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Travel Ideas on Weekend Getaway

Updated on September 30, 2012

A sort of travelogue

The last weekend of September brought me into both melancholy and surprise as unexpected invitation came rightly into my eyes while perusing my Facebook account.

I was melancholic or in the verge of loneliness while anticipating my work trip abroad as a seafarer and surprise as a very daring invite came from a friend who is willing to let me visit their home.

Without much farther ado, I sit aside my previous plans and hit it on a very special road trip that will also bring back memories during my radio days.

It's still an unfamiliar terrain for me as I am heading to the place with just the direction through text messages. Talk about modern technology, huh!

In other words, with a little money in my pocket, I followed my friend's advice that I should revisit their place and spend the weekend with her family.

It was raining when I boarded an ordinary bus going to the city of their place. Our texting episodes continue until I reach the bus terminal of the city. I looked for the right jeepney which will take me to their place.

After hours of rainy trip, I reached their place, seeing my friend and her niece waiting for my arrival.

The succeeding two days were an enjoyable weekend of reminiscing old events, cooking comfort foods (Filipino dishes), enjoying the music, sharing comments on the programs being viewed on television and relating family stories that interlink our friendship.


Some of my activities during my weekend trip

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1. Selecting two native chickens to be slaughtered (all photos by Travel Man, Sept. 28-29, 2012)2. Appreciating the bamboos that abound in the area.3. Scrutinizing droplets of morning dew 4. Awestruck with the orchid flowers5. The guard of the house 6. The silent watcher7. Snapping a copy of my younger self8. PANCIT BIJON GUISADO (Sauteed rice noodles) Indulging in food abundance. Thank you God.9. Admiring the flower of string beans10. The cow and the crane11. Taking a photo of a serene view12. Slaughtering the native chicken
1. Selecting two native chickens to be slaughtered (all photos by Travel Man, Sept. 28-29, 2012)
1. Selecting two native chickens to be slaughtered (all photos by Travel Man, Sept. 28-29, 2012)
2. Appreciating the bamboos that abound in the area.
2. Appreciating the bamboos that abound in the area.
3. Scrutinizing droplets of morning dew
3. Scrutinizing droplets of morning dew
4. Awestruck with the orchid flowers
4. Awestruck with the orchid flowers
5. The guard of the house
5. The guard of the house
6. The silent watcher
6. The silent watcher
7. Snapping a copy of my younger self
7. Snapping a copy of my younger self
8. PANCIT BIJON GUISADO (Sauteed rice noodles) Indulging in food abundance. Thank you God.
8. PANCIT BIJON GUISADO (Sauteed rice noodles) Indulging in food abundance. Thank you God.
9. Admiring the flower of string beans
9. Admiring the flower of string beans
10. The cow and the crane
10. The cow and the crane
11. Taking a photo of a serene view
11. Taking a photo of a serene view
12. Slaughtering the native chicken
12. Slaughtering the native chicken

Share your ideas

I never run out of ideas when it comes to having a fun-filled weekend, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Here's what I've learned during the impromptu invitation made by my friend.

  1. The proximity of the place is also equals to the money you'll spend on that weekend trip.
  2. Expect help from the one who invited you. He or she just want to see the new you and have a chat with you.
  3. Enjoy reminiscing what happened ten years ago. It's all recorded in our minds plus the available old photos you can scan, if you don't have a copy of it.
  4. Try helping cooking viands in the kitchen. Share your home-cooked recipes that they'll surely enjoy.
  5. Talk about everything, from current events, personal or family matters over a cup of coffee or fresh refreshments, like buko (young coconut fruit) or share opinion regarding television programs they like.
  6. Appreciate the environment and befriend their neighbors, as well.

Things just happened so fast and unexpectedly in a span of ten years.

  • My friend told me that her nurse-friend met a road accident while on the way for vacation in the province at the northern part of the country.
  • She happily recounted that her grandmother (father side) celebrated her 100th birthday recently. When asked about her longevity, her abuela (granny) answered that the secret is all about eating vegetables. Bulanglang or boiled vegetables are still preferred by the elderly instead of fancy foods at the nearest fastfood or restaurants.
  • Other elders, including her father are now cautioned to evade smoking cigarette and drinking hard liquor (lambanog), since it can trigger more deadly complications, like lung cancer and heart attack.


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ComfortB: Genuine happiness is always with the simple things that are around us.

      I take time to savor it while I still exist.

      Thank you for sharing your time in this hub.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I can see that you're living in an environment that is rich in nature, and you're taking the time to savor each moment. The simple things of life are the ones that brings the most joy.

      Those native hens are healthier and tastier than the processed ones we get hear in The States. Miss those days of running after the hens that usually end up on our dinner table in Nigeria. Thanks for bringing back good memories and for sharing your experience.

      Voted up and beautiful.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      rcrumple: Thank you, Sir. I did it all for the heck of it. They've been craving for stewed chicken and chicken in coconut milk, then I did what I had to do (lol). Just to document it, I always need photos to prove that I really cooked that native chickens. :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @carol7777: Thank you for the happy thoughts that you've shared here.

      It's not planned, only an impromptu rendezvous but I was opt for a subtle surprises as I rekindled my friendship with the family. :)

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Interesting Hub! An experience to remember... even with the sacrificial chicken. : ) I'd love to try some of the dishes. Great Job!

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      What a great idea as you turned a day into an adventure..Like the photos and always food for thought there are many free fun things to do.

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