People from society is not totally agree on the idea of SOLO FEMALE TRAVELLER especially our mother. I considered their fears and worries that there might some things will happen to us when we go in unknown places. There might be accidents and danger that might happen to us and no one is around to help or call for help. The fears and worries of our mother that what if, we will get rape or worst kidnap in unknown place. Those are very common objection from our family specially our mothers. But given the fact of those negative thoughts that arises, I’d still chose to go on my first solo travelling in my own country(Philippines). I’ve searched details on the places I am going to from google and from a friend who went on that place. It was my first time to travel alone in a secluded area though i have been into many cities of other country alone but still the feelings are different. There is still a fear in one side of my heart,i know it was a little scared. A little scared that what if i have no place to sleep on, what if i cannot find the way that I’ve searched in a google from other traveller. Until the day comes i set my FIRST SOLO TRAVELLING. I dropped all my FEARS and my WHAT IFS and continue going without thinking what will gonna happen to me when I go myself. It was 1am of June 12,2016 when l left my house. I decided to travel in Northern part of the Philippines. Buscalan Village,Tinglayan, Kalinga Apayao. It was approximately 275 miles away from my house. I travelled that far for a certain purpose. To meet the Legendary Mambabatok(traditional way of making a tattoo) but it wasn’t my purpose to go there to have a tattoo but instead to meet her and have her my salute for preserving her love to the man that wasn’t meant for her not because one side of love was gone but it is because their tribe never let them marry each other even if they both have over flowed of love for each other but it is because of their way of culture’s belief. They cannot marry each other because they were from different tribe. When i knew her love story is exactly the same as mine I decided to meet her personally. She kept her love to the man all throughout her life. She was about on her 90’s and she didn’t marry at all or even find other man to his life. She preserved the love that she has for his only man. It was amazing right? I know how it feels.
I’m on my way in going to the village. Having coffee on the road while waiting for the bus. Waiting for a bus going to Baguio City some where in San Fernando, City of Pampangga. I am taking the route from Baguio City to Bontoc to Tingalayan City and walk down to Buscalan Village..
Bus came almost around 5:30am already,from that timing my itinerary is already out of my planned. I supposed to be in Baguio City by 5:30am to catch up the bus going to Province of Bontoc. But I didn’t manage to get on time. While i was sitting on the bus I keep on searching for the other route go on the village since it has three ways to go on that village. In the middle of my way, i asked the bus driver is there any place i can take to go on other route which is from Tabuk City. The driver was very helpful for giving me information about the details of taking other route. I listened to his instruction very carefully. I have no idea which,where, what place and how long to travel that places but no matter what is the things around that place, I didn’t mind at all. I just continue my journey without knowing what is the things waiting for me on that place. Somewhere in VILLASIS, PANGASINAN he dropped me asked me to wait for another bus going to SANTIAGO, ISABELA.
Not so long of waiting,the bus came. It will go to ROXAS CITY. I hopped into that bus. The driver instructed me to take into that bus and come down to SANTIAGO ISABELA. When the bus conductor came to me and asked where is my destination. I replied to drop me at Santiago and I asked how long will be our travelling hours to reach the place. As he answered me 6 hours. OMG! That was too long travelling. I didn’t expect that my travelling will be so bad as it was happened. I have no choice but to go on. I am really decided to reach Buscalan Village. For the reason of WHANG OD, to test how far my STRENGHT can go and how FEARLESS I can be along my journey.
