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

An Unequivocal Beauty

Mt. Pico De Loro, Philippines

The seemingly endless wonder of Nature continues to baffle and amaze me.

Last weekend my friends and I decided to go on a trip. We decided to hike a particular mountain – Mt. Pico De Loro, which is situated near the Metropolis. At first, I felt that this little foray will surely be just like one of those usual fun and memorable trips we had before. Never have I imagined that something spectacular awaits us.

We started the hike around 9 in the morning. The beginning was indeed, fun. T’was full of jokes and laughter. We went through a rocky trail and then, we started ascending through some mild slopes. After 30 minutes of what seemed like an endless walking, we started to complain and joke about turning back while it’s not yet too late.

I felt my heart burning. I was breathing heavily. For someone with my physique, I think, climbing the mountain was an impossible feat.

But of course we continued. Every now and then, we would exchange Hi’s and Hello’s to fellow climbers we crossed paths with while traversing the challenging trail. That simple interaction made the climb somehow bearable. Seeing their smiles and energetic aura is just genuinely morale-boosting.

Slowly, we were able to feel the winds blowing harder. We begin to feel the sun rays beaming in on our skin. Which I think is an indication that we were somehow a step closer to the summit.

And finally, after two hours of rigorous walking, we reached the camp site which by the way, is a few minutes away from the summit. So Yay!😅 We had our lunch and took some photos ~ a souvenir of this experience.

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The photo above was taken near the camp site. The scenery was truly breathtaking.

After resting for an hour, we decided to continue on with the journey. We were still suppose to have two stopovers. First will be on the summit of the mountain and the next will be on the Monolith a.k.a The Parrot’s Beak. Unfortunately we were only able to climb to the summit as there were a lot of tourist and hikers that day and it’d take us until early evening to reach the infamous Parrot’s Beak.

That 20-minute hike going to the summit was something – something directly out from my nightmare. I was skeptical about the whole idea of relying on stones as my foothold on the way up to the summit. One wrong step and I know it’s the end. (We always tend to exaggerate things on our heads especialy if you’re a realistr or just plain pessimist) I was so focus on climbing this sh*t that I totally ignored my friends who were actually cheering me during that ostensibly life and death ascend. My knees felt like a Jell-O and were trembling after conquering that rocky slope. However, reaching the mountain top was truly exhilarating and fulfilling.

Words cannot describe what I was looking at during that instance. I was simply overjoyed for being able to see something as magnificent as that[this: below photo].

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It was legitimately worth all the effort and exhaustion.

Check out the featured Image. Isn’t that alluring. Seeing something like that in a photo would definitely make you want to personally visit the place and see it for yourself, right? And friends, you all should!

By all means, travel to places while you still can. It is something you can learn from. It is something that you will forever hold dear in your heart. It is something money can’t buy.

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And definitely encourage your friends to do the same. Plan something out. Go out there and fascinate yourself with the undeniable exquisiteness of Mother Nature. It may not necessarily be a mountain or something like this because as you all know, we have a vast world. There so much more than just mountains – we have falls, beaches, forests and so much more. Explore the world. And explore it to your hearts’ content.

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And you are sure to have the time of your life.

As I always say ~~ Carpe Diem, my friend. Carpe Diem.

Love Always,

Ardent Wayfarer

This season, to the next

Christmas Tree

Is it true that when you grow up, you feel a little less Christmassy?

I am a 22 year old professional living with my brother in a small condominium in the middle of the busy business district. For this particular year, Christmas seems a little bit less happier. Don’t get me wrong! We went home in the province and got to spend this holiday with our relatives. We had quite a night. A small feast, a few beers, and lots of games.

But yes – despite all the smiles and laughter, there’s a small voice inside of me saying things could’ve been better. Well yeah, if I think it through, we may have a small family problem that got in the way of celebrating this season. However, I know deep inside that this is not the only reason as to why this season feels a little less brighter.

