Vipassana: 10 days of silence

  I picture a tree when I imagine a silent mind. Still and grounded. It is simply right there, inviting sunshine and rain, allowing itself to grow and bear fruits, letting its leaves to fall and wither, allowing flowers to blossom and seeds to be planted, giving others a shade, a place to rest. When was the last time your mind was peaceful and quiet? … Continue reading Vipassana: 10 days of silence

Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace, its ironies and my misadventures

Lumbini was in my list of must-see places in Nepal. I visited it out of curiosity of what Buddha’s birthplace was like. While I am not a religious person, Buddhism, among all the religions in the world, resonates with me the most. And, Lumbini is one of the top holy sites among the Buddhists. It is their Mecca. Taking two to three days from my … Continue reading Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace, its ironies and my misadventures

Missing my flight home: A year-ender post

It was not a confluence of unexpected events that made me miss my flight home. It’s nothing that dramatic. But on December 16, I decided not to take the flight back to Manila and end my supposed six-month sabbatical-style break. I booked a Cebu Pacific flight way back in October in anticipation of the skyrocketing airfare during the holidays. Well, I chose to settle for … Continue reading Missing my flight home: A year-ender post

Broke backpacker’s volunteer experience in Vietnam

It was long past lunch time when I arrived at the Hanoi International Airport. I had endured a 30-hour journey which included a dusty bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu in Nepal, a long wait at the Kathmandu airport, layover at the Kuala Lumpur Airport and a rather smooth flight to Hanoi. I felt a sudden pang of melancholy leaving South Asia behind.  So it … Continue reading Broke backpacker’s volunteer experience in Vietnam

10 reasons India is a paradise for budget travelers

My travel to India got a lot of people curious: How did I manage to stay in India for a long period. And, one had even asked me on Facebook: “Why India?” Well, India appears daunting at first, especially for solo female travelers. The news about the medical student gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi has never left our memories. It shocked the world … Continue reading 10 reasons India is a paradise for budget travelers

A month of yoga in Mcleod Ganj, also known as Little Tibet

On the day I arrived in Mcleod Ganj in Dharamsala in India in June, I instantly felt home. It has a hodgepodge of everything I wanted- the scenic mountain ranges, the fusion of the cultures of Tibet and India, Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, and a wide variety of vegetarian food. I found myself giddily stalking maroon-clad Buddhist monks at Mcleod Ganj’s Main Square with my SLR camera … Continue reading A month of yoga in Mcleod Ganj, also known as Little Tibet

Adventures in the Himalayas: A seven-day trek in Markha Valley in Ladakh

Judging from my window at a guesthouse in Leh, a city in the high-desert Ladakh of India, I could sense that the Himalayan mountains would test not just one’s physical strength but also one’s character. I set out on a seven-day trek in the Himalayas taking on the Markha Valley route even if I knew that it would be difficult, or maybe too much for … Continue reading Adventures in the Himalayas: A seven-day trek in Markha Valley in Ladakh

Coming back after a hiatus

Three months ago, I told my housemate, as if patting myself on the back, how I loved the fact that I was able to keep blogging regularly. Well, if you know the Filipino word “nabati” which means “jinxed,” that was what actually happened in the next three months. Some Filipinos say “nabati” whenever something opposite to what has been noticed has happened, like when someone … Continue reading Coming back after a hiatus