Everyone needs to go on a very long trip once in a while

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!!! 🙂

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Everyone needs to go on a very long trip once in a while

15 thoughts on “Everyone needs to go on a very long trip once in a while

  1. mimo ay nagsasabing:

    teka lang pahabol… hhhmmm yabang! pa-favor na lang pwede daan ka netherlands?me magpapadala lang ng absinth pauwi

    Taroogs – aba… simple ka lang kung humiling a! hehe

  2. kengkay ay nagsasabing:

    uy, daraan ka pala ng FRA e, bakit hindi mo ako kalabitin? am sure enjoy ka sa berlin, kahit ako di pa nakakarating dun e

    Taroogs – stopover lang sa Frankfurt, mareng kengks… hindi nga nakalabas sa airport e 😦

  3. Nahuli ako sa balita… ibig sabihin, 3rd day mo na ngayon dyan (na nami-miss ang dawter mo). 🙂
    Pikyurs! pikyurs! pag-uwi… 😀

    Taroogs – buti na lang kamo, bok, at uso na digicam ngayon… nung unang labas ko ng bansa (2003 – puntang Japan), instamatik lang tangan ko 😦

  4. nemo ay nagsasabing:

    lakas ng tama nung isang komentarista mo, nag serious comment pa kuno pero kagaguhan naman ang comment. alam kaya niya sinabi niya?kaibigan mo ba yun?

    Taroogs – kapatid na nemo, lahat po kayo ay kaibigan ko… NAAAKS! hehe (showbiz! showbiz!!)

  5. Yung sa Japan mo, parang yung pasyal ko nuon sa Corregidor — instamatik lang (film size 110 pa!). Nagkataon lang na matingkad ang araw nuon kaya miski papano malinaw ang mga kuha.

    Taroogs – hehehe. may na-post ka ba sa blog mo tungkol sa trip mong ito? balak ko ding i-scan yung mga kuha ko sa japan… pero baka matagalan pa.

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