Ilonggo Travels (Part 1)

Nov 15, 2011 by

An Italian Poet, Cesare Pavese, says about travelling:

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

For this special episode of myiloilo features, we have asked a few of our friends to share their memorable travels and what made it special.

Yen-Yen Samson

1. What is the most memorable trip you have ever made? Which place did you go to and when was this?

The latest one which was in Singapore last November 2-5

2. Why is that particular trip memorable?

It was the first one abroad with the kiddo…actually the trip was ALL about HIM!

3. What particular aspect of that trip did you find most exciting? What about the least exciting aspect?

Most exciting – The numerous “firsts” for Gabe, I was more excited for him. The laughter, smiles and “thank-you’s” to mom & dad were priceless (dakilang mommy gd ang dating huh).

Least exciting – The walking part! And we did a lot of that! Also didn’t have much “me” time (translation-shopping, as I’ve said the trip was all about Gabe). BUT enjoyed the food trip (the hawkers!) and the hubby got me a gift (kuno hehehe).

4. If there’s one place you’d like to visit (that you haven’t been to yet), what is it and why?

Only one?! I actually have a list haha! Hmmm would actually want to go somewhere exotic or mysterious (if not kinda weird, as I’m sure the hubby will think so) like Morocco, Egypt or Machu Picchu! Haay someday…

Yen-Yen Samson and her family.

 

 

 

AISHA PENALOSA

March of 2011…Bangkok Thailand. The last trip was very memorable ‘coz my family and I travelled together with my two best friends. I would have not asked for more than travelling with them.

It was special because every night at the hotel room, it was like a banquet….each of us would buy foods that we like on the street and bring them to our grandparents room and my grandma would serve it in such a way that none of us would think they were bought on the streets.

Going to the floating market also made my trip complete. The 1st time I came to Bangkok I tried riding the boats but this time I stayed at the market where again, food is abundant. I always believe that one could only experience culture if you go to places locals go to and eat what they eat.  The least exciting aspect would probably be seeing the same buildings around the city. I had hoped to see more of their temples and Thai heritage and architecture. I’ve only seen a few.

Since I was a child, I’ve always wondered how Mexico looks like and their people. I wanted to learn their language, culture and their way of living. I think they are beautiful people and I would love to experience that. Also, my favorite foods are Mexican so it would be a great experience for me to learn how to cook ….Mexican style!

Aisha in Bangkok

 

 

JODOLF RYAN CATONG

1. What is the most memorable trip you have ever made? Which place did you go to and when was this?

The trip with my family and friends in Hongkong and Macau because that was my first time to travel internationally. This was I think around March of 2010.

2. Why is that particular trip memorable?

First of all, the thought itself of travelling internationally excited me since I was looking forward to seeing new crowd/faces, experience new culture and cuisines. The trip was really memorable since that was the first time that my family and friends bonded. It was really fun not to mention that that travel was sponsored by my older sister since she was celebrating her birthday on the 13th of that month (the best things in life are FREE) lol.

3. What particular aspect of that trip did you find most exciting? What about the least exciting aspect?

It was when we arrived first thing at the airport when we least expected the really cold weather that time. Most of the clothes I brought were v-neck – good thing I had one sweater with me. When we got out of the airport, it was really cold, I think the temperature around that time was around 7-8 degrees — one of the coldest that HK has ever had, a local informed us.

4. If there’s one place you’d like to visit (that you haven’t been to yet), what is it and why?

My ultimate most “want-to-visit” place is I think The United States specifically in Chicago since I have my best buddy (bff) there. I think it would be really fun being with your buddy travelling.

Jodolf (rightmost) and his family.

 

 

ANGELEE SOMO

1. What is the most memorable trip you have ever made?

Snorkeling at Apo Island with colleagues. Apo Island is 30 km South of Dumaguete City.

2. Why is that particular trip memorable?

I’m not an underwater fan but the underwater scene in Apo Island is Heaven!  It’s like being inside a gigantic aquarium — so serene and can be a great getaway from life’s stress and adversities. 

3. What particular aspect of that trip did you find most exciting?

Riding the small banka (boat) with 15 people on board for 45 mins under the scorching heat of the sun from Zamboanguita to the island. But I appreciated every detail of the trip.

4. If there’s one place you’d like to visit (that you haven’t been to yet), what is it and why?

Paris. I would love to go see the Eiffl Tower and learn more about the romantic city.  Merci Beacoup!

Angelee in Apo Island

 

 

CARMELA ABONADO

I visited some places and have memorable moments but it’s not yet enough. LOL! Maybe the latest trip in Singapore, May 2011 2. It was memorable ‘coz actually it was my first time to ride a roller coaster hahaha!

It’s always exciting going to places with only a map on my hand. LOL! I love adventure!!!

I want to see Europe someday – Holy land!

Carmela in Singapore

 

 

 

MABEL AQUINO TOLEDO

Every trip has its own story worth remembering. But if I’ll choose the most among the most, it’s a toss between my high school educational tour in Luzon and my US Trip. But ok I’ll choose the US trip instead. We went to California and California alone (haha) last March 2010.

There’s a lot to remember about this trip. For one, the trip was unexpected, at least for me. My parents were scheduled to attend a seminar in San Diego but on the last-minute they decided to bring me along; it was sort of a delayed 18th birthday trip. 

I was two weeks absent in school for that trip. Although we just went to San Diego and LA for 9 days, I got to visit Sea World, Universal Studios, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. I was one happy kid. Got the feel of being an only child for almost two weeks and I have both parents to nag for outlet shopping!! On top of the list of what made the trip memorable was the chance to wear my “dream” outfit. I was sooo happy when I bought and wore my boots! haha.

ALL my trips are special. I love adventure – getting lost in a new place; trying new and unique cuisine; living a suite life; and understanding different cultures. The downside of every trip is PACKING. Packing and unpacking, actually. It’s just so hard to pick the right type and number of clothes. 

It has been my long-time dream to be able to step foot on Japan; Tokyo and Hiroshima in particular. My mom and dad had their post-grad studies there, and my sister was born in Hiroshima. I’ve heard and seen lots of good stories about the place, the people, and the culture. I want to experience myself everything my mom always tells us about this wonderful place and she, herself, wants to visit again and again.

Mabel in the US

2 Comments

  1. yen

    Sir bob thank youuu! Daw na shy man ko sa labutaw ko na writing tani gn edit ko man hahaha!

    • bobby

      Hahaha! Thank you for sending your answers too… No worries about the labutaw part.. It makes the article look natural and casual… I dont want it to look too academic. LOL… See you soon! =)

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