## the math of traveling

There would be times that we fall silent… Numb that our mouths, in this case our fingers, stretch frozen on the bed of keyboard letters.

On the road blogging is something we are avoiding, because of several reasons:

One, we couldn’t focus. We actually suspected that we suffered an unfulfilled stage in our childhood that gave us an adult case of attention deficit disorder. Our head would root to a direction where a strong scent of fun is originating at any given time. Our eyes would gravitate and fixate unconditionally to anything that sparkle (eg. mug of ice cold beer) regardless of how sinfully hot the creature whom we are talking to / flirting with at that moment.

Two, we are old school travelers. Technology for us is the “normal” way of life and that we developed a dependence to it. We snack on microchips in a daily basis while we are on our corporate slave alter ego. Escaping away with your blackberry or an email access within reach is like leaving breadcrumbs through the woods that will allow the *green-eyed-four-headed-fire-breathing-blood-sucking* monster (aka. The *ehem* boss) to stalk you while you prance around and get deliciously lost in the middle of nowhere.

Three, we are volatile bloggers. We honestly think that there are desperate times that we are in dire need of a shot of epinephrine to keep our blood pumping, our neurons blasting and creativity flowing so that our fingers would start running across the keyboard. But when we are really hyped up, we can write articles after articles with a full force swagger.

Maybe, one of the reason that attenuates us to being a humdrum and inspired is the fact that we dwell in the absolute rule of TIME and MONEY.

And I came up with a formula based on the simple rule of inverse proportionality:

Y = k/X

**<GEEK ALERT!>**

Basically, the concept of inverse proportion means that as the absolute value or magnitude of one variable gets bigger, the absolute value or magnitude of another gets smaller, such that their product (the constant of proportionality) is always the same. The two variables varying inversely on the Cartesian coordinate plane is a hyperbola. The product of the *X* and *Y* values of each point on the curve will equal the constant of proportionality (*k*). Since neither X nor Y can equal zero (and *k* is non-zero), the graph will never cross either axis.

OK, let’s paraphrase the inhumane explanation above:

The more you have the luxury of **TIME** (*Y*) to go on the road, the lesser you will have the **MONEY** (*X*) to sustain a travel, inversely, when you start having **MONEY** (*X*) in your bank, **TIME** (*Y)* is being compromised in the process, because you have to **WORK** (*k*) for it. That means the stinger in this formula is the CONSTANT value of * k*, your work, your day job, the one that pays the bill. So is it possible to remove that element from the equation?

YES YOU CAN! If you are willing to live outside the norm of the Cartesian coordinate plane and float there as an invalid value. But for as long as you need that paycheck to sustain both your living and your travels, then suck it up and keep the* k* intact. So far the only successful non-hyperbola that I know is Oprah and Jinky Pacquiao.

The point of this article is simple… other than “*It’s a Saturday and I should get out of my computer now and get a f***ing life!*“–Next week, Monette and I will be closing the “summer 2011” season around the Philippines, we booked those late deals online and scored some good tickets to go around, we will go separately in most legs of the trip. For me to reinstate the reason of my constant **k **and for Monette to locate the coordinates of her hyperbola.

In the mean time, here’s a visual representation of the equation *a* = [(Y>X)k]/k ; whereas *a* is Bangkok.

ADDENDUM: I got an additional realization… In a hyperbola, variables are not crossing in a single point of axis. In the theory that I proposed, WORK should remain a the constant value to maintain a balance of TIME and MONEY, Time or money alone will never exist without the other variable, otherwise the coordinates will just fall outside of the graph and is merely a null value, in layman’s term–INCORRECT

A practical explanation can be illustrated in a paradigmatic quadrant:

Constant value of WORK

Increased TIME

(inversely proportional to)

Decrease MONEY

=BackpackersConstant value of WORK

Decrease TIME

(inversely proportional to)

Increased MONEY

=Luxury TravelersNullified value of WORK

Increased TIME

(directly proportional to)

Increased MONEY

=A PARIS HILTON (lucky bitch)Nullified value of WORK

Decrease TIME

(directly proportional to)

Decrease MONEY

=BUM,HERMIT,DRIFT WOOD, SEAWEED MODE (refer to the video above)

Therefore the equation is true. And I better move my butt out of my computer desk, my keyboard is already covered with blood!