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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How To Prevent Motion Sickness: The Struggle Is Real!

How To Prevent Motion Sickness: The Struggle Is Real!

I have always been very sensitive to motion, especially the rocking motion of water (after snorkeling or during a cruise). I get so dizzy, my head feels heavy and sometimes experience cold sweats! Just thinking about this makes me nauseous! I also experience motion sickness in cars especially when traveling on windy roads. I know I am not alone in this, which is why I decided to write some tricks and tips I have learned…

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Body Snatchers And Ghost Tours In London

Body Snatchers And Ghost Tours In London

London, with its long history, has no shortage of ghost stories. These continue to fascinate both locals and tourists alike. There are several ghost tours in London dedicated to visiting the sites of some of the city’s grisliest goings-on. The East End of London is one such site. In the early 19th century, this section of the city was notorious for housing the gang of real-life body snatchers known as the Burkers. During their twelve-year reign…

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What is Continental Divide Or Great Divide?

What is Continental Divide Or Great Divide?

The Continental Divide is a large hydrological drainage system on North America. Think of it as a big water drainage system separated by large mountains. People often refer to this natural boundary marker as the Great Divide. The west side of the Continental Divide drains water from streams and rivers into the Pacific Ocean. Waters on the right side of the Divide will flow into the Atlantic. There are some exceptions to this rule. The…

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3 Destinations You Should Save Up For

3 Destinations You Should Save Up For

If you find yourself daydreaming while at work about the different places you want to see but do not know where to go, here are 3 destinations you need to start saving up for and open up that big wide world in front of you. Get your passport ready.                New Zealand Have you seen the landscapes from the movie Lord of The Rings? Some are not computer graphics. Those places really…

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Where Did The Phrase “Graveyard Shift” Come From?

Where Did The Phrase “Graveyard Shift” Come From?

  Do you know where the terms “Saved By The Bell” and “Graveyard Shift” came from? Being a grave digger in London in the 1800s came with its fair share of occupational hazards. Not only did you have body-snatching gangs like the Burkers to worry about, who stole corpses to sell to doctors to practice on, but you also had to worry about the possibility that not everybody buried in the graveyard was actually dead!…

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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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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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How To Measure Carry On And Check In Luggage

How To Measure Carry On And Check In Luggage

  To ensure that your luggage is within the size limit for airlines, here are things you will need to measure it: 1.  Tape measure 2. Weighing Scale 3.  Know the baggage weight and size/dimension limit for your airline.  They will usually give you a number like “62 inches” or “158cm”. You can usually find out the size limit for your specific airline by going to a search engine (Google, Bing, or Yahoo) and typing: “baggage…

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