Fell in love with the Falls

by Alethea Miralles on Thursday, 7 January 2016

Every hike that I finish, I always feel like I've been renewed as a person. I've only been to two hikes in my 20 years of existence, but I've realized how much of a big help it is for people who have problems related to depression or anxiety (like me). I also confess that I'm the #1 weakling and the whiny one in the group. Before and during the hike, I'd be the only one who brat attacks and complain, and I'm pretty sure my friends who I go with are already used to it lol (Btw, brat attack is just a term of my friends and I when we just can't deal with something anymore. It's more of an adult kind of tantrums lol) However being the #1 weakling and whiny when it comes to hiking, I think that my heart is already changing. I'm suddenly into it, like I'm at the point of my life where I'm planning on investing on a reliable hiking shoes. The cravings for another adventure has suddenly been injected into my system. I think that it's because of the adrenaline rush that it gives me and the glorifying moment everytime I endure the hike. It strengthens my faith that I can surpass every single challenge I'll encounter in life. 
Okay, so before I get emotional with my hiking experiences, I'll just talk about the adventure I had with my friends. We visited three falls. Talay Falls, Hidden Falls, and Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Lagun. Hidden Falls was the hardest to go to (well for me because I have a weak body and my rock climbing skills were poor). It was a mix of trekking and rock climbing. I even fell on my butt at the first hour of the journey and honestly, I nearly fainted and I was about to give up already (lol #1 weakling). The two guides who were with us also seemed to be only helping just one person the most (hint: ME) :))  But I'm proud of myself by not backing down, and still continued to endure it. And I'm so thankful for kuya guides also. I have to say that the adrenaline rush I felt when we had to climb (after chilling at the falls) was pure bliss. I wanna do it again, so that I can finally conquer my fear of falling and heights. Here are some pictures, and a video (that my friend made, Hi Zai!) of our adventure. So funny how I look fine in the pics when in fact I was already dying inside (lol @ me).

Link of vid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3I2ciX_dWM
Talay Falls
Hidden Falls (grabbed from Virginia!)
photo op with hulugan falls

Hulugan Falls

L-R: Virginia, Ghiselle, Claudine, Darence, Mike, Carl, Zaira, Faye, Me, and Aly

photos aren't really mine since i was too tired to take pictures lol

xo, thea

Year of Extremes

by Alethea Miralles on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

red top, forever2; vest, cotton on; skirt, mango; sunnies, sunnies by charlie; shoes, zara

             The twenty year old me experienced a lot of things in 2015. For me it was the year of the extremes. Let me start off why "extremes" in a lighter mood.. 2015 was pure bliss for me due to the reason that I've done a lot of things that an eighteen year old me was just dreaming about. Night roadtrips with my high school barkada, a lot of food trips, and hugot conversations. I also visited Aklan's (my hometown) beaches twice this year. First was with my college barkada which we had an "ultimate bonding experience" (lol), and the second time was with my family. Finally learned a bit of tennis. I also said yes to a trek invite (finally). I went trekking with my college barkada in Mt. Pinatubo... Adventures I was deeply craving for when I was 18/19 years old finally happened last year. And you know what I'm truly happy about in 2015? I was finally done with my undergraduate course! (hello unemployment, lol) 

            Kidding aside, let's move on to the other reason why I call 2015 a year of extremes. Aside from all of the happy things that have happened in 2015, it was also full of regrets and there were truly, very, painful moments that've happened last year, which I'm still trying to forget just to save myself from feeling bad and feeling like I was all at fault. I'm really not going to talk about it anymore, so that the feelings won't relive. But if there's something that the world taught me last year, it's this:
People who leave your life, even in another universe, is not your loss. They didn't make it to your future because they're not going to be of any help for you to achieve your success in life. They were only in your life to teach you a valuable lesson. And if you're going to ask, what about the memories?  I'm pretty sure you'll have new and better ones with the right people who are going to stay for a lifetime. Don't let your poison get in the way of attaining your success. Leave them all behind you.

xo, thea