smoke billows into the dark heaven treating the silence so serene unbroken stretching its line without a twisted bend no wind to disturb its wealthy ascent standing proudly like a gallant post knows not its soul how to ebb its growth burning life to liberty has time awakened giving light to darkness its wick been inflamed shimmering menial flame defiantly glow closing its curtains of elongated shadow blowing off its life just a little halfway a second life to wait to be lit at any day...
To some, a travel is worth a pocketful of money. Yes, it is. You have to dig deep in your pouch. You have to break piggy banks. But it’s really worth the travel, I swear. It will lift your spirit. Through traveling, other people have revealed themselves, learned and unearthed other undiscovered traits and virtues in them.
Sometimes, through reading, people collects quotes and quotations to highlight their trip for their own personal achievement and satisfaction. Quotes can inspire and motivate them to start off an adventure. It can influence their desire to travel, alone or with friends and family.
When I took my first trip to an island in my country, I was uneasy when I laid down the prefabrication of my plan. Calls were unlimited. Gathering infos from the internet was tiring. Meals were sometimes altered and adjusted. I was scared. I was excited. I needed to arm myself with the right clues and tips, instructions and an earful of advices. The things to be done, to stray around, wander the streets, and getting lost in a fantastic landscape were taken.
I came across a line from a classmate’s notebook during my college days and it got stuck in my brain. This is really a funny quote.
“I want to travel alone because I don’t want to share my budget.” — anonymous
This gave me a wide grin. But true enough. Sometimes friends can be generous and sometimes can be mean and uncharitable all the time. Another one, this time from my Chemistry notebook, revoltingly written across the page.
“If you know how to read, you won’t get lost.”
I think this is true. To be a lost soul in a far-off place wandering which place to go could be a taxing experience. Reading roadside signboards and billboards will point where you are. In the process, if it will give you some stiff neck afterwards in searching and viewing each and every billboard that you pass by, I think, it’s better to get a tour guide and reward him generously with cash and in kind. Provincial folks needed that badly. For sure!
Graduating from college was the last step for me to be independent, not financially, not yet, but in decision making. I need to make decisions of my own with my parent’s guidance.
When I moved to a bigger city, I touched freedom. But the chance of doing things on my own was tight.
There are quotes that I kept to myself intact that, whenever I felt the doubts in me I just read them silently. And Yes, it kept me warm inside and it shunned cold sweat and jitters that put the cap in blowing the lid off to start the trip on my own. It gave me courage. They are my ally, my defender and my endorser. Here are my threes. Eleanor Roosevelt, my ally. Mark Twain, my defender. And the man that endorsed my solo travel, Nelson Mandela.
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
—- Mark Twain
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
— Nelson Mandela
These three quotes kept me going. It kept me alive thinking that my solo travel was on its way. How about you? Do you have quotes that inspire and will compel you of making a headway about your plans. Your travels ?
Before I drink my last cup of coffee, let me leave you these messages.
“Express yourself through travel. Meet people of different colors. Eat foods of different cooks. Soonest,you will discover that you are unique and one-of-a-kind human being.”
— anonymously Gold
“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because, they want to do it.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
“One travels more usefully when alone because he reflects more.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“Travelling is the answer to the question about LOVE.”
— anonymously Gold
“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
Looking at those bulky luggages pileup, lifeless and cold, I can’t help but reminisce some memories as they flash on. Its been a year that one of these luggages was an active participant on our journey before it landed in comatose. Lying helplessly and taking its rightful rest, time will tell when it’s going to have its activity again.
Packing things up inside a luggage is easier when it’s done ahead of time. Two weeks, perhaps. A week, or days in advance. But, sometimes it is much harder to pack things up, trying to load all what you want to bring along. Just pack the most important ones and they will fit.
Taiwan is in the western Pacific ocean off the coast of southeastern China. It is a developed country with Taipei as its capital. Mandarin is widely spoken but its young population understand English as well.
- Taiwan has numerous beautiful places to visit. Tourists may find their buses full plying to other destinations, so reservations are a must.
