New Waves in La Union

Friday, April 22, 2016
Life's pretty exciting. Even if for most of us, it means sitting in front of a computer and waiting for something great to happen, we get to have these moments - moments of bliss and ecstasy that we soon crave and cling onto. I'm talking about that time you went backpacking across Indochina and went tubing in Vang Vieng, or that time you went on a spontaneous road trip with your friends, or even that time you just dove off a pier because why not - moments wherein you just completely seized the moment.

But I get it, not everyone has the courage to step out of one's comfort zone, to be crazy (/stupid), or to do whatever the hell one wants. But sooner or later, you'll learn that life's a lot more fun when you stop caring about what other people might think and just do it.

I remember the first time someone asked me what's the craziest thing I've done. I tried to think of something cool to reply but nothing. I then tried to actually think about something crazy I ever did but still, nothing. OK, maybe I had one but that was more stupidly-irresponsible than fun-crazy.

I had been so safe for the longest time. Sure, nothing's wrong with safe, it's just that sometimes I envied the people who could just let go. Do whatever. Jump off a cliff, maybe. Or even just dance like nobody's watching... and then upload it on youtube so everyone can watch.

And so, I thought, if there's people out there YOLO-ing the shit out of life, why can't I do the same.

Leica Montano

About a month ago, I found myself crashing a wedding in La Union. It's one of those spontaneous things that happen organically. What was supposed to be a pretty chill girls' night out turned into something else. We were to have a few drinks at Tagpuan, enjoy each other's company, tell each other's craziest-thing-they've-done story* and end the night.

But a few drinks at Tagpuan turned into a few drinks at Flotsam and Jetsam turned into Tequila shots with new friends we just met that night. It also turned into "stealing" a bottle of wine-, couldn't find our friend for hours-, crossing paths with celebrities-, and sitting in the middle of a busy road- kind of night.

It was one of those moments.

Leica Montano

It was also one of those moments wherein you had to be there.

And so days, weeks, and months pass. I need another adventure. I need another story not to tell my overprotective parents about. 

For a Good Time at San Juan, LU:
1. Eat at El Union
2. Have drinks at Flotsam and Jetsam
3. Go cliff diving at Tangandan Falls
4. More food at Tagpuan and Naknak
5. Surf 

*When an occasion calls for it, I ask my friends to tell a story about the craziest thing they've done. 
It's a great bonding experience over drinks and a great way to really get to know your friends.
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