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I remember being a naive 22-year old traveling the mean streets of Bangkok, with a bottle of Chang in hand trying to escape the harsh working environment in Manila, I made a mental list of what I want to achieve in a 5-year timeline. It was not a long list, but (at that time) it felt unattainable. Two of the items included in that list were living abroad and traveling in Europe. Seven years later, both panned out in their respective timings and it made me realize nothing is unattainable. It’s more about the unconscious grit for goal-digging.

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Travel video & snaps: Penang on foot and food

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Oh food. There’s nothing better, really.

It’s one of those days when all I can think of is a plate full of goodness. Luckily, Asia is a melting pot of anything divine, food-wise. From Indian to Thai to Persian to Filipino (I need to insert that for bias purposes hehe) to the ultimate staple: Chinese!

I have never been to mainland China nor its little offspring countries/islands, nor to India, nor to the Persian gulf, but one thing’s for sure: My tastebuds have never been satisfyingly raped that it reached foodgasm in this Asian food brothel called Penang.

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What is it about Bali?

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Yogyakarta and Borobudur in the central island of Java are the places I have the strongest desire to check out once in Indonesia. Bali, even with all its fame–especially with all its fame–is not even a close third on my Indonesian travel list. Then how did I end up in the Island of the Gods for my first time in the massive archipelago?

Simple mathematics: Spontaneity + Hope. 

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Portraits of Pai: A Poem

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Have you ever been to a place,
Where the difficulty to fathom happiness becomes a race
Between a new adventure and a person with the most unbelievable gaze?
I was so high up in Pai contemplating,
How can I even begin explaining this feeling?
It’s peaceful and sublime to be under the Northern sky,
Then again, it is more than what meets the eye.
I see a person whose light shines through.
I draw myself in but with little guards marching in queue.

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