February 6, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Why Do You Write?

Perhaps because I’m lonely, and writing itself is  another form of loneliness? Perhaps because words are innately selfish, and they want to be exposed although I don’t intend to? Perhaps because I could easily edit what the mouth couldn’t? Perhaps because writing is an open letter to a certain someone? A real and imaginary reader? Perhaps the heart, the mind couldn’t contain all the words inside, they need an outlet? Perhaps because words should be taken as they are, should not be taken as they are? Perhaps because words are deceitful, just like us? Perhaps because words are sincere, honest […]
January 28, 2011

You Should Date an Illiterate Girl

by Charles Warnke (Jan. 19, 2011) Date a girl who doesn’t read. Find her in the weary squalor of a Midwestern bar. Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub. Wherever you find her, find her smiling. Make sure that it lingers when the people that are talking to her look away. Engage her with unsentimental trivialities. Use pick-up lines and laugh inwardly. Take her outside when the night overstays its welcome. Ignore the palpable weight of fatigue. Kiss her in the rain under the weak glow of a streetlamp because you’ve seen it […]
January 12, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Pulag: The Laid-back and the Killer

Should human conquer the mountain or should they wish for the mountain to possess them? Sherpas went up and down ten times in some cases, without glory, without claim of ownership, and there were those said it was sacred and shouldn’t be sullied at all.―Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss We opted to linger on Baguio and experienced the Death Road ride, explored Mt. Timbak, visited the centuries-old mummies, so we could not possibly join the other group journeying the killer trail—Akiki, which necessitates longer time. Those who opted to trail Ambangeg were often asked why they chose the relatively […]
January 10, 2011
Mt. Lanaya, Alegria, Cebu

Alegria: Where Mt. Lanaya Towers the Town

MUSING ON CLIMBING There is a relatively small population of outdoor enthusiasts, mountain climbers, outdoor lovers in Cebu, yet how unlikely it is for them to be too diverse, too disintegrated. Perhaps because they define their pursuit differently. They, or should I say, we—have varied definitions of mountain climbing. Difference always makes us unique but it is not the reason of our disintegration—it is the lack of respect, the lack of camaraderie. For some, Mt. Lanaya was the toughest climb they ever experienced.  Others thought it was a matter of strategy. Always be two steps ahead of your current. Know […]