Island Hopes

7,100 Philippine Islands in 365 days


I was tossing and turning one evening, dreaming in fits and starts, when I suddenly thought, if I don’t write this down I’m going to forget it by morning.  So reluctantly I got up and started writing, doodling, thinking, which inevitably led me to more of the same.  Pretty soon the sun had peeked through the horizon and the black skies lit only by the amber street lights had become bright again.

In my hands was my favourite Moleskine sketch book, filled with all sorts of scribbles and attempts at brainstorming with my alter ego at 4am.

Several pages later, the lack of sleep was making me feel like Don Quixote so apparently I started drawing windmills and had grandiose designs of unlimited power in my noble pursuits.  I don’t even remember sketching that but closer inspection shows that its a “green center” to showcase to the villagers how they can use the simple things around them to create energy sources, to insulate their homes better, to become more comfortable without harming the earth or having to spend money they don’t have.

Exhausted and satisfied that what my memory would forget my notebook would remember, I fell back to sleep and started dreaming again of the many islands and its people and the stories they wanted and needed to share.
Fast forward to 2012 and I finally stopped thinking and clicking and started moving. It has been a humbling experience so far, meeting so many wonderful people and being amazed by the grand vistas and pristine shorelines the Philippines has to offer. Travel, even just for travel’s sake, is enough. But to travel with a definite purpose, so much more rewarding.

13 comments on “About

  1. Vinny Grette
    February 19, 2013

    Hey, Chief Mad Apple, you are Vinny’s 500th follower. If you have some kids of your own or know of some children who might be interested, Vinny would like to send you a copy of his book, Cook Up A Story. The value of this gift is $30 plus $8 postage, If after reading it you felt the urge to blog about it, of course Vinny would be delighted!

    • chiefmadapple
      February 19, 2013

      Are you saying I won something? I never win anything.

  2. catbirdinoman
    April 16, 2013

    What a goal to visit all the Philippines islands. What a fun plan. I also love your sketchbook. :-)

    • chiefmadapple
      April 17, 2013

      It’s going to take 3,650 days (and then some) vs 365 I think :). Although i must say I don’t mind taking all that time to explore. My sketchbook blushed at your remark and managed to whisper a “thanks”.

      • catbirdinoman
        April 19, 2013

        You’re welcome. I envy anyone who has artistic ability as I have none whatsoever! :-)

  3. yashikibuta
    June 11, 2013

    Beautiful. I am now a big fan since I love the Philippines more than anything. You give me more reasons to love about my home country. Thank you.

    • chiefmadapple
      June 14, 2013

      I’m really glad :). To me, the beauty of the Philippines is that so much of it has remained undeveloped. Although development is needed, I hope those of us who choose to do it will do it responsibly so that everyone can continue to enjoy God’s unspoilt wonders.

  4. Some how I missed this – but so happy to spend some time looking your photos. Maybe one day I will get to experience the Philippines. Thank you for liking my blog and your follow. Peace be with you. I have more of your photos to visit!

  5. Margie
    July 30, 2015

    Imagine – 7100 Islands to explore. It could be a lifelong project!

  6. Everyday Asia
    August 9, 2015

    What a marvellous idea! Best wishes!

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