• A Lost Star In The Odette Aftermath
    Philosophy

    A Lost Star In The Odette Aftermath

    Every time a star dies, it spews its contents into the vast and expanding universe, paving the way for the future generation. In the aftermath of Odette, the galaxy lost a star, creating an explosion that will forever change my life.  The night Odette ravaged Cebu At 9 o’clock on an ordinary night, the city of Cebu would be in its final act of the day.  The bustling streets, “Instagrammable” restaurants and places of entertainment would be crowded with people who are living their own stories. And, even with the on-going pandemic, the city is coming to life again.   But, tonight, the massive storm, Odette, is a counterweight to the…

  • Mount Talinis via Apolong Apolong
    Travel

    Mount Talinis: The Fearless Apolong-Apolong Adventure

    Why does trouble always follow me around? Am I secretly attracting bad luck, or is the world just going on a downward spiral? Will there be an end to this seemingly endless spell of troubles? In the last couple of years, misfortunes have been persistently haunting me. And, today, on our first day in Mount Talinis, I feel like trouble is once again on a mission to wreck our major climb in Negros Oriental.   But, guess what? I really don’t give a shit.  I’m a fearless free spirit, immune to all the stress and adversities life throws at me.  And, even with all the challenges that Mount Talinis is giving…

  • The Little Prince: Timeless Lessons From A Kid's Book
    Books

    The Little Prince: Timeless Lessons From A Kid’s Book

    They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But, every time I see the colorful and whimsical cover of “The Little Prince”, I always say it’s just a children’s book. Naive and unsophisticated, I didn’t think the book would ever appease my insatiable thirst for wisdom and knowledge.  How on earth can a child-friendly story help me unlock the infinite mysteries of the universe? Why do some find it a life-changing and inspiring book like the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?  I was, like most adults, analytical, playing on the safe side and thinking if a children’s book can teach me a handful of valuable lessons.  And, truthfully,…

  • The Enigmatic And Fascinating Stranger On The Bus To Cebu
    Philosophy,  Travel

    The Enigmatic And Fascinating Stranger On The Bus

    They say a different version of you exists in the minds of everyone who knows you. And with the world getting smaller by the day, there are likely a thousand or even a million versions of you today. The annoying workmate, the supportive friend and the stranger you met on a foreign land – everyone you cross paths with sees and paints a different image of you. You can be a cut-throat villain in someone’s world, a harmless sheep in the eyes of your parents, or a symbol of hope to the friends who adore you. Heck, even the woman selling cigarettes on the streets creates a version of you…