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    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…

  • Bungtod Talinis, Cebu: San Fernando’s Tantalizing Unseen Ranges
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    Bungtod Talinis, Cebu: San Fernando’s Tantalizing Unseen Ranges

    I could feel it. There was something in San Fernando’s highlands that kept calling and luring me. I didn’t know what it was or where it was, but I did sense something special there. And, with my impulse to hike and explore, I knew there was only one way find it – to get wonderfully lost in San Fernando. Fascinated, intrigued and optimistic, I opened Google Maps, to see if there was any potential hidden gem in this town. And guess what? I saw a 3D overlooking view of a mountain range that we later on found out is called “Bungtod Talinis”. And, it was beautiful! Even though it was…

  • Britania Islands, Surigao: Resisting The Tempting Shades Of Blue
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    Britania Islands, Surigao: Resisting The Tempting Shades Of Blue

    Absolutely gorgeous! Those were the words my inner monologue said, as we were soaking up the tropical vibes on Hagonoy Island, Britania Islands.  I was tempted, intrigued and enthralled. With its sparkling azure waters and fine white sands, there was no way I was going to pass up on the opportunity to swim on Britania Islands. Like an enchanter, the picture-perfect sea was calling us, luring us with its sheer majesty.  For a while, I felt like I was under its spell, mesmerized by its irresistible tropical grandeur. I had to take a plunge! After all, no island hopping adventure is complete without a little swimming escapade. And, just when…

  • The Enigmatic And Fascinating Stranger On The Bus To Cebu
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    The Enigmatic And Fascinating Stranger On The Bus

    They say a different version of you exists in the minds of everyone who knows you. And with the world getting smaller by the day, there are likely a thousand or even a million versions of you today. The annoying workmate, the supportive friend and the stranger you met on a foreign land – everyone you cross paths with sees and paints a different image of you. You can be a cut-throat villain in someone’s world, a harmless sheep in the eyes of your parents, or a symbol of hope to the friends who adore you. Heck, even the woman selling cigarettes on the streets creates a version of you…