Scribblings and scrawls of a hopeless romantic soul



Young Dumb and Broke: A trek from Mt. Manunggal to Mt. Mauyog

Jane Austen once wrote, “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Just recently, my escapade with the adventure-seeking squad echoed this very line as we faced the rocks and mountains of Mt. Manunggal and Mt. Mauyog head on. These are two of the most famous peaks here in Cebu that are often hiked by beginners and seasoned mountaineers alike. And we don’t want to miss that, do we?

We started with a foggy greeting. On our way to Balamban, we were welcomed with a misty surrounding that almost felt like entering a world of miasma. Most of us were worried that we won’t get a chance to see the panoramic view atop but gladly Mr. Sun was kind enough to smile upon us.

From the junction of Brgy. Sunog, we said our prayers and started our trek. I should add here that before anyone can proceed with the adventure, you will have to register and pay various fees. I’m not going to elaborate, though, how we ended up broke but I suggest you bring extra money.

Moving along… It was quite a long walk but a fun one. Thanks to Marc and his Mi Gente, we spend the day with this song in our heads. We even danced uphill but we were badly choreographed. Should we do better next time? Yes, please!!


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FFfAW 11

“Wait… what? What the… Shit! Oh shit! Shit! Shit!” Dr. Harry screamed fearfully as his gaze run the length of what now clearly appears to be his rib cage.

“My rib cage,” he blankly said, his eyes still perusing the insidious consequence of last night’s for-the-sake-of-madness experiment, “my hands… my feet… and are those toes?” Dumbfounded and weak, he sat in frustration, his fingers (now phalanges) touching the base of his head. “Great, now I’m touching my skull! What have I done?”

The night faded into day and the last thing he remembered was his 280lbs self standing 5ft 10, drinking a bright ruby red liquid from a vial. For years he has been trying to create the perfect weight-loss formula and last night was his ‘eureka’ night. He, Dr. Harry Sherman, has finally created the ultimate weight-loss solution, Klump.

“And what better way to find if it works than to try it on myself?” he lamented, “Now, how am I supposed to go back to normal?”

Word Count: 167

Here’s for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt. Today’s prompt was quite a challenge and I ended up with a movie-based fiction. I hope you all have seen the funny movie, The Nutty Professor.  It’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw the photo. Also, it’s my first time trying to make a funny tale (my hopeless romantic soul cries), so forgive me if it doesn’t tickle! 🙂 🙂

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a weekly writing challenge  where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using 150 (+/- 25 words). Thanks for the fun prompt, PJ! As always.

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