Do you hear it? The silent ring across the city, a tiny hymn that calls you and draws you near. Away from the four corners of your office and into the cornerless forest. Silence, a very uncommon sound in the hustling and bustling city. It’s weird, right? That when you’re in the city time flies by so fast and Sunday becomes Friday in a blink. On the other hand, a walk in nature seems to be endless and never time bound.

The Path


Welcome to Camp John Hay Eco Trail! It’s my first time here despite being a local of the city. Being surrounded by nature and just hearing the birds sing, the wind through the trees and old pine needles crunch under your shoes is a therapeutic experience. The walk enabled me to look back in life for just a moment. Calculating, I thought about how a year can make such a difference in my life.

A year ago, I was pouring all my efforts on research and school requirements.

A year ago, I graduated from school.

A year ago, I had my first job.

Looking Forward


A part of me is still a student. I am waiting for things to discover me and not the other way around. Maybe the reason behind it is that I am still dependent on other people; people to tell me what to do and just follow the rules. I dare to be daunting sometimes but truth is, I am still reluctant to be daring. Another side of me is that thing called YOLO (lol) I jump at opportunities and along the way, I discover something new within me that I have never met before. Scary? A little.Β After wondering through the forest and watching nature do its thing, I stop for a while to take a deep breath.

Stop and Smell the Flowers


All work and no play makeΒ people mad and depressed. I don’t want to get to that point, of course. I still want to have a life where I can travel and blog. I hear my students’ stories that all they do is work, work, and work more than the usual 8 hours and I ask “Why do you work so hard? ” And they answer, “For the future.” What does the future hold anyway? Life would catch up with you later on and what would you do with your money if your old and sickly?

Work Hard, Play Hard


I think we’re all trying to achieve this balance in our life where we work hard, earn money then travel or time for hobbies. Lucky for some people, they earn from their hobbies. Like you, I’m still trying to find myself amidst all the mess that I have made. I’d like to take my time, learn as much as I can, build relationships, take afternoon naps, and get lost in nature.

What about you? Have you answered nature’s call already? What did you learn from nature?


24 thoughts on “Alone Series | Answering Nature’s Call”

  1. Are these your thoughts while exploring Camp John Hay? πŸ™‚ I agree we need to find balance. When you start working you’re already an adult, with adult responsibilities, and you have to juggle that with leisure or basically things that make you happy. Finding that balance works differently for other people, and I hope you find yours.

    1. Camp John Hay now has a very special place in my heart. Thank you, I know I’ll find what I’m looking for one day. πŸ™‚

  2. Funny how I live meters away from here and I never had the chance to check it out. β€œWhy do you work so hard? ”, β€œFor the future.” What does the future hold anyway? Something to ponder on πŸ˜€

  3. Nice! Yeah, it would be awesome to have a hobby which can provide for us. I agree on the student thing but I believe we are still students even if we are independent. There are still things we can learn from everything, even when the time to learn it is from our last breath. Being able to relax, take afternoon naps, take a nature walk really takes our minds off work, it was nice I get to be there with you guys that one time.

  4. I think I am a different from everyone else that I never really believed that work should be my top most priority. To me it always comes second, it just helps me pay the bills, but what I do when I’m not working, that’s what most important to me.

    It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t neglect work, but I truly believe it shouldn’t be the only thing that people do in this life. Life is too short to spend all of it at work!

  5. Beautifully written! This “What does the future hold anyway? Life would catch up with you later on and what would you do with your money if your old and sickly?” struck me. It’s been a week since I started with my second job and totally, I feel so bum about having no rest days but every time I think about the reason why I need to do so, I always get motivated and it’s fun to experience new things.

    I don’t believe that money can’t give you happiness but no matter how you think about your goals, it always deal with money spent wisely. Just keep moving forward and make every step count. You just need to get your focus that your life decisions make you one step closer to your passion. <3

    1. Yes, I agree. I remember Bob Marley’s quote: “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy then your search for happiness will never end.” πŸ™‚

  6. And here I go again, missing the scent and breeze of the Cordillera. Sometimes I wish I could teleport and move to any part of the mountains. Haaaay. This is such a relaxing post. I don’t know why but I feel relieved reading your post. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. You know I’ve never been to Baguio even if I have lived in Philippines for 23 years! I guess I spend too much time seeing other countries that are at least 1,000 miles away! But this looks like a nice area to explore since I love nature and all!

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