Sunday, May 5, 2019

JAPAN: The Beauty Within

When You pour all the gladness of eccentricity. 

You brought me where I have been wanting to live in a snap that my heart couldn’t resist.
You showed me the beauty again to calm the palpitations of my being.
You flattened the beat of my senses to show Your Faithfulness.
That fear in my chest for a long time, You appeased.

You showed Your vast wonders
To make me believe again that You can give more than the oceans and the hills.
You graced me with what makes my spirit jump for joy.
And You left me with a choice. And I wonder.

Mt Fuji Japan

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Babuyan Islands: When Waves Form

Do you know how waves are formed?
I do not know too. But i just saw millions of waves forming...
Now I know why the expression "rough sea."
This morning, I saw those very big waves form in unison, and all i could do was pray. Also, that was supposed to be smooth as they looked like concaves. And it is liquid. It should look soft.
But lo and behold. The waves I saw are jagged like the edges of the chasms at Nagudungan hill in Calayan Island. From where I was to the end of the ocean. That when one falls on it, it seems like no one will survive its sharpness and be covered by blood. But that is water. But it looked like pointed. They looked like little mountain ranges. They looked like small volcanoes erupting out of the water. And you really do not know where to sail. This afternoon, the waves were coming from all directions and we seemed surfing the sea with a boat. And being in the ocean for a long time, I think I already was seeing bubbles in the water. I held my breathe with that push and splash all over me. And yes, not once but many. But those big ones that shook my senses, and jolted me, made me pray, sing, and pray over to calm the sea. There were times when it rocked me to sleep, but I had to open my eyes to witness not only the playfullness of the dolphins, but the harshness and hatred of the ocean. But whatever waves those were, Jay and Feric would be the best boat captains ever for now. And you may want to make an analogy out of this which will make it sensible to your life! This deep blue sea. Heyho, It is nice for me to be back. 😉

Calayan Island: Steps by the Hills

It was a very spontaneous trip. if i was not able to catch that bus, i would have been to another place. that trip, dependent on buses, boats and waves. i wish i had more time. & days. i wish i was not chasing the boats and the waves. and just stayed longer and remained, even for a few days. to watch the full moon. to sleep at Mabag house. unearth the burial jars and witness the stalactite formations by the hidden falls and the trees. and to beach all by myself, all i can. but you see, i was blessed with a golden sunset, these unlimited light that the moon gave at night, when there is no electricity, friends who own boats and big kind hearts who brought us to places unexpectedly, family in fuga who took care of our needs and found a way to have the boat fixed, boat captains who brought us alive out of the small but furious waves, neighbors who cooked meals for me, dolphins who surfed with us with those waves, and a lot of angels and fairies.  >D Thank you so much Ate Awit, Ate Nena, of Camiguin Norte, Lina who cooked food for us,Jay & Ferick, the boat captains; From Fuga, Aunty Minyang, Uncle Felix, Jong, Sheryl, Red Lee; From Claveria, Lola, Weng, Mariel; From Calayan, Irene Singun, Mommy Tess Samantha Singun; & Most of all Harry Asuncion Balais !!! Crazy friend!   Here is for all of yah! Hugs!

Camiguin Norte: Nothingness

All i did in the island was eat, sleep, stare at the beach. Ye, we live at the beachfront. Each day, the seabreeze blazed our skin, and senses.

lobsters, buko juice (coconut) at Camiguin Norte Babuyan Islands

Me and my good friend Harry who is already browned like me, was never bothered about it. We did not have a mirror to see how we look. In this island, i was free to be who i am, without worrying what to wear as long as it is clean and shows respect to your being; i was not worried what other people would say; If u know what i mean.

The sea stole all my sensibilities. Or was i more sensible that way? 😉 The days without internet signal really made me do nothing. Or was it better that way?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wang od: Kalinga's Sunshine

He talked to her.
And pointed to me.
She saw me.
The world stopped.
She smiled at me, like sunshine.
She recognized me I think.
Or maybe some connection.
It was indescribable.
We looked at each other.
Like minutes.
We were both smiling.
She was doing her craft.
And i was shy to disturb the crowd around her.
There was silence.
She stared at me.
So i went to her.
Kissed my dear sister.
I am still speechless up to now.

If you were there at that moment,
You know what i mean by
"The world stopped".
Because i think it did.
That vibes in me for 6 years.
And that moment.
I just know in my heart.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Patapat Bridge: Shake It Off Here

It is a must, to stop.
And look far beyond. 
North, Up. Beach. Clouds. The Sky.
And shake it off here.

Body Boarding: Aint No Wave High Enough

The soul has been longing to be waved.
And the saltwater vibe will surely heal.
It was fearful to be alone.
Few people came to watch. Then left.

The ocean just couldn't eat me alive, I thought.
That one hour trying to flow with it was nostalgic.
The waves were dancing. I danced with it. 
I came out alive.

Watch and feel the intensity.
Because the yearning for good life will never stop.