• 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. …

  • 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…

  • The Pursuit Of Happiness Is A Joke And Overrated AF
    Philosophy

    The Pursuit Of Happiness Is Overrated AF

    In my younger days, I always thought that pursuing happiness is the key to a fulfilling life.  Starry-eyed and vaguely cheerful, I thought the world would be a better place if everyone chases their happy pill. When people seek my advice, I would always share a barrage of positive, optimistic and uplifting ideas.  Having a burnout? Need an escape from your endless parade of bills and workload? I’d often say travel, and find your happiness.  Unhappy with your boss or at work? Go find greener pastures elsewhere, just like what I did in my 20s.   But, today, as I’m standing on the summit of San Carlos Heights in Quiot, Cebu,…

  • Postcards And Letters To Adrielle
    Philosophy

    Postcards And Letters To Adrielle

    Dear Adrielle,  I’m dying.  I know it sounds blunt, and I wish there’s an easier way to say it.  But, I really can’t sugarcoat the truth.  It’s my reality and my eventuality.  For every minute that passes by, I’m getting closer to my final thrill. And, in this age of uncertainty, any moment can be my last.  On the bright side, I do have a couple of uplifting news, as I’m writing this letter to you, Adrielle. First, your pops has been recently listed as a finalist for 13th Best Cebu Blogs Awards in the photo blog category.  As you know, your father isn’t fond of collecting medals, trophies and…