Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sagada: Faces on the road

One of the fringe benefits of going on a road trip is seeing new faces, meeting new people, observing how people can look and behave differently and yet see something familiar, something similar in how you and I appear and act.It is here when the trip, which is no doubt long (taking up most of the day), becomes as interesting as the destination itself. It's like peeking into other people's ways of life and walking away with a fresh insight in a way that no travel or reference book can provide you. It's realizing that in the haste of our city life, there exist a world out there that is simpler, more laidback, but no less important. I can look back to a time when I was an armchair traveler, poring into travel books and watching travel shows, wondering why people would want to race after crowded buses, full planes and overloaded ships on holidays. Looking at the faces of people I meet, I now understand how much I was missing then.
So, from fingers itching to switch channels on the remote or leaf through books, I went to scratching my itchy feet and feeding my wandering spirit. Lately, I've gotten comments from new visitors to this blog that inspires me to go on. It feels good to know that I've been an inspiration to others to discover this country and know its people on a deeper level. I remind myself (as I need being reminded often) that this is what this blog is all about.


lucas said...

hays... i envy you for being able to travel... hays...

but thanks to your blog i am sort of transported to places i have never seen before :)

as usual, i love the pics. you have a gift for capturing the emotion in such frozen images. SUPERb!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. I actually know the old lady in the picture. She's a regular sight in town.

- Kamulo
blog of the SaGaDa-iGoRoT

Lagalog Ramos said...

glad to hear that ron. that was my purpose naman when i reoriented my blog about 3 years ago. i want to share my travels and perhaps, convince our kababayans and other nationalities to see what we have here :-) as far as the images of people are concerned, i think it's my love for people and our fellow kababayans that shine through :-D

lagal[og] said...

kamulo, salamat sa pagdalaw. i really thought the old lady would mind our taking her picture so i greeted her. she didn't mind naman pala so we went ahead to grab a snap or two :-D bait naman talaga mga tao sa sagada, mahiyain lang yung iba :-)

Nebz said...

Congrats po for your nomination at the PBA2. I wish you win.

I was in Sagada some eight years ago and your photos reminded me about the place. Nahomesick tuloy ako!

I don't know if it was just recent when you changed your background to black. I hate black (malabo kasi mata ko e tsaka hindi highqual yung graphic card ng PC ko -- hehe)! Pero hindi ko napansin ung black background because of the pictures. That's how mesmerized I am with your photos (and your blog).

Tama na...baka hindi ka na maniwala.

lagal[og] said...

nebz, i believe you bro :-)
salamat sa pagdalaw.

i changed the background of this blog around december 07 from white to make the photos standout. it's not really solid black, about 85-90% grey. nag-180 degree shift kung baga to make the change very apparent.

dalaw ka uli! :-D

aquamarine said...

what else can i say,everything has been said about how photos and the stories behind them--true enough,our country has a lot to show!!!never get tired as you have established a new mission to fulfill^-^

Isabones said...

Your photos always come with a sense of peace and tranquility. Love them. Best of luck on the blog awards, I've got my money on you.

Anonymous said...

Uy love this post. Very inspiring words with stunning images. Ganda ng pag-iglip ni lola and that girl's smile on the last photos.

It's nice to reach other people through blogs din naman. Somehow in a way you spark their interest to travel or do what they always dreamed of doing.

JESS said...

continue post more pictures of different people from different places bro! I'd say that this blogs of yours inspire a lot of people, and i'm one of those..
more power to you and your blogs!!

lagal[og] said...

aquamarine, salamat nang marami.

isa, thanks so much. that was really nice of you to say.

wulfriend, i think traveling had changed me a lot in terms of perceiving what's beautiful -- in this case, the smiles, the wrinkled faces, the pensive stares. honestly, i really love to share these moments with readers. to borrow mastercard's slogan, they really are "priceless".

jess, it makes me feel good inside knowing i somehow inspire you and other readers to somehow know a little more, see a little more of this country and its people. one of my regrets is that i started a bit later in life but i guess it's never too late :-)

God bless y'all! :-D

Anonymous said...

i love the shot of the old lady. coffeetable book material again!

domho said...

the last photo clearly describes simplicity. a simple life yet genuine happiness flows out from them.

lagal[og] said...

arlene, suwerte lang namin to have stumbled upon her.

dom, it's in the simple things that joys flow freely i guess.

thanks for dropping by.

Erick said...

ganda ng shot mo kay lola.

lagal[og] said...

erick, salamat.


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