Sunday, June 20, 2010

Walking in the Mall

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Where else in this concrete jungle can you walk without getting mugged, hit by vehicles, toasted by the sun or drenched in sudden outpours of rain but the mall? Badly needing the exercise but not wanting to shell out money for a measly hour in the gym, I thought of a cheaper and more entertaining workout activity: walking in and around the nearby mall.

And so I kept walking - through the corridors and up and down stairs, passing stores with their varied window displays and sometimes going in to inspect the goods that caught my eye while observing shoppers and idlers like me and figuring out the layout of the place and how it influences individual store sales. Distracted by these thoughts and the commercial pastiche found only in malls, I lost track of time and didn’t realize that I’ve been walking for five hours already.

This is nothing compared to all the trekking and hiking that we plan to do, but it’s a start, right?

“…I walk with like-minded souls, or I walk by myself. In our technologically obsessed world, I set out on foot in defiance of the quick and expedient. On some level, I become a saunterer in my own crusade to recover the Holy Land from the hands of the Infidels, to realize my own hope for a true and authentic world.

I walk to discover new things, and to remember in my heart the ones I once found. I walk in celebration of discovery, and in the evocation of real people and place. I walk to remember.” (Bill Beleville, Why I Walk, 29 April 2010)


things&thongs said...

Hi sis. Saw a link to your blog from Artemis :)
I believe walking is not just an exercise for the body but also for the mind. And sometimes for your wallet too esp if sa mall ka maglalakad lakad :)

Angeli said...

hi there. thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. :)

you are right, walking encourages pagmumuni-muni, diba? :)

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