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it all started here…

I grow up and studied in the Southern region of the Philippine Island, 5 hours away from Manila via private car. It was 6-7 hours land travel by bus during the 90โ€™s, that is because the bus has a lot of stops to drop off and pick up the passengers.ย  It sometimes takes me

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8 hours or more to reach home, depends with the condition of the road, you see the government I think tends to forget that there are roads to maintain in Southern Luzon other than Manila and Northern Luzon. I heard that Northern Luzonsโ€™ are well maintained since then because of the fact that most of the high ranking officials are from there. Traveling during the rainy season was and still is risky, especially if the roads are bad, quite bumpy and slippery. I love the rainy season though in spite and despite of the danger. I also experience hours and hours of traffic because of the feast (fiesta) in the barangays or town, May is the worst month to journey home. It is the month for fiesta in most places in the Philippines, we have this so called โ€œFlores de Mayoโ€, the time when the lovely ladies of the town are elegantly parading in the streets wearing pretty gowns. It is nice to see them parading but hours stuck in traffic is kinda frustrating and tiring so locals usually avoid afternoon travel. I sometimes left home as early as 1 AM to avoid the traffic and to make sure I will have the seats behind the driver.

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I studied and lived in Pasay City for a couple of years after graduating high school, my adventure outside my home town started here. I had the chance to visit Nasugbu Batangas with my cousin and friends during college, we catch the bus from Pasay but I canโ€™t recall how long it took us to reach the house we stayed at. I still remember that I had a fever that evening after an afternoon swim in a nice beach, I was quite sickly when I was young and the fact that it was windy when we went to the beach add up, tโ€™was cold that afternoon. Not much during college since I was in a hurry to get a jobโ€ฆ school, home, school.. my life during college. Iย didnโ€™tย even get to seeย the infamous Manila Zoo that time, but at least I visited the โ€œNayong Pilipino (Philippine Village)โ€ after a year of my stay there. ๐Ÿ˜Š Good enough for me, anyway.

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Then I found a job in Laguna after the short-fun work in a clothing factory in Paraรฑaque. I rented a room, then a house with a friend in Laguna for a year I believed, then decided to rent a house in Paraรฑaque with my parents and siblings since most of them were working in Manila. I stayed with them a couple of years until I went to Dubai for a job.

I never dreamed of flying out of the country, but I have been thinking of living in some secluded spot in the Philippines. I even thought of volunteering in a charity mission to get away from the pressure in the city and at work. Iโ€™ve never gotten used to the life style of the city, probably because Iโ€™m blessed to grow up in a quiet and lovely town of Quezon province, and the fact that my father was quite protective.

I decided to leave my country for some personal reasons and the money is not included. My family were and is not rich, we just have enough to get by. We even had a hard time when my siblings and I were kids, the life is not easy for a family of seven but we are not the kind of family who craves for material things. We are simple minded and contented with what we have but I wanted to learn a lot of things, Iโ€™m probably the adventurous one in the family. I wanted to earn confidence, to see lovely places, to meet people from different cultures and languages, to eat unknown fruits and dishesโ€ฆ it is quite a long list of to do you see. โ˜บ Anyway, my protected and innocent life ends here and I embark to a fun and very challenging journey. It opens my eyes that the world is quite scary and Iโ€™m the only person who can protect myself from it since Iโ€™m far from the family. That a lot of things are happening, things that I canโ€™t comprehend at times, unexpectedly it became part of the lifestyle of some people around me. Saddening but not my business isnโ€™t it?! ๐Ÿ˜‡

This is the end, and the beginning of the long journey away from homeโ€ฆ
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