Captured Scene: Old Bridge Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stari Most, or Old Bridge is a 16th century Ottoman bridge that crosses River Neretva. It was destroyed in 1993 during the Croats and Bosnian War. Then reconstructed in 2003 and opened to the public in 2004. This little quiet city is where I feel so fortunate to meet the kindest people in the Balkans. Mostar people are the best. Strangers who would walk with me to show where my hostel was. A family run hostel who cooked me nice dinner with good wine. Random strangers at the Old Town who gave me medicine when I catch cold and flu and let me rest in their shop. Pharmacy who did not let me pay because I have no Marka. Strangers turned friends who gave me special presents on the day before I leave. The hostel manager who drove me to Sarajevo… The people in Mostar has showed me what genuine kindness truly means. There is a “star” that sparkle in each of them. It shines bright and you see them not just in their eyes but in their actions and deeds. I was deeply moved by Mostar people kindness and exceptional hospitality. Fvala Mostar! ❤

Kindness is my only guiding star.
In its light, I sail a straight route.
I have my motto written on my sail:
“To Live in Love.” -St Therese of Lisieux

Skopje, Macedonia

12541157_10201252966041976_7203392482859204155_nToday, I leave Macedonia. Traveling from Skopje to Pristina (Kosovo).
Spent twenty – six delightful days in a country I did not expect it to be.
Part of me will live here. Maybe forever.

As they say, love finds you in the most unexpected way. Moments are fleeting. Time flies. I will continue my journey. And so are you. If fate has destined to let us meet again. It will be a beautiful union.

When the future is uncertain we leave things to fate. Is life really what we make it? Or is there really such a Grand Plan that let fate guide us through what is destined to happen. I have not really pondered much about it.

All I can say is, thank you for the L O V E .

It’s a great 2015. It’s gonna be greater 2016! Happy New Year! :)

Happy 2016!!Happy 2016!This trip has given me so much strength I never knew I had. It made me resilient to various challenges I have come across the journey. Each life experiences in every place I have inhabited, only sculpted me to be a better person.

Before this year – 2015, comes to an end. And welcome the coming of the New Year – 2016. Let me thank all the people I met on this journey, strangers turned to be a life-long friends, strangers I have met only once in this life, friends turned to be strangers… My loving family, thoughtful relatives and supportive friends back home (Philippines and Singapore) who had been a constant source of inspiration. This is the longest time I am away — 6 months and counting. I would have not done it if not for the people who opened their homes for me, for groups and organizations who willingly allowed me to work to sustain my planned long-term travel and for random strangers who’d just showed up out nowhere every time I needed help the most. THANK YOU. Please know that I love each and every one of you.

It truly is a great 2015. Have a blessed and peaceful 2016!

Much love from Macedonia, Mafey xx

Books That Accompanied My Day-To-Day Traveling (My Daily Commute)

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I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” –Harold Kushner

I’d like to view life that way. Perhaps everything will make sense as I go further. Few more sleeps and my daily routine will change into no routine at all. Everything will be different. Is it going to be a drastic change? I guess not.

It still has not sink in into my mind that I am leaving very soon and that I will be embarking into a path not known to me. It will be one of those many firsts in my life again. Continue reading “Books That Accompanied My Day-To-Day Traveling (My Daily Commute)”

A Note on Safety of Personal Belongings  

_Stolen Pouch_ But why? I need to know why.
A (Lost) Stolen Pouch

As I write this I can feel my head going to explode anytime. I am extremely  frustrated since last night up until I lodge a Police Report this morning – reporting about my lost valuable documents (stolen is such a harsh word). In this post, I refer “personal belongings” to important documents that you  usually carry with you on  a daily basis, a legal document/ stuff that gives you the right to live in a particular country while concomitantly allows you to make a living.

A brown color coach pouch that contains my company’s ID, medical card, UOB debt card and working pass (work visa) along with few hundreds Singapore dollars, some Euros and Malaysian ringgits currencies. Plus name cards and a thin tiny prayer booklet from The Feast.

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