“Funny how things turned out, right? Who would have thought that this year would get lost in a miasma of anxiety about things we can’t fully grasp.”

JIL DIAMANTE

Mt. Susong Dalaga, Rizal | Philippines

“I can still remember my first mountain. I might have thrown countless strings of profanity to get through every patch of mud, dirt, and unfamiliar leaves then. It wasn’t love at first sight. No. Looking back, funny how things changed. Reaching the summit is still an ordeal. But one that I’ve grown to love. Cheers to another year of adventure, yes?”

Cheers to another year of adventure, yes? 2020. No?

Scoffs.

That was the caption of my photo on January 1st of 2020. Funny how things turned out, right? Who would have thought that this year would get lost in a miasma of anxiety about things we can’t fully grasp. I can’t thoroughly wrap my head around it. Yet I think we can all relate that we’re merely blind followers of safety protocols these days. We are all eagerly waiting for the government to drop or add certain letters to convey the status of our community (MECQ, ECQ, GCQ anyone?).

It is frustrating at times. But my woes are nothing compared to other people, so I always practice gratitude on the side.

On a shallower note, I am clueless about what to write here moving forward given the mass travel ban since March. Guess I need to contain myself on reliving past adventures. This blog is no more than a diary, anyway.

So, read away. Let me feed your outdoor soul vicariously thru images and words. They may be lacking in nutrition and thrill, but this will do for now, eh?

FINI.

Author

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

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