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Quotecard: Badjaos at Pier 4, Cebu City

Backpacking with a Book

I wonder sometimes about the merit of that miraculous tenacity, that adherence to a lost landscape and a senescent language. A case could be made that they would have been better off melting into the landscape as no doubt many now forgotten did, adopting native tongues, stories, places to love, ceasing to be exiles by ceasing to remember the [place] they were exiled from so that they could wholly embrace the [place] they were in. Only by losing that past would they lose the condition of exile for the place they were exiled from no longer existed, and they were no longer the people who had left it.

—Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Jona | Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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11 Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    Only by losing that past would they lose the condition of exile for the place they were exiled from no longer existed, and they were no longer the people who had left it.

    This is beautiful Jo, and most especially, the photo. 🙂

  2. Cindy says:

    Haha!!! Gimingaw na pod ko ninyo! Text ha. Malipay jud (e) ko anang adlawa. Amping Jo! 🙂

  3. Christina says:

    Great photo Jon! Angay ra gyud gi himong banner. And I like your new template 🙂

  4. Ed says:

    great photo! like the new look cause mas dako ang pictures! 😀

  5. i super love the photo! it’s full of life 🙂

  6. Now this is one impressive photo with an aptly chosen passage. 🙂

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