My friends have been saying I’ve traveled a lot this past year. I didn’t really intend it to be that way—I just knew I wanted to go places—and while I did expect a bit of traveling, I didn’t think I’d be away this much…and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I think the universe really listens to what the heart wants. And when it listens, IT REALLY LISTENS. This year is proof of that. I wanted the year to be all about movement, and it looks like that’s exactly what I’ve been getting. It’s the most amazing thing, having what you asked for given to you. It is the best karma. Sometimes, I still can’t believe it.
A year ago, I was in Baler with my friend T, who scored us a free trip to catch the Baler Surf & Music Festival. I was there to recover from uncovering one of the most horrible truths. It rained almost the entire length of our trip; the waves, angry and grey, perfectly captured my emotional state. The year ahead seemed bleak, and I never imagined I’d find myself on the verge of an adventure.
But apparently somebody up there must really like me, because adventure was exactly what was in store for this lucky duck. In less than two months, the year will come to an end. It has been an epic one. I went to Japan, a country that haunts me still, to familiar places like Hong Kong, Singapore, and Palawan to make new memories, swam with whale sharks in Donsol, and hiked to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo…the year has been incredibly full.
Last week, I even got to cross off another item in my 30 Before 30 list: Spend a week in Boracay—a first, because I’ve never stayed for longer than a weekend in my favorite island paradise.
Ending a travel-packed year in Boracay couldn’t be more perfect. Because a bunch of us had already been there several times, we opted to do away with all the usual activities and just spend five full glorious days baking under the sun and spacing out into the ocean.
We were really there to join in on the Halloween fun the island is known for. We didn’t really have any costumes in mind—okay, we all wanted to be Galadriel from Lord of the Rings, but we had so many things going on the past month that there was no more time to work on the costumes. We went as three blonde angels instead—a decision that was cinched the moment we first tried on three different sets of blonde wigs in SM. Haha.
I had so much fun that Halloween night—we ended up in Epic, where the theme for the night was, quite coincidentally, “Saints and Sinners” so we fit right in!
The rest of the trip was a blur of food crawling, sipping happy hour piña coladas, reuniting with those sinfully delicious red hotdogs on sticks, walking by the beach during sunset, sleeping in after a night of partying, brekkies by the beach, Real Coffee, sunbathing and cooling off in the island’s cool blue waters…it was the art of doing nothing. It was throwing all your worries away and not thinking beyond the next fifteen minutes. I haven’t had the luxury to do that in a while—just living in the present—and this particular trip reminded me that I needed to take a breather every once in a while.
How was your Halloween weekend? :)