Where is gladJAYtor now?

Good day my dear avid readers! (As if I have a lot of readers.)

I would like to say sorry for not updating this blog site for some time. Honestly, I have been busy with few things. I have been surfing, exploring, surfing, working, surfing and a few more surfing sessions. Yes, I am addicted to surfing. I’m still learning a lot of things about surfing. Wait, did I just say surfing, again? Sorry, it’s just all over my system and I couldn’t help ’em. I just added this entry to let you all know that I am still alive. I did not fall off the cliff or died while swimming on the beach alone or get kidnapped by some bandits.

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Please do not worry about me or that I might stop exploring because I get addicted to surfing. I still go to places from time to time. I still hike and climb mountains if the waves aren’t surfable (if there is such term). I still dream of going to places that most people would not dare set their foot on. I still crave to swim and discover beaches that aren’t popular and away from the tourists. I am still the same crazy dude who loves cliff jumping and traveling alone. (But  I found some cool friends who do the same stupid things that I love. They are as aggressive, brave and as crazy as I am. Now, most of the times I travel with them. But I will set my own trip to somewhere alone again, soon. I think everyone needs a “me time”.)

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Photo credits:  Scher Padilla of http://schergoesplaces.blogspot.com

If you’re wondering, where the hell is gladJAYtor now? The answer is simple, he is just somewhere on his hammock, reading a book or contemplating about life. Or maybe he is watching the news while cursing some politicians (Yes, I do that!) Or maybe he is just somewhere in the happiest place on earth riding the waves.

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Thank you for your support. I am happy to see that I still get around 150-200 views a day. Small things that makes me happy. Keep exploring my dear friends!

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My Defense On Why I Travel Solo

Recently, I have been receiving a lot of comments from friends and colleagues at work whenever I return from a trip. Be it a short or long trip. And most of the comments are really not favorable. Why am I not surprised? At the very moment I returned from my first backpacking adventure last year I heard almost all of them.

What are the common comments/statements/questions I got?
“Why are you traveling solo?”
“You are such a loner!”
“Are you soul-searching?”
“Aren’t you afraid you might get lost?
“Ang yaman!”
“Are you going through some mid-life crisis?”
Some were even morbid…
“What if you get killed while you’re inside your tent sleeping at night in a remote area?”

Even before I started wandering off, I have read them all from other backpackers. Every single solo traveler who writes their own experiences have their fair-share of this questioning from people who don’t understand.

Caught Unprepared
This is just troubling me lately as to whenever I post a picture or status about my upcoming or recent activity, left and right people would have their own piece and talk as if they know me better and what is really going through my head as I post it. One time, I was asked and caught unprepared. I was not able to answer back instead I just shrug my shoulder

I never get tired of telling people how I love to travel and to try out new adventures. I often recommend to friends to try it themselves and give them a little travel tip. I always tell them to browse through some good articles online about solo backpacking as that’s where I started.

Never Say “Ang Yaman Mo!”
So let me defend myself here. This is what really runs through my brain whenever I plan for a trip.
At first, this disease called “Wanderlust” would create a sense of need for me to go out on the road. The thought of going to a place I’ve never been to before causes a tingling sensation and excites me more. The fact that I don’t have enough money on my pocket adds up a little more excitement.(Don’t ask, I don’t know either). So when people gives the statement “Ang yaman mo naman!”, at the back of my head, I am telling them “Only if you know the amount of money I have on my savings you would beg on your knees and feel sorry you have said those words and would treat me for a lunch.”

Secondly, when I travel, especially when I am solo, that’s the only time I get to enjoy the more as I care less about my activities. I could be lazy and just beach bum or swim the whole day instead of running all over the town to see the other landmarks of the area. I hate it when I have to think of what my company wants to do while traveling. Maybe I am selfish in this manner. But deciding for others are really painstaking and could get you into trouble. That’s why I always rely on my companions when I am with my friends during a group trip. I hate arguments!

Thirdly, I travel because I love seeing new places. I want to discover and learn the way of lives of the locals (if possible). By any means, I try to connect to them. When I have the chance to talk to them I do. I am a shy-type of person and the only time I get to talk to a local is when I need a tour guide. Most of the times during the trek or tour, I talk to them. I ask them maybe a hundred of questions. Even the smallest fact about the place, how they survive with the income they get from their job, etc.

Lastly, I travel because I get to meet a lot of people and eventually became my friends. Since last year when I started backpacking, I met people during my solo trips. I even had a trip to Mt. Pinatubo this year with the ones I met last year in Pagbilao, Quezon. Everytime I’m traveling alone, this is one of the things I look forward to—meeting new friends!

