My First Time to Step on Another Island | Daily Prompt: Journey

Tell us about a journey — whether a physical trip you took, or an emotional one.

For the first time, I stepped on another island!

Like I have been saying for a while now, I hardly ever leave the city, much less the main island. So this was quite a treat for me and the two friends I was with. We planned this for over a month, which meant we told nobody—save for our parents—until the very day we had to leave. I think our other friends only learned about it after we posted the pictures on social networks.

before leaving the port
before leaving Manila

Where did we go? Corregidor.

Corregidor is the Philippines’ answer to the USA’s Alcatraz. It guards Manila Bay and was one of the last bastions of the country’s freedom during WWII. Its rich history is defined by the old canons, terrible and grand ruins, and lingering ghosts.

Corregidor Port
Corregidor Port

Our tour guide was the perky Sir Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks. The free tour goes under the name “Of Bombs, Big Guns, and Lost Gold.” And yes, you read that right: it was a free tour. At least, the tours this month was free because the good people of Old Manila Walks have to test out their tours and see if it passes and know if there are any hits and misses. And I tell you, they are spot on!

Sir Ivan Man Dy (with the umbrella) and our little group
Sir Ivan Man Dy (with the umbrella) and our little group

Unlike usual tours that take you directly to the spot, our group had to walk. While some of you read that as unnecessary exercise, it took us on the unbeaten road and little places that other tours wouldn’t take you to. How could anyone have admired actual eucalyptus trees if they only passed them by?

our group hiking up a trail
our group hiking up a trail
the eucalyptus tree (pic from Pammy's blog)
the eucalyptus tree (pic from Pammy’s blog)

And I bet the other tours don’t tell you about the little secrets behind the graffiti found in a certain building there.

just one of the few interesting graffiti there
just one of the few interesting graffiti there

No, I resist the temptation to reveal actual spoilers for the tour, in case you decide to take them. More from Pammy’s blog.

of course we too used vehicular assistance--we paid for them!
of course we too used vehicular assistance–we paid for them!

 

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