It will be my first trip to Southern Philippines in my entire 28 years of existence.
I've been to places when I was still a reporter but never in Mindanao.
ANOTHER FIRST FOR ME...
|Waterfall within the Kalatungan Mountage range |
Image from here
It was my first provincial league as an Ultimate player and it was really an experience to remember.
MY 1ST DUMAGUETE EXPERIENCE
There are 365 days in a year and often times, we remember only a few.
This year, I’m sure my 5 days in the place called Dumaguete will be among those I would not have a hard time recalling.
I seldom slept during that 5-day period.
Scared I might miss a witty remark, a funny antic, or a green joke from my witty, funny, and green-minded teammates.
I tried to sleep…though I soon realized the futility of the effort.
With teammates and friends coming in and out of our unlocked door,
jumping on and off the bed I could no longer claim as my own…
sleeping is an impossibility.
“What the hell?“, I thought.
“I could always sleep in Manila.”
“Walang malisya” (No malice) is a phrase I heard a thousand times there.
“Good”, I thought.
With guy friends who don’t know the concept of “this-is-the-girls'-bedroom”,
anyone would be forced to get used to the fact that boys and girls hang out in the same bed,
killing time…waiting for another shot of gin.
When a teammate texted me upon arrival in Manila that he already got attached to the Dumaguete people, I thought, “Who wouldn't be attached? We almost chained ourselves to one another!"
Fake sleep. Hang-out. Eat. Play. Party. Drink. x 5 days = Attachment.
So why is it that there are 365 days in a year and often times, we remember only a few?
It is because those are the days when we took the chance, change our routines, and felt new…different.
If that’s the case, I think the appropriate follow up question would be–
Why do people endure more than 300 forgettable days in a year
when it's obvious the ones that matter are those spent outside their office cubicles?
I just hope I'll be able to remember this question next time I'm faced with the same dilemma
of choosing between saving money and enjoying five days of Dumaguete ...
...Because right now...
there isn't a single doubt in my mind that there are just some things in life that one can't put a price tag on.
I have already quit my job and will be enjoying my entire 365 days of 2012 outside my office cubicle.
It was in Dumaguete where I first met my guy. :) This year, I'll be enjoying Bukidnon with him.
LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST...
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