Category Archives: My Bucket List

Conquering My Fears : Day 5 #100HappyDays

I hate to admit it, but I have a long list of phobias, some of which may just be considered pag-iinarte by other people (like my bro), but most are real fears that have somehow hindered me from enjoying life to the fullest. However, since I reached my 30s, I felt like it’s about time I conquered some of these fears ’cause I’m not getting any younger. Sure, call it quarter life crisis, but I am more willing now to face the scenarios that scare me the most.

I have this crazy fear of heights and closed spaces. So imagine how scared I was when we decided to go spelunking at Ugong Rock cave in Palawan last year (for our birthday celebration) AND ziplined my fricking way down afterwards. I was honestly thinking at that time, “Are you seriously going to do this?! Face your fear of closed spaces AND heights?!”. I thought I’d die and won’t make it at the end.

At Ugong Rock cave adventure in Palawan

Preparing for my turn to zipline after an EXHAUSTING time spelunking at Ugong Rock. Not my most flattering photo, but I am so proud of myself for being able to do this. 😀 It was an unplanned adventure, hence the getup. I went through the cave in FLIP FLOPS. 😛

Well, guess what – I’m still here, typing away. So #SUCKIT!! 😀

Now, what’s the relevance of this to my #100HappyDays entry for today?! Well, the past few days, I’ve been stressed about my right eye after the laser ‘surgery’ over the weekend (it was successful and I can see clearly again). I was feeling scared about complications that might happen in the future and I felt like I won’t be able to do things I thought I could after my Refractive Lens Exchange surgery last year.

Thankfully, when I woke up earlier, an exhilarating feeling took over me… a realization of some sort. WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?! There are a thousand other things that could happen to me but I chose to ignore them, and I underwent that surgery so I can do more, and here I am, succumbing to my fear of something that might NOT actually happen. Then just a few minutes ago, my bro showed me these videos of women surfing, swimming and riding carabaos. It brought me back to my sane self who wants to experience the beauty of Mother Earth through traveling. I am now brushing off my worries again so I can move forward.

One of the next phobias I want to conquer is my fear of being trapped underwater. I don’t know how to swim. Okay, I know how to swim, but you won’t see me swimming about where the depth won’t allow me to touch the bottom of the sea/water/pool/whatever easily with my feet. I’m thinking of taking swimming lessons so I can swim fearlessly like my bro. I want to conquer this fear hopefully this 2014. 🙂

Wish me luck! 😉

Saddle Up!

Horse riding has always seemed extremely appealing to me, ever since I was a young child when I saw the horses in the fields in a relative’s neighborhood. It was common place to see horse riders pass by their window and I always looked on in awe.
My mother used to ride when she was younger. She used to explain to me about how her and her cousin would ride through the fields on beautiful summer days and how she had never felt freer.
I suppose it is one of those things that would be fairly easy to arrange, you just never get round to it. I have also had mixed feelings about the experience. After all, you are riding a wild animal and you hear some pretty bad stories about people getting hurt.
But, as horse riding is now officially on my bucket list, I have decided to try to get past my fears and really go for it. I have been researching the things you might need and it seems you can get everything at a fairly good price online as all the horse gear from Equestrian Clearance for example, comes with pretty good discounts.
Horse saddled up
All I need to do now is locate a stable, I have seen one while we were traversing the city, I just need to get up the courage to actually stop there one day and inquire about lessons. The horses they have seem really big and powerful though!
Hopefully they might have a smaller pony for me to practice on. Wish me luck!

Saddle Up!

Horse riding has always seemed extremely appealing to me, ever since I was a young child when I saw the horses in the fields in a relative’s neighborhood. It was common place to see horse riders pass by their window and I always looked on in awe.
My mother used to ride when she was younger. She used to explain to me about how her and her cousin would ride through the fields on beautiful summer days and how she had never felt freer.
I suppose it is one of those things that would be fairly easy to arrange, you just never get round to it. I have also had mixed feelings about the experience. After all, you are riding a wild animal and you hear some pretty bad stories about people getting hurt.
But, as horse riding is now officially on my bucket list, I have decided to try to get past my fears and really go for it. I have been researching the things you might need and it seems you can get everything at a fairly good price online as all the horse gear from Equestrian Clearance for example, comes with pretty good discounts.
Horse saddled up
All I need to do now is locate a stable, I have seen one while we were traversing the city, I just need to get up the courage to actually stop there one day and inquire about lessons. The horses they have seem really big and powerful though!
Hopefully they might have a smaller pony for me to practice on. Wish me luck!

