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! 😉

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

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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Baguio, 2015

Aesthetics of Hoping

“Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words. And, never stops at all”Emily Dickinson

I believe the aforementioned quote fully embodies the true essence of hope/hoping. It is an ethereal occurrence that lies in each and everyone of us – resting deep within our hearts and without fail sings songs of courage without lyrics, but still, we fully understand the message it wants to convey. And it truly truly, never stops at all. Not at the expense of challenge or obstacles the tests the vulnerability of our being human.

It is the beating hearts of our souls. Our dreams and aspirations. Our wishes and our prayers. Hoping encompasses love, passion, depression and hatred.

The comeliness of hoping brings about the best in everyone. Giving light amongst our darkest time. Shredding deceit thus showing honor and truth. And ultimately, pours out love into a pot of hatred.

That my friend, for me, is the truest substance of Hope.

Love always,

-ardentwayfarer

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