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Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 6

Random thoughts. Sixth installment. Hoping for a seventh.

Separation is necessary for growth. A bird eventually has to leave its nest in order for it to learn to fly.

Demotivation is the biggest threat to excellence.

Some people are like canned goods. They have expiry dates. These people will only be in your life for a specified period of time, then begin to fade until they’re gone.

It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover when that’s all that there is.

Beware of promises. Most are made to get you to do something for the person making the promise and once that’s done, so is that promise.

The point of you responding to someone online who you do not even know, to fight for some celebrity who does not even know you exist, is totally lost on me.

A sharp slap across the face is better than whispered conversations behind one’s back.

Life has it’s way of knocking you down a peg when you are flying too high.

There will always be that someone who will not like you. That’s okay.

When a tree grows up, it has to branch out to survive. However,  it also has to keep it’s roots firmly planted to the soil it grew up in, otherwise it will be uprooted when strong winds come.

When you screw up and blame everyone else, except yourself. Of course it’s not your fault. You’re perfect.

Amazing how people can easily lie, what’s even more amazing, is when they actually believe the lie they tell.

The biggest regrets will always be the risks we decided not to take.

Think of what you need to do to succeed instead of finding ways to undermine the success of others.

We work for money. Anyone who says otherwise is either filthy rich or lying.

 

 

 

Camping at Nagsasa

The Busy Boys are back for another summer adventure. This year, me and the boys decided to give beach camping a try. Schedule conflicts make these adventures tricky to plan, but we still make it a point that we get to do it at least once a year. This trip had a chill start with everyone getting picked up from their houses (almost everyone. Lol). The drive to Zambales was quite eventful, we teased, bullied and caught each other up with what we’ve been doing since we last got together. Once there, we dropped by the town’s public market to pick up the supplies we needed. This is an activity that I really enjoy whenever I go on out of town trips. I’m not yet sure why, I just do. Hehe.

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It was back on the road for us after that. Google Maps lead us to this resort (I did not really pay attention to the resort’s name so I can’t recall what it is now, plus they overcharged us, so no free advertisement, Sorry.) where we left our ride and rented a boat to take us to our destination. What followed was the longest boat ride ever. Apparently the cove we chose to go to was the furthest of all the coves of Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. Our late arrival (past 11:00 am) at the resort did not help either since the waves were already high at the time and if the boat went too fast, we run the risk of capsizing.

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I was wondering why the guys manning the boat gave us big garbage bags and asked us to put our stuff inside. I got my answer five minutes in to the boat ride. We were riding against the waves and every so often sea water would splash inside the boat giving us a salty shower. I was lucky to be seated at the back, before the water reaches me it will hit my companions first. Lol. After an hour and a half, with some of us dripping wet and all of us tanned, we finally arrived at the shores of Nagsasa Cove.

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We were led to a nipa shed which will be our accommodation during our stay. The bangkeros helped us pitch the tents while we organized our stuff.  When everything was settled, I got the chance to look around, suddenly I forgot about the long boat ride or that my stomach was growling, (I exaggerate, I was very hungry. Haha.). It was all worth it. Nagsasa Cove was a far cry from the hotel type resorts we were used to. Mountains. sand, trees, nipa sheds and tents, the vibe was very chill and relaxing. The place was awesome.

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With everyone exerting effort in preparing our (very) late lunch from scratch, we were able to sate our hunger in less than an hour. Not bad for a group of boys huh?

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Our accommodations in Nagsasa

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One of us brought a portable stove

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Portable, waterproof, shockproof speaker.

Upon our arrival we were all quick to notice one thing,  there was no mobile reception in Nagsasa. This meant no phone calls, no text messages, no mobile data. This might sound scary to some, being cut off from the outside world, but it was a welcome change for me. Electricity supply was also limited. The place gave us the chance to go back to the basics that we often neglect back at home, talking and interacting in person. That’s what we did for the rest of the afternoon.

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Shot na!

When the heat of the sun became bearable, we took our session to the beach front.  The sea breeze keeping you cool, the sun as your light and the sand as your cushion, nothing beats sessions by  the beach.

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Bury a Buddy Part 2

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We pretty much stayed there till sunset, only breaking for a quick dinner then we went back for a night time chill out session by the beach around a modern bonfire.

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The darkness of Nagsasa was not frightening, it was peaceful. The only source of electricity was a generator. Anyone who wanted to have a light had to pay Php 100 for it. Aside from that, it was total darkness.

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Thanks to the LED lights of our mobile phones and disposable styrofoam cups, we were saved from the trouble of building a fire and enduring its smoke. The night was warm so fire would have just made it hotter. The modern bonfire was a stroke of brilliance.

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No firewood? No problem. Modern bonfire.

Eventually, the excitement wore off and tiredness due to all of our activities for that day caught up with us. We called it a night and retired to our tents.

I wish I could say it was the most peaceful night’s sleep I’ve had, that I slept like a log. It wasn’t and I did not. Sand may seem soft when we walk on it, but sand serving as a bed to sleep on was a different story. The tent was the only barrier we had from the sand and it was like lying on a lumpy rock. Haha. I woke up with a stiff neck, sweating (sun plus closed tent equals sauna. Lol.) but still in a good mood. It was a great experience since I have never slept in a tent before this. It was something I’m glad I was able to do but its not something I’d like to do on a daily basis. Hehe.

It was just around 5:00 am and my buddies were still sleeping so I decided to walk along the beach and maybe catch the sunrise, one of my favorite things to watch when I go to the beach. Armed with my camera I walked towards my destination.

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Gotcha!

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I lost track of time, it was already 7:00 am when I got back to our camp. The boys were up, and one of them showed me what was left of our food. A stray cat or dog beat us to it while we were sound asleep. Lol. We had no choice but to buy some “golden” (cost Php 10 each!) eggs  to cook for breakfast. To take our minds off food or the lack of it, I showed them the photos of the lagoon I discovered this morning, it was at the far end of the cove but we had time to spare.

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See you at the crossroads

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We had all the time we needed. Lol.

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Photographer duties

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My turn! Haha.

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The part that connects the lagoon to the sea was shallow but the current was strong enough to carry us. We had a great time laying there, floating and letting the current propel us from the sea to the lagoon. We did his several times. Lol.

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One of us had this awesome idea to stick the monopod in the sand, and set the timer to my mobile phone’s camera so that we could all be in the photo. From the LED light bonfire to the monopod turned tripod, we Busy Boys will never run out of brilliant ideas.

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Test shot.

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Dadbods. Haha.

As the well worn cliche goes, all good things must come to an end, same goes for this adventure. Me and the boys left Nagsasa Cove with awesome memories. We arrived back to the unnamed resort after a two hour (Yup, took us longer now, it was less wet though.) boat ride with me singing loudly halfway through the trip to distract myself from feeling nauseous, I did not want to end up feeding the marine life. Lol. All things taken in to consideration though, I’d say this adventure is one for the books, or in my case, the blogs. Hehe.

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 5

Accumulated thoughts. Collection of rants. A comeback post.

There are those who will grow with you and be there for the rest of your life. Then, there are those who won’t.

At times, it’s the happiest of memories can cause the most pain.

I only explain to those who matter. If I stopped explaining to you, now know why.

Looking at a person’s past can give you an idea of how they might be in the future.

Mistake can be a good teacher, if you are smart to learn from it.

I choose to stay quiet not because I have nothing to say, I just don’t want to explain it after.

Learn to give room for new people but never neglect those who’ve always been with you.

No one likes a know-it-all. We already have Google for that.

You can not fix something when you do not know what’s wrong with it.

If you don’t start moving now, you might wake up one day and find out that everyone has moved forward and you’ve been left behind.

Never consider giving up, especially when you have not even tried yet.

Not everyone understands the thin line between being straight forward and being tactless.

The amount of time a person spends on you is the measure of your importance to them.

Count your friends and followers on social media. Now tell me how many of those are actually your true friends.

 

Foodie Fridays : Baler Food Adventure

A pimped up Volkawagen beetle used as a BBQ grill. Drinking fresh buko juice, moments after it was taken from the tree. Fresh and healthy Pako salad. Unlimited seafood and dessert buffet for two hundred bucks. These are the thoughts that come to mind when I look back at this food adventure. This post will kick start the summer posts for the Foodie Fridays series.

After a being tossed around by the waves of the Pacific Ocean, our group was famished. We decided to leave the resort for lunch and explore a bit of Baler after.  Our trusty friends, GPS and Google lead us to the bay walk area of Sabang Beach. From what I’ve heard this part of Baler is quite popular with surfers, true enough there were surf boards on display. Surfers and those who want to learn how to surf were out on the beach.

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It’s safe to say that the place where we had our lunch took its inspiration from its location. Baler Surfer Grill is an alfresco food place that offer grilled meat and seafood. The food choices are split in  two categories, the Pro Surfer meal and the Beginner meal, they are basically the same except for the serving size. While eating the sea breeze will keep you cool and the sound of the waves will be the background music.

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The bright red Volkswagen beetle immediately caught my eye. I found it odd that they have it displayed there, it did not seem to be cohesive with the theme of the place. I got my answer after a few minutes when my buddy pointed it out to me. The beetle was a BBQ grill! How awesome is that?!

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After ordering our lunch, two of our companions set out to buy our drinks and came back with buko, fresh from the tree. Here was my lunch.

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Baler Surfer Grill’s Bulalo BBQ, Pro Surfer size at Php 200

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A quick groupie before eating.

The whole dining experience was extremely satisfying, all senses being fed at the same time. If you are planning to visit Baler be sure to include Baler Surfer Grill in your itinerary.

We went ahead with our plan and explored Baler, more on that on my next posts. After our mini field trip around Baler we visited the public market to buy goods for our dinner that night.

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I was pleasantly surprised that we only had to pay twenty bucks for a kilo of native tomatoes and a half a kilo of green mangos. The pako was also not that expensive compared to how it is priced here. After buying chicharon and singkamas we were done and ready to go back to the resort.  Here was our spread that night.

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The next day was our last day in Baler. After a day full of adventures we decided to have lunch at this buffet  restaurant that is famous among the locals and was even named the best place to eat in Baler by a television show. For only two hundred bucks one can enjoy unlimited seafood and dessert buffet at Gerry Shan’s. I was so excited to eat that I only got to take a picture of the food on my plate and nothing else. Lol.

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One hack I often use when eating at  buffet or even at parties and fiestas is to get a bit of rice and small portions of all the dishes I wanted to sample, that way I get to taste all of what is served before feeling full. Needless to say we all left the place happy and satisfied. The food was worth every cent that was paid for it. Gerry Shan’s is indeed one food places you need to visit if you ever find yourself in Baler.

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Biyahe ni Tolits

Over all, this awesome Baler food adventure gets five, unexpert Foodie Fridays  stars.  Good job Baler!

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 4

Thoughts come from observations. Rant are my frustrations.

The best thing about being mysterious is no one will ever truly know you. The downside is no one will ever truly know you.

It’s easier to point out other people’s mistakes than to acknowledge yours.

I don’t understand why some people feel the need to put  other people down just to feel better about themselves.

Effort is something that goes unnoticed until it is not being exerted anymore

Focusing too much on wanting to be who everyone else wants you to be deprives you the chance to be who you want to be.

The ability of children to forgive and forget quickly and not hold grudges is enviable.

We tend to save our harshest criticisms to the ones we care for the most.

By thinking too much we are causing the problem to seem bigger than it really is.

When you can be silent with someone but not feel awkward about it.

Should you be happy when something you helped put together can now survive even with you or should yo be sad since now you are not needed anymore.

I’ll take hate over indifference. Hate still cares. Indifference makes you nonexistent.

It’s better to commit mistakes when young than to live with regrets when you get old.

 

 

 

Jay : Chapter 3

Walang trabaho ng araw na iyon si Jay kaya napagpasyahan niyang puntahan si Sara sa pinagtatabahuhan ng huli sa isang mall sa Pampanga. Matiyaga siyang nakatayo sa labas, hinihintay niya ang break ng dalaga, aayain niya itong magmirienda.

Nagkakilala ang dalawa sa pamamagitan ng common friend at simula noon ay madalas ng pumupunta sa mall na iyon si Jay. Maganda, magiliw at masayahin si Sara kaya madaling nahulog ng loob ni Jay rito. Nais isipin ni Jay na pareho sila ng nararamdaman dahil palagi siyang gusto makita at inaalala ng dalaga. Para kay Jay may tila “unspoken understanding” na sila.

