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Vacation With A Friend: Day 3

Dear Virtual Friends,

This is the last day of this trip and I’m kinda sad thinking that we are about to leave tomorrow dawn. However, thinking that I truly enjoyed this is much of a beauty than that negative idea. (Also, I don’t want to spoil everyone with negativity now, do I? )

One thing for sure, trekking in a random place here in the Philippines is absolutely awesome. It is like walking in the midst of the unknown where a lot of stunning creatures await, where a lot of breathtaking sceneries are beautifully arranged as if someone is anticipating a traveler’s pilgrimage.  I am a living witness to this since this is what we just did today, with Peter, Philip and Uncle Remy

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We first looked for somebody who can accompany us throughout this unknown. We don’t want to get lost now, do we?

Bahay Kubo

Bahay Kubo

 

The local has pets. They were adorable kitty cats. I’m more into dogs though.

The local has cats

The local has cats

I wanted to ask the local whether I can bring this home, but I was shy to ask. So cool!!!

Lomo Radio

Lomo Radio

Here’s Manong, a local who helped us in getting some coconuts and star apples.

A local getting coconuts for free

A local getting coconuts for free

He gave us unlimited coconuts, for real. Loco over Cocos!

Unlimited Coconuts for free

Unlimited Coconuts for free

And the trekking continues…

Bamboo

Bamboo

Slide for fun

Slide for fun

Uncle Remi, Peter and Philip

Uncle Remi, Peter and Philip

 

Resting is a good thing, especially if you have all day.

Sun Burst 1

Sun Burst 1

Sun Burst 2

Sun Burst 2

Then Trek again

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Somebody was here

Wild Carabao

Wild Carabao

It's summer and the  earth feels it

It’s summer and the earth feels it

This one looks like “The Shire”

Curves

Curves

Stunning

Stunning

 

Sigh… I will surely miss this. To encourage myself, let’s think that this end is a new chance for me to visit new places. I mean, how can we be prepared for better things if we are not letting go of the old, right? After all, we won’t completely let it go, since we have a lot of photos to look at everytime we miss the place.

Before I end this blog post, I want to thank God for the beauty He has created and for giving me such heart that appreciates every single detail of it. And I want to encourage everyone to have the same kind of mind that appreciates beauty. Now, after all of this, who could say that there is no God? Seriously.

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Vacation With A Friend: Day 2

Dear Virtual Friends,

I woke up drooling my bed and I know that that is something I should be ashamed of. Now, how am I supposed to leave this bed? I realized that I woke up because the room seemed to be bright. It’s the morning light. It’s beautiful though. I reached for my watch since I can’t see any wall clock here and it was 7:30 in the morning. In my head, I was like, “darn I should still be

asleep right now!” (I am still sleepy since I slept 2 am)

Morning Daylight

Morning Daylight

 

Later, we woke up then took breakfast. We were served by Phoebe with a black and white rice cakes (the white one is better) and really nice local coffee, which was followed up by some fresh lettuce and pickled cucumber.

White and Black Rice Cakes

White and Black Rice Cakes

As we were eating, I and Phoebe had a conversation which really stirred me up. I realized, speaking with older people who have so much experiences is empowering, inspiring and encouraging, because knowing that these people have overcome all of it is knowing that all of us can too.

The highlight of the day is the fulfillment of my one-month-dream. After watching the movie Donnie Darko, I always dream of riding a bike till I get lost. Well, it happened today! I, together with Peter and Philip, rent some bikes and ride our way throughout the town and out of the town till we came to this remote place, where the view really took our breath away.

 

 

Biking throughout the city

Biking throughout the city

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The famous Philippine Refreshment: Halo Halo

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How about biking on a hanging bridge?

 

Environment Develoopment

Environment Development

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Biking Along the Alley

 

Into The Wild

Into The Wild

 

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A Tower in the Middle of the Wild

 

A Road To Somewhere

A Road To Somewhere

 

As we were biking, we didn’t notice the time. It was Philip’s graduation day and we could be late, so we rushed back and prepared for the ceremony.

Elementary graduation in a basketball court.

Elementary graduation in a basketball court.

