It will definitely be man’s next giant leap once the human race sets foot on Mars. With this, various agencies, both public and private are squabbling to make this a reality come 2030. Alex , a rocket engineer who is part of the development of a next generation spacecraft has been working painstakingly and realized that he needed to step out and get a breath of fresh air. The opportunity came when he was invited by his friends from Island Hopping Adventure Philippines (iHAP) to embark on a 2-week adventure around the Philippines.
It was Alex’s first time in Asia and being the type of person who doesn’t really set expectations about a travel destination, all he knew was that he is up for some adventure while exploring the islands of the Philippines. The moment he set foot in Manila, various activities already welcomed him. He went down the memory lane by exploring the Spanish history of the Philippines in Intramuros; had a glimpse of the American history and WWII with his tour of the Manila Hotel and its infamous McArthur Suite. He capped off his Manila adventure with the adrenaline pumping Flying Trapeze at Bonifacio Global City coupled with a relaxing fireworks display on board a yacht while cruising Manila Bay.
But his realization about how awesome the Philippines is came after he started exploring the islands. The iHAP crew landed in Davao and went straight to Samal Island. There, Alex and his fellow iHAPers stayed on an overwater two-storey house on stilts rising above the beautiful Davao gulf. While in Samal, he experienced a lot of firsts: Swimming interaction with thousands of Giant Clams, Selfie 360 on Talicud Island and snorkeling in the pristine waters and well protected reef of Coral Garden Marine Sanctuary.
The trip kept on getting better and better as the crew went straight on a 12-hour road trip from Davao city to Claver, Surigao de Norte with major stops on the majestic Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River. But the destinations where he fell in love with the most are Bucas Grande and Siargao Islands. He found peace and tranquility with Siargao’s uber laidback atmosphere. He also felt euphoria and freedom here, specifically during his epic surfing activity and habal-habal adventures around the island’s coconut-lined highways. “Your worries and concerns just melt away. You are just there, experiencing it. It is so much physical, that world bleeds raw emotion,” he further added.