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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Travel Diary: SSEAYP in 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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Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Singapore

SSEAYP in Singapore

The next port of call (POC) for the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) after Thailand is Singapore. Right off the bat, I want to say that it’s my third time to visit the “Red Dot.” SSEAYP in Singapore was a bit different from the rest of the POCs because of the schedule. Also, although it was my third time in Singapore, what made it different was the homestay. Mary is a writer and a collector of unique Chinese antiques. Her home is a goldmine for vintage items. I also learned new things about Singapore like its […]

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