Stasis

It’s been months. I am miserably the most inconsistent person you’ll ever meet. I had hoped to write and post more of my stories this year. A lot may have happened but still, I had so much time on my hands. I wonder what happened. 

In my head, all things play out fine. I get to list all the things I ought to do, mentally. But when it comes to reality, all goes down the drain. I am such a failure at times. 

Don’t get me wrong, I maybe sad and angry at myself. Regretful even. That doesn’t mean I should lose hope. It can be really hard and daunting at times, you know. I’ve come to realize this side of myself a long time ago. I quit halfway through something good. I tend to undermine my own skills and talents at times because of the past, that hangs like a huge, dark and heavy chandelier over my head and instead of glimmering crystals, all I see are shards of regret and downfalls. 

I’ve actually decided – multiple times – that I am going to change. I did change. But only for a short while. I don’t know if there’s ever a cure for this. If I’ll be able to surpass such dull and pitiful phase of my life every time it happens. 

It’s a good thing I find solace in tomorrow. As long as I get to open my eyes after a night’s sleep, I guess that’s a sign that there’s still a chance for change. I am constantly hoping that any day, that catalyst that I’ve been waiting for will show up. Light up that part of me that’s been drowning in darkness. Maybe, I’m wrong. For waiting for something like this to happen but I feel like that’s all I have, if nothing else. Hope.

Indeed, I’ll never lose hope and tomorrow’s another day.

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Roadtrip ~ Los Angeles to Portland

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I remember growing up I used to watch these films wherein the lead characters would go on an epic road trip somewhere. I guess this is what compelled me to go on one with my two of my best friends.

2,766 miles. 19 stops. 8 cities. 7 days. 2 states. 3 people. 1 awesome adventure. — The formula for one unforgettable and epic trip!

After scouring what seemed to be hundreds of images, reading multiple blogs, and looking at dozens of destinations and mapping down routes with countless variations; we’ve finally decided on a route for this journey. Have you seen the video above? Let me know what you think!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Layovers are Awesome!

Marina Bay Sands

Have you ever had a layover for more than 4 hours in a city or a country you’ve never visited before? Don’t you think it’d be exciting to see a new city for a few hours? It’ll be like a trailer of a movie. You get a glimpse of place and find out if it piques your interest or not? 

That’s exactly what happened to us. My family and I were planning a vacation to the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. I was the one in charge of purchasing the plane tickets. As I browse through the available ones, I found out that there’s a connecting flight available and the stopover was at Singapore. Funny how fate works. I’ve never been there and my friends and family have always told me to visit the place, if ever I get the chance. And I believe that this was the opportunity I was waiting for. 

Without any second thought, along with my whole family, I bought the plane tickets which would give us roughly around 12 hours in Singapore! Oh, Exciting times ahead!

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Now, considering that I am flying out with family, I’ve taken into account that they might not like walking around for that long. Therefore, I booked a room for them to rest, while waiting for the connecting flight. And my intuition was definitely right! 

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Once landed, we walked around the city for four hours. Exploring Singapore – the tourist attractions, food, shopping, and so much more! And what a perfect time because the Crazy Rich Asian film was just released and this was where they filmed the entire thing! 

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After which, they retired and went back to the Hotel. I myself, decided that there’s so much more to see and was left behind. For another 4 hours, I strolled around the city. Found myself lost in front of the Marina Bay Sands as well as the Gardens by the bay where I saw this humungous Supertrees! Oh what a sight to behold. 

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It was by far the best layover I’ve had! A solid 8 hours of happiness! It wasn’t definitely enough to enjoy Singapore but I’ll surely comeback. And next time, it’ll be a proper vacation, not just a layover 😉

I therefore encourage you to do the same, if ever you find yourself waiting in the airport with a few hours to spare before your connecting flight, why not enjoy the city you’re currently at? 🙂 

Best,
Ardent Wayfarer

A glimpse of the West

As my Euro-trip comes to a conclusion, I can’t help but feel a surge of mixed emotions. 

When I was a little kid, I never would have imagined that I would be going around the world, visiting places that most people dream of. Yet, here I am sitting at one of the best airports I’ve been to; waiting for my flight back to the Netherlands. 

