Take A Break (Mountain Province Expedition Part I)

Ikaw ba si Juan na sinusulat sa kung saan ang pangalan para maipaalam at magiwan ng katibayan?  XXX was here.  Tila bakas sa buhangin na mabubura ng hangin o di kaya’y paglista sa tubig na aagusin ng alon. San pa ba natin eto unang natutunan, kung hindi sa eskwelahan. Mga batang musmos na tinuruan kung paano magsulat. Hanggang ngayon ba naman ay mananatiling musmos ang kaisipan?

O ikaw si Juan na mukha ang puhunan para ibenta ang sarili sa masa.  Mabuti sana kung tuturuan natin silang bumasa ng kandidato at hindi mauwi sa mga paasa. Pero ang pagasa ay namamatay sa tuwing matatapos ang pagbibigay ng grasya. Easy money kumbaga. Mga batang musmos na tinuruan kung paano tumanggap. Ngayong matanda na, hanggang tanggap na lamang ba?

KETKET. Parang mga batang naglalaro ng patintero para punan ang mga pagkukulang.  Mga basurang ketket ng lipunan at tila naging dekorasyon ng bayan. Ikaw na dayuhan, nanaisin mo ba na ito ang madatnan? Dumayo ng malayo, para lang ito ang matunghayan? LEAVE NO TRACE policy ika nga, pero nasaan na? NGA-NGA!

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Parrot’s Beak (Mt. Palay Palay – Pico De Loro Expedition)

May 18th,

Uphill battle. We paced peak after the other with each one offering a landscape of its own.  They are surreal. The idea of us being unwanted and the idea of them being untouched seem to sink in. Committed for the month of May, we found ourselves in the midst of nowhere in Ternate Cavite.  Pico De Loro was our 3rd destination for 2013. Gaining new friends as we ascent, may it be a friend’s friend or a fellow trekker or even the locals. Collecting mementos as we descent, capturing that millisecond of being jovial and carefree. The life of being me.  Never did I imagine myself to be this outgoing. This is now my life – – – to keep on travelling while young.  I understand that they will not leave, but I, soon, will wither.  I will inevitably age and I fear to regret the things I should have done.

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.” ― Dallin H. Oaks

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Grounded (Puerto Princesa Expedition: Underground River)

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the most distinguished protected areas of the Philippines. It is located some 360 miles southwest of Manila, the country’s political and economic capital. It was established as a National Park in 1971primarily to protect and preserve the intact old growth forest, interesting wildlife, pristine white sand beaches, unspoiled natural beauty and one of the most impressive caves systems in the world.

The Park features a spectacular limestone or karst mountain landscape. It contains an 8.2 km long underground river that flows directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is brackish and subject to the oceans tide. A subterranean river flowing directly into the sea and the associated tidal influence makes it the most unique natural phenomenon of its type to exist. The presence of 11 minerals, scientifically and aesthetically unique speleothems, and a 20 million year old Serenia fossil embedded in the walls of the cave justifies the declaration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

ARTICLE LIFTED from:http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com/