What’s important is you enjoy your vacation and you make the most out of it. When you’re back home you have something to tell your friends and inspire them and make them excited to try it themselves. What I can say is try something where you are comfortable doing and you are enjoying minus the spoilers and negativities!

Have a safe trip!

My mantra: “You don’t need to be rich to travel the world.”

Spontaneity Brought Us To Baguio

*This is a late post, but I am posting it anyway!

It was still summer, May 23-24, 2012 to be exact. The planning took place on the 22nd, Tuesday when we ended our 4X11 shift. Me and my colleagues at work joked about going out of town. The weather was humid so we decided to go to Baguio. It was one of the most spontaneous travels I’ve ever done so far.No plans at all. We don’t know where to stay but all of us are familiar of this place. My last visit was way back 2009 though.

We, first, started looking for a place to stay in Baguio.
(Research)
Good thing, internet is here and one click away you get the information you need. We decided to get a transient room since it’s much cheaper compare that of a hotel.

We gave ourselves time to rest that morning and pack our things and decided to leave Manila at midnight of the 23rd. The travel time was roughly six hours. I normally don’t sleep while I’m on the road. It was 6 o’clock in the morning when we arrived at the terminal in Baguio. Then tried the “Strawberry Taho”.

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Sunrise, Baguio style

PINIKPIKAN GOT ME CURIOUS!

We decided to spend the morning in the at Camp John Hay to witness the sunrise. Then went to the public market to have our breakfast. It was really random because we don’t know where to eat. We made an agreement to try out foods that we normally don’t eat in Manila. So, we ate in a some sort of an eatery inside the public market. They serve, veggies and other exotic delicacies. We didn’t go extreme though. We stayed at what-we-know kind of foods. The foods were fresh. Especially the vegetables.

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Got me curious what kind of food is this “Pinikpikan” like.

After the breakfast, we headed to a nearby McDonalds to get our dose of coffee. (We broke our roles)

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We had a very odd set of breakfast. After the rice and veggies that we ate at the public market, we also had highland legumes “Mani” in Filipino, together with coffee.

After our breakfast we headed to Mine’s View. Took some pictures then went to Botanical Garden and of course took some more pictures.

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With my two other co-backpackers, Dennis and Edith.

It was around 11 o’clock in the morning when we decided to find a transient place so we can freshen up and unload our backpacks before lunch time. We stumble upon a convention center, I think it was the World Trade Center in Baguio. There’s an event held in that place, so as part of our spontaneous travel (a no-itinerary travel), we went inside and checked the food convention as we saw it from the posters outside the building. It was an exhibit of different equipments, food carts, and anything that has something to do with food business. We didn’t stay long as we can’t really find anything to eat.

Outside the building a tour guide offered us a place to stay. The place was near the famous Fifty’s Diner. We settled our bills and rested for a while then freshen up before we had our lunch.

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I forgot the name of the restaurant but the ambiance was great! And the food too! (Pose as if you are in a commercial)

After our lunch we went to The Strawberry Farm.

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Some of the fruits they sell

We bought some goods like Baguio’s famous broom “walis tambo”, of course, strawberry, my favorite ube jam from Good Shepherd and wild berries.

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This caught my attention. A shelf of wines. Naturally mixed!

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We then decided to go back to the city. We had our dinner at Good Taste. I love the food here! When you visit Baguio and if you’re looking for a place to dine but on a tight budget, I personally recommend this place. No need to order for extra rice.

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Look how big their servings.

One of my favorite place is Baguio. My first time to visit this place, I fell inlove and wanted to live there. Same feelings I had during my second time visiting the place. It’s like my second home!

Twenty-Eight Not-So-Interesting Facts About Me!

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This was taken at University of Macau during our ten days mission trip to Macau. My first out of the country trip.

 

Almost a month from now, I will be celebrating my birthday and you should be able to guess how old I will be.

Here are some facts about me, you might wanna know:

