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2024: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2024

2024: A Year in Review

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2024 in a Nutshell

2024 started out with me wanting to leave Siquijor for interaction and stimulation in a small city. Bacolod and Cebu City had the urban amenities/interaction I was looking for, but they didn't outweigh the abundance in Siquijor.



Prospects for 2024

I'd like to pursue my online/studio yoga classes with Marky as my business partner. As a general rule, I work alone. But Marky is reliable, honest and easy to deal with. I'll worry about yoga and he'll take care of everything else. He'll be my go-to guy, videographer and marketing guy. Ideally, I'll negotiate the deals with the yoga studios and conduct the workshop.



Siquijor (Jan 9, 2023 - Apr 18, 2024)

2024 started out with me wanting to leave Siquijor for interaction and stimulation in a small city - one year in an isolated island living a monk's life was enough. I took 10 days in Jan-Feb to visit Bacolod, San Carlos, Toledo and Cebu City.

But I was also torn. In Lazi, Siquijor where I lived, I have 3 magical moments daily that I couldn't have in the city - sunrise yoga by the seawall (expansive alfresco setting, sea breeze, clean air and yoga space), Bolo Bolo Spring (for bike workout destination, dipping, water consumption and laundry rinsing) and sunset yoga by the seawall. These are the main take-aways not to mention eating fresh fish, drinking refreshing natural spring water for my water consumption, drinking pure tuba (fermented coconut sap), sourcing pure tableya (cacao tablet for sikwater drink), and cheap rent at P3k/month.

2024: A Year in Review
Lazi's seawall is always magical at sunrise and sunset


2024: A Year in Review
at my daily natural spring bath

Downside if I continue to stay? Isolation and noise. If I move to a quiet space within Lazi, that's one down. But what if I keep the house in Siquijor and do a monthly workshop in some of the nearby cities? I get my magical spot in Siquijor and get interaction as well. That's probably the best of both worlds.

Call to action? Move to a quiet place in Lazi and develop workshops for Cebu, Dumaguet, Bacolod and Iloio.



Bantayan Island (Mar 23-26, 2024)

While in Cebu City, I went to Bantayan with Marky to explore the place for a possible long-term residency - Siquijor wasn't bad, but I was looking for a "WOW" factor. After 3 days, I set my eyes on it as a permanent place to grow roots. It called out, the energy was positive and I met people who resonated with me - Audrey, the 3 siters (Charmagne, Joy and Gina) and Leonidas. Upon coming back to Siquijor, I sold the heavy and bulky stuff. I packed my things and loaded it on the bus bound for Cebu City with Ivan picking it up. I tried loading the 2 heavy/bulky luggage on my motorbike but it was an accident waiting to happen. Shortly before leaving Siquijor, I received an invite from Joan of Fox and the Firefly Cottages to be one of the teachers for the Bohol Yoga Festival. Of course, I said Yes, thinking I'll head back to Cebu after the festival, get my stuff and begin a new chapter in my life in Bantayan Island. Wrong!



Bohol (Apr 18 - XXXX)

Bohol was supposed to be a 3-day seque for the Bohol Yoga Festival. After that, my plan was to continue to Cebu City, get my stuff and continue my journey to Bantayan Island to start a new chapter. Little did I know this festival was just a start for a string of events that kept me in Bohol.

Bohol Yoga Festival
(Apr 20-22, 2024) This event was super fun and the participants liked my brand of yoga (Siddhi activation) and my brand of teaching it (lots of explainers). The feedback was positive. I met a lot of amazing people and shared insights and perspective with them - some of them were instrumental in my continued stay in Bohol - Jing, Kaye and Jen. Joan invited me to stay a little longer to join them for a chill fun dive in Panglao, c/o Brylle. That was a lot of fun too.

Sub-teacher at Jing Yoga and Wellness Studio
(April 23-28, 2024) At the festival, I reconnected with Jing, an acquiantance from my 2017 stint in Loboc. She attended my class and perhaps found it positive despite her question, "Why do you say Elon Mush has Siddhi?" She needed a substitute teacher while she was gone for a week - and invited me to teach her classes and stay at her place. Of course I said yes - to me, this was not Jing inviting me but divinity talking to me in a veiled language I now understand.

This episode allowed me to share my yoga, meet new people, make a little money, have a roof over my head and continue my stay in Bohol.

After my teaching stint with nothing else on the horizon, I purchased my boat ticket and secured all documentation with the Coastguard for my trip to Cebu.

Kat's Community Project
(Apr 28 - ???, 2024) At the festival, I met 2 lovely lawyers who also attended my classes - Kaye and Jen. I received an invite from them after the festival to join them in celebrating Kaye's sister's birthday dinner at the posh Oceanica Resort. That's how I met the celebrant, Kat. She has a powerful presence, a community leader, involved in local politics and can shake and move things. Food was delectable and the conversation fluid and engaging. When I went home, I thought that was the end of it.

Hours before boarding my boat bound for Cebu City, I received a message from Kat, "I just wanted to check sana if youre interested to stay a few more days in Bohol to discuss the possibility of building a community here." I stopped by and decided that my boat for Cebu can leave without me.

Kids'Yoga and Meditation
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Bitcoin

I don't trade Bitcoin and I don't know how. But Bitcoin has been on a steady rise and in late Feb, it surpassed its alltime high of PHP 3.2M. In mid March, it hit the PHP 4M mark - a new alltime high. I've only kept a few Satoshis as payment for yoga lessons. The amount wasn't meaningful, but with the rise of BTC and my consistent 'profit-taking' with every rise, I was able to travel, buy with a little less restriction and feel more at ease about the future (if I remain frugal, I can last a year without working). It paved the way for my move out of Siquijor to wherever life takes me in the Philippines.



Yoga

A milestone was conducting the Siddhi-Activation workshop in Cebu at Re:Fit Wellness Center. This was a first for me and gave promise for more workshops in the future. Shortly after that, I received an invite from Joan to teach a class at the Bohol Yoga Festival. I taught 2 classes of Siddhi-Activation which was a pleasant surprise to the yogis - it was new and my teaching style was different. This became the genesis of more invites to follow. At the event, Jing, owner of Jing Yoga and Wellness in Panglao, asked if I could be a sub-teacher while she goes on holidays for a week. I could house-sit as well. After that, I was invited by Kat to teach yoga as part of her community outreach program. From a planned 3-day stay in Bohol, I was already on indefinite stay with Bantayan put on hold.



Ending Thoughts

Altogether, 2024 delivered. It gave way for transformation and mobility. I moved out of Siquijor, established a new chapter in xxxxxx, I had more spendable money with Bitcoin's rise, did a few inter-island travels, opened up my yoga to everyone.......



--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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