April 26, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Barili | Falling Further in Mantayupan Falls

On our way to Mantalongon, the habal-habal (motorbike) suddenly wobbled. We stopped. A flat tire. “Asa ang pinakaduol na vulcanizing shop, dire, bay?” the driver asked the guy idling in the waiting shed. “Sa unahan, bay.” In Cebu, around the bend takes thirty minutes or so.  It unexpectedly rained, so we sought shelter at the nearby store while waiting for the driver to return. Two old men advised us to wait til the rain ebbed since they could tell it was raining hard in Barili by just looking at the mist-covered mountains. While we were waiting, an outraged old woman arrived […]
April 20, 2011

Townscape: Aloguinsan | Bojo River

Bojo River: The Beauty of the Hole But then it is perhaps in the nature of coming away on a trip such as this that one is prompted towards such surprising new perspectives on topics one imagined one had long ago thought through thoroughly. —Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day Why do I travel? Because my mind finds home, happiness in restlessness. It functions better when the physical is in transit. A friend pointed out with all the places I traveled, I might be the richest among his circle.  I used to think traveling is for the privileged and […]