My 26th Year in Travel

I know it’s already five months overdue but still, I would like to write a personal post about my 26th year, highlighting the travels I’ve had and the people I met along the way.

Sunset at Liwliwa

Contrary to my 25th year’s travels which were mainly as a solo backpacker or with a travel buddy, 2013-2014 was more of a group travel kind for me. It’s also during this span of time that I’ve met several important people in my life — from CouchSurfing acquaintances to really great friends, and from total strangers to favorite companions and partners in crime. And yes, ’twas also late last year that I met someone whom I’m looking forward to have more travels and adventures with.

Most number of people attending Before Thirstday Dinner
Most number of people attending Before Thirstday Dinner (total of 18 that night)
March - Holi Crazy with Baldy
Holi Crazy with Baldy (photo grabbed from Jenthe)

I was telling a good friend that it seems my 26th year is not only filled with travels, most of which are domestic, but more so of people. Another good friend, just recently, called me a glue — the first in my life I was ever called such. But you know what, in my heart, I do hope he’s right. That beyond the micro-managing tour agent-like trip planner and Thursday dinner nights general (also another first time to be called this) that I was/am/have become, I am the glue that has bound people together to form such a diverse group that for some weird reason clicked.

Yeah yeah, I’m venturing into the land of self-gratification and banking too much in my people skills. But hey, I sincerely believe that if my career in the development field doesn’t pan out the way I hoped it to, I may have just the perfect back-up plan. 😉

Anyway, to not keep you on your toes in anticipation, I present to you my 26th year in travel! Please click the links for related blog posts, if I ever managed to write about it. 🙂 Thanks in advance to the people whom I’ve stolen pictures from since I have stopped bringing my cameras on trips already, what with your Go Pro, DSLR, waterproof camera and all! Cheers!

May

May - CouchSurfing Crew at 10th Frisbeach at Burot, Calatagan, Batangas
CouchSurfing Crew at 10th Frisbeach at Burot, Calatagan, Batangas (photo grabbed from Gabby)
May - 10th Frisbeach at Burot, Calatagan, Batangas
10th Frisbeach at Burot, Calatagan, Batangas

June

June - Chocolate Hills of Bohol with Simone and Visayas Island Hop with Leah
Chocolate Hills of Bohol with Simone and Visayas Island Hop with Leah
June - Puca Beach at Boracay Island for the Visayas Island Hop
Yapak Beach aka Puka Shell Beach at Boracay Island for the Visayas Island Hop

July

Surprisingly, I can’t find photos of travels in July. It’s likely that my wanderlust was, for a short time, suppressed by the need to focus in work (as a relatively new employee) and by the absence of funds (I was almost broke, with all my travels in India and the local traveling I did while applying and waiting for a new job). I think ’twas also the period when I was out partying a lot (as in 5 consecutive Fridays/Saturdays). If we have photos of a trip/s during this time, just let me know!

August

August - The Weekend that Started it All, Liwliwa, Zambales
The Weekend that Started it All, Liwliwa, Zambales (photo grabbed from Ciel)
August - Surfer Babe during the Weekend that Started it All, Liwliwa, Zambales
Surfer Babe during the Weekend that Started it All, Liwliwa, Zambales (photo grabbed from Ciel)
August - Laiya, Batangas with my CouchSurfer Gianna and friends
Beach bumming at Laiya, Batangas with my CouchSurfer Gianna and friends

September

September - Chilling at Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas
Chilling at Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas (photo grabbed from Alex)
September - calm before the storm on the Weekend at Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas
Calm before the Storm during the Stormy Weekend at Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas (photo grabbed from Alex)
September - Dinner just before the Storm at Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas
Dinner just before the Storm hit. I think everyone was already drunk at this point! (photo grabbed from Alex)

October

October - Hiking Pagsanjan Falls
After Hiking and before swimming at Pagsanjan Falls. We hiked coz its more fun and adventurous, not to mention that its way cheaper! (photo grabbed from Oona)
October - Pagsanjan Falls and the Bamboo Rafts
Pagsanjan Falls and the Bamboo Rafts
October - Pagsanjan Falls on a Shoestring
Trying so hard to remain afloat in the cold waters of Pagsanjan Falls (photo grabbed from Oona)
October - McArthur's Landing before Yolanda Landfall
Advance party at McArthur’s Landing before Yolanda Landfall. Visited Tacloban and Samar about 3 weeks before the super typhoon happened.

