M16 Newbie

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Target shooting using an M16 rifle at the Cu Chi Tunnels. This baby is loud.

Taken by Tatia last February 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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What? No Wi-fi?!

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But there was wi-fi!
Facebook may be banned in Vietnam but there sure is wi-fi almost everywhere.

Taken by Tatia last February 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Pho Adventures

Pho (/fʌ/; Vietnamese: phở pronounced [fəː˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese dish consisting of broth, noodles made from rice, a few herbs, and meat.

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There was not a day in Ho Chi Minh that we did not eat pho!
Everywhere we went, pho was being served.
In restaurants, in marketplaces, and even on the streets.

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Just to challenge ourselves, we embarked on a quest to find the best pho in Saigon. We read somewhere that it’s a must to try Pho 24. So we used good ‘ol google maps and began our journey. After almost what seems to be an hour of walking and still no Pho 24 in sight, it’s time to admit defeat. We settled for this quaint little noodle shop on Pasteur street instead.

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We were surprised. Of all the places we’ve eaten pho, this was actually the most homey, most flavorful, and has the most authentic-feeling of all. We found out later that day that there was a Pho 24 just on the street next to where we were staying. The noodles there was good but not as good as the ones served in Pho Hoa Pasteur.

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I miss pho. I miss eating in Saigon.
*sigh*

See related post here.
(Photo credits to Tatia)


Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas

I got inspired to share these photos while browsing for a photo to submit for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details.

My entry for the weekly photo challenge was of the roof details of the Buddha Tooth and Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. (See post here.)

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Behind me is the Buddhist Temple from the outside

In the rooftop of the same temple is a usual Orchid Garden with a pagoda in the middle.
This pagoda houses the large Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel in the middle and 10,000 small Buddha statues in all its four walls. Both prayer wheel and Buddha statues take room from what seems like floor to the ceiling.

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The last two photos below were taken by Jenna, my travel buddy during this trip.
One picture shows a wall of tiny Buddhas, and the other is a zoomed in version.
The details of all these are amazing.

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White Water Rafting in Davao

For some weird reason, I miss this.
It is weird because I was scared sh*t when I did this.
But I’m glad I did do it.

It’s a one of a kind experience.
Three hours under the sun battling the rapids!
Amazing view.
Good friends.
Awesome adventure.

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These photos were taken in Davao City, Philippines. September 2010.


Pagoda Tragedy!

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I miss traveling.
I miss being tired from discovering new places.
I miss getting lost and eventually finding the way.

**This photo was taken by Jenna during our first visit to Singapore’s Chinatown last May 2010.


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!

Bangkok

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.