Thursday, July 3, 2008
"it is not the place that we see but the people that we meet" was among the most important words from last night's "Backpack Around the World: Pinoy Style" at the Recreational Outdoor Xchange (ROX) at Serendra Fort Bonifacio. the event was composed of stories from the certified backpackers who have been traveling outside the Philippines. sir Robert Alejandro and Jetro shared their east Asia route that included nine countries for three long months of traveling. their backpacking experience included Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau and China in three months. meeting other backpackers along the way, taking pictures and doing artworks. Sir Robert also promoted his book "Backpack Southeast Asia and parts of China" which covered this trip. a newly wed couple Gabby and Mench in the other hand shared their plan for a 25-day backpacking honeymoon in Europe and North Africa. they call it "Manila to Morocco" trip. it was inspiring how they were able to raise money for this trip by setting up a website where people close to them can contribute or sponsor a part of their trip as their wedding gift. last to share was Sian whose backpacking experience amazed everyone because of an almost 2years travel around the Asia, Europe and Africa. she was traveling, hitchhiking, walking, and trekking places all alone. many were inspired how she did it but it was very real as she also shared some of the dangers of traveling alone in a strange place. her funny moments encourages backpackers to really try and do it in their own way. she didn't have an itinerary as she find it more exciting to travel and get lost. the whole 2-hour event was successful as people were given enough time to interact with the speakers. free magazine of the first issue of DisPatch was given to everyone plus prizes like Hi-Tec shoes and the book "Backpack" to lucky participants. thanks to ROX Philippines and Hi-Tec for hosting this event to make it free of charge. this is already the second time and expect a third session in the future. thanks to Erick, Violet and Bambie who also joined the event.