Common Sense

Same-sex marriage is marriage. I can understand some people’s need for distinction, but I personally do not see the need to call it anything other than marriage. It isn’t about sex. It’s about being legally bound to live respectable lives together and abundantly partake in all its benefits as provided for by the law. It should not […]

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Fringe MLA: Spoken Word

To put it simply, “Fringe Manila” is a festival that celebrates culture and the arts. Its aim is “to showcase fresh, daring, and groundbreaking material highlighting the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and internationally, across all genres including, but not limited to, theater, poetry, music, dance and the […]

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People ask, I “answer”

In this post, I will try to answer some “queries” that land people on my blog. These queries are search terms people type in good old Google or other web search engines which direct them to my blog. Most of the search terms are related to Philippine mountains – why am I not surprised? Mostly, […]

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“Thank you!”

It’s the 1st of July and my blog’s 3 months now! And to commemorate three months of blogging, I am taking a look back on 3 of my favorite posts. First, there’s FAQ, in which I try to answer the perpetual question every mountaineer must have been asked at one point: “Why climb mountains?” Next is a […]

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Share Your World

The lovely Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography has had this thing going on for quite some time now but this is my first time to actually write something about it. Here goes…   If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? → It would be amazing to […]

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Those who can, do…

I studied and trained to be a teacher. There is something about teaching that is so noble and so fulfilling. When I first walked into a classroom filled with young minds teeming with potential, I was scared. I was to teach four different classes for our practicum – our last year in college. For one […]

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What is the one word or phrase that immediately cheers you up when you hear it? “Buti na lang may climb bukas!” In English, it translates to “it’s a good thing there’s going to be a climb tomorrow.” This is my perfect pick-me-up. Every commune with the mountains is an experience that makes my heart […]

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In Sixes

A six-word story? A story? In six words? Let’s see… Eyes met. Lips touched. Time froze.   Was that good enough? Let me give it another try…  Holding hands, they faced the world.   This is quite fun. Third one…  Their love, like time, was fleeting.   I’m just getting in the mood. Here’s another […]

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  On the summit of Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak “Why do you climb mountains?” I guess it is an age-old question and one that I am often asked as well. People (non-hikers, mostly) almost always seem fascinated by the fact that there are those like me who go to great lengths just to reach a mountaintop. And […]

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Under the Dome

I just finished reading Under the Dome, a science fiction thriller written by the “master of horror” Stephen King. Now, let me share my thoughts about the book, hopefully without giving any spoilers. Okay, I will not tell any revealing detail about the story at all, just my thoughts. I still advise you to proceed with caution, though. 😉 Also, if you […]

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My Anti-Bucket List

I WILL NEVER TAKE SLEEPING PILLS… It is with utter lack of sleep that I am writing this post. I haven’t slept in more than 20 hours. It may not seem that serious but it’s been like this for days. I think I only sleep for 2 or 3 hours on average these past few […]

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