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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Take off your…

Upon arrival, I took off my shoes. I had to wear it for a few hours and it was really uncomfortable when it’s all muddy and wet. Good thing, I wore my “plastic” socks. Haha.

Anyway, the room did not have a television, but it has a nice table where we put our things, a spacious cabinet and enough space for our shoes and laundry. The room we booked has 3 beds. 1 is a double deck  and the other one is a single bed.

We wanted to take some rest but we had to move. We went to the Municipal Tourist Center. It only cost us 35 Philippine pesos for the environmental fee. And all we had to do was bring the receipt at all sites. It is a must to get a tour guide when going to the tourist spots. At first, I did not like that, but I realized that it helps the tourism industry and the locals to be involved in it.

The good thing about Isabelo’s Inn is that it is at the center of everything. It literally just in front of the municipal center,  it is beside the fresh fruits being sold, we have access to ATM and the transportation service can just pick us up nearby.

We took a little bit of rest then we started exploring the area. We went to the hanging coffins. Initially, we did not want to be assisted by a tour guide. But it was a requirement.

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For 200 Philippines pesos, we were guided by a nice man who kindly toured as around the area. And I have to admit, it may be easy to get to the place on our own, but these guides grew up in this place and there’s no better way to go to different areas but with their kind help. We also get to know something about their way of life.

We then went to dinner called the Yogurt House. We chose a spot upstairs, where we gladly waited for a nice meal. 🙂

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We then ended the evening with a little chit chat and plans about the next day while enjoying a bottle of beer.

 

Check out Part III

Let’s go to Sagada! Part 1

Welcome back! I am excited to tell you more about our fun experience!

So after a nice trip in Batad, Ifugao, we finally reached our next destination–Sagada!! I can’t even describe my excitement. It feels like I am in a dream. Sagada has always been like a dream destination for us–at least for the people who are in my circle.

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This is Sagada Weaving Centre. We did not go in but it’s a pleasure to be on the same road. 

To tell you honestly, I never thought I would ever be in Sagada. Prior to Rast’o and Miso’s trip, I thought I cannot go with them because of my previously planned trip in a totally different country. But because there are better plans for me, I had to cancel my trip. It got me so fired up because it means that I can go with them.

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credits to: Travelbook.ph

It was a short trip from Ifugao to Sagada, Mt. Province. Upon arrival, we went straight to our accommodation. It was a very nice place. It’s well-maintained. And each room has its own assigned bathrooms. How cool is that? Despite the small space, it’s still great.

Check out Part II

 

The Most Important Things You Learn When Traveling

Hello everyone! I have been thinking about the most important things I learned in my trips and I thought, why not ask this question to those who really enjoy traveling. And where else can I find those people? INTERPALS! But you might ask what Interpals is. Basically, Interpals is a website where you can meet new friends, penpals, travel buddies and language partners. For those who are lucky, this is a website where you can find really good friends for a lifetime. And I am happy to say that I am one of the lucky ones. I have been a member here for 3 years now, and I am very happy that through Interpals, I have seen the world from a distance, through this worldwide friendship.

 

 

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I sent them a question, What did you learn about yourself while traveling? And here’s what people said:


“I’m more comfortable & more confident in a interstate city then my own city especially at night.” — Rivkah

Wow! I’d say that this is also true for me. I just don’t know why but I have the same feeling. 

“..To be patient.” — Iis

Yes, this is really important. Being patient is something you’ll learn along the way.

“My sense of direction is really really bad.” — Jimmy

Haha! This rings true even for me. 

“That I no longer subscribe to a sense of parochialism or provincialism, that the United States, in my humble estimation, is not the world; only a small portion there-of.” — Claire

“Sometimes, no plans are the best plans.” — Cristina

“I am capable and responsible.” — Imma

“That you can find true love anywhere in the world, no matter how different the two of you may be.” — Lyn

“…that I don’t need stuff, I need experiences. And that I can be friends with anyone, anywhere ehhehe.” –Alessandra

“…that I am taking too many things with me 😛 also that I miss my parents when I am not travelling with them or that I miss my home when I am travelling with them” — Marta

And then I saw this!

“That I am capable of doing more (by myself) than I thought I could…xD things that are scary don’t have to be impossible or difficult. I also found out that I am smarter at problem solving than I thought.” — Natalie

So there it is. These are real answers from people around the world. Can you relate? 🙂 I hope you do.

Feel free to share your own answers. And if you want to feature a question here, please get in touch. And you

 

Thank you and have a lovely day!

 

photo source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ally-hamilton/happy-people_b_5362628.html