My Solo Travel Reflections in Tacloban: Beyond Typhoon Yolanda

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26 Responses

  1. Zai says:

    I was googling for a place in Den Haag(I live there) and somehow found your story of the man who asked you for food in Den Haag, after reading it I took a look at your other stories and this one got my attention, because I have been to Tacloban 3 times already. But somehow I never went close to San Juanico Bridge, I will make sure to do so next time I am there. I was also in Tacloban two years after the typhoon, and I also did not notice much trace of destruction, really amazing how they rebuilt the place that fast. There is a place called Calvary Hill In Tacloban, not sure if you went there but that’s the best spot to get a great view of Tacloban City.

    • Teja says:

      Hi Zai! Thanks for dropping by. I really liked Den Haag!
      I think the San Juanico is a pretty cool bridge. I don’t know why they built it meandering though. I never got to Calvary Hill, thanks for the tip!

  2. Rosemary says:

    What a great experience for a first travel moment. Tacloban is definitively a place that is rich with history. When I visited the Philippines for the first time last year, I was intrigued by the “convoluted” history. It sounds like Tacloban is the perfect place to explore more about the country. And for you, a great moment of personal reflection. Keep traveling and sharing your stories!!

  3. NieNie says:

    I may need to tell my dad we need to visit here the next time I visit the Philippines! I love the Philippines and am lucky to visit yearly, this looks like another place I need to visit!

    • Teja says:

      The south bit of Leyte reportedly has good diving. I didn’t go because it didn’t look straightforward to travel from the top to the bottom – I didn’t have time to do that.

  4. Gina says:

    I feel like I know a lot of introverts who find socially fun situations very draining. I’m the opposite. I feel very energized and excited after coming back from those situations. I really commend you for getting out there, seeing the world, and enjoying things in your own way. The Philippines are stunning and it’s good to see them bustling after so much destruction in 2013.

    • Teja says:

      Yes I met someone this year who is exactly like that. But nope, it’s a cost for us introverts. No matter how great a time it was, we do run out of juice (and get a bit cranky). Like a cat!

  5. umiko buhl says:

    I’m impressed, only in 2 years the city is alive again. Did the bridge build before or after the typhoon? If it’s built before the typhoon, did it get damage or not at all?

    • Teja says:

      It was built before – but I guess either it survived the typhoon or the damage was quickly repaired.

  6. Louise says:

    What an interesting post. I love your photos so much. That hostel sounds fabulous too, I love the fact they salvaged so much from the storm – ingenious :)

  7. Katherine says:

    Tacloban looks absolutely gorgeous from your photos. I know it’s not something that you do a lot, but I really adore travelling solo. It means that I get to see and do what I want, when I want. I’m more likely to wander around exploring and getting lost. I think it’s a great way to see the world.

  8. Denira says:

    Beautiful pictures and wonderfully told! Definitely on my travel list!

  9. Cristina says:

    I think the Filiphines are a great country, with great food, too! I’d love to visit!

  10. Maggie says:

    This looks like a beautiful place to explore for a couple of days. Isn’t it amazing how quickly they rebuild after natural disasters? I’m always amazed at the speed of rebuilding entire cities when construction on highways sometimes takes several years!

    • Teja says:

      The Filipinos generally amaze me with how unfazed they seem to be at facing storms, typhoons, earthquakes, etc. They just get on with it. It’s a great attitude.

  11. BeeTravelista says:

    I must say you added a new destination in my memory. Thanks for introducing to something new. I like your post.

  12. selma says:

    the Philippines are like home to me and I only drove past tacloban once. so thanks for sharing, i will deffo go for a visit once.

  13. Lydia Smith says:

    It’s such a wonder that after the typhoon, things got better even without aids. I’d love to visit Tacloban and enjoy such history as you did and also get on the cruise. A visit to Tacloban can never be boring because I’d have a lot to feed my curiosity.

    • Teja says:

      Well…. yes and no. Lots of countries gave aid to the Philippines, or so I read. But then disbursing it to the struck regions was tied up for a long time in red tape, so you’re probably right that effectively it rebounded on its own steam.

  14. Sarah says:

    Loved the detail of the history and the culture being deep! Thanks for these photos. Feels like I visited there as well!

  15. Cherene Saradar says:

    Beautiful post! I love the way you tied the history to your story…a place of turning points. Your first solo trip will always be a special memory!

  16. Kay says:

    Loved reading the second part of this story :) Tacloban looks really lovely.

  17. Michelle says:

    The first solo trip – first anything, really – is always a major milestone. I remember the first time I stepped into a hostel alone, feeling so nervous. I like that you chose a less famous destination (at least to me) like Tacloban for yours!

    • Teja says:

      Yes, I think Tacloban isn’t really a famous destination, globally speaking. It just sort of happened that way. :) But I’m glad it did.

  18. neha says:

    I would love to take a drive on San Juanico Bridge and the boat cruise also sounds promising. Looks like Tacloban has a lot to offer. I will follow your tips when I plan a trip here