WARNING: I’m posting this just for myself and for my future kids and so on… PLEASE DO NOT READ.
I’m just typing what I wrote in my travel notebook. This is very raw, a personal reflection of what I was feeling/thinking on Day 1 of my Visayas Trails.
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>> I’m here at the riverside boardwalk near Smallville in Iloilo City. It is the first day of my month-long journey in the Visayas and Ilocos.
I am enjoying the breeze beside the Iloilo River, the wind is a bit cold (Amihan), joggers, barkadas and some strollers make up the people of this place.
>> I begin to ask myself, “Who said that ‘traveling solo is so much fun?” No way, it’s not! It takes away your sanity. It forces you to dig deep within your own well. And so what if you don’t have something to dig? You end up frustrated? Then maybe traveling becomes purposeless?
>> People-Watching. Observing. Staring.
Trying to cheer yourself up or find things that are worth doing alone. Like writing something on your travel notebook (or updating your Facebook status every 5 minutes). You just stare blankly at people or sit. Looking constantly to your mobile phone (or watch) to check time or if someone SMSed you even if you knew that there is none.
>> And so you begin to ask yourself. You try to converse and convince yourself that everything will be alright even if you knew for a fact that you only need a real person to talk to; someone where you can see face-to-face. You hope to have a travel companion.
PS: After about an hour of writing and talking to the moon and the stars (and to myself), I was with CS Iloilo. We are celebrating Shaun and Joanne’s birthday. After a few drinks we are partying. Smallville it is, we light up Picante bar with our moves. I’m no party animal but when I party, it will always be a blast!
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This post is a part of the Visayas Trails- a 25-day journey around Western and Central Visayas (October 1-25, 2011). My primary purpose is to learn the dialect, meet locals and rediscover the sites worth visiting for my dream escapade next year.
I visited Iloilo, Antique, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete spending a total of Php11,096 all-in excluding airfare. Thanks to CouchSurfing and friends who I met along the way, this trip would not be memorable and exciting without you.