement accelerated.

We have a big number of participants and will be coming from different places so we decided for a carpool. I go with Gemma’s car. We’re with May and Mike. We met my sister in Marikina and from there, we convoy. We arrived a lil late from our expected time of arrival since we got lost near the area.

Nonetheless, we have prepared everything and exactly 9am, we start the program.

I didnt get much pictures because my phone and me was in charged of the program music.

Like any other program or whatever it is that we need to do, it should start with a prayer.

This is led by Wendy then the program proper started.

I assigned Kate to be our host, one the most spontaneous host in FAB. Before she start the program, she introduced the group and the members as well.

We fed the boys.

Followed by different games and numbers. Sharing with you some of the pictures taken by the members.

As planned, FAB will be performing Jesus is Beautiful. This song is about the beauty of every creation. To see every creatures as image of God.

They also have a mini surprise for the August birthday celebrants. Mike, Myurks, Me of FAB and Jo and Lesh of Ambassadors.

After the program, we gave father the chance to for a message and to our surpriae, its fathers birthmonth too!

Group picture taking follows.

Then we had a tour to the rooms of these kids.

Outside pictures: