This would be the annual year-end post of past travels in the previous year. If the theme last 2011 was arranged chronologically, this time, it is presented in my five most epic adventures for 2012.
5. Cebu City, Cebu
I did not make a post about this because I got sick during and after the trip. It was my worst colds episode for the year, but the travel was great nonetheless. That made it epic.
Getting to the oldest city in the Philippines is very easy. Just book your flights on any of the popular air lines going there, or travel by ferry boat. One cheap place to stay there is the Honeybee Royal Inn, located near the University of San Carlos.
Places to see include the site where Magellan planted a wooden cross, signaling the birth of Roman Catholocism in the Philippines, as well as Fort San Pedro, a small triangular fort, with a museum of Spanish photos and artifacts.
When traveling elsewhere, I never fail to visit museums. These are sites where you would see glimpses about a particular place in a historical and physical manner. It enables you to become familiar about the place you are visiting, thus you are not just saying ‘hi’, but also engaging in a conversation to know more about the area.
Our national museum is located in Manila, near Intramuros / Luneta Park. From EDSA, you should be at the LRT 1 (yellow line) EDSA station, and alight at the United Nations station. Ask a security guard, or anyone you feel could be asked for directions, for the way to the National Museum. It takes a 10 to 15-minute walk from UN-LRT1 station to the National Museum. The epic factor for me was, ‘wow! i’m finally here at our national museum!’ :p
It is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Free admission on Sundays, but on regular days; P150 for adults, P120 for senior citizens (and I think for persons with disabilities), and P50 for students.
Although having been in 4 other states in Malaysia (Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis and Kuala Lumpur) last April 2012, my most epic adventure happened in Penang. Having almost circled the area by walking on foot (following the route of the free bus system), I saw a diversity of houses of spiritual worship. It made me think about how each of us should just understand each others’ faith, since we all have reasons as to why we believe in such and such. If you indeed understood those reasons, you would stop judging and classifying who is right or wrong (and therefore stop thinking that ‘I would be saved because this is my religion. They will go to hell, because that is their religion.’ etc.) because it does not matter anymore. If you understood each others’ faith, you would instead think of perfecting your faith.
And how would you do that?
I. Love one another, and since you now believe that there is indeed a God,
II. To live a life of always giving praise to God, which is of course the most important one. You would love your fellow human more, if you live a life of constant praise to God.
Second most epic? I walked barefoot to visit a remote barangay. Why? Because it is the most cool way of getting there.
Although, the main reason was for research, the trip was of absolute wanderlust. Together with fellows, we went to places simply because we wanted to. Tasted local wine, saw rivers, got up-close with large irrigation dams, visited folks, learned much from here and there, and most of all; we saw how a place in the mountains would soon have three lane highways, side by side fields of rice paddies.
So again, I hope for you to discover, explore, and understand the world! Discover the beauty of the places you will soon be at. Explore things that you already know and find something much more. Understand that life in this world is really meant to be enjoyed. Have an epic adventure this 2013. Love and Peace everyone! 😉
a : extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope
(from Merriam-Webster online)