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Another Scribble on my Passport #Philippines

During childhood, how many of you have enjoyed the feeling of finishing a notebook and then buying a new one? My passport is going to be one such notebook, and I will stay a child forever. I never say that everybody must travel, my only suggestion is “If your heart wants to travel, do not stop yourself”. Some time back, I also proposed a plan where we can travel with our fellow bloggers. Isn’t it fun to meet bloggers in person? This time, I met a blogger friend whom I know through blogging.  One must never say that he/she wants to travel, but they can’t.

When you want to do something, you’ll find reasons to do it. If you don’t want something, excuses are always there.

For those who cite financial excuses, traveling does not mean that you have to take a flight to a renowned tourist destination. World is full of destinations, we just need an eye of a traveler. More often then not, we underestimate the places which are nearby. Every country is blessed with numerous examples of natural beauty. I always prefer going to places which are not on the global travel map. That is why I omitted Palawan and Boracay from my Filipino itinerary. Around 80% of the visitors go there, that is why I chose to roam around the less popular parts.

MANILA

The trip began from the capital city of Manila. If you are a party animal from the generation of mall-culture lovers, Manila is the city for you. The city is also blessed with some of the historically important sites of the Philippines. The first one which comes to my mind is Rizal Park. National hero José Rizal was executed here on December 30, 1896 and this acted as a major ignition for the Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. As many would know, United States defeated Spain in 1898 and took over the reins of Philippines. Later on, in 1946, the declaration Philippine Independence from the United States was made in this park.

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Depiction of the public execution of José Rizal

Manila Bay is another place where one can spend evenings and also take a walk around the oldest district of Manila i.e. Intramuros. It acted as the seat of government for the Spanish empire. The places outside the boundaries are called extramuros.

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Entrance of the Intramuros

LA UNION

My next hop was this city which never stops surfing. In short, surfing is a way of life here. I stayed at a creative cottage and the pictures are going to make you envy me. This is a must go for adventure lovers. They provide you surf instructors without digging a hole in your pocket. I had a great time here and I made friends with some of the surf instructors there. Does it sound like a plan for the future trips? 😉

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From left: A cool reception desk, the staying area, the kinky washroom

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This guy surely thought of surf before anything else

LAOAG

We were on way to Pagudpud, and we chose to have a look around this city which is categorized as a first class city and it is the capital of the Ilocos Norte province of the Philippines.Other than the official importance, this place has the Sinking Bell Tower and the Sand Dunes. The SInking Bell Tower, standing 45 feet tall, is considered to the strongest and tallest bell tower in the Philippines. Built by the Augustinians in 1612, the tower is sinking because of its weight and soft foundations of sand. They say that the entrance was high enough to let a horse-rider in, but now, a person has to lean while entering the tower. Unfortunately, they do not allow visitors to climb up anymore.

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The sinking bell tower of Laoag city

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A panoramic view of the sand dunes

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Where the sand dunes meets sea

PAGUDPUD

This coastal resort town was my next stop and the place gave me a great insight into nature. The white sand beaches and clear water of the beaches made me fall in love with this city. Let me cut this paragraph short, because a picture is worth a thousand words.

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The Patapat Viaduct

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The Timmangtang Rock

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Bantay Abot Cave

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The Blue Lagoon

TAGAYTAY

The last phase of the trip was in the Tagaytay city of Cavite province. Because of its high altitude, this city is blessed with a great climate. Taal Volcano is one of the most beautiful thing about this place. Taal lake surround the volcano and it fills the caldera formed by the historic eruptions of the volcano. This is the third largest lake in the Philippines. Volcano Island lies near the center of the lake. This island also has a crater lake on it, and it the world’s largest lake on an island (Volcano Island) in a lake (Taal Lake) on an island.

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Volcano Island at the center of the Taal lake

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The crater lake on the Volcano Island

This post is incomplete without a mention of the Red Horse. It’s amazing balance of sweet and bitter made me grab a bottle everyday.

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Four bowls of garlic rice and a Swedish massage later, I was on my way back to Taiwan. If anyone of you needs further details, travel advice etc, feel free to drop me an e-mail at 4yearoldadult@gmail.com

©4yearoldadult

The silence of the waves

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Saud Beach, Philippines

Each one of you are going to interpret this picture in a different way. I went to sit near the waves at around 12 in the night, and my expressions chose Hindi this time:

इन लहरों के सन्नाटे में
कुछ शब्द सुनाई देते हैं
लफ्ज़ न तेरे हैं न मेरे
बस चंद लम्हों के फेरे हैं
न एक शब्द बोला उसनें
न मेरी ज़ुबां ने ज़हमत की
बात जो पहले रह गयी
वो आज बिन बोलो हो गयी

I was planning to post it in English, but I was afraid of losing the impact. Anyways, let me try to give an English version for my English readers. I hope to bring atleast half of the effect into the translated version:

In the silence of these waves

Some words strike my ears

They are neither yours nor mine

Just a colossal time turbine

Neither did she speak a word

Nor my tongue took the pain

The incomplete talk of the past

Happened today without the words

©4yearoldadult

The Blogger Travel Initiative

“Do not let life escape you, keep travelling”

I have always believed that any moment can change our lives for better. One such moment made me write about it and I often go back to that post to inspire myself. Every one of us has a desire of seeing the world but, we get too involved in our professional lives and this desire gets suppressed. One can ignore it for a while, but the travel mutation never dies. I would like to try and ignite that spark of travelling in the minds of my intellectual readers. I have no intention of buttering you guys and I have already mentioned in an earlier post that only toast deserves the butter from my spoon. Jokes apart, one naive travel idea struck my mind and I would like to share it here.

What if we start sharing our travel plans on our respective blogs and invite our fellow bloggers to join us on the trip. What can be more exciting than to meet those who keeps the writer within us alive by inspiring us with their words of appreciation. This is just a proposal, let us see if it works. If you like the idea, I will wait for your comments and reblogs.

I would like to share my upcoming travel plans:

July 18th-24th: Manila

Aug 24th-28th: Hong Kong

This is your chance to experience such an evening
                                This is your chance to experience such an evening in Manila

                                                           If not Manila, does Hong Kong inspires you?

Such a plan is bound to be a budget trip, because I am yet to reach that level where I can afford to forget the date on which my stipend gets credited to my bank account. I hope to amuse some of my readers and convince them to join me this summer. Looking forward to your responses.

©4yearoldadult