Fifteen of today's most prolific Filipino travel bloggers (with a cult following to boot) share some secrets with me. This entry offers first-hand information outside the circle for the first time. A few of their answers are suggestive and may offend polite society while others are wrapped in an air of mystery. Nax! Dramatic intro, ah!
Now, in the spirit of fun and free speech, I've asked the well-known and quirky Pinoy travel bloggers what travel essentials they have. Dig down deep. Inside their backpacks or sling bags are some unique and weird if not bizarre travel secrets you never imagined they keep. From action figures to toothpick to practical stuff like pepper spray, kissing kit that contains mint and toothbrush, to oil control film to objects that need verification from Ripley's believe it or not: handcuffs, nails, chainsaw and more. Reminds me of a colleague who keeps a rubber in his wallet for prosperity. Go figure!
Let the cat out of the bag!
ChiChi Bacolod of wearesolesisters.com:
"Gatsby's oil control film because I have skin that produces so much oil, you can deep fry potato wedges with it. Oiliness is next to godliness, that's what they say."
Monette Fernandez of fliptravels.com:
"Hangover sweets. Di mo alam kung kailan ka tatamaan ng kalasingan. Mabuti na yong handa. Which reminds me, I need a refill!"
Robx Bautista of thetravellingdork.com:
"My fox hat and a pack of toothpicks."
Lauren Gaile of pandelicious.wordpress.com:
"Food for bribing purposes. ATM card (kahit probinsiya) and cute socks."
Marky Ramone Go of nomadicexperiences.com:
"Handcuffs, saw, hammer, 12 inch nails, masking tape, rope."
Brenna Bustamante of philippinetravelogue.com:
"Tictac. The same reason with Monette. Lipgloss (weird ba to? haha) and tear gas or pepper spray"
Eileen Campos of possiblypinay.com:
"Foldable shopping bags (less plastic and multipurpose-laundry bag), payong (kasi waterproof material gamit ko), pasalubong center."
Jerome Baluyut of balintataw.org:
"Toothbrush & paste (kasi pagnakatulog ka na minsan sa kalasingan at least pag gising mo pwede na mag toothbrush agad lol), mints (sagot sa kagutuman kapag nakalimutan mong bumili or kumain before or during the ride), eyeglasses (malabo kasi mata ko) --- weird ba yun?"
Ron Cruz of fliptravels.com:
"1. captain ronron & cowgirl monmon (action figures/dolls from Nina) 2. my old straw hat 3. kissing kit (breath freshner, vanilla mint lip balm, hand sanitizer) ... di mo alam kung kailan ka tatamaan ng kalandian... buti nang handa."
Lai Marie Mirasol of pinaytravelista.com:
"1. toothbrush and paste 2. box ng Band Aid and alcohol, for the usual cuts I get sa pagiging klutz ko and 3. surgical scissors! LOL! Ewan ko bakit ayaw magpa.iwan nito.. parang may Operation Tuli akong palaging pinupuntahan!"
Nicely Rom of travelingnicely.com:
"Advil for migraine and lomotil for lbm, 2. pangshave ng kilikili para smooth skin always lalo na pag beach trip, and 3. mouthwash for kissing purposes."
Gay Mitra-Emami of pinaytraveljunkie.com:
"1. small toy (for luna) 2. water bottle (kuripot bumili ng inumin) 3. eyelash curler."
Darwin Miranda Cayetano of trackingtreasure.net:
"medicine kit (seriously laging meron bag ko nyan), ID (if ever may mangyare sakin atleast my identification), lip balm (hahahaha, mabilis kasi matuyo labi ko, sa lamig at init, bigla nalang dumudugo)"
Doi Domasian of travellingfeet.com:
“Nail cutter - alternative to scissors especially sa flights. Toothbrush & toothpaste - in case I decide to eat adobong pusit or daing or kahit anong malansang food.”
Kara Santos of travelingup.wordpress.com:
I always bring a mini-swissknife and several buffs/multipurpose headwear (aside from being a bandana, it's served as a motorcycle mask, eyemask to sleep in buses and planes, camera protector if it suddenly rains, instant handkerchief, pamunas ng chair, and a host of other things).
What are yours?