Hello Stranger (Part 3): Sagada, Philippines

“how do they come to the
come to the
come to the God
come to the still waters,
and not love the one who came there with them…”
~sharon olds, “sex without love” 

our eyes moved in hunger, and it was not to fill the emptiness that sat in our guts. you were spontaneity and you attracted me completely. 

so that was how it felt like to surrender to fate; to let myself get lulled by beer and your voice that talked of your escape from home. you see, i am the world’s sadness collector and nobody is there to collect my stories when it is time for me to share. this is the comfort i found in strangers. i can let myself overflow. 

…and so we shared the nights flying like airplanes, floating in green smoke then plummeting to the ground. faster and faster till we reached the center of the universe. the mornings were lazy as you whispered your silent wishes to god in my ear, your lips tenderly brushing my skin. i’ve never wanted to stay in bed so badly. afternoons were just as slow as we made something else other than love. how was it that you were able to stop time? 

 

even when we moved out of sagada mountains and found rest in the heart of manila, you found a way to drown the chaos on the streets with the sound of your heaving breath. 

i’ve never seen unrest conquered so easily by sleep and silence.
you suspended me in mid-air… 

for VR | 06.12.09 | manila, philippines 

 

This is Monette’s entry to the 3rd Pinoy Travel Bloggers’s Blog Carnival with the theme “Most Romantic Place” currently hosted at Solitary Wanderer.

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21 Comments
  • Aleah

    February 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Whew. This is what I call a romantic post! Anything can indeed happen in the mountains of Sagada. <3 <3 <3

  • Chichi

    February 12, 2011 at 5:48 am

    “afternoons were just as slow as we made something else other than love. how was it that you were able to stop time?” – A string of words so beautifully linked together. Love love!

  • inka

    February 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

    my word, yoz are getting truly poetic here. Thanks for your comment on my blog.I put you on my blog roll.

  • flip'n travels

    February 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    @aleah: uber thanks! glad everyone consented to this style of writing. and i am also happy seeing other bloggers writing in such a way. there is no other way to do this but to write from experience, and more so, from the heart… 😀

  • flip'n travels

    February 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    @chichi: tenchu! >_< i was inspired... haha!

  • flip'n travels

    February 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    @inka: haha! perhaps it is because it’s valentines, but i do hope to find opportunities to write like this all throughout. thanks for including us in your blogroll! we’d love to link you as well. 😀

  • pinoy boy

    February 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

    ahh the best feeling in the world, falling in love! i like this line “You suspend me in the air!” very very very nice!

  • lakwatsera de primera

    February 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Hmmm, love is in the air indeed and with poetry it’s like you’re always inspired, I love the way you express your thoughts in the hello stranger series 🙂

  • flip'n travels

    February 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    @pinoyboy: uy! i didn’t say anything about love!!! hahaha!

  • flip'n travels

    February 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    @lakwatsera: thanks very much! *kilig* moments lang… i hope to be inspired always… 🙂

  • Ed

    February 14, 2011 at 2:04 am

    gusto ko rin masuspended in air. — teka parang adik pakinggan. hehe.
    will be going to Sagada this March! 😀

  • flip'n travels

    February 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

    @ed: haha! pwede, score ka muna, saktong effect yan. hahahaha! good luck and have fun! ikain mo naman ako ng buttered chicken! favorite ko yun e 😀

  • robin

    February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Lovely writing!

  • flip'n travels

    February 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    @robin: thanks very much! 😀

  • journeyingjames

    February 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

    “…and so we shared the nights flying like airplanes, floating in green smoke then plummeting to the ground. faster and faster till we reached the center of the universe.” —very picturesque! love the post!

  • flip'n travels

    February 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    @j.james

    and that’s the big bang theory! hehehe

    Ron

  • Kat March

    March 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Been to Baguio a few time but never been to Sagada. Seems more beautiful than Baguio, from what I see in your photos…

  • flip'n travels

    March 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    @kat: most def! pace is slower, less people, very very laid back… i’d go back to sagada anytime! 😀 thanks for dropping by!

  • Tripper10

    May 2, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Wow… Love…love…love…

    Thanks po…:)

  • flip'n travels

    May 15, 2011 at 4:20 am

    thanks tripper! 🙂

  • ahgarcera

    September 14, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I super duper love this place…

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