I came, I saw, I was blown away!
I came to Pampanga with some expectations of what the iSchool Camp Blog experience would be like. I knew beforehand that it would be mostly lectures and writing tasks. However, nothing prepared me for the enormity of it all.
Things come in large scales here. The Mimosa Leisure Estate where we are right now is huge, with a full size golf course for your pleasure. I call it the “sprawling hotel” for instead of suites in a ten-storey building we actually stay in luxurious villas! Yes, your eyes do not deceive you… its villas, plural of villa.
To top it all, the organizers pamper us with fine dining and all the comforts any group of writers may wish for. And I’m almost sure you’re having the impression we’re having a good time here. In a way maybe we do, but honestly speaking it’s not the case most of the time.
As they say, there’s always a price to pay. And the price for being here in this Camp Blog comes in a large scale too. The tedious lectures and the “bloody” workshops that sometimes seem like forever. The mind-boggling tasks that transport us from our seats to the virtual space of the world wide web and beyond. The complicated terms and procedures we have to master just to “bridge the digital divide”. They drive us crazy!
At the end of the day, however, when you see the fruit of your labor you tell yourself “It was worth it!” . Then you can sit at dinner, a little bit dazed perhaps, but ecstatic over what you’ve learned and accomplished.
Hurray to the organizers and RP’s!