They Took Us Up The Mountains To Meet A Local Tribe

They Took Us Up The Mountains To Meet A Local Tribe

Celebrities in the Morning: Have you ever had the feeling that you didn’t deserve something, but was freely given to you? That’s how I felt when our group study exchange sponsored by Rotary came to the town of Dharapuram.  They had school girls miss half day of school, so their teachers could take them to the Rotary Hall to perform welcome dances and yoga demonstration for us.  We almost felt like celebrities welcoming us with…

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Coming Home To Manila After 10 Years: The Good And The Bad

Coming Home To Manila After 10 Years: The Good And The Bad

10 years could be a long time or a short duration depending on how you look at it. For me, not seeing my home country for 10 years was a long time. In that time period, I was able to establish a new life in a different country, United States. I developed new friendships, new routine, a new life.    After 10 long years (20 years for my sisters), our whole family decided to come…

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Antarctica Cruise: Crossing The Drake Passage During A Storm

Antarctica Cruise: Crossing The Drake Passage During A Storm

If you’re considering taking a cruise to Antarctica, you need to be prepared for motion sickness and a storm. Below is a description of what it was like to cross the Drake Passage—one of the most dangerous oceans in the world—during a storm: projectiles, spilled sewage, lockdown and thoughts of abandoning ship.   I was aboard an expedition 100-passenger capacity ice breaker/cruise ship, heading back to Ushuaia from Antarctica. I paid approximately $800 per night…

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Overcoming Fear Of The Open Water: Excerpt From My Diary

Overcoming Fear Of The Open Water: Excerpt From My Diary

This is a page from my diary on the day I tried to overcome my fear of the open water while snorkeling almost a decade ago. Copied word for word. Don’t laugh! I am truly exposing myself here :-). Heads up: Some thoughts may not be clear to a reader because I was writing for myself and I knew what I meant, so here it goes… March 20, 2007 Location: The Galapagos Islands   After…

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Meeting The Dalai Lama

Meeting The Dalai Lama

All these flooding and evacuation currently happening in Houston reminds me of the time I saw the Dalai Lama in person because he was here when the city was evacuating from Hurricane Rita in September 2005 — 11 years ago when I was tad bit younger :-).   I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to help sell a book by His Holiness, listen to him speak and meet him in person! We were…

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Tour Guide: You’re Fired!

Tour Guide: You’re Fired!

I had a tour guide get fired once. I don’t say that as a “badge” I wear on my sleeve. In fact, I don’t talk about this much. It was actually quite a scary and annoying experience. I scheduled a tour with a U.S. based tour company before leaving to take me to a palace I wanted to see somewhere in northern India. I was traveling by myself, as I have many times in the past.   “…I…

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Quitting The Corporate World: Struggles Of Not Obeying “The Rules”

Quitting The Corporate World: Struggles Of Not Obeying “The Rules”

Today was one of those days when I had a small doubt lingering at the back of my head regarding my decision to turn my back away from the corporate world in order to travel the world and write my thoughts about the beautiful world we live in.  From a steady income, stock options, low cost medical insurance to a no-incoming paycheck. Before I made this decision, I knew doubts like this would come.  I think I am…

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