“How do you do that? Still travel despite the job?”
A friend asked me one time when he saw me having a full backpack again on a Friday. He knew that after office, I was about to embark another hike or travel to the beach for the weekend.
I totally understand why he asked that question. We are in the corporate world wherein we all feel that we are so squeezed and maximized to the point that we don’t have extra time anymore for other things. I got that. I understand that.
When Mayon Volcano erupted in 1814, it destroyed houses and properties in Cagsawa, Albay and the nearby towns. People could have rebuilt their lives and moved on, but the center of their faith, the Cagsawa Church was also destroyed.
So they relocated to Daraga, and eventually building a church on top of a hill with the view of Mayon Volcano which is now known as Our Lady of the Gate Parish or Daraga Church. But some historians are saying that the church was actually built 40 years before the eruption.
Beyond the history and facts, it is undeniable that Daraga church has stood the test of time and a testament of faith of the Bicolanos.
Confused. We were about to speak, good thing Grace later on clarified, “our next destination is a fish sanctuary. Sunblock has chemicals that can harm the fishes.”
“Ahh. Okay” We said in chorus.
We were in Tikling Island. It was an awesome experience. But after witnessing the beauty of the pinkish white beach of Tikling, exhaustion and hunger crept in again. I knew we all wanted to go directly to Subic beach to spend the night, eat and rest.
But we still have to go to Juag Lagoon and Marine Sanctuary.
We hailed a taxi in Bangkok going to our next destination. Good thing our friends Joey and Sar, who’ve been based in Bangkok for a while, accompanied us to tour the temples in the city.
The sun has just risen when we arrived at Wat Arun temple. This is one of the most popular landmarks in Bangkok for its spectacular view of the temple from the Chao Phraya River. It creates a stunning reflection and glitter from afar.
I asked our guide, Grace, as we set foot on this island off the coast of Matnog, Sorsogon. She then answered in Tagalog, “ there’s a lot of Tikling on this island, but not as many as before.”
And I was like, “Tikling?”
“Yes, the birds.”
Okay. This island was named after a kind of bird. Let’s not talk more about what the bird Tikling looks like, I just wanted to know the story of this island since I was drawn and intrigued by its charm.
After more than 15 hours land travel from Manila to Matnog port and another 20 minute boat ride, I was in need of something to make me feel good. And Tikling island gave me that. When we were about to get close to Tikling, I was fascinated by its white sand. I remember telling myself, “wow another unspoiled white beach.”
We’re not talking about the second largest city in Spain. Actually, we were on the second day of our backpacking trip in Bicol. We were in Sorsogon. So how on earth a van could travel all the way to Europe? Haha!
Europe is a dream. Europe is a goal. But right now, let’s travel the Philippines. Let’s explore our very own country before we travel the rest of the world.
Oh man how I wish I was the object of their admiration. Haha! But being a fat man who travels I’m sure I don’t even get a passing grade with the society’s standard of hotness. Haha! But don’t get me wrong, I’m happy. I’m happy even if my girlfriend is the only girl in the world who finds me hot and adorable. Haha!