The Path to Success

“Path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins

by Tony Robbins

by Tony Robbins

Photo Credit: Aben Garlan

Location: Quezon City, Philippines

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My Abenture Tidbits: ABC dessert Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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My Abenture Philippines – International Edition: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia This is ais kacang (in Penang) / ice kacang (in Singapore) or commonly called ABC elsewhere in Malaysia. ABC is an acronym for Air Batu Campur, that literally means “mixed ice.” This is a popular Malaysian dessert made of shaved ice with several ingredients such as red […]

My Abenture Tidbits: Bamboos as desktop background

Thousands of Filipinos and several tourists from around the globe have visited the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. People go there for a weekend retreat, a trip away from the City for some relaxing moments with nature and God.

(More details about the Monastery on the succeeding blogs)

However, only few people are able to reach this off the beaten path: A few hundred meters away from the Monastery is a place where locals, care-takers, priests and Monks are familiar with – but not the tourists. And I was privileged to witness this breath-taking view ala – desktop background!

Bamboos covering a pathway narrow pathway to the other side. Thanks to a priest who toured me on my first visit here last September 2010 during my birthday vacation trip. It was indeed a surprise gift for a person who loves nature so much and seeks the presence of God in commune with His creation.

It’s for you to judge how beautiful this place is – a place where only few people ever goes.

Bamboos - off the beaten track

Bamboos – off the beaten track

Trivia:(from Wikipedia)

Bamboo is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboos, the internodal regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.

Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. In fact, within a 24 hour period, bamboo can grow four feet. Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel.

To give you a glimpse, below is a photo of the Monastery of the Transfiguration, a pyramid-like structure designed by the late National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin (same person who designed the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City).

Location: San Jose, Malaybalay Bukidnon Mindanao, Philippines

Monastery of the Transfiguration, Malaybalay Bukidnon

Monastery of the Transfiguration, Malaybalay Bukidnon

Phot Credit: Aben Garlan
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My Abenture Tidbits: Claveria, Misamis Oriental

Truly Tomatoes! Tomato plantation, Claveria, Misamis Oriental

This photo was taken while riding a mutli-cab on our way to a certain destination several hundred meters above sea level.

Claveria is a first class municipality located 42 kilometers northeast of Cagayan de Oro City. It occupies more than 112, 000 hectares of the upland areas of the province of Misamis Oriental, and the only land locked among the 24 towns. It is basically an agricultural town with elevation that ranges from 450 to 1200 meters above sea level, with undulating to steeply slopes predominate the terrain (92%).

Photo Credit: Aben Garlan

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My Abenture Tidbits: Tiklas Falls, Gingoog City

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MAP Tidbits: Tiklas Falls This is Tiklas Falls of Gingoog City, one of the tourist destinations that the locals are very proud of. Enjoy watching and swimming through the strong gushing water, or jump off from a cliff if you are brave enough to do so. Stay for a couple of hours for a laid […]


      The first quarter of 2014 is about to end in less than two weeks. I bet when the new year started, you have visualized, wrote down or thought of your dreams or your resolutions for a better life. How’s your journey to success going on as of this time? Do you still have fire in your belly amidst the trials and challenges that you face every day?

       Along the way, you will encounter difficulties in pursuing such dreams. I wrote this short poem to guide you when the going gets tough:

A midst the uncertainties in the path you are taking,

B ecause of the humungous obstacles you are facing.

E ntrapped by fear, covered with clouds of doubt,

N owhere to go, though you gave your all-out!


G ive yourself another chance, it’s not the end;

A ll your sacrifices will help you transcend.

R emember the reasons why you are fighting hard:

L ife, Light and Love for the people that you regard;

A blessing to many, that you dreamed to be.

N ow power up, to continue your journey!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau