My soul is somewhere else. That’s why I wonder around. My appetite for traveling is increasing whenever I go and carry my backpack. My wanderlust habit is mounting higher than infinity. I see places through my eyes but my heart is shouting with joy and enthusiasm as I feel the different vibrancy of people, place and culture. Experiencing the rich culture crafted by its people and history is the sense of traveling. To wander around, I all the more appreciate God's sovereignty over His creation.
Walking on the Strawberry fields
This was such a blast year for me. If I thought that 2011 was a generous year for me, 2012 was extravagant. My foot stepped on the most famous landmarks in the
and in Southeast Asia. All I can say is
thank you 2012. Thank You God for this opportunity =)
Here are the 12 destination I went in this 2012:
I never thought that I would be able to go to Boracay without shelling out a single centavo! How? I was asked by my company to visit a client in the
Island! What a job for me.
Isn’t? Now I am sure you are asking what my job is. lol. Well don't ask I just
resigned. I was in Boracay for four days spending the morning on my clients and
the whole afternoon beach bumming! Boracay is the best beach I have ever seen.
I am not a beach bum expert but it’s the best. I've been to Palawan (Honda Bay), Panglao, Batangas and Samal. None of
those mentioned, although all nice beaches, can match the .
The water is so light, so clear and has a soothing effect!!! Oh well the night
life is an added factor. shore of Boracay
Unforgettable Anything: Php200 massage by the beach at night!!!
Because the Philippines is one of the texting or still the texting capital of the world and has the most number of Internet user, the St. Paul Subterranean National Park or more commonly known as the Puerto Princessa Underground River was hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is really a natural wonder. See it to believe the title. It also has its own sacredness as perceived by the people of
of that recognition travelers from all over the world are flocking in Puerto Princessa
to see this natural wonder. If you are planning to go there be sure to book
your Underground River Tour. I am allergic with guided tours but this one need
a reservation that is being made through a travel agency or through hotel.
If you think that the
is the only thing in Puerto Princessa, you are under rating the city. Have you
heard of Ka Lui Restaurant? What about Underground River
in Honda Bay? If you haven't heard these places better prepare your backpack,
book a ticket and be astonished by Pandan Island Palawan.
Unforgettable Anything: Eating tamilok worm that tastes like sea (arrggg)
Unforgettable Anything: My lost camera. What else?
Behn Than Market
The whole Indochina Adventure was an ambitious trip for me and I made it (Naks)... My right foot had stepped in Ho Chi Min city my first foreign land! Aside from Pho (pronounce as FU) most of the times of my visit are either depressing or stressful. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy. Their history embittered to the Americans makes this travel depressing. Victims of Agent Orange as displayed in the
makes my previous statement true. War
Unforgettable Anything: Php700 Northface backpack in Ben Than Market… fake of course
This was an unplanned trip. My head was towards Siem Reap to see the famous Angkor Wat when the bus makes a stop over in
Penh the capital city of Cambodia. This was an accidental
affair with Phnom Pehn because I thought we will just pass by it and will not stay for 5 hours.
Unforgettable Anything: Wifi on
With 3 hours of sleep the Tuk Tuk Driver/Tour Guide was knocking on my door for me to catch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. It seems that I fail because while travesing the road I am already seeing the orange sky bursting on the backdrop of Angkor Wat. After hurrying to but the day pass ticket the tuk tuk proceeded to the ancient temple. I didn't saw what I wanted to see. There was the sunrise but it was not that perfect as I expected and wanted. After the sunrise we were like literally chasing temples after temples. With the sun shining mightily on the sky every traveler were patiently and eagerly standing under the heat just to get a good shot and impressed themselves with the ancient super temples. Every temple has its unique architectural value as it was build on different era of the Khmer history.
Unforgettable Anything: $1 250ml water inside the
What I love about
Bangkok is it’s
like Manila! The
infrastructure, the traffic, the crowd, the malls, and the side street vendors
everything have a close similarity to Manila.
Although there are similarities you will be able to see the distinction on
between the two. Undoubtedly Bangkok
is one of the most visited city in the world! Although it gained its place on
every travelers map, it remained cheap and affordable for a backpacker. Well
that is why it is the most touristy destination among other Asian city. Bangkok is where Religion,
Culture, Commercialism and world class infrastructure are mixed together
forming a powerhouse travel destination.
From shopping, cruising, history, Tuktuk haggling and with all the things that I did in
I will definitely do it again and finish my unfinished business there... Well I
have a lot of reason to go back to like the Floating Market, Ayutthaya and Chang Mai (Chang Mai is far but
it’s worth a visit along with Pai =) )
Unforgettable Anything: Tutuk driver who will almost grab you to the giant Buddah because the Museum or Wat Pho is close or the king will visit the grand palace so you cant come…
Being with elementary school teachers makes this trip the loudest one literally!!! I mean what do you expect with teachers??? They got the loudest voice on earth that they developed on the four corners of classroom... hehehe…
I felt kinda' dissapointed because we were not able to see the famous volcano on its perfect view. We just had to make most out of the tour and enjoy the moment in Bicol.
Unforgettable Anything: Pose shot in Mayon Volcano (Picture above)
Aside from the Mayon Volcano, I looked forward to experince the newly rehabilitated PNR trains that traverse from
Manila to Naga vice versa. Before that I see
to it that I at least roamed around the downtown area to feel and see the
Spanish era city. Naga is a rich city both in commerce and history. I got to
visit some of the landmarks of the city but not the whole city and the famous
CWC. Nonetheless I got to see the city and that gave me a glimpse of what to
see on my next visit. My Bicol trip this year was short it was not enough
to satisfy my wandering soul. On God’s time my foot will step again on Bicol
and explore the region with quality and quantity.
Unforgettable Anything: The super cold air-conditioning of PNR!!!
Touched down in the land of the Dutertes’ the smell of the king of fruit, the durian, welcomed us in the City of
Davao. I didn’t know what to expect in Davao. All I know was I
will eat a lot of Durian and hear a lot of stories about their well loved
mayor. My stay, rather our stay in Davao
was delighted by the fruits in Bangkerohan Market. I mean really, aside from
the adventures, side trip in Kidapawan, the Philippines Eagle, the fruits
specifically the durian and marang made our stay in Davao so memorable. And Durian can be a major
reason to go back in Davao.
Unforgettable Anything: The King of Fruit - Durian
Lake Agko Sulfur Bath (Jacuzzi)
Unforgettable Anything: Boiling Mud that is (according to them) good for the skin.
Lipa is a beautiful city with old houses one after another. It is the home of Rizal’s first love – Segunda Katigbak. I am always in Lipa visiting clients with my boss. One day I was assigned to visit our client - alone. Hahaha… (Evil laugh) And upon knowing this I planned to do some little tour around the historic city and visit the home of Rizal’s first love – the Casa Segunda.
Unforgettable Anything: Casa Segunda
The year will end as the word time means change. Every calendar will be soon be replaced. You already bought your 2013 planner or sip a lot of coffee to get your Starbucks Planner. 2012 will end but the memories I cherished will be stored in my heart to forever remember it – my treasures. The adventures and misadventures this year will be all summed up to be my life experience. I will never forget this year the year I first stepped in a foreign land. Isn’t that a memorable one?
I have plans next year but I guess it’s up to the Lord if He will allow it. I just pray that God would give me more opportunities to roam around His creations. I am not spiritualizing my wanderlust. I just believe that the Lord has plans why he allows this traveling.