Nang sa wakas ay dumating ang oras ng break ni Sara ay lumapit ito kay Jay. “Tara na.” ika nito. “Si Mario nga pala katrabaho ko, sasabay sana siya kumain sa atin wala kasi siya kasama eh, okay lang ba??” Tinignan at kinamayan ni Jay ang asungot na epal sa oras nila ni Sara, pangiti-ngiti pa ang mokong. Ayaw man ni Jay wala itong nagawa kaya pumayag na lamang siya. Nilibre niya ng mirienda si Sara, damay na din ang asungot at sa my open park sila ng mall pumuwesto. Marunog naman pala makiramdam si Mario at medyo dumistansiya siya ng upo kina Jay. Sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng pagkakataong magkasusap sila pakiramam ni Jay ay mas nahuhulog ang loob niya sa dalaga. Mabilis lumipas ang oras, tapos na ang huling break ni Sara sa araw na iyon. Matapos ihatid ni Jay ang dalaga sa tindahan ay muli siyang tumayo sa tapat nito. Hindi pa siya uuwi, Dalawang oras na lang ay tapos na ang shift ni Sara, aantayin niya ito upang ihatid pauwi.

Madalas na ganito ang set up nilang dalawa. Nagiba lamang ito ng minsang si Sara naman ang bumisita Jay kay sa trabaho. Bisperas ng Bagong Taon iyon at pauwi ng bayan nila si Sara. Hindi makaalis ng trabaho si Jay kaya si Sara na lang ang pumunta sa kanya. Sanlaksang kilig ang naramdaman ni Jay ng araw na iyon. Upang mapahaba ang oras nila sa halip na magjeep ay inaya niyang maglakad si Sara.

Makalipas ang ilang araw, napagpasiyahan na ni Jay na kausapin si Sara para linawin ng ang estado ng relasyon nila. Ginawa niya ito habang naglalakad sila papunta sa inuupahan ni dalaga. Hindi sumagot si Sara. Kailangan raw nito ng panahon upang mag-isip. Naudlot ang tuwa ni binata.  Asang-asa kasi siya na positibo ang magigng tugon ng dalaga. Nalungkot man ay inintindi na lamang ni Jay ang dalaga.

Pagakatapos ng gabing iyon, hindi nagparamdam si Sara kay Jay. Nag-alala ang binata. Kaiba kasi ito sa nakasanayan niya na lagi siya may text mula kay Sara mula umaga hanggang sa kabuuan ng araw. Tinatawagan niya ito pero hindi iyon sinasagot ng dalaga. Ilang text din ang pinadala ni Jay subalit ni isa ay walang sinagot ang si Sara. Kinahapunan, pagkatapos ng trabaho, tinext niya ang dalaga sinabihan niya ito na nagaalala siya. at pupuntahan niya ito. Sa wakas ay nagreply ang dalaga. Umuwi raw ito sa bahay nila dahil masama ang pakiramdam nito at hindi siya pumasok. Dahil sa nalaman, lalong ninais puntahan ng binata ang dalaga. Napagpasyahan niyang pumunta muna sa pinagtatrabahuhan ni Sara para ipagtanong ang address nito.

Hindi niya inasahan ang nakita niya pagdating niya sa mall. Malayo pa siya sa tindahan na kanyang pakay ay natanaw na niya si Sara. Laking pagtataka niya dahil ang sabi nito ay hindi siya pumasok. Palapit na sana siya upang kausapin ang dalaga ng may makita siyang semi kalbo na mukhang gym instructor na pumasok sa tindahan, dumiretcho kay Sara at humalik sa labi. Pagkatapos ay tila nagpaalam si Sara sa mga kasama niya at habang nakaakabay sa kanya ang lalaki ay umalis na sila. Nayanig si Jay sa nasaksihan niya. Lutang siya. Hindi niya alam kung paano siya nakauwi ng  gabing iyon.

