My home country, the Philippines.
And yes, I’m quite ashamed that out of its 7,107 islands, this is all that I have been and seen.
My Lakbayan grade is D! =’ (
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Alibis. Grew up in Pangasinan, studied in Baguio, then back to Pangasinan after grad to work. Then became an OFW. That lone trip to the Visayas region was to Boracay for a school NatCon. Trips to Manila were mostly for appointments in national government agencies for this and that necessary docs.
Let’s say maybe I just didn’t have the drive to go out more and explore. I was quite OK with my routine then: home-school-work-booze-home. I was a working student until I was taking my MBA. And we were always drinking during free time. Hehe.
Maybe we justified drinking was cheaper than travel. Maybe it was indeed. One bottle of 4×4 gin was only a dollar back then. Add a handful of peanuts and 3 of your friends and u’re set! Then came the powerful Videoke. Wala na. Pamorningan na to. = p
The farthest we can go is Bonuan Beach in Dagupan. With a stopover in Galvan of course for some hot soup to “wash away” some of the drunken dizziness hehehe. We were young. We were happy that way. 🙂
Since becoming an OFW, I have been going home at least once a year but each with only 2 weeks max. duration. And each time has a main target / purpose: To help mom move to new store / house. To process docs with DAR. To physically inspect construction completion / status. And so on and so forth.
I do try to squeeze in a day or two for out of town trips, and usually, one’s always a trip to Baguio, hehehe. It’s now like tradition for me to go with my mom and siblings to Manaoag Church early morning then go up to Baguio for pasyal, pasyal. I just love Baguio… 🙂
However, I would like to see more of my home country. It may not be easy as I’m still far away. But one day I know I’ll be going home to have more time to explore. I believe it’s never too late until it’s too late (Ano raw?). Quoting Mac Arthur, I shall return! 🙂
Meantime, I shall plan and save for my annual 2-3week VLs and strive to make the most out of each. I intend to explore and cover more places than i can drink beer bottles! Just kidding. I’ve been quite sober for some time now. Nagamature naman naman na ng konte maski papaano. hehe.
Nope, I don’t wanna be a stranger in my own country.
I’m looking forward to that day when I’m truly able to say It’s More Fun In The Philippines! 🙂
Note to self: To update at year end. 🙂