• Postcards And Letters To Adrielle
    Philosophy

    Postcards And Letters To Adrielle

    Dear Adrielle,  I’m dying.  I know it sounds blunt, and I wish there’s an easier way to say it.  But, I really can’t sugarcoat the truth.  It’s my reality and my eventuality.  For every minute that passes by, I’m getting closer to my final thrill. And, in this age of uncertainty, any moment can be my last.  On the bright side, I do have a couple of uplifting news, as I’m writing this letter to you, Adrielle. First, your pops has been recently listed as a finalist for 13th Best Cebu Blogs Awards in the photo blog category.  As you know, your father isn’t fond of collecting medals, trophies and…

  • Philosophy

    How The Mountains Are Secretly Teaching Us Stoicism

    An overactive imagination can be both a blessing and a curse.  On the bright side, my imagination can spin a thousand of beautiful scenarios and visualize infinite possibilities in mere seconds. Even when I’m isolated in a cold and dark room, there’s never a dull or boring moment with my playful imagination.  While it often fills my mind with colors and positive energy, it can also pave the road to over thinking and anxiety. And, I had been dealing with anxiety, my entire life, creating conspiracies and imagining bloody scenarios. But, anxiety vanished slowly when I began traveling and hiking. Then, I learned the ultimate vaccine to anxiety: Stoicism. The…

  • How Nature Prepared Me For Coronavirus
    Philosophy,  Travel

    How Nature Prepared Me For Coronavirus

    I’m an eternal optimist. With a stoic mindset and an unwavering sunny disposition, I always find a ray of light in every dark tunnel. And, even as coronavirus continues to inflict its own brand of terror, I remain calm, lighthearted, forward-looking and at peace. In the age of uncertainty and anxiety, my optimistic outlook is, no doubt, my best and only hope for survival in the dystopian reality created by the global pandemic. And, I had developed this skill thanks to the world’s greatest teacher: Mother Nature When news of the pandemic broke out, I knew I had an edge over this bizarre and contagious virus. Mother Nature, after all,…

  • Being Stoic In The Time Of Covid-19
    Philosophy

    Being Stoic In The Time Of Covid-19

    For days, my world was still. Time seemed slow, the streets were empty, and there were no traces of the frenzy of my modern-day life. What’s more, the skies were crispy blue and clear in the morning and were filled with twinkling stars at night. Mother Earth was healing herself, and these past few days reminded me of the yesteryear and my days of innocence. But, behind the stillness, nostalgia, and zen, the threat of Covid-19 continues to terrorize the hearts of millions of people worldwide.  Truthfully, I thought that the world was going on a downward spiral.  Death, after all, lurked in every corner, and humanity seems to be on…