Mikyu Meets World

Mt. Talinis: Cuernos de Negros

Mt. Talinis, also known as the Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros), is a complex volcano located in Negros Oriental and stands at about 1,903 meters above sea level. It may not sound as daunting as Mt. Pulag (2,922 meters above sea level), but believe me when I say I had a harder time conquering this mountain/volcano.

We met up at the South Bus Terminal at around 2am on a Saturday, rode a bus and were on our way to Santander at 3am, and got on a fast craft for Negros Oriental at 7am. We ate breakfast and bought lunch at Jollibee in Dumaguete before going to Dauin for the registration and jump-off.

to negros oriental

negros oriental

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Mago Peak: The Boundary Climb

Last month, PAC Gear organized an event for the trekking enthusiasts in Cebu (registration was PHP300 for guide fee, permits, and bag tag), so our group joined in. This was my first trek with total strangers, and we were around 50 in number! The idea of having many people going trekking is exciting, but some things get a little bit frustrating.

The planned meet-up was at 10am at North Bus Terminal, but some people from other groups came [very] late. When we were finally complete at around 12pm, we rode a bus to Carmen (PHP50/head; there was even a mishap with this one due to our number and the size of our bags). And because the traffic was already getting heavy, we arrived at the town market at 2pm. We had a quick lunch before heading to the jump-off area via motorcycle (PHP100/head) for around an hour.

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Random Thoughts #002

  1. Why is it easy for us to judge those people we don’t even know? It’s not like we all have the same set of personalities that you can be sure of someone else’s behavior.
  2. Sometimes, I spend hours modifying random bits of my blog (down to the smallest pixel) and wonder in the end if it was just a waste of time.
  3. Sometimes, being bored is a joy of life.
  4. I like talking to taxi drivers ‘coz it gives me insights of their lives. Sometimes, though, keeping up with the conversation tires me.
  5. You don’t necessarily have to go through friendzone stage (when courtship/dating has already begun) before you become girlfriend-boyfriend. What if you already like each other early on?
  6. Sometimes, you only realize your mistake when it’s already done.
  7. Small acts of kindness could go a long way.
  8. I find it funny that whenever and wherever an ambulance passes by, motorcycles follow.
  9. There’s more to life than work or blogging or any other thing you spend so much time on that you forget to appreciate other things.
  10. I always want to write for myself, whether people who will read it will like the output or not. But why is it hard to let go of the thought of writing for others? It may have been brought about by the changes in blogging or the blogosphere — when it became more commercialized and less personal. (I’m not sorry that this is published after another #xxx post, hahaha.)

Life as of Late #007

I’ve been insanely busy this month with work that I haven’t had the time to update my blog with what’s happening in my life for the past month. So here’s a roundup of those happenings. I hope I get to blog about the major ones soon! :P

  1. I miss my college barkada every day that I don’t see them (charot), so I was glad that we got together for the birthday of one of the girls! The boys talked about more mature topics and later, we talked about travel. What I’m hoping for is that we’ll have our first ever trip out of the country soon!
  2. One weekend, our trekking group went, umm, trekking with some strangers / fellow trekkers in Cebu. We went to Mago Peak, which is located at the boundary of 3 towns — Danao, Carmen, and Tuburan.
  3. My mother celebrated her 61st birthday last weekend so we had a lunch out at Chikaan in SM City Cebu.
    mama's 61st birthday
    Happy birthday, mother! :)

    I asked her what she wanted as a gift (I’m not good with surprises), and she said she wanted a washing machine (for my aunt’s use at home). My sister and I bought one for her, including a karaoke machine (MIDI DVD Player) requested by my brother. :))

  4. I recently switched to Windows 10, and I’m finding it nice so far. I’m having problems with making the display appear bigger, though, without having blurry texts in some applications. I hope Microsoft provides a fix for this soon (I’ve tried the solution provided by some people online but none of them seems to work). Here’s how my desktop looks right now:

    Everything looks so small at 100% display size.
    Everything looks so small at 100% display size.
  5. I’ve only been able to read one book this month (and I’m not yet done with it) — Never Look Back by Lori L. Otto. I find the plot just so-so, and I don’t like that Jack Holland (the narrator and one of the main characters in the book) is too ideal, almost perfect. I just want more realism. Hahaha.
  6. As I have already mentioned, the majority of this month was spent getting busy at work as our project is coming to an end. I worked overtime for a couple of days, going home very late at night or very early in the morning (latest was 7am the next day)! I’ve been getting frequent headaches, and it seems that my throat is tightening/closing up. I Googled this sensation, and it does happen to some due to anxiety/stress. :(

I’m not sure what my days will be like this August, but I hope I’ll get more free time to do more blogging and more reading. :)

Liebster Blog Award

liebster blog award 2015

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a liebster? The meaning: liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

I’m not really a new blogger, but I also don’t think I have a lot of followers. So when Rej tagged me on this award, I just felt thankful to be recognized and remembered. Hahaha. Also, I like answering questions, so here goes…

  1. Do you ask enough questions or are you happily setting for what you already know? I have a pretty curious mind, so I still ask questions whenever there are things that I can’t comprehend, whether it be about work or life in general.
  2. What have you given up on? I have given up on caring too much about what people say or think about my day to day activities, AKA giving up on social media.
  3. If you have one regret at this point of your life right now, what is it? I have no major regrets, but if I have to choose one, it would be that I did not take up Information Technology or Computer Science or Computer Engineering in college. I would’ve wanted to be really good in programming early on, hahaha.
  4. In one word, what is standing between you and THAT biggest goal? Money, or lack thereof.
  5. Name three things you can’t leave the house without. Phone, wallet, e-reader.
  6. If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be? I will forever be a Harry Potter fan, so I wanna live in that magical world.
  7. Who/what pushed you to become the person you are now? I guess that feeling of not wanting to leave this world not having lived life fully?
  8. What was the strangest punishment your parents ever gave you? My parents are not the punishing type, I don’t remember any strange punishments they imposed on me. Or maybe I was just a really good kid back then, hahaha.
  9. What motivates you to blog? I personally want to document every adventure I have experienced, whether it is one big escapade or just a trip to another town.
  10. Name three bloggers you admire to the core. Kisty, for how she keeps her blog clean and how she writes about her adventures and some other informative posts. Arriane, for how she can be so inspiring. And Camie, for how she shows her personality on her posts.
  11. Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a broken heart, or to never love at all? Why? True love, hands down. In life, you have to take risks in order to experience something better and become better.
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