Chasing Peace: The First Step is the Hardest

chasing peace first step

Burnt and peeling skin. Sore muscles. Palpitating heart. Overthinking brain. A really heavy backpack. My brain is on fire! [Warning: This is a really personal entry and I’ve been debating against myself if I should publish this or not. It might bore you. It might suck the life out of you because it could be a bit sad and dramatic. But if there’s one thing I want  you to feel, it’s that this entry should hopefully inspire you.] I wake up feeling and doing the same things everyday: spite, self-pity, self pep talk, PM a friend for more drama, play music, cry, stare […]

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SSEAYP Onboard Nippon Maru

Nippon Maru

Finally, after holding this off for so long, I finished writing the last instalment (still up for consideration) of my SSEAYP experience. After all, we spent most of our days during the program onboard a cruise ship called Nippon Maru. A lot of people ask me what exactly happened while we were cruising the sea for thirty days and so I hope I am able to answer your questions here. Before getting into the juicy parts, however, I wish to introduce you to some of the common terms and abbreviations that we use just so I can get it out […]

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Footprints 2016

footprints 2016

Last year, I made a wrap-up of my trips on 2015. At the end of the entry, I wrote how 2015 would be such a hard year to beat. Little did I know that 2016 would be something else. I have to be honest, by the end of 2016, my frustrations got me thinking, “What have I done with my life? Where am I taking my life?” They say one has to look back to history for one to figure out the future. Here I am, taking into account the highlights of the year that passed in the hopes of […]

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This is my 2016 Letter…

youth leaders summit

To my parents Thank you. I’ve appreciated you more this year for all your hard work and love for us, your kids. I’ve loved you more when I had nothing and you were there for me. I loved you more when I had my biggest heartache and you supported me. I know I’m not anywhere near where you’d hope for me to be, but I know deep inside I’ve made you proud this year. I’m sorry for all the disappointments and problems I’ve caused you. I may not have sound decisions for 2017, I might make a lot of mistakes […]

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Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Indonesia

Indonesia

We are down to our last port-of-call – Indonesia. The country program started with a gathering at a big hotel in Jakarta. We had our homestay matching the next day. My homestay family has four members and they are muslims; my homestay buddy was Beuu from Thailand. We were taken to a Nasi Padang restaurant where we used our hands to eat. It was not so new to me since Filipinos are used to eating with our bare hands. Our homestay family also took us sightseeing at Monas or Indonesia’s National Monument. There’s a really nice museum inside but we were not allowed to […]

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