As Aaron and I sat front row of the open air charter bus from Baguio to Sagada, we had the best seats in the house on our commute to the Mountain Province of Luzon. The road to get there is internationally coveted as a touring highway because the drive gives passengers spectacular views of jagged … Continue reading Tricky Transportation
My Lola Chita set up the bedroom in the loft of her home for me, as she does for all family that visits, so in the morning I have the sweet pleasure of waking to the sounds of breakfast being prepared by her maid. It's not only the clinking of glasses, sizzling pan, shuffling feet, … Continue reading Day 2: Morning Meal
I want to bring this blog back to its original intent as a travel blog -- to share the stories, sight and insights of my trip with Aaron to the Philippines and back. We're waiting to board the last flight of our 24-hour trip, this one being from Taipei, Taiwan to Manila, Philippines. First of … Continue reading Beginning the Journey
For years I had been swimming in a pool of self-pity, drowning by my desires to constantly please others beyond what I could do, or give. Guilt built up with my inability to do what I thought was expected of me, and this guilt bled into all facets of life – even in my profession … Continue reading A Giving of Self; What is “Self”?
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... " Well, being in Birmingham, Alabama where it snows maybe once every few years (and when it does, they call it the 'Snowpocalypse'), December here is rarely dressed in white. This year is no different, yet it has felt more like Christmas is coming this year than … Continue reading Miracle up 26th Street
Thursday, September 15, 2016 // Round Barn Primitive Campground, Bigelow Preserve 7 o'clock AM The sounds of the forest gently wake me on this gorgeous sunny morning in Maine: the woodpecker making his progress into a tree, mating season in full swing for the constantly chirping red squirrels, the soft waves of Flagstaff Lake … Continue reading Travelers Tips: Memories of Maine Pt. 1
Monday, October 31, 2016 // Sunroom - my Pawnee apartment 9 o'clock, evening-time While it is sad to think that this is the first Halloween in my 25 years of life that I am not dressing up in costume to celebrate the holiday at hand, I had quite the festive evening - surprisingly! I had spent … Continue reading Halloween Happenings
Saturday July 30th, 2016 // Off Keystone Gulch Road - a campsite we were at 2 years ago! "morning-time" Here in the wilderness of Colorado again with Megan, Phil, Lauren and Rachel. What a wonderfully slow morning! to wake up and have fresh French pressed coffee, after spending some time freshening up ourselves. Slow-cooked meal … Continue reading Simple, Slowness
I have always loved capturing moments in photos. I have been fortunate enough to travel to some amazing places in the world - the Philippines, Central and South America, and couple of countries in Europe. The places and people I encountered made for spectacular subjects in the photos I took. I would admit that my … Continue reading Looking through the Lens of a Fresh Perspective
So - I realize that I was not particularly clever in titling this post, as this Disney pun has already been claimed by others.. But, I will say, that it fits quite well with my most recent reflections. AND I can promise you that I am not using it here to explain Candida nor any … Continue reading The Beauty & the Yeast: Rising to the Occasion.