Friday, September 30, 2011

Dear Self [2009]

I like you*. If you are a stranger I ran into one of my travels and got to talk to, I know I'd be envious of your freedom, of your spontaneity, of your courage to throw caution in the wind and go after what you want. I'd be pining for your stories, for the beauty of the world that you have allowed your self to see and for the satisfaction that you might be feeling day after day from the knowledge that your happiness is easily accessible and you have no qualms grabbing it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Laruang Apoy

Anong pinaka naaalala mong laruan?
Ako, yung lutu-lutuan.
Dahil pangarap ko dati ay isang kalan
na may mukhang totoo, pero di nakakapasong apoy.
Naalala ko pa, nang minsang kami'y gumawa
ng kalan-kalanan sa likod bahay. Gamit ang mga bato
bilang kalang, at lata bilang kaldero,
nagluto kami ng malunggay at lilang bunga ng alugbati.
Pero bago pa man namin matikman ang sabaw 
na kami ang nag-imbento--
nauna na ang lupa. Tinapon ng nanay ko ang sabaw,
pinatay ang pangarap kong apoy...
at ako ay napalo.

that forgotten childhood

Why do I have this unquenchable thirst for unknown places, for provincial aura, for that undefinable smell of mangroves, for a taste of adventures among towering trees? I've asked myself that question a thousand times. What is it that I'm missing-- something that has to do with the sea, with bends in the road, with something hidden within the forest? What childhood adventure am I struggling to remember; what memory is it that lies so tantalizingly close, yet so far I could not fully grasp it?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekend flies when you're having (too much) fun

1. Friday Night: Happy birthday Guillard!

Salamat sa Gumbo treat! The food was awesome-- and the company even more so. Eto na lang birthday gift ko. Haha :))

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Planning My Solo Trip

Less than two weeks to go... and then I'm off to Butuan and Davao! Contrary to what most of my acquaintances would assume, this would be the first time that I'll travel alone. My Iligan trip was a partial solo trip, since I joined my friends during the latter part of the trip. But in my upcoming one, I'm going solo all the waaaay and I'm super excited (and yes, a little scared :| )

I'm starting on my itinerary now, browsing through blogs and texting random contact people. My main concern is the place to sleep, since I don't want to spend a lot of money on an overnight accommodation when there are cheaper options available. As for the transportation, I have no qualms going around in public transpo and I resolve not to ride a cab.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Discoveries V

This time, it's not about another person. It's about me. It just hit me a while ago how juvenile I still am-- hankering over wounds that should have healed long before. I know I shouldn't, but see, that's the main reason why it's sooo difficult for me to say sorry. Because I know it is difficult for me to forgive and let go an offense. Even when I know I should.  Even when the other party has already moved on. It's a sad, sad, sad thing to nurse old hurts. I need God's grace to continually work on that and lose that ugly habit. :| Pride, what an ugly, hurtful thing you are. I really wish I can let go of you completely.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday's Best

1. AXN Run. Finished 10k in 1:31:xx, a few minutes more than my previous 1:27:xx record. >_< I finished hungier, too. Ate a huge breakfast at Pancake House.

Discoveries IV

Oooops, I think I just earned another point for insensitivity. I have the lamest excuse in the world -- and that is I didn't know it was that important to you. I'm sorry.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Discoveries III

Dahil sa nabasa kong paninindigan mula sa 'yo,
sa harap ng lantarang pangungutya ng ibang tao..
Ang respeto ko sa 'yo tumaas
ng higit sandaang libo.

Nahiya ako bigla sa sarili ko. Ilang beses na ba ako nagkompromiso?
Ngunit ikaw, kay higpit ng kapit
sa panananampalataya
 at sa iyong prinsipyo.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Different Seasons

My diaries. Not all of them are full. Funnily though, each one has a different theme. I must have subconsciously switched notebooks when a season of my life changes into another.

And these... remind me of a favorite song from Hillsong: the Desert Song.
... in every season, You are still God. I have a reason to sing. I have a reason to worship. 
 Indeed I have. Thank you Father. :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Highschool... After 6 Years

Nagpunta ako sa West kanina bilang representative ng HAI sa alumni meeting. Di agad nagsimula kasi wala pang room. Nagpipicture-picture muna ako at nahagip ng camera ko to:
Sponsored by Jollibee? Nah. But then this particular branch  bear witness to birthday celebrations na may limit yung amount na pwedeng orderin ng friends (tipong Php 40 each lang ha) dahil walang budget nun. Haha.
And I remembered...
I must have had a crazy sense of honor then (and maybe up until now). I remember the time when me and some friends scoured the whole school for used plastic cups (yes, even looking through the garbage bins) for a school project. I could have just bought plastic cups from junk shops or the grocery, but no, I scavenged for them thinking that doing otherwise would be cheating. But come to think of it, we were given that project to teach us about recycling, not to turn us into scavengers. Haha. And there I was, going the proverbial extra mile and picking up other people's trash. No, I'm sure I wasn't after extra points. It was how I interpreted the spirit of that project. Thankfully, I wasn't the only one. Me and my friends even went to CCP to pick up recyclables. Remember, Elkanah, Joie? (Ann, did you go with us? Can't really remember.)
Haha. Hanggang ngayon wala pa din akong konsepto ng germs. Pero di ko alam kung kaya ko pang gawin yan ulit. Salamat Pasay West sa tibay ng sikmura at tatag ng isipan na itinuro mo sa amin. Di man ako madalas bumalik in person, paulit-ulit binabalikan ng isip ko ang apat na taong inilaan mo para sa akin. :)

Discoveries II

Weird pala nung feeling na after mong magformulate ng opinions/ideas about sa isang tao based on FB posts and comments, mamimeet mo siya in person. I was like, whatda? o.O

Basta. Ngayon, every time na may mababasa akong post niya, palagi ko nang maiisip yung impression ko nung mameet ko siya in person-- at magugulo na ang lahat. Haha.

Di pala siya cartoon character?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bohol 2011: the Usual Tourist Fare

I'll definitely have to come back! Lotsa' things to do outside the prescribed itinerary of tour guides. But before that, here's what I did in Bohol: