Thoughts

Of Sunrises and Forgiveness

Of Sunrises and Forgiveness

♥ Photography’s blessing and curse is that it can bend reality — a curse in that it creates unattainable ideals, a blessing in that you can choose to look back on imperfect times with a more forgiving filter. . . Clumps of mud can look like a cluster […]

From “Why” to “Why Not”

From “Why” to “Why Not”

© Gaya |  It’s a few minutes before midnight. I’m sitting here at an airport lounge: munching on nuts, coffee already gone cold, laptop open, no immediate plans to sleep despite the lateness of the hour, having already taken a 30-minute nap in sitting position […]

The Painted Hall

The Painted Hall

SGMT | Painted Hall, London  — Exactly a year ago, at the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, London. It was our first day out and about in London. Our friends had asked us where we wanted to go and we’d said we’d […]

It’s Not About Where You’ve Been

It’s Not About Where You’ve Been

♥ ♥ If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels this year, it’s this. It’s not about what you’ve seen or where you’ve been. It’s about what you thought when you saw it. It’s about how you felt when you got there. It’s about who you were […]

We love you too, Pluto.

We love you too, Pluto.

Pluto was still a proper planet when I was in grade school; it has since been demoted to a dwarf planet. This image seems to be Pluto saying, “I still love you, Earth, despite everything.” We love you too, Pluto. ♥♥♥

Today, I Hate Traveling

Today, I Hate Traveling

There is one time when I really, really hate traveling: the day before departure. I hate leaving my family. I look at my son and I can’t imagine going just one day without seeing him, can’t imagine not being able to hug him whenever I […]

#Illridewithyou, Not #Jesuischarlie: Drawing Lines

#Illridewithyou, Not #Jesuischarlie: Drawing Lines

It’s a question that probably has no answer but I’m going to ask it anyway: why can’t we just be kind to each other? I condemn in the strongest terms the Charlie Hebdo attack. I condemn it because it was cold-blooded murder; an act of […]

You can take the tourist out of the uglies but…

You can take the tourist out of the uglies but…

A news article caught my eye today. Well, that’s not accurate. It was more like: an article in Yahoo really pissed me off today, even though I knew I shouldn’t pay too much attention to it because: It’s in Yahoo. It’s written by Fox News. […]

Do you consider yourself a blogger?

Do you consider yourself a blogger?

* “Blogger ka ba?” (“Are you a blogger?”) Not such a hard question, was it? I was up in the mountains of Batanes, exchanging pleasantries with fellow tourists, and one of them had come up with this query…that strangely rendered me speechless. My first thought was: […]

I Have A Dream

I Have A Dream

I have a dream that one day the whole world will truly live out this creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that someday someone from my country can say on a Thursday: “Let’s […]