From being a social clone, a victim of confusions and frustrations and a perfect example of a bored corporate slave, I suddenly find myself on the road. Walking along the off-the-beaten paths to discover the unknown has become my interest. From feeling incomplete, I am starting to become more alive and fulfilled. The streets and rocky roads become my classrooms and the strangers are my mentors. Now I suddenly realize that my life has totally changed, thanks from the inspiration I got and continuously getting from traveling. Even if it is not as grand as a majorca holidays
, I will never stop from doing the passion that my heart and mind keeps reminding me. Here are some of the lessons I realized after traveling some of the well known spots in our country.
photo credit: ThePinaySoloBackpacker
“Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro,
I learned to live simple and appreciate every moment. I was a bit disappointed when we reached the island. It did not appear exactly based from what I have seen in some blogs. But as time passes by, I suddenly ponder and realized that its not the place that will fulfill my expectation but the experience it offers is simply great. Laid back, no rush, just relax.”
Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove, Zambales,
I learned to mingle with other people who share the same passion. I met new faces of travel blogosphere. I had the chance to connect and interact with them. Just hearing their stories inspired me a lot. That completed my experience.”
“Pahiyas Festival, Quezon,
I learned not to underestimate what younger ones can do. I met a bunch of young travelers during the said festival. Like the pretty girl who wears heels while toploading a jeep, an energetic kid who has this big “buli” hat, the jolly and reMARKable dude, the icon of pinay travelers and the lawyer that always rules not just the court but also the road. That was the time when the group “BAGETS” was born.
Palaui Island, Cagayan,
I learned the importance of independence, good company, and unity. It was the longest journey indeed, spending 12 hours in a bus, a tricycle ride, 3 hours in a van, a boat ride, and 4 hours of trekking just to reach Siwangag Cove, where the historical Cape Engano remains standing strong.”
Sagada, Mountain Province,
I learned that traveling alone can be more fun and exciting despite the landslide, rockfall and typhoon. Lizardo Trans No. 897, braved the raging storm “Mila”, the bus I chased up to La Trinidad. It was the last bus going to Sagada because most of them have already cancelled the trips due to the strong rain. It was my first time to actually experience a landslide and rockfall. It was scary but I’ve decided to push through, since I am already there. I said to myself that there’s no turning back. My mom did not know about it. But I informed a friend just in case.
“Mt. Pulag, Benguet,
I learned that dreaming high and big is good and reaching it is always possible as long as you believe that you can do it. I was able to reach the roof of Luzon. I was able to climb 2292 meters above sea level, fogs kept embracing us so us the clouds flowing like a river between slopes and curves. Indeed, the scene is just awesome.”
Photo credit: Josh Uy
I felt the most incomparable feeling of all, falling in love. No more words to say, I just feel very happy.