During planning and research before the trip, I met Vince (on Twitter), a French living in Catanduanes with his wonderful family.
He has a wonderful plan of us having some back country mountain bike ride. I’m excited! But then the day came and the rain was pouring hard the bike ride was cancelled. We just had some chit-chat, I having Starbucks coffee and as he takes his fresh “malunggay” tea. Vince was very accommodating; I met his nice wife and mother-in-law, and their three beautiful kids. The conversation was about seeing the beauty of simple living, about digging dipper into promoting Catanduanes- not just the tourist spots but the warm-hearted people. I also picked up some ideas on how I am going to write the book.
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Some tweets while I was there:
having a chat with a French over a cup of starbucks coffee..GREAT DAY, even if its raining. good morning!
(from Vince): Grateful that you stopped by. Love your dream to make the hearts of the Philippines shine
(from me): i enjoyed running with your kids… definitely one of the highlights of the trip. pls say hi and “mabalos” for me 🙂
think the highlight of my trip here is meeting people. although the weather is uncooperative, i love this place! so laid back… CHILL!
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The rain stopped (for a while) and he invited me to see the beach where he usually go, just walking distance from their home.
I enjoyed playing with his kids, running after them… Even though I’m a runner, I would admit that they are faster than me when it comes to the sand.
One thing I will never forget is Vince’s comment on the background.
“See Virac and the structures there, it’s like we are just visitors of this island.”
It struck me, and I definitely agree that we are foreigners in this world. It is as if nature gave us permission to make our dwelling here. But its not forever, better enjoy it before it’s too late.
More Pictures from Palnab:
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***Catanduanes (Mis)Adventures is a 6-part series of blog posts of my jaunting in the easternmost part of the Bicol region, happened last January 7-10, 2011. Find out how this “series of misadventures” become a memorable one.