Seize every opportunity to leave, travel and see places. One way and probably the best way to do it is to go with your family. It’s fun, funny, fulfilling and it’s free!
The holidays for me, always involved a 12 hour++ road trip (dad is our driver and he stops to sleep on the road a lot), going home to see relatives in the province, smelling my lola’s old iskaparate (closet) in our little balay (house), walking the dingy but comforting alleys of the Rilanse (wet market), sprawling along the shores of Sabang Beach, eating lots of seafood especially kasag (crab), enjoying the company of childhood friends and eating more kasag.
My dad was born and raised in probably the farthest, littlest town in Bicol: Bulan, Sorsogon and I already considered it to be my hometown too, even if I grew up and spent most of my waking days in Laguna.
Being in the province has always calmed me down. Time seems to be slower near the sea , the little shacks that line up that community and seeing hunched up para-uma(s) (farmers) makes me realize how richly blessed I am.
We never leave this hometown without seeing other equally stunning places within the bongto (town) and in the neighboring bongto. This trip made me discover a Lake Bariis located in Sta Remedios in Bulan!
And our visit would never be complete without getting our feet scratched on the corally shores of Sta Magdalena Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon.
In all manner of speaking, going home is always worth the journey that takes more than a day. It has always been and will always be awesome.
Enjoy life in transit,