I was feeling sad yesterday when I found that the concert tickets for December Avenue were sold out. Their music has always been my go-to playlist and I have long wanted to see this local band perform upfront. But time is not on my side, it seems. *cries*

Anyway, as I was nursing a broken heart, I received an email announcing that my entry for AkongSugbo’s photo essay contest won the runner up. One word: unbelievable! Despite my hesitations, I joined the contest last November just for the fun of it. I have always been a hopeless romantic and my muse was nudging me to write something at that time. What a surprise!

And because I’m feeling happy (still a little sad about the concert), I am sharing this entry with you. 🙂 P.S. It was written in our local dialect, Bisaya. I translated it to English but I find it weird. Haha. My apologies.

Here goes something…

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“Asa ka?”, pangutana sa akong mga amiga kung asa nasad ko.

“Sa bukid.” Way laing tubag. Kada semana, akong mga tiil dad-on ra jud ko sa bukid. Ambot ug unsay naa diring dapita nga magbalik-balik man jud ko ug saka. Ang view ba? Ang kahilom sa kalasangan? Ang kabugnaw sa hangin o ang kainit sa adlaw?

Dinhi sa bukid ani-a na tanan apan basin ang wala ang akong gibalik-balikan. Kay dinhi sa bukid sigurado nga walay ikaw ug ako.

“Where are you?” My friends keep on asking where I’m going again.

“The mountain,” has always been the answer. Every week my feet seem to take me to the mountains. I have no idea what they hold that I keep coming back. Is it the view? The silence of the forest? The cold blow of the wind or the warmth of the sun?

The mountains have it all but, perhaps, it is what they lack that I keep returning to. Because in here I know, there is no me and you.

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Sama sa kahanaw sa akong atubangan, dili nasad tika makit-an. Nagpadayon ang dakbayan sa sugbo ug sama sa mga tawo, kinahanglan magpadayon sad ko.

Just like the empty space in front of me, I won’t ever get see you here. The city continues with its motions and so should I.

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Tara, saka. Saka padulong sa pinakababaw. Ibilin sa ubos ang tanang kasakit og handuraw. Tara, saka. Pasakitan ang mga tiil og bagtak arun makalimtan ang sakit sa dughan. Painitan sa adlaw ang gugmang gipasagdaan rang mabugnaw.

Come, let’s hike. Climb to the heights height. Leave all the hurt and memories behind. Come, let’s hike. Let our feet and calves hurt to forget the pain that in our heart throbs. Let the sun warm the love that has been long left in the cold.

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Bisitahon ta ang krus kung asa gilansang ang mga pagsaad nga bakak. Hala, katawa. Hala, hilak. Unya, paghuman, padayon ug katkat.

Let’s visit the cross where broken promises and lies are nailed. Go on, laugh. Go on, cry. And then continue to climb.

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Sama sa pagsaop sa adlaw, makalimtan ra sad nako ang ako og ikaw. Ang kagahapon magpabilin sa kagahapon. Sa pagsubang sa adlaw, magsugod ko ug bag-ong karon.

Just like the sun that sets, I will put you and I to rest. The past will remain in the past. When the sun rises, I will start afresh.

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Tugutan ko ang kaugalingon nga masaag sa kabukirang nanawag. Musaka og magpakawala nga adunay paglaom nga makaplagan. Mubalik ra unya ko sa hawan na dalan apan sa pagkakaron, pasagdi ko sa bukid lang.

I will let myself get lost in the highland’s call. To wander and wonder with a hope of being found one day. I will return to paved road but for now, leave me be in the mountains.


There you go. I hope you enjoyed. 🙂

These photos are from my first escapade at Spartan Trail. Hmm.. it’s been a while. I think I need to go back to the trails again!