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Tuburan: The Home of My Childhood

Writing about one’s hometown starts with lovely ruralish images—bordering between innocent homesickness and cheap tourism—and ends with a tormenting confession.

I used to have motion sickness. Raised in farmlands and having mountains for playgrounds, the city was like the American Dream to the young me. I didn’t even know the existence of America then.

Let memory bring the Tuburan that I knew, and let the present disrupt this memory.

This will be a series of thoughts, recollections, confessions that may reveal the regrets and longings of my childhood home: Tuburan.

Jona of 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 Find me somewhere else!

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  1. maiyang1902 says:

    picture perfect.

    got a lovely home town too =))

  2. gabriel says:

    Usa ka simpleng bisikleta, simpleng mga taw(nanginhas) ug simpleng baybayon..ang nigawas ngilngig(excellent /amazing) nga hulagway..

    isakto lang kung sayop ang akong bisaya…

  3. gabriel says:

    Cebuano tawn oi (taga Tuburan pud ko) pero 19yrs. na ko diri sa Luzon..mao kalimot na ko mga ubang laglum nga mga pulong sa akong apohan.. Hi-school mate nako si Noel ug Ricson Bering.. Im sure close relative ka nila, cguro pag-umangkon ka o ig-agaw.. By the way as i’ve said bfore,bilib ako sa talent nimu labi na sa imong pagkupot ug kamera (kodak o canon ba..haha)..Kung sa drama pa sa radyo, usa ko sa tigpaminaw sa imong sugilanon..:-))..

    • jonabering says:

      Ig-agaw mi. 🙂 Tagsa ra ko kakita ni Kuya Noel. Murag kausa ra. Si Gaga Ricson maoy pirmi. Gwapo kaayo syag mga anak. 🙂

      Compact camera lang jud. Samsung ES10. I just started using Canon 1100 D recently. They’re not posted yet. From Leyte Entry onwards.

      Salamat sa suporta, Gabriel!

  4. maria says:

    i was born in tabuelan, now living in ohio. there are some beautiful spots in tabuelan. have you been there?

  5. i would say nice job will done keep going and more power to you. i was also born in tuburan cebu.

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