I have been seeing memes on Social Media discussing this very same topic. Among the post I saw are the ones depicting that I am feeling this way because I got a bit older. Heck with that argument!

The spirit of this season, in my opinion, should be celebrated joyously throughout our lives whether it be that in a stage wherein we’re a toddler, a tween, or even an old crippled man.

The season of giving is ageless and so should the people celebrating it. We should still all get giddy when receiving gifts, we should all be ecstatic on the eve of this season and the feast that we’ll be having. We should put effort in giving out gifts for our loved ones. We should all together celebrate Christmas with smiles in our hearts.

Writing this, maybe it is just really because I am a bit frustrated in life as I am going through some personal dilemma and that my family’s going through a bit of a tough patch but nevertheless I promise to celebrate next year’s Christmas with a thankful heart and a happier soul!

Happy Holidays!

Cheers,

Ardent Wayfarer

An Endless Chase

Baler Philippines

We tend to look for comfort in the midst of a bustling environment. Well, I did anyways. I suddenly had an urge to look for tranquility.

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In my current situation – A peaceful mind and a serene environment is what I long for. I aimlessly chase what seemed to be an impossible journey. Especially today, wherein we lived in a world where everyone tends to multi-task and be haunted by their busy schedules. Before coming back from japan, I prayed and hoped for a good vacation this year. Then, the universe conspired – lo and behold, this year’s summer was (and is still) different.

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A jump start to my awesome journey was a trip to the “Queen City of the South”, which holds a very dear place of my heart as I started my young adult life there – when I just graduated from college, followed by small trips up north in Luzon and visited beautiful places such as Bataan, Pampanga, and Subic. And sandwiched in between these short excursions are the most unforgettable ones – my beach spree that started from Zambales, Boracay, to Borawan and finally to Baler.

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And in those I trips, I found my tranquility – the elegance of the sun setting by the seas, mountains and trees. Sunsets for me, have these unparalleled beauty. They might depict an ending but it also signals the start, the start of a beautiful and sometimes starry night. The colors of the sky is what I liked the most. The different shades of red. The bold and light colors slowly forming what seemed to be a hombre sky. I always look above and beyond. I wonder. I contemplate. I am amazed. Always in awe of Mother Nature’s sophistication.

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Puting Buhangin, 2015

 

I will forever hold it dear in my heart, this adventure that began on a simple thirst of peace shall now be considered an endless chase.

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Subic, 2015
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Baguio, 2015

Journeying to the Unknown

Undeniably, our world – earth, is vast. There are a  hundreds of emotions to feel, thousands of places to explore, millions of things to experience, and billions of people to meet. Imagine doing all those in one life. Impossible, right?

Now, picture all the places around you. Picture all the things, around you, you have yet to experience. Think of all the emotions you want/ed to feel. And, see all those people surrounding you and those you know that you wanted to meet. Imagine doing those in one life. Doable, yes? How long? Maybe 10-20 years or more, or less.

After which what are you going to do? What’s on the other side of your comfort zone? How about those other emotions you have yet to feel, places you haven’t seen, and the things and people you haven’t seen or even met?

The irony of life. It offers so much, yet gives so little.

That is why, as what most people would say or advice, we all just have to make the most of everything we have. Whether huge or small, we should savor every moment and enjoy everything while it lasts, so eventually, you’ll have something to remember and share. You just have to balance the ratio between your dreams and expectations. For remember this, a particular traveler may have traveled thousands of miles across the globe and experienced a dozen of stuff already and still isn’t satisfied. While on the other hand, another traveler may have only been to a place or two and be fulfilled as if he had been to everywhere before.

In my opinion, for you to be able to seize our vast world in the best possible way is that – one should muster enough courage and have a strong faith to be able to journey into the unknown, to eventually meet people of different culture, experience priceless moments, feel the untapped emotions, and ultimately be to places you’ve been dreaming of or never imagined to be traveling in to.

So my dear friend – Here’s to the future expeditions.

Cheers for the unknown people, feelings and experiences you will eventually get to meet, feel and do.

