Feb 21, 2013

Lighting up the Provinces: the Solar Solution

If there’s one thing I love about being an architect in today’s modern world, it has to be technology. Technology gives birth to numerous inventions that make our bloody profession way easier. Inventions like computer, telephone, television, cars, cameras and light bulbs are just too essential to live without. Though, (sad to say) many technological advancement caused a great damage to our natural environment and to our health too.

But, todays architects have become more aware of these harsh effects- that actually made us more eager in promoting green architecture which is quite synonymous to sustainable design- that uses construction materials known to be renewable, non toxic to the environment and easy to maintain. For instance, Solar PV,  it produces clean, renewable electricity and at the same time, maintenance wise and, is also practical since it allows the users to use less public utility electricity when producing their own electricity.

You see? Technology is actually a solution, when used properly. And, its importance to our daily lives grows bigger and bigger as it continues to develop each day.

But, have you ever consider (or even thought of) living in a rural area without all the sort of modern technology or electricity, perhaps? For a city dweller (since birth) like me, that’s completely unimaginable. From sun up to sun down, practically everything a person does is powered by some form of electricity. Without it, a person’s quality of life and livelihood would drastically change. It’s no surprise then that Manileños complain to no end when a “brownout” happens.

Painful Discovery

For the past few days, I noticed my sister’s pain on her stomach. It was aweful, she had to twist and turn to ease the pain at night. She can’t even walk normally. I remember, I had the same pain way back college. I swear, the pain was unbearable. I can’t laugh, ‘coz it hurts. I can’t even breathe normally. I was in my class when it happened. My friends told me to go home but I can’t even stand straight. They took me to the Jeepney station and I {alone} meet mom in her workplace. Mom is not a big fan of synthetic medicine and hospitalization thing so instead, we went to a clinic and had me checked up.

The nurse asked me where it was most painful. I gave her the details. She asked me to lay down,  inhale-exhale while she’s doing her thing. She said her conclusion, suggest some medicines, and the next thing I remember was mom and I went to buy fruits and buko juice. Then, I started to trust organic products over synthetic ones.