There’s Oppie, sitting on top of my 2016 planner and a pile of journals I recently claimed from Coffee Bean. Sandwiched is my worn-out yet reliable 10th edition Lonely Planet travel guide book on the Philippines which I have been using since 2009. A globe at one side and a couple of pandas – ref magnet, keychain-stuffed toy and paper weight, these can easily reveal my love for pandas and travel.
The love for travel and going to a lot of places may have started with my interest on geography. Back when I was young, I often spend much time at a bibliothéque for atlases, maps, geography books and NatGeo mags. I was fascinated on pictures of people and places, of villages and cities, on houses and buildings, of mountains and seas. I was interested as well on amazing creatures big or small and of festivals and holidays.
I carried that certain love for travel now. The LP guide book definitely gave me that drive to explore the world, starting with my very own country.
The Philippines, being an archipelago, provides a lot of opportunities for us to travel and learn. Most of us may have similar chances to go on a trip to a popular beach or to witness a festival and so on, but no two travel experiences are ever the same. Every traveler has a unique journey. Every traveler has unique stories to tell.
And so I’ll wander. There’s so many places to be in. Several places I’d rather go. So many adventures I wanted to try. To wander is to take on a specific journey and to focus on reaching a certain destination. Not all those who wander are lost, said J.R.R. Tolkien but I say that some of us who wander, would rather get lost in the moment to breathe and appreciate what our eyes can see and what our senses can feel in the travels we take.
To me, the world is a wanderland. So let me tell you more about it.