Siargao Solo Adventures: I celebrated my birthday with strangers! (PART ONE)

Okay, so I said in my previous post that I wanted to be alone for my birthday. Yeah that didn’t happen. But as you know, you meet people and plans change.

The Introduction

The first people I befriended were two brothers from the Netherlands. We rode on the same propeller plane. Matthias and Jonathan were seated together while I was in the same row, but at the other side of the aisle. Right after the captain turned off the seatbelt sign, Matthias stood up to get a jacket from the overhead bin, since this tiny aircraft was getting surprisingly cold. He had been wearing only a tank top and khaki shorts. This amused me, so I made a comment about the temperature. Our conversation started there and only stopped once we retreated to our respective resorts.

island hopping in siargao
This is what Matthias’ back looks like. lol. I unfortunately wasn’t able to take a pic of the brother

The second is a beautiful Irish lady, Rebecca, who also came as a solo traveler. She’s been traveling for two months, and will be done after her sixth. She was my roommate for the three nights I stayed in Siargao (did I forget to mention that I’m back in the city?). She was really nice to let me stick with her – from eating breakfast, to lazing under the sun, to napping on the beach sofas. For the outsider, it might have looked like we were bestfriends who came backpacking together from Ireland (or from Australia since that’s where Rebecca lived before travelling). Funnily enough, we also left Siargao on the same day!

IMG_3164

IMG_4586
Rebecca and I reading on the sofa-couch-bed

If only I didn’t look like such a local.

For other people, this would have been weird. But Rebecca seemed like such a sport about it; so did Marianne and Gerard, whom Rebecca and I met while we went island hopping. We were in a small pump boat that had 9 other people on it, including the local boatmen. And aside from those boatmen, Mariane, Gerard, and I were the only Filipinos there. We hit it off after I approaced them on the shore, telling them I wanted a way to take my bikini shots without feeling embarrassed. They were so nice to have offered to take my pictures. Gerard ended up instructing me how to pose, while taking my pictures.

Sunsets in Siargao
That’s Marianne taking a pic of Gerard. #FrienshipGoals

So nice of him!

You are my Italy, Siargao. 


I fell in love with you in 2016, and now you’ve pulled me in even deeper. 

You are probably the only island I’ve ever been to, in the Philippines, that’s made me feel like I wasn’t in our own country. I love how you keep everyone here on their guards, because we might just stay longer if we’re not careful. I admire how you’ve influenced everyone living here to keep you clean and green, forcing restaurants to use metal or stems as straws. 

You fill me with adoration every time i stop to take in the moment. Even just looking at your street now, it makes me giddy with excitement. 

I love how, as I’m sitting here, both locals and expats passing on their motorbikes, will look me in the eye and nod their heads, as if they know me. And i find it cute hearing people shout the names of passers by because, here, everyone knows. Every. Body. Save for the tourists. 

It’s great here. It’s beautiful. Watch out Siargao, I might just move to this island.