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Friday, November 25, 2011

Mt. Batulao » 10 Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn from the Trail

Silhouette of Man rock climbing on mountain ridge
Mt. Batulao is not something imposingly sublime, but its peaks could etch something inspirational on you like a ladder of life. Climbing its multiple peaks, jagged slopes and valleys can make you realize the significance of trekking and the meaning of mountains on your personal life.

Yes, Mt. Batulao is called the “Illuminated Rocks,” also tagged by pilgrims as “Mountain of Salvation.” However, do not deceive yourself that climbing this mountain, or any other mountain can make you enlightened. We do not climb mountains to seek enlightenment; we should not probe for deeper meaning. It will come to us because we value life.

Nevertheless, Mt. Batulao can always confront you with the edge, enough to make you enlightened. Let me share to you my personal experience.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Anti-Epal Bill is OK but how about the Kapalmuks?

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FACT: The practice of putting up billboards or signages bearing the names, initials and images of government officials on government programs and projects has been noticeably abused and misused by some public officials for their personal interest and has taken the credit away from us, the taxpayers who are paying for such programs through our tax payment.

Inquirer columnist Randy David, called the practice “the new narcissism,” while the street punks called it “Ka-epalan” or “epal” which simply means the shameless self –promotion of attention grabbers, scene stealers, or people who crave a role (mapapel) in affairs that are not necessarily theirs to handle or decide.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pundaquit, Zambales » I Shall Return When the Waves Died Down

Yodi doing Harry Potter jump shot
Yeah, I know, backpacking is miserable during rainy season. That's nothing new, and of course the first rule of bad-weather traveling is "stay at home." 

However that's not always possible for the itchy-feet backpackers like us. It’s a long weekend and the thought of staying at home doing nothing for three days is just oh-so deadly boring.

Hence, despite the obviously crazy skies, we still go with our quickly planned Zambales island-hopping weekend escapade. Yes, you read it right – island hopping at Camara Island, Capones Island, Anawangin Cove and Nagsasa Cove. Awesome destinations, but it is something of a gamble on this bad weather really.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Kamay Ni Hesus » Lucban Quezon Spiritual Side Trip

Kamay Ni Hesus Ascending Christ Grotto
Lucban Quezon is actually great for any kind of traveling, as it also provides many attractions including the colorful Pahiyas Festival, food tripping - pancit hab-hab, as well as gorgeous nature - Mt. Banahaw. However, aside from old churches, places of interest also include spiritual and healing sites. 

Visitors wishing to benefit their spiritual life and seeking to get healed, physical and spiritual, should definitely take a side trip to Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church in Brgy. Tinamnan.

About the Blogger

Yodi Insigne
Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

He started blogging for three reasons:

1. He always felt he has something important to say,
2. Books can make him cry, and cliff jumping can make him high,
3. He want to sleep at night.

He is a self-certified bookworm, travel junkie, shutterbug, movie freak, Mangyan hiker who sleeps a lot and think a lot. He got a little vice, which is black coffee and cashew nuts. He got colorblindness on yellow and green - and he freaking loves it!

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