Kinagabihan ay nagtext si Sara. Hindi kinayang tanungin ni Jay ang dalaga tungkol sa nakita niya dahil takot siya sa maaring maging sagot nito. Kinamusta na lamang nito ang dalaga. Mabuti na raw ang pakiramdam nito at papasok na siya bukas. May sagot na din daw ito sa tanong ni Jay nung nagdaang gabi. Hindi pa daw siya handang makipagrelasyon dahil siya lamang ang inaasahan ng pamilya nila. Magkakahalong sakit, galit at pagakalito ang naramdaman ni Jay ng mga oras na iyon. Hindi niya maintindihan kung anung nangyari. Pero duwag siya. Wala siyang lakas ng loob na tanungin si Sara. Nagpanggap na lamang siyang walang nakita at na naiitindihan niya ang desisyon ng dalaga. Sana raw ay maaari pa din silang maging magkaibigan ika ni Sara na sinagot naman niya ng “Oo naman!”

Mula sa common friend nila ay nalaman ni Jay boyfriend daw ni Sara ung lalaking nakita niyang humalik at sumundo kay dito. Bago lamang daw sila. Ito ang kumpirmasyong kailangan ni Jay upang bumitiw na.  Mahal niya si Sara,  pero hindi siya tanga. Matapos niyon ay tinetext pa din ng dalaga ang binata, tinatanong nito kung bakit hindi na daw siya dinadalaw g binata. Hindi na ito sinasagot ni Jay.

Ang nakakatawa lang sa lahat ng pangyayaring ito, nagsimula at natapos ang lahat ng hindi nalalaman ni Jay kung ano ang apelyido ni Sara.

The Arayat Adventure

Sitting on a huge, uneven rock halfway up Mount Arayat, while my eyes feasted on a spectacular view, the internal debate I’ve always had about the choice of where my ideal place to live will be was going through my mind again. Is it on a mountain top or is it by the beach. It’s like there were two separate teams inside my head, vying for the championship title.

Team Mountain has the view from the top, how things look different from a vantage point, how one can almost touch the clouds. The fresh mountain air. The sounds from trees and other living creatures. Team Beach on the other hand has lying on the sand, hearing the sound the waves make when they hit the shore, watching the sun rise then set, feeling the cool sea breeze. Both offer priceless sensory overload in their own distinct way.

I’ve been to several beaches and it was one of my goals this year to try and climb a mountain. Like an normal person today, I posted this goal on Facebook. That status quickly became a chat box, friends sharing their suggestions some even offering to come with me. (Thanks guys!) February 8, was the day I was finally able to turn this goal into an adventure.

I try to approach each new adventure with a positive mindset. There is always that possibility that things will not go as planned and I make sure that it will not ruin the adventure for me. That was how I managed to still be smiling and excited for the trip even after waiting for an hour and finding out that the driver of our rented jeep was not able to wake up early and we will be riding a tricycle all the way to our destination instead. Hey, at least we’re not walking and our new ride was less expensive.

The level of my excitement shot up even more once we reached the the base of the mountain. That was it, I really will be doing it! We started walking, along the way we passed by life size statutes depicting the stations of the cross. I think this part is called Bundok Banal, I could only imagine the crowd of people who visit this place during the Holy Week. We passed by a DENR outpost where we submitted a signed waiver, which by the way I just signed but did not read since it was prepared by the people I was with. That’s how much I trusted them. It could also be because I was just too lazy to read it.

Before, I had wanted to climb a mountain with the help of an elevator. I wanted to avoid the effort of the actual climb thinking I am not capable doing it. This adventure changed that. I found myself enjoying the effort of the climb. Kaya ko naman pala eh! You really will never know if you can do something, until you actually do it.  

There was so much to see, I was so absorbed with exploring and appreciating what I was seeing that there were moments that I forgot that I had companions. During our climb, I was half expecting to get even just a glimpse of monkeys or birds, but I did not see or even hear any. The only creatures I saw were two bugs in the process of procreating and ants industriously working their butts off. Kuya Jun, our guide said before there used to be a good number of labuyo (wild chickens) and monkeys in Arayat, but due to hunting they’ve either gone into hiding or are just plain gone.

The path we took up the mountain was marked with yellow paint, mostly painted on rocks. It was obvious that this was the path people took to reach the summit, which was our original plan. We would pause every so often to drink, eat, catch our breathes and take pictures. Until finally we reached the spot our guide called the White Rock. This is where we will be eating our lunch. It was also the spot  where we decided to reschedule our goal to reach the summit.

