A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: Davao
Hop on a plane, head to the foothills of Mt. Apo, work the whole day, then wake up at dawn to have breakfast by the beach? No problem. Just kidding, there were times when I wanted to pass out, but I was super excited for this Davao trip because I was with one of my favorite people in the world—Mary!
When we first met at work years ago, we immediately clicked, like bluetooth connected levels. What I love about her is she’s so real, and she’s like that perfect cocktail drink, strong enough to amp you up with the right buzz, while also allowing you to still have meaningful conversations. She’s amazing at what she does too, never hesitates to help anybody out, and all the while manages to see the brighter side of things.
This is one of the reasons why I have a blast being sent on out of town business trips with her. We always have a great time. I can’t wait to see her again when I go home next year, and have new adventures together.
Brave the waves,
A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: Bais
Absolute highlight of this trip: having live chickens beside me, as I sat in a battered van with the windows rolled down, to get to the Manjuyod Sandbar in Bais. I still couldn’t figure out what made me decide to stay behind in Dumaguete, when the rest of my friends had already headed home after our Siquijor getaway. I had no clear cut game plan, no (silly) existential crisis of the month, no desperate need to escape from everything. And yet there I was, traveling solo, brushing off the occasional stray feather, enjoying listening to all the clucking, and hopping on a small banca upon reaching the port.
It was just me, the fishermen, and this slice of paradise.
Traveling by myself had been part of my job for the past seven years, and you’d think that I’d get so used to it, nothing would amaze me anymore. But my heart still beat wildly as I saw the clear waters, and felt the sun burning my skin. I couldn’t help but feel small and thankful talking to the locals as they pulled the fishing net together, and cheered as they checked their fresh catch of the day. I thought that this trip had no purpose, but it turned out it was one that I needed all along.
Brave the waves,
Mermaid Wish List Mondays
To channel my eternal sunshine state of mind into something that would help make my Mondays brighter, I put together the Mermaid Wish List. These are the current items or experiences that I’m pining for, and hopefully make fellow island girls stoked too.
And by placing them here, I hope that I’ll be motivated to hustle even more to tick all of these off of the list. The optimist in me believes that it can happen someday. Group hug?
1. No two shores are ever the same, and artist Gray Malin brilliantly captures this. Daydreaming of the day when I’ll be able to have a print of his.
2. Yup, if there was a bikini bottom that had my name on it, Mprint would be it. The tan line that it leaves behind is such a cutesicle too.
3. Sleekly designed (must be that Swedish touch), and it comes in my favorite color. These Urbanears Plattan Headphones are perf for lounging by the beach, working out, or hitting the road.
4. Newsflash to myself because I know nothing: the water is frigid here in California. I tried taking a dip at the beach for the first time last week, and it was freezing. I’m still saving up for a much needed wet suit, but if I didn’t have to sell my kidneys for this Cynthia Rowley one, I’ll take it!
5. Remember Chip? She organized an event where wellness, soulful food, the beach, and good music come together at Hale Manna. If I were back in Cebu, I would have loved to go to the Ubuntu Festival next month. Please check it out, and support the event—it seriously looks awesome.
I’d love to know—how about you, what are you looking forward to so far?
Brave the waves,