21 Problems with Me

There are moments when you realize the big and tiny problems with yourself that results to why your life is the way it is right now, and to me, this is one of those moments.
It’s totally okay…..actually no…..AWESOME, for you to admit your flaws. That is why, I want to share the things I find wrong with myself cause maybe you can find my problems the same as yours. If you do, please tell me about it.
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“The problems with me are……”

1. I ask questions though the answer is obvious already.

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2. I often avoid long conversations.

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3. I don’t tell when I’m angry or mad. I don’t tell the problem at all!

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4. I don’t like being too emotionally attached with people. I keep my distance.

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5. Sometimes, I like keeping things to myself, like my grand ideas and thoughts.

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6. I work best when I work alone.

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7. I don’t take risks often. Comfort-zone always.

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8. What people may say is always a big deal for me.

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9. I don’t know how to react sometimes.

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10. I’m too lazy to interact with people at times. Specifically, lazy to talk.

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11. I have a difficulty in describing.

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12. There are times when I lack care for things.

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13. I badly wish that all the magical or fictional stuffs I read in novels are true.

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14. I over-think.

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15. I’m so picky/choosy when it comes to men. I may grow old single forever.

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16. I don’t like crowded places (but there are very few exceptions).

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17. I always tend to have leftovers when I eat. Mom is nagging again!

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18. I’ve always said that I’ll start writing a novel, but I haven’t started anything yet.

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19. I always forget to unzip zippers! Especially when it comes to bags.

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20. I can be so forgetful! Sorry if I forget your birthday or something. 🙂

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21. When everyone wouldn’t do it or if I’m the only one who would want to do it, tendency is, I wouldn’t do it even if I really WANT to and even if I think it’s the right thing to do. But it’s a different case already when the situation is “I really NEED to do it.”  ( Well I’m working hard with this one, and I think I’m much better now)

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I’m not pitying myself or something with this post. It’s just a reminder of my flaws. Flaws I have to work on so I can become a better person.

I hope you’ll look onto your flaws too. List them down one by one and aim to change it.

GOOD DAY EVERYONE!

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The Fault in our Stars Movie Thoughts

The Fault in Our Stars gives you this funny, wise and heartbreaking journey of these cancer patients, sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster and eighteen year old Augustus Waters. Their relationship started with their friendly acerbic wit interactions about a book which also has a cancer story called, The Imperial Affliction, and their search for what goes beyond the end of the book, which makes this love story even more unconventional. The characters had more time to know each other in a more deeply and witty way before they did make out.

Adding to the already acclaimed story of the book, The Fault in Our Stars film is very well and sensitively acted and brightly captured the emotions of the capable cast. Looking only at Shailene Woodley’s expressions is enough to feel all the emotions needed and you don’t need any words at all. But with all those famous lines of Hazel Grace which was delivered very naturally by Woodley, you get overloaded by so many feels that are difficult to handle. She rightly portrayed the smart girl who is extremely overhyped about a book and at the same time the girl who already accepted the fact that her life was never and will never be normal. Ansel Elgort showed so much charisma but I must admit he was better at his down-moment scenes than those in which he was playing confident. Lauren Dern was the one who really pinched my heart in this film. Every cry she makes and touching words she says to her daughter makes you feel a lump in your throat. She and Woodley made the mother and daughter relationship very believable. I like how positive parents were portrayed here. It’s like in a situation like this; you will realize that your parents can really be the most supporting, loving, and understanding people there for you. Nat Wolff could have used more screen time for everyone to have felt him more.

The only moment that made me cringe about the film was when the people started clapping when Gus and Hazel started kissing in Anne Frank’s hideout. It was the usual Hollywood plot device or teen flick technique. It didn’t feel real and natural that people would just start clapping like that seeing two strangers make out in the middle of a Holocaust memorial.

Even though I like Hazel and Gus’ relationship better when they were just friends and the mother and daughter relationship of Dern and Woodley even more, I cannot deny that this is a powerful and a tear-jerker love story. The film’s aura was so bright even if there’s cancer, suffering and loss. The screen was shining. It’s like; hope and love are more powerful than all of the faults in their lives. If you aren’t moved by this movie, well the fault is in no other than in you.