- Today, as CoVID19 continues to soar in other industrialized countries, Taiwan on the other hand had a smaller impact with smaller number of deaths on record. With 23.7 million inhabitants, it has 455 corona virus cases and only 7 deaths. The month of May 2020 saw restaurants opening with customers no longer wearing face mask and no longer socially distancing themselves.
Eco Ark, Taipei, Taiwan
If you are a person motivated by arts, or a visionary of arts whose zeal is somewhat extravagant then, you have to visit this place, Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
If you are in some painful sensation in the stomach, it’s a reminder that your state of energy was used up and you need some foods to power you up. Try these energy boosting chicha inside Farmers Market at Taipei Expo.
Taipei, being a chinese city enjoys religious freedom. There are two churches that are in proximity with each other, Catholic and Islam.
This is the Holy Family Catholic church located at #50, Sec. 2, Xinsheng South Rd. Taipei 106, Taiwan
Taipei Grand Mosque, #62 HsinSheng, South Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan
My adventure will not end here. Travel while you’re still young. Collect memories. Meet different people and experience the different cultures. See new places, eat different foods cooked in different ways. Live other people’s lives, their style, their moment even for a short time. There are plenty of chances to attempt in your own gamble and risk.
“Travel plans make me happy; the realization, excited and very happy; my return, sad and happy” – bacardi
the story will be said to unfold
and launch a narrative score of truth
releasing unfounded pickled flaws
snaking through the jagged stones
winding erratic lines submerged
deep in a silent sea of myth
talking heads with mouths unturned
leading its way out sitting on the tongue
heart pounding quivering win
almost a minute to touch the string
the boundary is a word away
truth is yours the lie is doomed to decay
i am returning
to this white world of letters
the disappearance for years
can’t flee the fences of arts…
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posing, faking truth
robed to hide imperfections
saw unvarnished fact…
looking for your love
gone into the thick of crowd
chasing a shadow
The Bamboo Bridge
a bridge stretched and where to end
i know not where the point to bend
ignored the weights the hold to carry
enough heavy loads to be called a mighty
an ace done in sturdy bamboo finished
art form though rough spots were not wished
life guaranteed and survived to last
the anger of the sun, rain and dust
suffered the injury the hurt it endured
being stepped upon the safety was ensured
more ways than one the manner you’ve crossed
created a shake boldness in you withdrawn
unmindful as you walked when you saw the bend
sad turn of events at times had to end
lives were down bitter times should not extend
like a bamboo bridge strong to be a friend
browsing old pieces of gathered thoughts
olden eyes flipping through written voices
collections of cold more remote yellowed posts
reading lines in between the frozen bridges
wandered through scenes on dusty episodes
believing not fully obscurity in doubt
amazed remembered suddenly recalled
authorship owned without a blocking cloud
sharp mind worn-out years has claimed
prized golden goal forgotten and regained
respect the shared times of a sharpened pen
a truthful mind is never to be blamed
I have few friends. Befriending anyone demands my feel. A feeling of lightness towards a person may lead to consider opening up a conversation. Physical appearance is insignificant. Through a conversation, my first impression could be partially based and I could gamble for a second plunge.
This is how friend is defined by the dictionary. I took only three significant definitions. I thought that using pictures will further boost what the dictionary says.
It is a noun.
1.a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
3.a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile:Who goes there? Friend or foe?
It is a verb (used with object).
Rare. to befriend.
to add (a person) to one’s list of contacts on a social media website:
An idiomatic expression of friend.
- make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
There are many sub-topics about friends that could be discussed. Idioms, quotes, quotations, sayings, poems, and songs could be written about. Its significance could not be ruled out in our everyday undertakings. Its meaning could be put to practice. We could find friends anywhere. And enemies, too. But who needs one. I prefer trustworthy friends rather than bitter enemies. The world would be peaceful with friends. Count on me and let’s make this universe happy.
Friends could be an animal or nature. It doesn’t always mean to be humans. Even beasts could become a sweet friend. In some instances wild animals could be domesticated and eventually adopt our ways and behavior and become our dearest friend.
This is all for now. Be a friend to everybody. It’s worth to be one.