Let me quote Ala’s Dos to whom I attribute my current state: “Everything is fleeting. Things change so much. I barely have time to capture life in words…”
Of late, I’ve been receiving numerous messages… did I stop blogging? What happen after my EU backpacking? Where am I now? What I’ve been up into? And a few messages of encouragement to keep blogging… to continue what I have started.
I suspect, either they’re entertained by my snapshots 😉 or perhaps find valuable information from any of my posts :-).
Did I stop blogging?
I did not. I just rest :-).
To my dear readers, friends and to anyone who accidentally find my blog through yahoo, bing or google search engine – welcome! 😀
I am here. Sometimes silent. No reaction. Other times totally shy away from the virtual reality. Rest assure though that I will continue to share my tales as a free-spirited explorer :).
Despite the fact that I am not a techy savvy, do you know that I am always happy to see the “Stats” of my site having a daily visitors ranging from 65 – 90 and views from 127 up to 155? I think for someone who’s not promoting a blog, this can be considered as more than satisfactory? I am happy to be of help. I take those quality posts I’ve written as my free contribution to the world ;-). I aspire to write more in future.
I noticed too, that although I could not regularly update my blog, Maftravelgraphy followers keep on growing. It maybe sluggish, unhurried and yet, rising. As long as you are there, I will stay. And will continue even if no one’s around 😉 Thank you all. A big hug from me 😀
So what happen after my 2012 EU Backpacking?
I thought 2013 for me will be just pure work. I thought I will slowdown traveling. I thought I will just make short trips, like over the weekend trip to Vientiane, Jakarta, Bangkok or Hong Kong. Work will be my priority. But I realized when you start something, there is no stopping.
I briefly spent a couple of days in Singapore in the New Year after returning to Asia (for work interview) and head back to Philippines shortly. Got rested at least for a week (as per Doctor’s advice).
Yes, I desire to take a vacation from traveling. Like, just staying in one place for a time being and not go anywhere, to rest my relentless spirit, to be still. But only to find myself in the succeeding weeks traversing the north part of the Philippines, taking a 12-hour bus ride from Manila to Sagada in the Mountain province. Passing by Banaue and Baguio on the way back. In the following week, I find myself flying to the Queen City of the south – Cebu.
I have traveled with my mother on her birthday. And by end of January I headed back to Singapore to attend a graduation ceremony. Despite the difficulty that I’ve encountered from my own airport, for denying me to board, thank God I still made it to the ceremony.
However, it saddened me when several work opportunities that I was looking forward including the offer from the Headhunt who called me overseas all the way to Cebu turned out to be indefinite. Another work opportunity that I thought almost forgotten eventually turned out to be okay. By the time, it was February.
Driven by my super spontaneous nature, I accepted an invitation to travel with a friend. For the very first time in many years, I was not alone and I must say I have adjusted a lot as I am so used to deciding and doing everything on my own. Traveling alone is very empowering. There is happiness coming to terms of getting to know yourself, of befriending her and nurturing the spirit that lives within your physicality. While traveling with someone tends to have a shift of focus from oneself to another, like “I” to “We”, from “Me” to “You” to “Us”. In the process, you become altruistic. A transformation is taking place from being “independent” to “interdependence”. It’s a beautiful thing.
So, we travel through KL, Pontian, Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar and then Penang back to KL.
If you ever read this, I just want to thank you for bringing joy into my life. I am happy. I am at peace. You know? It’s I am. Not I WAS! 😉
And where am I now? What I’ve been up into?
I am back where I had started. From which most of my dreams have had happened and continuously happening. As a good friend puts it: Mafs, Welcome back to Singapore! :). And oh, for the third time returning to Singapore this year, the Immigration Officer greeted me the same: Welcome back to Singapore again ah :).
It’s a Saturday today. But it’s a Monday to me. Marks my official return to work (after almost six months of not working hihi). So help me God, to treat work as if travel! 😀