Pause for Timelessness

I feel like I’m cheating in writing this.
Because technically, this is not “A View from Miami”.
This is “A View from Zamboanga”. Currently, I am in my hometown and is “recuperating” from a recent surgery I had undergone (don’t ask. haha).

<This is probably the longest I have stayed at the house I grew up in after EIGHT years. Ever since I started college, I only stayed home for a week twice a year at the most.>

Anyway, I was watching a show in arirang (Korean channel) where this supposedly famous Korean actress is backpacking in the US. She was in New York (imagine me green with envy) for three days only and one thing she said struck me. She wondered what time it was. Then she just shrugged her shoulder and said,

“Timelessness is a box. Traveling is that box.”

She doesn’t speak English that well but I got it. I got what she said.

There is this feeling of the time standing still when you are traveling. Even without the factor of time difference, going to new places is just like pushing the pause button.

Pause work.
Pause daily routine.
Pause reality.

Because of this I started remembering  some of the pauses I took these past two years.

Laguna with Teta and Lors

Samal Island in Davao!

River Rafting in Davao River

Boracay with Jenna!

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

Singapore again!


Kuala Lumpur!

Currently, I am in somewhat a pause that I wish would last forever. But the bitter truth is, the pause is only:

A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.

Life must go on.

Just remember that the Pause exists… so use it!

I encourage everyone to “Pause”…
…and Enter the box of timelessness.


I miss Bangkok!

I miss the rides…

… pink taxis.

… free bus.

… the tuktuks.

I miss the food…

…street food!

…iced coffee!

…super iced sodas!

I miss the shopping…

…floating market!

…Chatuchak Weekend Market!


I miss the culture…


… Siam Niramit!

… palaces!


… buddha and temples!

I miss the life…

 … backpackers!

… foot and thai massage!


… signs I cannot understand!

Most of all, I miss the warm greetings…

“Sawaatdee Kah!”

After 3 years…

… outing pa din?!

I caught myself asking this question after agreeing to join friends in a trip next month. I guess my conscience automatically asked this question because I remember telling myself on New Year’s eve that as a resolution for 2011, I will get my life together this year.

Three years out of college and I’m still with no clear goal.
Actually, I’m still with no plan.
But like what was asked in My Life in Ruins: “How do you plan life?”

What a million… no, billion… no, trillion… NO! …a zillion-dollar question!

Okay, maybe I’m just overreacting. There may be an answer to a question like this… but the road to finding or arriving to the solution is not always easy, also not always fun.
They are always compromises, sacrifices, expectations, disappointments, and massive stress!

Why can’t life be just free-flowing and happy? They say Happiness is a choice.

Is this true? Or is this how we fool ourselves into learning how to be content or settle?
Well, to that I say… Happiness is a symptom. And like all other feelings, they are just signs or indications that we are still living life. So it’s okay to feel them!

If you’re sad… go wallow in misery!
If you’re angry… go have a hissy fit!
If you’re happy… PARTY!

All is well as long as you know how to move on from these feelings to another.

So for now, I am going to live life… experience and express ALL emotions!

I am going to that outing. Good night! 😀