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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Intro To Davao, Philippines – A Robbery And A Community Response

November 8, 2012

Vigilantes Running After The Thief

Davao is said to be the safest city in The Philippines. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but what you’ll see below makes it easy to believe. On my first day of walking around the city, I was walking down J.P. Laurel Avenue. It’s the main avenue that goes through the city. All […]

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A Story Of Kindness Representative Of The Philippines

November 7, 2012

Making A Friend In The Philippines

In Cagayan de Oro, I stayed on a farm about 45 minutes outside the city. To head south to Davao I had to take a motorcycle taxi to a quarantine area a bit farther south where the bus would stop and I could hop on. I arrived and it was a very familiar site. It […]

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Some Inspirational Advice For Whoever Wins The Election Today

November 6, 2012

Quotes And Proverbs To Live By

In Cebu, Philippines I came upon a school on the city’s main road. It has dozens of inspirational quotes from historical figures and proverbs from various sources. Most get at the heart of humanity, from courage to love to purpose. So, no matter who wins the presidential election today, I hope the next four years […]

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Liloan – Filipino Countryside At Its Best

November 5, 2012

Drinking Fresh Coconut Water

For me, the best part of traveling is the people I meet along the way. And Nancy is one such story. I met Nancy in Stavanger, Norway in 2010. At the time I was traveling around Scandinavia doing networking to try to find a job. I was Nancy’s first couchsurfing guest and she was one […]

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Buy A Book, Help Wigs For Kids

November 4, 2012

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Last week Dave Stern from The Balding Handbook contacted me to ask if he could donate $1 to The Crazy Hair Fundraiser fom every paperback book sold. Of course! So if you know someone who is dealing with hair loss, or you are personally, head over to his site for a guide to dealing with […]

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