168 Days

That’s how long I have to wait for my next trip down south. I’ve booked flights for my brother and nanay already. Not much of a deal, but at least, I got 3,000 off. What’s important now is I have no choice, but to go through with that trip in October.

I sounded like I’m not that excited. I am!! It’s been almost 2 years since I last went on a trip to somewhere in the Philippines I haven’t been to. Remember our ala Amazing Race vacation up North (Pangasinan-BaguioVigan-Laoag-Pagudpud-Baguio)? It was already an adventure to me and I desperately need that again.

We’re going to Bohol to celebrate my birthday and my brother’s. He and our nanay have been there once before; it’ll be my first time. I’m excited to see Chocolate Hills for myself. I’ve been told that you have to be there to appreciate its beauty. Words and photos aren’t enough, so I’m looking forward to that.

Kenneth at Bohol, fail photo opp at the Chocolate Hills

That’s my bro Ken. I know, FAIL Chocolate Hills illusion photo.
It’s the photographer’s fault, he says. LOL

After Bohol, my next trip should be to Palawan. I’m already looking out for promos and good deals at my trusted group-buying sites.

To be honest, I’m not really a fan of beaches. I prefer to go to Baguio or Tagaytay where it’s cold. I know most of my fellow ladies LOVE the beach, especially those who want to get a natural tan instead of resorting to spray on tanning. I’m already tan enough, I believe. But, that’s not the reason why I don’t like the beach. I’m allergic to (salty) seawater, especially if it’s too hot outside. I did enjoy our Pagudpud vacation though, but I didn’t swim while the sun was up, which sucks ’cause there’s nothing better than enjoying a swim while seeing everything around you. *sigh*

I just realized that this post is seriously making me sound like I’m not excited about our upcoming vacation. Again, I am! I guess it’s just too early to actually feel the anticipation. *LOL* It’s a 4-day, 3-night vacation, so it should be pretty relaxing. Plus, it’s the first time I’ll  be travelling with a long-time friend and her family. I’m not really big on travelling with a lot of people, so we’ll see. 😉

168 Days

That’s how long I have to wait for my next trip down south. I’ve booked flights for my brother and nanay already. Not much of a deal, but at least, I got 3,000 off. What’s important now is I have no choice, but to go through with that trip in October.

I sounded like I’m not that excited. I am!! It’s been almost 2 years since I last went on a trip to somewhere in the Philippines I haven’t been to. Remember our ala Amazing Race vacation up North (Pangasinan-BaguioVigan-Laoag-Pagudpud-Baguio)? It was already an adventure to me and I desperately need that again.

We’re going to Bohol to celebrate my birthday and my brother’s. He and our nanay have been there once before; it’ll be my first time. I’m excited to see Chocolate Hills for myself. I’ve been told that you have to be there to appreciate its beauty. Words and photos aren’t enough, so I’m looking forward to that.

Kenneth at Bohol, fail photo opp at the Chocolate Hills

That’s my bro Ken. I know, FAIL Chocolate Hills illusion photo.
It’s the photographer’s fault, he says. LOL

After Bohol, my next trip should be to Palawan. I’m already looking out for promos and good deals at my trusted group-buying sites.

To be honest, I’m not really a fan of beaches. I prefer to go to Baguio or Tagaytay where it’s cold. I know most of my fellow ladies LOVE the beach, especially those who want to get a natural tan instead of resorting to spray on tanning. I’m already tan enough, I believe. But, that’s not the reason why I don’t like the beach. I’m allergic to (salty) seawater, especially if it’s too hot outside. I did enjoy our Pagudpud vacation though, but I didn’t swim while the sun was up, which sucks ’cause there’s nothing better than enjoying a swim while seeing everything around you. *sigh*

I just realized that this post is seriously making me sound like I’m not excited about our upcoming vacation. Again, I am! I guess it’s just too early to actually feel the anticipation. *LOL* It’s a 4-day, 3-night vacation, so it should be pretty relaxing. Plus, it’s the first time I’ll  be travelling with a long-time friend and her family. I’m not really big on travelling with a lot of people, so we’ll see. 😉