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Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossin’ you in style some day
Old dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, Moon River, and me

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Adventure, Best Lyrics

 

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Happy World Oceans Day 🌊

  Here is my tribute to my happiest place on the earth, the ocean. For I have been inside 3 oceans and 2 more to explore, to fathom the beauty of the underwater 🐋🐟🐠🐡🐚. 

My message to humanity “let’s keep our oceans/seas clean so our future generations can experience what we have today.” 😊

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Adventure

 

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Life is simple at the beach

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sunset at talikud

 All you need at the beach is sun glasses, swim wear, sun block and a tent. I am sharing a special memory where I got to explore an island all by myself. Usually we (alone or with my friends) visit beach in the morning and come back in the evening. I wanted to visit this particular talikud island (with white sand beaches) which is a little far away from my place. Also you have to be prepared to stay for a night if you decide to go there, because of the lack of transport. Having had a stressful life, I decided to visit this place alone during a weekend. That night was one of the “self discovery” moments I foster. I enjoyed the solitude and the silence. I snorkeled and swam all day long. There was no electricity in the island past 2 pm but it didn’t bother me. I had this tiny tent where only one person can fit in. I was watching the sunset, walking the bay with a night filled with starlit sky, reposed listening to the waves and woke up to a breathtaking sunrise. It was the time I realized, if I were 40 and still single, I would move to an island and live happily there, probably Philippines I guess. I decided to have many weekends exploring like that. After that day, I traveled to many places I wanted to visit. I wasn’t afraid of being or traveling alone and enjoyed trekking, feeling absolved and totally getting lost in the MOMENT.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Adventure

 

Ocean Eyes

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,

smell the sea, and feel the sky

let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”

― Van Morrison

 

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There is something about the ocean, It’s enigmatic. I’m engrossed by its beauty. People pay big bucks to travel to islands, to the beautiful beach resorts for some peace and quiet, some adventure and leisure. For me it’s more than that. Whenever I hang out at the beach I feel like I am home, a place where you feel safe and secure like you were in your mother’s arms. I shriek like a little kid whenever I hear the ocean waves. I’m on cloud nine, surrounded by the joys of life. Anytime a friend invites me to the beach, my face would glow and grin like if I won a pageant. Ocean is like my friend, my natural shrink. May be I was a mermaid once. This love made me explore underwater, though diving, which I miss doing now. I can never forget my first diving experience, I felt like I was inside a giant aquarium and I wanted to stay there until my O2 lasted.

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I have enjoyed snorkeling every weekend.

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I liked taking a tiny boat to watch dolphins in the middle of the davao gulf.

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Ocean eyes are blue, like the blue waters held in God’s palms

It’s irony ocean is blue when it actually brings happiness

The shore placates with dulcet tones of the waves, underwater renders a quiescent mind with absolute silence (like the silence you would probably find in the outer space)

The waves embrace your feet while walking the bay as the sea shells adorn the ocean

Underwater hails you with starfish, the clown fishes, the sea horses and many more creatures and many colorful corals, an inexplicable beauty

A stupendous view when I snorkel; up is the sky, beneath the ocean, I wouldn’t ask for anymore

I enjoy the sun rays while I swim with the fish, sunkissed and adored by the nature

Dear ocean, You make me feel small splashing the bigger view of life

Reality can be beautiful too, Just look at the ocean

I feel alone when I don’t visit you, I bequeath my love in perpetuity

— Prasoona

(above poem was written by me after being inspired by the lyrics of the owl city, I know I will improve it. one step at a time.)

P.S. : photography by me edited via instagram

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Adventure, Uncategorized

 

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A climb to remember » Mount Apo

It was April 2013 in Davao. I wanted to climb Mount Apo before leaving Philippines. It is the tallest peak in the Philippines with a height of 10,311ft and top 98th (in prominence) in the world located in Kidapawan city. I approached the Kidapawan tourism, they arranged a guide for me. The guide advised me to climb in a group (unfortunately I couldn’t find/arrange one during that time). Thrilled for my long weekend, I went to mountain hardwear to buy gear, shoes etc. The manager Mr.Raz advised me to join their event that would be on May 10th. I was enthralled now that I can climb in a group, the more the merrier.

I am a novice climber. Lacking experience in trekking ever before was a challenge. I had a month to prepare myself. I was ready.

It was May 10, the day to climb. I was excited 10/10. I had everything I needed including my Merrell trek shoe (👟❤️). Our group assembled around 4am and we traveled to Kidapawan. We were oriented by the dept of tourism. We were about 6 hikers with 2 guides & 2 helpers. All were surprised I’m the only woman, a first time hiker & a foreigner. Anyway, our group was organized by Mr.Raz (manager of mountain hardwear). We decided to hike for 3days, going up for 2 and down in 1 which is onerous for a novice like me.

