“To The Mountains”

It was 26 February 2013 when I caught a note titled “To The Mountains” on my newsfeed. What is so special about the note other than it belongs to a friend, whom I met on the mountain trails two years ago, is that he is a silent, brilliant writer. I have always admired him for…

What Is The Name Of This Plant?

On 06 March 2011, my hiking buddy, Paul Basco, and I photographed this stunningly alabaster fruit during our climb at Mt. Cristobal in Quezon Province. I posted the photo on Facebook the following day and questions pertaining to the name of this particular plant ensued. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. I have already consulted Mr….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

The subject of this particular picture was supposed to be the blurred little boy, who was looking all convivial watching the gentle waves of the pacific ocean, in the backdrop. However, my eyes suddenly noticed the subtle appeal of the day hut’s bamboo bed. My interest was fenced in; I had to capture it. The…

The Camel Corral In The Desert

The Hiker’s Maxim: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time (J.K.).” Revisiting a place is a not so welcomed idea when you desperately want to amass travel blog posts. However, going back to Callao Cave in Cagayan to rediscover its charm (“Revisiting the Most Famous Cave in Cagayan Valley On A…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

Nothing symbolizes the word “beginning” better than a sunrise. This nature feat reminds me of this quote from Bernard Williams: “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” A quote that always awakens that sense of optimism in me in times of despair.  

Urban Spelunking (Second Episode: Earth & Air)

After the upbeat endings of our watching-the-sunrise and swimming experience at Half Moon Bay, we proceeded directly to the city proper to check in at one of the most economical hotel suites in Khobar and to have lunch at the most patronized Filipino restaurant nearby. Thereafter, we headed to our second destination: Cobra Amusement Park….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

This photo was snapped through the car’s window a week ago whitherward at the Cobra Amusement Park. This intersection along Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Road marks the entrance to an exclusive subdivision–forming a community that obviously belongs to the higher echelon of society. I am giving you a glimpse of I and my friends’ weekend…

Team Building At Canyon Woods Residential Resort

It’s been more than two years now yet the memories from the last team building I had with my dear colleagues in the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) remain unbroken. It was 18 May 2011 when our big boss was finally granted a, for lack of a better term, free rental for one of the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

This is one of the pictures I got from visiting the Ushaiger Heritage Village that showcases mud-built, interconnected houses in Shagra last January this year. I got separated from the group I was with when the wandering feet in me took over. I wanted to explore the place at my pace, at my view. Until…

A Hideaway Amid The Slaving Corporate World

Working in a very busy and modernized city of Makati, taking a break once in a while to recharge the battery is a must. About five years ago, I came across an article in a magazine that talked up communing with nature by hugging a tree or being near it. Various researches on the latter…