4 Things I Discovered on the Day I Stopped Chasing 'Cool'

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
―Cormac McCarthy

The greatest struggle I've had 15 years ago was trying to find that one area where I truly belong. For someone growing up with no key talent or gift, I longed to make my mark in the world, just like everyone else. Unfortunately for my innocent mind, being cool was thought to be the only way to get the universe acknowledge your pathetic existence. And so, my personal quest to achieve cool status began. Boy, it was ugly.

Eventually, I got over it. But the lessons stay forever. More so, the self-discoveries. Here are four of them:

Cool is an association with wanting something you don't have
Back when I was a kid, my definition of cool is being privileged. While my family is neither rich nor poor, at an early age, I could tell the difference what access to the good life have had on the privileged ones. They simply looked cleaner in their new clothes and shoes, they're so well-behaved in public and they speak a second language, which by the way, was English. To be able to speak English was a dream for kids of my demographic.

10 Signs You Might Be a Cold-Blooded Hater

The most successful people in history had been haters. Napoleon, Margareth Thatcher, Steve Jobs, Homer Simpson. These people hated mediocrity, dogma and the 'good enough' epidemic that has been plaguing mankind since the introduction of Times New Roman. So, first and foremost, what defines being a hater?

Hater (noun) - a person who despises sh*tty standards. Tweet this
Hating (present participle) - that moment when someone uses the Arial font.
Hate (verb) - feel a negative emotional reaction to anything sh*tty.

OK, that was rude but I'm gonna keep it 100%.

Haters have high standards
Don't mistake those who are bitter with those who are haters. That friend who seemed to be negative on everyone who is happy, who got a promotion or has a new shiny gadget? That is someone who is bitter. Someone who got stuck in 'wishing' and didn't do any 'doing' to get what they desire in life. This person is just plain lazy.

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.