While waiting for my vegetable curry in this local restaurant where I always eat, my mind somehow reminded me of the videos it took while on the road. You know those moments that you weren’t able to capture on your camera but is still looming in your head. Those photos that cannot be developed but stays in your mind just because.
THE IRONY OF CRAZY…
– Orange-clad monks who practically left everything walking along Chiang Mai night market where tourists are crazy to buy this and that. The IRONY of letting go and getting more.
– European backpackers who stay in $3 dorm beds that smell like socks that hasn’t seen laundry for the last 2 weeks with 11 other gapyear-ers and doesn’t want to go back home in their nice cozy apartments. The IRONY of crazy.
– A linga display in front of a disco bar in Pub Street, Siem Reap.
– Me, who surfs and lives in a paradise island called Palawan in the Philippines looking for some stoked in the mountains of Northern Thailand. The IRONY of finding oneself to lose it again.
– Young Khmer prostitutes who sell their bodies to support their families and make sure they are in good condition. This is really hard to comprehend. Harder still are the old men who take advantage of this.
MORE IRONIES.. MOSTLY ABOUT OUR SPENDING…
– Melbourne-based backpacker who looks for a great cup of cappuccino in Pai, Thailand. Why not?
– A Londoner raving about a baguette in a small cafe in Northern Thailand. Why is he eating baguette in Thailand anyway? Maybe because Padthais sold out that day? Or because the price is 50% less than what he normally pays back home.
– Buddha Bar. Really? Where cocktails are at $1.50, and draft beer at $0.50
– Chinese tourists staying in Chinese guesthouse eating Chinese food with other Chinese friends in Chiang Mai. My Thai friend who owns a guesthouse would scratch his head in disbelief and ask, “why even go to Thailand?”
– Immigrants from Myanmar who work on constructing a house in Bangkok yet homeless. 🙁
– I remember when I was in Varanasi cruising the river where devotees of Lord Shiva consider the Ganges River holy, yet pollute them anyway.
– Buddhist devotees bowing their head to Buddha statues. Or a Christian who believes in One God but is more interested with the money he makes, worries a lot of not having enough. Makes me think how sometimes money is God, called in different names like Dollar, Peso, Euro, Yen and many more.
– An Aussie with Bondi beach on her frontyard but learned surfing in Bali for the first time. Now travels the world in search for the perfect wave except for Australia.
– In the Manila, specifically Edsa the past week, people are blaming the heavy traffic not realizing that they are part of the traffic.
– Me, again, who eats as healthy as I can- vegetarian and doesn’t drink Coke but drinks a lot of beer by 11pm and parties until 2am (athough not every night). This is what Alanis Morisette sang years ago. Fortunately, I was able to control myself and hasn’t been drinking for the past week. Because I can see the downward spiral lifestyle alcohol addiction can bring and because it is really expensive to drink and get wasted. Life is more than that!
– Taking good care of the animals around you yet forgetting to love yourself.
MUCH LIKE LOVE…
REALLY? Much more like love noh? We ignore the ones that love us and love the one that ignores us. We love the ones that hurt us and hurt the ones that love us. OHHH MY!! Isn’t ironic? Don’t you think? It is like falling in love for three days and giving romance a chance yet knowing that this “relationship” won’t last more than a week. And both of you just wants to have ‘fun.’ It is like missing home when you are halfway your 6-month backpacking trip. Then coming back home only to tell yourself that you should have extended your trip since ‘home’ doesn’t sound good at all.
I know there is so much more but these things come to mind. You can add more if you like.
What is the lesson here? For me, it is OPENING MY MIND and BEING AWARE of the IRONIES and REALITIES I EXPERIENCE every waking day of my LIFE. It is an amazing world out there and being able to BE PRESENT is what makes this life fun and enjoyable to live. To BE IN THE MOMENT and JUST BE. This is Why We Travel. This is the humor of life- there is always an IRONY in the things human does.