Tea for Dinner, for 10 Days? Why Not?


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ShareTweet This is a story of my 10-day Silent Meditation Retreat in Northern Thailand. This is the centerpiece of my 100 Days of Backpacking Southeast Asia. Actually, my initial plan was just to visit my cousin in Phom Pehn, Cambodia and then do the 10-Day Meditation Course and go back home to the Philippines but as we all know, things change. Will talk more about “change” in the next paragraphs. Surrender The day of registration we were asked to surrender our valuable things like camera, cellphone, laptops and even reading and writing materials. We were also asked to temporarily discontinue […]

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My Top 10 Fave Things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand


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ShareTweet I just started this 3-month Southeast Asian journey and now on my 2nd week. Like many travelers I met say, “travelers gets stuck in Chiang Mai.” And I have to agree, I want to live here already. So much things to do and cafés to see and travelers to meet. The list  here are the things I always do or should I say, the fun things I do… plus you don’t need much money to do each. I’ll give you the prices too. Let’s start my top 10 things to do in Chiang Mai: 1. Drop the map, bike […]

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Why We Travel?


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ShareTweet Today I ask, “Why I travel?” and maybe ask everyone, “Why we travel?” Why do we leave our comfort zones and our cozy homes? Why do we buy expensive plane tickets and check-in guesthouses when we have a nice apartment or house to live in? Pico Iyer, one of my favorites, asks the same question and answered or better yet, created more questions after writing ’bout “Why we travel?“ Traveling is Brutality So why? Why do we subject ourselves into brutality of going to places with foods we don’t recognize or language we can’t understand and road directions we […]

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