Saying GoodBye To The Philippines

By BobbyRica | January 31, 2011

surfer

A few more days in Vigan made me think of my home in Costa Rica. The Philippines was a great diversion. Even though I was having the time of my life here, I missed the waves back home.

As I rode the strong brisk waves of the South China Sea one last time, the vigorous-ness of the sea here is different and oftentimes unwelcoming. Unlike most surfers who are addicted to danger, I hate to admit that I am more inclined to what is familiar. Maybe it’s old age catching up with me. But who am I to complain? I knew I was getting an adventure, and I am glad I got to experience it the way it did.

rose

Before we left for Vigan, I approached every cute girl that I got to know and handed them a rose (where a small piece of paper bearing my cellphone number and email address is cleverly wrapped on the bud; courtesy of a kind old lady who I paid P600 to handcrafted each bud). Eat your heart out, Gerard Butler!

So as we headed back to Manila, I felt a bit relieved, but with a heavy heart. I barely scratched the surface on what the Philippines is all about. The culture is quite different from what I am used to. I thought — at first — that it would be quite similar to Costa Rica given that the Spaniards lived here for centuries. Not so. The Philippine culture seems to be a confusing hodge podge of Western, Oriental, Polynesian and Malay influences, which can be overwhelming to an outsider like me. But if you go with the flow, you realize it ain’t as bad as I thought it was.

road trip 2

Looking back, I was able to do what I wanted to do here for a few weeks of playtime. It was a unique experience eating balut. It was fun going around the countryside looking for great beaches (even though the Philippines is blessed with tons of more beaches worth exploring). And it was great meeting all these beautiful bronzed beauties who are just everywhere. I am lucky to have gone here.

So I bid adieu to the archipelago and fly off to the sunset as I and Akasha are whisked back to the States. As I write this, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the sixteen hour trip. Good thing, I was ready. I sneaked on my very good friend Jack Daniels, and he will definitely keep me company throughout the long arduous trip.

In the next couple of days, we head back to Costa Rica for more mayhem under the tropical sun! See you back here in a couple!

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