on the road

First, I want to apologize for not posting in the past three weeks. I guess “on the road blogging” is a talent, and in our case, a skill that is yet to be honed.

I am currently in the middle of non-English speaking China. Which part? believe me, I tried asking and all I got so far are blank faces and a solitary cricket chirping in the background. Earlier I was in a convenient store and I was asking if they have a nail cutter, the lady gave me all sorts of stuff from a birthday card, ball of yarn, weird looking leather strip, sharpener, mineral water to bookmarks and sanitary napkins. Sometimes giving up is the easiest way out.

We already got two countries worth of backlog. I certainly do have at least an hour everyday to start drafting the posts but I always end up dozing off. It’s freezing 7 degrees outside and and the warm tungsten lighting in my hostel’s common area is an oasis.

I am still overwhelmed with all things around me, my senses are still in a congestive shock, at random times of the day, I ususally end up in a corner, catatonic.

China is huge, just like in any other places on earth, it has a fair share of good and not so good people. This is my first time to travel alone. At first I was scared to a point that it felt like I’m ejecting all my guts out. But the random people I met along the way made me feel so involved. Everywhere I go, by sheer providence, someone always bump on to me and we end up exchanging contact details.

Here, the phletora of textures is unfathomable, an explosion of stories is waiting to be unleashed, my adventures and misadventures here are unbelievable (so movie worthy), that’s why I can’t wait to start typing and tell this whole experience to you all, but I don’t know where and how to start.

I will try to organize my thoughts and I will let myself be immersed in this crazy China experience. In the mean time I guess I may just have to bite-off my nails.

traveling alone


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  • Hazel

    April 25, 2010 at 7:45 am

    do tell all pinsan!!! tell! tell!!!! kaya mo yan!
    and fight the catatonic stupor! ingat!

  • flip'n travels

    April 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    thanks pinsan.
    yes I will soon, can’t wait to blog about it.

  • nina

    April 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Blogging while on the road is just self-inflicted torture. Especially if you want to do a daily blogging thing. But kudos to you for this post! It’s really heartfelt and personal.

    I’m so happy to learn you finally tried your hand at traveling solo. Enjoy the rest of your trip Ron, and keep us posted!

  • flip'n travels

    April 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Agree, it’s hard to squeeze-in time to think and write if you have a lot of thing to do and see, unless the place is plain boring for you to have idle time, not sure if there’s such place. made a lot of realizations and discoveries as i go solo!

    thanks Nina, kwento very very soon!

  • lechua

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 am

    how come monette couldn’t join u in china… which parts did u visit… bravo for braving china by yourself. i’m thinking of visiting beijing maybe this year… but i’d book day tours at least (despite myself being chinese and not being able to speak mandarin)…

  • Manileno

    April 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Where in China did you go? Am excited to hear your stories. I went to Shanghai, China last year alone and first time in the mainland. I enjoyed the experience.

  • flip'n travels

    April 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Manileno

    I started in Shanghai then Wuxi to Beijing and a quick stop in Jinshaling border of inner Mongolia. It was also my first. can’t wait to tell my crazy stories. cheers!

  • flip'n travels

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    lee, it was a struggle being alone and not understanding a sigle mandarin word (other than Xie xie!) haha. I started in Shanghai then Wuxi to Beijing and a quick stop in Jinshaling border of inner Mongolia then back to shanghai for the expo. monette failed to get the visa on time so she might delay her beijing plan to winter.

  • Manileno

    April 30, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Cool! Can’t wait to hear (read) your stories. I envy you you get to see the expo when it opens. Would love to go back to Shanghai and do the train to Beijing hopefully around the Fall. The colors are rich expecially by the great wall. Enjoy! Hope to see some of the pavilion pics when you come back.

  • flip'n travels

    May 1, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Hello Manileno, the expo was still closed then, I just got lucky that someone gave me a preview pass. It was huge, unfortunately I only got 2 hours to take photos. and 60% of the pavilions were still under construction.

    oh, according to locals, the great wall is best visited during autumn. you should go so that you can show me your pics. 🙂


  • lechua

    May 10, 2010 at 8:41 am

    thumbs up for surviving china with the language speaking barrier!

  • flip'n travels

    May 12, 2010 at 7:21 am

    lee, you have no idea how difficult it was.
    i have a lot of stories about it, hopefully i will be able to post it in the next couple of weeks

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