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Finding Simple Joy: A Visit to AO Farm

January was a month for me-time, poetry, and crafts. In the past weeks, I have gone to places but have missed a lot of pages. Hence, I made a promise to laze around with muse.

But, despite the perks of solitude, some things are hard to resist. After an incessant request by Shiela, whose feet are giddy to get back on the trails, we headed to the mountains with Jovy.

Tres Marias out to be one with nature!
2 of 20 Spartan 😀

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Mt. Mago: A journey to Cebu’s very own Shire… and more

It was not so long ago when Mt. Manunggal and Mt. Mauyog left my friends and I in a destitute (but delightful) state, but here we are again: rushing to the north bus terminal, all set and ready for another day of fun and adventure. Where to now?

We already have hiked to the south for a heart-warming cause. This time, the gang decided to face the north— specifically, to see what the municipality of Carmen has to offer. Travelling with me were the usual faces Shiela, Juju, Marc and Zan. The adventure was led by the one and only idol  wanderer, Reymund. It was also great to meet new travel buddies in Mel, Fons, Justin and Micah. YAY!

Our bus trip took less than two hours before reaching the town of Carmen. We actually arrived earlier than expected which gave us enough time for a quick breakfast and buying essentials. What made this trip extra special is that none of us has set foot in Mt. Mago. The thought of wandering (and getting lost) to the unknown makes our hearts beat with excitement.

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Gorgeous trees on the way to Brgy. Santican. Photo credits: Marc

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Happy Hearts, Happy Feet

Yet again, life—in its most pragmatic way— found a means of pulling me away from the blogging world. Normally, I would write my AWOL explanation with a pout. But not this time. The past few weeks have been a delightful pull from the outside world to me and I hope my blogging friends here share this joy too.

Making a difference

My friend Shiela, who is a member of a local trekking enthusiast squad dubbed as “Team Bang”, invited me on a hike for a cause in Toledo City. The event was spearheaded by one of Cebu’s renowned travel blogger, Sir Aldrich Infantado of Bisaya Traveler. I was half-hearted at first because although the adventure-seeker in me was excited, my introvert persona was not. Nonetheless, all these reservations faded the moment I met the warm, friendly team, and the children of Old Bucao Elementary School.

 

It was a heart-warming experience being able to paint a smile on the children’s faces. They went home not just with a new pair of slippers and 2 kilos of rice but also with renewed hope. The fulfillment in our hearts will always be incomparable.

A time for adventure

After the fun program with the kids, we started ascending to the higher lands of Gen. Climaco. This village in the south sits on a very scenic and peaceful land, it reminds me so much of my very own hometown.

Located in the heart of the barangay is one of their pride, the Malubog Lake, which is aptly named for its thick, dark waters. The sun was getting fiery but we all can’t help but stop and savor the view.

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Tada! Of course, the introvert in me wouldn’t want to miss a chance to snap a shot with a favorite book.

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Biliran in a day or two: Waterfalls, beaches, and memories

I’ve been out of blogosphere for quite some time because… life happens. BUT so much for that, I’m happy to be back! It’s been a while that I have shared some vignettes and snippets of my life, too. So here’s a little treat for all of you… 🙂

Ladies and gents, meet the gorgeous Biliran.

Biliran is an island province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. It is one of the country’s smallest and newest provinces. Formerly a sub-province of Leyte, it became an independent province in 1992. This island province of lush mountains, countless waterfalls, and pristine beaches in the east of Visayas is a hidden paradise that is slowly making its name in the Philippines.

The waterfalls

Biliran is surrounded by mountains which explains the province’s abundant waterfalls- the number of which is not yet known. While there are over 10 waterfalls easily accessible to tourists, local mountaineers talk about more waterfalls that can be reached through longer treks, and even about unexplored ones.

My friends and I were able to visit two waterfalls, Ulan-ulan falls (image above)  and Recoletos falls (image below). We would have loved to visit all but time is tissue.

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The Rule of Eleven (aka The Blue Sky Tag)

Sooo… my two far-away besties here in blogosphere, Rosema and Jade, recently posted the Rule of Eleven open tag. How did my lazy butt get dragged into this?  HAHA! But really, since I enjoyed your answers a lot and I can’t miss the fun you girls are having… here’s mine. 😀

DISCLAIMER: This is a long one coz I answered both sets of questions. Should I call this The Rule of 22? lol

Jade’s Tag

1. Pick one of your scars. What’s the story behind it?
I still have this scar in my thigh from a frenzied battle with our pig.
It was feeding time and I was letting the piglets in when a tiny one shrieked to my surprise. Mother pig got mad at me and I was punished with a bite. *hides*

2. What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched on TV?
Unfortunately we do not have a TV in our boarding house. 😥 I come across a lot of random clips from YouTube though. The latest was about outrunning a fart. It’s a video from AsapSCIENCE.

3. How did you meet your best friend?
I’ve been asking the same thing! It definitely started during high school when the universe conspired to make us all classmates. How we clicked to become best of friends though… I can’t say. We were bunch of different flavors all mixed into a bowl. It’s amazing we’re still together! ❤


4. If you were to go to the movies by yourself, what movie would you watch?
Most definitely a movie that the rest of my friends don’t like. I remember watching Black Butler live action alone because none of my friends are into manga or anime. AND I’m looking forward to watching an upcoming local movie entitled, Can’t Help Falling In love, this April too. My friends like them but when it comes to this duo, I like to watch alone. Haha!

