Last August 22, our Philippine Institutions 100: The Life and Works of Jose Rizal class went to Mt. Banahaw, Sta. Lucia, Quezon for a fieldtrip! Hurray!
After some hours of real nice sleep…
Our class visited some churches (mostly Rizalistas) and learned about other people’s beliefs. It’s not often that I go to these kinds of places, let alone go out of town. I go to school 5 days a week, sometimes even 6. I barely have time for travels, maybe even for breaks- from technology that is. After going to different churches, we had lunch then we went to the wilderness (ha ha) and started to trek.
Inside my bag of clothes and junk food were my camera and cellphone as well. It was unusual that there’s signal for my phone but unconsciously, I left both my camera and my phone inside my bag before getting off the bus.
We started to walk and trek and climb steep steps and enter caves and meet insects along the way. I was enjoying it so much that I hardly thought of what I needed to do for the next day (a Monday), I didn’t even realize that I was without my phone! I had so much fun being with nature (heehee) and my lovely OrCom busmates Claire, Diane, Earl, Eya, Justine, Lem, Patti, Sands & Tam!
The best part was…
It was only after the entire trek that I was reminded of my responsibilities for the next school day. When I checked my phone there were tons of messages, good thing my friends knew I was on a mountain so they understood my not being able to reply at once. Ah, the joy of having a break from technology! My eyes were able to rest and see other wonderful things than letters and fonts.
I could go on about how wonderful life is if we all went back to having that simple life- without technology, without the demands of living in an instant world but I suddenly remember the brownout which happened last July. I had tons of things to do, and undeniably I couldn’t do them without my lovely computer and my phone.
So I guess albeit the fact that all the technologies and the instant connection we have nowadays is very vital in today’s age, we must not forget that at times we need to take a break from screens and give our gadgets their well deserved breaks too. For absence makes the heart grow fonder (sometimes). :”>
photo credits: Claire San Pedro🙂