Monday, July 6, 2015

Visual Diary: Secrets from the Streets of Shanghai

I always believe that the closest encounter one could ever have in an unfamiliar city is through its streets. Being just a visitor, you need to somehow find a way to genuinely connect with the places that you visit. The sights and sounds will fascinate you, but discovering the soul of these places will change you.

We only had a little more than a day to trace downtown Shanghai. No fixed plans, no data and no maps (well, almost.). We took spontaneous turns, hopeful steps and some couple of snaps here and there to capture moments. We searched for bricked walls, colored tiles, trimmed gardens, dirty alleys, (and H&M for Kara, haha!) and had the best time of our lives. 

We walked for hours and hours, enjoying anything and everything that we find along the way. Despite the language barrier, and the different culture, the streets would find a way to unveil simple mysteries to you; to get you in touch with their simple ways, their routine, their spirit.

The streets taught me secrets that actually made our trip really really worthwhile...
  • Smile is a universal language! :))))
  • Thank you in the local will go a very long way! Xie xie ni!!
  • Be street smart, wise and be safe; yet be completely OPEN!
  • Know when to rush, & more importantly, know when to slow down.
  • Even if you know the way, ask one more time.
  • Collect and capture moments, but LIVE in those moments!
  • Be brave and adventurous.
  • Boredom is a choice.
  • Be keen to beauty, & play with perspectives.
  • Have lots of FUN!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Why You Should Always Travel (& How)

Why should you travel? We all know the classic answer. Because if you don't, you will only read one page of a book that is the world, right? But why always

Just recently, one of my friends jokingly advised me to go back to work because it seemed like I have been traveling year-round. On the contrary, some asked what is with my job that I get to travel all the time. Truth is, I got a job that glues me to my office desk for the whole week, with zero travel. Prior to working, people warned me about the impossibility of leisure & traveling once I enter the so-called real world. From there, I took it upon myself to disprove such idea. I'd love to share with you a little list of my "You Gotta's" and sort of #notestoself which explains why I always keep my feet on the road, hope this blesses you as well!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Musings from the Mountains

Hiking has been one of the new-found passions lately (YE-HESS!!). I had been to my fourth mountain, and each time, it's the feeling of conquering myself more than conquering the mountains that gets me. I had to put up with asthma back in my childhood, and the only sport I could ever play was chess. So each step along an incredibly steep trail gets more and more surreal towards the summit. Last weekend, we headed to Mt. Daraitan and I felt the need to write things down and capture the adventure this time...

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