Love always,

-ardentwayfarer

Bros for Life

Graduation Photo

“Vision in his mind, applied by his hand, with a slice of his heart”

is the very maxim that this gallant prodigious artist lives by. This diligent visionary goes by the name of Louise Ivan Valencia Payawal, my dear brother, who was born on June 23, 1994. This perceptive “chinito” guy spearheaded a startup in his department, famously known as Apollo, that would eventually bring honor and glory not only to himself but to the university as well.

My dear brother is known to be a tender and blithesome consistent academic scholar of his college. He received numerous awards such as IT Excellence award, Champion of NSEC, and so much more.

I am just proud of this kid. He had a peculiar journey, been through a lot – He experienced rejection at its finest and tasted the sweetest of victories. He have come a long way and He’s truly a changed man, who’s ready to conquer the world, anytime.

Ultimately, I idolize him for striking the right balance between studies and pleasures.

Kudos, Bro! PTreat me a burger, will ya? And please, Never ever scold me again (:P)

PS. Cosplay level 3 [as kabuto] and I can’t move on, Supposedly with honors(Magna) but ‘coz of some revised school rules, aghh, Nvm. >.<

The Beauty of Passing Time

The photo I featured in this post reminded me of one thing, which I know is vital and everyone should be aware of.

Time, as what most people would say, is the most common and valuable resource we have. And with every passing time, we aged. With every passing time, we face challenges that we may or may not overcome. With every passing time, we experience either a singular or mixed emotions. With every passing time is a second you can never get back just like what Benjamin Franklin Said “Lost time is never found again”. That is why most people would advice, that you live everything to the fullest, live a life with no regrets, and so on. But in reality, you’re just a human being, all your actions cannot guarantee happiness. With every time on the palm of your hand slowly fading away, you should really be careful, they say. But think of it this way, What would happen to all of us, if we are that aware of the preciousness of time, would rather stay up all night than get enough sleep that your body needs?

In my opinion, we can never really get the most out of our time without sacrificing one over the other – I am pertaining to our needs and wants. You can maybe live to the fullest, seizing every moment but you’ll be choosing your want over your need, or the other way around in the process. Losing things, giving up, the extremities of being above and below, being trapped, overjoyed, deeply saddened, and many more circumstances and feelings, are all part of living. The beauty of a being human/e is deeply rooted with its vulnerability.

And in the midst of seizing every moment or being wasted as hell, You never loose your purpose. Time may pass as fast as you could snap your thumb, or as slow as you get a math joke, but your purpose in life will never ceased to exist. Just like that tree, that still stands proud and tall after facing extreme weather, serving its purpose to release the oxygen we need, and/or that chair that is enveloped with rust and some of its coating peeled off but still, it serves its purpose as a rest place for a tired traveler. That tree and chair still have their purpose as we you read this post. And by now, I believe you know what’s your purpose.

Our purpose.

That is to livelive as a human, embracing our flaws and imperfections, seizing all what you need and doing your best to achieve what you want.

Love always,

-ardentwayfarer

A fresh inception

Hello there!

I have decided to start anew here in wordpress. I have deleted my old account.

If you know my current situation, you would understand as to why I am doing this. For now, I would like to express my genuine happiness for being able to write again. I maybe not be a good writer, but i always wanted to be one. It has always been a dream of mine. A fantasy that I’ll somehow be able to achieve, thanks to wordpress, and other social medias – that enable its users to express their thoughts and feelings anytime, anywhere.

This new venture of making moments happen, sharing stories online, and posting photos, is an avenue for me to able to release – release feelings that i often bury deep within my heart, release my opinions that I often put to rest on the depths of my mind and ultimately, to release personal stories or experiences that might inspire others. Or maybe, I just have to release some things, sometimes for no particular reason. I am just a human being after all.

Now, Cheers for what’s to come and let us all have a better tomorrow!

PS. I will right about my current circumstances, soon.

Thank you, my dear reader.

Love always,

-ardentwayfarer