” … I think fear is merely a brat that needs to be coaxed once but never tolerated for long. To be conquered, not romanticized.”

JIL DIAMANTE

Cuenca, Batangas | Philippines

Climbing Mt. Maculot was one of those experiences when I refused to recognize my fear of height. Because I think fear is merely a brat that needs to be coaxed once but never tolerated for long. To be conquered, not romanticized.

And so sitting at the edge of this mountain’s so-called “Rockies”, I let my heart slowly increased its tempo as my eyes roamed over the 706-meter-deep lush forest. Awkwardly posed and engulfed by dense fog, I clung on for dear life. Knees shaking, fog slapping my cheeks like wet rags.

Also, I remember cussing. Any sudden strong gust of wind would signal a string of muffled curses under my breath. Boy, do I cuss damn hard.

Boy, do I cuss damn hard.

But it also made me utter prayers I seldom use. Can’t help it then.

P.S. I would love to elaborate this adventure but some photos were already missing and the ones left were unfortunately subjected to my pink-obsessed era on Instagram. What was I thinking? Stupid creative juice poisoning.

FINI.

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Either on the streets or top of the mountains. Jil is a hodophile and a storyteller in pursuit of colors.

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