• 201 Tuesdays with Mellon Collie
    Philosophy

    201 Tuesdays with Mellon Collie

    What happens to us after we die? Are we going to see the light that leads to paradise? Or, are we going to wake up in a different world and realize that we’re living in a simulated universe? Teary-eyed and heartbroken, I asked these questions to Mellon Collie at my uncle and aunt’s funeral in July 2021.  How do I live in the wake of such sadness? Why do we have to suffer in this reality? Mellon Collie – the mistress of my life in 2021 – stared blankly at me, and made no effort to respond to my barrage of questions.  And, it wasn’t just the death of beloved…

  • The Secret Life of A Social Misfit
    Philosophy,  Travel

    The Secret Life of A Social Misfit

    Every new acquaintance starts with the question “what do you do for a living”. And, in an era with a high regard for successful and extraordinary lives, we always try to give a spectacular answer to impress the person asking that question. Let’s face it, we all want to be adored and become a subject of someone’s interest. Of course, nobody wants to be tagged as a social misfit.  Although the question seems like a harmless ice breaker, it’s actually one of the reasons why depression is through the roof these days.  The truth is, we’re living in a society where the level of respect you get from people depends…

  • White Daisies In The Sands Of Time
    Philosophy

    White Daisies In The Sands Of Time

    Today, Death smiles at me. With his warm and glowing smile, he is reminding me that my sands of time are gradually running out.  Every day, he walks alongside me, dazzling me with his infinite wisdom while waiting patiently for my inevitable last moment. But, on this sunny summer day in Pangilatan, Naga, Death is somehow extra sprightly.  As I cherish the scenery and view in front of me, I realize why Death is waving and smiling at me. Even in a short span of time, we had done something special on our hike for a cause. We had planted the seeds of white daisies in the sands of time. …

  • Marmol Cliff And My Enchanting Time Travel Adventure
    Travel

    Marmol Cliff And My Enchanting Time Travel Adventure

    There’s an atmosphere of fear, darkness and uncertainty everywhere in Cebu. From a welcoming land of endless summer bliss, Cebu has turned into a somber island of barricades and masked troopers. Whether you’re buying essentials in a mall or hiding in a secluded spot like Marmol Cliff, you’ll feel the wrath of Covid-19 wherever you go on our island.    Yet, even with the on-going chaos and fiasco, my enthusiasm for exploring places is spiking. And, truthfully, I’ve even been traveling to a slew of awe-inspiring places, amid the pandemic.  From the picture-perfect ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand to enchanting Marmol Cliff in Tuburan, it’s been a whirlwind of adventure ever since…