I found the rock I was sitting on after lunch. It afforded me a bird’s eye view of the land below. It felt really good to just sit there where everything seems so near yet so far. It was like you can touch it all at the same time. In some ways we do. Every trash that is thrown carelessly touches it in a negative way. On our way up I saw the amount of trash people leave behind and it saddened me. We are used to city living where someone will always be there to clean  after us. It’s different here, no one will be there to clean after us. It wouldn’t really hurt if we bring down with us the trash that we brought up.

It is often said that it’s hard to get to the top. This is true, both literally and figuratively. However on our way down, I realized that going down is twice as hard. We had to carefully watch each step we took since one wrong step can send us sliding down the rocky terrain. I enjoyed this process though, thinking of it as strategy game, planning each step before I make it, each one taking me closer to my goal. This can also be likened to the way we choose to work our way up in our lives. Always respect the people you pass by during your ascent and not treat them as mere stepping stones to reach your goal. Remember, they will most likely be the same persons you will meet on your descent.

Although we were not able to reach the summit, I still consider this a personal achievement. Not bad for a first try if you ask me. This trip definitely won Team Mountain major points. I am still undecided though and that’s awesome, I still have more adventures coming to help me decide whether it’s Team Beach or  Team Mountain.

Shout out to Kuliat Mountaineers, Kuya Jun and The Legendaries for making this adventure possible. Big thanks guys!

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more adventures coming..

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 3

Fresh rants and random thoughts

Some from me. Some from others.

Preconceived notions prevent us from ever knowing the truth.

The harder you push to get what you want, the further it gets.

We all lie. I hate bad liars though. If you are going to lie make sure you will never get caught.

I wish i was born filthy rich so I can help solve people’s problems. Then again money is not everything. The time that you give to people will be worth more to them than anything money can buy.

When you know when to bend, you will never break.

Aside from family, the most awesome gift an only child can ever hope to have is the gift or true friends.

What you give isn’t always what you will get.

Time will come when all that will be left are the ones who chose to stay.

We are often blinded by how much we want something or love someone that we can’t see he truth even if it waved a neon colored flag in our faces.

Dreams  are the subconscious thoughts that we do not want to admit,  fighting to surface.

Caring about what someone thinks makes them important. When you stop caring about their thoughts, their importance also diminishes.

When you know you’ve done your part, you will not regret anything if it does not work out.

Excuses signify reluctance. When you really want it you will exhaust all possible ways to make it happen.

It’s not that I have nothing to say. I just don’t think you would will be able to comprehend what I have in mind.

You will not know if you can do it if you don’t do it.

I find it amusing when people choose to judge me based on what they see not knowing that what they see I only what I want to show.

Gravitating towards toxic people is an unfortunate skill most of us seem to have but is oblivious of.

Keep your negative thoughts about other people to yourself. If you can’t, tell them to their faces and not behind their backs.

 

Foodie Fridays: Tsokolate Batirol, Isaw at Fishball

Hindi ko alam bakit nung naiispan kong mag blog ay English ang ginamit kong wika. Hindi madaling magsulat o magsalita ng English. Aminado ako na hindi ako maalam sa proper grammar at kung saan  dapat ilagay ang mga puncuation marks. Basta hindi pangit sa pandinig pag binasa ng malakas, okay na yun. Siguro ego yun, para mapakita ko na kaya ko mag English, pwede ding para maintindihan din ito ng ibang lahi, universal language nga naman hindi ba. Hanggang ngayon wala akong maibibigay na siguradong dahilan bakit hindi Filipino o Kapampangan ang ginamit kong medium.

Ito ang unang post ko na sariling wika ang gagamitin ko. Pinoy street food ang topic ng Foodie Fridays ngayon at  sa palagay ko mas bagay gamitin ang sariling wika. Nakakapanibago.  Sanay ako magsalita ng Filipino pero ang huling sulat ko ng ganito ay noon pang college. Hindi ako dalubhasa sa pagamit ng purong Filipino kaya malamang maghahalo halo ang English, Filipino at Kapampangan sa post na ito. Iyon ang gusto ko sa pag bablog, walang istriktong panuntunan, basta naiintindihan ko at ng mga magbabasa, ayos na. Iyan naman e opinion ko lamang.

