Saturday, October 8, 2011

Good morning, stranger.

Finally! Even if my alarm went crazy and didn't sound like an angry dog when it's supposed to, I was able to wake up just in time for my, as-promised,  early morning solitary walk.  Booyah!And yes, I do emphasize on the solitary part. 

This was where I went to high school.

I haven't done this in a long time, way too long, I almost forgot what it felt like. This started way back when I was too preoccupied with my unresolved body consciousness issues amassed with the impossible description of the media on what a beautiful woman should look like. In short, I wanted to lose weight. And be skinny. Like a model. Which was downright...impossible. So then started my desperate measures. I jogged and run until people passing by looked at me like I was gonna faint any minute.hah!

But that didn't last long. There were mornings when I was too lazy to jog so I just contented myself with walking from our subdivision to the community on the other side of the road. And from then on, it became my daily dose of meditation. 

This was the only time I get to think and think clearly when everything was too cloudy, which was almost all of the time. 

Problems. Yeah, I got heaps of it.

The only time I get to be still amidst all the hustle and bustle of everyday. 

It's like the only time of the day when silence of the world was so deafening, you'd never thought a billion people was inhabiting it.

The only time of the day when there was much less corruption of minds and hearts, much less grief and sorrow, much less abuse and heartache. Just purely, relatively, undeniably peaceful.

This was the only time I get to stop and marvel at how the world has evolved. From the nipa huts, to the beautiful concrete homes of accomplished individuals. I had to think, did God see this coming? Did he know that people would someday build houses and buildings as structured as it is nowadays? Did he know people would someday put up a house stronger than the relationships of the ones living in it? Did he know people would someday build houses, and not homes? I wonder..

These looked like jellyfish to me.haha

The only time I get to appreciate nature and the wonders of it. 

The only time I get to witness the sun rise with all its commanding glory.

And the only time I get to feel the cold breeze of morning air brush through my warm-blooded being.
I always draw heaps of admiration whenever I pass by this house. So homey!

As I was walking, there were a couple of joggers and fitness enthusiasts who did their thing also and then I thought, why not do something which I never had the courage to do so before? Whenever I would come across with a total stranger, I tried to smile and greet them with the best 'good morning' I could come up with. Some smiled and greeted back, while some seemed to be baffled by my behavior, I just had to laugh afterwards.

I thought this was kinda' weird for a house, that's because, it's not. It's actually a law office.

And then the most unexpected thing happened. There was this guy. When I smiled at him while he was jogging, he smiled back and went past me. While I was busy trying to take a picture of a flock of birds, which, by the way, was such an epic fail, he came back, now riding a bicycle. And we talked, which actually turned out to be more like a Q&A portion, of course with him asking me. After a while, when he heard what he needed to hear, he said goodbye and left.

It was the first time I ever talked to a stranger before and it felt weird. It felt good. It felt..I don't know, like asjdhkajsfdasdf, if that is considered a word.

I was supposed to take his picture, but I totally forgot. We never even got each other's names. John? Stephen? naw, he looked like a John to me. Yeah, let's call him that.

I was having second thoughts on having breakfast at a nearby cafe. I actually sat down and took this picture, but then I decided I could save some moolah if I just ate at home. So I stood up and headed home.

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." and I quote Mr. Steven Jobs, who died just recently. 

I'm sorry for the long posts. I hope I didn't bore you as much. 

Do you love morning walks too?


  1. nice kau mga houses ayvz! as in!

  2. haha. nice! wat did the stranger ask u diay? im curious! :) ur reflections made me think pud ha. infairness ur blogs are deep but far from being boring because you add humor with them. well done v!!