"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness."
"Last night I wept. I wept because the process by which I have become woman was painful. I wept because I was no longer a child with a child’s blind faith. I wept because my eyes were opened to reality….I wept because I could not believe anymore and I love to believe. I can still love passionately without believing. That means I love humanly. I wept because I have lost my pain and I am not yet accustomed to its absence."
"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."
Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens
"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
"When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself ‘All is lost. I have to start all over again.’ This is not true. What you have gained you have gained… When you return to the road, you return to the place where you left it, not to where you started."
…was definitely a good one for me.
3-Day Trek Finale. Ilocos Norte, Philippines
San Juanico Bridge, Longest Bridge in the Philippines
Bolobadiangan Island, Philippines
Guimaras Island, Philippines
Malalison Island, Philippines
Ta Phrom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
6 Years After. Mt. Pulag, Philippines
Hari Raya. Instana Nurul Iman Palace, Brunei
Mt. Dulang-dulang, 2nd Highest Mountain in the Philippines
Mt. Kitanglad, 4th Highest Mountain in the Philippines
Mt. Kinabalu, Malaysia
Dahican, Philippines (photo by Freddy)
Not in the photos are the surfing trips to La Union and Baler; on the whim road trip to Vigan where all we did was eat and eat and eat; spontaneous day trip from Baguio to Pangasinan on a shabby owner type jeep; 3-day rainy Mt. Pulag trek via Akiki Trail; almost-Mount-Amuyao-traverse hike where I ended up in Sagada instead; spontaneous 12-hour hike in Benguet where we got stranded and ended up hitchhiking a truck; free concerts - Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol, and Keane; wet motorbike rides in my hometown; and of course, all those good times at Dahican - joined a surfing competition, and that time we rescued a 60-year old green sea turtle that laid more than a hundred eggs. I’m pretty sure there were a few more… Ahh! too many highlights, if I may say so.