Kagabi, nagkaroon ako ulit ng pagkakataon na sumali sa pratice ng bago kong nalaman na ehersisyo. Matapos nito masarap at magaan ang isip at katawan ko pero gutom ako. Gusto ko ng inihaw na isaw! Noong nakaraang taon ay inayos ang harap ng Museo ning Angeles. Nagtayo sila ng cafe sa loob at may mga nagbebenta din ng samut saring street food sa may bandang gilid nito. Magandang ideya ito dahil malapit ang lugar sa simbahan at mga eskwelahan. Tila pinagsama ang bago at luma dito, mula sa disenyo ng lugar at mga pagkain na maaring orderin. Kaiba sa mga naunang Foodie Fridays na mga unexpert food review, ito ay simpleng pagkukwento lang ng experience ko kagabi.

Una kong nalaman na may nagbebenta ng inihaw isaw dito mula sa isang kaibigan. Masarap ang sauce at mura ang tinda nilang isaw. Tila isang naglilihi, ilang araw ko din inisip at ginusto kumain ulit nito. May mga iba pang maaring bilhin gaya ng hotdog, pork at chicken barbeque, at betamax. Pero nung gabing yon, isaw lang talaga ang nasa isip ko.

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Tsokolate batirol at fishball naman ang cravings ng kasama ko kaya pagkakuha namin ng puwesto, kanya kanya kaming lakad papunta sa aming kaligayahan. Sa pagkakaalam ko, ang tsokolate batirol ay isang old school na inumin na bumabalik sa mainstream ngayon.   Unang beses na matitikman ko ang inuming ito. Excited ako. Nakalimutan kong mainit pala at napaso ako mula dila, lalamunan at gumihit hanggang tiyan. Hindi talaga magandang magsama ang katakawan at excitement.

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Masarap maupo sa isang open na lugar, kumain at magkuwentuhan. Maganda sa mata ang paghahalo ng luma at bago. Mula sa kinauupuan ko tanaw ko ang simbahan ng Holy Rosary at sa gilid ko naman ay ang dati kong eskuwelahan. Presko ang hangin.  Sa harap namin ay ang mga pagkaing simple pero masarap. Samahan mo pa ng makabuluhang usapan. Solb na ang gabi! Sa madaling sabi, nakuha namin ang gusto namin.

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Ayos! Nairaos ko ang unang Filipino post ko! Masarap pala sa pakiramdam. Uulitin ko ito.

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Thoughts Ni Tolits: Chapter 2

Random rants. Random thoughts. These are mine.

Sorry is just a word until it is backed up with actions.

Life will be less complicated if we knew how to say No when we don’t want to, and Yes when we do.

Being a part of someone’s life, no matter crucial you feel you part is, does not give you control over that life. Sometimes all you can do is stand by and watch them make their decisions and be there to cheer if it succeeds or help pick up the pieces if it falls apart.

There are certain things that we know will hurt us but we still do anyway. Self inflicted torture.

One day you will meet someone who will be an exemption to every single rule you have lived by.

Learn to let go of what weighs you down.

There is a thin line between making your absence felt and being forgotten all together.

Honesty is sometimes like pouring rubbing alcohol on an open wound. It disinfects it making the wound heal faster. A lie will not hurt at the time it is said, but it will let the wound fester.

When someone leaves, never think you are not good enough. You are. That person was just not bright enough to see it.

My promises come by rarely. But when I make them, I keep them.

Just because you are always there for everyone when they need you, it does not mean that they will all be there when you need them.

I always have my back turned so that I will never see when people leave.

Falling in love just happens. Staying in love is a choice.

Change is constant. The earlier we learn that the sooner we can accept it when it happens.

The connection people have when alcohol is involved is amazing.

When the person you love does not love you back, it does not mean you are unloved. Someone loves you, its just that you are not aware of it or you just don’t love them too.

These days it’s quite difficult to find someone who actually listens and not just hears.

I am not sure what will happen or where it will go, but I am willing to take my chances.

Challenges are the crayons that make life colorful.

Let no one take that smile away.

 

Peace out!