Photo Friday – Window To A Different World – Jaipur, India

December 7, 2012

Window To A New World - Taken 5-Dec-2012 - Jaipur, India

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Change Your Paradigm – The Matrix And The Butterfly

December 6, 2012

A Beautiful Butterfly In Cambodia

There’s more to life than the American Dream we’ve been sold. In this series I present an alternative way to view the world and your surroundings. There is so much out there to experience, enjoy, and incorporate into our lives. It’s all there for the taking, but getting there is the hard part. In this […]

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“Happiness” In The Philippines

December 5, 2012

Coke = Happiness

I would say that The Philippines was generally a happy place. But being back in an English-speaking environment, I realized how the word happiness is used as a tool for marketers. Part of marketing is creating a need, perceived or real, for goods and services. Happiness is something all of us are after, so what […]

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Volunteering At A Mother Teresa Home For Sick Children In Davao, Philippines

December 3, 2012

Holding RJ

You may be aware that Mother Teresa had a home for old people to die in comfortably and with dignity in Calcutta, India, as well as a home for sick and malnourished children. What you may not know is that these homes are all over the world – in 133 countries to be exact. When […]

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Why Are We So Judgmental?

December 1, 2012


Why are we so judgmental as a species? Seriously! I guess it goes back to evolution. We had to quickly decide whether situations were safe, berries edible, and animals scary in an instant. Fight or flight kind of stuff. As we’ve evolved to have missions to space and gene therapy, we haven’t evolved much when […]

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Photo Friday – The True Meaning Of Life From The Dalai Lama – McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India

November 30, 2012

The True Meaning Of Life From The Dalai Lama - Taken 27-Nov-2012 - McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India

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A Tribute To Durian – King Of All Fruits

November 28, 2012

The Outside

Durian, oh durian. How can I describe you? Anthony Bourdain says “Its taste can only be described as…indescribable, something you will either love or despise. …Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.” Yes, durian has a unique smell. In most countries it can’t be brought on public transportation, for example. […]

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Visiting Kids With Cancer In The Hospital

November 26, 2012

Trying To Do A Hair Transplant

What is one of the benefits of couchsurfing with a girl whose mom is a nurse at a hospital? Well, upon telling her about The Crazy Hair Fundraiser she invites you to her hospital to brighten up the kids in the cancer ward. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t tried doing this yet. I […]

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Q&A Answers

November 25, 2012

Globe And Question mark

I received a few questions from last week’s post. I’ll answer them below. Otherwise, you can always feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. 1. How can I plan a world tour without a lot of money? There are lots of ways to save money. You can see some here for […]

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Unwanted Attention From Filipino Grandmas

November 24, 2012

Don't Mess With Filipino Grandmas

Something strange happened while I was in The Philippines. I don’t know how to explain it though. Let’s just say that girls (of all ages) began paying a lot more attention to me. It started in Cebu where, upon doing simple things like buying a pre-cut mango from a grandma on the side of the […]

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Photo Friday – Black Friday Burnout – Delhi, India

November 23, 2012

Stool Vendor Naptime - Taken 19-Nov-2012 - Delhi, India

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What I’m Thankful For Today

November 22, 2012


This post was an afterthought. I wasn’t planning to write anything for Thanksgiving. Last night I realized how crazy it was that last year I was rescued from homelessness by Indians in Costa Rica, this year I’m in India.  But as I sit here in India, about to dive into a 3-day wedding festival of […]

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How Do You Bring A Filipino City To A Standstill?

November 21, 2012

People Waiting For Jeepneys On The Side Of The Road

While in Davao, something brought the entire city to a standstill. Traffic was truly awful the entire day, being backed up for miles in every direction. The jeepneys (Filipino public transportation) were full. Absolutely full. What could cause so much chaos? Some accident? Lady Gaga selling durian on the side of the road? The animals […]

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What Skill Can’t You Find In LinkedIn?

November 19, 2012


I was on LinkedIn the other day, the social network for business professionals. It asked me to update my profile with skills and expertise so I gave it a try. The Skill/Expertise You Can’t Find I was surprised that happiness wasn’t among the pre-programmed options for a skill or expertise. So, happiness is not an […]

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Got Any Questions For Me?

November 17, 2012

Globe And Question mark

A friend of mine suggested I open up the floor to ask me any questions you may have. The floor has always been open, as those who have contacted me know, but here is the official invitation. Yes, I have this ongoing series, How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls, about how I travel (and yes, […]

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Photo Friday – Happy Diwali – Noida, India

November 16, 2012

Happy Diwali - Taken 13-Nov-2012 - Noida, India

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A Day In Nature With The Crazy-Haired Philippine Eagle

November 15, 2012


On one of my last days in Davao I had the pleasure of spending a day out in nature north of the city. The first stop was The Philippine Eagle Center. Lovely, absolutely lovely. I had never seen the Philippine eagle before and it kind of looks like an eagle with crazy hair! So, in […]

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