We started hiking up through the kidapawan trail. Needless to say the trail was hard even for my fellow cragsmen. With snickers and a red bull, I had already reached 3000 ft. I sweat carrots, my face is rouge. In obvious I have tachycardia given the altitude & probably the caffeine. Embarassed to say I was the last one to reach among them. I always had the guide (Mr.Tik-) Mr. Suave with me. It started to rain & things get dicey when everything is slippery. Risible enough my rain pants tore off so the soil was all over me. I didn’t care. No matter how hard or bad it looked I just want to climb. With scads of pratfalls in the capricious weather, we finally reached about 5,500ft where we had our first night camp. Our group was sanguine and convivial, I was listening to their funny stories. We had coffee and dinner. Thanks to mountain hardwear for their accommodation. In torpidity I crashed as soon as 7pm. Despite my complex quivering and excruciating muscle ache, I was feeling serene.

That night I woke up around 12 am. I was enthralled to see a million stars above me. They are so close and beautiful like I wanna shriek. I enjoyed my star gazing time for an hour and went back to sleep again.

Day 2, we started to jaunt around 7:30am. According to my guide we would reach lake venado by noon. Day 2 hike was tougher. We had to hike through steep rocks, muddy tree roots and so many ups and downs (mostly ups). One look down I had a thought “if I slipped there, I would tumble like jack and jill.” By noon we reached a plateau (lake venado- above 8000ft). The guys said we need to reach the summit before sunset so we can go down the following day. My body wailed NO.

After a siesta and a fine lunch in an enamored view, I put my heart to hike for that pm. This was the toughest, not because of the path but the altitude acclimatization. I started to hyperventilate. Every breath was harder for every step. Around 4pm, I made it to the summit. It was one of the happiest moments and I cried out of joy that ‘I made it.’ I enjoyed my evening delight watching the sunset, the stars, the cities and the ocean. In a slow pace I started to hike downhill in the darkest twilight. We camped the night at lake venado.

The following (rainy) day, we started to jaunt downhill again. It was a different trail, I passed though boulders emitting sulphur fumes, rugged rocks and green forest with occasional water falls. We crossed many gangplanks on the river mainit with strong currents. We reached lake agko at 6pm.

I guess the best part of my day was to stay in the natural hot spring at lake agko for 30 minutes (we din’t have much time) before heading to davao. It’s like jacuzzi (only better, I wanted to stay in forever). You really need one after such an exhausting journey, JOIE DE VIVRE.

Writing this today made me realize how much ‘climbing apo’ has meant to me since I recall almost every detail of my trek. I’m grateful to have such a gracious company which made my hike easier.  It was more than a hike (check my other post) and it’s only a beginning (more to come). La vida loca!

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Adventure

 

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Why climb a mountain?

“If everyone made a point of remembering Darwin, we might be spared a lot of mountain philosophy and psychoanalysis. Why do you climb? Because it’s the natural thing to do.” – Tom Patey, “Apes or Ballerinas?”

6 years ago I had a daft idea to climb a mountain. At that moment with my busy med school life, I didn’t think I would be able to accomplish it. After med school, when I had my last 3 month vacation in davao, I thought, why not do it now? I can be impulsive with my goals so I decided to go for it without second thoughts. I had a month for self resistance training. I had prepared myself psychologically and physically. I did it. I reached the summit.

Mountaineering is an extreme sport. It is not the easiest thing you can do in this world. I lost 3kg in 3 days albeit I ate overbounteously. You get bruised, hurt, exhausted, sleep deprived, agonized & finally oxygen deprived. So why go through that kind of pain? Is it a sane idea?

In my experience, Mountains are Spiritual. The feeling is evincible when you first look at the mountain itself. From the bottom clumsy ride through the dense & rocky forest to the serene peak, the entire journey is beautiful & meditative. My journey through the difficult trail made me discern ‘mountains define life. ‘ It gives you many challenges & let’s you find the answer; gives you audacity to subdue the wilderness. It boosts your confidence, helps you overcome your worst fears. You become more positive, you develop more patience & endurance. It changes your perspective about life, hurdles look insignificant and you believe in humanity (I had a real good company.)

When you reach the summit, eventually you will apprehend ‘nothing is impossible. ‘ The summit is exuberantly quiet; you can echo. You can just sit there allaying your agony and get lost in the idyllic world’s view for hours ignoring the chill whilst gasping for air. I felt closer to the sky with many clouds beneath me and had one of the best views of the sunset. I sure felt closer to God, a feeling that lasts a life time.

Reaching the summit is a triumph, even if it was a small 3000 meters climb. For a second, I thought of not climbing again. But I developed a new passion for trekking/hiking. I haven’t stopped climbing hills (3000ft max.) My goal is to climb at least 3+ (>3000 meters) mountains. I will make time in the future and then may be I can call myself an alpinist. 🙂

Mountaineering is a sane idea. With precaution and preparation, It can be a lark. Taking risks isn’t amiss. There is no psychoanalysis (sorry Freud.)

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”  – Greg Child

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Adventure