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A public school classroom

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Street Foods

 

Celebration :D

Celebration 😀

 

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Vacation With A Friend: Day 1

Dear Virtual Friends,

Sadly, the first day of our vacation officially started around 1 pm since we left the shade of that prestigious ceiling that late. As agreed, I can only come with Peter here in Quezon as long as he’s the boss. So we went to places that seriously concerns him ONLY.

First, we stopped to his dentist. And yes, he only sees the dentist when he comes here, and yes, he comes here so seldom. Going there, we rode this Jeepney that looks so unusually nice. There’s so many sign boards inside. Surely, when you’re inside you’ll know all of the unwritten rules in riding a jeepney.

 

Jeepney at its finest

Jeepney at its finest

After the teeth operation, we went to Peter’s friends in a radio station. The place is so cool, sad thing I can only post one photo here. I also met a lot of DJ’s there. I even witnessed a DJ speaking live!!!! What a privilege!

Awesome CD Stacks at Love Radio

Awesome CD Stacks at Love Radio

The next thing we know, it’s already sunset and it’s time to travel once again to another town, Lopez Town, where we will be meeting the family.

As Darkness Falls Comes the Beauty of Light

As Darkness Falls Comes the Beauty of Light

Here’s a photo of one of the largest bus terminals in the Philippines, the Lucena Grand Terminal.

 

Night Lights

Night Lights

We got on a bus that is much different from the bus we took last night. This is the exact opposite of it. It smells like a sweaty locker room, not air conditioned and the whole thing squeaks as it moves.

 

Somehow bored, at the same time annoyed by Peter’s snore, I took some photos as we were inside the bus.

Creepy Provincial Road Signs

Creepy Provincial Road Signs

When the bus stopped, I took the phone out the window and randomly took a photo :D

When the bus stopped, I took the phone out the window and randomly took a photo 😀

 

Right now, we’re here at Lopez, Quezon. It’s already 1 am and we’re up still. Once again, I met Peter’s mum Phoebe, his dad Remy and his brother Philip. They are indeed a cool family, especially Phoebe who cooks so good. I love being here and I don’t want to go back to Manila!!!!!

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Vacation With a Friend: Arrival

Dear Virtual Friends,

Last week, I’ve been trying to convince my friend, an existing person, not virtual,  named Peter, to travel with me. He is a dude who is really matured about everything. I guess that’s the reason why we became friends, because everything we talk about has a lot of sense, and we both like creativity, art, innovation and greatness. I failed in asking him to come with me in a travel. He wasn’t travelling with me because right now, I am travelling with him. Those are two different things because in this travel, he is the pack master and I go wherever he goes. Basically, I’m just going with where he wants to be.

I can’t be choosy and say “No!, we go where I want to go”. First because, he’s the only person I can think off who’s gonna agree of this trip. Secondly because my time is running and I can’t afford to waste some time since I only got 3 weeks to enjoy this summer vacation. And lastly because he is the only person I know who will be travelling within this span of 3 weeks. That’s why last night, after the youth service at the church, we packed some clothes, put some money in the pockets and left Manila, and we’re planning to be out of the city in a short period of 3 days.

Where are we headed? To the province of Quezon where his parents and siblings resides. Yeah, so basically, this trip is about Peter’s reunion with his family and I don’t think that we will be able to maximize the time to enjoy the place. But it’s fine with me and I guess that should be better since his family is really nice to me the last time I went there with some other friends from the church. So, I’m looking forward to be back there and socialize and talk and eat with them and do some crazy stuffs with them, Peter’s family.

We left Manila at 11 pm and rode this bus that looks so nice with its orange light.

 

 

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(The seemingly five-star bus)

In the bus ( I can’t afford not to say this) I was so paranoid that somebody might rob our bags since we were sleeping. haha 😀 Fortunately, my imaginations stayed in my head and didn’t come to life.

We arrived at Lucena, Quezon at 3 am. Tired of the activities yesterday, we stopped over at Peter’s Aunt’s house where we stayed and rest for a while. Now, it’s already 1 pm and we’re still here, enjoying their comfy room and the food being served to us. C360_2014-03-27-13-50-38-068[1]

(Peter, about to ride the jeepney)

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(Amazed by their ceiling, I took a photo of it)

I am so excited to what will happen today!!!!!! (Shouting inside of my head) I realize, sometimes it’s also good not to have plans at all. Somehow, in spending a vacation like this, it’s better not to plan something and just be stunned of what might come. And that is what I am so excited about right now.