Thursday, September 13, 2007

I Wanna Get Lost

Back when I was in grade school, I could draw all the different regions of the Philippines, name all the provinces and identify all their respective capitals. Then, just like most of what I learned, as soon as I passed my exams, all that knowledge… floated away.

Now, I have a geographic proficiency that will make my Aralin teacher want to kill herself. I honestly thought Bukidnon was in Luzon. Palawan was part of Mindanao and I keep confusing Cagayan Valley with Cagayan de Oro.
Pareho kasi ng pangalan eh! Sino ba nag name studies niyan?!

Ironic for someone with a
bad case of wanderlust. But then again, I thought, this is specifically the reason why I should travel more. The more I get to see the different provinces then the more I can familiarize myself with the regions. There’s nothing like learning first hand right? Right…

And so I have another excuse to take my leaves and spend my money. It sounds like a good cause. Something I can easily segue to national pride and local appreciation. But I won’t… since it might sound old and pretentious. Haha!

Every now and then, when I think of all the provinces I want to visit, I feel like my head will explode. There’s just so many! 7, 107 islands to be exact, and I don’t know where to begin. Plus, with my so-called “geographical expertise,” I will surely get lost. And that’s what I want.

Heading to a place, with no plans, no schedule, no must-see tourist destination to stop for, that’s the kind of travel I want to do. Making friends while asking for directions, crashing someone’s place while clueless of where to go next, that for me is a better experience.

I want to feel that I don’t have all control. I want to feel that my country is bigger than me. I want to experience the islands in a way deeper than any ordinary tourist can. I want to get lost.

And when I do get lost, I will find my way around. And I will get to know the people, get to spend time with them, get to share their space, and learn more than any grade school subject can discuss. Then maybe, and I sure hope, I can finally get the goddamn names and locations right. Then I will do my Aralin teacher proud.


Anonymous said...

loved your info on the phils

melvin said...

enjoyed your info on the phils made me feel great after reading it .........

bendelu said...

i took this pic!!! :-)