In the midst of confusion and feeling of lostness, a phenomenon which I believe they call quarter-life crises (and a gloomy heart)
, I refuse to stay sulking at the corner for too long ...
I am going out.
What started as half hearted attempts to pull myself out of this melancholic state resulted to travels characterized by disappointments, and awe for the unexpected beauty; facing the good, the bad, and the ugly reality and enthusiasm for some more. Some days I still crawl back into that loneliness, but tomorrow I’ll continue finding ways to make my smile reach my heart.
Somewhere maybe I'll find what I am looking for, whatever it is ...
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~ John Burroughs
Random Rambling from ...My Right Side of the Brain...
Location: Metro Manila, Philippines
February 21st 2013
Day 1: To be honest I thought the APO Island Tour package was too pricey. We basically paid 2200/each for a 45ish minutes boat ride and for the snorkelling gears. We had to pay for our lunch ourselves too. There's really not much of competition around since there were no commuter boats, one would have to hire a private boat anyhow. Now on the brighter side...it felt totally amazing swimming with huge sea turtles in the open sea! They were feeding on dead corals (algae) and seaweeds and seemed pretty used to swimming along with people. They won't budge unless you invade their space. I wasn't expecting they'd really be huge and plenty. We saw groups of them, it was a great snorkel experience. Just a shame some of the tourists kept holding them, the guides ... read more
December 1st 2012
Those kids were effortlessly swimming along the few boats anchored near the coast; the clear blue sea was calm and inviting. The young ones swarmed towards us as we sailed nearer to the shore. There was really no proper port so we were relayed to a smaller boat without an outrigger to be transported to the dry land. Residential houses lined just a few meters away which didn’t look very appealing to me. Not that they made the coast look messy but I really like my privacy, I don’t want to be swimming on view of a residential village. A tourism officer met us eager to know our whereabouts, perhaps we were looking lost. She was too persistent I actually thought we’ll get ripped off in the end, but I was wrong. Enthusiastically she offered to ... read more
November 3rd 2012
We woke up sore from our record breaking five hours spelunking trip through the Lumiang & Sumaguing Caves the previous day. And for our last day we decided we’d go to the Echo Valley, but then we met a lad (name is Dan) on the way and decided to hire him as a guide. From the Echo Valley we will now go onwards to the underground river and to Bokong Falls. Sagada is known for its hanging coffins placed strategically between the gaps of the Limestone Mountains scattered around town. We saw a few coffins at the Echo Valley and at random stone mountains we passed by, some coffins were placed so high we thought how on earth did they put them there?! And Dan had the answer - the Igorots Mountain People were able to ... read more
November 1st 2012
Three different bus stations without luck, it’s a four day long weekend after all. We took another chance and went to Cubao Victory Liner as chance passengers unsure when we would actually be able to get on a bus. Who would have thought we’d end up on a comfortable deluxe bus with reclining chairs and a shorter five hours ride?! Now all we had to do was to get ourselves on a bus to Sagada. Supposedly this should be easy since we arrived in Baguio ‘early’. After taking our breakfast, we went to the only bus line that have direct trips to Sagada just to be told that at 7:00 in the morning ALL their buses have already left!! But some luck maybe, a barker later announced that there's one more bus bound for Bontoc (a ... read more
June 22nd 2012
An article I wrote for a virtual team at work, it goes... A travelling girl whether alone or in a group has its advantage and disadvantages; we can either be a liability or an asset. We are usually capable of getting away with things with a flutter of eyelashes or with an enchanting smile. We do know how to make use of that feminine charm to get ourselves out of trouble, or at least win us a discount. We are the first ones to be offered a seat or ushered out in times of urgent situations; perhaps the reason why there are more women than men is because the latter are often left behind in a sinking ship, see Titanic. Albeit it doesn’t work all the time, because once in a while we’d come across ... read more
May 8th 2012
Hugs and Kisses, seeing many familiar faces...I am finally writing from home. Lawaan is a coastal town, home to a population of 5,058 with a quarter of it (if not half) probably a relative. The town dates back to late 14th or early 15th century with its discovery by a family, Juan 'Guingot' Gabrillo, his wife, and his children who took refuge from an approching storm under a Lawaan Tree. The storm started shortly after they reached the Monbon Island which was bordering the mouth of what is now the Lawaan River. The town's name was taken from the same tree that sheltered the family from the violent winds. It has gone through the Spanish, the Japanese, and the American occupation and has its own version of local myths & monsters i.e. Agta (a tree demon ... read more
April 20th 2012
It’s the time of the year…our warm summer days with its blue skies, hot humid air, and the scourging heat; it was a fine day for a flight out of town except that ours was delayed again. The troop is off for our second time in Bicol, a late birthday trip for me having gone older three days earlier. It was supposed to be just a short 45 minutes flight but when it was time for our plane to descend towards Naga, our captain announced that we couldn’t land due to zero visibility caused by the change of weather and that we would have to go round for 45 more minutes and wait for the clouds to clear up, else we will have to go back to Manila. More than the disappointment, I was more petrified ... read more
January 20th 2012
Firstly, seeing Hollywood actors Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz on the way to the airport was such an amazing random chance to happen! They were filming a part of their upcoming movie ‘Bourne Legacy’; now I know what starstruck means. Anyway, I was to travel out of town with a group of colleagues, most of whom have been my constant travel buddies - Janet, Martin, Wendell, Mae Ann, Joel, Erlyn, Muy, and Aly. Joel was supposed to be in a different airline but he missed his flight and had to buy new tickets so he’s now flying with us! The flight was eventually delayed for almost one and a half hours; jinx? (*I’m just teasing Joel.hahaha) Our supposed 19:05 flight was rescheduled to 20:30. At the Laoag Airport, we were pleasantly surprised to find a free ... read more
September 1st 2011
My parents had a little trouble with the immigration; since they are government employees, they were supposed to secure some kind of clearance from their heads which we didn’t know about! The good thing was, we had it all sorted out thanks to being Waray-Waray. Everyone is here for Tatay’s (Dad’s) Birthday Trip! Every single one is home for our little get-away -- my two brothers, my sister, my Nanay(Mum), of course Tatay(Dad), and even the extended family/family-in-law is here! brother-in-law, sister-in-law, my sister’s mother-in-law, and my three year old nephew who has been telling his playmates that he is headed to Hong Kong. HK was an easy choice since my sister & I have already been and we found it easy finding our way around. Also, my nephew wanted to meet Mickey and my Mum ... read more
July 10th 2011
For us who travel, the word scam has a very special place in our hearts. For me they mostly appear in the form of taxi drivers...them who asked for ‘fixed prices’, those who post additional charges because they went through a bad traffic, them who wouldn’t use the taxi meter and end up with a $urpri$e €harge in the end, et al. I feel like a trouble magnet when it comes to them. Well...the good news is, our Indochina Trip last year offered a bit of variety ;) Vietnam ...we really didn’t had much problem here, just the usual taxi drivers and buses trying to rip us off every opportunity given. To avoid this kind of incidents, we’d usually ask hotel receptionist how much it should cost us to buy things or to commute to certain ... read more