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Mt. Timbak - Scaling the third-highest Peak in Luzon

Scaling Mount Timbak was really such a great experience! Meeting with new folks, be inspired by the locals, sharing insights and laughing over silly jokes with the Conqueror Outdoor Club it was indeed a meaningful and fun experience that I will treasure forever.

Cagbalete Island Experience - Php 1,200 Cheapest Budget Ever!

Glad our CAGBALETE ISLAND Trip was a success. Thanks to Ms. Tess of Villa Cleofas who answered all of my inquiries and to Josiah Sicad of Lakas Trip. I'm glad that I stumbled upon his blog for this made our journey possible in the cheapest way.

Calaguas Island - Beach Bum's Paradise

What I love in Calaguas Island is its shimmering grains of powder-white sand and its awesome turquoise waters. No doubt, these make me want to go back again!

Dare to Climb a Mountain?

We face a lot of challenges everyday of our lives. Some are easy to handle while some may seem too much for us to take. And as I gradually became fond of climbing lately I realized that Life is.. Life is also a mountain to climb!

From Religiosity to Relationship

I was very sincere in seeking God. But I also saw the reality that my religiosity in church did not carry over to my life at home. I got angry at my nieces and pinched them whenever they touched my things, gave my mom, my ate, a weeks/ or month of silent treatment in rebellion to their strictness, spent hours devouring novels and giving way to my imaginations. I was selfish and self-centered.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

DO-IT-YOURSELF Cagbalete Island Trip - 2011

In a loud, noisy, overstimulating world, it can be nice to unplug & escape. Agree? Agreed! I actually been preparing for this trip for almost 2 weeks now and finally this is it! Woo-hoo! Because of the preparation, I’m starting to feel a LOT more ready and not quite so terrified. Me and my friend will be embarking the mystical island of Cagbalete this saturday. Sorry for the pre-blog, its just a teaser though. Ako na ang excited! Seriously, I dreamt about the island twice. Perhaps its because I've been thinking of this island for the past few days? and hanggang sa pagtulog mu ba naman katext mo pa din yung resort owner for some inquiries. Well, I just wanna make sure that everything will fall into place when we get there, that means preparing everything we need.

Please keep an eye on it, I'm really excited to share with you guys my wonderful experience in Cagbalete! yes! I'm claiming it! This would be a wonderful experience ahead!!! woot!
Remember, 'like attracts like' :) .

BTW, how about you? What's your plan this weekend? Give yourself a little bit of freedom this week to enjoy. To have a break, to rest from all....... of your hard work for just a little while. Whether it’s a spa, a climb, or a walk through the park! Treat yourself. :)

But I don't have that much money? 
 I'm gonna share you a secret. would you believe that the damage for this 2D1N Cagbalete Trip is 1200 only? Yehess! Stand by, and I'm gonna post our itinerary soon!:p (dear, you can travel without spending too much, its just a matter of creativeness and  googling!) cheers!

I am the breadwinner. I need to settle this bill. I need to pay my sister's tuition fee, and all that...
shhhhhhh... Listen. When you travel, it doesn't mean that your being selfish.  

But I prefer to give priority to my wants, am I not getting closer to that?
Sweetie, sometimes Travel is not just a want but a "need". Travel is essential to the spirit. Its ok to give yourself a break sometimes from all of the things that you work so hard. This will give you a fresh new prespective on things. Let yourself enjoy the fun times going on around you. You deserve it : )

 UPDATES: Holla! I'm back, live and kicking!!

Ciao Cagbalete

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Soul Surfer: Life, love and perspective.

Whenever a friend asks me for a good movie I always recommend them the "Soul Surfer". It was one of the most emotional and heartwarming movies I have ever watched! Yet it'll never get you bored for the movie covers extreme surfing and tides scenes that last just long enough to keep you stoked. Moreover, it is beyond self-identity and fighting spirit - a true to life story of Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. I was so touched and inspired by this movie and this young woman’s determination to live her life above and beyond her disability, that I  was motivated to do something different as well.

Surfing was Bethany’s passion and her living standards. She spent more of her life wet than dry. She is home schooled to keep her schedule in line with the surfing.  She was even sponsored by Rip Curl at the age of 13 after winning a big surfing competition. But despite her growing popularity she still remained grounded. I love how universal this movie is--relating the medium in any aspect of life. Where at one point in our lives, we've probably experienced how it is for something random to totally strike us in the process of "getting there," leaving us limping, getting lesser chances to win, or simply making us feel sad about the unfairness of it all. But Bethany's life teaches us that accepting such difficulties with a humble heart changes us into better people, making unexpected accidents something worthwhile. As she said, "I wouldn't change what happened to me because then I wouldn't have this chance in front of all you... this chance to embrace more people than I ever could have with two arms." I just cried when I heard that line .  :(

The movie reminds me also the value of waiting. As her dad coached her for the competition, he said, "The surf is big out there today so if you try to max them wave per wave you're just going to wear yourself out with all that paddling. So don't take just any wave that comes along. The greatest surfers, they all have this sixth sense. They know when the best waves are coming. They can feel it. It's a gift. You have that gift too." I realized that it's the same with our lives. It's true that oftentimes, we just keep on grabbing opportunities (for the sake of competition) without really thinking if it's what's best for us. Sometimes we have to use better judgement on whether or not we lose it or get it. And when we talk about waiting, it's the careful kind wherein we are in deep thought... that it's not just simply idle away the hours, but knowing that even 'season of waiting' is teaching us, bringing us somewhere. Her father said: "You know that moment between the sets when it's quiet, and the waves haven't even formed yet, it's just the energy surging through the water? Well, that's the time to be patient. Listen to your instinct. Trust it. You'll know." It reminds me of the importance of being still and knowing He is God.

