Why do you travel?

Do you know why, despite visiting so many places in the country, I keep going back to my first solo trip to Baguio? Because that was the only time I ever got to experience the place. I was all alone so I was free to roam around and walk to my heart’s content. I saw the tourist spots, had some awkward photos, did the required photo op with the St. Bernard and did the usual touristy things. I did all that and I also did so much more. I experienced Baguio and fell in love with the place.

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I have so many reasons why I travel. Most people think it’s only to see places and take pictures. I love taking photos and sharing them to everyone who cares (and doesn’t) but it is more than that.

I don’t travel just so I can post photos in instagram. I travel to learn.

The Philippines is an ideal place to travel mainly because of how diverse the experience is. You can go to so many places that speaks the same languages and yet the experience is different. We are a nation of so many cultures, languages, traditions, and beliefs. There is so much to learn.

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For me, the best travels are those where I learned the most. I fell in love with Sagada not only because, for an outdoor enthusiast, it is a haven for me but mainly because of so many things I learned. Their stories, traditions, beliefs are so different from ours and it fascinated me so much I would like to go back and stay longer.

I don’t travel so I can tell people I’ve been there. I travel because traveling opens my eyes to a world different and yet familiar to me. I travel because it broadens my perspective and gives me a deeper understanding of people and a respect for everyone’s differences.

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I travel because it gives me a lot of reason to love life. Everyone I meet in my travels taught me fascinating stories ( some, too personal I don’t understand why they’re telling me about it) and life lessons I will never forget.

The world is my classroom and everyone I meet is my teacher.

This is why I travel. What about you? Why do you travel?

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Have a nice day!

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I don’t know who you are or where you are from. I don’t know what you are going through, what makes you happy, what makes you laugh. I know nothing about you. But I hope this makes your day.

We all go through something that others may not understand. We all have things inside us that we hide from everyone else because they may not understand. It’s alright. Just take your time. Enjoy your day.

I hope the universe makes you smile today. Have a wonderful day!

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Goodbye, Ashlar!

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Today, I lost my baby. I only had him for 8 months and didn’t get a lot of time with him. Yet in the short time I did get to spend with him, I have loved him with all my heart.

Dogs are wonderful creatures. They teach us to care, to love, to have fun. They bring out the child in us. They bring out the parent in us.

It doesn’t matter how many times you reprimand a dog or how long you’ve been gone. They will still love you and patiently wait until you come back.

They don’t expect much and yet they give so much.

I remembered the first time I saw him. I felt so much happiness. I used to think that people who get so attached to their dogs and talks to them are quite silly. And I did all of that when I got him.

I felt so happy waking up in the morning and playing with him. I felt so happy when I see him enjoying his food or running after my dad’s chickens.

Someone once told me that you shouldn’t have a dog until you’re ready for a commitment. That dogs will bring so much love and happiness in your life and when they leave, you are left with a big empty whole in your heart.

I never thought I would feel this much pain. I felt like I lost someone so close to me. I will never see him again. He’s probably happily chasing chickens in heaven now.

Goodbye, baby Ashlar. I will never forget you. Thank you for the happiness you brought me. You have been a wonderful part of my life.

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