My “Epic Adventure”: Turtle Travel
Everyone’s been wishing me well on this “epic adventure” I’m embarking on, and I’m sure it will be, but we all have subjective definitions of what an “epic adventure” is, but believe it or not, prior to my arrival here at Siem Reap, I only really had in my head that I would spend my first day here watching Season 4 of Breaking Bad. And followers of the series will know just what an epic adventure THAT is. Haha.
I actually wound up doing a DIY Nomad Manager Cambodian Arts & Crafts Walking Tour though, but that’s not my point here.
This is just me wanting to manage the expectations of people following this blog and people saying I should do this or that. I plan to discover things about Cambodia (and Thailand, Myanmar/Laos, and Sri Lanka later in this trip), meet new people, but all at my own pace (which is akin to turtle-paced travel), and not in some frenzy as if my life depended on stepping foot on each and every tourist attraction.
DREAMERS & DOERS: Tricia Gotamco & Erin Chu of Made For Movement Yoga & Travel
Life really does send us synchronicities every so often, we just have to be open enough to recognize them, and keen enough to act upon them.
Series of Synchronicities
About a month ago, I claimed a 2-week Deal Grocer pass for Urban Ashram, and a former ICA batchmate, Tricia, was still teaching there then. Incidentally, I had also been looking through Made For Movement’s site in search of a travel-friendly yoga mat a few days prior to attending Tricia’s class. From my bazaar rounds for Punchdrunk Panda, I knew Tricia Gotamco owned Made For Movement with partner Erin Chu.
After seeing Tricia that day and briefly chatting with her after her class, I just knew I ought to write about her and Made For Movement for my blog.
6 years ago, I was in my 3rd year in college (so you can do the math and guess my age now), and that was when I really got into supporting Pinoy products, and found out about the Yabang Pinoy campaign, which was just starting back then.
I remember that that was the term I took up some speech class, and my topics usually revolved around buying Pinoy. I was so impassioned by this idea, as in you have no idea. Read the bit about Dylan Wilk here and then the rest of this entry and you might understand me a little better.
I would boycott Starbucks in favor of Figaro. Though 2-3 years down the line, I would find out that the omnipresence of Starbucks and lack of local homegrown coffee shops would make it quite challenging to forever avoid holding meetings at Starbucks. :( Sad because we produce great coffee beans in the Philippines! I did have several field days of coffee shop-hopping when I went to Davao though. :)
I also had a very vocal abhorrence for Havaianas and what it stood for. I even wrote a very impassioned Tagalog blog entry (with the title Havaianas o Pilipinas?) in my old personal blog, which in spite of not really having “readers”, did receive its share of haters (I must confess, my blog entry was really biting). In a nutshell, I wrote about the ridiculous craze over Havaianas and why people were suddenly going ga-ga over a product that has been existence in the Philippines for years prior to its arrival (and can be bought at ≤20% the price of Havaianas).
Having found out about my top passions, I realized that what I really need most in my life is to be fully present in each moment. I’ve known this since college, and told myself I would make a more conscious effort not to stress over things I can’t change (the past) or worry about things I don’t even know will happen (the future). I read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle back then, and I was okay for a while, but every now and then, I find myself slipping back into my old ways.
I’ve been practicing quite a bit of yoga for 3 months now, and I’m determined to make it something to commit to. No excuses. I’ve pursued too many interests and let too many fade away, and I want to finally see this through after determining it as one of my top passions. Besides, it’s something I’ve long known to be something I aspire to adopt in my life not just for fitness, but for holistic well-being.
So anyway, given my upcoming travel plans, I won’t be able to attend yoga in local studios very much, so that means I’ll have to maintain a self-practice or really seek out places to practice wherever I go (which something I really intend to discover and share with readers of this blog). Either way, I’d be needing a yoga mat (as not all places of practice have yoga mats available for borrowing). And I found the perfect solution.
[Note: The above photo is not a recent photo so I don’t really look like that anymore, but it’s a nicely shot one with PdP laptop sleeves beautifully showcased and just a sliver of my Kaiju laptop sleeve in sight. :D]
Naturally, I would seem biased for saying this, but seriously, any traveler needs to keep his/her laptop protected. And I bring my portable desktop everywhere, pretty much, along with all my other paraphernalia, which is why my everyday bag weighs a ton. :P
As you may have read from repeatedly through my blog, I will be embarking on a 2-and-a-half-month journey around Asia for the sheer pleasure of traveling, talking to strangers, learning new cultures and discovering myself and what is truly important to me. And I’ve committed myself to packing a bag weighing no more than 10 kilos.
In the process, I will have to trim down the non-essentials of my life, tangible & intangible. Though the tangible aspect is much easier, and that is where I will begin. :)
From June 18-29, I will be posting the things that will go into my bag, and sharing some of these with not one, not two, but three (yes, 3!) winners.
Each winner will receive:
- A laptop sleeve from Punchdrunk Panda (no less!) - Worth P660
- A microfiber travel hand towel from Made For Movement - Worth P250
- A spectrum pass from White Space Wellness - Worth P1000
- A P150 GC or a pair of slippers from Banana Peel - Worth P150
That’s P2,060.00 worth of prizes per winner! :D
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Packing My Life in 10kgs (plus giveaway teaser)
I’m down to 2 weeks, and I had hoped to have my bags pretty much packed and ready to go at this point. Just so I avoid the last-minute scatterbrainedness of things.
Alas, that is not how my world works, because that is not how my mind works. And I am pretty sure that I’ll be tweaking my packing list up until a day before my trip.
Life in 10kgs
No matter what happens, I intend to pack for my upcoming 2.5-month trip in 10kgs or less. I have even filled out a very geeky Excel sheet detailing the corresponding weight of the things I’m bringing, which I will share with you once I’ve finalized the list.