“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” –Deepak Chopra
Back on the Road
The cold morning breezed through the half-opened bus window, the white headphones in my left and right ears were blasting songs from Marley, Johnson and Mraz. It felt good but it was soooooo strange because after 15 days of just taking it slow in Cantilan, I’m back on the road.
The bus was moving fast and the rurality of the town brought me thoughts of why the heck I’m traveling. With every turn of the bus, my thoughts got deeper, questions and random questions were running on my mind. My cerebrum is doing a lot of work. It was like a flashback of the things I experienced in the places I went to. Feels weird but I let my mind wander.
Back to Reality
My mind also thought of the photo I saw on facebook- a bridge connecting Cateel, Davao Oriental to Mati was destroyed by super typhoon Pablo that ravaged eastern Mindanao and near it were inumerable logs from the mountains that were illegally logged, not for years but for decades.
For a minute or so… my thoughts were silenced.
What can I do with the situation?
I was quick to point a finger to DENR and the LGU in Davao Oriental because I know for sure that most of them were the ones who authorized this raping of the mountains in Davao Region and the high-ranking officials were the ones who own these logging and milling facilities. But then, I searched deeper within. I wanted to be proactive and somehow helped in the solution and stop blaming others.
Again, silenced for some time…
I wanted to help.
I wanted to volunteer.
I wanted to offer something helpful right now ‘coz blaming wouldn’t do any good.
These 3 photos makes my heart bleed:
Breathe in.. breathe out…
When you see the world, you start to think not only about yourself, you start to see what’s happening in your surroundings, you start to care for what’s around you. You begin to realize that you are connected really deep to everything that breathes and moves, you begin to understand life. You begin to do something about the situation.
OFF-LOADED by AIRPHIL EXPRESS
I was on my way to Butuan City while I have these thoughts running on my mind. I have a flight to catch for Cebu but Airphil Express offloaded me. I kept waiting for more than 3 hours at the airport in hope that they can do something about it but to no avail.
I instead took a different course and headed to Davao City to offer my help to the victims of Typhoon Pablo, #HELPCATEEL and hopefully make a difference in others lives.
When I compare my plight (hassle at the Butuan Airport and the more missed flights because of that, full story here) to the lost lives of my kababayans in Davao Oriental and Compostella Valley, I feel ashamed of myself, of being self-centered. I hope I can change that today.
So, I’m here right now in Davao City… ready to help.
Forget about Airphil Express’ poor customer service and try to busy myself with something better and humane.
I want to prove again that, “Travelers Will Change The World.”
If you are on Twitter, please be updated by searching for #helpCATEEL.
If you are in Davao City, you can go to Venee’s Hotel in Matina, Davao City and drop off your donations or maybe give a hand on repacking stuff for the victims of Typhoon Pablo. They badly need clothing, food, bottled water, medicines and other basic needs.
For those who want to donate in cash to #HELPCATEEL, this where you can deposit your cash donations:
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 104100017655
ACCOUNT NAME: EMBOSCADO AND REYES
BANK: UCPB-SAN PEDRO