Post Subtitle:  The Field Trip that Shouldn’t Have Been

There’s a saying that goes something like “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”  Going by that logic, we can therefore conclude that if there’s no will, then no way.  Haha.  I’m not making any sense here.  My point is best illustrated thus in Filipino:  Kapag gusto may paraan, kapag ayaw maraming dahilan.

Oh there were a million reasons, alright.  Reasons to not go to the PI100 (Rizal) Field Trip yesterday.  Here’re the top 3 reasons why:



  1. Ateneo-Lasalle and UP-UST Game.  Because of the Field Trip, Mics and I missed this game which is the last scheduled game for the elimination round.
  2. Oktoberfest the night before.  I was invited to cover the event which featured international act Third Eye Blind.  But I had to say no because I had to wake early for the field trip.
  3. And the most compelling reason of all:  WordCamp Philippines 2008.  Matt Mullenweg.  Hundreds of Bloggers.  Wordpress thingamajiggers.  Lots of new lessons.  ‘Nuff said.

With this, the obvious attitude toward the field trip was, of course, of resentment.  Micah and I both knew we were better off doing other things, but we were stuck in a field trip–which turned out to be more like a road trip–we didn’t even choose to be in in the first place.  But we can’t do anything about it since it’s required.

The trip was a complete waste of time.  75 percent of our time was spent on the bus, 50 percent of which was spent sleeping while the other half was spent watching several indie movies which made our heads throb like hell.  It’s bad enough that we were being subjected to a long and torturous ride to nowhere, we had to cope with serious movie after another which we couldn’t ignore thanks to the blaring speakers installed in the bus.  Later we were begging to see Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants just to watch something without using to much of our brain cells.

If I remember correctly, we stopped only three times.  First at Rizal’s house in Calamba, Laguna; second somewhere in Batangas to visit old houses and churches; and third somewhere in Tagaytay to buy pasalubong.  The second leg was the most strenuous of all because the roads in Batangas were narrow and steep that we had to walk because our bus couldn’t manage to squeeze its huge arse in the roads.  Therefore, we had to walk to get to our venues, all of us silently hoping we were back at home, sitting comfortably in a luxurious sofa, sniffing the air filled with freshness from Air O Swiss humidifiers, with the aircon making the room extra cold and comfortable.  Aaaahhhh… such an oasis.  But reality was, we were all stuck with our prof somewhere very remote.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against educational trips and all.  In fact, I believe I already have that level of maturity to appreciate going to museums and seeing historical places.  Moreover, I’m interested in actually seeing and feeling these sites which are parts of our nation’s history.  It’s just that… there’s something in that field trip that made me so disinterested.  I just don’t know why, but I really didn’t enjoy it.

Because we were uber bored with what we were doing, Micah and I had our own way of amusing ourselves.  Haha.  Just take a look-see at these pictures to find out what.  I swear, if I wasn’t with Micah I would’ve slashed my wrist and died right then and there.  For more Emo-ness.  Haha!

This’ll be the last field trip I’ll take in college.  It’s just so frustrating for it to end like this.  

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