QxM Adventures: Tubajon Aquamarine Park

On one of my previous entries, I shared about the music video that I had to do for my ICT class during the 1st semester. I thought that that was the only time I had to do a video project for school, but, I guess not.

In my Natural Science class, we went on a field trip to a marine protected area where mangroves thrive. This marine protected area is located in Barangay Tubajon, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. It’s more or less a 45-minute drive from the city proper.

As a project for this class, we had to do a short video of our visit there. Our instructor wanted us to do it sort of like a vlog, but, I just can’t bring myself to do it with my classmates around, so I figured I’ll just take videos, and do a voiceover.

I was excited about the field trip since I haven’t gone on one in a while, plus this was a new place for me, so I was very much looking forward to visiting the place.

Here’s the video I submitted for class. I took all the clips in here with my Huawei P9 phone and asked Q to help me with the editing.

Q also made his own video. He, too, was excited about this place. He’s always been a nature lover, particularly of the ocean life. Between the two of us, he’s the mermaid, hahaha, while I’m the dryad, or the forest sprite, or the druid, guardian of the forest. Haha! They’re more or less the same, and I can’t make up my mind.  XD

Anyway, here’s Q’s video:


After this short field trip and while creating the video, I had an epiphany. I realized how heavy a burden lies before us, in looking after our resources. We have been gifted all these resources by God above, for us to enjoy, but also, of course, to take care of. But, it’s easy to say those words within the comforts of our current living conditions, and not quite understanding fully well what it all entails and what inconveniences we will experience, just to actively live a life that indeed looks after our environment.

I think this trip was the final wake up call for me. I saw how people unconsciously and maybe, consciously, abuse our natural resources, once it has been made available. There’s a lot of factors that play into this, two of which that I can think of are 1. lack of education, and 2. discipline. There’s more to it than that, I know. But I’ll just say those 2 things, only for this context.

With each day that passes, I felt the burden get heavier, as I observe my surroundings, the people’s lifestyle, my OWN lifestyle, that with each convenience and “progress” that we all experience, it takes a toll in our environment. It will take a huge amount of effort to have a shift in our lifestyle if we do want to actively seek out a mindful living.

So, I have personally decided and took this as a moral responsibility and personal goal to take action, no matter how small the step can be, just as long as I can start. And, I did. I have.

It crossed my mind as well, that, it would be a great idea to document this journey towards sustainable living, and witness how I will be able to transition into this new and better lifestyle. I will be joined by Q as well, as he, too, feels burdened to finally do something for the environment. We will be sharing this ongoing journey and advocacy soon this coming year 2018. Nothing complicated, just 2 simple and regular people, trying to make a change in their lives, and hoping to create some ripples while at it.


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