The road I travel most

I have travelled the Davao-Bukidnon Road maybe almost a hundred times.

I enjoyed the Overview experience.

Davao-Mati Road, well, more than a hundred times.

I always have enjoyed the Badas experience.

There are other roads I have admired for the breathtaking experience though I only get to experience them at least once.

But nothing beats the roads I am traveling now everyday, for a week now.

It’s a bit like Badas, with a touch of Overview, minus the pavement.

Think of Mati to Calapagan and Mati to San Ignacio or maybe the road to Himaya in Bukidnon (as told by my friends).

But what I enjoyed most are the experiences in each of the destinations.

I enjoyed every focus group I have assisted and facilitated.

I admired every farmer, resident, or lumad I have interviewed.

The poverty, anger, and cries for attention of these upland settlers are emotionally draining yet academically reinforcing.

All I need was a job, and I got more, a life!

Some would say that it’s the journey not the destination.

Well I can’t really confirm that.

I was asleep on most of the trip.

How should development be explained? (theory is reality)

Truly man follows a certain path
He constantly tries to explain phenomenon
Elegantly crafted models, frameworks, and equations
Organized data into logical explanations
Recommends policies based on facts
Yearns for more data to analyze more

Rhetoric: masked versions of reality
Explanations found within explanations
All you see is not what you get
Live the life so you can analyze it
Immerse yourself in the sea of truth
Triangulate, verify, validate
You are constantly ignorant

Aurum (sketches around edges of pages)

Several nights in procrastination

Today another beginning lay unfolded
Though you’re hard to find,

Always I will be seeking you.

Many will cross rivers and mountains,

Pursued by lions, threatened by snakes.

Ages has passed, still your beauty lay hidden

Kindness and compassion lies around your presence.

All along I have seen your loveliness.

Now I’m after your heart of gold.

Ecoland at night (another notebook entry)

sitting, waiting, turning, walking, running, exiting, smoking, entering, buying, selling, talking, shouting, riding, driving, spitting, coughing.

talking, joking, laughing, smiling, frowning, drinking, eating.

sleeping, resting, dreaming, disturbing.

Waking, riding, going...


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