I’m back in the Philippines for more than a year.
I’ve considered this my hiatus year. My year of personal retreat. My year of mellowing down to refocus, rejuvenate myself from too much mis-adventures these past few years. But looking back, I’ve asked myself if I really did mellowed down. Well, here’s a run down of my most memorable moments these past year:
Less mis-adventures this year but still got some in Malaysia
I’ve asked myself why God? Why have you forsaken me? haha! joke lang Lord.
It’s okay to be lost when you are in a foreign country like Malaysia. The country where most of the population are Muslim is one of the most hospitable countries I’ve been.
But if your airplane went home ahead of you.. like what happened to me, that’s not okay. Credit to my favorite habit: sleeping on airports and forgetting to set the alarm!
Discovered some hidden paradise
Even if I was already traveling during my early years, I still haven’t discovered much of the Philippines. I was amazed at awesome mountain ranges that looks like crumpled brownish green blankets in Aningalan, Antique.. and because it is difficult to go there, it is best to ride in an army truck ;D.. To be honest, the army boots are cute xD
There’s a few more unblogged stories like the insides of Tawi tawi and tamed Ozamis City, will save these on future post entries ;)
Ate exotic foods
I do think its yummy but I never thought its (i hope you are not eating) a poo poo of a sea animal. Read more here.
And also, I cant forget the awesome combo when you go to a coffee shop in Tawi tawi (yes they have coffee shops :P)
I still have to taste the coffee that’s made from cat’s poo xD.. i heard its darn expensive.. and speaking of cofffee
Hunt coffee shops
Although there are exceptions, I’d really skip hiking the mountains to hunt for coffee shops. And look what I found!
That’s just a glimpsed of the Kublai Coffee Shop in Davao, you must visit to fill your eyes with awe.
Spending time with the grassroots. This is my favorite moments.
Sometimes its always easy for us to talk what the poor needs without walking in their shoes. The irony is..
I’ve met some of the most talented people who has been to France and other countries, yet they still chose to live with their T’boli tribes in the mountains of Lake Sebu.
I’ve met some of the most honest and caring people that will not take advantage of you despite your so called riches yet they live a simple life in a nipa hut. And despite, they will still invite and feed you during fiesta
I’ve met my neighbors in my humble community and they are really striving to get better.
Being with them always reminds me of an old post I got from reading Paulo Coelho’s blog.
And sometimes, I wonder, even if they lack material riches, are they the ones that are really poor?
So there you go.. If the world will end, I’ll say thank you God it has been a fruitful life. If not, I’ll say cheers to discovering places, people and culture.. cheers to more years of discovering a beautiful life.
This post is an entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for December 2012.
The theme for this month’s carnival is: This Year in Travel
This month’s blog carnival is hosted by Gay Mitra-Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie