A lot of people in this blog can see how ‘crazy’ I can get for the sake of having a unique photo taken. I slipped and hit my head on a rock in Bomod-ok falls in Sagada, I stood on top of the lighthouse in Capones Island in Zambales, I jumped off a cliff in Malapascua in Cebu. I even do headstands in different spots of the country and outside.
But sometimes the fun comes up at the expense of the structures of the places I’ve been. Let me count the ways.
Standing on Top of the Guisi Lighthouse in Guimaras Island
We were given a go signal to go on top of the lighthouse in Guisi, Guimaras. But I managed to really stay on top of a pedestal which looked dangerous if I fell.
This was an 18th century lighthouse and it’s evident because of how rusted the metals looked. We were lucky enough to be given a go signal by the caretaker but I still persisted in climbing the topmost part. What if something happened to the lighthouse and it would fall off?
Photo Shots at the Temple Frames in Siem Reap, Cambodia
I had ‘adventure’ shots at the temple frames in Cambodia feeling all active just to have a few photos taken. I placed my feet on the sides to show that I could carry my weight without difficulty.
These temples are century-old buildings that are rich in history and I only thought about having snapshots taken for the sake of vanity.
Climbing on Stalagmites in Salay Cave, Cebu
During a recent trip to an off-the-beaten trail to Salay Cave in Alegria, Cebu, we found a cave that awaited us. Despite not seeing its full view due to the darkness, we knew how beautiful it whenever we saw glimpses of it when we flashed our cameras.
I climbed on the stalagmites and even had a photo published on Facebook. A comment was posted by another travel blogger indicating that it takes thousands of years, millions even, to form these stalagmites and I just made fun out of it for the sake of a selfish photo. I later found out that even a touch of these rock formations can hinder their growth.
Stalagmites should normally not be touched, since the rock buildup is formed by minerals precipitating out of the water solution onto the old surface skin oils can alter the surface where the mineral water will cling, thus affecting the growth of the formation. Oils and dirt from human contact can also stain the formation and change its color permanently. Wikipedia – Stalagmite
These are simple scenes that might seem amusing at first, but have its effects when a lot of people will do the same. I cannot undo what I did and I feel bad about the circumstances that have happened out of my rash decisions. Because of these, I’d like to bring another form of awareness to others who don’t know the effects of enjoyment due to lack of knowledge; which shouldn’t be an excuse.
I agree with not throwing your trash anywhere as it destroys wildlife. I agree with valuing culture as it’s what makes us different from other people and it’s also what makes us the same. I also agree on not bringing souvenir items such as shells in beaches I’ve visited to preserve nature.
I may promote tourism by blogging about places I’ve visited but I realize I should be more responsible of my actions. These structures are NOT mine.
I may not stop doing crazy stunts in my pictures but I need to be more vigilant of the consequences of what I do or else nature will be taken for granted. I could simply ignore everything and just turn a blind eye by removing the photo alone (which I’ve already done) but I decided on completing this write-up for the benefit of those who have the same thinking. Even if I’m just part of a minority who acts crazy, there’s still a large number of that minority.
Ultimately, this is NOT my place and I’m just a visitor so I should have more RESPECT.
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines and the rest of Asia. He just started his backpacking trip across Southeast Asia in order to live as a digital nomad. Read more about the beginning of his delusions of grandeur here.
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