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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

San Bartolome Church » Jewel of Nagcarlan and the Legend of the Secret Tunnel in Laguna

Bell Tower and part of Front facade of Nagcarlan Church in Laguna
Recently I was down in Nagcarlan Laguna to attend a mountaineering training and whilst I was there, together with our HAKAMS trainors and co-trainees, we did a side trip to an old church: St. Bartholomew Church (Iglesia de San Bartolome) or commonly known as the Nagcarlan Church

You’ll see that I have featured various old churches on this blog. Where did this interest come from? Well, although I am an occasional churchgoer, it does not originate from religious fervor like those doing a Visita Iglesia. It partly originated from my liking of century-old structures – because when you think about it, very few buildings survive from such a distant past, and I always find them enigmatic.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

[Mobile Snapshot] Life is What's Happening When You Are Too Busy to Notice

Under shot of a leaf showing networked veins under the sun

It's easy to get drowned by our everyday activities, to get overwhelmed and be stressed out. But lately, I learned that we don't need grand vacation or travel to an exotic place to recharge and slow down. Beauty is all around us, we just have to look a little bit closer. Sometimes all you need is to stop and look closer at all the beautiful things in your life.  

I'm sharing here beautiful little things in a garden that I captured on my mobile phone. You can also give it a try and be amazed by the results!     

Friday, August 24, 2012

Indoor Wall Climbing at Camp Sandugo » A Weekend To-do for Adrenaline Junkies

Two climbers and two belayers in Camp Sandugo
Our weekends are not always blessed with great weather and sunshine, but it doesn’t mean we cannot have adrenaline-packed fun activities. If the weather is a little bit gloomy - yet you still feel that “Spiderman” sense of adventure, go check Camp Sandugo at Market Market in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City for some wall climbing fun – it won’t disappoint you, that I assure.      

The sport has been around for quite some time, but has yet to get to the mainstream. Aside from being a sport, wall climbing is also popular as a training aid for mountaineers since most of the trails have difficult sections of boulder or rock. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Our Desire To Be Lost

Dog with human head leading a man to enter church

Who am I?

If this once I were to rely on a proverb, then perhaps everything would amount to knowing whom I ‘haunt’ … Perhaps my life is nothing but an image of this kind; perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed, to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.[1]

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bunga Falls » The Mysterious Face Behind the Twin Waterfalls

View of Bunga Twin waterfalls behind some wild grass and flowers
When "faces" suddenly appear in unexpected locations they are often considered as mystical, like the mysterious appearance of the image of Padre Pio in a church wall - even more improbably the appearance of Christ’s image - on a public market wall in Cebu.

How about a strange face on a rock?

I was flicking through the photos on my mobile phone from our side trip to Bunga Falls during our HAKAMS basic mountaineering course to take some of the good ones for my blog and then I came across few particular shots with really interesting face-like rock formation. 

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Not So Inspirational Flood Story » Why (some) People Drown

A man waits for rescuers on the rooftop of a house swamped with floodwaters in Marikina, Metro Manila
Photo Credit: Reuters
PAGASA foisted its red warning, indicating heavy rain and mandatory evacuation in flood-prone areas.

But Juan, living in a Baranggay near Marikina river thinks, "I believe in God, God will save me," and stays put.

As the waters rise, Juan’s neighbor comes by and says, "Juan come with me, we have a truck, we've got to go."

Juan declines, "I believe in God, God will save me."

The waters keep rising, Juan hears the Marikina river third sound alarm so he scrambles to his second floor.
A Baranggay firefighter in a rubber boat comes by. "Get in the boat or you'll drown," he says. Juan again declines, saying, "God will save me."

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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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