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My heart is my home in Indonesia

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At this very moment, I work the ‘front office’ at a hotel made solely with old authentic teak, a destination you may not be aware on a crater-like mountain range in Indonesia. In other words, I am a receptionist at a hotel but I always like to say “going to the office now” to my […]

Gratitude in India: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong

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Sometimes too much of stability can take your life to an edge, thats what happened to me. Five years and ten months of a fancy corporate job, brain storming sessions within those immaculate white walls and a fancy pay cheque was enough to get me there. I was restless because life was too easy, predictable […]

Ilocos Norte, Philippines: Paoay Opens Bacsil Sand Dunes

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Sure, the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte have been used as the setting for the desert scenes in the movies Mad Maxx, Born on the Fourth of July, and the local blockbuster flicks ‘Ang Panday’ series and ‘Temptation Island’. The sand dunes have always been there. For the longest time, the locals knew it was […]

Should you be a Good Chinese Wife?

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Please enjoy this excerpt from Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong  by Susan Blumberg-Kason The Chinese University of Hong Kong sits atop a mountain, north of Hong Kong Island and twenty minutes south of the mainland China border. When I arrived on campus in 1990 for a college exchange year, I […]

A Journey to Rediscovery in India

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Rediscovery of Self in the Land of the High Passes I was sitting right in the middle of my sisters when my eyes fell on the handsome mountains covered with a blanket of snow on their tops. I began to jump and almost sat over my sister (who was next to the window) to capture […]

Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan

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  A Small Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan Ana Prundaru There is something magical about children playing outside; mesmerized by little things adults take for granted. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokyo for a summit, I barely saw any children chasing butterflies, or playing ball. Walking past playgrounds and museums with the scope of researching the […]

Saturdays in Manila, Philippines

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I lean to open sliding doors and step onto the red-tiled lanai. It’s 6 a.m. A canopy of bamboo, trees, and pastel awnings portrays rural privacy. The mango Abby and I planted two years ago curtseys in a breeze, begging applause for her growth. I wonder if she’ll ever bear fruit. Most days, I walk […]

Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

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The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

Kalinga to Banaue, Philippines

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After spending two days in Kalinga, a remote village in the mountains of the Philippines, watching Wang-Od (the oldest known tatoo artist) hammer her ash covered thorn into the flesh of other travelers, Marius and I decided to descend the mountain path. The slope was steep but the farewell was steeper. With a heavy heart […]

Pattaya, Thailand: Down-to-earth

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The rain has finally stopped. As Hannah helps me with my harness, she turns to the stormy sky, smiles and says, “Lucky you. It’s a beautiful weather to skydive.” Indeed it is. Weights of grey clouds hang high in the sky of Pattaya, but the lustrous blue sky behind them are yearning to break through. […]