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What’s in my Pack for Mt. Ugo

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

I was just too excited on our Mt. Ugo Traverse this 23rd of October but due to bad weather condition caused by typhoon Lando, it was moved to another date for safety reasons. Landslide incidents were reported on the Cordillera Mountains (Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet).

But anyway here’s my supposedly pack for the hike…

My Traditional Pack weighs 22 lbs

My Traditional Pack weighs 22 lbs

Mt. Arayat Traverse

September 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Mt Arayat

Oh well, another Mt. Arayat Traverse from North Peak to South Peak. My 2nd time hiking up this mountain for almost 9-hours. At the end of the day another breath-taking encounter with the nature.

This time I tried Ian’s SJCam 4000. You can watch the video here…

Categories: Ramblings & Stories

Portrait Refresher

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Been a while taking portrait shots. A former colleague asked me to take pictures of her son for his upcoming 1st birthday this November. Kinda hesitant cause I have no idea at all about toddler photography but for experience sake…I grabbed that chance. Told her to take care of the costumes or any attire she prefers and I will just take random shots.

Totally different! You cannot ask a toddler to take a pose. It is up to you to move from one place to another to get a good angle shot and as for the baby, he doesn’t care but to play and do whatever he wants. Whew!


Took these shots using iPhone 5 Camera while doing a bit of photo processing using Adobe Lightroom which I just downloaded. I haven’t installed any photo processing tools yet on my laptop. And still looking for Adobe Photoshop CS5. Working on it though :-)


My Nikon camera is almost 6 yrs old. Even though internal flash is totally damaged, it still gives me a good output using a Nissin external flash. Upgrading soon…I hope!

Categories: Ramblings & Stories

Losing Someone

September 23, 2015 Leave a comment

“I am always saddened by the death of a good person or a member of the family. It is from this sadness that a feeling of gratitude emerges. I feel honored to have known them and blessed that their passing serves as a reminder to me that my time on this beautiful earth is limited and that I should seize the opportunity I have to forgive, share, explore, and love. I can think of no greater way to honor the deceased than to live this way.”

Categories: Ramblings & Stories

May 14, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I last visited my blog and I was so disappointed particularly at myself for not being able to renew my domain on time. And so, before I can get my domain back I have to pay for an $80 late renewal fee. Arrrggggh. I am thinking about it and maybe just cancel the domain or will just wait for it to be available again. I can still blog though with my web address

I will be back on my feet online with all stuffs but I have to learn more about my switch from PC to Mac. Ohhh yeah! I received a Macbook Pro 15″ Retina on my birthday and so excited about it. Thankful also to my dear love. So overwhelming and in situation like this I still don’t know where to start but will figure it out soon once the excitement fades.

Be right back!!!

Categories: Ramblings & Stories

People’s Pope

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

pope-francis-arrives-philippines-visit Pope Francis ” The People’s Pope is here in the Philippines. It was really a great honor to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis as he joins the Filipino people for an apostolic visit.

This is a momentous occasion for us. We shall be in the presence of the Vicar of Christ, a man who leads the Catholic Church along the path of mercy and compassion.

Welcome Lolo Kiko.

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Size 7

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

I went through my short pants storage and picked up a size 7. Pretty sure that it won’t fit but guess what? It did! It means that I am getting back in shape.
So damn proud that I put it on and went out for a bike.

I am just sorry for today cause I’ve got colds and runny nose. Not feeling ok but happy with the results Running and Insanity is giving me. Let’s get it on.
Also, thankful with some buddies online through FB and Instagram we were able to motivate and challenge each other for this health journey.
Loving it!

Health Journey

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Decide. Commit. Succeed

Just keep reminding this to yourself everytime you set a goal in your life’s journey.

My serious health journey started when a friend posted on FB asking for blood donation for a 7 yr old child who will undergo heart surgery. Without hesitation I volunteered and immediately proceed to the hospital where the child is confined. Luckily, I was able to meet the child and her mom then I hurriedly went to the blood bank section to fill out a form. I thought everything was ok cause I answered all the questions. To my dismay, when the medtech checked my blood pressure, it was high. I told the guy that I just went upstairs maybe I am tired and it is really hot day today. So he allowed me to rest for 30 mins. Time went by, still my BP is high. I insist that maybe I am just nervous cause it’s my first time. Then the guy let me relax and chill for another 30 mins. Still my BP is not cooperating and I thought something is wrong cause ever since BP is normal.

I am so frustrated that I gave up and told the medtech guy maybe next time huh.
I sent a message to my friend saying how sorry I am and I wasn’t able to help. If only I took care of my health I can help that needy child. And that begins my health journey…

I tried before to stay healthy and eat healthy but I always bounce back to worst. I can’t hardly maintain my healthy lifestyle. How can I convince myself to start this life long journey?

I ended up watching and reading lots and lots of inspirational journey from other people. Extreme makeover weight loss edition is one of them. I even watched every episode on each season. Until one day I saw myself walking, jogging and running for a month. La pieta cemetery is my running ground. Sound eerie for some but it’s the safest place near my home. I walk, jog, run there daily after work. At first it was really hard. I can feel every inch of my muscle sores. When I go home, I utter pain and glad that my son is there to give me a soothing massage. I encourage him to run but he doesn’t want. I never insist cause I know in time he will be aware of my health activities and be inspired and he will do it on his own. What I am happy about is he becomes aware of the food we eat. In moderation and healthy eating. We even eliminate soda for almost 2 months now whoaaaaahhh. I just hope that during his stay with his dad he will not be tempted to drink soda ;-)

So after a month of daily 5km walk, jog and run, I loose a whooping 10lbs. That includes healthy eating and when I say healthy that means no fast food, oatmeal breakfast, green tea-calamansi-honey in the morning and lunch, veggies and no rice, bunch of saba and bananas, avoiding sweets, crunching more fruits and smoothies. Just healthy food as much as possible.

Running becomes a routine and I realize I need to push myself harder. Running is fun for me. I enjoy every step and gives me a runner’s high. It relieves my stress and keeps me at peace. Running will be a part of my daily activities and there is this urge to add another routine…and so insanity workout emerge.

I just searched it online and it so happen that a highschool classmate is already on this program. She motivated me to start the soonest possible and so I did! We became workout buddies online. WOWY, work out with you. I was awe with my unexplained determination maybe because of the frustrations, challenges, motivation I’ve encountered during those days. I am thankful with online friends cause they also inspire me to continue my journey. I lose another 4lbs. They say it is not about the scale that makes you beautiful. Hell yeah! But all I care about is my health. I wish that I could also inspire others to have their own journey as well if not for themselves but for those people they care about. A legacy!


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