Feeling alive surfing in Exciting South Africa “I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease.” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi … Continued

Freedom When an Amazing Life Flys Away in the US It was three summers ago and I had just flown from Kauai to Portland, OR to be with my boyfriend after months of being apart. Everything was finally looking up, after going through hardships during my travels on the islands. I was exactly where I … Continued

Interesting Strangers in transit through the USA I used to dread traveling alone. I mean lets’ face it, sitting alone at an airport waiting for a flight, exhausted, trying to avoid talking to strangers you simply do not have the energy to communicate with is no one’s favorite pastime. At least not mine. I used … Continued

Just Chasing a Photograph in the USA I used to be a jet-setting executive who had the world at her feet. Nowadays, I travel because my three daughters live in different cities around the world: Seattle (next, San Francisco), Calgary, and Manila (London before, Melbourne next). Recently, my career-oriented middle daughter Claudine needed help. For … Continued

Free-falling to Freedom in Brazil 2010 was not my year; free-falling since 2009 from successful Customer Service Manager, rising rapidly through the ranks to redundant job seeker, an anonymous face caught up in the tsunami of unemployment as Australia was hit by the Global Economic Crisis. At the same time I went from being married, … Continued

An Amazing Underwater paradise in Mexico Grains of sand as soft and fine as powdery snow covered my toes as I tried to name all of the different shades of neon blue in the water. Turquoise, Aquamarine, Slate, Navy, Cerulean, Azure, Cornflower, Tiffany Blue. Sails on the yachts in front of me fluttered in the … Continued

Instilling Comfortable Respect in the Philippines The chorus of cascading waters was music to my ears as it dropped down from varying heights into an aquamarine pool. The sound mimics the sound of rain. The rhythm complements the magnificent and unadulterated view of water streaming onto rock walls and plants, giving off a thin cloud … Continued

The Inward Journey to Freedom in the US By age fourteen I had been to twenty seven countries and four continents. How much more free could I be? Back then, life was much simpler. At twenty six years old, I’ve independently added four more countries. I had the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever … Continued

Why Did You Come to Japan? There is a television show in Japan that airs every Monday called Why Did You Come to Japan? A Japanese camera crew stops foreigners arriving at Narita airport in Tokyo and asks them what the purpose is for their visit. My best friend’s dad told me about this show … Continued