Au revoir 2015

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Yesterday, I spent the whole day reading a book.  It may not be a popular way to wrap-up the year but I enjoyed it.  I missed the feeling of taking my time as I enter the world of the author. In between breaks and chapters, with the view I had at the rooftop (the closest place I can think of so I can be with nature), I walked down the memory lane not just for the year 2015, but also for the years and the random memorable moments I can think of.

It’s astonishing how vague the experiences, rejections,  disappointments, and trials of before,  makes sense after a period of time– days, months or even years.   It might take that long but it is true that the whole picture is clearer from a distance.  Some parts of your story may have ended well (good for you), or not (good for you too, make sure you learn from it) and the interesting one, “still to be continued”.

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This is cliche, but this is one of my favorites: “Everything happens for a reason.”  As this year closes, whatever hanging stories we have, the things that remain unsolved or don’t make sense, may all of these be a ground for us not to give up and to have high hopes for the coming year.  May the unsuccessful ones be our motivation to make ourselves better, to strengthen our desire and to persist as we declare that we need not to settle for less, that we are worthy and are destined for greatness.  May all the successful ones be the reason for us to be more grateful and to remain humble.

Let us hold on to the idea that ‘Every year keeps on getting better and better‘, right?  And so are we.  Will always be grateful for this year and the coming years.

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P.S. If there’s one word to describe your 2015 or coming year 2016 , what is it?  Mine would be MAGICAL! 😉

I left my heart in Mt. Pulag

12305510_10207459052250523_743934581_nIf only GRIT and FAITH could reach us to the top, we would’ve been at the summit to witness the beautiful sunrise with sea of clouds.  But that isn’t the case.

Our climb to Mt. Pulag is the most memorable hike I ever had, not because this is the highest (2,922 meters above sea level, 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines), hardest I’ve ever experienced nor because this is the only hike where I never reached the top (3 hrs to summit), but because I was reminded of basic things I was never accustomed lately.

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First, what you can’t control, you let go.

Before the hike, i promised to exude the positive thinking. Though hopeless as the condition may seem, in every step along muddy trail with strong wind and rain, I kept on reminding myself that as we reach the summit the rain will stop and weather will be okay.  We were already 3hrs close to summit, when the weather turned worst and got no choice but to go down. For the first time after a long time, I felt frustration.  It’s not that I always get what I want; it’s just that I know that after playing my part, exerting effort, I know hard work will pay off.  Like the unpredictable weather, there are still things beyond our control.  And for that, we let go.

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Last, make the most of what you have.

We were 1 hr close to base camp, disappointed and tired, when the sun decided to show up.  I know we were still favored when we saw the breathtaking view.  No sunrise, not that close, but still it is the ‘Sea of Clouds’. The feeling was comparable to reaching the summit, I guess.  It was indeed worth the hike.  A memorable one for this has the best view I had too.  We savor what’s in front of us, we cherish what we have.  For I know, it is in state of contentment, one is truly blessed.

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Must Bring- FRIENDS!

 

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Top Load
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Rainbow at Rangers camp

 

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Sunset
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‘It’s the climb’ moment
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Sea of Clouds and Rice Terraces