a Walk Through The Past

   
     The following shots were taken at the Heritage Village in Vigan, Ilocos Sur sometime in May two years ago.
   

     As I walked pass the antique shops, found old rocking chairs, native bags,  wooden furniture and old wooden cases of cigars  I felt a certain longing to connect with the past; to somehow be there and talk to my ancestors. How was it like during their time? To spend the night without electricity and to relay messages without the use of phones and the internet. Would I have wanted to live in such an era?


   
     As I walked on I realized that a part of me still lived in the past. The sight of those century old shell-adorned huge windows and the cobblestones on the pavement, the sound the heels of my shoes made as I walked on brought me to a time that brought excitement to this heart.


     
   I couldn't help but take a snap at all corners of the place. In fact I was at a lost which to capture first. The horse-driven carriages (kalesa), the walls made of bricks and doors made of sturdy material preserved to look just the way they used to beckoned me to stop and stare, and take a photo.



     So snap I did, at walls, at floors, windows and doors until my memory card was almost full and my battery almost drained.



     As I stood there I was so tempted to stay; to live in this place where simplicity is beauty; where none of the modern gadgets we have today existed; where culture and the arts, crafts and nature were what entertained man. 

     Yet somehow there is a tinge of sadness that touches my soul as I looked back. Maybe it was the realization that truly, change is inevitable and that to dwell in the past and not move on hampers progress and prosperity. Yet what truly is prosperity? For me, it is when man learns to take care of nature...to nurture and live the values of humility, forgiveness, cooperation, and most of all LOVE. 

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  8. Wonderful photo journal. I want to tag along. Life was much simpler before electronics but now that I have had a taste, can I go back? If we could span both would it not be wonderful?

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  9. "As I stood there I was so tempted to stay; to live in this place where simplicity is beauty; where none of the modern gadgets we have today existed; where culture and the arts, crafts and nature were what entertained man."

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