#15 of 1001 Awesome Things: Indigenous Coffee Served in Coconut Shells

September 3, 2017
I love coffee. If you have read my previous awesome things, majority were related to coffee like empty coffee shops, free Starbucks drink and convenience stores serving cheap coffee
Today, we went to UP Diliman to attend Lakbayan 2017. This is an event where the indigenous people around the country gather to fight for their rights. (working on a separate post about it)
During dinner, one of the organizers of the Ifugao group invited us to come to their tent to talk about important issues over a cup of Cordillera coffee
I was expecting to see a coffee maker, or a brewer or a presser. I was surprised that the coffee was brewed in stainless cooking vats. We took some white plastic cups in the corner but the organizer insisted that we use the coconut shells. 
It was one of the best tasting coffee I have tasted. Maybe it was just psychological because of the authentic experience. Maybe it was because I was all revved up because it was brewed by the heroes of the north. I do not know. But daaaaaamn it was goooood! 

#7 of 1001 Awesome Things: When a Friend Survives a Tragic Accident

August 25, 2017

“I was asleep for five days. People around me thought I was in a coma”, he said. John, a former trainee at our office, shared what happened to him after his motorcycle accident last January


“Wow. Five days! How does it feel?”, I asked. I remembered how it felt when I had an endoscopy. I was asleep for 3 hours but it only felt like I just closed my eyes for a minute. 


“It seemed like I only slept for a day”, he said. 


“Cool. Have you seen a dead loved one?”


“No I didn’t. But I saw my ex-girlfriend.” I laughed. It seemed like he already killed her in his mind. John was a joker without him realizing it. He was too innocent to notice or he was charmingly tactless. 


“Then what happened?”


“I am not sure if I was awake or if I was asleep. When I woke up, the pretty ICU nurse told me that I was courting her and according to her, I even asked for her number.” 


We were all laughing. He added that the nurse was still texting him and he thinks that she likes him. 


It’s nice to hear from him again despite his dislocated joints and a foot long scar on his stomach area. It was awesome that he survived death and that was undoubtedly something to be thankful for. 


Before he left the office, he said to us, “I told my doctor that God gave me a second life because I still have a mission. My mission in life now is to finally look for a wife. With that, I promised God that I will go to church every Sunday.”


Oh my God. He’s really back.

Featured Photo: DJ’s Motorcycle, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, October 2014. 

#3 of 1001 Awesome Things: The Realization that I Have More than One Home

August 21, 2017

I have lived in Angeles City all my life. But in the last 3 years, I have been traveling to and fro Quezon City a lot of times because of different reasons. The frequency of visits led me to familiarize the place and in the long run, to love the place. Quezon City is homey to me unlike other cities in the Metro.


Earlier today, we watched an Indie film entitled “Patay na Si Hesus” or “Hesus is dead”. The short before the feature was filmed in Quezon City and I suddenly had a nostalgia. I missed Quezon City the way I am missing Angeles City when I am out of town. 


We all have second homes. It could be at a friend’s house in the same town or a neighboring country where we felt like we were one of the locals. It’s nice to think that we have such places in this lifetime, a place we can actually call home aside from our own. 

Featured Photo: A street at UP Diliman, Quezon City, February 26, 2016. 

Why I Quit Social Media (Maybe) for Good

I have been under the weather these past few days. It’s a combination of the flu, the seasonal allergies, a mild case of muscle strain and last but not the least, the WebMD paranoia that I have cancer. This calls for a complete bed rest.

So I spent a whole night trying to be productive while on the bed, binge watching Ted Talks. I can’t sleep because of the discomfort of allergies, and these talks comfort me. I watched plenty of these very addictive talks. From comet hunting to the scientific explanation of the paranormal to how the brain works. But one talk caught my attention. Quit Social Media by Dr. Cal Newport. The title was a cliche. It was an old idea in this new world. But I clicked and watched it anyway.


I will not explain what Newport talked about nor will I post the link here. I am pretty sure that one way or another, you have planned on quitting too.


I had my fair share on quitting social media before. I quit a million times, and I kept on coming back. I have 2 reasons why.

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Three Reasons Why You Need to visit the National Museum of the Philippines

I must go to a museum when I travel. Fellow travelers often tell me that museums are boring. Well, there are boring museums like the National Museum of Myanmar in Yangon but that one was already justified because Myanmar’s real museum is outside their actual museum. There are those extreme museums like the one in Hiroshima and Hanoi which I find depressing because of their war and post-war feels. But one of my favorite museums which balanced the boring-depressing adjective was our very own National Museum located in Ermita, Manila.

Here are the 3 reasons why I love this museum:

  1. It is free! My first visit was during the Museum month in 2015 when the entrance fee was free of charge. Last July 1, 2016, the Philippine Government permanently waived the entrance fee to the Museum from its original fee of Php 50 for students and Php 150 for adults. So there’s no reason for a young Filipino in and near Manila to not visit this museum.

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