This letter took a long while to write again, a part of me feels like I am rusty in putting my thoughts into good words again. As told before we actually have no idea why we stopped but I guess the truth is that we are figuring ourselves out for our everyday living and what we will do with the future, I mean it does not stop anyway right? Learning yourself more and more. Apart from that we are also working on ways to see each other more and also to build a nice place to look forward to not just for this community that we’ve built but also for ourselves.
This year I went back to my second home, the Philippines, and of course, to also close the thousand miles distance from Eena. Whenever I talk to Filipinos they were always astounded on how I am still amazed in seeing the beauty of their country, coming from Europe, Metro Manila is wonderfully alive even with all the chaos that surrounds it.
In my last visit, we finally went to Filling Station, an American Diner, located in Makati. I know for city locals this place is just another diner for nice photographs and such, but for me it will simply take you to an emotionally different world. The lights, booths, the vibe, and even the statues will simply boosts happiness. Our memories here were simple but that’s what we needed–to be close and just talk about the silliest things for that day. Aside from that, my geek heart and love for the beauty of diner couldn't be happier as well as my stomach, we ate like kings and queens till we were almost exploding.
Leaving the city has always been a part of our itinerary for years now and somewhere that is becoming a special place for us is Baguio, a province that is full of beautiful mysteries and a place where a lot of Filipinos overlook and underestimate.
The serenity of the province is truly what makes the place so special for both of us, it teaches us how to live slow even just for a couple of days and to just forget the busy city life that awaits when we go down the mountain.
Our last visit was our second time and we were there for a couple of days; the traffic may not be different from the Metro, but its sceneries is something that I always think of the Philippines–breathtaking and something that I hope for in the city. Baguio is not only colder, which I admit is so good for me, but it never fails to make me feel close with nature, where you can do a lot of sightseeing and hiking, and I only wish that its destruction will stop and not spread like a wildfire.
The typhoon became one of the main highlights of our trip, it almost stopped us from going there due to the probable landslides that might have obstructed our path even, but never the less we still wanted to try and make the best of it. Luckily, there were no obstructions in our way besides some rainfall here and there. It is sad however that people from here experiences worst, but I am in no position to talk about the government and what must be done however, one thing is for sure, it might be better if we (yes, including us tourists) could all work together to at least save the environment. It is sad that having floods with a sea of trash is a normal thing but what’s worst is the people just lets this go. The Philippines is more than Boracay and the government can’t just close everything that is destroyed, instead people should learn how to be mindful with everything that we throw and leave behind.
Going back to a good memory (or I’d say another foodventure), we found ourselves inside this small restaurant, The Farmer’s Daughter. It wasn't too far from where we were staying and it was a healthy option, which might not seem like I love but I honestly do. The only downside was that we weren't able to see the beautiful view cause of the fog, but we were still able to go to Tam-Awan Village, an artist village, right beside it.
Food-wise it was absolutely great, big portions, fresh and delicious, with a giant piece of ube cake for dessert.
And even though there was so much fog and rain during our stay, we did not let those bother us, instead, we saw it as an opportunity to see the province of Benguet in a more wonderful light.
We will definitely go back there in the future, because we know in ourselves that we still thirst for the history, mystery, and the future of Baguio.
This is it for now, I will write again soon and hope that it won't take so long this time.