Dagitab Film Thoughts

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Note: I know it’s a little late but I’ll post this anyway. 🙂

Film Title: Dagitab

Director: GianCarlo Abrahan V

Main Cast: Nonie Buencamino, Eula Valdez, Martin Del Rosario

Genre: Drama

Rating: 4/5

There are films that raise thoughts about life in your mind and leave you thinking about it long after watching it, and Dagitab is definitely one of those.

It is a poetically written film that showed a real life situation of a middle-aged couple who are still, at their age, trying to find themselves. Jimmy (Nonie Buencamino) and Issey (Eula Valdez) Tolentino are a childless married couple who both work as professors in the University of the Philippines Diliman. Jimmy was on his last days of writing a book which he have worked on for years in the desire of finding his lost true love, Lorena (Max Eigenman) who disappeared in the mountains while practicing her rebellious activities. Issey on the other hand went as a panelist on a writing workshop for students which included her Godson, Gab Atienza (Martin Del Rosario) and there she was dragged into a scandalous affair. Being apart and having to deal with their own personal issues will test Jimmy and Issey’s marriage. Will they be able to stick together after resolving their individual problems?

Having writers as protagonists in a film does give Dagitab a poetic and witty script. Giancarlo Abrahan, the director and also the screenplay writer of the film, gave us lines that make us want to replay in our heads over and over again. Some of these well written lines are, ““Naniniwala ka ba sa spark?” (Do you believe in spark?), “Kung pagod ka na, hindi mo naman kailangan umalis, kailangan mo lang magpahinga.” (If you’re already tired, you do not have to leave, you just have to take a rest), and “You are just a void! Soon you will be irrelevant!” There was also a line in a song sang by Jimmy and his friends which says, “Mula dito hanggang Kalayaan,” that really struck a string in my heart. You will really feel the troubles and unhappiness that surround the characters with every word they say.

Eula Valdez stood out in this film. But what can you expect? Valdez does not have anything to prove anymore when it comes to portraying characters. Every action she made in the film may it be that long pointless laugh she did at the near end, seemed nothing but natural. Nonie Buencamino and Martin Del Rosario’s acting were not the type that will receive an award but they undeniably did well in showing off the essence of the characters they play.

The cinematography is a success in leaving beautiful visuals in the memory of anyone who would watch it. Who could easily shake off in his head that incredibly long scene of a dead woman being eaten by worms? And that mesmerizing scene where Issey and Gab were lying on the beach while the waves came in? It just makes you wish you were actually there lying with them. What I did not like about the film were the unnecessary long shots of scenes that seemed to have no relevance in the storytelling and that only made the film feel too long and sent some viewers to sleep.

The filmmaker could have shot scenes that will give more element to the characters of the protagonists instead of seeing them kill mosquitos, have sex in the forest and just sit there looking out at the window. The gay subplot was entertaining but it did not felt necessary except for being an escape route for Gab’s problem. Abrahan could have added more to it that will make it feel more needed in the story.

Compared to Transit, which is also from the same production company, we could say that Dagitab is just a second runner up. But still Dagitab has its own strengths as a film and I can say that it is one of the best in this year’s Cinemalaya line up.

An Entry from A Girl’s Diary Part 2

Continuation……

AFTER I WOKE UP FOR THE SECOND TIME

When I woke up again I thoughtI’ll find myself at the top of the tree, but I was not. I could breathe the smell of the ocean. I was actually on a large wooden ship. It’s like a ship for trading during the ancient times. There were a lot of wooden boxes and big white cloth bags everywhere. However, no one is around. I looked around the ship deck, then inside the ship, just everywhere. After an hour of searching around, I panicked because the thought of being alone in the middle of the ocean crept into my mind with fear. I was staring blankly on the calm water when I heard a voice, “You’re awake.”

