Thursday, October 25, 2012

A FAN Filled Day (Happy Loner Traveller’s Supporters)











              When I started to do blogging almost 3 years ago, many doubted my ability to write and share my personal stories to people, some laughed, some made jokes about it and others were not even impressed at all… I started to write testimonies regarding my travels because it’s what I’m passionate about… The very reason why I write is because I want to share to myself what my life has been through, it’s like talking to myself, sharing experiences with myself, a personal diary of reflection... So that one day, I could go back to my writings and they will remind me of what my life has been about… What it has & how it was lived…

                As I was continuously writing articles about my life’s experiences, I never noticed or was unaware that I’m already doing something worthy and meaningful, I’m already making a difference in people’s lives that I know nothing about. Because I was just writing for myself and then later on, I would receive messages of how I touched their lives through my writings, of how I inspired them to live life to the fullest, how I influenced them to travel and discover more of themselves, their capabilities in life. All of these I’m unaware of…

                I met great people through my blogs, they started as my supporters which later on became my friends. One of my very first and longtime supporters were Judith Fianza & Krystel Niolar, later on was followed by Rikka Rocca, Krista Guerina, Jude Roxas, Narciso Trumata, Reymark Mawaga, Mark Dela Rosa, Eran Decena, April Esposo and expanded to Clarence Ochinang, Denton Caballero, Jennet Razo, Tricia Jaime & Dave Franco. And of course, the group Armieholics which was pioneered by Heather Ocampo. "These people were always telling me how I changed their lives for the better, how I inspired them to just enjoy life and make it meaningful, but the truth is, they were all wrong, coz’ they were the ones who inspired me, because of them, I challenged myself more to write greater stories that would not only infect lives but try to change the world too, showing that there is always goodness, positivity, faith, true love, joy, laughter, friendship and hope amidst all negativity happening today." So they are the very reason why my blogs are a hit, they were my inspiration for writing & shouting out my thoughts because they listened, watched and read my life’s battles, failures and success…

                That’s why my blogs have improved a lot and I’m thankful to these people… Right now, I have a growing number of supporters loving and appreciating my works and it wouldn’t reach this point without my first supporters who listened to me when everyone else was judging me… And also, those people who did not believed in me before were proven wrong when I finally made it to the Philippine Blog Awards…

                So right now, that my blog has already been known and continuously spreading around the world, I am using my Blogsite for a bigger and more significant purpose, I am now using my name for Advocacies, trying to help as much people as I can… And I am also adding things that would entertain you more and making it interactive through my Hosted Travel Films and Exciting Contests…

                And hopefully, you will continue to love your Pambansang Manlalakbay, Armie “Happy Loner Traveller” Yuson’s unorthodox adventures and challenges to numerous undiscovered places in the Philippines… And I wish that you will always bring with you all the lessons that you have learned from my World…


- Happy Loner Traveller

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The 283rd Day Of A Leap Year (9th Of October 2012)







                It’s that day again, a day when you wake up and you can’t help but to recall what has happened all throughout your life, and you asked these same set of questions all over again. Have you reached your goals that you made 10 years ago? Did you become successful? Have you lived your life productive and useful? Are you already the person you think you would become 10 years ago? Well, I just have one simple answer to my yearly questions, “I Don’t Care Anymore”. For a change, I don’t want to set goals, be competitive and formulate another 10 year Lifeplan that would just end up disappointing me. Instead, I just want to live it one day at a time, enjoying every single hour making impulsive choices, creating a free-spirited life for me and just making the most out of every beat of my passionate heart & putting it into something more meaningful that you can call it as an “Inspiring Life”. Not perfect, not ideal but inspiring…

                You see, I’m just like everyone else, I’ve also went through struggles and battles in my life, a lot actually than the expected number of difficulties that a usual person would go through, I guess that makes me an unusual one. But instead of pitying myself, I accepted it, I confronted those challenges because we can’t do anything about it but to take it and move forward with our lives "coz’ the “Reality Of Life” will always be unfair and it is up to us on how we would resolve our own problems and make it a fair fight, no one can help us but our own selves and for me, the best way to deal with it, is to live with it in every hardships encountered along the way…"

                In the end, what matters most whenever you reflect about your life is not what you have achieved or done and not what you have become but rather what’s important is, is that you have found the right key in unlocking the door to your life that would allow you to just “Be Happy Living In It”, coz’ having a happy and content life is more priceless & satisfying than having a materially & monetarily rich life… And that probably is the best result that you can get out of life…

              Thank you to our Almighty GOD for giving me another year to look forward to, a new period to fulfill & inspire... And I would like to take this opportunity to thank a set of important lives on my birthday. Aside from my Family and Childhood Friends, I especially am very grateful to all of my Supporters who patiently and tirelessly gave their time in watching my Travel Films, listening to my Songs, seeing my Photos and reading my Articles. All of my Supporters became my True Friends already because they are the ones who genuinely have appreciated all of my hard works which I am so passionate about, they saw what I truly am as a person and they gave their precious time to see me & they are the ones who made my work visible to everyone. They were just there when all of the people I valued in my life bailed out on me, they stayed knowing that there is nothing to expect in return. They are the heroes in my life. That is why they are the ones that I would like to thank for this year, some of you were already there when I started my Blogsite 3 years ago and some of you even promoted me to your Family, Close Friends, Schoolmates and even to your Students. You’ve watched me evolved as a Traveller, Writer, Singer/Songwriter and Travel Filmmaker & it’s because of you why I matured as such so I owe this to you guys… I also would like to include in my special thanks my CO-PINOY TRAVEL BLOGGERS (PTB) Mervin Marasigan of PINOYADVENTURISTA and Dr. Wendell Cagape of JOURNEYSANDTRAVELS for sharing your Travel Stories to me…

                And lastly, I would like to thank my “BEIGH” who’s been there all throughout the 6 years we’ve been together… Truly, nothing compares to you in my life with the way you patiently took care of me especially on my rough times. You are one of a kind and your presence always defines how special my Birthday is for me. You always put me in a place where dreams and reality become possibly one, Thank you for doing that to me every single day… oh, and by the way, nothing much has changed, I’m still the old ARMIE “HAPPY LONER TRAVELLER” YUSON, the simple ordinary guy who tried living life extraordinarily… So that’s it, HAPPY 28TH BIRTHDAY TO ME… YEBAH!!!


- Soul Writer

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Traveller’s Abyssal Depth Of Azure (SCUBA DIVING)

            Eversince I was a kid, everytime I watch someone doing Scuba Diving on TV, I just can’t help but dream that I was doing it too. Scuba Diving has always been on top of my bucketlist. I love the ocean and its world below so much, "It’s as if I feel that I’m one of the lost sons of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, that I’m a DemiGod who gets his strength and powers from the sea. Every single time I get back to the beach, only one feeling exists in my body and that is the sense of relaxation. The wind massaging my physique, the sand scrubbing my feet like footspa, the ocean bringing me into another world within the Earth, an even better world wherein those creatures living there knows how to value and appreciate what they have, compared to us humans from our world above."

            Finally, another dream has been met, your Pambansang Manlalakbay, Armie “Happy Loner Traveller” Yuson will do scuba diving in Anilao Batangas! Finally, he can visit his friends in the underwater world and broaden his knowledge about them.

            So my friends Davidson Santos and Rachel Villahermosa organized a Scuba Trip for us because it’s their newest hobby. The night before our Scuba, I stayed at their place in BF Homes ParaƱaque reuniting with my other friends for 23 years Jobie Doria who is now residing in the U.S.A and Aurora Del Mundo. After resting for a few hours, at dawn, we already headed in Anilao Batangas to this partially opened new establishment named HALO DIVE RESORT, there I met my cool Scuba Instructor Gage Veridiano and Divemaster & also my Divebuddy Melo Sabitsana. Gage Veridiano briefed me a short course about SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) and has taught me techniques & sign languages that I would use when I’m in the deep. It’s my 1st Open Water Dive and I would journey to a maximum depth of 67 feet! And the excitement and curiosity is with me. Finally! I could already see it in my own two eyes what I’ve always been hearing from people who have already tried this…

            So our 1st Dive Site is called Dead Palm, I would be at a maximum depth of about 35 to 40 feet and it would take us 45 minutes to check out the corals and fishes of the underwater world. As I entered the gates of the hidden world below, I felt the peacefulness and quietness that their world has to offer. They really welcomed me with open arms. On my 1st ever Open Water Dive, I saw a hunchback Sea Turtle, School of Barracudas and 2 Triggerfishes to name a few. It’s really a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle from our world. If you want to hear the most beautiful music your ears could ever hear which is silence, then better try SCUBA DIVING! So before reaching the surface, we need to have safety stops, 3 minutes for every 15 feet. And we need to rest for about an hour before diving again so that we could let out the accumulated nitrogen in our body.

            I felt so happy on my 1st dive, I can’t believe that I was actually experiencing what I’m just watching on the Television. It’s really one of the “Must do’s” in your life before you die. The best way to explain the feeling is to experience it.

            Our second Dive Site is in the Twin Rocks, here we can see Schools of Jacks (Talakitok in Tagalog) where you will get amazed coz’ you can witness tens of thousands of fishes in just one area. And I will be going to a maximum depth of 67 feet with expected strong currents. So as I was entering inside the territory of the Schools of Jacks, I suddenly had a problem with my breathing pattern, I hyperventilated and felt nauseous and then I panicked, so right away I did the “UP” sign because I already wanted to abort my dive but good thing, Gage Veridiano, my Scuba Instructor, approached me and calmed me down, and so I felt okay again and continued exploring Twin Rocks Dive Site… I saw more species like the Trumpetfish and better views from deep underwater… Another great thing is, my friend Davidson Santos has all of these high technology underwater gadgets where it has allowed me to document all of my adventures in the deep blue sea or Abyssal Depth of Azure as I call it…

            I would like to give my special thanks to my Divemaster & Divebuddy Mr. Melo Sabitsana who owns AGTA BEACH RESORT and my Dive Instructor Mr. Gage Veridiano who owns SCUBANOX STUDIOS and heads the Scubanox Diveteam. Of course, to my friends Davidson Santos and Rachel Villahermosa for making my Scuba Diving dream possible. And thank you to my friends Ms. Jobie Doria and Aurora Del Mundo for paying our hotel room for the evening.

                All in all, Happy Loner Traveller had a tremendous and unforgettable day for he has finally fulfilled his dream of visiting his friends from the underwater world…


- Happy Loner Traveller

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Traveller’s Primeval Unearthing (Tangadan Falls Of San Gabriel)

            Your Pambansang Manlalakbay, Armie “Happy Loner Traveller” Yuson’s scheme is to always feature “Off-The-Beaten” track destinations, to share to the whole wide world the places less travelled here in the Philippines. But never did he become the 1st Discoverer of a Place up until today…

            It has been 7 months since my very last adventure and my feet were already itchy to experience yet another extreme and thrilling quest through fine sands, rough rivers and rocky hills. And I told myself, it’s about time to reunite myself with nature and explore the Philippines once again.

            So on May 9, 2012 at 4 in the morning, I went to San Juan La Union, not primarily to surf but because I have heard from a friend of mine that there is an unknown place near there that has never been featured on Television by any Network or on the Internet by any Blogger, that even Locals from there has no idea that this specific place existed in their hometown. How unusual is that?

            So right away, I decided to visit San Juan La Union but take note that the place that will make me the 1st Discoverer is not located in San Juan La Union but rather 20 minutes away from its surfing spot and it is in the nearby small town called SAN GABRIEL…

            People from San Gabriel La Union make their living through farming, livestock and agriculture. And they have kept this astonishing asset of Nature away from visitors who only know how to spoil it and yet can’t even help to protect and conserve it.

            So as I have arrived in the outskirts of San Gabriel La Union, Me “Happy Loner Traveller” with my team of Tour Guides (Surfing Instructors) brought me to this “Best Kept Secret” of San Gabriel. Just as I expected, it was the most electrifying and stimulating adventure to date, just like what I have experienced in Mount Pinatubo Zambales but only this time, I am more prepared. Well, you don’t need professional mountaineering gears for this, just have the basic ones like rubbershoes, long shorts, hat and long sleeves just to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the Sun, jagged terrain and sharp bushes of the Forest. So it took us 1 hour to get there because we were fast but an average of 1 hour and 45 minutes would do for non-extremist to get there because your body would require to rest as you will pass through giant rocks and steep hills. Take note that going to this place will be at your own RISK! So make sure to be prepared as there is no near medical facility in the place.

            Now, I have finally seen that “Best Kept Secret” and I Armie “Happy Loner Traveller” Yuson was the very first one to feature the newly unearthed “TANGADAN FALLS”. It is as majestic and unquestionably unvarnished by Mankind. No wonder Locals doesn’t want this place to be discovered because it could only be the last space in the Northern Philippines not yet adulterated by Humans…

            The 1 hour trek and hike was all worth it as I have splashed and refreshed myself in the cold sprinkle of the Falls. I even jumped off a 25 foot Cliff into the deep water to exhilarate myself…

            "This latest Adventure of mine to date is my most cherished one because for the very 1st time in my life, I experienced and felt the feeling of being the only Adventurer to First Feature the Surreal TANGADAN FALLS…"

            Special Thanks to my friend Laken Riel David coz’ through her I found this place and my guides Allan, Freddie, Francis, Chris and kuya Johnny for taking good care of me when I was there.


- Happy Loner Traveller