Living the Simple Life | From the Philippines

Posted on 14 February 2011 by Liza Mae V.

Concepcion, Ilo Ilo | Philippines

View from my Window – Concepcion, Ilo Ilo

an edited excerpt from a journal entry I found when I was in the Philippines dated April 27, 2010.


Today I woke up at 6am for I slept earlier due to exhaustion of the previous day.  My cousin, Tonette, yelled to me to grab my camera.  I ran to the patio deck that looked out to the sea and mountains that surrounded it.  The breath of freshness refreshed my face and the smell of the salt water was like heaven.

Two months earlier I did not imagine this, sitting at my cubicle of my engineering job.  I am content and I know the future has many brighter days ahead.

Life is simple here – no complications of material things.  I was spoiled and living here has given me a greater appreciation for little things like running water, electricity, paved roads, and just things that we take for granted.  Instead, we drown ourselves with the latest trends and headlines.  While we concern ourselves with this some people here don’t even know where the next meal is coming from.  Going through this experience has made me realize I can live without many things.

I want to document my experience for maybe it will be beneficial to others.


Reading this today has made me realize how content and happy I was for I was living the simple life.  It is like the first time you have tasted your favorite thing to eat, you just can’t have one bite.  It is hard to explain to others who have not experienced the simple life for I was one of those people not too long ago.  Once you have boxed yourself in the life of the norm, it is hard to get out, mainly due to fear.  We focus too much on the life we will lose instead of a life we will gain.  FEAR is your worst enemy.  It will hinder you to do the things you dream of doing and will lead you to the path of what you THINK you should do.

Ask yourself …

“Has being realistic led you to the life you want to live?”
“Do you picture yourself doing what you are doing today, 10 or 20 years from now?”

– Liza Mae

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