I have this huge passion to see the world. I relish trying new things and I will try almost anything at least once. I like challenging my comfort zone. The thought of a new adventure excites me no end – like a giddy kid waiting for Christmas morning. This sense of adventure has brought me to places like Batanes, Banaue, Sagada, Siem Reap, Bali, Pontefino, Salzburg, Tibet… and those are quite familiar places. It has likewise introduced me to hidden treasures such as Balbalasang, Lake Sebu, Tinglayan, Baggao, Tinagong Dagat… remote towns not (yet) ventured by many.
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That was before 2004, when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. For a while, my life revolved around getting well. Those months of treatments had me worried about my future. Not that if I was going to live or not but more that I might not be able to go backpacking into the woods or rough it up just to explore remote places anymore. Yeah… I do have a distorted sense of priority! Little did I know that I’d be faced with many firsts in my life after my treatment. Cancer has indeed bolstered my sense of adventure. Since then, I’ve backpacked around East Africa (mostly by bus), even gotten lost in a remote African village, whitewater rafted one of the most exciting rivers in Uganda, learned to dive and last year found my self up close with Manta Rays. Awesome adventures that was never in my agenda.
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By God’s grace, I am well today and able to continue do more with my life. Cancer has taught me to rest in God, to lift up my life to his care and (I try to patiently) wait for what’s in store. I learned not to take anything for granted and to seize every opportunity that comes my way. For I do not hold tomorrow, I can only live for today. I try to go with the flow and take whatever life presents to me and so far, I’ve lived the best life ever after my diagnosis.
I started this blog primarily to chronicle my travels and what nots. I soon realized that many have been diagnosed with life threatening diseases and if this will serve as inspiration or encouragement to them, than this blog has served its purpose.