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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

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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. 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. Let’s all do.

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

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To my Superwoman

It’s that time of the year again, wherein we celebrate all the courageous women who have showered all of us with their unconditional love.

I would like to dedicate this post to my hardworking mother, who have proven that distance is just a number. Her love has conquered the toughest of times. She showed me what genuine love truly is. She listened to every problem I had. She’s all ears for all my complaints. She patiently waited for my calls and messages. She smiles and laughs despite her sadness because the last thing she wants is to make us worry. She softly scolds me for my wrongdoings even when I know I deserve more than that. She makes sure I had something to wear, something to eat and drink. She’s there 24/7 ready to pick-up the phone even when it’s midnight. She works beyond the regular hours just to give us everything she could. She’s endured great sadness among others just to be the best mother/provider she can be. She made me feel important and loved every waking day of my life. We may not have been physically together for most of my life but she made sure to be the best mom she can be; and for that, I am forever grateful. She made all those possible despite my shortcomings and unacceptable behaviour. She stood by my side, helped me up whenever I stumble and cheered me on whenever I am down.

She’s more than just a mother. She’s my idol, my friend, and my hero. [she even topped Wonder Woman on my list of super heroes. Equally fierce and beautiful if not more; Sorry, Gal Gadot]

Ma, I am in awe every time I look at you. You were and always will be there for us. I believe and know you deserve more than just a day of celebration. You should be celebrated everyday, all throughout the year. I promise to one day return the favor and be the best son I can be. Just prolong your patience a little more. 😉

IMG_0812Happy Mother’s Day, Ma! I love you!

Love,

Ardent Wayfarer.

 

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A Mother’s Love

Cheers to all the awesome, independent and courageous mother out there.

You deserve recognition for every bit of love, kindness, tenderness and all other humane characteristics you possess. Indeed, it is true when they say that a mother’s love is unconditional.

You were a guiding light in times of our troubles. You never left and you have always lightened up the dark alleys we took in our lives.

You were a like a sturdy tree that stood firm in the ground even whilst you were in deep peril; giving us shade, making life more bearable as challenging times test us.

You were a sturdy rock that remained calm and kept everyone together.  You have withstood all the impediments that came our way.

You were a charm for all good things in life. Those words of optimism attracted good luck.

You were our best cheerleaders. You always believe and never doubt. Your words of encouragement gave us the courage to pursue greater things in life.

You were the wisest teacher, full of nuggets of wisdom from your seemingly challenging yet beautiful experience.

You were a tigress in disguise, ready to protect your cub and the strike at any given moment.

You were a blessing from up above. A beautiful angel who descended from the great heavens.

You were and always will be all of those things and for that I am grateful.

You truly are a gift. A gift that needs to be treasured, loved, and honoured.

Having said all these things, Ma, this one’s for you! I will always love you and I am genuinely grateful that the Lord has given me an amazing woman to look up to and have given me the honour to call someone as amazing as you as my mother.

Distance may have separated us but in my heart and in yours I know that we’ll always be as close as we can be. This undying love we have as a mother and child will always conquer hundreds or even thousands of miles. It will always overcome overwhelming heights of hurdle.

For your love and mine are both and one of the same thing and that is unconditional.

I will never get tired of saying this, I am forever indebted to you and I will always love you, Ma!

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An Unequivocal Beauty

The seemingly endless wonder of Nature continues to baffle and amaze me.

Last weekend my friends and I decided to go on a trip. We decided to hike a particular mountain – Mt. Pico De Loro, which is situated near the Metropolis. At first, I felt that this little foray will surely be just like one of those usual fun and memorable trips we had before. Never have I imagined that something spectacular awaits us.

We started the hike around 9 in the morning. The beginning was indeed, fun. T’was full of jokes and laughter. We went through a rocky trail and then, we started ascending through some mild slopes. After 30 minutes of what seemed like an endless walking, we started to complain and joke about turning back while it’s not yet too late.

I felt my heart burning. I was breathing heavily. For someone with my physique, I think, climbing the mountain was an impossible feat.

But of course we continued. Every now and then, we would exchange Hi’s and Hello’s to fellow climbers we crossed paths with while traversing the challenging trail. That simple interaction made the climb somehow bearable. Seeing their smiles and energetic aura is just genuinely morale-boosting.

Slowly, we were able to feel the winds blowing harder. We begin to feel the sun rays beaming in on our skin. Which I think is an indication that we were somehow a step closer to the summit.

And finally, after two hours of rigorous walking, we reached the camp site which by the way, is a few minutes away from the summit. So Yay!😅 We had our lunch and took some photos ~ a souvenir of this experience.

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The photo above was taken near the camp site. The scenery was truly breathtaking.

After resting for an hour, we decided to continue on with the journey. We were still suppose to have two stopovers. First will be on the summit of the mountain and the next will be on the Monolith a.k.a The Parrot’s Beak. Unfortunately we were only able to climb to the summit as there were a lot of tourist and hikers that day and it’d take us until early evening to reach the infamous Parrot’s Beak.

That 20-minute hike going to the summit was something – something directly out from my nightmare. I was skeptical about the whole idea of relying on stones as my foothold on the way up to the summit. One wrong step and I know it’s the end. (We always tend to exaggerate things on our heads especialy if you’re a realistr or just plain pessimist) I was so focus on climbing this sh*t that I totally ignored my friends who were actually cheering me during that ostensibly life and death ascend. My knees felt like a Jell-O and were trembling after conquering that rocky slope. However, reaching the mountain top was truly exhilarating and fulfilling.

Words cannot describe what I was looking at during that instance. I was simply overjoyed for being able to see something as magnificent as that[this: below photo].

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It was legitimately worth all the effort and exhaustion.

Check out the featured Image. Isn’t that alluring. Seeing something like that in a photo would definitely make you want to personally visit the place and see it for yourself, right? And friends, you all should!

By all means, travel to places while you still can. It is something you can learn from. It is something that you will forever hold dear in your heart. It is something money can’t buy.

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And definitely encourage your friends to do the same. Plan something out. Go out there and fascinate yourself with the undeniable exquisiteness of Mother Nature. It may not necessarily be a mountain or something like this because as you all know, we have a vast world. There so much more than just mountains – we have falls, beaches, forests and so much more. Explore the world. And explore it to your hearts’ content.

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And you are sure to have the time of your life.

As I always say ~~ Carpe Diem, my friend. Carpe Diem.

Love Always,

Ardent Wayfarer