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.


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.


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! 🙂



Story of the Week: SkyCab and Wildlife Park, Langkawi Island, Malaysia 2016


Hey everybody! How are you? I hope you are well because I am! I am also excited to share Shiori-san’s delightful experience in Langkawi Island, Malaysia.

Unlike Shiori-san and her husband, I haven’t been to this place, that’s why I am so amazed by the beauty of this place when I saw it. I can say that it’s somewhat similar to the islands I see in the Philippines ( at least based on the photos online–I haven’t been to most of the islands here in the Philippines anyway. 😛 ).
So according to “langkawi-info website“, Langkawi Island is a collection of 100 islands and you can find numerous adventures in each one of them. One good example is the SkyCab where you can see the breathtaking view from three different spots namely: Base Station, Middle Station and Top Station.
Shiori-san was nervous but she also crossed the SkyBridge excitingly. There were parts of the bridge that are made of glass and you can see the almost endless depth of the beautiful mountain.

This photo is not mine. It belongs to
For those of you who want to visit this place, you may call  +604 959 4225  and ask all about the things you want to know such a price, fees that you need to pay and so on.
As for my friend Shiori-san, she and her husband enjoyed this trip very much. During the SkyCab ride, she met a lady who was very nice and conversant in English.

Of course, they wouldn’t miss the very famous Langkawi Bird Paradise.

Source: Shiori-san

This bird looked very classy in its standing position. I wonder if it’s thinking or if it’s just gazing into the distance.

Source: Shiori-san

Those crossed legs combined with the natural beauty of its feathers are indeed very elegant to look at.

Source: Shiori-san

Unfortunately, Shiori-san cannot find the names of these amazing creatures. Nonetheless, these creatures are still beautiful.

The adventure doesn’t end here though. The couple also found some monkeys and lizards during their Mangrove Trip. They booked the Mangrove trip before their flight so there weren’t any hassles, all they have to do was enjoy. In tht mangrove trip, they experienced riding this small boat. It was a good experience and the even fed eagles flying by.
Source: Shiori-san
Here you can see a big trunk where the lizard decided to rest. Or maybe, it is looking for a friend.. Hmm, what do you think?
Source: Shiori-san
And here is the cute monkey who seemed to be saying something through its gestures and convincing eyes.
So there you go! Thank you to Shiori-san and her husband for sharing this wonderful experience. If you have experienced something like this or if you are thinking about going to some places in Malaysia, consider going to Langkawi Island and have fun!
See you!