Around 2:30pm when we reach the SANTIAGO. The journey haven’t finish. I still need to hop on another bus going to TABUK CITY, KALINGA APAYAO. From Santiago to Tabuk City is another 3.5hours. I was almost dying around that timing. I didn’t eat my breakfast. I have no lunch. I have no food on my bag. Lucky after I changed the bus there is bus vendor came inside the bus and I bought chicharon and bottle of water. Food wasn’t my problem, I can survive without food.The problem was I already felt so sticky on myself. And to the matter of I have no idea whether i got place to sleep on. A hostel, apartelle, hotel or whatever. I am so thankful on the bus conductor for asking one tricycle driver to drop me on the nearby hostel. The feeling was so scary. The hostel is quite old and nobody was there. Expectedly, it was a rural area and nothing to see so there is no traveller and occupant as well. As I opened my bag to look for my charger because my two phone is already drained so I wanted to charge but as a big surprised for me, the chord for my charger was not in my bag. I quickly come out on my room and look for a shop selling for charger. Thank God I found a shop nearby to my hostel. Around the area there is also carinderia so before I come back to my room I decided to eat first and buy some bun and cheese for my journey on the following day. After come back to my room I just had may shower and knock myself off in the bed. Thank God, I slept though I was afraid into my room. I set my alarm by 5am so I can go early as the bus conductor saying there 6am jeepney going to Tinglayan City. 6am exactly I left the room and continue my journey. Still dark around the area when I was walking on the road. I asked the trycicle driver whether got jeep going to Tinglayan City passing on that area as they replied there is but it will come only there by 7:30am. They gave me other option where I can take jeep earlier to 7:30am so I decided to take that option and they dropped me.
As I am waiting for the jeep to come i ordered a cup of coffee as my everyday routine. Indulging the aroma of the coffee in any part of the earth was my happiness. After i had my coffee I crossed the road and wait for the jeep to come. I have no plan to take any tour guide on my journey because i thought the trekking part is easy and just straight hiking. One man came to me and asked me where am I going? I replied, to BUSCALAN VILLAGE. Conversation goes on and on. At first I refused his offer to accompany me in the trekking but as time goes by he also convinced me at reasonable price. I took his van going to village. I had my ride on top of his van. Amazing feelings. The travel was absolutely one of the best travel I had. Going around the mountain,hills side, plantations, you will see a small village from up the hill. Wonderful journey. I love every places we are passing by. The fresh wind that I couldn’t get from my town.arrggghhhh. Feels like a paradise of heaven. Very peaceful and quiet. Far from civilization.
It wasn’t my plan to eat anything because I got my bun and cheese in my bag. But my eyes was caught by the people eating in a small shop around the waiting area, the noodles looks good and people enjoying it. As my curiosity and the fact that I love noodle as well. I gave myself a try for this noodle dish only there in TABUK CITY. I didn’t make a wrong decisions of giving it a try. The noodle was so yummy and delicious. At very low-cost of P 50 per plate. The money is really worth it. I was full pack my tummy before we go. Which I am thankful for. After few minutes we go on our travel. From Tabuk City to Tinglayan it took 3-4 hours travel. That is the most amazing trail on my journey. I was riding on top of the jeep along my journey. I didn’t mind the sun torturing my face. The wind was soo amazing. The stiff mountains and hills that I passed by. The small villages I saw along my journey. The greenery of the provinces is so lovely. I love to live on a places like that. You can feel the innocence of the place from the world modernization. Along my journey I am becoming more hunger to see every single of the world. Quite impossible but If there’s one thing I am sure of myself is that I WILL MOVE MY FEET LITTLE BY LITTLE. I WILL EXPLORE AS FAR AS I CAN. TO MINGLE WITH THE WORLD MIGHT NE MY SECOND DESIRES.
Walk in the trail of BUSCALAN VILLAGE
It was a little disappointment on my part not to have an overnight stay in Whang od’s place because I didn’t manage to be in her place on the timing I sat. It was a quick hike, quick roaming around the Buscalan Village, and quick talk with the Legendary WHANG OD. But that quick moment will keep for a lifetime HAPPINESS. I may never have a chance to sleep over but the chance to step and reach out her place safely was my greatest achievement for myself. I became and will be more fearless in every places I am going to. I will carry my strength and my intelligence to find my way to whatever,wherever and however are my commitments is going to. Every journey of the places I am going to, I will carry my heart, my mind and my soul to reach wherever and whatever my life will lead to.
And that was the end of my journey.
THANKYOU! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Signing off SOLOHISTANG BYAHERA..