As I sit here in the airport lounge, sipping my cappuccino, peering outside the glass walls of this human ingenuity of a building, I can’t help but think of the past amazing weeks I’ve had. As a matter of fact, I am still pinching myself, making sure all this was and is real. This just translates how ethereal the destinations I have visited are. It was all too much but at the same time, never enough.

Walking the streets of Paris on a cool sunny day left me stunned. Not to mention I met one of the Irish Actors I adore, Sir Andrew Scott — So, quite literally and figuratively, Paris took my breath away.

The elegance and details of the architecture showed how artistic and sophisticated the French people are. And let’s not forget about the famous tourist attractions the city has to offer – being able to witness it first hand is just magnifique (insert my very baroque French accent, pardon me haha!)

But what got to me the most are the artists I saw while strolling around the City of Lights. I mean, picture this — a John Legend song being played quite beautifully by a talented dude enjoyed by almost everyone around him near the exquisite Eiffel Tower — or this guy who played a classical music with his violin, excellently; inside a tunnel of some sort, making the sound so much richer and much more haunting.

Dining at Trattorias in Rome, eating Gelato in a 10-degree weather, or just looking at the historical sights you used to hear from your classes back in high school — It’s all so surreal. I can still remember the first time I saw this place; it was in a movie. Lizzy Mcguire the movie. (Yes, I’m a Disney Kid too! haha)

The way the Italians make their food for me, is both an intricate form of art and love. Aside from the Gnocchi, I had. Everything else was great! Maybe that potato based dish is just not for me. (My apologies, Italian friends)

Also, growing up as a catholic and being enrolled in a school run by nuns, for over a decade, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve always wondered what the Vatican City was like. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go inside St. Peter’s, but nevertheless, the century old Basilicas and Churches around the area are more than enough.

Then there is Berlin. A hub of for creativity filled with history and culture. It’s scarred past is still imminent around the city and it showed vulnerability and strength at the same time. I think this is the reason why there’s a melancholic mood and eerie feel in some parts of the city and I think that’s beautiful. Because I believe that learning from their past is what made this city great again. Just like in life – you learn to move on and be better but you never forget who you are and what you’ve been through.

And this is where I first experience the calming joy a Christmas Market brings. There’s just so much familiarity – Filipinos are known for celebrating the longest Christmas season in the world. Thus, these kind of places, give me so much feels. Especially that I’m living far from home too. The lingering smell of hot chocolate and various pastries in the air, the towering well-lit and sometimes over decorated Christmas trees, the songs you hear being played in the background, and the infectious smile people has around you. You’ll definitely feel that ’tis is the season to be jolly!

Breathing in the cold air of Munich, enjoying the long walks and commute around the city, munching on the local food and just soaking in all the glory and beauty that this vibrant capital of Bavaria has to offer — All of it is nothing short of Amazing!

Even made more special by a very dear friend, Mizuki-chan! And that’s one of my favorite things as well as a challenge (as I am somewhat introverted when it comes to stuff like this) when traveling; meeting new people and making meaningful connections with your fellow travelers. I’m glad to have met here when I visited Osaka back in 2014. Look at us now, 4 countries and 4 years later. 

I experienced a lot of first here in Munich — some of which are private but most are shareable. (:P LOL) Tried my first hot wine, authentic German beer, first legit snowfall. Actually, even now, while writing this, there is actually snowfall outside the airport, looking at those little art pieces fall down from the sky. Amazing! München, danke schön!

Last but definitely not the least, Amsterdam. Now I know why my brother fell in love with you. Walking the cold streets of the city will make you swoon over the tall European homes as well as the lovely and beautiful people of Amsterdam. 

You are, if not more, truly magnificent – just how I saw you in the films and photos online. I can’t wait to go back! I’ve got another day or two! 

I am truly beyond words. Overflowing with happiness, satisfaction, and gratitude. But at the same time, I hunger for more. As I’ve said, it’s all too much but still never enough. I’d like to thank my brother, Louise! For making this trip possible and so much more memorable! You rock! I always remember this quote whenever I see you – “You can’t blend in, when you were born to stand out” I love you, Broski!

I might take my time before I come back here just because Europe offers a dozen more countries I should visit. One thing’s for sure, this will definitely not be the last time I see you – Paris, Rome, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam!

Let me know what you think about this! Leave a comment below! Or leave a suggestion too for the next European country I should visit?

