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An Ode to My Backpacking Buddy

From the moment I saw you in Toby's Mega Mall, I knew you were the one.

And when we finally got together, tremendous joy you brought to my adventurous lifestyle

You are a reliable companion which holds the kits to my survival.

I can bring you to anywhere I desire To the beach, To the high mountains
Even overseas
I can put you down anywhere and you won't think that I'm taking you for granted

I can ride with you in any mode of transportation and you don't complain

You help me carry my heavy load

You shelter my stuff from the rain with your backpack cover
When I have you on me, I feel your warmth -your frame perfectly contoured on my back.
Your wonderfully formed hip belt, gives me freedom to do anything
I really couldn't ask for anything more,
Except for more adventures with you, my Deuter Act Trail 32.
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The Aborted Jungle Trek

It was a little before 6:00AM. The sun had just started to rise over the Sepilok Forest Edge Resort where me and my friend Mao spent the night. It was our 3rd day overseas and we decided to check out Sandakan, a city in the Malaysian side of Borneo. The day before, we endured  a 6-hour bus ride from Kota Kinabalu city towards this resort, which sits at the edge of a jungle. Mao immediately left the room hoping to catch the sun rise while I stumbled from the bed to fix myself.
The moment I stepped out of the room, I couldn’t help but be awed with what I saw. The resort was partially covered with fog. Around its vicinity were various species of trees and shrubs that lined the walkway. 

I finally ran into Mao who was avidly taking pictures near the swamp and we set off to explore the farm where we can see the animals. There wasn’t much to see so we walked some more and arrived at this wooden bridge which is used by people who are booked at the posh chalets. Me and Mao started looking aroun…

Ready To Win 1 Million in An Adventure Race?

While waiting for my energy refill in Mafia Wars, I chanced on this blog entry about an adventure race organized by Development Bank of the Philippines to promote the RORO (road roll-on, roll-off) Terminal System. It's going to be held on May 15-20, 2009 and will have stops at the following destinations:Surigao del Norte Leyte Cebu Negros Occidental Iloilo Aklan Oriental Mindoro Romblon Batangas Manila It's like the closest thing you'll get to "Amazing Race" and the other magnificent detail about this race is that a whopping 1 Million pesos - tax free awaits the grand prize winners. Naturally, I would have jumped at the chance of joining since I meet all the eligibility requirements except for #2. sad. Nah, seriously, it's #4, but then, I knew if really want to join, I can work something out. The race also requires that you have a partner. I have several people in mind already who can be my partner. I guess it's just a matter of wantin…

My Lakbayan Grade

I can see, I still have a lot to cover but at least my grade increased from a C-. Hehehe! By the year ends, I hope I can raise my grade to a B+. I still have a couple of travels lined-up in the coming months, plus my grand December "exploration" activity where I hope to score a couple of more points. Yihaa!
My Lakbayan grade is C+!How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!Created by Eugene Villar.

I’ve Changed!

There are only a few people who have seen me get mad. I rarely fight with anyone. I settle every disagreement in the most civilized way I can. I don’t get emotional. I stick to the main issue. I say my piece as calmly as I can and I am prepared to accept a settlement. I don’t hold grudges. Well, this is the new me. Years ago, back when I was a lot younger, I would get so angry, I usually throw stuff at people, shove them or shower them with words of evil. As I was growing up, I realized that being angry does not solve anything. To win a fight, you must detach yourself from the emotional aspects of it and face it as objectively as you can. This morning, I encountered a situation which testedhow much I‘ve changed.I can’t say I passed it with flying colors but I did good. I was so angry at someone for something he had been doing consistently for the past couple of months and I just had to tell him that it was not cool at all. I cursed at him (which I now regret), yelled at him and asked…