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

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

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.

Hi, there!

It’s been a while! I have a lot of things and events I would like to write about. I am in a happy place right now. It seems that after months of  bumming and struggling, most of the things in my life seem to be falling into the right place. It’s not perfect but, I’m pretty sure nothing is in this world. It all boils down on how we perceive things that’s currently happening around us. If we try hard enough, we will be able to see the good in everything and everyone. That’s for sure!

I just started with my new work more than a month ago. It’s far from perfect but I know for now, it’ll do. I am able to enjoy my free time and I must admit, I’m still trying to figure out what’s the most productive thing to do during my free time. Maybe this, I can definitely write, right? or travel (I just have to save some more, maybe in a month or two, I’ll finally be able to say I’m financially stable) or try to study something I’m interested in that would benefit me in the long run. Whatever it is, I’m still trying to figure that out. And by the way, I’m still struggling with trying to live a healthy life. It’s definitely a hurdle I should overcome soon. I know, I will.

See, as I’ve said nothing’s perfect. I maybe happy but that doesn’t mean I’m not struggling. I think that it will always be a choice. Whether you let bad things ruin your day or let it be a learning experience for you and focus your energy on all the good instead.

I hope that you will be able to see the good in everything and everyone. It might be a challenge at times but I know you can! Let’s all try to live the life we want. Cheers to more adventure, happiness and mistakes! Let’s learn from these experiences and try to be a better each and every chance we get!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Time Flies

Huntington Library, Arts Collection, and Botanical Gardens

It literally does, doesn’t it – whether you are having fun or facing challenges. Time flies really fast. Especially for us, humans.

Human life is fragile and fleeting.

As cliche as it may sound, one must truly live in the moment while treasuring those special memories we’ve had in the past.

We should live like a child. They spend time without thinking of actually spending it. They are spending it on things that’s worth something to them. Children live their lives in a quite predictable and straightforward manner. They express whatever it is they are feeling – the way they appreciate simple things, the way they laugh on small stuff, the way they cry whether it be because they are happy or sad, the way they are curious to things around them, the way they play, their innocence, charm and spirit. We should, in a way, live like them.

Can you remember those days when you didn’t give a damn on what other people think, so long as you are doing what makes you happy? Can you remember those days when you are taught what is right and wrong; and you strive your best to do the former? Can you remember the days you spent wondering on how things are made or how things work? Can you remember those times when you are full of life? Remember those days when you get knocked down but you just getup right away and you learn to do better?

Time flies, right? So let us take a small step back and learn from the younger versions of ourselves. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to live a little better.

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A curios one

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Playful Kids

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Candid

626 Night Market

If there’s one thing I like taking photos of the most it’d be candid shots of my friends or random strangers.

There’s something about unrehearsed photos that I find appealing; the vulnerability of it. The genuineness of the photo. A true moment stolen and immortalized.

If a picture is worth a thousand words. Candid ones is worth more. 

Think of it as an art. A bare one; a photo stripped of all its pretensions.

It is and will always be my favorite kind of photo.

 

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Little Kid Meets his Hero

Remember when we were young, when we used to look up to the characters we grew up watching, mimicking their pose/s, saying their line/s as if it was our own – wasn’t it everyone’s dream to be or just meet their childhood hero?

I don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted to meet mine in person. I had this fantasy of bringing all my favorite heroes to life and be able to bond with them – or save the world – even for just a day, or a few minutes. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Guess what, I did meet some of them. Kind of. You know all those people at theme parks or malls or restaurants dressing up with costumes and all that to look like some of the characters we’ve read in the books or shown on television and movies – thanks to them, it felt like I met my heroes in real life.

I don’t actually remember how I felt really. Maybe I was ecstatic, overjoyed, scared? Who knows?! But as an adult now, seeing kids meet their heroes like the one on the video on this post – It’s Heartwarming! I was in awe the whole time. The moment in itself was magical and Adorable. I can just imagine how the kid (Xander) felt while taking to his Hero. He even have this Optimus-Prime-like helmet on. He must’ve been on Cloud 9 that day. I wish all kids in this world would get the chance to meet their heroes in the flesh one day! Sharing with you this amazing moment I caught on tape.

 

Alone’s good too

Santa Monica

Alone; A word most people would want to avoid being – whether it be eating, watching a movie, shopping, traveling and what not. Doing things alone may seem sad and boring at first but hear me out when I say doing things all on your own has it’s own advantages and perks. Take it from someone who’s been there and done that; Take it from me who have eaten, watched a movie, shopped, hiked and traveled in a foreign country alone. And just for the record, I have awesome friends. Haha!