I turned around to find the person who spoke, but no one’s around me. I looked down from the ship onto the water again and there I saw him, standing on the water and looking at me. The Masked Man. I also saw a number of men running on water towards the ship. So that’s why no one is on the ship, because everyone is on……………..on the……….water.

“Who are you?” I asked the masked man.

“Who am I? I think I should be the one asking that. I saw you climbing up a tree wearing………wearing…….I don’t know but is that a pajama? Did you actually walk while sleeping and ended up falling from a tree rather than on your bed?” He laughed teasingly.

My cheeks turned red from shame. I didn’t notice that I was still on my pajama when I got there.

“I didn’t! Something strange happened. But you’re not answering my question. I’m asking who are you and why can you stand on water? Are you a…..are you a…..”

“A Shinobi.” A guy emerged from the water jumping on the ship and answering my question. He’s wearing a black robe and his hair is all white yet he doesn’t look that old to me. All other men running on the water a minute ago also finally reached the deck.

“Of course a shinobi!” Exclaimed the masked man. “What’s wrong with you? How could you possibly not know that? Are you from out of this world or something?” He rolled his eyes.

My body froze from the recognition I was taking in at that moment. I was looking at the man with the white hair and the scar on his nose all the way down to his chin. A scar left from a slash of a knife or something sharp. I know this man. He’s one of the characters in the book I always read. He’s Natsuo’s sensei. Only at that moment I truly realized where I really was.

“Kai Sensei.” I said with a short breathe.

“Sorry. Do I know you? Are you from our village?” He asked.

I know what village he is talking about but I do not know how to answer. “I don’t know what’s happening.” I mumbled my words.

I started telling them what happened to me and there was silence all throughout the time I was narrating. For seconds, no one spoke after I finished. It seems like they cannot completely comprehend what I was telling them. Some of them looked like they don’t believe me and that includes the sassy masked man. He started laughing like a drunken man telling jokes with his drunken mate. He’s suddenly saying that I should go look for a doctor, or that I should stop reading Kori’s fantasies, or that I should just stop lying to myself and I was really ready to strangle him and pull out all his golden hair strands until Kai Sensei said something.

“She’s not lying.”

The masked man suddenly stopped teasing me and looked at Kai Sensei with confused eyes.

“What’s your name.” Kai Sensei asked.

“Nika.”

“Nika. Follow me.” He walked toward a staircase going down to the inside of the vessel.

The masked man protested to Kai Sensei but Kai Sensei just kept walking and not noticing every word. There’s something about the masked man’s clumsy and airy tone that made me convinced that I’m really near in taking off all his hair strands.

Kai sensei led me to a room at the far end of the ship. It was a simple room with a huge rectangle table on the center and chairs around it. It actually looks like our dining table in our house just without the table cloth. He made me sit on one of the chairs then he spoke immediately.

“I’ll go straight to the point. I know the possible reasons why you’re here. This has happened before, a few times actually. I can’t really go into detail but here’s what I can tell you. There are two possible reasons why you’re here. One, is you’re in a one of a kind deep dream right now. This is called a Miracle dream. The other one is the one that you wouldn’t like.” He hesitated for a moment. “A portal between the two worlds may have opened again. Both situations are possible only every Perigee when the moon is closest to your world. But going back to one’s world has different ways to each situation. To the first situation, you can go back after the perigee and by just simply waking up from the dream. But on the second situation, you’re chance of going back to reality comes on the next perigee and the possibility of the portal dragging you back to your world is lesser than it putting you in this other world. I know one person who had the second situation and he never got back to his world.”

That took me a while to understand. I had mixed emotions. I do not know how to react. I know I’ve been long dreaming about getting here in Natsuo’s world but I’m not sure if I’m ready to leave mine, permanently.

“So how am I supposed to know whether I’m dreaming right now or got through a portal?” I asked.

He seemed to think for a while, and then he said:

“There’s no way. You just have to wait for your fate.”

To tell you the truth I was both excited and terrified to be there. I’m a girl born for adventures, I know that. But living here forever and not to see my family again? Well that kind of scared the hell out of me.

