Novemburnt

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In a tropical country like ours, you’ll find summer almost every month. I did on November 2017! More than six different places on six consecutive days. On my first day, I already conquered two waterfalls in Valencia and walked around the city of Dumaguete. Then I found myself swimming with the turtles in Apo Island and riding the last ferry trip to the mystical island that is Siquijor where I spent Day 3. Sipalay, the most remote place I’ve been to so far, followed next and then I went to Bacolod before finishing it off in Guimaras. It sounds tiring, but Capilay Spring Park and Cambugahay Falls calmed me down, Tinagong Dagat and Sugar Beach reenergized me, Bacolod chicken inasal and Guimaras mango pizza filled me up, and the travelers I met inspired me with their stories. Yes, it is tiring, but the joy I felt in my heart is tenfold the ache I felt in my body. I don’t mind doing it all again if you ask me.

This post is part of #thestrangehertravels photo essay project.

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glass of comfort

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Comfort comes from a glass at times when one could not find it anywhere. A cup of tea is no different from a shot of vodka, or in my case, a mug of hot tablea.

Photo Challenge: Liquid

favorite month & person

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January has always been my favorite month and my mom has always been my favorite person, so when my birthday week came last year, I decided to travel with her. The cold weather in Baguio was no match to the warmth my mother and I shared during our stay—walking hand in hand, laughing every time we get lost and tired, and hugging each other whenever we get the chance. We remained the same in La Union even when it wasn’t as chilly. My 22nd birthday never felt incomplete even though she was the only one I celebrated it with. The places we explored and the food we enjoyed became much more special because we were together. My mom is ultimately the only person in the world I couldn’t imagine living life without.

This post is part of #thestrangehertravels photo essay project.

a beautiful goodbye

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I took the first photo before I left Siquijor, the second one before I left Sugar Beach at Sipalay. Out of all the places I’ve been to during my six-day vacation this November, these two are my favorite. And I think the sunset has something to do with it.

Photo Challenge: Serene

the lone chair on a long shore

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The picture evokes different kinds of emotions, but mostly the melancholy ones. Like waiting for something or someone that would never come.

P.S. Ever since I took this photo it has been etched on my mind. I hope you really feel something out of it.

my first solo travel

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A gorgeous island, a mermaid in disguise, a backpack, and three days in July 2016. Cebu was the first place I explored solo and I loved every part of it! I have met a handful of kind and generous people, seen different shades of green and blue, visited significant establishments, and found solace in nature. I’ve always fancied traveling alone and I was in awe when it finally happened. I truly enjoyed my own company and learned more about myself. Since then, I made a pact to wander around this world in solitude at least once a year, accompanied only by my shadow and soul.

 

This post is part of #thestrangehertravels photo essay project.

happenstance

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Ordinary structures that fascinate me—formed by happenstance and captured to last forever. Unlike your heart in mine.