Month: November 2012

8 Awesome Commandments for Newbie Backpackers

It is always an experiment in every journey. From the collective trial and error of my laundry “overnight drying time,” or the number of hours that I feel hungry after a full meal, or the different responses of people when I accidentally drop my near-to-extinction Nokia phone and it breaks into several pieces. haha! For me, it is a mix of experimental research and a hint of sociology. Thus, being a newbie backpacker entails a whole lot of “learning from your previous mistakes.” Read more →

Day 257: Cashless Departure to the Homeland

On the 6th day of this Mindanao Adventure, everybody is now experiencing overall body malaise, fatigue, and most of all, struggling in the verge of bankruptcy! Well, what can you expect from pre-planned slash unexpected plans from our itinerary and budget? It was a roller-coaster ride of positives and negatives in our budget that some of us even withdrawn from respective banks just to get back home safe. Lol. Read more →

Day 256: Drying Laundries at Ramon Magsaysay Park

Remember my dilemma at packing and me being a virgin at backpacking? I suppose this still covers it. Although, I am trying my best to fit into the culture of being an expert at traveling light. Haha! 🙂 At 8:45AM, we are now here in Ramon Magsaysay Park, just  near the Sta. Ana Wharf – probably just a 15-minute walk or a 2-minute tricycle ride. Read more →

Day 255: The 85 Indians on the Shore

“Oh Sudami Adi! Oh Sudami Adi!” shouted one of the eighty-five male Indians who are swimming, splashing, and throwing themselves onto the water at this 2PM scorching heat. Read more →

Day 254: Free Wi-Fi and Next Day Planning

I worked on our itinerary for our 6-day Davao adventure days prior to the starting date, November 21. We had several debates as to whether we will be going to Camiguin, or ditch the Water Rafting, or ditch the Camiguin adventure and go back to Davao then embark on another journey to Samal Island. Those debates made our trip very productive – since most of the pre-planned itineraries were crossed out, interchanged, and replaced as the days roll by. And we played the game of chance! Read more →

Day 253: Waking up in Cagayan de Oro

Yesterday was confusing. Our first flight was at 8AM to Davao and about 5 hours after smelling the atmosphere of the “king of fruits” – Durian, we then boarded to another plane to Cagayan de Oro (CDO). It felt like we were this bunch of kids that are really up for anything as long as we could head back home “ALIVE.” haha! Another journey begins. Read more →

Day 252: The Live Google Earth

Before Google Maps was even born, I was already an avid user of the Google Earth. I am not sure right now but before, this was a downloadable software that works just like the recent Google Maps but the only thing is, it functions even offline – so viewing it before was much easier without the hassle of connecting to a server. Read more →

Day 247: Every Darn Peso Counts!

The challenge? Six Hundred Pesos for Two Days in the City of Smiles! 😮

I was invited by a friend to go to Bacolod to attend the opening of a their “milk tea house” along the 21st Street BS Aquino Drive. Of course I went! Who would turn down an offer like that? The only problem was I only had Php600 literally in my pocket. Read more →

Day 239: The Young Life Experience

I admit I took very simple things for granted. I grew up with almost everything provided for me – I consider myself as one of those “lucky” people probably born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I depended too much on household helps that it took me 22 years to realize that I don’t know how to survive without someone to rely on. This is what I have learned in Cebu for my week long exposure as a work crew in Young Life Oktober Kamp 2012 – and from the couple of camps I attended this year. Read more →