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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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

hair loss

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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An Experience With Medical Tourism

November 3, 2012

My Fake Post-Cleaning Smile That Looks Nicer Than My Normal Smile

Medical tourism has become a bit of a buzz word of late. As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket in the U.S. and routine elective care being expensive in most Western-countries, this has opened up the possibility for developing countries with high quality standards to cater to medical tourists. I don’t know a ton, but I […]

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Photo Friday – Enlightened Flags – Buddha’s Birthplace, Lumbini, Nepal

November 2, 2012

Enlightened Flags - Taken 1-Nov-2012 - Buddha's Birthplace, Lumbini, Nepal

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Getting Pickpocketed In Cebu By Extraordinarily Nice Thieves

November 1, 2012

pickpocket in action

As I mentioned, I didn’t feel terribly comfortable in Cebu and the Philippines in general. Almost upon arrival I felt unsafe. Maybe I reaped what I sowed, but on my last Jeepney ride in Cebu I was pickpocketed for the first time in my life. This is the third time someone has tried to rob […]

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Extending My Filipino Visa Despite Showing Up Without Pants

October 31, 2012


Upon entering The Philippines I got a 21-day visa. Since I was planning to stay longer, before I came I looked up online how to extend the visa. It seemed like a simple procedure – just go to the immigration office in Cebu (or any city that has one) and pay 3030 Pesos ($72) and […]

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Back To Fearing For My Safety

October 30, 2012

Safety First

As I arrived in Cebu, the second biggest city in The Philippines, I felt even stronger a feeling I felt in Angeles – that it’s not safe and I have to be careful. When it comes to safety, I had been spoiled traveling the past few months in Peru, considerably safer than Colombia, Venezuela, and […]

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Fulfilling My Dream Of Flying

October 29, 2012

Ready For Takeoff

Ohio is the birthplace of aviation. It says so on our license plates. Yes, the Wright Brothers were born in Ohio. Now my parents live in North Carolina where the Wright Brothers did their first flight. I guess we have a thing for flying. I’ve done my fair share of flying, but always as a […]

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Support Suvani And The Kathmandu Literary Festival

October 28, 2012

Suvani And I

Like the Happy Laos project, this is a post out of order to support a worthy cause and celebrate and amazing person I met. I met Suvani Singh last week here in Kathmandu. She’s the friend of a friend, but the world is a small place and I’m lucky to have been able to meet […]

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