A Letter To My 5-Year Old Self

My Dearest Mimi,

Happy birthday! You are 5 years old now and you have a brand new sister for the first time.

I know that you have been enjoying your mama and papa’s love all to yourself for 5 years now but they thought it will be more fun to have someone to share your childhood while growing up.

You will soon be going to school and will be meeting new friends – boys and girls your age.  I know that you will be a good friend to them.

And yet sometimes, no matter how kindly you treat others, there will be someone who will not like the way you talk, dress, smile, eat and even walk.

Don’t feel bad when they criticize you. You know yourself more than others see you.  Just keep on expressing your BEING MIMIyou are unique, you are created special.  Do not be swayed by others’ opinions just to please them.  You see, it will make you sad and tired if you keep on keeping up with what others expect of you. Continue reading “A Letter To My 5-Year Old Self”

Happiness: The Making of a Wonderful World

Do you know that Happiness is an obligation?

The great book, the Bible, stated a commandment, “You shall rejoice with all the good that the Almighty has given you.” (Deut 16-11).

This post is not about geographic destination travel per se, as most readers would probably expect, but relates on the lighter side of sojourn and journey in this time and place.

Not one of us can always stay happy all the time even when we get to travel around the world, have the most beautiful mansion or the coolest car in the entire planet. It requires a 180-degree turn in the way we look at things.  We can drive to the next country in our bucket list or just walk to the nearby town and feel fulfillment simply by beginning to change our mindset.

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A Manifesto of Freedom

Who would NOT want to be free?  I believe there is not one soul who would want to be contained in a box for a lifetime because certainly I know that we are born to create the life we were given.

I believe travel gives me the opportunity to be creative – to explore, to appreciate, to learn the culture around me and at the same time get to know more about myself.

Powdery white sand beach of Boracay
The powdery white sand beach of Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast in Boracay Island.

In every angle I turn, there is a story.  Those are the stories that I have not read in books but more so of what I have personally experienced with my interaction with people, places and situations.  There is always a story to write and I can be a part of it.

When I travel there is a deep sense of freedom.  They say that travel is not about a certain place but the journey of getting to your destination.  I believe it is so. What captures my heart most are the pit stops and fanciful observations along the way.

 Although, some people have this affordability factor to consider, I myself do not have to go to a far-away land to fulfill my wishes to travel. There are several junctures when I find myself just being there as if luck has just invited me in.  In every place I go, I always find something uniquely special about the locale that I can treasure, which when someone asks about it, I could tell the story.

 I am not tourist but a traveler. Relatively, being a photographer gives me an edge of expressing the artist in me with my creation.  Whenever I capture the beauty of what the universe presents in front of me, I realize fulfillment.  There are numerous moments which I missed at times when I was busy with other trivial things – stuff that really does not matter, in retrospect. Nonetheless, nature is always forgiving and constantly gives me yet another opportunity to see the choice of seizing another beautiful moment.

The best thing that I benefit from travel is a chance to re-invent myself. Memories are created so I just go and follow the destination of where my heart leads…that is what I call FREEDOM.

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This is my first blog.  More to come in the next days. eBaulaTravels wishes you to explore the beautiful places which abound all around us.