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This is (NOT) really about Aung San Suu Kyi but….

Buddha images at Shwedagon

Buddha images at Shwedagon

April 30, 2008
Myanmar

It’s difficult not to be political about Myanmar. Not when the whole time I was there, I can’t access the internet nor avail of international publications (except for the Singapore Straits Times. which I’m sorry to say isn’t really my idea of in-depth reportage) because the military junta isn’t exactly press friendly. Not when the only report I hear or read about Myanmar is about the repressive military regime and the widespread poverty in Myanmar. Not when I had to lie about my real profession when applying for a tourist visa in Myanmar’s Embassy in the Philippines. (read more here)

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stumbling on the rock of cashel

Going to dublin from cork, it’s hard not to notice the castle atop the hill, we were wondering how to get there, it took us another trip to get the glimpse of the name:The Rock of Cashel. (read more here)

How I Got My Groove Back

First Published October 2005 at http://www.travelblog.org/bloggers/gypsygal

It’s called “active meditation”. (read more here)

The Art of Letting Go

First Published October 2005 at http://www.travelblog.org/bloggers/gypsygal

In a workshop about Eros and the Divine, and its significance in writing, our writing guru, Jan Cornall, mentioned that the principle of Eros is about “being alive and feeling alive.” Tapping into that energy, according to this Aussie performance artist/playwright/poet/songwriter, will help us in our writing process. (read more here)

Life Goes on In Ubud

(First Published October 2005 at http://www.travelblog.org/bloggers/gypsygal)
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I came to Bali burdened by the images of bloodied victims of the recent bombing plastered in the pages of the Malaysian dailies. (read more here)

The Kindness of Strangers

(First Published Oct 2005 at http://www.travelblog.org/bloggers/gypsygal)

One of the valuable things that I learned while traveling is that there’s no shortage of kindness everywhere. Journalism (and should I say, adulthood and the bitter experiences that I had to overcome) has made a cynic out of me, always suspicious of people’s motivation, especially of strangers who want to befriend or help me. ( I was like, why? Do you need anything from me?). (read more here)

Self-Plucked Point: Cameron Highlands

It just hits us.

We wanted a break. (read more here)

Single, Female and Trekking

First published Sept 19, 2005 at http://www.travelblog.org/bloggers/gypsygal

Nepal —Trekking is something one has to do with a group. Unless one has really mastered the trek route and/or prefers solitude (like if you want to meditate in the forest), trekking alone especially in an unfamiliar territory (like the rugged terrain of Nepal), is just plain stupid (not to mention, dangerous). (read more here)

Breathing Lessons

Trekker Gal
Trekker Gal
This is moi, exhausted but still smiling,as I trekked my way up to Nangi (read more here)

Video Days In Beni

First published Sept 12, 2005 at http://www.travelblog.org/bloggers/gypsygal

Beni, Nepal — Kulu and Maita – both are Magars whose families live in Nangi Village, took me to the local bus station in Pokhara. (read more here)

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