January 7, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Timbak and Its People

With a diet mostly composed of fresh vegetables and fruits, it did not come as a surprise that kids in Atok, Benguet are naturally gifted with rosy cheeks, smooth complexion, and healthy eyes. With a great hope, urban or Western diet shall not reach this part of the archipelago since it might alter the pureness of their beauty and health. There was a particular girl around eight who piggy-backed her younger sister. She eyed the camera with repugnance. Perhaps she felt what we did―taking pictures of the community without their permission―is an act of intrusion. Indeed, it is. Perhaps she […]
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 […]
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 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 […]