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Zombie apocalypse, WW3, a Life of Pi moment, Hunger Games, an airplane crash into the Amazon — and you’re the only survivor thingy, The End of the World, and what not …

those were just some of the ideas that got to our head.

Whatever it is that we are preparing for, I do not know really, but our group has signed us up for a Disaster and Survival Skills Training for two Saturdays this month. It was not compulsory and it’s not for free, but of course, I signed up. Why would I not want to survive?

And who better to train us than the experts of this field? RAPID, or Rescue Assistance Peacekeeping Intelligence Detail, Inc. is a group of volunteers, with only one Motto and that is to save lives.

I took up the training, especially now that I have joined a trekking and spelunking group. The skills would be useful, should we stay in the mountains overnight (or more days) – or if unfortunately we get stucked in the jungle somewhere. Well, hopefully not! So, this is just in case disaster strikes, we’ll know what to do.

The first part is more on the classroom setting: how to get food and water, how to make a shelter, to guard against hypothermia or make snow shoes and improvised sunglasses, how to tell whether a plant/animal/insect is edible or not, water purification, how to start a fire without use of matches, life-saving skills, etc…

our small group of Survivors

our small group of Survivors

one life-saving technique taught to us

one life-saving technique taught to us

What I love most is the part where we teamed up, went outside and got dirty.😀

each team member was bound to each other, as we looked for fuel and stuff that we can use for our cooking

each team member was bound to each other, as we looked for fuel and stuff that we can use for our cooking

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we're proud to be the first team to start the fire and cook our food

we’re proud to be the first team to start the fire and cook our food

and built an underground oven too

and built an underground oven too

our improvised water purification system

our improvised water purification system

Survivors!

Survivors!

I don’t usually believe it when someone says, “Believe me!” because I am the type of person who’ll first try it out. But yeah, BELIEVE ME, the food we cooked tasted great, especially the fish we cooked in our underground oven. The leaves and the trapped smoke has brought out a kind of smell that made the food soooo delicious as it reaches the palate.

And so, here I am, looking forward to next  Saturday of more survival fun. I anticipate hours of running after chickens, killing them (ewww, don’t know how!) and cooking. Also perhaps the actual making of a shelter, and so much more!

Do you think that maybe I should take up Archery, too? (for a Hunger Games-type of survival)😀 LOL.

And lastly, here’s what I learned and will always remember.

It would take 3 weeks for us to live without food, 3 days without water, 3 minutes without air — but only 3 seconds of panic to die.

So whatever situation you are in, always think, think and think. Don’t lose that head.

Thanks for stopping by…

see yah for Part II!