It’s just that I have encountered circumstances that led me to do all those things for the first time. You know, there are times when you are just too afraid/hesitant and cannot muster the strength to try out new things or face problems, the universe will do the work and put you in a situation where in you have no choice but to just do it. Have you ever experienced something similar to that? Life’s one great nudger. 

where everyday we almost make contact with another person – be it a family member, a friend, or a stranger – a moment alone can make a huge difference. Wherein you can do things in your own pace without a care in the world. It’s important that we are able to detach ourselves every once in a while (probably often) in this like/follower-driven society. Doing things alone can boost your confidence and will definitely give you a better sense of independence. Because you will be taking charge of things, literally.

Generally speaking, as cliche as this may sound, we always have a choice on things. Whether we’d feel sorry for being alone or choose to make the best out of the situation we are in. So, when life gives you that gentle nudge, be sure to take charge and face it with all your might. As the saying goes, might as well enjoy. 🙂

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Preface

Boracay, Philippines

Ardent Wayfarer.

ardent : characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity

wayfarer :  a traveler especially on foot

A Passionate Traveler.

I am your average guy in his early 20s. Like some of the people out there, I’m still figuring things out – still uncertain on what career path I should take, looking for that thing I love the most and make some money out of it, and so much more… (Let’s just save these stories for another time)

While I am in the process of figuring things out, I enjoy traveling on the side. I mean who doesn’t, right? Traveling is by far one of the most rewarding experience one could ever have. Visiting new places, learning new things, trying out new food, and so much more: one can surely never get enough of traveling.

I am not a know-it-all-kind-of traveler. In fact, most of the time – I find myself doing the opposite of the travel blogs I have read. I fail to maximize my budget. I often forget to eat the must-try food of the places I have visited. And a lot of other things.

I seriously have issues in following the guides given by the experts in the industry. Anyhow, that’s just how I travel. Sure I’d read about the place before I go there, look for the activities and read about personal stories or experiences; but when I get there, I do things my way. It’s not like the writer and I have the same taste, outlook, preference/s and what not. What I’ve read is merely a guide but the decision on which path to take is always mine to make.

I think we all should be doing things at our own pace bound by our own limitations and fueled by our own passion. In my opinion, that’s when it’s most fun.

So, I’ll be uploading my not-so organized travel stories (and maybe some tips) in the months to come. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as I did while I traveling those very places.

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Limitations and Beyond

Mt. Pico De Loro, Philippines

Limitations (n) : a limiting rule or circumstance; a restriction.

We all have our own limitations. We all have a threshold with which we gauge our abilities and actions.

In my opinion, there are several factors that we can consider as the source of these restrictions we have.

First, our circumstances: we have varying environment wherein we live our lives; this environment have a direct effect on the limitations we have as a person. Second, is our faith and beliefs: the principles we tend to follow are somewhat limitations that we can consider inherent – our faith dictates what is wrong and right. We may not follow it through and through but most of our actions are guided, if not influenced by our core values derived from our beliefs. Last but not the least, are our selves: believe it or not, I think it is but common that we have our self-imposed restrictions that we either consciously or unconsciously follow. Often times we are blinded by our fears and insecurities. These two contributes to the facade of our own persona – an image, which we think is all that can be and all that will be of ourselves.

Out of these three factors, the last one is the most ominous. Those self-imposed restrictions are what hinders growth most of the time. It is our lack of courage and confidence that contributes to that aforementioned image. An image of despair. But fear not my friend, there’s always a way of conquering your limitations.

CHALLENGING yourself is a good way of overcoming these limitations. I for one experienced this a couple of days ago, as I was on the gym with my personal trainer – I didn’t know I would be able to lift such heavy weight as it was my first time doing it. I was afraid and inside, I just felt I couldn’t do it. But hey, thanks to Matt (my trainer) with the proper guidance and words of encouragement, I thought might as well try. To my surprise (and my trainer’s too) I was able to do it. More often than not, you just always have to TRY. The good thing about trying is that it is what hurts the least if you failed, that’s for sure! You know why? It is because after trying while giving it your best and you didn’t do good, you at least know the result and you wont be stuck with the what if(s) therefore you won’t be bothered by the thought of regret of not doing it. I know how frustrating that can be! Lastly, SURROUND yourself with RIGHT people! The guidance and boost of morale from Matt sure helped a lot. That is why, I highly recommend that you surround yourself with people that would genuinely support you on your endeavours. A little push and nudge from them will surely help you overcome your own limitations! And be sure to the same to them! 🙂

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That’s me lifting the 275s with my ever reliable personal trainer, Matt! 

And before I end this, let me share a quote from Johnny Cash, an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author.

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way”

I hope I was able to impart a lesson or two from my own experience and helped you, even if its just a little, in overcoming your own restrictions. 

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer