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Into The BlackJan 31, 2012

Into The Black

The Last Straw
My graying started as early as 15 years back...a subtle hint which progressed into a mostly-salt-than-pepper duotone. I tried to live with it with increasing discomfort while at the same time convincing myself I need to gracefully surrender the things of youth. Yeah, right! I could have gone on with it if not for the last straw that broke the camel's back which happened very recently during my 2-month backpacking within the country.

I Love You
A young provincial lass took curiosity of me and after some benign tete-a-tete, I received a picture-text with the message, "I Love You" - an obvious school-girl crush (she was over 18). Humoured but not taking it seriously, I asked her in Tagalog, "Sigurado ka ba? (Are you sure?)". To my horrific chagrin, her reply was a very candid, "Opo (yes sir)". I was Back Into the BlackBack Into the Blackrrrrrgh!

Painting It Black
My immediate destination was the pharmacy for some hair color - not prophylactic! But it took me a few weeks to take the giant leap.

Ending Thoughts
Looking at myself in the mirror now, seeing mostly black with a few rogue silvery streaks, I feel more comfortable. It's ironic that the entire time I had this salt-n-pepper look, I felt I had to pretend to be something nature wanted me to be. This is one of those extremely rare occasions I balk at the 'natural order of things'. Analogy? Hmmm....think of something legal but not necessarily just - segregation, harsh punishment for possession of marijuana (no, I don't touch that), etc. But at the end of the day, I have to ask myself, "Am I making a caricature of myself?". Of course!

--- TheLoneRider

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  1. Back Into the Black Sep 1, 2013
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  7. Traveling with Cheng Oct 31-Nov 8, 2016
  8. Tribal Adventures in Coron with Outback Greg Jan 13-17, 2016
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  14. Blurring the Lines of Work and Play Jan 30, 2012
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  21. Coron Ultimate Island Tour by Calamianes Expeditions Ecotours Dec 24, 2011
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  23. Traversing the Northern Coast of Busuanga Island Dec 14-16, 2011
  24. Skin Diving and Beach Camping at Calumbuyan Island Mar 10-12, 2010
  25. Sea Kayaking, Beach Camping and Skin Diving with Outback Greg on his Tribal Adventures Tour Mar 9-14, 2010
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Bianca EspinosBianca Espinos
(Feb 1, 2012) I liked the salt and pepper hair :)

Krebb EscardaKrebb Escarda
(Jan 31, 2012) You look so much younger than me Git! lol
Gibo Trebs LlarenaGibo Philippines
(Jan 31, 2012) Lookin' good, bro!
Tony AnchetaTony Philippines
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe
"ano nga ba ulit yung brand mo?" -- Gigit Sulit
(Feb 1, 2012) hehehe...el naturale...sometimes it 's good to laugh at ourselves and our vanities

"at least may paglalagyan pa ng hair dye" -- Tony Ancheta
(Jan 31 2012) ano nga ba ulit yung brand mo? LOL!

Tony AnchetaTony Philippines
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe
(Jan 31, 2012) Harhar... sabi ng nila -- time is a great healer but a lousy least may paglalagyan pa ng hair dye
Michael FazackerleyMichael Fazackerley
(Jan 31, 2012) One can play 'dress-up' all they want. It is fun. It makes us feel good. It is the true fountain of youth. Not the cosmetic overhaul mind you, but remembering that you can still do silly things that make you feel good. If you are aware of what you're doing then I doubt you're in much trouble of becoming a caricature. As a friend, I cannot see that even being within the realm of possibility. Now if only I could figure out this practice of fellows wearing pants around their thighs. It is still a mystery to me.

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(February 11, 2012) While reading up on the Google Boys, Sergey Brin once told a colleague that his (colleague's) idea was good...but not big enough! Until now, I think about that...not big enough. How do I go beyond my own limited box to see the possibilities that lay outside? How would Henry Sy do it?..more »»

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