Sunday, October 30, 2011

Xamantha Khaylie Rhein

Dahil may business ang kapatid ko somewhere at si Mama ay may duty din somewhere at si Jejebrother ay tulog maghapon kapag Linggo, ako ang napag-iwanan kay Kakai, pamangkin ko. Mainit sa bahay kaya nagpasya akong sa mall magpalipas ng oras kasama siya, at manood ng sine: Puss in Boots sana.

Madami akong natutunan tungkol sa pamangkin ko sa buong araw naming pagliliwaliw. Oo nga't magkasama kami sa bahay, pero madalas andun palagi si Mama at si Mavic para "saluhin" siya sa mga "asungot" moments niya; bukod pa sa maghapon akong nasa trabaho most of the week. Kaya ang Kakai na kilala ko ay cute, malinis, palatawa, makulit pero hindi nakakainis at pwedeng i-ignore pag nagtatantrums. Kulang na lang ilang attributes, manika na: pwedeng i-off pag ayaw mo na kalaro. In my niece's case, ipasa sa iba pag pagod na ko maglaro.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ang Huling Lakwatsa ng aking Sapatos (Mt. Sembrano)

Salamat dear shoes. Maikli lang ang ating pagsasama (isang taon), pero madami tayong pinagsamahan. Unang jogging sa ultra (8 ikot, 3.2 k, lagpas kalahating oras. Dapat ata alay-lakad tawag ko dun). Akyat sa ikalawang pinakamataas na bundok ng Pilipinas (Mt. Pulag). Mga takbo at paghahanda para sa naudlot kong aplikasyon sa UPM. Ang una, ikalawa at ikatlo kong 10k na takbo at unang 5k. Dalawang tree-plantings. At eto nga, akyat sa Mt. Sembrano.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I had a major panic attack during lunch break today. It suddenly occurred to me that I have no long term goals. I know, weird stuff to be thinking about during lunch, but thought about it I did. What do I want when I turn, say 30? It freaked me out to realize that I really, as in really, don't know.

And so, I embarked on a soul search right then and there. Yep, talking aloud about it to my very sympathetic friends counts as soul searching to me. Yep, googling "examples of long term goals" also count as a soul searching endeavor. And what did I, with the help of google and friendly advice, come up with?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lesson(s) Learned... and Learned Well

I used to really feel bad when I expect a person to be there for me, and he/she isn't.

Now, I just don't care. I've realized I can do things on my own, and that a companion isn't necessarily a good thing-- or welcome. Good? Bad? I don't know. But what I know, I realized, is that I've become a trifle undependable as well, as if I expect other people to not depend on me, the way that I do not depend on them.

For now, I'll consider that a good thing. Hope to God I don't feel too lonely :|

Sunday, October 16, 2011

mulTREEply: A Tree Planting Activity at Nuvali

Okaaaay. Ansabog na nang order of posts sa blog ko. Haha. Well dear readers (aba, feeling madami readers =))) utang ( na loob) na lang muna yung remaining entries about my solo flight in da south. Okay? Okay~!
Emo tree sa may man-made lake sa Nuvali

Meanwhile, kwentuhan ko muna kayo nung about sa tree-planting na sinalihan ko nung Sabado (Oct. 15). Nakakuha ako ng invite from I Heart Pinoy (c/o ate Tin and ate Leah)  to join a tree planting activity sa Nuvali. Free lahat: pagkain at pamasahe. So san ka pa di ba?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Operation Solo Flight Day 3.5: First Night in Davao

I arrived at Davao at nightfall, after the 6 hour ride from Bunawan, Agusan del Sur (fare: Php190). The bus passed by a  lot of towns in Compostela Valley and it was very interesting for me because I've always wanted to know how it feels like to be in Compostela Valley. Erm, a little difficult to explain, but in a nutshell, I have this quirk of 'assigning feelings' to places I've never been to based on their name. Compostela Valley sounds a little flowery, donchatink? I can't explain that 'quirk' and the best that I can come up with is basta. 
So anyway, it was entertaining to be tweeting the location of the every stop over the bus made. It was awesome looking at the list and telling yourself oh, look there. That's already a lot of places you've been to. Yep, when you travel solo, the tendency to talk to yourself increases. Don't worry, it's healthy. :P

Operation Solo Flight Day 3: Meet and Greet Lolong

Helloooo Lolong!
Er. Yep, he's there. Oozing of boredom and indifference. I suppose , after long years of adventure in Agusan Marsh (right?), a blue, uninteresting, shallow pool must be quite booooring. 
 A few months ago, Philippines made it into the international scene through the capture of what could be the biggest crocodile in the world. A quick google of the term 'Lolong giant crocodile' yield a myriad of stories about Lolong, with the piece about him refusing the to eat the most worrisome.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Give me a break.

Days like this always remind me why I want to travel a lot. Because only when I'm in a strange place that I can be myself-- free from the shackles of self doubts that wrap themselves around me when I let my guard down. It is only when in a boat in the middle of an expansive, dark blue sea that I feel safe from forlorn thoughts that crept into my brain when I least expect them to. It is only when I'm in a bus seated next to a stranger and headed on to God-knows-where that I feel I am where I belong, I am in control, I am where I matter. It is only when I can give myself any name and would still not be a liar, when my age is insignificant, when what I call my job gets blank stares and absent nods when mentioned, when all I am boils down to big, hulking bag resting on my back, that I feel larger than life, awesome, ME. 

So give me a break-- take me away. Take me to the farthest place you can think of. Take me to the edge of the map, where we will walk for hours and ride for hours and sail for hours. Take me, and watch me lose myself ...and see who I really am.  Maybe (who knows?) see yourself for what you really are.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Operation Solo Flight Day 2: Hinatuan Enchanted River

I first saw pictures of this river from an FB group. I researched online about this, and found very little information about this place. How can such a beautiful river not be famous? But the fact that it's very difficult to reach had only fueled my desire to see it-- and see it, I did, alone.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Operation Solo Flight Day 2: The Little Niagara of the Philippines... and more

Second day started at 730 am. After fixing myself and the stuff I'd be bringing around (extra clothes, since I'd definitely be swimming :P) I went out of the dorm and found sir James oiling his folding bike. He bid me good morning and asked me what my plans for the day are. I said I'd be visiting Hinatuan Enchanted River and Tinuy-an falls. I asked if it's advisable to stay in Mangagoy overnight, since I'm going to Davao the next day. I thought Mangagoy is near Davao. Haha. He informed me that it is a much longer journey from Mangagoy to Davao than from San Franz, Agusan and advised me to just stay in Hinatuan overnight and then take a bus to San Franz the next morning. I immediately agreed to his suggestion, since that also means that I can visit Lolong (the huge croc) on my way to Davao. He also suggested that I visit Tinuy-an first, then the enchanted river, since the bus to Mangagoy passes by CJ Hometel while the enchanted river is more or less 10km away from the highway.
Another roadtrip
As mentioned, you can hail the bus to Mangagoy right outside CJ Hometel. A bus passes by almost every hour, so I can't miss the upcoming one because that means waiting for another hour for the next one. I waited for about 10 minutes for a bus to arrive, and sir James hailed it for me. I told the conductor I'd be going to Tinuy-an falls and asked him to drop me off there. The fare was Php55.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Operation Solo Flight Day 1 (Part 2): Roadtrip to Hinatuan

The roadtrip
From the terminal in Butuan, I rode a Bachelor deluxe bus  (which means non-aircon. There is really no other choice :P) to Hinatuan. It was past 1 pm by then, and from what I heard the trip is going to take about 4 hours so I was confident there'd still be enough daylight to comfortably look for CJ Hometel, where I'd be spending the next 2 days. I spent 20 minutes fending off sunglasses vendors while the bus waited for more passengers. Why are there so many sunglasses peddler in southern bus stations? XD

Finally, the bus edged out of the station and into the highway, and the four hour roadtrip commenced. The passing countryside was a refreshing view-- I spent the first hour just staring out the window, drinking in the serenity of it all. Tall, towering trees. Hectares and hectares of farm land. Houses of people living near the hi-way. More plants. More trees. And even more farm lands. Some houses.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Operation Solo Flight Day 1: Warm Butuan

See Day 1 summary of itinerary

No, I'm not just talking about the weather when I said Butuan is warm, although it was indeed bright and sunny when I arrived. The word warm pertains more to the feeling that the place gave me when I stepped foot on it. Warm. And super friendly.

My first day in Butuan could never be smoother than this. Absolutely no hitch. Everything fell into their proper places and to think that the only preparation I ever did was to browse blogs and text random people. And of course, prayed. A lot. I believe it was the prayers that sealed the deal  for what is going to be one of the best trips that I'll ever make.