5. If you could pick any celebrity, dead or alive, to play you in a movie, who would you pick?
Hmm… this is hard. If I could pick one, I’d choose the gorgeous mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke. ❤

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6. Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?
No plans or obligations on a weekday afternoon… hmm, can I just stay at home? 😀

7. What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line?
That would be a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. <3<3<3

Fitzwilliam Darcy: “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

8. Have you ever danced in the rain?
There are only two things left for me to do in the rain. Kiss and cry. Waaaaa! *imagines Mr. Darcy in the rain*

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9. You are designing your perfect pizza. What would it be?
I’m not too picky about pizza but I’d shower it with lots of love, pineapples, and cheese if I make one. Haha!

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10. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country, what would your new name be?
Tahiti. This is one of islands that comprise French Polynesia. Aside from the dreamy blue sea and miles of white sandy beaches, I love the sound of the name. Wouldn’t you agree?

11. Pick a fellow blogger. Describe that person in 5 words.
Breaking the rules, I’m picking both Rosema and Jade because both are.. Oozing with charm and wit. xoxo

Rosema’s Tag

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.
Untamed. 🙂

2. When and why did you start blogging?
2015. Mainly it was because I wanted to write.

I write because…
My words stumble whenever I speak
But find their way whenever I write.

3. Is there a person that you look up to? Who is it and why?
Hmm… there are a lot of people that I look up to. The latest addition to the list would be our  Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ secretary, Gina Lopez. In a world full of greed for power and money, her fight against mining industries in our country is admirable. I strongly believe this world needs more people like her who have the guts to make a change. To say “enough”.

4. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?
Definitely coffee or a sip of Chocolate Chip Froccino from Bo’s. ❤

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5. Aside from blogging, name one activity that you truly enjoy.
Since ‘activity’ suggests movement and daydreaming won’t suffice for an answer, I’d say long walks. I love long walks— especially on a moonlit night. I do it every day, after my shift. 🙂

6. In your bucket list (or if you will have one), what country/place will be on your top spot?
The Philippines! Although I am from this country, I haven’t been to everywhere. I want to see the beauty of my place before I check my international travel goals. *fingers crossed*

7. Do you have a phobia? What is it?
I am not sure if it’s a phobia at all… but any of our plump, soft, squishy, and squirty friends frightens me. Those anytime-might-burst crawling creatures! lol

8. What’s the weirdest wish/hope that you have secretly said?
Believe it or not, I hoped (even prayed) that I do not fall in love— yet. I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for anything about love and daydreams but I don’t think love is what the current me needs for now.

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9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer. Well, not much to choose from since we only have wet and dry season. -.-

10. What is that one book that touched you in a very special way?
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Because readers do not simply read this book, we feel it.

11. What’s your favorite song lyric? Why?
Grrr… this is the trouble with favorites. I can’t have only one. Soo… I’m picking these lines from Tori Kelly instead. Unbreakable Smile, my song of the day. ❤

La da da da dee, you’re not breaking me
La de da da da, ain’t got time for ya, singing
La da da da dee, you won’t shatter me
La de da da da, got an unbreakable smile


AND there you have it! Thank you for reading until the very end. 🙂  Instead of tagging anyone, this fun tag is open to ALL of you. Feel free to answer Jade’s or Rosema’s questions. You can also answer both and have your rule of 22!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Share Your World – Week 4

Here’s for  Cee’s Share Your World Challenge –  Week 4


Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Fruits. Specially freshly picked. 🙂

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I came from a village tucked in the far-most corner of a small town and I couldn’t ask for more. “Away from civilization”, that’s what we jokingly call it. BUT we’re never away from each other. Home is where love and smile is the warmest.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

Green for the trees, blue for the sky, brown for the dusty road. It was a time of laughter, sun-kissed skin and sweat. Need I say more?

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm

• Stargazing and moon-gazing
• Watching animated films
• Doodling and sketching
• Listening to music
• Lazy afternoons
• Reading books
• Long walks
• Silence

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Rhuo Chwerthin


Rhuo Chwerthin

Most days I prefer solitude
Most days I walk alone
But whenever I’m with friends who love me
People whom I love in return
I ache such for time to be frozen
Make that moment last
For there is no grander explosion
Than a heart exploding to a loud laugh.

© 2016 Maria. All Rights Reserved.


Today’s Filipino word prompt is “halakhak” which refers to “a loud, uninhibited laughter”.

Come on! Write a poem or a fiction
Snap a photo under the sun
A six-word tale or a long post, perhaps?
Let’s all get word-high this July!

Want to join the fun? Find the prompt words HERE! Don’t forget to pingback & use the tag WordHighJuly. Mazel tov! 😉

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The Great Book of Lists- Chapter 5.1: People Who Inspired You

I’ve waited for this day to post this specific TGBoL chapter. Chapter 5.1 is all about the people who inspired you. It’s not about Descartes, Churchill, Coelho or any other inspiring thinkers whose quotes flourish the internet and the social networks. No, this chapter is about a list of real people, unknown (or almost) to the world who had a real impact on our life.

As for me, it’d be:

  • God, inspite of failing him most of the time, He never failed me
  • My family who are my great source of strength and inspiration
  • My college professors who pushed me to my limits, for they knew we were meant to grow
  • My treasure box of friends- my high school bffs, my college buddies, my “UTODIAN” friends, my favorite love-birds (Rinabel & Red)

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Conquering O-Peak

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir

I’ve been out of blogosphere for quite a time because… life happens. BUT so much for that, I’m happy to be back! 😀 😀 😀

So, for now, here’s a sneak peak of my trekking adventure with friends last April 9 at O-Peak.

Osmeña Peak, most often known as O-Peak, is the highest mountain in Cebu famous for its picturesque view of the countryside. It offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset, a tedious yet worth-all-the-sweat climb atop the jagged hills, a blanket of moon and stars during the night, and endless laughter and smiles. Personally, I’d say it looked like we were transported to another world. Hmm… say, Middle-earth. ❤

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