"My other home!" Irosin by joiwatani

Irosin Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 109 photos

My other adopted home town

I lived in many places. Irosin is one of the towns I have lived. I love this town- the people are warm and it is the place where I learned to stop smoking! I see how hard the people work in order to earn their living and here I was burning a cigarette! The pack of cigarette I was smoking is more expensive than how much a local resident earn in a day!

Irosin has beautiful mountains, rivers, oceans, brooks, waterfalls, water springs, hot springs, etc. I love the fauna of the town. It has a very fertile soil. I love the smell of the camias growing wild on the river banks! Until now, when I close my eyes, I can see the beautiful Irosin mountains!

The Bulusan Volcano and Bulusan Lake

The hike to the Bulusan volcano was hard. As soon as I reached the lake, I sat down and relaxed. I had my journal then and composed a poem about Bulusan Lake. In the afternoon, I went to watch this handsome U.S. Peace Corps volunteer skinny-dipping in the lake. Only us in the lake. Everybody went climbing. And, Bulusan Lake was isolated. It was a lake out of nowhere. Nobody ever come here. It is too far away for people to come and see! But, it was beautiful! It was beautiful to watch this naked guy swimming by himself in the lake. He knew I was watching him because he just took off his clothes while I was sitting there writing...It was not like I went there to watch him. I was there first and then he came...

Here's a poem I composed when I was at Bulusan Volcano:

Silent Witness

At Bulusan, I was
a silent witness:
to the sighing of bamboo leaves
and the murmur of the naked rocks
cradled at the lakeside
kissed sometimes gently
at other moments
by the teasing waves.

And yet:
the silence deafens me
my eyes are tired
and I am weak
my sense of touch
at the fullest.

At Bulusan, I was
a silent witness:
of the warm breeze
that softly whispers
and caresses my cheeks
giving warmth to my heart.

Again, I hear the murmur
of the rocks being
caressed gently
by the teasing waves.

Masacrot Spring

This is one of the great things about Irosin. They have hot springs! I think there are two hot springs that are active in the town. It is so beautiful. I come here to swim and just relax. At first, the water is so hot but then you will get used to it. It is just like a jaccuzzi - but it is just wider and bigger!

brought my uncle, my dad and my brother here. They loved it. It is amazing...

The water is suppose to heal sickness like rheumatism, arthritis, foot problems, etc.It's the hot sulphuric water, maybe? That I don't know. But it is very relaxing to come here...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The flora and fauna are extra-ordinary
  • Cons:There are no jobs for people except planting Manila hemp
  • In a nutshell:My adopted hometown!
  • Last visit to Irosin: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 23, 2011
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    Wow, Jo, you've been to Irosin - I have visited it probably 5 times and enjoyed the family I stayed with there! Nice people...

  • gabriellasilang's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    congratulations on your daughter's achievement ! mana ata sa nanay ah ?

  • OH_DK's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 3:11 AM

    I see you've been trekking a lot - very interesting. I also tried hot springs near Coron, Palawan, but it was really too hot for me. Also I have few prints from the 80s when I traveled a lot in Guatemala and Mexico.


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