I did not really want to but my cheeks got hotter and tears slowly escaped my eyes.

The door opened. The Masked Man came in.

“What-the-heck Kai Sensei! You know all along that I was eavesdropping outside and you could’ve just let me in….you know…….. save me from the all the hard work!” He complained.

“I was saving myself from your childish arguments.” Replied Kai Sensei in a bored tone.

There was silence for a moment.

Then,

“You.” I can feel the masked man staring seriously at me but I’m not looking back anyway. “Stop crying. Crying won’t change anything.” He continued and I finally looked at him.

“I’ll try to help you, since I think I’m responsible for you now.” He said.

“Who said you are?” I asked. I felt like he was smiling under his mask.

“Me. Since I’m the one who found you. I don’t know. I just feel responsible for you. As much as I don’t want to, I would really not rather feel that way but yeah, that’s how I feel and I don’t like not dealing with what I feel.” He quite felt awkward while telling me this.

We continued to stare at each other, and then he broke away.

“Now get up there and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Are all the girls in your world like you?” He snorted.

I stayed on that ship for about two days. The ship is actually heading to the village of Kavanna to deliver supplies of food and water. Kavanna has been experiencing drought for 7 years already and the people there barely have food to eat and water to drink. Sir Kai’s village, Konowa, has been sending help every now and then recognizing that both villages have the strongest bond.

For two days I had nothing to do but talk to the people on board. They are nice people, my diary. They told me a lot of stories about the greatest battles in their land, the greatest people and also the simple way they live and the simple people you can encounter daily in their world. They talked about their wives, children and friends. In turn, I told them about the people and things in our world. They are fascinated about the idea of a car and an airplane. But oh well I already know in their world, as I always read about it, that they don’t necessarily need a car or an airplane. Being a ninja makes you able to move fast and for some who have incredible abilities; they could possibly have their own way of flying up in the sky.

I tasted a lot of food I’ve never had and wore clothes that I’ve never tried before. They always sing happy songs and dance with it. I was beginning to feel that I’m okay or might be okay in this place but you know I still thought about things I can’t let go in our world. Everything was doing fine there except for one thing and that is that Masked Man. I try to interact with other men on board as much as I can but most of the time; the Masked Man is always there. Sir Kai always entrust me in the company of him since Sir Kai disappears from time to time.

I can’t figure out what’s wrong with him but since I got here we never agreed on one thing. I don’t know how to talk to him. I don’t know anything about him. I don’t know his name. I don’t even know how he looks like. It’s like his a human puzzle that I can’t figure out how to solve.

I tried asking his name once and we only ended up in an argument.

“I was just asking your name idiot! It’s difficult for me to call you Masked Man all the time!” I said to him.

“My name is too precious for you to know. So back off.” He shouted back.

“Fine. I’m not really that interested anyway. But how about that face? What’s with the mask? Got an ugly face or what?” I raised an eyebrow.

“That’s the worst possible thing you could ever say! First of all you don’t care about my mask; second, my face is even more precious than my name for you to see!” He started pointing out his finger to me like he can’t believe that I exist. “Care about your own business. You don’t even know how to get back to your bed. Find a way to get out of here first.”

“Well as far as I can remember, it’s now your responsibility to get me out of here. You’ve taken full responsibility of me yesterday……….. right? So go find a way to get me out of here yourself!” I felt like all my nerves were coming out.

“I will really find a way to toss you out of here. Then I’ll make sure you’re existence here would be as impossible as ever.”

“Then how do you plan to do that?” The question seemed to strike him. Obviously, he hasn’t thought about it yet.

“I don’t know. But there must be a way. I can even go to your world myself and drop a bucket of ice cold water on your face to wake you up. I don’t know! All I know is that I can’t exist in a world you exist. Whoever who had put you here, curse him!”

“Curse him then! If I know, you’re the reason why I’m here. You’re the first one I saw and I don’t know but maybe you were summoning someone from another world at that top the tree and ended up getting me here instead.” I was stroked by the possibility.

