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Bouncing back!

March 31st, 2014 No comments
The past six months were difficult times. Personal and economic burdens can be depressing. Nonetheless, I have decided to endure quietly and patiently.

But there also comes a time when tolerance would reach its limits and arrogance will have to be curtailed.

Bouncing back may not be easy, but never under-estimate power of the human passion.
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This Hut on the Hill

March 25th, 2014 No comments
Two bamboo chairs. Dusty. Broken. A wooden table between, like a defiant obstruction that arms and fingers need to negotiate. But there are no arms. There are no fingers. Not anymore. There is a...

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Graduacion 2014

March 25th, 2014 No comments
Hirilingan kita sa Four Pillars! Graduacion na naman caya.

Pagcalihis nin nagcacapirang taon can pag-graduar sa haiskul asin collegio, guiraray an pagtitiripon guigibohon sa cun saen familiar an cagabsan. An nagtitindog na simbolo can Ateneo de Naga University sagcod ngonian iyo an Four Pillars.

Pagcarico nin Ateneo Avenue, harayo pa lang hiling-hiling na an Four Pillars mantang padangadang sa main entrance can universidad. Cun igua man na lugar na cun saen an cada batch can Ateneo aram asin familiar, mayo macacanigar sa lugar na Four Pillars na dae ninda aram ini.

Taon man an bilangon, an Four Pillars orgullong nakatindog nagmamasid sa pasiring-paduman can mga atenista. Ini an testigo can pagtalubo can mga caakian can naglaog sa Ateneo asin maluwas sa Ateneo na lalaki asin babae para sa ibang tawo.

Ngonian an ibang mga alumni, nagbaralican para mag-atendir nin graduacion can saindang aki, tugang, sobreno o sobrena, kapartidario, amigo o amiga, kataid, o cabarangay. Dae malingaoan na sa siring na occasion sindan man nag-agui.

An graduacion occasion para magtiripon an familia. An honra na nacua can miembro nin familia, honra man can magurang, tugang, partidario, amigo o amiga, magin can mga cabarangay.

Inin man an opportunidad para bistohon an mga maestro asin maestra na nagpursige na magtucdo misqui ngani an mga estudiante deficil tucduan por dahil sa manlaen-laen na rason. Misqui ngani taon-taon may graduacion, cada pagmarcha can mga estudiante sa entablado nagdadara nin daculang trauiomfo sa mga pagsakit asin sacrificio nin pagtucdo.

Ini man an huring paghilingan bilang sarong clase o batch can mga magraduar. Pagcatapos can graduacion, an Four Pillars padagos na nakatindog sa pagluas can mga bagong graduate sa "gate" dara an experiencia asin kaaraman para sa ica-oorgullo can cahadean nin Dios ta iyo man ini an nangengenotan sa gabos sa puso asin isip nin cada Atenista.
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The Norwoods

March 19th, 2014 No comments

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-Haruki Murakami

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To see a World in a Grain of Sand – and a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand – and Eternity in an hour
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Bagasbas

March 19th, 2014 No comments

I wonder if people will notice if I wee here?

Oh Daet, with your long and winding roads and corrupt officials, how many barriers must you set up  for my goal to learn to surf.
Bagasbas beach, on the other hand, seems well maintained and organized (to a degree).
They have got a system set-up and it seems to be working.



My friend, from Daet, told me the beach used to be stony and  unkempt when they frequent the beach back when they were younger so kudos to the local people for its efforts in clearing the beach. The sand was actually quite fine and definitely walkable on barefoot.
The huts were pretty basic but there was no lockers to keep your valuables. I was with friends from Daet (one of whom is well known in Bagasbas) so I wasn't bothered but paranoid tourists would beAs I am not a good swimmer I thought learning to surf in Bagasbas might be safer (and cheaper) than heading to Siargao and winging it.

I've been told the beach in Bagasbas is perfect for a beginner plus it's cheap. It's less than 1k for an hour with a personal tutor and a proper board.
The hour long lesson went really quick. As it was my first time I managed to kill it on the board!
Just kidding, I struggled a bit at the start. I did manage to stand up properly but I was knackered by the end of the hour.
Not me but it can be!
So our group proceeded to our favorite past time. Eating out. We went to a restaurant (Catherine's I think the name was) besides the Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel. A lot of the food was just alright but the watermelon shake and the Sinigang na isda was amazing.

Olives in pizza,maybe. In fries?

Suppose to be steak...more like burger steak
On another point, I think the Bagasbas Lighthouse is the best accommodation you can find that's near the beach. It's priced nicely but the lack of competition means the standards leaves a lot to be desired.
With the hassle of traveling and the lack of choices for accommodation I am wondering about the positive benefits the beach could provide to Daet if only they have the infrastructure - but this seems to be a common theme for a lot of our tourist spots.
Like getting to El Nido from Puerto Princesa or getting to Coron from El Nido. 

It was well fun though but a lot of that is because I was with friends in a pleasant beach.
We didn't stay overnight as Naga is home for me but I am definitely making plans for coming back; I
am just praying it would be easier to get to and nicer when I do.
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The First Diary Entry of the Young Man

March 10th, 2014 No comments
[Part 2 of the "Diary Entries" series] “I was not born with the gift of poetry, certainly not the eloquence of speech. I speak with my silence. I swallow my thoughts and drown in them because the...

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The Waning Fire in the Distance

March 4th, 2014 No comments
For a while, I watched the beacon cast its light back and forth across the evening sea, like a blade cleaving through the heart of darkness. The sand beneath my feet felt unusually warm. I dug my...

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March 3rd, 2014 No comments
Some of the most interesting stories are those that hardly ever get written, for they exceed the power of the printed word and there can be no justice in lending them the inadequate semantic and...

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