mag-try ng mga ‘di ko pa nagagawa, Mama,” you said. Surfing was on top of your
list, next to hiking. You even wanted to go to Mati in Davao to do both.
for the 39-degree heat to wane a little in a breezy seafront brunch place called Barefoot
at Le Point. There, we were told by an instructor that because the sea was flat
(as is often the case on summer days, according to her), surfing isn’t possible
and we might have to wait until June.
waves surprisingly grew. Just a few minutes before sunset, after a 10-minute surfing lesson and on your second paddle away from shore, you were
able to stand up on your longboard. You rode the waves like a pro – as you did
the third time, fourth, fifth, and so on. Seeing you brave your fear of drowning after years of not venturing into waist-deep waters is among the proudest moments of my life.
the glowing sun, I knew you really were.
sometimes, happiness can be found when you go into depths you’ve so feared
wet roads. The forecast for days: sunny with rain showers. Still, the
following day, despite having woken up so late (enough to miss checkout time
and be stressed by managers in the condotel we were billeted in) and the threat of rain, we took the one-hour hike to Mt.
Yangbew in Tawang with Tita and Ate MJ.
You rode a horse at the summit while overlooking the Cordillera mountain range. Sunlight was ample. It didn’t
rain a single drop until we checked out at noon.
ahead, the best course of action is to take a leap of faith (proper planning and safety taken into account, of course). The universe always finds a way, as it did on your birthday. Choosing
to believe and moving forward, no matter the outcome, is the only way to truly
know how it is to live.
worth remembering and your years with newfound highs and illuminating lows that lead you to self-discovery.
and the simple party. Yesterday, you had another celebration here at home,
with Caitlyn, Enzo, Tita Grace, Tito JB, Lolo, Lola, and Daddy. Picture below from Tita Grace. All others were taken with love by your Ate MJ. Seven must be a really lucky number, I guess.
*LU and Baguio photos by Maia Imperial