Welcome to lakbaypilipinas.ca

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Hi, this is Oly and the main objective of my travel blog is to write and talk about my travel trips abroad and my lifelong experiences. You can walk with me on my travel trips or just sit and relax while you read all about my adventures. I will take you to wonderful places that I have been able to visit in the past years.”Lakbay” means travel and “Pilipinas” we fondly call our country, the Philippines, hence my title blog “lakbaypilipinas.ca“. I will also blog about the towns and cities that I have visited in the Philippines and the famous tourist sights and attractions that I have been from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

When I first planned my blog, I was going to talk about my travels right away, but on the other hand it is better that you get to know me then we can travel the world together as friends. I was born in the Philippines and from Luzon to Mindanao, my entire family moved to Zamboanga del Norte through the encouragement of my grandpa, Captain Sam. He sailed the Visayas – Mindanao route and his ship brought us to the shores of Dipolog, the small town by the sea. From my hometown Dipolog, after living there for many years, we immigrated to Canada and that’s where I grew up and started a new life. Leaving the country I love was not easy but my country at that moment in time was in political turmoil, from being peaceful to so much injustice the government was a total sham and a travesty. We were not a democracy anymore and being ruled by martial law after conditions at home became worst, then the exodus began.  People who did not want to be under martial law jurisdiction have left the beloved country and our family included.  One by one we left our native land, and traveled in search of better opportunities and a brighter future in life. Then we settled in Toronto, Canada, my new home. As a kid, I have always dreamed about visiting foreign countries and visiting new places. Europe especially England have always fascinated me and that will be my first travel blog, my European vacation holiday.

If you will travel with me, then let’s see the world together and let us enjoy my trips and see all those beautiful scenery and along the way, I will show you lots of photographs that I have taken and will talk about my memorable adventures. I will also devote some parts of my blogs to the works of so many artists that I have come across in my travels and some that I have seen in famous museums like the sculpture of “Venus de Milo”, at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the famous works of art “LaPieta” sculpted by Michelangelo at the Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and the famous 17ft marble statue of “David” by Michelangelo also at the Galleria dell’ Accademia in Florence, Italy. I love arts and paintings mainly because I am a self-taught artist. I have done some drawings, sketches and paintings since I was a young kid. I have kept my old oil paintings and some drawings. Most recently I have dabbled in watercolour paintings for convenience because oil painting is messy and takes a while to dry unlike watercolours it can dry easily.

You will see flashbacks of my past travels every now and then, although I will also blog about places I have visited lately but most of my blogs will bring you to cities around the world. We will visit palaces, castles, churches, museums and beautiful gardens. On my next blog, I will take you to a pilgrimage with me to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes by way of Toulouse, where the closest airport is located. The Sanctuary of  Our Lady of Lourdes is where the grotto is situated in the town of Lourdes in France. See you next time, I do hope you will follow my travels in Europe and enjoy my travel blogs.

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