Ok…here we go.
I’ve been out of touch for almost a year. I’ve dropped all of my writing and frankly I didn’t care. I suppose the best excuse is being ‘busy’, but in fact, I just lost interest. I had no idea what to write and my living circumstances had changed. I was focused on surviving and not writing. Although if I had continued to write during this time I might have figured ‘things’ out sooner.
One of the reasons I am back to writing is that I bought a macbook pro and bought a very cool writing app for it, Scrivener. I wanted a minimalist app but also I needed help in organizing. This does it all. Sooooo….lets start again.
Ive spent the greater part of the year in the Philippines. Most of my travels have centered around Luzon. Baguio is my most frequent destination. Baguio is nice due to its location in the mountains. Its cool and more pleasant. Agriculture abounds here. Organic veggies are a norm as well as great highlands coffee. I’ll drive the 6 plus hours to Baguio, get a hotel suite in a fairly quiet place. Go shop for vegetables and coffee. Both by the kilo. Many kilos. Go back to the hotel and clean, juice the veggies. Make coffee and eat the local sweet bread. Fruits are abundant as well. Then hike. Lots of nice trails and places to hang out. If by the off-chance you are into biking and off-road travel, there are a plethora of trails and routes to go. The outdoor sports scene is thriving in Baguio.
Another great place to hang out is Baler. Just north of Metro Manila; its about a 2+ hour drive. Well known for surfing. Yep…surfing. Look, you won’t get Maverick type of surf, but for kicking around during a weekend, its great. Plenty of places to eat and one can even sleep (camp) in a tent near the beach. Many do. Younger folk. As for me, I need a simple, clean hotel/motel. Age, man, age…!
If you come out here, grab a newer released map, your smartphone GPS and a spirit of adventure. Many places outside of MM to visit. Remember safely and to negotiate pricing for EVERYTHING. I mean it. If not, you will be paying extra and its not all cheap thrills here. It can get expensive.
So, this is my first blog in about a year. I’m rusty…and in need of some serious motivating.
Talk to you next week.
See you around-