Travel Diaries: On Decision Making, Future Plans, What’s Next?

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Maf-Travel-Insights: To Choose A Familiar Lifestyle Or To Take The Unknown Risky Path

I have done numerous decisions in my life that I couldn’t explain rationally.
I pick this entry from my offline journal. I wrote it 5 months ago but was not published. When I re-read it again, I learned more about my attitude and behavior towards work. It was an honest look how I was as an employee – my strengths and weaknesses… I did not edit nor delete anything. It was a free-flow writing. Continue reading “Travel Diaries: On Decision Making, Future Plans, What’s Next?”

Pristina, Kosovo

2016-01-19 12.15.09Spend three exciting days in the capital of Kosovo – Pristina. It is snowing. Snow makes me extremely happy. Because it feels surreal. My surrounding is like a fairy-tale. I am walking towards the city centre, passing across the big cathedral of Mother Theresa Catholic church, to my right side is the University of Pristina. Walked up to the intriguing building of Pristina International Public Library, next to it is an Orthodox church built by the Serbians. While walking in the park a sudden feeling of immense gratitude is enveloping my whole being while having thoughts of – if I die tomorrow, I will never have any regrets, knowing that I have lived my life to the fullest. Life has been good to me. It was not perfect. But it was very good. Very good is an understatement. I have seen the world. Not so much. But part of it. It gives me a kind of feeling like having a reservoir of wealth beyond material riches. Learning more about myself that I can thrive beautifully in any place where I would live for a short period of time without knowing any one at the time of my arrival amazes me. I learn how to assimilate a culture that is totally different from me without losing my individuality, retaining the values that I think are essential, while keeping an open mind to adopt to a particular lifestyle. It can go together. You can always accept and embrace a culture that is different from your upbringing as long as you are in touch with your inner self and your values are intact. Otherwise, you might get swayed and forget about where you come from. Being conscious of your roots and learning that you can go further than you can imagine keeps your feet on the ground. Humility is indeed a virtue. Being true to yourself, when you can say “no” to a certain situation even if others viewed it not cool is okay. You don’t have to conform to a short-lived fashion and fads if it does not makes you feel good inside. It is better to speak your mind even if others may not agree with what you think is right and wrong. And if you can demonstrate what is “respect” through your actions and deeds, people will respect you and in return you earn their trust.

I still am dreaming of having my own hostel in one of the most beautiful islands in my country, Palawan – someday. I still dream of writing a book(s) and become a renowned published author – one day. I still want to have my own family and settle down – soon (day) ;). And the list goes on. I have a feeling that these will happen at the time that are designed to be.

For now, I am making one of my dreams come true – traveling the world while learning and experiencing the different culture of every country, city or town I am inhabiting.

Cheers to more success in 2016!
Hugs and kisses, Mafey xx

Maf at Kosovo!Me 🙂 with the back drop of the intriguing building – Kosovo’s Public Library

PS, my current location: Tirana, Albania 🙂

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 .

2015 EU Backpacking, 35 Days Traveling: Fear Is Stronger Than Love?

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller

TRAVEL NOTES 101. 2211 hours, Stockholm, Sweden

Foreword
Sometimes my heart speaks of a language that my mind doesn’t fully understand. Nor capture. Whatever it is, I feel like sharing it here 🙂 Continue reading “2015 EU Backpacking, 35 Days Traveling: Fear Is Stronger Than Love?”

BREAKING POINT*

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Maybe it was today.
Maybe yesterday.
Or maybe last week.

LIFE HAS BEEN fiendish. Unpleasant is an understatement. It is beyond cruelty. All the anger and hatred harbored somewhere in the past has flashed back. I wanted to get numb. Not to feel the associated feelings that goes with helplessness, hurtful prejudices, unnecessary sufferings that was pricked in me.

WHEN THE EGO power tripping is at work, you can’t expect to live in a just society based on fairness. A community that genuinely cares for the welfare of its people remain a byword. A cocktail talk, full of mockery, pretensions here and there, wearing thick masks to hide its diabolical nature. Everybody is consumed with their matters of consequence.  A lackluster existence characterized by money. Oh God help me if you are for real! I need a MIRACLE!!!

I DON’T WANT things to end this way. I don’t want to leave with bitterness. I don’t want to carry any repugnance in my heart. I wanted to be in the Light. But right now, it’s all D A R K N E S S .

*Sorry for the spam friends. I need to clear the air. So I can breathe. Thank you WordPress. For the SPACE.

Thoughts while waiting for my flight…

Happy Mickey and Minnie greeting each passenger "Gong Xi Fa Cai!" at Changi airport :)
Happy Mickey and Minnie greeting each passenger “Gong Xi Fa Cai!” at Changi airport 🙂

At some point I know I will settle down. While I am torn whether I will go for round the world travel now and  quit job, I think what I am really looking is a new home-base. Continue reading “Thoughts while waiting for my flight…”

2015: Keep Calm & Travel More :)

There is an unseen life that dreams us;  it knows our true direction and destiny. We can trust ourselves more than we realize, and we need have no fear of change. -John O'Donohue
There is an unseen life that dreams us;
it knows our true direction and destiny.
We can trust ourselves more than we realize,
and we need have no fear of change. -John O’Donohue

It’s 2015 :). Welcome 2015 🙂 Thank you 2014 🙂

I feel slightly strange seeing myself fixated again in a blank canvas pressing for words that aimed at building thoughts to send a unified message (?) or perhaps my brain is still in a scattered state ;). I miss everyone dearly. Thank you for your continued support and for always being there. Sometimes laziness robbed the best of me, other times I get really busy, or due to limited internet connectivity when I am traveling. These are the little hindrances I face but often, I just feel like shutting myself away from any form of electronic gadgets to fully enjoy and live the moment to moment experience from the world out there. Although the messages I am continuously receiving from you are more than enough to keep me going. Blog! Thank you for those friends and other people I do not know personally who writes me. Let me share some messages I receive: Continue reading “2015: Keep Calm & Travel More :)”

Recycle Bin

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL? :))
Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL? :))

Staring at the dashboard.

 For a long time.

No words seem to come out.

Looking for inspiration.

Nada .

That creative juice.

I’m convinced writing cannot be forced.

It has to come naturally.

Natural is but normal?

What is normal is dictated by norms.

Should there be norms about writing?

Writing is an art.

Art is an expression.

Expression is action.

Action can be edited.

Or deleted.

When something is edited

Does it change reality?

Reality can be deleted.

When everything is deleted

There’s one last option –

Restore it from the Recycle Bin.

 

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A Short Poem: Transcendence

Happy Oktoberfest! I mean, October first! 😛

I thought, for a change, I will share a poem. This blog has a page for “Poetry” but nothing has been written. I have a collection of poems that I opted not to publish because I may be too shy and not ready for public scrutiny ;). It is in my undisclosed blog where I write stuff that I cannot share with the public. For the time being. Let this be, an exception :).A short poem about TRANSCENDENCEThis was written for someone, whom in so many ways, with little time, have touched my life and have affected what I have become now. I wish you joy from here and beyond. Until we meet again. xxx