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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moriones Festival » Unique Lenten Festival You Need to Experience

Funny face of Mr. Bean used in Moriones Festival
Last summer, I was lucky enough to finally get a chance to experience the spectacular Moriones Festival first-hand. The experiences I had at this vibrant, exciting festival in Marinduque is no doubt one of my most memorable trips, and I am delighted to be able to finally check this off on my Philippine festival’s to-attend list.

It is really one thing to travel the Philippines but it is another to experience it. Hence, on our trip to Marinduque, we schedule it during the Lenten season to experience its unique way of celebrating holy week, aside of course from the amazing Marinduque's unexplored beaches. 

Although the basic rituals are practiced all over the Philippines, variations do occur depending on the parish, town, or people concerned.. Lent season in my hometown in Mindoro is a little bit bloody. During the Huwebes-Santo and especially during the Biyernes-Santo, you can see on the streets the the Penetensiya. These are half-naked men, with faces covered with a cloth and heads adorned with coconut or dried banana leaves. They usually have "Kadlit" or blade cuts at their backs. They will then whip their backs with a "Tipo" or whip made of bamboo sticks tied together with a rope. Lent season in our town is definitely bloody - and sans the colors, a bit solemn and conservative.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Difference Between Backpackers and Tourists

Three backpackers and three tourists are traveling by train to a two-day summer vacation.

At the station, the three tourists each buy tickets and watch as the three backpackers buy only a single ticket.

 "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks the tourist.

 "Watch and you'll see," answers a backpacker.

They all board the train. The tourists take their respective seats but all three backpackers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.

Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please."

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Mt. Samat: Best History Side Trip When in Bataan

Scultures at the base of the cross in Mt. Samat National Shrine
After our uneventful summer outing cum teambuilding at Montemar Beach Resort, we came to see that famous World War II historical Cross in Bataan – the Shrine of Valor in Mt. Samat. It was a planned quick stop over, for a bit of history and selfies, since the shrine was just less than an hour drive from Montemar.

I tried sleeping on our way going to Mt. Samat, but my quick siesta was cut-off when I felt that sudden tingling sensation on my ears, like that funny feeling inside a plane taking-off. I looked outside, saw our bus struggling the winding road upward and realized we are gaining elevation – so I just rolled over and nibble on some Boy Bawang.
Sometimes, historical trips are quite boring right? Upon our arrival, I lazily go outside, inspect the area, immediately noticed that horrible thing they did to Mt. Samat – they cemented portions of it. Well, that is an unavoidable nature-against-history sacrifice for that important shrine, I guess.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Travel Misadventure » Panic at Bellarocca

Solitary man on a boat approaching Bellarocca Resort at Elephant Island in Buenavista Marinduque Philippines
Admit it - sometimes in our excitement we do stupid things – a simple sense of travel adventure leads to unfortunate screw-ups. It creates utter panic and frustrations but later becomes a laughable travel moments – an anecdote worth sharing with others.

Now before I get to the story itself, I’d like to note that this happened during our unforgettable visit to Marinduque during our Semana Santa holiday trip last year and I only posted it now because our group all agreed not to mention this or tag photos on our social media accounts in case somebody would investigate those “intruders” on that one lovely afternoon.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Too Broke for a Beach Get-away? Try Puerto Galera

Banner at the beach - Vacation Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro Philippines, the heart of Asia
Like many working professionals, I’m often worried about money. I work overtime and spend as economical as possible to make ends meet. But I wanted to travel. It was somehow a passion - so I find ways to do it even if my wallet is a little too light to take that quick getaway. 

Traveling can cost us little or as much as we want it to. But for budget conscious and cowboy-style traveler like me, I always want it to be cheap but triple the fun. 

So when my backpacker office-mates had this crazy idea over lunch - of suddenly escaping the heat and spend a night on a nice beach just to drink vodka – we immediately make plans and list down potential beaches to explore.

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Yodi Insigne
Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

He started blogging for three reasons:

1. He always felt he has something important to say,
2. Books can make him cry, and cliff jumping can make him high,
3. He want to sleep at night.

He is a self-certified bookworm, travel junkie, shutterbug, movie freak, Mangyan hiker who sleeps a lot and think a lot. He got a little vice, which is black coffee and cashew nuts. He got colorblindness on yellow and green - and he freaking loves it!

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