I was commuting in Metro Manila's thoroughfare, riding a jeepney to the mall. Across my seat was a couple that were so caught up with the music from their ipod. They didn't hear me as I passed on my fare to them.
I also had an ipod in my bag and I couldn't muster the energy to take it out and use it. I looked outside the jeepney and took in every scene that passed my eyes. I listened to the noise of the traffic.
Then, it struck me that one of the reasons why I didn't want to use my ipod was because I wanted to take everything in. Usually, I'd listen to music while in a waiting room, like in an airport, or inside the mall. But while in transit, I would often let my senses in full alert so I wouldn't pass up any opportunity to experience my environment.
When I travel, I want to feel everything -- watch the colors and the scenery, even facial expressions; feel the breeze and the sun; smell the trees or the smog. Before they are converted to photos and journals, I want to digest the experience and let it sink into my memory. That way, pictures and words come alive as I reminisce every travel adventure I have.