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Back to the Mountains on My 30th Birthday: A Journey of Reflection and Euphoria

In 2014, I began a birthday tradition of climbing mountains by climbing Mt. Pulag, the second tallest peak in the Philippines.

To this day, I’m not sure what prompts me to take on the challenging conditions of mountain climbing on my special day, but there’s a sense of euphoria I experience while hiking that I can’t find in any other activity.


Tiring Yet Enjoyable Day One In Taiwan

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets, and contemporary buildings. The skyline crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper.

Taiwan was never in my bucket list of places to visit only when I saw pictures shared by my friends online; it made me think twice, and why not visit it? Filipinos are granted a free visa until next year, and that is an excellent opportunity to visit Taiwan.

There are many things to love about Taipei, like its night markets and many museums. But beyond its attractions, what makes Taipei so alluring for me, is the city itself. With conveniences like a cheap but incredibly efficient metro system and its overabundance of well-maintained public parks, it’s a city that puts its people first.

We had a late-night flight via Air Asia, which is around 11:15 PM. The travel time will be approximately one and a half hours.
When we arrived at Taoyuan Airport, it was not that cold or hot, but it gave us a welcoming vibe. Because it was around 2 AM when I arrived, MRT is closed, and the only way you can go to Taipei is either hire a taxi or wait for the bus, which comes every hour.

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I Quit Social Media for 30 Days – Here’s What Happened

This is a long due post.  Yeah. I’m too lazy to update my blog with certain reasons like busy at work, travelling or sleeping during weekends.

I know it will be super hard for me because I’m always online based on my work. (Remotely) but I told my two office colleagues if I failed this challenge I would treat them out for free in a buffet restaurant. (The expensive buffet restaurant in Manila).

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Everything was in darkness until I ran to the beach and saw the light

There was a man standing beside my bed telling me to get up. I woke up to the noises as usual, but instead of finding nothing there, I saw a terribly gruesome figure. It seemed like it had been human at some point. I can only see the built of his body and how it is in good shape. I peak through my blanket to see his face but a whole bolt of fear covered me up when I saw only a shadow of a man dragging me to get up. My sweat dripped down my forehead and my heart was thumping hard at my chest. I was always afraid of the dark and I still am.

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An Open Letter To A Guy Who Was My Favorite Person

I remember the day I saw you for the first time. You were a kid being interviewed by BBC with those cute kiddo teeth and laughs. I admired you. And after that, never in my life that I can imagine that our paths will cross. You were actually the one who was my partner in a kid game online – Pet Forest. From the moment I saw you on call, I exclaimed! “You are the kid from BBC’. This is an open letter to my favorite person.

And that is how our story started.

Our dream of seeing each other came true and we are both the happiest on that day.