The Wall Climbing Definition of Terms

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
ac·ro·pho·bia
\ˌa-krə-ˈfō-bē-ə\
noun
: abnormal dread of being in a high place
: fear of heights

According to my mind that was struggling to think of what to do next while my hands and feet were hanging on small protruding rocks on the wall:

stu·pid
\ˈstü-pəd, ˈstyü-\
you

: someone (like you) who is clearly afraid of heights but still does something like wall climbing
: someone (like you) who does crazy things and calls them adventure

According to my heart that continued to pound in my chest unsure if it was fear or exhilaration or both:

ad·ven·ture
\əd-ˈven-chər\
life
: what this life is or should be all about
: something that should not be missed just because of irrational fears

Third Time’s A Charm

Some places just feel like home no matter how many times you visit. You feel at peace and at the same time excited to be right there in one of your your favorite places in the world. Nothing else seems to matter. That is Bohol for me. Tranquility. Adventure. Beauty. Love.

However, it may not always be the case for everyone. When you are visiting a place for the nth time, you may think that it can be a waste of time or resources. It’s easy to think that you’re better off going somewhere else. So, here are some tips on how to enjoy each place even when you’ve been there before:

1. Stop and smell the flowers (literally and figuratively).

Take time to explore even the little things for everything holds a different kind of beauty. You may not have had time before to stop and appreciate that stunning flower, how those tiny caterpillar’s feet feel in your palms, or how those kids swinging from a tree by the river seem to have so much fun. This time you do. So, enjoy it.

 

2. Explore every nook and cranny.

Any tourist destination is much more than its glorified parts. Sometimes, the less popular destinations can give you more satisfaction. Each person is unique and so is each place you go to. A place can speak to you in a different and more intimate way than any of the more popular ones can.

 

3. It’s the people that counts.

The people you’re with plays a huge part on the nature of each experience. You can visit a place 20 times and have 20 different kinds of experiences if you go there with 20 different groups of people.

This time, I was with family and it was my brother’s and mom’s first time in Bohol, too. So this time, it was different than the usual budget travel my sister and I were used to. We spent more on food and on the tours but it made the experience much more special. And it felt the same way when you’re at home: comfortable, unpretentious, free.

 

 

Modern-day Museums

Gone are the days when museum art was just supposed to be looked at. Some were not even allowed to be touched or photographed. Back then, boredom was almost always a given.

What’s becoming popular nowadays are  3D art museums like Art in Island Museum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. Here, you get to interact with art. You get to try your best poses and your acting prowess while you and your friends take pictures in the different areas in the museum. Your photography skills gets polished too as you look for the best angles to make each picture come to life (if you don’t have much, worry not; the floors have guides on where to take the best photos).

For the kids and kids-at-heart, fun is inevitable in modern-day museums like this.

 

Ayaw Tumaya

Gustung-gusto mo manalo

Ipinagdarasal mo pa

Walang tigil sa pagsamo

Ayaw mo naman tumaya

 

Nais mong makarating ng malayo

Lahat ay pinaghandaan mo na

Nariyan na ang eroplano

Ngunit natatakot kang bumagsak

 

Ang taas ng iyong mga pangarap

Ang mga plano’y nakalatag na

Ang paghakbang na lang ang kulang

Ngunit ayaw mong magmukhang tanga

 

Ang nais mo lang naman ay sumaya

Kung paano, alam na alam mo na

Ngunit ‘pag paninindigan mo na ang kailangan

Ikaw ay napaparalisa