Today, I’m done with 50% of my Challenge and I’m so happy because I was interviewed by Travel & Living Channel (TLC). Woot! Woot!
Let me share with you some details of the interview. Yeah!
TLC: Can you tell us about yourself.
TLC: How long have you been traveling?
James: I started travel during my college days (2003) but I started documenting it 2009. My blog is just a year old.
TLC: Tell us about Mindanao Challenge 400.
James: Okay, You only have to remember four numbers: 16, 400, 1000 & 2000.
16 days in SOCSKSARGEN, DAVAO REGION & CARAGA.
400 Pesos budget/day, all-in (food, transportation, accommodation etc.)
1000 Followers. By the end of 16days, I wish to have 1000 followers on Twitter. As of this writing, I have 876 followers. I need 124 more followers.
2000 Likes. I’m also promoting my Facebook Page: JOURNEYINGJAMES. There you can ask me any question you like. You may also request any info about traveling in the Philippines. I hope I can be of help. You can also read real-time updates of my Mindanao Challenge on that “fan page.” As of today, I have 1,489 likes, still need 511.
TLC: Can you share to us, how you are doing so far?
James: I’m doing good, if you missed it I can share you quickly what happened from Day 1 to Day 8
Day 5: Spent Nothing! Blessings!.
Day 8: In transit: Island Garden City of Samal – Davao City – Tagum City
TLC: Why are you doing this Challenge?
James: After successfully finishing my Western Visayas Backpacking Challenge last year, I think its time for me to explore the underrated beauty of Mindanao.
Of course I want to let all Filipino know that traveling is not only reserved for the rich. It can be enjoyed by everyone. I want to tell them that money (or lack of) is not an alibi not to travel.
“To travel is to explore, to explore is to learn and understand, not being able to do so is regression.” Sometimes I think that traveling should be everyone’s “right.”
But ultimately, I travel and document my journey because I want to share it to my future kids and grandkids. Tell them that papa/lolo has been here and there. He has a lot of friends around the Philippines. I want to show them how beautiful our country is and how kind and hospitable our people (Filipinos) are.
TLC: Who sponsored this trip?
James: No one. I spend my own money.
TLC: You have reflections at the end of you every post. Why?
James: I want to call what I’m doing “a part of my journey in this life.” A journey wherein I learn more of other people’s culture, know myself deeper and understand God more clearly. I’m just in awe of God’s handiwork in all the places I set my feet on.
TLC: Describe Mindanao.
James: Mindanao is so big! It’s so diverse but I would compare it to an “unpolished gem” just there waiting to be explored. Contrary to what people in Luzon (especially Manila) perceive, Mindanao is so peaceful and its not poor, its so rich and teeming with life. One cannot understand Mindanao if he/she hasn’t been been here.
TLC: Any developments along the way?
James: Just watch out for my Day 14 or Day 15 blog post. That would be exciting! A new development maybe?
TLC: Future plans?
James: Hmmmm…. I’m saving for next year’s Final Challange: 100 Days of Backpacking the Philippines- The Cheapest Way Possible. Then hopefully write a book after that and maybe have my own travel show.
TLC: Travel Show? Tell us more about it…
James: Well, I just want to share my adventures to a wider audience what I am doing, that traveling can be cheap. I want to showcase
Boracay underrated places, adventures to do before you die, tips and tricks while on the road. I also want my fellow backpackers and travel bloggers to share their discoveries. I want to change the Philippine travel scene.
TLC: Should TLC offer you a travel show, would you grab it?
James: Hell YES! When will I sign the contract?
Special Note: Ang naturang interview ay pawang kathang-isip lamang. Napanaginipan ko po ito nug huling gabi ko sa Samal Island. Pero sabi nga nila, “dreams come true” di ba? Lahat ng aking sinagot sa TLC ay totoo. Sorry if I used your name TLC, I’m just a fan of your channel. Peace!
Expenses for Today: Php 419
Php 13 – Boat Fare (Lantsa, Babak port – Sasa port)
Php 15 – Jeepney fare (Sasa port – Davao City downtown)
Php 10 – Papaya (near Davao City Hall)
Php 35 – Lunch (Balbakwa and Rice)
Php 58 – Internet usage
Php 20 – Merienda, bread
Php 8 – Jeepney (City Proper – Ecoland Bus Terminal)
Php 160 – Bus fare (Davao City – Tagum City)
Php 200 – MBC Pension House (Tagum City)
Special thanks to Sir Edwin, Leo & Louie for the warm welcome in Tagum City. I’m humbled by your blog post on my quick stop in Tagum.
Acronym for Today:
NPA- Nawong Puro Agtang . Sa dami ng kanyang problema, NPA na siya. Nawo- face; Puro= pure or all; Agtang= forehead
Reflection/Lesson for Today:
“I believe that ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ doesn’t apply to traveling.” -journeyingjames (while on the bus from Maco, Compostella Valley to Mati City, Davao Oriental)