The Treehugging Outdoorsman

Holy Walks
February 10, 2008, 8:29 pm
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As with compliance to our religious activities, I hauled my sleepy brain and tired body out of the bed before I changed my mind, to accompany Dad, Uncle and a bunch of cousins into hiking all the way up to a mountain to pray for the gods of heaven. I am not mocking my families’ belief or whatever, I’m mocking the fact that I have to wake up so early on a vacation. Vacation! I don’t mind doing it on any other day, everyone knows I love hiking and climbing mountains. Blood was calling and so blood has answered with a lot of complaining on the side.

It was a beautiful day, mind you, to climb. The sun was shining prettily down on us, a bit chilly so I was holding real tight on my layer of clothing. We started walking at around 8 in the morning and was expected to be at the summit after less than two hours (it wasn’t that high a mountain in fairness) but since there’s a bunch of us making our way up there, you can’t really blame if it halts us. And that is exactly what happened. I was huffing and puffing and catching my breath every so often, only had the summit idea to keep me walking forward.


Budget Traveling
March 23, 2007, 10:12 pm
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Going on a vacation doesn’t always have to mean going broke after each trip. You can go on a fairly comfortable trip anywhere in the world with just the right amount of budget if you can just do it right. No more eating baguettes for days or staying in dingy inns just to spend less money. The trick is doing it by yourself. I mean no large, fieldtrip-type group because actually, these package-tour groups rob you money more than anything.

Research, research, research. Bring your own maps and map your own itinerary. If the areas of sights are near each other don’t hesitate to walk. Usually, it is when you are walking and seeing the place in a backpacker’s point of view that you feel and analyze it more. More observations can be made plus you might stumble upon some city actions such as parades or hidden bookshops that you wouldn’t see when you are cooped up in a tour bus.