Well its been a month now so I really should follow through on my promise of Part Two of my story (read Part One here). I don’t really know where to begin so I’m going to let fancy take me where it will. I finished reading all of Jane Austen’s novels, a project that I had begun in August. Somehow I seemed to get along faster once I reached here. It was a delightful task and I came out of it with mixed feeling. On the one hand, it was heartening to see that human nature really hasn’t changed much in so many centuries even if our social structures have altered quite a lot. On the other hand, it made me newly appreciate the insignificance of my own self. We spend countless hours obsessing over trivial details of our equally trivial lives: to what end? We make the same mistakes as the people before us did, indeed sometimes even the mistakes we ourselves have made before. But curiously, that is the beauty of human existence. Never knowing what lies ahead, never believing our actions could have consequences beyond our imagination, never fully realizing that we are only a tiny fraction of this seemingly endless universe. Yet, we go on from day to day; whether cheerful or grim, angry or morose, helpless or raring to go. Just the act of breathing shows the sheer capacity we have of living. As far as we know, we are the only creatures on this planet that lives like this. It humbles me and makes me feel grateful and somehow makes my life seem less trivial. Well this was quite a flight of fancy that I seem to have taken but that is something about this place. I suddenly feel like there is time to think. Have you ever read the story by Ruskin Bond called, ‘Time Stops in Shamli’? Well I wouldn’t go so far but I really feel like time moves slower here in the Philippines. Let me first clarify that this is in no way meant to be derisive. Manila is as thriving, bustling a metropolis as could be and the traffic situation would put Mumbai to shame. But there is just something about the place. Maybe its because the people here seem to be the nicest in the world :). I spent 3 whirlwind weeks in Manila. And most of what I did was eat! And here I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Then, I moved to Angeles City, Pampanga. Now this place really is a throwback to a different time. Beautiful, rustic and idyllic. I don’t have too many pictures of the places around but I think the views from my apartment say it all!
And of course I’m indulging myself by decorating it in the brightest colours I can find 🙂
Until next time, adios from the Philippines. Cheers!