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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What Do 1.8 Million Bats Look Like?

November 14, 2012

Bat Hanging Upside-Down

While in Samal I had the opportunity to visit this amazing bat cave. It was just a few minute walk from where I was staying. Holy Moly! I don’t think I had ever seen a bat before this. I guess a cave of 1.8 million bats is a good way to get introduced to them… […]

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The Other Side Of Paradise – One Community’s Fight For Survival

November 13, 2012

Protecting A Way Of Life

Samal is the island paradise right across a narrow strait from the city of Davao. And for many, that’s the end of the story. Below are some pictures of paradise. The Other Side Of Paradise If you know anything about me by now it’s that I like to explore the other side of things, questioning […]

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Being A Paradigm Breaker

November 12, 2012

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Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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The Power Of Human Touch

November 10, 2012

Baby touching

We all know the human touch is important and powerful. We can feel it when someone we love touches us – and are reminded of it when separated from those we love for long periods of time and then get reunited. When I was younger, even as recently as college, I didn’t like being touched […]

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Photo Friday – Tools Needed To Change The World – Gandhi Smriti, Delhi, India

November 9, 2012


Mahatama Gandhi’s worldly possessions at the time of his assassination 30-Jan-1948. Not pictured: courage, strength, and determination.

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