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10 Lessons I’ve Learned So Far While Living in the Jungle

April 11, 2014
Kathryn Thompson, MAPC Student

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  My thesis project entails travelling to the Philippines to conduct a photo documentary in a remote village. 

This is a list of 10 things I've learned so far while living in the jungle:

  1. Leaving your laptop open overnight may result in a cockroach laying eggs in your computer causing it to crash.
  2. 9:30am meetings really mean mid-afternoon or maybe even the next day.
  3. Everyone drinks coffee…even 1 year olds.
  4. Patience and flexibility are the key to surviving.
  5. Always walk with a headlamp at night unless you want to step on things like a cobra, toad, or cow dung.
  6. Filipino people may be the nicest people I have ever met.
  7. Spaghetti and meat sauce, and stir fry noodles are perfectly acceptable morning “snacks.”  Not to mention that eating five meals a day is standard (e.g. breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and  supper/dinner).
  8. Jelly of some sort + evaporated milk = dessert.
  9. Booking my flights to the coast really just means having a guy named Arnold add my name to a note pad.
  10. Rats will walk through your front door.