Wednesday, November 18, 2009

vagabonding backpack includes:

backpack after full should weight around 8kilo max (15lbs), making it easy to carry on and simple.

--1 tanktop or very breathable cool tshirt or muscel shirt (with a good message on it like vegan, environment, health, etc.)

--1 tshirt, breathable

--1 thin long sleeve shirt

--1 long pants

--2 shorts that can be used for everything (swiming, golf, run, etc)

--1 small headlamp

--tooth brush/floss

--finger nail clippers


--one pair of thin socks

--sandals (like TEVA or North Face style)

--sun hat

--small airmattress

--notebook for journaling and notes

--one book

--one pen

--one moneybelt or fanny pack (to keep passport, money, notes, pen, tickets, earplugs)


--airline tickets or confirmation code

--sunglasses (if you wear them)


--Vegan stickers for village kids, and adults and posting.

--no smoking stickers for village kids and adults and posting


--copy of passport

--2 credit cards

--2 bank atm cards
(write down all your credit card and passport information for emergency)
one thin Bivy with mosquito net for head(like a sleeping bag but light and waterproof, see

--one mosquito headnet (so you can sleep under a sheet and keep your head out in the air but protected in your mosquito net

--one thin bag ( to be used for everything you buy (like fruit especially) to eliminate using plastic bags!)

--5 big bandaids

--one small one blade pocket knife for fruit (must check in though, so you be better buying this when you arrive, otherwise you have to checkin using a big back so it doesnt get lost in baggage).

--one handkerchif (small scarf type thing for cleaning up after eating, or sun protection wrapped around face)

DAD, you must bring your golf clubs!! We will be hiring a minibus and driving down AU coastline from Cairns to Sydney over two weeks, stopping at Agnes, port douglas, Nusa, BironBAy, golf and surf

update in Philippines

I am now in Lanuza. Feels like home. so many people recognize me and say hello "DD", which is my nickname (durian Darrick).
There is a surfing festival here. I sponsered two boys to come here and enjoy this festival, one is competing. Another man named Randal sponsered another boy to come. The boys are 14yrs old and never have really left their village near Mate..they are sooooo good at surfing, they are loving the new waves and experience. We are all enjoying surfing, eating many fruits (mango season!!! 15cents per KILO 2.2 lbs!, Durian season $1.20/kilo, papaya, bananas: red-morado, lakatan, tundan, seniorita, sugar bananas, jack fruit is here, MARANG is here and in full season...WOW marang is sooooo delicious and cheap 40cents for a nice size one, many other fruits.

Many girls are here and Chris and I are meeting them and chatting and enjoying the femininity all around: smiles and laughing...lots of dancing and kareoke around, the Philippinos seem to love their music and singing... perfect weather....
SO I love the philippines for the Durian, Fruit, uncrowded waves, many girls around interested in westerners, tropical perfect weather, happy smiling resilent people, simply living simply.

I feel amzing now after a 3hour surf session, one kilo mangos, one coconut, and 30 minute nap naked laying on hot rocks in the sun.
I have gained about 15 lbs in 8months, most everyone notices that i am now much bigger, one man said you are fat now.....last year I was 140lbs here, now I am about 153lbs-156lbs. I am feeling the same energy and vitality carrying more weight, but I like how I look when i am more ripped and lean, but getting back to that may mean less food intake, and I am loving the fruit so much lately.
I am very active already so increasing activity seems not so fun to me, since I surf 4hours sometimes, or run/swim/strength train.
MOst people that want to lose weight can do so with increased activity and no change in diet.

I love to get a nice durian and go sit alone somewhere around this festival and just people watch and enjoy my durian very slowly. I love to watch how people interact with each other, how they eat, what they look like, etc... every country has its differences, but one thing remains the same.....All people want to be loved and seek out love in many different ways.

peace in Lanuza 2009!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dahican surfpad

I am enjoying this place again this year....its all just as wonderful: sleeping outside under stars, waking at sunrise, jogging on the white sandy beach, hangin with the wonderful local boys..and now this year its even better because I have my friend Chris here to share it all with, and I am into freediving (the reef and fish and marine life is amazing here...Chris saw some big turtles and seaCows!...bananas everywhere!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Doug has been and always will be an exceptional teacher for me. I spent 30days with Doug in Costa Rica and watched him 'walk the walk' daily. This clip shares the reminder that we humans thrive in the tropics.

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