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Created by Eugene Villar.
Yeah, I made up my mind to finally get to tagging wherever I’ve been on Eugene’s app. On with the entry.
I’m not a particularly well-traveled person even in my own country. I prefer spending the rest of my life in one place, where I don’t have to put up with Dad’s endless loops of the Eagles (good), the Bee Gees (bad), and the musical stylings of Baguio’s own Joel Tingbaoen (the burnination). Yet in retrospect, I think I’m very fortunate to have set foot in all three island groups of the Philippines… although I skipped around 6,999 of them along the way.
Don’t get me wrong: I’d like to see some more – a lot more – of the Philippines, but I absolutely hate travelling. I only have to put up with Dad’s car stereo come Christmastime, but I do have to put up with the awesomeness of free music. I just turn off the iPod, and rock and roll to the tune of Men Oppose, the April Boys, the whole gamut of 7-Eleven music (the greatest hits of Air Supply), and piped-in music at Shoemart. There’s always the obligatory Jason Statham movie in the bus if I’m stuck in traffic.
Whenever I travel, I always look for two things: food and alcohol. General Santos City was the only place I ever ate fish to my heart’s content, and Dumaguete is the best damn place for a beer or a few shots of rhum (Tagaytay is a very close second). Yet for all those sojourns at Ilocos, I never dared make a comparison between the various types of pinakbet, since there’s really no comparison to be made. I should make a mental note to save up and visit Davao again really soon; it’s been like ages since I’ve last been to the place. Sagada? Oh yes, definitely; not for the tours, but again, for the food.
I look at Eugene’s map and I marvel at how many places I have yet to visit. Even in those wonderfully blue places – Baguio and Manila – there are places I have yet to visit. Yet for all the fun that there is to be had on flight stewardesses demonstrating survival protocol (yes, keep on demonstrating), the awesomeness of eateries, and tasting/testing the flavors of San Miguel on different destinations, I still don’t like the idea of travel. People should really get to work with those darned translocators.