so i'm back. after five days of travelling via buses, jeepneys, cabs and by foot, i am definitely back.
in all honesty, i think i achieved what i wanted out of this vacation. even though i was not able to attend the yoga session that made me go to Baguio in the first place, i was able to find a substitute activity for it.
Days 1 and 2 were about Thanksgiving. this was the part of the trip where i had to be with relatives, and i chose Olongapo. i was able to hang out with my nephews and nieces for a bit. i also treated some of them to food, and went around the mall in the base. lately, i have not gotten out of my way to meet with relatives, i would have preferred that they went to Manila, so this was one way to let me get out of my comfort zone. Subic has changed. it is more open to people now. i never felt as though i was in another place.
Day 3 was about relaxing. even though the place i went to was a surfing spot, i never did surf. all i needed were the sun, the shore and the sound of the crashing waves. i would never get so much waves in any other place, i guess. there i was, reading a book alone, while the others enjoyed surfing. i didn't think about anything, or anyone. i had a great time with myself. as i planned, i smoked and drank, as i bid goodbye to my vices. that was the last shot of Absolut, paired with the last pack of cigarettes.
Days 4 and 5 were originally for yoga, but i wasn't contacted by the organizers. instead, i communicated with nature and culture. dressed in shorts and my trusty jacket, i braved the cold drizzles of Baguio and roamed around the city. it was as if on queue that i found myself in the clouds. after that i was surrounded by beautiful flowers and talked to God while crying, alone in the rain. i made a pact with Him, whatever His will for me was.
after all the food i ate, the people i was with, the things i'm turning my back to, and all the pretty things that made me appreciate my life more, i was really thankful. it was not the perfectly planned trip that went by according to schedule, but i found myself in the right places. there are three things that i was able to focus on: family, serenity and nature. this trip has shown me the kind of fun that most people forget. food tastes much better when shared with family. i am most at peace when i'm at the beach. and there are a lot of places that will make me feel that God is really awesome.
my next trips will be shorter. no more province hopping for the meantime. but i hope to learn more in the next adventures.