“Why would I do that? I would never summon a monster like you. This would be the end of our world.” He continued thundering me with his senseless arguments and I’ve continued to wish a way out of that place.

There are times when I accidentally stare at him and thought that “is it possible that he is Natsuo?” It’s possible, since he’s a student of Sir Kai, and he’s got golden hair and blue eyes. But I always say no to that. He can’t be. Natsuo doesn’t wear mask and he can’t be that childish and bratty. No. Just. No.

TO BE CONTINUED…………

The Night Circus Book Review

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

Before I read The Night Circus it was like a good television commercial to me. Classy title, interesting book cover and intriguing excerpts from the book. It has a lot of promises. But when I read it, it was still like a TV commercial to me, with the thought that what you see is not really exactly what you get. Don’t jump in to conclusion that this is entirely a negative review about the book. THIS. BOOK. IS. AMAZING. BUT……(there’s always a but) IT IS FLAWED. I want to show you the weaknesses and strengths of this book so you could weigh properly if you should read it or not.

STRENGTHS:

Very vivid descriptions. Writing about a novel that sets up a world not familiar to the readers is very difficult, just think about The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games. This would’ve been easy for the readers if this is a film because visual presentation is fed up to them, but in novels, it takes a damn good writer to make people imagine the setting and atmosphere of the story. Erin Morgenstern has no problem with this aspect. The Night Circus is full of rich adjectives and clear descriptions on how the circus looks like, how it feels to be there and how things are happening there. You already feel its magic when Erin makes you see magic just through words.

Jumping of events. The Night Circus is written on a third person point of view and does not only follow the events in just one persons’ life. It jumps from character to character as the events you are following also jumps. For some it may not be a strength but for me, it certainly is. You know why? It’s because of the excitement it brings. For an old reader like me, reading a synchronized story can be boring but a story that cuts the exciting part makes you want to turn the pages even more. Well for this one, it depends on what type a reader you are because some readers do not like cutting.

Dramatic events with cinematic potential. There are parts in the book which I could definitely imagine on the big screen already. When I was reading this, for some parts I was like, “Oh wait this is for cinema!” You know all these rooms changing into gardens in just a wink and arrows that sparks up fire that changes into different colors or this scene of two lovers kissing in the middle of a ballroom in which people were freeze from motion. I don’t know but maybe Erin already wrote this with the thought that this would be adapted on screen someday. I think this is a strength because this wouldn’t only look good on screen but the emotions will surely come pouring in. It’s drama with legit emotions not the one you just shrug off.

Slow paced romance. The two competitors of a magical skill competition, Marco and Celia, fell in love with each other. I am really into a kind of love which takes more time and experience because those kind of love are most often the true ones. I’ve been reading a lot of young adults lately and fast grip on what you await for could be boring you know. Getting really attached takes time.

The whole idea of a mysterious circus with true magical experience and that which moves to different places unannounced, is really a fresh idea for me. The biggest strength of this book is it makes you so much invested on the place itself, the circus, and it takes out the curiosity in you that you would actually wish to see it like you want to see Narnia or Hogwarts.

WEAKNESSES:

However, as much I want it to be perfect, it is still not perfect. The book descriptions at the back of the book’s cover kind of instilled some wrong impressions. This is what I was referring to when I compared this to a TV commercial. For example, it said that there is a “fierce competition,” between the two main characters which are Celia and Marco. Truth is, it is not, and I’m still not even sure if it was really a competition at all. There was never a face off or duel between the two of them. They were not supposed to mind each other’s business, they just have to perform. They just used their own skills to make the circus a more magical place and some unknown criteria shall determine who excelled more. I feel like it was more like a collaboration between the two of them.

Up until now I still do not get the whole competition thing. Their father figures set them up in this confusing competition with no clear rules, no clear directions, and no clear prize. There’s nothing worthy they could get from it but the satisfaction of their father figures’ egos, they just wanted to prove who among themselves perform magic better. The reason for the competition to end is also not sensible at all. *Spoiler alert* Either Marco or Celia should die for the game to stop. The idea of death ending the game is great but Erin should have defended it more why it supposed to be that way because in the way I understood the story, neither the two of them should really kill themselves. They could’ve just kept doing what they do if they love each other so much since it seems that no harm is there if they do not stop.

