October 19, 2012

"you show the lights that stop me turn to stone..." - Ellie Goulding

what's your greatest fear? .....

geesh... if i were asked that question, i'd be out of words. It's not that i don't fear anything, it's just that sorting my fears and choosing one to label as "greatest" requires much thought and analysis. as u may already have figured out, i am a very analytical person... so i burden myself to think with even the most 'non-analytical' questions.

this particular question was inspired by the latest literary piece (errrrrr.... book) i am reading entitled The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. A specific part of the book caught my attention and i quote

"There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was a time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does."
                                                               Hazel, in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If oblivion is your fear, that's the most perfect counter to that fear. I know many of us have petty fears but maybe in the back of our minds we do fear of completely being forgotten...

it's been more than a week and im still halfway done with the book.. (since i am reading it intentionally SSSLLOOOWWW because i love it sooo much i don't want the story to end right away... hehe)
so right now i guess my greatest fear is reading the last page of the book...
i know, it's pretty lame... but after much thought and analysis, that is pretty much my greatest fear for the moment.

i don't know with you, but i tend not to trouble myself with fears ... i know they're somewhere in my mind, lurking, always ready to show itself thereby keeping me from living life. . . but i try to keep my fears at bay. when a ladder blocks my path, i climb it, i am not afraid of falling down one step, instead i am eager to climb another. :)

so, what's your greatest fear?  


October 15, 2012

"As we sit alone, I know someday we must go..." - Pearl Jam

no, i have not died yet, in case you were wondering. i have been on a pretty long hiatus from blogging but not on living life. but yes, i could die any time, perhaps soon, and then maybe not so soon. we don't know. but we do know that LIFE IS SHORT. however you define "short". it can never be forever. 

i am currently reading a book entitled "The Fault in our Stars" and it's one of the best books i've read so far. :) but i'll tell you more about it later. 

for now, i'm going to give you a sneak-peek on my whereabouts for the past few months. the reason why i haven't been writing is because i've been travelling and i guess i suck at making this a travel blog because i can't write while i travel. that sucks too, i guess i better learn more about that... 

i've actually posted these pics on facebook but not here... so here it goes :) 


It's been 20 months since I discovered I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma and LIFE has never been the same since.

When something as big as cancer hits you, your entire perspective about LIFE changes. 

Inspired by the places I have visited since i was declared cancer-free early this year, I have arrived at some REALIZATIONS based on the undeniable fact that LIFE IS INDEED VERY SHORT.

These realizations are posted as captions of some of my favorite captured moments throughout the whole year. ENJOY!

Life is short... so SOAR high! 
(Taken at Tagaytay. January 2012)

Life is short... so SPEAK kindly... 
(taken at a Toastmasters National Convention, Samal Is, Davao. April 2012)

 Life is short... so bid the past FAREWELL but leave a noble mark. 
(taken at White Island, Camiguin. August 2012)

 Life is short... so BE A SHOULDER to lean on. 
(taken at Butterfly Sanctuary, Davao City. August 2012)

 Life is short... so BE HUMBLE 
(taken in Oslob, Cebu. August 2012)

 Life is short... so live it in FULL COLOR! 
(Taken atTumalog Water Falls, Oslob Cebu City. August 2012)

 Life is short... so maintain BALANCE in everything you do. 
(Taken in Siargao, Camiguin and Malitbog)

Life is short.... so LET GO of all the pain...... 
(Taken at Danasan Eco Adventure Park, Danao City. August 2012)

 Life is short... so HOLD ON TIGHT to your loved ones. 
(taken at the Waterfalls, Danasan, Danao. August 2012)

Life is short... so LIGHTEN up your heart! 
(taken at Lake, Camotes Island. August 2012) 

Life is short.... so TAME the WAVES of your emotions. 
(taken at Cloud 9, Gen. Luna, Siargao. September 2012)

 Life is short... so make a SPLASHING impact on people's lives. 
(Taken at Splash Island, BiƱan Laguna. January 2012)

 Life is short.... so FOCUS on what truly matters ;-)
(taken at RAPSACC Shooting range, Cabadbaran, Mindanao. September 2012)

Life is short.... so understand that reality BITES!! - 
(with Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity — at Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. September 2012)

 Life is short... so pause, think and process.... :p 
(Taken at San Antonio de Padua, Silang, Cavite City. January 2012)

 Life is short... so CAPTURE each moment with love.
(Taken at Small Lagoon El Nido ,Palawan. March 2012)

 Life is short... so RELEASE your worries! 
(taken at Secret Lagoon, Palawan. March 2012)

 Life is short... so STAND tall.
 (Taken from my hotel window in Hongkong. May 2012)

 Life is short... so FALL in sweet surrender! 
(taken at EAT Danao, Bohol. May 2012)

Life is short... so use your IMAGINATION wisely.
(Taken at the Pantalan, Malitbog, Southern Leyte. May 2012)

Life is short... so take a LEAP of faith!
(Taken at Malitbog Southern Leyte. May 2012 )

Life is short... so SMILE! 
(Taken at  Princess' dance recital , Fernan Hall, Lahug. )

Life is short.... so ENJOY THE RIDE!! 
(with my partner in crime riding a motorbike around Cabadbaran. September 2012)

 Yep, i've been to a lot of places in a span of 9 months. I was lucky enough to be able to get back to work and earn enough for travel. Work is flexible as I've been doing clinics so I can always take a vacay for a few days and then work again. (more days working than going around, i promise!) hehehhe

This has been a very very very long entry. I do hope you get my point in those pictures.

LIVE. :)