After Yolanda, Resignation, and This is it…

After Yolanda…

It has been a month and a half since super Typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan) hit the shores of my country and as much as I want to say something about our government’s response, I believe that it’s best to just stay quiet. And I have my reasons. This doesn’t mean however that I don’t give a shit because I DO and I have been giving a shit. I’m not just that type of person who’d like to start a pointless debate or a conversation that could raise my normal systolic BP to 130 (sorry hun, not today).

If you insist though, here’s something WORTH saying: all relief efforts, big or small, are commendable…and that includes Justin Bieber’s visit. HA!


After quitting my copywriting job which I had for 3 years, I found a temporary writing gig last September. To be honest, my doors were open then even if I knew that I would be leaving (during that time the plan was still sketchy). But you know my heart…it has been telling me to GO. So earlier today, I submitted my resignation letter and I’m out by January and in February, I’m leaving the country to start my “I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN TO ME” journey. I thought last year’s one month journey was the YEAH THING but no man, I think this IS the most ambitious plan ever! EVER!

This is it…

So where will I start? In the lovely Thailand of course. I’ve been to this country thrice and I cannot wait to see other areas apart from Bangkok. I also hope to finally experience the infamous Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. You may think that I might be out of place because I’m now sober.

I’m sober alright but I still know how to party!!! (channeling Wayne Campbell)

(Yes, I know how to dance…I think)

I can’t tell you my other plans for now BUT I’m hoping and crossing my fingers that I will get to see:

a. Borobudur in Central Java, Indonesia – I have never been to Indonesia and it’s one of my target countries next year. I do hope to stay for more than a month.

Oh yeah, this is Borobudur…

b. Israel – I don’t think I have to explain why I have to visit this country. Apart from the important sites, I’m really after the food. Filipinos are visa free for 90 days and I seriously don’t mind eating pita bread, hummus, falafel, baba ganoush, etc for 3 months.

Ahhh food….

Of course, these are all plans and I cannot fulfill them if I stay put in a cubicle in Manila.  I know that once I get out of here, I’ll be out of my comfort zone. But, what can I do right? I don’t think I can live my life in comfort forever. I want to see, explore, discover, and experience everything …wherever I may roam.

I know this entire thing is scary because I’m going to do this on my own (as usual) but let’s not forget that line from Dante’s Inferno…

Cowardice grips your spirit which can twist a man away from the noblest enterprise.

46 days to go!

All photos used in this blog post are not mine. Sources are indicated.

12 thoughts on “After Yolanda, Resignation, and This is it…

  1. Central Java (heartland of the Javanese) is a place I’d like to explore more, beyond Borobudur. You’ll love it there. Good luck on your travels. Will stay tuned for the Israel leg of your journey. Safe travels always!

  2. Go to Yogyakarta. Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko. You can also go trekking at Mt. Merapi. There are a lot of cheap hotels and hostels along Malioboro Road. Book a rent a car for the whole day. You can have sunrise at Borobudur, then go to Prambanan then sunset at Ratu Boko. I booked TJ Rent a car for 350,000 IDR for one full day including petrol and english speaking driver. His name is Mr. Ugi and this is his cellphone number. 08121589136. Enjoy your Yogyakarta trip. And oh, dont forget to eat gudeg. It’s their local delicacy. It is delicious.:)

  3. Pingback: Borobudur Morning | Rica's Rucksack - Travel Blog

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