Travel By Heart: Day 03 – Same country, different language, one culture 02/03

This is Samar

This is Samar

I arrived at the port at around dinner time. After getting-off from the the RO-RO I immediately went out to search for food, one of the best things about traveling here in the Philippines is the food, why? Because you don’t have to pay a huge amount of to get decent food, that is if you are not picky when it comes to what you eat. As for me I really like home cooked meals and here in the PH you will always find a “carinderia” a small place where you can eat where most of what they serve are home cooked meals.

After filling my tummy with some fish and vegetables I went on to look for a place to spend the night. I asked around most of what they offer are around 500 php, for someone that only needs a bed that’s a bit pricey for me. So on I went to look for a different one, I saw another carinderia with what looked like a parking lot beside it. I asked if they know a place where I can spend the night. I was surprised when they told me that they actually have rooms that I can rent. Not only are these places good for your tummy, it’s also a good place to get some local information.

Looking for a place to fill my tummy.

Looking for a place to fill my tummy.

I then asked “How much is it?, the lady who was multi-tasking between watching TV and answering my question said 250 php. I just said “Perfect!”. She then guided me to the room that she was referring to, it was a very small raw room with just a bed, a fan and a toilet with a curtain for a door, but it’s clean. Filipino’s are known to be very clean people in terms of maintaining a household that is. I said “I’m going to take it”. Then I remembered about my trusty steed and asked “Where can I park my motorcycle?”. I need to be close to it, theres some sort of separation anxiety that kicks in when I’m away from her. She then told me that I can just park it in-front of the room that I was staying in, I just sait “That’s good enough for me.”

After hanging some of my slightly wet gear, I went on to take a shower and my much needed rest. I need this for tomorrow morning’s ride. But to where? To be honest I have no idea…. That’s the whole point right? To travel by heart.

Come morning I packed my stuff, then went on to pay for the room and grab some coffee, that’s pretty much my breakfast. Hearing the people talking while I’m having my coffee made me realized that the language is different now, most people are now speaking in “Bisaya” rarely do you hear someone conversing in “Tagalog”.

Where to go now?

Where to go now?

Now the big question for today is “Where do I go?”. Roughly 20 years ago I went here, in Samar. I vaguely remember this place, all I can remember was we were here to visit some far off relative to attend their fiesta. Me and my sister were to participate in a “Sagala” where you parade around town wearing gowns and whatever it is that is the partner of a gown for a boy. In all honesty I can’t even remember the places we went to except for one, Barobaybay. I guess it’s something to do with the name that made it stick in my mind for a long time.

I sent a message to my cousin in Davao asking for an address, maybe he can give me directions to my far-off relatives here. I got a message that I didn’t expect, “Sorry I don’t know the addresses of our relatives there”. I guess I will just have to find them by myself then. I then searched the place “Barobaybay” in my GPS, thankfully it showed something. So I just followed it eager to find out where it’s going to take me.

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