I'm typing this entry right now at a traveler's inn. I'm at Cagayan de Oro as of the moment and will be staying until Tuesday. I'm only here to buy PS3 games at the big malls (there's Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Revolution!)
Before coming here, I returned to Camiguin Island and stayed there for two nights. I've shared to you guys about that place - little piece of land chock full of natural scenery. I even posted paintings of White Island here before. It was the best trip so far since I've stayed longer.
I found a humble little fish pen that was also a restaurant and inn and decided to stay there. You can catch fish they keep there and then have it cooked for you. They offered me a room. It felt shabby and it was small, but it didn't bother me. I love it's character and rustic charm. Best of all, it had an awesome view. There was a small porch outside with a small table and a couple of chairs - ideal for sketching. And you see the pond, you see fish swimming under the room (the place was built over water), mangrove trees to the left, another view of the island to the right, the road in the distance with vehicles zooming by, and beyond that, the ocean. And when it rains... It's dream like.
I went to a few places, stayed in each for as long as I could. I hired a motorcycle driver and we went to a waterfall (the place has a LOT of waterfalls), a hot spring, a cold spring, a sunken cemetery and my favorite, the White Island sand bar. Wasn't able to really enjoy the sunken cemetery. I don't know how to snorkel. Or swim.
So I sketched the cross that marked its position.
I always try to sketch the places. I'll post them when I get back home, but they're just rough pencil drawings, nothing fancy. Sketching lets me take in the experience. It's different from just taking a photo with a cam. When you're drawing, you really SEE the place and you try to translate that experience using your own senses - your eyes, your focus, your brain, your hands, your fingers... And then you end up with an output that, even though it doesn't really capture the view, it's more of a product of your senses trying to record the picture - like making memories solid.
I'm not saying drawings beat photos. I mean the camera does a WAY better job at this. What I'm trying to say is that, try to stop and smell the roses first before pointing a god damn camera at it.
But the bestest part of this whole thing is that I did it all solo. Solo travel - you don't have to wait on others, you don't have to listen to anyone or gain their approval, you don't have to wait for your turn to use the comfort room, work to gain their acceptance - you don't have to worry about any of that shit.
I hope you guys get the chance to do the same. It clears your mind.
God, I made this long. So sorry. Just have so many things in mind, it's just welling up inside. This is just a release.