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Potatoes are awesome

Aside from hash brown and french fries, you might want to add Potato Mountain in your list of things to try that’s got something to do with Potatoes. You read that right, there’s a  mountain with that name located on the far east, I think, of Los Angeles County in California, USA. Check out the video of my trip to that awesome place below. Potato Mountain offers a scenic view, vibrant trails, a few wild animals and lots of greeneries and beautiful flowers…

Again, excuse my editing and videography skills. I make do with what I have. Haha! Hope you’re trying out new things this 2017.

Cheers to more adventures and memories!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Posted in Essay

Alone’s good too

Alone; A word most people would want to avoid being – whether it be eating, watching a movie, shopping, traveling and what not. Doing things alone may seem sad and boring at first but hear me out when I say doing things all on your own has it’s own advantages and perks. Take it from someone who’s been there and done that; Take it from me who have eaten, watched a movie, shopped, hiked and traveled in a foreign country alone. And just for the record, I have awesome friends. Haha!

It’s just that I have encountered circumstances that led me to do all those things for the first time. You know, there are times when you are just too afraid/hesitant and cannot muster the strength to try out new things or face problems, the universe will do the work and put you in a situation where in you have no choice but to just do it. Have you ever experienced something similar to that? Life’s one great nudger. 

where everyday we almost make contact with another person – be it a family member, a friend, or a stranger – a moment alone can make a huge difference. Wherein you can do things in your own pace without a care in the world. It’s important that we are able to detach ourselves every once in a while (probably often) in this like/follower-driven society. Doing things alone can boost your confidence and will definitely give you a better sense of independence. Because you will be taking charge of things, literally.

Generally speaking, as cliche as this may sound, we always have a choice on things. Whether we’d feel sorry for being alone or choose to make the best out of the situation we are in. So, when life gives you that gentle nudge, be sure to take charge and face it with all your might. As the saying goes, might as well enjoy. 🙂

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

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Firsts

Hi, everyone!

This is my first attempt on Vlogging. I decided to try new things this 2017 and one of which is to video blog and document my upcoming trips and adventures. I thinks it’s a great practice:pushing ourselves to learn something new every now and then. I hope you’ll do the same. Look for things/activities that you’ve never tried before, or something that you’ve always wanted to try and just do it! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the experience and rush that one might get from doing unfamiliar and new things.

The video above shows some of the highlights of my trip when I decided to hike Mt. Hollywood. Luckily, the famous Griffith Observatory, SoCal’s portal to space, is located within the area. I got the chance to visit the place I have seen in movies, most recently in “La la land” (which is by the way, a fantastic film)

The hike to Mt. Hollywood’s peak is relatively easy. Just follow the trail from the observatory’s parking lot. There are a few stops you can make along the way wherein you can take a break, a photo op, or just enjoy it as it is. Such as Dante’s view, Berlin Forest, and so much more. Check some of the photos I took below:

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Random strangers on this beautiful trail
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A stunning view at Dante’s. Perfect spot for a well-deserved break
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A randome stranger walking his two adorable buddies
Beginning of the trail (Charlie Turner’s Trail)
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Palm trees lined up on the side of the trail making this a good spot for your lovely photos
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Leads to another peak in Griffith Park

Finally, I hope that you try out new things/experience soon! 🙂

PS. Excuse my amateur skills in videography and editing. I promise to learn and be better at it in the next few travels.

Cheers,

Ardent Wayfarer

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Preface

Ardent Wayfarer.

ardent : characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity

wayfarer :  a traveler especially on foot

A Passionate Traveler.

I am your average guy in his early 20s. Like some of the people out there, I’m still figuring things out – still uncertain on what career path I should take, looking for that thing I love the most and make some money out of it, and so much more… (Let’s just save these stories for another time)

While I am in the process of figuring things out, I enjoy traveling on the side. I mean who doesn’t, right? Traveling is by far one of the most rewarding experience one could ever have. Visiting new places, learning new things, trying out new food, and so much more: one can surely never get enough of traveling.

I am not a know-it-all-kind-of traveler. In fact, most of the time – I find myself doing the opposite of the travel blogs I have read. I fail to maximize my budget. I often forget to eat the must-try food of the places I have visited. And a lot of other things.

