As Father Time marches on Zentraveler flipped the coin of destiny and headed for the Philippines for his New Years experience. On the road again I recently met one traveler from Norway who has been traveling continously for eleven years and has worn out several passports. Just when you think you are really out there just around the corner may be a New Years suprise.
Since we never know for sure what may either settle us down or keep us traveling the answer my friend is written in the wind. After having some dental work in Manila I headed for Bantayan Island to the beach town of Sante Fe where I spent Christmas and New Years.
Not quite used to the Hello Sir saluation and the bright smiles of the Philippine people I finally realized that what they have in many cases is not money and they give of theirselves their own form of hospitality which is currently not very prevelant in the United States because all of our values are tied to the allmighty dollar.
Hello Joe is a throwback to the GI Joe who had a strong presence here during World War 2. I was told the military set up English language schools which accounts for some of the elder citizens in the rural areas speaking an excellent version of the American English language.
I have taken a room one hundred yards from the beach with a Philippine family for one hundred dollars a month and will learn about the culture and be able to travel throughout Bantayan Island, which is four hours from Cebu. It’s approximately three hours by bus for about 100 pesos and approximately two US dollars and anothjer hour by ferry to Sante Fe….. a typical beach town sprinkled with foreign xpats running a few restaurants and just hanging out. It;s not unusual to sit in a bamboo bar and hear at least five different languages simultaneously.
The town is full of adventurers, would be novelists, people just lost in time and everyone has an unusual story. My favorite new character is from Denmark and looks like MR. Clean ….earrings and all complete with hulu-girls dancing across his chest as a permanent tatoo.
My new friend Wolfe from Sweden had a New Years party on his birthday which is January one
and invited over one huindred fifty of his local neighbors. He had a roasted pig, twenty five barbeque chickens, 50 kilos of rice and all the beer and Coca Cola you could consume. In typical tradition over three hundred locals showed up and all sang Happy Birthday to Wolfe as he sent hundreds of brightly lit fireworks into the unknown.
The generosity of one x-pat who reminded me we are mere guests in their country certainly set the stage for all citizens of the world to share anything with the less fortunate….and as the Buddah would remind us. This little bit of gifting will come back a hundred fold.
You could see the majic in the childrens faces and the pride of the grandparents as they smiled, laughted and danced into the night.
Happy New Years from Zentraveler!
Zentravelers Top Ten New Years Resolutions:
1. Treat others as you would like to be treated
2. Be a positive example when you travel
3. Share your knowledge and technology
4. Practice following your breathe Zen meditation
5. Be a steward of the Earth
6. Smile more often it takes less muscles than a frown
7. Don’t be a boring know it all
8. Volunteer your caregiving services in a foreign country
9. Convert to green energy
10. Keep on traveling—it’s amazing what you might learn
QUOTE: It’s latter than you think or is this just the beginning:—–Zentraveler
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Using the Karma formula the more you give the more you receive. With people trying to hold onto to Earthy things they are actually causing more strife in the world. As the great Buddah would say….. let go and go with the flow.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The ocean! We are losing our fishes royal (local expat speech.) I only hope the new year will cause every single person to take some postive action to save the earth and ourselves… creating a better world to live in.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: HAPPY NEW YEARS and may every single human being experience a wonderful year.
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.
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