November

November - Undas Weekend
Brought some friends home for the Undas Weekend (Nov 1/All Saint’s/All Soul’s) and became a tourist when I rode a carabao for the first time though I have lived around them half of my life! (photo grabbed from Jenna)
November - Boracay Party Weekend
Boracay Party Weekend, a week after Yolanda hit the island. Since no volunteer activities around, we just went ahead and made sure to “drink for a cause” with the bar’s proceeds going to charity. (photo grabbed from Ciel)
November - Jet Skiing in Boracay
Jet Skiing in Boracay – my first time to try this water sport. I’m a crazy driver but Jen is crazier! (photo grabbed from Oona)

December

December - Photo Collage of Surfing Weekend in La Union
Photo Collage of Surfing Weekend in La Union (photo grabbed from Matt)
December - Surfing Weekend in La Union
Gotta get stoked, with my braids on! (photo grabbed from Oona)

January

January - Chilling on a Gloomy Day at Dauin Beach, Negros
Chilling on a Gloomy Day at Dauin Beach, Negros
January - Disneyland at Hong Kong with Leah and Mickey
Disneyland at Hong Kong with Leah and Mickey

January - ATV Adventure along Mayon's lava path
ATV Adventure along Mayon’s lava path (photo grabbed from Kapil)

 

January - Volcano and Whale Shark Weekend at Bicol Region
Volcano and Whale Shark Weekend at Bicol Region (this is the most number of CSers in a weekend that I organized, together with Jam)

February

February - Being Silly while Surfing at La Union
Being Silly while Surfing at La Union, while Leah is so serious out there! (photo grabbed from Niklas)
February - Paddling Faster during Surf Weekend in La Union
Paddling Faster during Surf Weekend in La Union (photo grabbed from Niklas)
February - Borobudur Hotel Garden at Jakarta
Borobudur Hotel Garden at Jakarta, the closest I got to ancient architecture and culture
February - Monumen Nasional aka Monas at Jakarta
Monumen Nasional aka Monas at Jakarta

March

March - Photo Collage for Vulan Weekend at Cagbalete Island, Quezon
Photo Collage for Vulan Weekend at Cagbalete Island, Quezon
March - Vulan Weekend Holi Molly Too Much Party
Vulan Weekend: Holi Molly Too Much Party (photo grabbed from Jenthe)
March - Beach Chilling with Niklas after Holi
Beach Chilling aka (let’s get all the colors washed) with Niklas after Holi play and party night
Hundred Islands Weekend Escape
Hundred Islands Extravaganza (whose photo is this one?)
Hundred Islands National Park
Hundred Islands National Park (I think  I used Kapil’s camera)

April

April - Holy Weekend at Baler
Holy Weekend at Baler (photo grabbed from Jenthe)
April - Waterfalls at Baler
The really cold Waterfalls at Baler (photo grabbed from Kapil)

Whew! Quite a lot, yes?! Even I think I’ve been everywhere for my 26th year in travel. I love that I’ve visited several domestic destinations (and somehow managed to blog about some of it) and managed to squeeze in three countries, even though I didn’t plan for even one in the past year! Well, I can only be thankful for the opportunity. And yes, with the rate of the frequency of weekend escapes we’ve been having recently, I am already extra grateful! I guess I’d have more memories, photos and posts set-up for my 27th year in travel, eh? 🙂

So, my dear reader/blog visitor/wanderer, I encourage you to travel, get lost, find yourself, and discover new things. If you’re thinking of a birthday present for yourself, get a plane ticket or a bus reservation. Grab the opportunity as it presents itself. Don’t let it pass. Don’t let the spirit and spark of traveling die within you. Instead, rekindle the fire and keep on wandering.. Surround yourself with people who share the same passion for travel and discovery. Be awed with what the world holds for you. Believe in your peso’s purchasing power, but more so, have faith on the gift of friendship, the promise of adventure, and the celebration of companionship. For what will you do with all those riches when you can’t share the best moments with people who matter? 🙂

Happy wandering!

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