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Siargao

Got the chance to travel and visit one of the best surfing spots in the Philippines. Long story short, it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Whether you’re into beaches, crystal clear waters, good food, nifty finds, and surfing — or you just like the idea of chilling in a beautiful and tranquil island filled with kind locals and tourists alike, Siargao is definitely for you!

PS. I’ll post a bunch of photos and more details in the weeks to come! Let me know if you have any question(s) I highly recommend everyone reading this to visit Siargao! 😉

Sturtevant Falls Trail

Sturtevant Falls Trail

Last January, after all the intense caloric event (: D) PS. Those are all the breakfast, lunch, and dinner during Christmas until the New Year’s.. My friend and I went on a short hiking trip to burn some calories and have some down time before she heads back home to Texas. Check out the video I made below.

Sturtevant Falls Trail features a moderate hike accessible for your pets too. It is located near Sierra Madre, California. The trail features one of the first man-made concrete dams  built by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District in the 60s as well as gorgeous and rustic cabins built in the early 1900’s. The falls’ stream wasn’t that strong due to the current weather condition.

Nevertheless, this is one great hike for those looking to recharge and relax their minds and bodies!

About this Random Blog and it’s Random Author

A virtual space;
A sanctum of thoughts.
Full of moments to be shared,
and stories to be heard.
I am sharing a piece of myself;
Baring my heart and my soul.
I am constantly mustering courage
Pushing these buttons,
Publishing these posts…
I am putting myself out there,
Hoping to be heard and to inspire others.
I try my best to be authentic.
So this space may sometimes be full of antics.
Now a little bit about me,
A simple young man trying to be free.
Free of these world’s restrictions.
Free of these time’s afflictions.
Free of these different negative emotions.
And definitely free from my own limitations.
I smile.
I cry.
I hide.
I love.
I lust.
I am the random author of this random blog.
A random man, who’s trying his luck.
Moving to a new city,
in a different country,
in the opposite side of the world.
Adjusting to new norms and culture.
Working hard, molding that dear future.
That’s why..
Every now and then,
I miss the Philippines.
I miss the place I grew up in.
I miss the food I usually eat.
I miss the people I usually hangout with.
I miss my family.
I miss home.
This random author
Who loves the great outdoors,
Equally enjoys the good old fashion indoors.
Sometimes spontaneous.
Most of the time planned.
Taking baby steps moving forward.
But most of the time, finds myself taking a step backwards.
I don’t even know what this is,
but please let me say this,
Thank you!
Thank you for reading the musings
of a random sunset-loving man.
And remember, most of the time I feel lazy,
that’s why I won’t be able to post constantly.
But when I do,
I sure hope you enjoy it too.

Source: About

Greeneries and Histories

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

If you’re looking for a place to visit during the spring in Los Angeles then look no further, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the perfect spot to hangout and visit during any season, actually! But I think you’ll enjoy the hues of the trees and flowers better when it’s spring time!

It’s a whole different world once you step inside the Arboretum. You will be able to enjoy the different landscapes from various continents such as Africa, Australia and Asia. The place will give you a glimpse of the rich and diverse environment of the world. Aside from this, you will get to enjoy a historical site that includes Native American, Rancho period and  genuine artifacts/treasures from the 19th Century.

Tucked in the hills near San Gabriel Mountains at Arcadia, California. This place is very accessible to everyone. It is perfect for those who want to have a quality with your family, friends or just yourself, like I did!

With just a $9 Admission, you get to enjoy this wonder of nature and history. Don’t worry about food as they also have a Café if ever you get hungry while walking around this 127-acre botanical garden – grab some refreshment or good snacks from Peacock Café.

Check out some of the photos I took during my quick trip to LA Arboretum.

For more information, visit their official website at http://www.arboretum.org

Hope you’ll get the chance to check out this awesome place soon!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Daily Habit

Water Lilies

I sit.
Contemplate.
And Pause.

I breathe.
Think.
And write.

I Remember.
Reflect.
And smile.

I type.
Check.
And re-write.

I finish.
Save.
And share.

Fleeting time.
Moments Captured.
Thoughts written.
Heart poured.

Good things shall come.

Hopefully.

Optimism should always be a habit.

Best,
Ardent Wayfarer.