Hostel Diaries: People Stories 1

Hostel Diaries: People Stories 1

My work at a local backpacker’s hostel has allowed me to interact with individuals from all over the world. I would like to share some of what I’ve learned or experienced while talking to or dealing with them. This is part 1 of PEOPLE STORIES: I. The Artist When we travel, we meet many people along the way. We … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Location: Sri Lanka Year: 2014 My affable tuktuk driver translates my broken English articulately enough for the Tamil tea picker to converse with him in the oddest of manners – clamped in the middle of a vast plantation blooming with hedges of tea bushes where frigid air collides with the oppressive heat from the sun.The … Continue reading

Out of It

Out of It

“Writing is something that you don’t know how to do. You sit down and it’s something that happens, or it may not happen. ” – Charles Bukowski It never did, until today. As I type this, I am in a backpacker’s hostel in Metro Manila, not as a guest, but as an employee. On a regular day, I … Continue reading

Learn From Our Mistake

Learn From Our Mistake

The past is a reminder. Our knowledge of it allows us to reconstruct the present to survive and live better for tomorrow. Whether it be several hard blows to the head or a few accidents here and there, our past experience is key to help us eventually purge ourselves of the poison that nourishes the inner monster. That … Continue reading

Starstruck

Starstruck

It’s not just college girls carrying glossy heart banners or Katniss braid sporting 14 year olds holding blown-up photos of Josh Hutcherson showing off his Peeta muscles. When it comes to seeing Hollywood movie stars in the flesh, there is no such thing as age limit. Continue reading

Notes From the Road: Etobicoke

Notes From the Road: Etobicoke

I am writing from Etobicoke, a municipality of a few skyscrapers west of Downtown Toronto. I’ve been officially staying in Canada for over 2 months now, exploring most of Ontario’s suburban areas and the province of Quebec with the help of kind hearts whose names need not be mentioned. I’ve been couchsurfing without a permanent address. Sometimes, … Continue reading

Canada

Canada

You may think that at this point in time, I’d be gallivanting in Southeast Asia or lying in a wooden cot and waking up to hundreds of gnarly insect bites in the mountains of Thailand. Well, that was the initial plan. I wanted to get away, head West, and disappear – literally. But I guess, God had … Continue reading