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Travel is my yoga. Writing is my meditation. Ultralight is how I do it. In this page, you will read about my travel experiences and how to travel the world with one small backpack.

Barcelona, where the party never ends

A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar. (Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.) - Spanish proverb I have heard so much about Barcelona before I saw it for real. It is Lonely Planet's top pick for Europe and one of Mr. V's favorite c...
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Oslo, like a cabin in the woods

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. - Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and printmaker As the plane touches down, virgin snow greets you. Upon entering the airport, you get the feeling t...
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The quest for Rizal

Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all. - Dr. Jose P. Rizal during a toast to the artists Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo in Madrid, Spain (25 June 1884) Our quest for Rizal started in...
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Of wats, friendly smiles and elephants

It is best to travel well than to arrive. - Buddha If I would list the places I want to write about, I will not be able to finish. When we go traveling, I make sure to research a lot about the place we want to visit that there is too much information...
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Cagayan Valley, rediscovered

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. -Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet. Cagayan Valley best characterized by it...
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Will the Philippines make it this time?

“If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it” - Bernard Weber, Founder New7Wonders It seems like however beautiful the Philippines is, it always tails the list of world wonders. For a long time now, there's been a lot of talk a...
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