Yes, it appears I have been questioning myself about this – and I do like to pose questions to myself when I feel I need to do so, especially when I’m traveling. It never fails to offer me a refreshing gem of insights at the most unexpected place.
So what’s so great about chasing waterfalls?
I asked myself this question during our side trip to Mag-aso Falls in Kabankalan City on our Negros Occidental random getaway.
Under normal circumstances, I would have been at home doing DVD marathons or surfing the internet on weekend or long holidays. But my life’s circumstances ceased to be normal when I discovered the joy of climbing mountains or chasing waterfalls or by just being somewhere. I realized I hate routines.
It was on this trip to Mag-aso Falls that I had this enlightening observation of the people around me. Maybe it’s a common-sense theory that I had never thought before – or maybe it’s a valid philosophical discovery.
People tuned with nature are more happy
|Man-made stone steps for crossing a stream going up the Mag-Aso Leisure Camp|
People tuned with nature are more happy
I was born and raised in the province, where life is simple. The vast rice fields, endless shorelines and crystal clear rivers are our playground. It’s hard to forget those carefree and happy moments with nature. It’s a place where people smile more and say “Kamusta” or “Saan ka galling?” or “Saan ka pupunta?” to whoever they came across the street.
|Mag-Aso Falls: this was the sort of places where faeries might live|
I therefore conclude that people who are attuned to nature and living simpler life are more grounded and appreciable. They smile more and live longer.
Then I moved to Metro Manila to study college and work. The city where almost everything is human made. The city where if somebody smiled at you on the streets, it’s probably he/she wants to sell you something or ask you for donations.
The city where guys no longer offer women or older people seats on a crowded bus or train. City dwellers fears human connections. And we call the city dwellers the more civilized and educated people.
Backpacking is not an escape
|Mag-aso Falls: The water tumbling down the lichen covered rocks in a series of mini-waterfalls.|
I’ve been living in the city for a very long time now, and I tend to forget the magic and beauty and the “wildness” of life. I used to asked myself these questions:
Why spend hard-earned money on travel? What’s so great about climbing mountains or being somewhere else?
What’s so great about chasing waterfalls?
|It was as if the cascades of water conjured power making us happy and refrehsed and it quite took our breath away.|
Part of me says that if I have to ask myself these kinds of questions, I am better off staying at home and work. Or just follow the metaphorical advise from that epic song Waterfalls
– “Don’t go chasing waterfalls; please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.”
|Mag-aso Falls: Seeing the whole waterfalls was awe inspiring|
However, there’s always that part of me whispering “Explore, Dream, Discover”. I can’t resist that surge of adrenaline that comes with discovery – of the many places and myself.
|Beautiful wild flowers blooming along the waterfalls|
A way to grow
So the question of what’s so great and exciting about chasing waterfalls does not come from just going there to have a break from the realities of life or escape the corporate grind. For me it’s to drink the richness of life. To be transformed into someone that is more self-aware. A way to grow. To take a look into how much more life and the world has to offer.
To always be reminded that I must chase waterfalls to keep that part of nature always be forever flowing in me.
About Mag-aso Falls
|Eastgate backpackers souvenir photo at Mag-aso Falls entrance marker|
Mag-aso Falls, a 75-foot waterfall, releases smoke-like shower of mist as it cascade down the natural pool with its turquoise green water, hence got its name from the Visayan word “mag aso” that means “smoke”
|Swimming pool at the Mag-aso Falls Leisure Camp|
|Scenic arch bridge and nipa hut perfectly complementing the natural beauty of the Mag-aso Falls Leisure Camp|