Jaded in Vientiane / by John Javellana

I needed to get away from Manila and here I am in Laos particularly in Vientiane. It’s a nice, quiet city with pleasant people but it pretty much ends with that. I love the noodle soups and the cheap Beerlao but that’s about it. I went for a quick visit to C.O.P.E. or Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise
, a rehab center providing training and support for people needing artificial limbs. I spent just a few minutes there but I couldn’t remember the last time I felt like I was shooting something on my own content. It was liberating, even if it was just for half an hour and didn’t even get anything great. The point was I did something for me - something I was genuinely interested in without needing the approval of anybody.

I don’t know why but I just feel so uninspired. And again, comes a lot of maybes. Maybe I got so stuck with Siem Reap’s magic that I could not appreciate the quiet little town that I was able to go through within a day. Maybe I’m too disappointed that my trip to Luang Prabang got cancelled because of the insanely strong rain the past days followed by fully booked flights on the day the skies cleared. Maybe I’m just too burnt out to appreciate anything.