Some people always ask me, why do i love travelling? Some would tell me Na aksaya lang daw ng pera, ipunin mo nalang para sa future, or tska na ang travel pag secured ka na sa future mo. blah blah.
Bakit nga ba??…
For me traveling is more than exploring the place, it is a journey that teaches you a lot. It has thought me to be more patient and that everything can not be in your control all the time. It has helped me changed my outlook towards life and see the world from a different perspective. There is this feeling of fulfillment when you see the real world as it is and becoming part of their culture. That fulfillment when you’re in a place or landmark which you only see on tv or read in books.
Let me share to you a write up that i read months ago on why you should travel young.
1. Traveling changes the way you relate to the world
If you don’t see the world when you’re young, you’ll have less of a desire to do so as an adult when you have job and family constraints. It’s difficult to imagine anything outside the life you grew up in. When you travel to other countries and see how the sun stays out all night long in Alaska, monkeys swinging from trees in Costa Rica, the sun setting over the red rocks of the Grand Canyon or the city of Paris from a top the Eiffel Tower you realize the world is full of more beauty then you could ever see in one lifetime (although you’ll still try to see it all).
There’s an old saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know” and if you don’t know what you’re missing then you’ll have less of a desire to put the effort in to taking the time to travel. Once you see it, you will have a deeper obligation to want to save all the beauty that our planet has to offer.
Banana Island, Coron, Palawan
2. Traveling changes the way you see others
Whether you come from a big city or a small town, travel will open you up to other cultures. Within most communities people tend to dress, talk and behave in a similar fashion. Traveling introduces you to people outside of your hometown who don’t look or act the same way as you. This will greatly enhance your communication skills and teach you to embrace and not fear new experiences.
Relaxing.. the Vietnamese way. - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
3. Traveling makes you appreciate what you have
When you see a family eating plain rice for dinner or kids without shoes laughing and playing under the open sky, it can help you think about how lucky you are to have a home and warm clothes to go back to. Similarly, it will make you realize that happiness doesn’t come in the form of material things, but in relationships we cultivate with each other and the world around us.
Family Vacation - Claveria, Cagayan
4. Traveling teaches you to live in the moment
You can’t control everything when you are traveling. Maybe you don’t speak the language. Maybe you’re using a map for the first time. Maybe you’re trying food you never even knew existed. It’s in those moments where you really live! When you catch your first wave surfing in San Diego, pet a Kangaroo in Australia or feel the sun on your skin in Santorini, you forget about time, to do lists and your Facebook status update.
White Water Rafting - Cagayan de Oro
5. Traveling challenges you in new ways
Just as traveling is humbling, it is also empowering. You realize you can do things you never thought possible. Surrounded by new friends from different backgrounds and full of different experiences you will feel more confident to try things you never would in the comfort of your own home. Scared of heights? Why not try that ropes course in Lake Tahoe? With every fear you conquer, you will feel more capable to do bigger and better things. You’re more adaptable than you think. This is a lesson that’s great to learn at any age, but if you learn it while you’re young, you’ll be able to apply it throughout your entire lifetime (and think about how much more you’d be able to accomplish then).
The Plunge - Dahilayan, Bohol
6. Traveling makes your education come to life
Everyone can sit in history class and listen to the teacher go on about the Palace of Versailles, Apartheid in South Africa or Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. But travel removes you from the confines of a classroom and brings history to life! The stories are no longer pictures in a textbook or words written on a blackboard. These places are now tangible memories that you will remember for much longer than anything you ever study in school.
Cu Chi Tunnel - Cu Chi District, Vietnam
7. No one lives forever
We aren’t guaranteed to live forever. Many people put off travel assuming they will have time, money and health later in life to appreciate the world. Although this might be true for some, there are no guarantees in life. So take every opportunity you can to see this gorgeous planet we live on. It will make you the best version of you there is. And you will be so grateful that you have plenty years left with this version of yourself to continue the adventure!
Don’t stop wondering. Don’t stop traveling. Get out there and bear witness to the changes our planet is going through. It will change you, and in turn you will be one more person who will partake in the movement for greater good! Just remember to do so responsibly. Keep an open mind and an open heart and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Bangui Windmills - Bangui, Ilocos Norte
Yesterday marks another year added into my life. There are so many things and people I need to be thankful for. Thank you for my family, loved ones and friends who cared about me. Thank you for the challenges, fun, triumphs, frustrations and countless blessings that made me who I am today. Thank you God, I could never have made it all without you. 😄👏👍🙋💕🎉🎂
Jemma Rix and Suzie Mathers performs For Good during Wicked Manila’s press con.
*Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good*
Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; Elphaba (wicked witch of the west) and Glinda (Good witch of the north). Its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz.
I’ve wanted to see Wicked ever since i heard the song Defying Gravity on Glee. I fell in love with it and i told myself that someday i will watch the musical live, be it in West End or in Broadway. Haha
Last year September 2013, it was announced that Wicked will have its Manila run coming January 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. I was so ecstatic!! Lucky me, di ko na kelangan mag ipon para makanood sa London or New York. Hahaha! Good thing my bf Louie and two friends Cha and Kc also want to watch the musical, so as early as December, i already booked our ticket through ticketworld.com.ph.
We got our tickets for January 29 because it is also Cha’s birthday, so it was like hitting two birds with one stone, Wicked and birthday! The tickets are a bit pricey so we got third row seat on the balcony. The balcony is high but nevertheless we got good view of the whole show. The show starts exactly at 7:30 pm.
Originally Elphaba was played by Idina Menzel and Glinda by Kristin Chenoweth. But for its Manila run, it was the Australian Crew lead by Jemma Rix (Elphaba) and Suzie Mathers (Glinda).
Jemma and Suzie
The show is 2 and half hours long but my gulay, it was soooo good!! The set, the actors, the songs, a-mazing! Jemma and Suzie deserve special praise, which IMHO were much better than the ones in the originally Broadway show. (based only on what i saw on youtube lang ha). Defying Gravity scene gave me goosebumps, youtube can’t even capture how perfect this was live!! I also enjoyed the Popular scene and For Good scene almost made me cry.
It was one of a kind experience, you’ll laugh, cry, be amazed and even sing along with the cast. Yes, it is pricey but it was worth the money and I’m willing to spend that much just to see it again. I’m officially “wickedfy” Haha
1. As long as you are alive, anything is possible.
The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive (and healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.
2. Be realistic.
The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. Learn from them.
3. You are strong.
You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000 setbacks.
4. Prove yourself.
You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.
5. Believe in your dreams.
Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible.
6. Your family and friends.
Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!
7. There are people worse-off.
Right now there are many people who are in a worse situation and environment than you are. Are you thinking about giving up running 5 miles a week? Think about the people who are unable to even walk and how much they would give to be able to run 5 miles every day.
8. You deserve to be happy.
Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until you reach your destination!
9. Inspire others.
Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up.
10. You are so close.
Often when you feel like you want to give up you are so close to making a huge breakthrough. You are just a heartbeat away from success.