Couchsurfing Special: Jessie’s 1-day visit in Lipa

It’s been a while since I last accepted a Couchsurfer. I have been quite busy and I honestly did not think that I would have time soon.

A few days ago, I received a request from this guy, Jessie. I can say that I really enjoyed his company. At first, I didn’t want to accept him since I am doing a lot of stuff but I said, why not? Gladly, there’s a scheduled loss of electricity for my area that day. That means I have nothing to do.

Jessie arrived earlier than expected. I put on some decent clothes and went straight to the mall. I honestly did not know what to do or where to bring up and there I was, feeling lost. Haha! I somehow regret agreeing to meet up with him because there was nothing I could offer.

Being a Filipino himself, he already tried Filipino foods and that’s a challenge. We sat on a cafe but realized we preferred to eat somewhere else. Not knowing what to do, I randomly selected another place that offers something unique. I chose Jin Zai, which is a Japanese place that offers Takoyaki.

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We had a nice conversation about his experiences in the North–which was amazing by the way! Although Jessie does not have a specific plan for his trip, he managed to embrace his new-found freedom. I loved how exciting his adventures were. I admire his persistent quest to find himself an exciting experience.

We went home and took a bit of rest. We walked our way to San Sebastian Cathedral just to take a peek and explore this historical house of Segunda Katigbak.

There’s nothing much to see but I am glad that we had a chance to hang out.

I love how enthusiastic he is in making things work for him. His journey, I would say, has a big challenge. And I have come to realize that there are moments that made me start to lose hope.

Meeting Jessie is very memorable for me. He is just focused on one thing–to travel. And despite the difficulty, people have become instruments to help him find his purpose. Of course, not all opportunities will suit his goals, but there are people whom he had learn many things from.

I am proud to say that my love for sharing and writing was fueled even more. I think, it’s destiny to meet such a nice young man, Jessie.

Jessie,

I, and my family are excited for you and your journey. There may be things that you are not even interested to pursue right now, but if you find those things helpful to your journey, take a step. Try little things that will help you become a better version of yourself.

I am scared about some things in life too but I look forward to grow continuously as a person just like others. And I can see, that with your talent and your dreams, you’ll be where you want to be.

Whenever you feel that you are losing yourself in the process, remember that you are not alone. There are many of us–dreamers who have failed several times. But we are here. We are still here, chasing that dream.

See you again and let’s work together! 🙂

 

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Couchsurfing Special: Yulia’s pre-Fiesta Experience in Lipa City, Batangas

On a good day I write, all day. ~Nick Flynn

PART III

We were awakened by the barking of the dogs and the majestic sunlight shining on our faces. Everything was prepared for breakfast and we just dove into the regular Filipino breakfast; a table filled with rice, egg, longganisa, and suman.

We don’t usually eat suman for breakfast but we just had to let Yulia taste this delicious treat.

We then went for a morning stroll, admired some beautiful flowers and greeted our friend Mr. Cow

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He was busy eating, so we didn’t bother him anymore. 🙂

Hours later, we decided to go around the city. We looked at some clothes that we can use for our future trips.  There were so many options to choose from, so it made it even more confusing for us. xD

Next, we strolled around Lipa and found various items including ricecakes. 🙂

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Walking for quite sometime made us hungry. Gladly, there’s a small store nearby.

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It was Yulia’s first time to try this. I am so happy she liked it. 🙂

Then, we bought Bibingka, a popular kind of rice cake. 🙂

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We were having fun and enjoyed having long walks. I never thought I would walk every day for 3 days. It was such an unexpected moment for me, but I really enjoyed it. Along the way, Yulia and I were just laughing. 🙂

Later that day, we went to Mang Inasal. Can you guess what she ate? Well, it wasn’t their famous Chicken Inasal. She tried the halo-halo. 🙂

 

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I can remember how delighted she was when she tasted the Ube ice cream. It was so nice to see that she enjoys trying our each ingredient from the famous dessert in the Philippines. 🙂

On our way home, we saw a group of people getting ready to play their music for the fiesta.

So that’s it for today! 🙂

See you soon. 🙂