A Very Special Message to a Beloved Province: Marinduque, Philippines
ALL-TIME FAVORITE POST FROM 2010 RE-BLOGGED:
I started my journey to the island province of Marinduque riding on top of a jeepney. I knew right there and then, this trip would be memorable. With no expectations at all, this particular place etched a favorable spot in my heart.
It is indeed the land of simple-living and gentle people -- where money is not a priority and friendships are indeed treasured, where everyone is welcome, amidst the close knit of families here. I could have been bored with the lack of modernity around, instead, i was continuously amazed by how so much simplicity made all the difference in me.
As i write this story (for the tenth time), within the comforts of my room, i would surely want to exchange this for something back there. I would trade a cool, pampered life with laid back simple living.
Time is slow.
Time is well spent.
Time is treasured.
Time is kept.
Our daily worries become extinct in this province. The people here don't care about missed deadlines, they care about missed rains. I was chatting with a charming old lady one hot afternoon and that was what she said. As i look back, i realized that life isn't about complications. It's all about simple joys!
Amidst the never-ending talks of witchcraft here, i could vow to prove it otherwise. No, there are no "Aswangs" or "Manananggals" in this province.
We're all quick to judge.
Truth is, were judging ourselves.
On my last night in this province, i almost lost my way back to my shack. With only the full moon as the light, with dogs barking and unknown creatures lurking, imagine the fear and anxiety building upon me. A man suddenly appears and helped me find my way back home. With relatively no expectations of a reward, it dawned on me... I'm lucky to be here.
This province has changed me in so many ways.
Living in the city is living worry-free. But i highly recommend you visit this magical province. It's one of the hidden gems of this country.
The nature, the wonders, the mysteries and the people...
Amidst the missed ferries and broken relationships, God has paved a way for me to discover this place.
With its beauty and splendor...
What a pleasure it was, i know i will never forget, for the rest of my life.
Marinduque, you are special!