This is the first of a series of travel blog posts I'll be hosting in partnership with a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, one of the Internet's greatest travel sites. Let us take you away! As a company out of the UK, please excuse the British spelling, but if you hear the English accent in your mind's voice, it's all the better! Tired of tinsel and turkey? Fancy a Rudolph-free zone? Join Holiday Lettings in some alternative holiday destinations, from Istanbul to The Bahamas.
Why dream of a white Christmas when you can bask on a beach with sand as white as alpine snow? In the Maldives the sapphire skies meld beautifully with the azure ocean waves and the palm trees sway gently on the shore. Just sit back with a coconut cocktail and watch a mesmerising sunset turn both sky and sea a gorgeous golden hue.
If you can drag yourself off the beach, dive into the warm water to see the neon-coloured fish and coral reefs. Feel the breeze in your hair as you try your hand at surfing or sailing. Then fall hook, line and sinker for night fishing (and the taste of your own barbecued fish).
Sigalovada Sutta: The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka translated from the Pali is a take on worship, which involves abandoning impure actions, realizing the six ways of squandering wealth, having an awareness of the four good-hearted friends and the four enemies disguised as friends. It discusses a 6-directional prayer of gratitude, affirmation, and intention.
"What four impure actions are abandoned? The harming of living beings is an impure action, taking what is not given is an impure action, sexual misconduct is an impure action, and false speech is an impure action. These four are abandoned."
"Young man, be aware of these four good-hearted friends: the helper, the friend who endures in good times and bad, the mentor, and the compassionate friend.
"Young man, be aware of these four enemies disguised as friends: the taker, the talker, the flatterer, and the reckless companion.
This is the full text
"I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude." ~Bruce Lee
Above is a full map of my trip around the world. Click on the word "Tripline" for details
So, when i was 6 months into my trip around the world, I was sitting in my friend's flat and decided to write a retrospective on where i'd been. It was quite the journey, and it was only 2/3 of the way finished! Here is my report!
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I got a deck of tarot cards. These are the pages I use to interpret the throws:
Anyone can throw tarot cards. Just shuffle, set an intention and ask a question. A subject, a question, etc.
Follow the celtic cross spead one by one by having the person pull the cards one by one. You can lay them out in a large fan and let the person pick one by one, and interpret each one together...
Celtic Cross Spread
Drinking from the Merlion
The adventure never ends. Singapore is a unique city in many ways, and my experience there definitely fit into that category. It's been a while since I've posted a blog entry. Basically, I decided to write a book when I get back that brings all these travels into a cohesive full story, so I'm now leaving things out of the blog and saving them for the book. I did a little bit of that in this story, but for the most part, most of what I have to say about my stay in Singapore can be found on my travel entry for this lovely city, which is also a country, as well as an island. It sits at the southern edge of Malaysia, and it is it's own little world. Check it out!
I visited a paradise called the Philippines as my second stop on my trip around the world. It was amazing! Two weeks on Palawan island and a great couple of days in Manila! Check out my story! It's all about the LOVE! This is an updated version of this blog, which, when originally published, got over 1,000 hits in just a day... but unfortunately, it offended enough people where I had to make some revisions. Fortunately, this version is way better anyway, and still fully from the heart, though I did leave part of it out so can save it for the book I will write at the end of my trip! Enjoy!
My guardian angel, according to my birth year
My third stop along the way around the world was Hong Kong, Special Administrative District of China. I had a really great 5 days there, and learned so much. I am so happy to share it with you!
Read all about it!
I just posted a review of my trip to South Korea! I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun there, and I can't wait to go back someday. The place was really amazing, and I met some wonderful people and created some great friendships. You should go there sometime! Until then, check out my review.
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