There are loop holes in the way the game was created. I wish Erin could’ve given more thought to it. If she did I would’ve want to see them use the tents in  the circus while actually challenging each other face to face because there are a lot of interesting duel places in the circus. I think for a story like this, a sequel is necessary for a better exploration of the characters and their world.

When it comes to characters, there were just some that need not a whole chapter written for them (like Tara Burgess and her death which isn’t really necessary for the story to move forward) and there were some whom I wish could’ve had more back story like the father figures of Marco and Celia. Maybe we could’ve understood more why this competition is necessary if they were given more depth.

There’s just one more thing about the time element of the story; personally I would love it more if it were set in mid 1900s. I think a more recent decade would have been more appropriate since the way the book was written doesn’t actually follow a true 1800s style, the language they use most specifically.

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The ending was a huge redeeming factor to the totality of its plot flaws. It’s one of the endings that will haunt you. It’s an open-ended one but it is satisfying indeed. I actually like how it seems to be a happy ending when it’s actually a sad one.

SOCIETAL SIGNIFICANCE

I have this agenda in which from now on I would write about the possible contribution of a book to the society or to the industry of novels because I believe that every work like this should benefit a lot of people in any way possible. So….I think The Night Circus could somehow open doors for stories in which true magic in circus could’ve been more explored because this is really an interesting idea for me and I know for a lot of people who read this book too, so I think reading more about it in the future would be something to look forward to. I also think that for future authors, they could learn a lesson about what to consider when you are writing about a book with a competition like this. Competitions are really tricky you know. When you say competition, be sure that there’s a competition really going on. Make it clear. That’s all.

Thank you for reading this review and I hope you weighed if you want to experience magic with this book or not.

Mt. Pulag Hiking Experience

Hey! So we just got home from a two day mountain hiking experience in Mount Pulag. Mount Pulag is still the official second highest mountain in the Philippines and it already became a National Park and also a tourist spot since a lot of people are climbing it to camp out.

BEFORE THE HIKE

I was with my family and a few of my mother’s officemates when we went there; we’re actually a group of fourteen people all in all. We spent a night first in Baguio and then next day early in the morning, by 6 am, we were already travelling to Mount Pulag. We hired a jeep from the people in the ranger station because obviously only the locals there can possibly drive to the scary roads we went through. It was a two hour near-the-cliff zigzag road travel we did to DENR and you bet we all felt dizzy after. Good thing the view of majestic mountains kept us sane.

In the DENR office, we had to log in because you see they make sure that they keep track of the number of people who go up there. It’s actually a sacred place for the natives that’s why it’s not good for it to be too crowded. Then after signing in, we had a little orientation. They showed us a video explaining things about the trekking and they told us the things we shouldn’t do.

After that, we still had to travel for an hour to get to the ranger station and that’s where we started the hike. Before going up, we ate lunch at one of the houses there. The ranger station is actually like a “village” of the natives.  The native people are really quite but indeed very nice.

THE HIKE

I don’t even know how to describe the hike. Bittersweet I guess. It left me dead tired but it showed me incredible things. We’re just climbing the first slope and we aren’t even climbing that long but I was definitely catching my breath already. That was maybe because I’m not really that athletic and it was my very first climb. But you know what? I got used to climbing slopes immediately and I really felt like a “pro,” knowing that in our family I was the fastest and the one who can control the right breathing better. My mom was the worst. But what do you expect? She’s almost 60 and she’s not really thin you know. She’s kind of chubby. For every five minutes she stops, then it became for every two minutes and our other co-hikers already left us behind. But even though we were the slowest because of mom, we still made it to Camp 1. On the way to Camp 2, mom already told us that my sister and I should leave her and my brother so that we could go fast to the campsite and prepare our tent.

