11 Tips to Rocking Your Very First White Water Rafting Experience in CDO

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CDO is just too damn friendly. It was a foolish thought because it ain't the City of Golden Friendship for nothing. According to the locals, it is called that because oro means gold in Italian and Spanish. I didn't press on the 'friendship' part because it is subjective. But after experiencing the night life (concentrated in Lifestyle District) and getting lost several times in the streets, I realized it is indeed friendly. People there seemed to be laid back and contented with what they have. And they treat tourists like their long lost BFFs, happily guiding them with directions and to which fruit in the fruit stand is the freshest.

Cagayan de Oro's famous Cagayan River is what drives tourists to visit this city (besides seeking 'golden' friendship). Composed of rivers Kalawaig, Tagite, Bubunaoan and Tumalaong, white water rafting is where all the fun (and screaming) happens. Kayakers tried, but rivers this long (approximately 13km) are best shared with groups. Here are 11 tips to make your first ever white water rafting a screaming success!

Check the weather
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In a perfect world, you'd want a cloudy day with lots of sunshine. Reasons for this include the water being white, less sunburns, and the pictures will pop from the brightness. The rafting stretches 2-3 hours and it would be disappointing should you go there after heavy raining and when the water is brown. You didn't sign-up for brown water rafting.

5 Signs It's Time to Let the 'Friendship' Go

Back when I was a poor, ugly, and untalented kid lurking in the shadows and being envious of all the popular kids in school, I wished nothing more than making friends with them. I resorted to being the laughing stock, gossiping, and even become everyone's personal attendant. Anything, just for me to be accepted as equal. Finally they did, but it felt so wrong because I was pleasing them and was holding myself back. And my self-worth sank to an all-time low. Mariana Trench who?

In a shocking twist of event, I woke up one day (sophomore days) and got sick of the thought of yet another day pretending to like everyone and their flea-infested pets.


From that day on, I swore to never abandon myself again just to be liked. It was terribly hard in the beginning, but I was alright. And happier.

Fast forward to today and I am still obsessed with making friends, though I approach it with caution and finesse this time. And so, when these hard-earned relationships suddenly end, I take them really hard. Like going-through-a-depression hard. But when these signs appear in the horizon, I know it's time to let go.

It Seeks Beyond Friendship
How many precious last-a-lifetime friendships could have it been if some people kept their boundaries and not take advantage of the passes the friendship has given them? I don't care if you can't fight 'it' anymore or you can't stop thinking about the other person, or the person was so sweet and caring you can't help but to fall in love with them.

3 Harsh Realities That Will Make You a Better, Stronger Person

What was your 2014 theme? Some of my friends' were about travelling more, quitting their God-awful jobs, getting a pet; others went as far as abstaining from posting selfies and having less sex. I've lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes. It was fun to trash on them, dismissing them as shallow problems stemming out from the too much pleasing of their own private public. Mine was about letting go. Did people dismiss it, too, as something shallow? I bet they did. I ain't mad.

I've accepted people are too self-centred to even genuinely care. This makes social networking colourful and bland at the same time. Here are 3 more realities, as harsh as they seem to be, to slap you some sense. Daydreaming's due.

Be Someone You're Not Before You Can Be 'You'
Don't take it literally, the 'Be yourself' advice whenever you're confused on how to act to certain situations. Most of the time, that friend or person got overwhelmed of your panicking and giving that advice seemed to be the best way to shut you up. It means to choose, when worst comes to worst, the best POV of the people and their personalities you’ve come to know in order to get out of that situation in a positive light.