the entries gave us a hard time. all the experiences shared here are truly memorable and are worth sharing. so, instead of having just one person to help me choose, i included others to read it as well.
upon everyone's approval, we got it shortlisted and we have our winners:for the three National Geographic magazines, we're giving it to:
"we would sometimes hit each others heads accidentally while asleep whenever the bus made a sharp turn. the bus driver drove so fast (and it was night time!) that it was better to keep our eyes closed." - fortuitous faery
"I looked in amazement at a magic bottle being passed from table to table almost all the time. Could it be some kind of alcoholic beverage? When it reached our table, Victor and I laughed. It was a bottle of chilli sauce. Every body was sharing the same bottle of chilli sauce." - bengbeng
"we drew the lines on the sand and pretty soon we're laughing as we played a game that reminded us so much of our childhood. a curious crowd of foreigners began to take notice. the first to join us was a german couple who understood how the game was played simply by watching us. then two more, and then more. within two hours, the boxes in the sand grew and grew as more tourists joined us, while other strangers remained in the sidelines and rooted for players whose names they did not even know." - atticus
congratulations fortuitous faery, bengbeng and atticus!
for the grand prize, which is a copy of Travel+Leisure's Southeast Asia anniversary issue,
"We finally hitched a ride in a private jeepney around 7 am but only up to a certain crossing. From there, the only way to reach Banaue was to hire a tricycle. Riding a tricycle for more than an hour through an almost deserted road with mountains and cliffs was not a very comfortable experience, especially when a man in camouflage pants asked us if he could ride with us to Banaue. I got paranoid and I knew my friend was also nervous. I was thinking of NPA’s, ambush, kidnapping, and all sorts of morbid things." - luna miranda
thank you to everyone who shared their most memorable travel experience. this blog will treasure your stories. check out all the shared memorable experience here.
thank you for taking part in the first anniversary contest!!!
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