1. I am a weirdo (I admit! And I think, it is obvious) one example, I don’t celebrate my birthday!
2. A self-proclaimed backpacker but has not done a lot of backpacking yet.
3. I am part of a Guinness Book of World Record set last September 2004. (Largest Human Rainbow)
4. My favorite dish is Sinigang na Bangus. (Mahilig sa sabaw)
5. I was caught for Jaywalking in Alabang but I was able to keep my record clean as I was able to escape from the traffic enforcer. (June 24, 2006)
6. My favorite subject back in elementary and high school was history.
7. When in grade school I prefer to listen or watch the news than watching cartoons!
8. I’ve been a silent rusher (The Morning Rush listener) since 2001 (93.9 days).
9. My dream job is to be a disc jockey(FM Radio) or a journalist. *I auditioned for Student DJ in 97.1 WLS FM back when they’re still playing cool music.
10. No one in my family knows that I tried drinking after my biatch girlfriend broke up with me! (but I already stopped drinking)
11. Some of my close friends call me “anti-social” but I tell them that I am more of an “anti-sosyal” kind of person.
12. My ideal age for marriage is 28. (Alam na!)
13. I don’t believe in ghost, zodiac sign, luck and other stupid ideas.
14. Two of my all-time favorite movies are Gladiator and 500 Days Of Summer. The latter tells my love story. Almost everything!
15. I love going to the beach. When I travel, I take pictures of the scenery and seldom take picture of myself. I only do it when I’m with my friends.
16. I hate rain! I love outdoor activities and seldom stays at home.  My favorite numbers are 8 and 38.
17. I love sweets! My favorite ice cream flavor is “Coffee Crumble”. I love banana split blizzard of Dairy Queen too!
18. The initials of my greatest love is J.P.A. 🙂 No name dropping (Baka lumaki pa lalo ang ulo nya.) –So high school.
19. I believe that most politicians in our country are corrupt!
20. The first time I get to watch a porn movie was in college. Late bloomer.
21. I hate cigarettes and its fume! Can I say SUPER HATE?! (I tried it way back in college but never liked it)
22. When in grade school, I represented my school in a quiz bee competition in our district (for History subject) and ended up only at rank 4. I’m also part of the varsity team (track and field).
23. When scolded by someone older– be it a family member or someone superior, like my boss (especially when I’m guilty), I just keep quiet and don’t answer back. Even if they were asking questions already or even if they’re not mad anymore.
24. When I was a kid, I used to believe that I have super powers.
25. I was never admitted to a hospital my entire life.
26. My longest relationship was with my first girlfriend. It lasted for more than 5 years. My shortest was about 2 weeks.
27. I hate mainstream! Anything popular is overrated! That’s my take.
28. I understand a little spanish. I speak English, Filipino and our dialect, Ilonggo.

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UNEXPECTED RECOGNITION

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Very timely, as I reached my one year in the company, I received these recognitions. It feels good and fulfilling when you are being recognized at what you’re doing. But I could have been much more happier if I get not just recognition but also a reward. Cash reward that is!

I wasn’t expecting for it since there are so many other employees who are consistently hitting their metrics. Good thing attendance is not a big factor, as I get to the office early inconsistently!

Bad news though, I won’t get an appraisal for renewing my contract as the others do! So, no celebration will happen.

The Dilemma Between iPad and Travel

I have been saving money for a couple of months now to get a new iPad for myself. As a struggling yuppie, saving has been my “Waterloo”. Everytime I have money on my account I would not let the day pass without spending it. I have this philosophy in life: “Don’t mind if you have no penny left for tomorrow as long as you enjoy life in the moment.” I would eat what I want no matter how expensive it is. I lavish on things I want even if I would have to borrow money from my friends until my next payday.

Being online nowadays is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get connected to your family and friends, but beyond that is the very reason why I want to acquire an iPad.

My spanish has been rustic since it has been almost three years the last time I attended my class. I left school at Nivel(Level) 2 when pressure on my previous work pressed me. Since then, I’ve been wanting to go back to school. My classmates who continued the course are already halfway to the end. They’re also using what they’ve learned at school and earning twice my salary. Imagine how much money I could have earned. I would be able to get all the gadgets I want, New iPad, Macbook Air, a DSLR, a waterproof camera, and get to travel around the country and eventually around the world. Also, I really want to help send my cousins to school. I have close relatives in the province who are less fortunate that are about to graduate in high school. I really want to send them to college. (But I have to save for them. I can’t afford to get all these in one payday.)

Last week, I spent my three days off at home doing nothing. The usual tv-internet-sleep-eat boring routine almost killed me. Being a wanderer, I’d rather be exhausted trekking or swimming than just lay on my bed and do nothing. I feel like I’m sick and disabled. So came weekends, I reported to work and the usual less work load bored me so my adventurer ego wants me to plan my next out-of-town trip. Malapascua island in Cebu had been my dream destination since I learned about the cliff diving. The adrenaline rush it would give me has been hunting me even in my dreams(I’m just exaggerating).

I really wanna try this cliff diving at Malapascua Island. One day I surely will.

The want to get to my dream destination has been increasing in the past few days. I could imagine myself on top of the cliff and about to jump with the feeling of excitement and thrill. But I only have a limited resources and I can’t have both. I am caught in the middle here. As the day approaches I have a 50/50 decision for iPad and Malapascua. But come Friday, I will have to decide whether I get an iPad or go to Malapascua.

