Unlock the Mind

Writing 101 Day 1: Unlock the Mind
Take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.

Just got back from a trip. Feels like I have the hangover from all the traveling, and swimming, and the sun, and the food, and the beach. “Let’s go to the beach-ich, let’s go getaway.” Nicki Minaj keeps on singing in my head. That’s what we just did.

Four hours on the road from Manila to Quezon, two hour boat trip to an island which it’s name I can’t remember, around two hours on muddy, bumpy road, plus another hour of boat ride and we finally reach Carlagan Island.

We are welcomed by curious faces of this quiet little village and it seems like we’re transported to another world. Another time, maybe, in the past. There’s limited to zero phone reception, no internet, a scarcity of electric sounds run by solar power. Vacation-mode it is.

We swam, got burned in the sun, and marveled at this unspoiled paradise which surprisingly we had for ourselves. It’s nice to be away from all the people. Just me and a bunch of my friends. I don’t have to care about time, and deadlines, and my checklist of things to do. Time stands still. Sometimes painfully so as we’re not used to just doing nothing. But we tried to past the time, catching up on reading that book which I can’t seem to finish; talking about work, life, the paranormal (which is my favorite); napping and eating; and eating and napping some more.

And the food is amazing. Everything’s fresh. A variety of freshly caught seafood from fish, to squid, to octopus. Vegetables plucked from nearby gardens. And coconuts harvested from the trees straight to your mouth.

On the bus ride home, squished between soulless people staring at nothingness, the news on TV pukes out murder, political garbage, and natural disasters, and I thought to myself, welcome back to the real world.

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Author: Ryan Bestre

Environmentalist. Teacher. Writer.

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