I seriously have issues in following the guides given by the experts in the industry. Anyhow, that’s just how I travel. Sure I’d read about the place before I go there, look for the activities and read about personal stories or experiences; but when I get there, I do things my way. It’s not like the writer and I have the same taste, outlook, preference/s and what not. What I’ve read is merely a guide but the decision on which path to take is always mine to make.

I think we all should be doing things at our own pace bound by our own limitations and fueled by our own passion. In my opinion, that’s when it’s most fun.

So, I’ll be uploading my not-so organized travel stories (and maybe some tips) in the months to come. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as I did while I traveling those very places.

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Posted in Essay

Limitations and Beyond

Limitations (n) : a limiting rule or circumstance; a restriction.

We all have our own limitations. We all have a threshold with which we gauge our abilities and actions.

In my opinion, there are several factors that we can consider as the source of these restrictions we have.

First, our circumstances: we have varying environment wherein we live our lives; this environment have a direct effect on the limitations we have as a person. Second, is our faith and beliefs: the principles we tend to follow are somewhat limitations that we can consider inherent – our faith dictates what is wrong and right. We may not follow it through and through but most of our actions are guided, if not influenced by our core values derived from our beliefs. Last but not the least, are our selves: believe it or not, I think it is but common that we have our self-imposed restrictions that we either consciously or unconsciously follow. Often times we are blinded by our fears and insecurities. These two contributes to the facade of our own persona – an image, which we think is all that can be and all that will be of ourselves.

Out of these three factors, the last one is the most ominous. Those self-imposed restrictions are what hinders growth most of the time. It is our lack of courage and confidence that contributes to that aforementioned image. An image of despair. But fear not my friend, there’s always a way of conquering your limitations.

CHALLENGING yourself is a good way of overcoming these limitations. I for one experienced this a couple of days ago, as I was on the gym with my personal trainer – I didn’t know I would be able to lift such heavy weight as it was my first time doing it. I was afraid and inside, I just felt I couldn’t do it. But hey, thanks to Matt (my trainer) with the proper guidance and words of encouragement, I thought might as well try. To my surprise (and my trainer’s too) I was able to do it. More often than not, you just always have to TRY. The good thing about trying is that it is what hurts the least if you failed, that’s for sure! You know why? It is because after trying while giving it your best and you didn’t do good, you at least know the result and you wont be stuck with the what if(s) therefore you won’t be bothered by the thought of regret of not doing it. I know how frustrating that can be! Lastly, SURROUND yourself with RIGHT people! The guidance and boost of morale from Matt sure helped a lot. That is why, I highly recommend that you surround yourself with people that would genuinely support you on your endeavours. A little push and nudge from them will surely help you overcome your own limitations! And be sure to the same to them! 🙂

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That’s me lifting the 275s with my ever reliable personal trainer, Matt! 

And before I end this, let me share a quote from Johnny Cash, an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author.

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way”

I hope I was able to impart a lesson or two from my own experience and helped you, even if its just a little in overcoming your own restrictions. 

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

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Sometimes it just hits you; and it hits you hard. “It” pertaining to what you may refer to as a drive or motivation, a purpose one has, a reason one makes – to either make, do, or even avoid things.

I had it coming. I just didn’t know when – I lost this particular purpose of pursuing something I should have pursued a long time ago. But now, that purpose has returned. I wasn’t looking nor was I waiting. I thought I’ll never have it again but suddenly I realised it came back. And it came back naturally.

I guess some of the motivations we have in life are innate. Such as that we are born with the purpose to live driven by love and sometimes motivated by this inherent thirst for survival. Impulses so immanent, that once lost may find its way back freely.

If you have lost your drive, forgotten your purpose, or squandered a reason you have for doing or pursuing something and you are having a hard time retrieving it. Spent countless of hours looking for it.  If so, my dear friend; maybe all you have to do is to stop – and wait. Let that spark find its own way back to you. Let your heart naturally remember that purpose you once had. Let your brain remake the reasons you once thought of.

More often than not, faith and patience is the strongest weapon we have.

So have more of it my dear friend.

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer