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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…

  • Toong To Calbasaan Traverse: The Perks Of Being A Curios Adventurer
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    Toong To Calbasaan Traverse: The Perks Of Being A Curious Adventurer

    “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures”, – Lovelle Drachman.  The life of an incredibly curious person is so far from being monotonous and boring. With our insatiable cravings to unlock the Universe’s mysteries, we – the curious ones – often see tons of new possibilities and worlds. Even in gloomy times, we always find new and exciting things that catch our attention. From discovering hiking playgrounds like Calbasaan to immersing into exotic cultures, a person’s curiosity can, after all, unlock endless possibilities and adventures. Our hike to Calbasaan from Toong is another example of how curiosity and an open mind can lead to a mind-blowing adventure. A…

  • Lapos Lapos Cave: An Enticing And Extraordinary Gem In Toledo, Cebu
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    Lapos Lapos Cave: An Enticing And Extraordinary Gem In Toledo, Cebu

    For weekend warriors like us, a week without an outdoor escape can feel like an eternity. And with the universe not on my side for the past weeks, it did feel like forever since my last hike. Despite today’s mind-blowing innovations and technological discoveries, nothing still beats a good old-fashioned date with Mother Nature. The way I see it, adventure is totally ingrained in my DNA! Thankfully, though, my trusted hiking besties saved me from the clutches of boredom and monotony of daily life by introducing me to another hidden gem in Toledo, Cebu – Lapos Lapos Cave. While it was a short escape, it was nonetheless jam-packed with action,…

  • Balirong To Lamac Traverse: Uncovering Naga, Cebu’s Unseen Natural Beauty
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    Balirong To Lamac Traverse: Uncovering Naga, Cebu’s Unseen Natural Beauty

    My new-look hiking crew has been truly a godsend, spicing up my getaways in 2018 in a variety of ways. Ever since I added a new bunch of hikers to my trips, my outdoor escapes have been nothing short of thrilling, eye-opening and mind-blowing. With their enthusiasm, cheeriness and insatiable craving for adventure, these wanderers have reinvigorated my spirit, injecting new life into my hikes. What’s more, their innate adventurous nature and lighthearted attitude have led to a multitude of new discoveries, such as Balirong and Mount Makatol.  Even with all the scars and bruises in our escapades, I must say it has been a hell of a ride, exploring…