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I’m writing this blog post before Day100 ends…
#ISANGDAAN Journey- the most EPIC and EXCITING travel challenge in the Philippines is a success! Wooooohoooo! Parteh! Parteh! According to my rough estimate, I traveled 9,001kilometers (or 5,625miles) around the Philippine archipelago. That’s how far Jerusalem is from the Philippines.
If you want to learn know what #ISANGDAAN is check out this post: 100 Days of Backpacking the Phillppines, non-stop, the cheapest way possible
I tweeted earlier that, “#isangdaan is not yet finished” and “that i’m just warming-up” for a BIGGER challenge. What is that? Well, keep posted…
So here I am from where I started my journey 100 days ago, in my humble abode sitting on my chair sipping from my tea cup trying to remember everything that happened the past days. A lot has been flashing on my mind- Butanding, Pawikan, Kalinga, Cebu, El Nido, Tawi-Tawi, Jolo, beautiful ladies I met along the way, different foods I ate, new friends I’ve met and the list goes on…
THANK YOU in different dialects
I just want to thank everyone who helped me while I was on my planning-stage, during the trip and all those who tapped me on the back by texting, calling, DM, FB comments, tweets, e-mail, etc. Daghang salamat! The journey will not be a success without you.
I want to thank all those who have journeyed with me along the way, those who offered a place to stay, a couch to crash or a bed to lounge, a food to eat or a beer to drink, people to contact and places to visit. I will be forever grateful for your help! Agyamanak! The journey will not be a success without you.
To those who faithfully followed the journey thru facebook, twitter and the blog, Sukran/Magsukul! The journey will not be a success without you.
To my God who strengthened and guided me along the way, maraming salamat po! This will not be a successful journey without You.
To everyone out there- I want to tell you plainly that “Traveling is not only for the rich and money (or lack of) is never a hindrance to explore a new destination. You just have to be out there and ready to grab the opportunity when it presents itself to you. So get your backpack ready, travel now or never.”
To those who are still afraid of traveling solo, I encourage you to take smaller steps- I remember my first solo “backpacking” trip for 5 days in Cebu-Bohol-Dumaguete then back to Cebu four years ago. I wasn’t blogging back then. I don’t know anything about itineraries or cheap accommodations or a single Visayan language but I came back home fulfilled and wanting to explore some more.
YOU ONLY NEED TO TRY.
So there, I hope that I have encouraged, inspired or sparked a little interest in you to try backpacking and exploring the Philippines.
Should you want to see my actual route, I have embedded it below (just click the play button):
Days 1-50 (Manila-N.Luzon-Manila-Bicol-Samar-Leyte)
Day 51-100 (Mindanao-Visayas-Palawan-Manila)
In the following days, I will continue to recount my experiences, upload videos on Youtube, publish my expenses and post photos of where I laid my sleepy head.
I hope you continue to support this blog by sharing it to your friends. Thanks! :-* !
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I wrote this in my humble home in Los Banos, Laguna during Day 100 of ISANGDAAN Journey.
Thank you also to the The Little Red Dot in SG for the continued support!
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days.