There was also a point where Bethany found herself breaking down at church crying and asking, “How could this be God’s plan for me, I don’t understand.” (It's one of the touching scene in the movie I tell yah.)How many of us have fallen to our knees, weeping and asking the same question?  I know I have numerous times.  Good thing Bethany had a friend from church who said “I don’t know why terrible things happen to us sometimes, but I have to believe something good has to come out of this, but I don’t what know that is.”  It's just a relief to know that even when you don't have a clue why something has happened in your life, someone up there has a master plan and is watching over you.

Shortly, while waiting and contemplating what to with her life, Bethany volunteers with her church for a humanitarian mission in Asia after a tsunami had hit.  This is where she learns true compassion and gains an appreciation for what really matters in life, and that is love and our relationships. I really love this part. I was inspired by this young lady for she was able to use her passion to serve others, making her realize that winning first place isn't really the most important thing for her. You know that you are meant for something when, even if you are stripped off from your comfort zone, you continue to move forward in the realization that what you can do can bring joy to others. It's a strong lesson: losing an arm doesn't make you less capable... it actually makes you more. "Who would have thought that teaching a kid to surf, would teach me that surfing isn’t the most important thing in the world? And that something else is. Love. Bigger than any tidal wave. More powerful than any fear."

Bethany Hamilton has so much to teach us about life, love, perspective, and how far a positive attitude and will power will take you. On this movie, ou see family values and good ties within the community. And in spite of what happened, there was no blaming nor bitterness among them.   Amazing cause surfing has been always on my bucket list and this movie just made me appreciate it more.  I loved the sun and the big blue waves! It's a must-watch.  :)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Block Facebook Access in Mozilla

If you wish to personally block your access on Facebook to your Firefox Mozilla, here's how:

1. Mozilla Firefox > Go to Tools > "Add-ons"

2. Click "Get Add-ons", on the upper left side.

3. Type "blocksite" in the search box. When "BlockSite" add-ons appear, Click Install. Restart Firefox when prompted. (Note: if BlockSite add-on has been added already it will no longer show up on the list.)

4. After Firefox restarts, go to "Tools" > "Add-ons" > Click "Extensions" on the upper left side. "BlockSite Add-on" must now enable.

5. Click "BlockSite" options. Check "Enable authentication," then enter your desired password This is  to keep other users from changing the settings in "BlockSite" without your permission.

6. Click the "Add" button, enter the URL of the website you would like to block ex: https://www.facebook.com/, then click "OK." Repeat to add more sites, or click the "Remove" button to delete the URL.

Good Job! Mr. Steve Jobs!

Steve Jobs have been a true inspiration to so many people.  And I was actually stunned and saddened when  I saw it trending that the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away. It's still fresh in my memory when Jobs has announced that he is leaving Apple.
 “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” :(
Mr. Jobs said in his resignation letter last August. Sadly, but now this brilliant innovator has  gone for good. Goodbye Steve Jobs I believed your contribution to the world wont be forgotten, you've changed the tech industry forever in so many ways that effect millions of peoples lives on a daily basis, you helped to change the world.

Really people like him are God's gift to humanity and the world.

RIP Steve Jobs, 1955-2011.

Job well done!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Dare to Climb a Mountain?

We face a lot of challenges everyday of our lives. Some are easy to handle while some may seem too much for us to take. And as I gradually became fond of climbing lately I realized that Life is.. Life is also a mountain to climb!

We all have different mountains or problems in our lives and like you, there a season in my life that I felt like giving up. But good thing that through this defining moment of mine somewhere, something, somebody sustains me to have  this strong leg, and move on even though its difficult. It's tiring? Yes it is! Especially if its a mountain that you can't move alone by yourself.  Where I would need not just a mountain-moving faith but also mountain-climbing faith.

Mt. Timbak, Atok Benguet
 Mountain-moving faith is when you ask God for miracles to happen so you will be saved from whatever circumstance you may having at the moment. It is great kind of faith since you are giving your full trust to the one and only God. You are not relying on your own strength but on God.

Mountain-climbing faith is when you ask God for maturity. It is when you ask God to do something for you and THROUGH you. You can say a mountain-climbing faith supersedes the mountain-moving faith. When you keep telling that mountain to move but it does not move, then perhaps God wants us to CLIMB that mountain. He has a different plan for us that is why He wants us to climb the mountain.

It is not an easy thing to climb a mountain–literally and figuratively. It entails hard work, pain, and patience. It is however, during the climbing process that we could understand the lesson that God wants us to learn in order to develop our character so that we could be worthy of His provisions for us.  Literally when you're at the top of the mountain the view was really stunning!  Having  it in a more profound way it is on the top of the mountain that we could get to know and understand the real God we are worshiping. You can rest assure that when you get to the top of the mountain, you can meet God’s provisions in your life.

Whatever mountain you'll climbing right now remember that our faith in God will always lead us through. Do not demand from God but instead, know your place before Him. He is the ever powerful God and more than anyone else, He knows what need to be fix. Just trust. just keep the faith no matter what. As I get older I realized that my God is more concerned about changing me than changing my circumstances. :)
A Person Tired & Fed up of Life asked GOD: Why So Many Mountains & Hills to Climb in Life?
this quote make sense to me now.. :)
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