Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jeepneys: Archipelago – Part V

At 5 pm we’re on a Jeepney bound for Baguio City when four men jump aboard.  One sits rather close to me, almost in my lap.  He’s smiling and laughing with his friends and turns to me to begin making … Continue reading

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Cockroach Relativity: Archipelago – Part 4

I want to thank the late Jerry McCampbell, my high school physics teacher, who taught me about the theory of relativity during my junior year.  I always feel somewhat bad, because I love to bastardize the concept of relativity, applying … Continue reading

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ENCA Farm: Archipelago – Part 3

There are places we dream of though we’re not sure they exist: candle lit homes, well taken care of land, indigenous organic farming that supports local food movements, consciousness about earth and water and air, quiet conversations under full moons … Continue reading

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“This is the Toilet”: Part 2 of the Archipelago

I pride myself on my adventurous spirit, my willingness to try new things, my arrogant belief that I possess the ability to detach from creature comforts.  Heck, I once went on a three week backpack and only bathed in the … Continue reading

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A Philippines Archipelago: Our Guide

A Note to Readers: Not writing in nearly a week has caused some distress.  We have been on the move and in relatively remote areas, providing relaxation, a lovely change of pace, and a different mode of travel.  The distress … Continue reading

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Traveling Contrasts

So I can write about runaway bus rides and free wheelin’ moto drives and the beauty of a quiet morning and plates overflowing with food and taste. But is this the true depth of travel, or just the romanticized adventure? … Continue reading

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Remembering Dramamine (A Hyperbole)

And I remembered my “motion sickness wrist bands” secured two inches from the palm of my hands.  I packed salty snacks and a bit of water, but just enough to keep my palette wet and not enough to make me … Continue reading

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