Before we go to the campsite, I would just want to tell you what I saw during the hike up. On the first part of the hike, we went through the mossy forest and as the name says, there are a lot of mosses. They say that there are leeches but we saw none, thankfully! There are a lot of different kinds of trees and plants but one thing I noticed is that all their leaves are pretty small. There are also a lot of different red flowers that I do not recognize. But never mind not knowing them, they’re all exotically beautiful in my eyes.

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Camp 2 is where everyone builds up their tents. Even though it’s still not the peak, it’s already higher than the clouds. When we got there we immediately took some pictures, because it’s almost sunset and we want to capture it beautifully. After the “photo shoot,” we arranged our stuffs, ate a little bit, then we doze off to sleep. Immediately when the dark came, the cold took us off guard. I was so cold that I put on four layers of cover on my upper torso, 2 leggings for my legs, two socks for my feet, gloves, two bonnets and a scarf around my neck. I also covered myself with a thick blanket and it still didn’t beat the cold. If I’m not mistaken, by nine in the evening, someone outside was saying that the temperature went negative already.

I didn’t have a good sleep. I wake up every two hours and nap a little in between. By two in the morning I already gave up. I decided not to sleep. Anyway there’s only one hour left before everyone goes up to the summit and welcome the sunrise. I went out by three in the morning, and yes the cold was a pain in the ass. But I tried to stand it since what I saw outside surprised me and I can’t take my eyes off it. The stars in the sky, was extra huge and bright. It felt so close when you’re on the mountains. Then when you look north, you’ll see Baguio with all its dancing city lights. Good Gracious! This was more than what I expected. Actually.

Now, move on to the hike to the summit. It takes an hour to go there and if the hike to camp 2 was filled with mossy trees, the way up to the peak was forest-free. It’s called the “Grassland,” because it’s filled with grasses! DUH! Haha. I felt like I was in New Zealand. It’s like a scene in the Lord of The Rings.

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The trails to the summit were the steepest I’ve ever seen! I’m literally almost crawling! But everything was worth it because the summit has the full view of the vast sea of clouds. Good thing the weather was very nice since yesterday.

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A few minutes after we reached the peak, the morning sun already came and it’s the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen. Seeing the morning sun with the sea of cloud felt so perfect. I couldn’t thank enough the big guy up there for this wonder that He gave us.

Well, I feel like I have to wrap this up. Our way down was easier but it felt more tiring, maybe because we’re already very tired even before we got down. But one thing about it is that we’re happier on our way down because we already have with us the incredible wonder that Pulag gave us.

I’ll definitely try more hiking in the future.

Maybe I should’ve gone

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This is one of the songs I wrote in high school and some divine feeling urged me to share it with you. So yeah…..maybe next time I’ll post a recording of this song. I’m so excited for you to hear it!

Verse 1:

You don’t need to say it

Cause I know that I’m strange

I show less care for those I care the most

You’ve got something you wanted to say

But I’m on the door to walk away

Afraid of something I don’t even know

And here I am doing my eenie minie moo

Still not sure if I want you back

Chorus:

Cause even if I didn’t see you go

It feels so bad

I couldn’t let go

So many ways

I could’ve used to

Be there with you

And maybe I should’ve gone

Verse 2:

You don’t need to show it

Cause I know what you feel

And maybe you’re right

You can see through people’s eyes

But what a catch, what a catch, what a catch

Still not sure if I want you back

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge:

Oh my my, oh my my

I’ve got a troubled mind

I want to call the captain back

But the passengers can’t afford to go back

And the ship is just too far far away from the shore

And oh my my, oh my my I’ve got a troubled mind

Oh my my, oh my my I’ve got a troubled mind

Oh my my, oh my my I’ve got a troubled mind

Oh my my, oh my my I’ve got a troubled mind

Oh my my, oh my my I’ve got a troubled mind

Cause even if I, didn’t see you go

It feels so bad

I couldn’t let go

So many ways, I could’ve used to

Be there with you

And maybe I should’ve gone

Maybe I should’ve gone

Maybe I should’ve gone

And Maybe I should’ve gone