pinoy travelers’ weekend

Who would have known that this September would be one of the most memorable months of our travel blogging experience. Years ago, we would never imagine getting within a hand-span distance from people who live and breathe travel. But the bug hit, and the rest of our not-so-boring, but still boring, lives are history.

First stop was the Solesister’s event “From Glampackers to Poorpackers” where I was invited to talk at the opening night. The topic: “Female Travel.” I know, I know… I felt a bit lost too, but I did try my best to bring out the female in me and talk about how it is to travel as a woman.

From left to right: Marky of nomadicexperiences.com, Jerome of balintataw.org, Darwin of trackingtreasure.net, Lois and Chichi of wearesolesisters.com, Ces’t Moi, Lauren of pandelicious.wordpress.com, Ed of eazytraveler.com, Christine of jovialwanderer.com, Gael of thepinaysolobackpacker.com. Bottom: James of journeyingjames.com (sorry, it had to come out that way, James…)

Next stop was at Cubao X for one of Dispatch Magazine’s Travel X Thursdays entitled “Imprints: Soul on Sole / A Travel Art Installation Event.”* This unique exhibit featured the footwear of different independent travelers that show their personalities through the trusty travel companions: shoes, flipflops, whatnot.

How did Ron’s shoes get in there? (Photo by Ferdz Decena)

With Dong of escapeislands.com, Lauren, Ferdz of ironwulf.net, Chyng of chyngreyes.com, and Nina of justwandering.org

Luke Ladrigan’s Sanuk sandals

Romi f*cng Garduce’s footwear placed very near ours…

Robert Alejandro’s shoes rubbing dirt with ours. Aaarrrgghh!

With so much happening in town, not to mention a lot of commitments, Ron had to fly in from Singapore to add to the hyperactive crowd.

Getting absolut-ly drunk with Lloyd of thelostboylloyd.com, Mica of senyorita.net, and Ed of soloflighted.com

Drunk and never without any hangover, Ron and I found ourselves in Tagaytay to attend a wedding of a dear friend.

Ron’s driving license is already expired, so we tried booking a ride from an online car rental, but after a “portugal” reply from the “portugal” operator, they cancelled four hours before the agreed pick-up time. We should’ve just book from a legit portugal car hire. pfrt!

After spending about six hours in the highlands, we quickly hailed the bus and slept our way to ROX for the closing night of the Solesister’s week-long travel talks and exhibit where Ron talked about finding romance on the road. I know, I know… He was pretty lost too, but managed perfectly by putting the microphone away from his lips when spilling the beans.

From Left to Right: Lauren, Darwin, Mica, Rob of thetravellingdork.com, Joel of joelaldor.com, Brenna of philippinetravelogue.com, Eileen of posiblypinay.com, Lois, Chichi, Moi, Ron, Catherine of seekingfelicity.com, Jerome, Gael, and Ed.

Flip’n Soles

To cap the month off, we gave our two shotgun-readers a NatGeo Buff and one uber nice dinner date (with a reader who literally memorized our blog stories) before Ron flew back to Singapore.

Till next September? Hopefully not…

 *The exhibit Imprints: Soul on Sole is still viewable at ROX Bonifacio High Street, Taguig.


  • http://www.senyorita.net Micamyx|Senyorita

    That was one spontaneous weekend! First time I got drunk hehe and i don’t regret it 😛 Thanks for showing A Map of Saturday to us 😀

  • http://www.balintataw.org Supertikoy

    it was nice meeting you guys…ang galing nakaka starstruck!

  • http://soloflighted.com Ed

    was a bit scared scrolling down at the photos. phew! hahahahaha.
    but yeah, memorable September indeed! Really glad to have finally caught FlipTravels in the flesh and together as well as the rest of the travel bugs!

    will be posting my Manila story soon din.
    lastly, portugal! :p

  • J. Nuliaj

    Hi, I’m an undercover fan of your site and adventures but I was just always to shy to comment. You’ve had a nice journey thus far. I’ve been wondering if you guys have any advice/tips on traveling from California to Sagada, Mountain Province? Any advice will help a lot but if you don’t have any and you think I’m just being a weird stalker that’s okay too. Just thought I’d ask, have a nice day!

  • http://www.wearesolesisters.com/ Lois & Chichi

    Thanks for helping make our Sole Sisters events a success! We appreciate you both. See you at the Travelers Garage Sale this Saturday Monette! Thanks for opening your Garage!

  • http://www.chyngreyes.com chyng

    kuracha mode! inaraw araw ito! =)

  • http://randomtrippingsnidrew.wordpress.com/ Drew

    Memorable night for me too. Everyone I met are smart and inspiring not to mention, great karaoke singers. Lol. Hope it won’t be the last time that I get to hang-out with both of you.

  • http://randomtrippingsnidrew.wordpress.com Drew

    Memorable night for me too. All of you are smart, inspiring and not to mention, awesome karaoke singers. Lol. Hope it won’t be the last that I get to hang with both of you.

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @mica: spontaneous indeed! practice mo yung tinuro namin sa iyo ni Ron ha? Haha!
    @jerome: starstruck? deathstrike! hiyaaa!
    @ed: no raunchy pictures of you in this post, no worries. >_< @julian: thanks for dropping by the site. i'll email you the details on my sagada trip. but i can't help you on the California part. we start in Manila. Haha! @Lois and Chichi: no biggie, you guys! 'twas super fun. kita kits later! @chyng: wala pa jan yung mga lakad na personal... haggardo versosa!

  • http://myexpatgermany.com Laurel

    Wow, you have been busy, looks like fun.

  • http://devourtheworld.com jenjenk

    awww! you guys are adorable! what a blast!!!

  • http://www.thetravelchica.com Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    Love the idea of the travel art installation.

  • http://struxtravel.com Michael Figueiredo

    Sounds like a great event!

  • http://www.pinayonthemove.com/ Grace

    Totally missed out on this! Seemed like you guys had a lot of fun =)

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @Laurel… it was really the best weekend ever!
    @Jenjenk… we haven’t posted the late night parties, hahahaha
    @stephanie… it was amazing, love the concept too. kudos to the Dispatch team!
    @michael… i can only imagine if other bloggers like you came over to attend it, it could have been an epic weekend!
    @grace… oo nga sayang. of course there would be the ‘next time’ we would love to meet you in flesh!