I’d rather be off-grid

Iโ€™d Rather Beโ€ฆย off-grid!

There is much to praise about technological advancements, which I am very thankful for. Especially the convenience of information and communication. Yet, with the instantaneous availability of information, it also infers an increase in level of impatience with others and with ourselves, which consequentially leads to an increased amount of stress. Not to talk about all the emissions and radiation that we are unknowingly absorbing. hehe. But this is the world we live in, so I shall just live with it, and make the best out of it.

I had the good fortune of living off-grid for a good four months, and it was an unforgettable experience. Technological advancement gave us a modem to connect to 3G network even when we were deep in the mountains. That was enough to maintain sanity, and I was happy to go off-grid on everything else. I don’t want to sound like a broken record writing about this all over again, so you can read about it here, while feasting on the images in this post!

How many architects get to construct buildings with their own hands? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very proud to show off that I did. My dad’s generation built their compound and houses with their own hands too, and I am happy to have the chance to live up to what he / they did. I have friends in developed countries who also built their own places with their own hands – something I was envious of, but no longer something people could do in my country. Hence, tada~ this is what chasing dreams look like. โค

More dreams fell in place when I was invited to join the team in their solar panel installation trips! This was one job that I could not help much with – wiring things up and climbing onto the roofs to put up the panels. Hence, I helped with the documentation (taking photos!), passing tools around, and playing with the children. ๐Ÿ˜€ Awareness is important! It was that trip that I learnt that each school only has 1 solar panel that lights up 3 lightbulbs so that they do not have to rush home before the sunset and there is still light on rainy or cloudy days. :/ Some bigger schools have 2 panels, and they get to light the classrooms and the kitchen! And that batteries are expensive things – where I lived has no battery, so we only have electricity when there is sun.

We also went on one leisure adventure together further up north – into the forest, and down the rapids. We cooked with the firewood we collected, skewers made from the wild bamboo found where we were, and drank off teacups made on the spot. Locals really have amazing knowledge – two of them went into the forest to collect more greens to add to our meals. Haha, the leader of the pack was absolutely right when she adamantly told people “we are jungle people”.

โค I am so blessed to have made it to the group of jungle people. โค

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Deb Whittam says:

    That is fascinating

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yea, it is! Sync-ing to Mother Nature, rather than to a web of systems we can’t see.

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  2. Create Space says:

    What an amazing experience and opportunity to disconnect…reconnect (you might like to read my recent post). Thanks for sharing!

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      You are welcome!
      I try to disconnect one day a week, almost like unplugging from the collective consciousness, so I can collect myself. The other six days, I have to be online to communicate (work) with people in different countries – which in a way is a different kind of connection. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Create Space says:

        A great strategy, thanks for sharing! Having to use technology for work is a necessity so you are right…that’s a different kind of connection!

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  3. Vesna says:

    Wow that is amazing. We all need it time to time.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thank you!
      Yea, it is important. Mother nature has lots to teach us, about life, about ourselves.

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  4. vikinggipsie says:

    Great article! I always physically feel better when out working with nature….I think we sometimes forget in this fast paced world we are a part of nature and nature a part of us.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thank you!
      Yup! Sometimes I take my macbook out to the nearby woods to do my writing. Until it runs out of batt, and it’s time to really connect with nature! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Aixa says:

    I think so many of us are missing the experience of real life because of the constant notifications from our phones all day. What a great experience!

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yups, we are almost on a 24/7 standby mode of rendering attention to every other person who might be sending us any form of notifications. Even when they don’t, our attention is on it. ๐Ÿ˜ก
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Laura says:

    It is very good to spend time in nature.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yup. It is like a reset button for urban woes.

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  7. restlessjo says:

    Sounds like a wonderful experience. Many thanks for your visit to mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      It was a very beautiful experience!
      Thanks for dropping by too! I love your blog – I feel like I’m having a virtual tour amongst those photos.

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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  8. anne leueen says:

    Off Grid! What a nice place to be. That is where I grew up and lived a great part of my life. I predate cell phones and even answering machines! Now I have to discipline myself to turn my phone off and take time to just BE!. Thanks for this post and the photos. What a great experience for you off grid and finding other treasures.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Hehe, turning off the phone (and every other device) speaks ” BE FREE “. โค

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  9. Hey!Your posts are awesome.
    Would like to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award ๐Ÿ™‚

    https://getsetwriteblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Hey! Thank you for your kind words and nomination. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I would like to keep my blog award-free though. Hope it’s alright with you.
      Congrats to you, and keep writing. And keep writing better. โค

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  10. Sure, no problem. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. missb says:

    I’d rather be off-grid too, at least most of the time, even though I am fascinated with technology and work in tech.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Good to have a break and gain a different perspective from nature. Then come back and change the world with your tech! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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