THE FILIPINO FANTASY
To Manila and back
TRAVEL DIARIES - JAI BANERJEE
Travel with me?
Banaue and Sagada was our first trip together. Banaue was all about the physical. It was testing and it completely pushed us to the threshold of our fitness. People who have seen me would know very well that i'm not that much of a trek person, infact I'm not that much of a walking person would be more accurate, but I have trekked before and I did again, all the way through the rice terraces, motivated by my new friends literally pushing me up the hills. But i did it, and that sense of achievement after swimming in the waterfall on the other side, is almost unparalled.
Sagada- The Home of the Dead
Sagada was specially famous for being a graveyard. The entire city was a graveyard. They had underground coffins, they had coffins on the ground and they had the Hanging Coffins, for which it is most famously known. But if you say "Sagada", my mind goes to this one night. Where we lied down in the middle of the road and gazed at the night sky for hours on end. It was just us, and the sky. We chatted and laughed as time passed by leaving us in anonymity.
Oh God, take me back now. Palawan was the core/crux/high/heart of my trip. Okay so here it goes: island hopping, cliff diving, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and zip lining. Long walks in twisting channels, never ending dinners on the beach side with the sounds of the tides hitting the shore, Palawan was the answer to God's idea of serenity. I remember one particular evening where i managed to catch the sunset by the shore, I'm not sure I'll ever get to see anything like it again. A scenery boasting of loud colours just screaming for attention. Well, it had mine.
Sagada- The Home of the Dead
LifeBoat- My Project
A Letter to my Roommates
Its quite silly actually, people struggle for years in making companions that even come close to the distinction of "friends" but all it took us was some dinner and some Karaoke. Time flew by effortlessly in the mirage that was Manila. Our SM North and Trinoma adventures in the hunt for cheap food and free water taught us more than just the acquisition of cheap food and free water, we learnt about Philippines together, almost as good as what Christopher Colombus did. The night you guys saw "Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani" with us, I knew you guys would fit into the "Indian Society" seamlessly, especially since you found Deepika Padukone extremely pretty, much like 99.99999%of our country, your unending curiosity to know of the history between Ranbir and Deepika almost annoyed me, but its okay, it just proves that a part of you is Indian, and I dare you to deny that. Waking up to the smell of God knows what you guys would cook, and sleeping to a series of lame jokes I'd crack always made it easier for me.There's no place I'd so easily associate to home in the Philippines than that room upstairs which kept us all warm, comfortable and most importantly, it kept us together. We went face to face with all fears, and learnt so many different lessons in the process, but also subconsciously we made memories that we knew would never fade.
If i had to spend another 41 days in the unknown, I know who I'd take with me.
I love you guys, immensely :)