Last August, I spent a month in Metro Manila to attend the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme. During my month stay in the city, I was glad for the opportunities to visit different historical sites and museums and also the chance to share about the rich history of Philippines to my co-participants from across the ASEAN countries.
Luneta Park and Fort Santiago
Good thing, I could still remember some of the details about Rizal and The Battle of Manila which made me the on-the-spot tour guide to my co-participants as I was explaining to them the significance of Rizal and the place in our history.
The best part during our National Museum Tour is that the entrance fee has been lifted and free for all.
President Quezon Museum in Quezon Circle
We were invited to attend the Quezon Day Celebration and gladly toured the museum.
I feel frustrated that we have to deal with the demons that other people created to serve their self vested interests. We have to fight off and carry the torch because we want to prove them otherwise. That moment that we waited came and all our efforts paid off. Our actions set the motion to show them how distorted their views about us just because they decided to keep up with the demons instead of fighting it off.
Vindicated we may have but I feel frustrated of the lost time and opportunities because we were judged than supported. I may have forgiven them especially those people who are directly involved but I am still reeling from all the consequences of their actions. I do not wish them to suffer but they should have at least their own share of the consequences of their actions.
I know but I think this is something that I must remind myself especially when dealing with other people. There is a system that enables such injustices and no matter how hard we want the world to be fair, sometimes it isn’t just fair.
no worries, I am not gonna suck up things such as that. i do not wish for revenge but someone has got to stand up for what is right. I will not be deterred.
Crossroads. Endings. Fear. Life.
There is always an end for everything especially when we reached that point in life where we have to make a decision to what path do we want to take. No matter how great the journey is, end must come and change is also necessary. This is where fear starts to creep in especially if there is uncertainty of what the future may hold. I have been thinking the past few days and trying to reflect on what path must I choose, do i want to continue this kind of path or take this big leap of faith for something that I crave and wanted so much even with the scarcity of the needed resources. I can “yolo” life as much as I want but am I ready for it? I have always been a calculated risk taker especially that I know that my life choices would eventually have a butterfly effect on the people around me. I am not in the better position too to just leave things behind and take this unbeaten and unpopular path of life. I know that what I want is not what the expected norms but I cannot deviate so much far from it as I have to deal with this s–t called “adulting”.
I know this is another phase, another chapter i have to close and let go to start anew.
This is life.
I am feeling the ASEAN Spirit!
If you have read my 2016 summary review, you would know that I have attended the amazing ASEAN Youth Volunteer programme in which I was among the 50 ASEAN Youth DRR Leaders. The programme have given me a lot of wonderful experiences and new friends across the 10 ASEAN countries. Forging this kind of friendship fueled my desire to travel to another countries and experience new culture especially that I have to look forward meeting and seeing my new friends. With this in my mind, I decided to start my ASEAN journey through booking a roundtrip ticket to Singapore.
I was able to have my leave approved for a week and decided to maximize the weekend too so I ended up with 8 days worth of travel. As much as I want to stay in Singapore, I realized I have to shell a lot of budget as Singapore is one of the most expensive cities especially with weaker pesos compared to SGD. I then cut-off my stay in Singapore to just 4 days and decided to cross the border to Malaysia and stay there for another 4 days. The timing of my trip was also good as I ended up travelling during the Lunar /Chinese New Year, a great way to meet-up some friends as I have assumed that they are already on break in preparation for the CNY. Two of my co-workers also tagged along the trip making it more fun.
I will just be sharing the itinerary below (and will write a separate post detailing the trip.).
Day 1: Travel to Singapore, then to Katong V-mall to wait for our bus to Kuala Lumpur
Day 2: Arrived at 5 AM to Kuala Lumpur (Drop-off Berjaya Times Square)
Checked-in at Paloma Inn, Hotel( Recommended)
Berjaya Times Square
Jalan Petaling (Chinatown)
Jalan Alor (Street Food)
Day 3: KL Sentral
Petronas Twin Towers
Travel to UKM
Travel to Singapore
Golden Mile Complex
Checked -in -G4 Hostel
Chilling at Changi Airport
Travel Back to Davao
Arrived at Davao City
I wish to write for more but work has become a little bit demanding but here’s a short video of our Singapore trip while we try the 360 video thingy.