Sunday, February 17, 2013

5 Reasons Why I Love to Travel

(c) Courtney Wirthit (hitRECord )

Honestly, I am not the world’s biggest traveler. I have not even crossed the international borders more than what my 2 hands can count but the numbers are increasing. Needless to say, I love doing it and will continue to do so. Here are 5 reasons why I love to Travel:

1. It is the journey, not the destination:

Cliché as it may sound and common to start this off with, the journey of getting somewhere is much more exciting in getting there. For me at least.

You see, there are a lot of feelings incorporated in the journey to getting somewhere. You plan, you anticipate, you get excited, you read about the places which gets you closer to being worldly, you study, you save, you inspire. All these feelings allow you to grow to a person who would be very much willing to open their minds to whatever that new border could offer. The pictures and stories can say a lot about a place but it is the experience first-hand that makes it unique. The journey readies you for that experience. Stables you, prepares you, and eventually propel you to the new wonders of a different place, culture and people.

2. Actual experience is different from what you have read:

We usually imagine ourselves being behind or next or in front of one of the wonders of the world or even one of the famous spots in a country. Then you see pictures, read stories, perhaps see it on travel shows and you tell yourself, “I will be there one day.” Or ask yourself “what would it be like if I am there?” I bet it would be more than that if you are experiencing it in flesh. The experience and the memories will be one of your priceless treasures that you will ever have in your life. 

3. It allows you to appreciate life:

No matter where you are from, no matter what you do in life, no matter what your status in the society is traveling makes you appreciate life and all its angles. That it makes you realize there is something amazing beyond your horizon. 

4. Culture is best learned through emersion :

My sociologist self is speaking here, allow me, haha. Traveling doesn’t necessarily mean that you go to different tourist spots found in a traveling book. Yes, you can read about what the culture is like in different countries, the do’s and don’ts and everything you need to know before heading somewhere. But when you experience it from the core, through the backdoors of the country, you only not find the best things but also get to fully grasp the culture of that place you are in.

5. You grow up:
I wrote about “Great Perhaps” a while back and a whole lot of blab about it, you can read about it here: .  With all the things I listed here, I think this is one of the best reasons I always remind myself why I make sure I have enough finances to go out. Finding the “Great Perhaps” like that of exploring beyond what lies in your horizon gives you a hefty chance of growing up. Yes we can be worldly through the books we read, and I aimed for that too. But by exploring, seeing things with your eyes, by enjoying the journey, by getting out and just travelling, it allows you to grow up. Make you look at things in a new perspective, rejuvenates you in a way, that at the end of it you come back different, you but not really you, the same on the outside but different from within, renewed and have grown up.

When you have the chance to pack up your bags and just go, go, just go. Say “fuck it” and just go.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

5 Things to Do on Valentines Day (Especially When You're Single)

  rose from our office

Let’s face it, if you are single on this very day, all you want to do is get a 2x2 good lumber and whack any couple who cuddle in public holding hands while walking. Or curse the mighty capitalists as they keep capitalizing this ordinary day of February (for us singles) and sell whatever they can sell for couples out there. Or okay maybe that’s just me, whatever.

Nope I am not like that in all totality, just partially haha. I love, love. It is one of those magnificent feelings in the world that you cannot just explain because it makes you feel all other emotions / verbs available in the dictionary and maybe more. We enjoy that feeling, so what more can we do but celebrate it. We are not salmon’s on this very day (maybe most of us) who would go against the current, all we could do is go with the flow. 

What can a single person can do on this faithful (or maybe cursed day for those who are bitter, broken and lonely – snap out of it, life is beautiful!)? Here are 5 things you can do:

1. Date your parents/parent for a change: (if they/she/he is/are here geographically or earthly speaking – if not, get to my number 1.a): there is nothing more than the greatest feeling to tell your mom and dad you love them. A simple dinner with or bring them a dessert would elicit the happiest feeling for sure. 

a.  If your parents are not here (both geographically and physically/earthly speaking) a simple message that says “I love you” would work wonders. Drop by a church and say a prayer, light a candle or get them a flower. They do deserve the love. It is not just reserved to your special someone.

2. Date your friends and go to UP Feb Fair with them: (I’m pretty sure, the single ones will go– haha don’t demand time for those who are taken, we cannot get their night, no not today). UP Feb Fair usually happens during the Valentines week every year. Its inexpensive and there are a lot of people around plus there are great bands playing. Just be careful going around.

3. Take your nephew/nephews out and make sure you teach them the right way of treating a woman/girl/lady may you either be their uncle or aunt.

4. Take your niece/nieces out and do the same thing on point 3.

5. Most importantly, to stay away from bloodbath, stay at home during this very night. You do not want to froth in your mouth if all is crappy for you. Haha

In all seriousness, single people maybe alone but it shouldn’t be the reason to be lonely. There is always a reason to be happy. This 5 things maybe not the best list out there, but it could be what I could do.

Now, I am choosing choice number 2 and be with college friends for UP Feb Fair. 

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

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