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BackpackingIf money is not an issue…

Where would you go? How far? What would you do? And for how long? Who would you share your adventure with?

Backpack. That’s what I would do… backpack all over the Philippines, then Asia, then the world. I could care less about chic-y hotels and snobbish shops. I just want to enjoy nature and life as trailblazing nomads before me did– go,  seize and memorize the moments savoring the colors, sounds, sights, flavors, aromas, sensations, and then leave. To be just in any place to satiate this primeval urge to explore, to actually leave your footprints behind and take the moments with you as a reference to your next conquest is, for me, the true essence of an adventure.

I stumbled upon a video of Johannes Petrone and Samuel Petrone, who had such an adventure in places you and I just dream of.  The two Finnish brothers chronicled their 6-month backpacking sojourn in the Philippines, China, Tibet, Nepal, and Malaysia in 2006. Lucky dogs! Makes me wonder what am I doing in front of the computer and not out there drinking yak’s milk (huh?) or screaming myself silly while trying that world’s highest bungee jump (I’ll take the milk instead!).

This is the Philippine leg of their Getaway Asia 2006 video, appropriately set to the haunting, hypnotic tune of Moby‘s Porcelain (the theme song of the 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio from the novel of the same title by Alex Garland ). It includes stunning locales like Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, and Negros.  Enjoy!

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Written by nealm

11 July 2009 at 4:50 AM