I might have to settle for a short trip to Pagbilao or Tagaytay to feed my craving for travel. 🙂

Disclaimer Of A Certified Blogger

I am making this entry to give heads up to those who will come across this blog. I want to inform you all that I am NOT a blogger or maybe I’m just a trying hard one. I admit that my lowest grade when in high school was in English (I’m not good at Math either. Because they say, if you’re good at English, then you’re not good at Math or the other way around. Well, that doesn’t work for me. You can tell, right?) You can surely tell that I have a very limited vocabulary in most of my entries. (If you have been reading my blogs) Undeniably, there would be tons of grammar lapses here and there!

But the very reason why I created this blog site is mainly not for grammar lessons but for me to somehow share my (free-flowing)thoughts to everyone. (seriously, Jay?) I am hoping that at least one of my entries could inspire the readers. Or one could learn a lesson or two from it.

I just feel like, I need to write! (seriously not!)

Reasons Why This Blog Exist?

“Negatron vs. Mr. Brightside”

I have this long debate in mind before creating this blog. The “Negatron” side of me is telling me not to create a blog since there’s already millions of blogs and there’s no reason to flood more the internet with non-sense, no brainy articles. He (my negatron ego) told me that I am not good at writing articles. The other side, “Mr. Brightside”, however, is telling me that I should, because I have a lot of things to write about and that I can inspire millions of people with my free-flowing thoughts 🙂 (self-declared). He even told me that I need to create this blog which will focus more on budget traveling.

The Battle continues…

Negatron, of course, had a rebuttal. He said that I won’t make it because I don’t have the luxury of time to waste on this stupid thing since I work eleven hours a day and that there’s nothing there for me. He even made me ask myself, “What’s in it for me?” He reminded me that my lowest grade when I was in high school was in English. He further explain that if I would make a blog written in Filipino, it would limit my readers. The “millions” would be cut down to thousands or lesser. Mr. Brightside wouldn’t let me down. He enumerated more reasons to push my plan to create this blog.

Here’s what Mr. Brightside has to say:
-I won in an essay writing competation when I was in high school (1st place)
-I can always use Google to research on anything so I may sound knowledgeable (pagGoogle-lan ng time).
-This can help me improve my writing skills or I could practice more on writing
-I can brag about my travel adventures to my friends(The yabang side of me–I don’t think this is positive) 🙂
-Those who’s native tounges aren’t Filipino, they can always do the Google Translate or leave a comment to ask other readers or me to translate the non-english words or phrase for them.
-I can use this blog as a credential to my dream job
-I will have another reason to travel and that is to add my adventure into this blog

He enumerated more reasons but I fell asleep… Even in my dreams, he continued enumrating more reasons which inspired me even more. He said that I might meet my future wife here because she will accidentally read one of my inspiring blogs. (wink)

When I woke up, I have this smile on my face and I feel so inspired to write. Immediately, I was able to write a short poem about a place I’ve been dreaming of visiting. And as they say, the rest is history.

“I’M A BACKPACKER BUT I’M NO DORA”

DISAPPOINTED IS MY NAME!

It has been my dream to travel around the country. See the beautiful places, faces and even the different culture that every island has. So far, I have been to some places like, Subic, Baguio, Pililia, Bulacan, Bataan, Roxas City, Pagbilao and of course to my hometown, Masbate–just to name a few(Naks! akala mo naman nakapunta na talaga sa maraming lugar, few kasi few pa lang talaga napuntahan ko so far).

Last year, me and my friends had about five or more planned out-of-town trips, but all (as in ALL) of them were cancelled. How disappointing it is to learn that a suppose-to-be exciting trip has been cancelled. Disappointed is my last name! My most recent disappointment was a month ago. My friends from my previous company have invited me to a Puerto Galera getaway. It was planned way ahead, as early as January or February. The moment I received the invite, I filed the leave right away. I was so excited because I have been imprisoned in the dusty streets of Manila for almost a year already. I even tried working out to gain some muscles because I know I will have to show off some skin on the beach.(LMAO) So, came April, two weeks prior to the said date, they were asking for confirmation from us. Everyone is excited. Days past and only a few days left when I received a text message coming from one of the organizers saying “Jay, sorry, di tayo tuloy. There have been conflicts with the schedule. So Puerto is cancelled!” Wow! Seriously?! What the?! How in this freaking world a 3-month-planned trip get cancelled?!

They’ve laid down their excuses but I paid no attention to it. They even tried to orchestrate a spa bonding but that’s not what I want to do. Besides you can’t stay there (spa) and get the massage and all the perks for three days.

BACKPACKER

With all the frustrations and disappointments I had from the previous plans, a very wild and crazy idea came to mind. BACKPACKING. I have been considering doing this for some time but it is just too outrageous and an out of norm type of travelling. Besides, I haven’t been to any place alone

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