This is a guest post from one of Road Tripper, Iara Saberon, from Luna Sea #4 at Burias, Masbate Island. Iara works as the Training Program Implementation Manager as well as Corporate Secretary at a start-up company called the Center for Applied Microelectronics and Programming Inc. (CAMP). She is a very serious person at the workplace but one of the most kalog and sabaw person you’ll ever meet outdoors. She loves meeting new people because most of her inspirations come from them. Her goal this year is to battle quarter life crisis through traveling and making new experiences.
My Name Is Iara
Hi! Adjusting myself on the front row seat of van 3, looking over the unfamiliar faces behind me.
Hi! Echoed everyone in the van.
My name is Iara. Enunciating my name ever so clearly (a-ya-ra)
But you can call me Ya! for short.
Hi Ya! Just like in a mutual aid fellowship, we greeted each other in harmony showing support, half expecting my answer to the question would break the ice even more.
My favorite body part is………
Suddenly, our once cold stares became warm smiles over shared intimacy.
This Is Where It All Started
That is where it all started before I get to the part how I ended up on this trip, before I fell for someone during our #ExperiencePhilippinesLunaSea4TheReunion #MajorSepanx1Weeksary, and before I volunteered to write this, there we were inside of Van #3 drinking ourselves into oblivion to pass the time. ?
And I Packed Up and Left Home..And I Was Lost
I was very excited to end 2017, I promised myself a successful year ahead. As a goal-oriented person, I even asked my boyfriend then to buy me a workbook for self-discovery, exploration, and fulfillment. I have already prepared for half of the year. (Ganun ako ka-excited mamsh kung alam mo lang.) But come January 2018, my boyfriend then and I broke up, I got into a fight with my mother, and the inevitable happened I packed my things and left home.
Every plan I made wallowed in that workbook, stashed somewhere in the room where I felt so trapped. Every bottled-up emotions boiled over and I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I had to be away. Where I went, nobody knows… (Cheret! Alam naman ng family ko saan ako lumipat.)
God, I was lost. Sabi ko sa sarili ko ano na bes February na… March na…
The first quarter of 2018 went by fast, my plans nowhere near actualized. Come April 2018, I resigned to the situation that I will be celebrating my birthday away from my family, might as well travel and experience diba. But where? how? why is Gamora? CHERET!
Lucky me, I have a very close friend who loves to travel. Since I am not accustomed to traveling alone, let alone organize a DIY trip, she recommended Experience Philippines. I immediately visited their website experience.ph and made a quick scroll of the activities they offer. Mind you it was overwhelming, intimidating even. I remember asking myself Can I really do this? Can I travel alone? (in Tagalog nga lang syempre).
Without asking my very close friend, she volunteered to go with me to my 1st ever experience: Skin Dive in partnership with SkinDivePH. Skin dive experience can’t be explained, it must be experienced kaya guys book na kayo. They have the best and most accommodating skin dive instructors.
I Settled For Luna Sea 4
Days after skin dive, I was still in post-vacation high and I wanted to keep it that way as long as I can. And so, during breaks I eyed random trips I think I can afford with as much the same enthusiasm I have at online shopping websites. Taking into consideration my circumstance, I settled for Luna Sea 4 and what better way to experience this full moon party than with my brothers and closest friends. Let’s just say, we did not just experience the Philippines, Experience Philippines experienced us. Best people I could ever hope for to be stranded in the open sea and in a beautiful remote island of Burias, Masbate.
You Will Find Friends To Last You For A Lifetime
Vacation hangover is legit! I swear I was not able to do any real work for a week. Word of advice, ngayon palang juskolord aralin niyo na how to combat vacation hangover. I spent office hours fully absorbed in the Luna Sea 4 group chat, which I swear was burning thru a lot of topics at may pa cringe-worthy visuals pa, determined to uncover the juicy, scandalous and exciting happenings that night. There was way too much enthusiasm in that group chat that we had to schedule our reunion in only less than a week from our last trip together.
That was when I fell for someone, like literally po on my knees. I could barely make out the faces and hands that were helping me to get up because I was laughing so hard. That fall corresponded to what I was experiencing.
I’ve realized that in this crazy road of life, we are always going to fall down that’s why it is important to have friends to get us back up on our feet. Fortunately, in Experience Philippines you’ll find enough friends to last you a lifetime of downfalls.
After Reading This Promise Yourself
I volunteered to submit a write-up to Experience Philippines because I wanted to reach out to those who are experiencing a life crisis, going through a heartbreak, fed up with their daily routines and to those who are afraid to travel. After reading this piece, promise yourself this:
“Today I will accept that life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful, today I will love myself unconditionally first before I learn to love others again, today I will give up on who I’ve been for who I will become, today I am travelling for that part of me that was once afraid to travel.” – Anonymous