So what is it like to live in the 21st century?  Yes, I have a mobile phone, a laptop, 4 computers, a PS3, DS console, HD TV, not including 3 extra TVs, my husband carries around an MDA like his life depends on it, my kids have mobiles and finally my life support, my Sat Nav.  Which I swore to my husband that I NEEDED or else I will be lost forever if I ever went out in the car.

It’s not unusual is it?  Most people I know probably have the same things I have and maybe even more, this is how we live, this is our life.

But then a harsh realization hit me, when I watched last nights Pacific Abyss on BBC1. Where a group of marine biologists goes on a quest to dive the most remote seas in the Pacific, and stopping off to meet the people in an island called Puluwat, Micronesia.  Where the natives learns an old age method of navigation, passed on to generations.

These people navigate the Pacific seas only using the distant stars.  Nothing is written down, all teachings are memorized and so used when they need to navigate from one island to another and even sailing for hundreds of miles without the aid of modern equipment and navigational charts.

I was not just ashamed of myself , but for most of us, who rely on modern technology to carry on our daily lives. We have lost our natural ability to work with nature, naturally moving on with the times, and forgetting that once we were like them.

I have total admiration and respect for these people.  It humbled me, of course, I’m not about to rely on the stars or change the way that I live, after all, this is what I know.  Having the latest gadgets, doesn’t make me any more knowlegable than them, actually it potrays the opposite.

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British/Filipina now living in Valencia, Spain. Mum, wife, designer and illustrator. I am also the author of Ohla Living where I share my lifestyle, travel, recipes and creative ideas.


  1. Hi Ria

    Just came across to say Hello. I agree with you, we have come to rely on technology so much nowadays that it’s hard to believe how our ancestors managed without it. My computer went down a while ago and I was lost without it. I was crawling the walls! Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

  2. It’s really true. Although they make life a little bit easier, we also missed out on a lot of things–simple pleasures. I was a teenager in the 80’s and I used to call through public phone booths, type my manuscripts on typewriter go to the library to research. 🙂

  3. @ Naomi, thanks for dropping by 🙂 I know what you mean, I broke my laptop about a week ago and I was lost, I didnt know what to do..! Pathetic!

    @ Bingkee, those were the days, I dont know what I ever did before the internet or mobile phone. But then I guess we had more fun by talking personally to people rather than just the quick email or text.

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