Thursday, July 26

Wander Photo: February 2012

Moon bathing at Abrac Beach, Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Have you experienced moon-bathing at night by the beach? If not, you should definitely try it! 

Feel the cool wind breezing from the sea, stare at the soft light of those far away twinkling stars and listen to the voices of the past.

Read on about my two-day adventure in Beach, Bum, Bolinao. Please Click here.

Tuesday, July 24

Part 2: Pre-Trip Planning - What To Do In Ten Long Days

Whew! Just finished drafting the first leg of our planned backpacking trip last weekend.  It was not really hard considering we followed Ambot's itinerary, with a some revisions and inclusions of our own.  

Plan is to be gone in 10 days.  First time to do so.  Will the stars align for my friend and I?.  Well, I really don't believe in superstitions, but I do pray everything will go as desired. :-D

Our project for the coming month:

1.  Drafting of itinerary for second and third leg of the trip
2.  Check-out hostels and make reservations before the end of the month
3.  Book return ticket

Other parts in this series:

1.  Part 1

Saturday, July 21

Golden Guimaras

We went to the nearby island of Guimaras on the second day of my Lakbay IloRas (Iloilo-Guimaras). Regine and I had quite a hectic first day. We went church-hopping in spite of the rainy weather.  Motivated by the northbound movement of the typhoon, I assured her that our trip the following day will be mostly of clear skies.  True enough, the sun smiled down on us and we went ahead and began our golden day, colored by the almost blinding yellow sunshine.

First on our list was Alubihod Beach in the town of Nueva Palencia.  Arriving at Raymen Beach Resort, we read on the signage that entrance fee per head is at P 20 but after advising of our desire to do island hopping, the receptionist waived this fee for us and directed us to the boatman's table located in the resort grounds. 

Tuesday, July 17

Love Me

Are you real?
Are you sitting beside right next to me?
I have to pinch myself to realize that you are really there

I got to breathe!
Can you stay away a few paces?
Not so far, just within an arms length
Cause if you get too close 
I am afraid I will hyperventilate

Monday, July 16

Old Houses Galore: IloIlo

Iloilo City boasts not only of the famous batchoy and the tasteful chicken Inasal. The heart of the city is rich in heritage.  I have developed a deep connection to her past by visiting and appreciating her numerous old houses and buildings alike.  She deserves to be declared a heritage town in my opinion.  Numerous old structures can still be found in the downtown area similar to the old Manila.  A walking tour downtown satisfied my thirst for old, musty, gothic-like architecture. 

This beautiful old house near Jaro Church deserves my top spot!

Wednesday, July 11

20 Hours With Him

Sometimes we sit by the window looking at the raindrops falling unto the window sill.  We would wonder how the heaven's tears were created.  We would find ourselves holding out our palms and feel the rain water quickly slip between our fingers.  Then we watch the earth swallow them whole, disappearing into the world down below.

Sometimes there are just no answers to some questions. Sometimes no matter what logical reasoning you apply to a simple query jumping around inside your head, there is just simply no explanation to the question why.

Five years ago, a friend and I traveled down to Bacolod City.  That trip was very memorable to me.  It was my first air flight. My first local travel to an unchartered destination. And my very first time to ride in a big white ship.

Yes, it was a trip of many firsts.  It was also the travel that played a big part of what I am doing today. A traveler who is ready to take on the world to look for something that will never be there again.

Here on this journey that I have met a very special friend.  A person dear to my heart.  Who accompanied us in the 20 hour travel time back to Manila.  Who entertained us with different tales of his work experiences abroad. Who ate with us.  Who roamed in that big white ship with us.  Who showed us the beauty of the night sky.  Who showed us where the life boats are located in case of unlikely events.  Who sat with us and chatted with us as the evening got deeper and quieter.

20 hours is too short to deeply know someone.  But it does not take a genius for you to know that someone you barely know could hold a special place in your heart.  Amiable love between two persons does not need to take years to develop, to grow, to deepen.  A simple smile shared between two caring hearts is enough.

As our ship docked on the shores of Manila, our hearts felt heavy that the trip was already coming to an end.  We do not know if we will see our dear friend again.  For some reason, we were unable to exchange numbers.  It seemed like someone tied our tongues, just content on looking at each other and shaking hands all the time as if to say, thank you very much!

Yes, he held a very special place in my heart.  But sadly, that would be the very last time we will see each other again.  Through common friends, I found out that he perished on board M/V Princess of the Stars back in 2008 due to Tyhpoon Frank.  

Photo source: Google

His body was never found.

From that day on forward, I knew that whenever I wander and wonder, his image will always pop-up somewhere.  I see him every time I see a tall, handsome guy.  I see him every time I see a guy wear a white cap.  I see him every time I see a big white ship.  I see him every time I see the sea. I see him every time I see the stars.  I see him almost everywhere.  

For my dear friend, you know wherever you are, I will always come looking for you.  In every place I travel to remember that I am with you.  No one may truly understand that special friendly bond we shared.  But I now know where you are.  But that is only for me to know.

That journey with him was the first and unfortunately, the last.

This post is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for July 2012 with the theme "The Journey That Made Us a Travel Blogger". Edmar Gu-Quibb of Edmaration Etc hosts this edition of the blog carnival.

Visit Estan Cabigas' Langyaw to see the archive of Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival!

Sunday, July 8

Iloilo Churches: The Fusion Of The Old And The New

Butchoy's wrath did not stop me and Regine from conquering nine towns that day.  I almost cancelled out the last minute because of the recent storm that passed but the Manang Bola in me prevailed and I am glad I did not.  

Our itinerary for day one. Miag Ao - Guimbal - Tigbauan - Oton - Villa Arevalo - Molo - Mandurriao - Jaro - IloIlo City. 

From my hotel (Century 21), we hopped onto a Jeepney going to the market. 

Friday, July 6

Her Silent Scream

Once upon a gloomy afternoon,  Regine and I was about to cross this bridge when  the misty wind buffeted  against  our tiny frames.  Thankfully, the sky took a break from her drama class and just accompanied us in our walking tour with her soft breeze.  Her mood provided a good shade for the rest of the day coming from our church-hopping adventure.