Hindi “trip” na psychedelic o hallucinogenic ang tinutukoy ko ha? At hindi rin yung “bad-,” “food-,” “music-,” “sex-” o “laughing-” na variety.
“Trip” as in biyahe po. Paglalakbay… pasyal… lamyerda… ikot-ikot… suroy-suroy…
Simple lang naman ang pag-categorize ko ng distansya ng isang biyahe:
- If less than 1 hour = short trip lang siya
- From 1 to 3 hours = medium trip
- From 4 to 10 hours = long trip
- More than 10 hours = very long trip!
I’ve gone on countless “long” trips already — my line of work since 1992 has made “long” trips routine — and the “short” and “medium” types I now do on a daily basis. Pero sa tanang buhay ko, I’ve only gone on very long trips a total of four times:
- An 18-hour road trip from Manila to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte, for an annual office “R & R” activity. Who knew “R & R” really meant “Rectal Rigor-mortis?” As in pumanaw ang pakiramdam ng puwet ko sa tagal ng pagkaka-plasta niya sa upuan nung van 😦
- A 21-hour road trip from Manila to Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, to do research in a community of rebel returnees whose village is, literally, only spitting-distance away from the NPA-infested Marag Valley. Malayo pa naman ang abot ng dura ng M-16.
- A 20-hour plane/road/walk trip from Manila to the hills of Rizal, Palawan, to do research on the alternative education activities of the Pala’ wan people while praying non-stop to not get bitten by the Malaria-carrying mosquitoes that call those mountains home.
- And a 14-hour plane/bus/habal-habal/walk trip from Manila to the hills of Kapalong, Davao del Norte, to do research on the Dibabawon communities that dot the upland areas, all the while trying my best to avoid approaching the random Army and illegal-loggers’ camp and blundering into the occasional indigenous booby-trap laid during one of the many intermittent tribal wars that the region is known for.
Ah, the memories… nakaka-miss 🙂
Pero mabalik tayo sa mahahabang biyahe — one can do lots of things during a very long trip, things that you normally can’t do in a decent manner during shorter voyages.
Take taking stock of your life accomplishments, for example… the longer the trip, the more “accomplishments” you can tick off, di ba? At the very least, you have more than enough time to convince yourself that these are, in fact, accomplishments, and not merely the trying-hard antics of a clueless idiot such as yourself.
Or how about psyching yourself to build-up enough resolve to finally do what you’ve been putting-off doing for so long – i.e., making that ground-breaking and earth-shaking (at least to yourself) decision of your career… of your life even.
Haay… napapa-isip tuloy ako.
I wonder what my next very long trip has in store for me?
Though, as it turns out, I won’t have to wait very long to find out — kasi I’ll be flying to Berlin this coming Saturday for a 7-day Study Tour organized by our German partners. That’s around 17 hours of flying from Manila to Singapore to Frankfurt to Berlin!
In a word… Woohoo!!! 🙂