Monday, March 27, 2006

Depth of field

It was a working weekend this last one. While I terribly miss dozing off until 10 or 11 most Saturdays or catching a nap on most Sunday afternoons, it was a joy to find myself out there in the fields of San Benito, in Laguna, eagerly watching the sunrise. And staying on until the sunset, capturing dramatic images, learning a lot from our farmer talents in the TV commercial shoot, making new friends. as direk Sockie (Fernandez) wits, "walang ganito sa Maynila," referring to the fresh breezes, the lulling sound of the birds, the sound the rice stalks make when the wind blows. It was a tiring 2-day marathon session but then again, eating your dinner in the middle of the rice field increases your depth of field, of perspective. It makes your problems a little bit trivial in the bigger scheme of things. As we were discussing out there, the experience makes you reconsider the common thinking that city-life is the life. Truth be told, there is a colorful life waiting to be lived outside the city, far away from the malls, a world away from the contrived conveniences of the metropolis. Funny because I used to detest going to the province during weekends when I was young. Now I know better.


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