As a born and raised in the urban jungle of Metro Manila, it is very natural for me to gravitate towards areas where there is available internet connection. Whether it is a coffee shop that offers the service for free, or a friend's house with fast internet speed, a USB Broadband stick, even the office or the internet cafes are common haunts when there seems to be nothing to do.
It is becoming easier by the day to connect to the world wide web simply because there are more establishments that see the advantage of offering free wi-fi access to their customers.
According to http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm, world internet usage has grown by 480.4% from 2000 to 2011. The service is now so prevalent, that internet access can also easily be taken for granted.
During the long weekend (Kung Hei Fat Choi!), some friends and I decided to spend a day in a house in Batangas. When we got there, we realized that we were cut off from the internet. Since most of them were IT buffs, it was a very weird experience not seeing them in front of their laptops searching for the latest funny youtube videos or downloading some new movie.
The experience made me think about the Top 5 Things to Do That Do Not Involve the Internet:
Number 5: Working Out
Whether its hitting the gym, attending that Yoga class, boxing, or any other sport, working out is definitely more fun and beneficial than simply surfing the net.
Number 4: Drinking
Let's face it, surfing the internet is not a very social activity. Drinking, on the other hand, can be done and is much more enjoyable in the company of family and friends. Particularly during long weekends out of town. :)
Number 3: Eating
Ok, so together with Number 4, this is not a very healthy past time. But it sure is fun to munch on something delicious with your friends any time of the day...
Number 2: Watching TV/Videos
After a good meal, what better way to chill out than to sit in the most comfortable couch in the house, catching up on the latest news, events or movies? In the case of the Chinese New Year weekend, it was an Australian Open Marathon for me. (Go Djokovic!)
Number 1: Sleeping
Need I say more?
Norman Roland Ocana III, Entry #5