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This Applies 100% to Filipinas!

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I just found this online in MSN.com. It very much applies to L whenever we travel together. It is about documenting a vacation or event using social media... L uses Messenger and FaceBook and is actually not so bad at posting everything like her friends do... But she likes to take multiple photos of food, herself and us - sometimes it drives me crazy.

People go on vacation to get away from stress, discover the world, seek adventure, and . . . live their best Instagram life? Yes, for a lot of people, that last part is true (and top priority).

I recently went on vacation with a friend of mine who, instead of experiencing things with me and being in the moment, looked at our trip together as one big photo shoot. Now, while I'm all about taking pictures, capturing memories, and even sharing them on social media (hey, it's fun!), I'm not OK with taking 30-plus photos to get the "perfect" shot or letting photo ops dictate an itinerary. Which is pretty much exactly what happened.

About two weeks before the trip, we couldn't even talk about what was supposed to be an epic adventure between friends without bringing up Instagram. She made a list of all the places she wanted to get photos and even picked out and coordinated outfits for these shots that she envisioned to share with her followers. We were influencers but without any influence.

And I get it. Instagram has made pretty much everyone into a model these days. And why shouldn't you share cool photos that make you feel good? But a lot of the time - like on our vacation - it's not about capturing a genuine smile in a spontaneous moment anymore. It's about faking it, staging it, and trying to look like you're having the time of your life even when you aren't.

I was happy to take pictures, but it soon reached a point where I wasn't enjoying myself. I love my friend, but I hated what she had made of the trip. I wanted to remember the views with my own eyes, not looking at it through a screen and clicking a button over and over again. I wanted to really soak up every aspect of our trip and validate it through those moments instead of only feeling good about what we were doing and where we were through "likes."

On the last day of our vacation, we headed out on an all-day boat adventure. I gently suggested that we both leave our phones (aka cameras) in the room. She looked at me like someone had died. I started laughing because I didn't think my request was so terrible. I mean, we were in this beautiful place, and it deserved every ounce of attention we had to give it. With major hesitation, she gave way, and we didn't take any photos that day. It was the best day of the trip. We got to really explore and make memories for ourselves instead of worrying about capturing content to share with other people. The day was ours, and it was awesome.

In lieu of picture taking, we spent the day listening to music on and off, which, in a way, is very similar. Whenever I hear those songs now, I'm immediately taken back to those moments and vivid memories from our trip flash through my mind. And while I don't think my friend will abandon her photo-shoot-planning ways anytime soon, I think she maybe learned that it doesn't have to be constant. That some things are meant to be experienced without a camera. And that some friends are worth compromising for.

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An interesting experience that we can all relate to in some way.  I have noticed that there are different amounts of pictures that Filipinas take, but they all seem to do it.  If it ain't on Facebook/Instagram it didn't happen.  Or so it seems.

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1 hour ago, Tommy T. said:

I gently suggested that we both leave our phones (aka cameras) in the room.

Yosser hughes.jpg They say a Picture says more than a thousand Words :smile: It is todays culture all over the World, Memories are important as we get Older, for some it may be Music others in Photographs, maybe not as prolific as young kids  take them but I have seen my 4 Girls grow up in Photos  :smile:

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46 minutes ago, Jack Peterson said:

I have seen my 4 Girls grow up in Photos

You do make a good point, Jack...

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2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

You do make a good point, Jack...

 One for prosperity here, @Eddie1 Hunting mosquitoes at Breakfast on Sunday, Good My wife was quick with the Phone EH?

Eddie hunting mozzies.jpg

 

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24 minutes ago, Jack Peterson said:

 One for prosperity here, @Eddie1 Hunting mosquitoes at Breakfast on Sunday, Good My wife was quick with the Phone EH?

Eddie hunting mozzies.jpg

 

I could be wrong Jack..but it looks you still have a little hair left in that photo?:smile:

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8 minutes ago, Arizona Kid said:

I could be wrong Jack..but it looks you still have a little hair left in that photo?:smile:

You're wrong. :SugarwareZ-005: 

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7 minutes ago, jimeve said:

You're wrong. :SugarwareZ-005: 

 Tis me you see is what I think You mean I reckon, I am at the End of the Table AK Eddie to my left as you look and Kevin (sonjack) to my Right as you see it :smile:

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 LOL Don't be confused Jim I think AK thinks you are me as you have a lot more hair than me :whistling:

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I have do disagree that this apply to 100 % of all philippinas. My woman is an exception, and I am very thankfull for that :thumbsup:

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