Wednesday, February 20, 2008

On Travels

When coworkers upload their travel pics to Multiply or Flicker, I can't help but to look at their adventures with so much envy. I wish I was there, too! Scanning the wildlife that abound on that tiny island; feeling the foam of the ocean on my legs as I watch the sun melt in the horizon; wrapping my toes to the silky grains of the sand while I rest my body for a quick nap; dipping my body to the icy cool water; waking up to the freezing morning atop the conquered mountain... or simply the one who was making faces while the camera captures the moment.

I've yearned to be the Adventurous Joe but somehow, constraints of some sort always held me back. Quite the pragmatic, money has always been an issue. It's too costly or it's not within the budget or...

the justification won't end!

...not to mention, your travel companion must at least be likable for a day or else that planned out-of-town will end with so much bickering. Imagine spending the whole time with a friend who constantly nag about mosquitoes and every five minute or so will ask "are we there yet?" Talk about Donkey on Shrek!

Now, I became the unnamed observer of the bustling life of other people. The proverbial life is passing right before my eyes seemed quite true. As I wallow on my inactivity, a couple of people I knew went to a four day island hopping; as I sat in front of the TV watching a rerun, friends will tell me how much they enjoyed their time discovering this awesome getaway; while I was there thinking about my existence, some people actually add meaning into their existence by living it up.

Asking them how much it cost seemed a futile attempt to rationalize if the benefits outweighed the money they shelled out. Asking them if they had fun is really a rhetorical question; based on their photos...yep they truly did!

Summer is peeking over the window and I could already hear plans for out-of-town getaway. In as much as I want to pack up my bags and enjoy a memorable weekend, I know that I will just be staring far beyond and wish that I could.

And when I close my eyes, I do wonder if I, too, can scale that jagged mountain or swim with the company of fishes or press my toes on that warm sand or watch the sun burst across the ocean.

I can only wonder...


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Blogger Lazarus said...

but you can enjoy the world outside if you look at it through their eyes.

sometimes, there is not much to look within. but we learn more if we look outside.

10:41 PM  
Blogger don said...

I remember as a kid, watching some hitch hikers waiting for a ride just outside of North Bay on the Trans Canada Highway. I said to myself, now thats travel! As crazy as it sounds, it is a yearning that has remained unfulfilled in my life. Here I am at 45 years of age, still dreaming of the day I too could throw caution and pragmatism in the air and simply go for it.
I picked up a hitch hiker last month on that stretch of highway. I told him I was envious and asked him how many times he had done it. He replied...this is my 6th time.

Now of course he was envious of me, driving in a spanking convertable, and I was envious of him and his apparent freedom.

I dropped him off at a bus station, and proceeded to the bank to make another payment....gosh

Any way Jef, You take amazing pictures, so you should make it a point of going to some exotic places to capture those moments. As great as the pictures are, they are only a facsimile of the real thing!

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Anonymous rHo said...

di bale, meron naman sigurong mga fun things na pwede mong gawin and yet affordable di ba?? you need to relax.... :)

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Blogger D.T. said...

Keep your eyes open. That's what I did. I really wanted to go to Europe two summers ago, but like you, I was strapped for cash and I kept saving my money until finally I found a student-priced trip through the University of Arizona to Italy and had a blast. I actually just got back last week and I can totally say it was well-worth it! Sometimes you just gotta be patient and wait. But yeah, I do recommend you travel when you're young and're more likely to have an adventure!

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Blogger Susa said...


Maybe you're where you're supposed to be. I think adventures come in different packages so keep looking. Anyhow, you can always pack your bags and go if everything gets too much. :)

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Blogger atticus said...

mag-impake ka nga at lumayas. sakay ka ng bus. punta kang batangas pier. kaya mo iyan.

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Blogger Jinjiruks said...

jeff kelan ka babalik? it's been a while! missin you bro!

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Blogger atticus said...

haha! having a lousy travel companion is part of the adventure. take it as a challenge.

there will come a time you will look back and regret the things you didn't do. go, lug your backpack before you're too old to carry it. enjoy!

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