The story began with a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago, whos recurring dream about a hidden treasure in the Pyramid of Egypt persuades him to seek more in life, and set for a quest to find his very own personal legend. According to the story, an Alchemist is a mysterious and very powerful being who, through alchemy, can turn metals into gold. Alchemist is said to spend so much time close to the fire that purified metals that they gradually gave up the vanities of the world which resulted in the purification of themselves.
The Philippines is a country blessed with superb natural beauty. The province of Batangas alone is a travel destination jam-packed with white beaches, gorgeous mountains, coves, and diving spots that is only a few hours away from the buzzing streets of Manila. As a Batangueno, I take pride in my native province, and it just so happen that one of my favorite vacation places is found in its vicinity; specifically 14km away from the shoreline of Nasugbu, Batangas. So what could you expect from an Island fortuned with the gifts of nature? A surreal holiday experience that will keep you coming back!
Travel light? Checked! Camera gears? Checked! Backpack? Checked! This season is one of our favorite time of the year. Why? Long holiday. Island hopping. Family/friends reunion. And those are just a few.
Then a lady excuses herself to get into her seat just a couple of chairs away from me. But before she got off she told me that she wants to pray for me. And that prayer put me in a state of gratitude. Every word in her prayer are the exact things I'd like to be prayed for. She's like reading my heart. It was amazing how she was able to do it. Everything is just spot on.
Love is a language we all speak. It is universal. It is visceral. It gives us a sense of significance. But a love misunderstood with ego destroys a life of purpose. I was once a boy. I was once in love. And I was attached to the feelings. It was addictive. It was self-centered. It was unquenching. It was a zig and zag road. My entire existence I have mistaken it for truly loving. It was painful. It was dull. And it was unnecessary.
Happiness is dancing in the rhythm of your soul. That is why I encourage you to fill your life with experiences that will nourish your inner being. I urge you to be whole in the love of God. I know life may throw a different game at you, and I am sorry for not being there (yet). But take heart and grow in faith. Let us find our path towards maturity that we may never rely on each other for validation. Neither you nor I can complete each other for in the love of Christ; We are already made whole.
They said it is sad to be alone, let me count the reasons why...