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Backpacking with a Book

Ah, I started you by joining the mad creatures camouflaged as online teachers in Portofino. Quite a compact beach, April. I used to love crowds. These past few months, however the city became suffocating. Perhaps it is P’s calming effect on me. Or perhaps I am resigning to age. My poems find solace in the mundane, the silent, the silenced. I become calm, stable, happier.

Lately, I’ve been cocooned by work, work, and work, interjected with excursions every now and then.

Work becomes a valid excuse not to meet certain faces. Mine is part-time, April, but I can flex the sched anytime.

Why do I stay in this yet another unstable job? Because I can be both public and private. Because I have freedom. Because I am my own person. Because I can bring my kitchen, my library and cram them into my block.  Because I can read online while conducting my job.  Because the crazy antics of these so-called respectable online tutors—though we’re nothing but heavy laughers even at the slightest, silliest jokes one could imagine—are beyond  reproach.

Because I can cancel my work and let the mind, the body wander. Yes, because I find happiness in restlessness, in ex-stasis knowing there is always that somebody expecting me to return.

You want to hear about Camotes, April? Ah, you will love her. I’ll write about her before you fade.

Because I can be both public and private

Because I have freedom in my workstation

Because the crazy antics of these mad beings camouflaged as teachers  —though we’re nothing but heavy laughers even at the slightest, silliest jokes one could imagine—are beyond  reproached.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Cedric says:

    Very beautifully written. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

  2. Sujay says:

    So what does this job involve? other than laughing of course 😛

  3. jonabering says:

    Teaching basic English to Japanese 🙂

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