Hopeful June: Always Forward in Grace and Gratitude

By Tin Gallemaso - 4:18:00 PM



"One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.”

I used to think that this quote in one of my favorite books, "The Alchemist" was pertaining to travel but our current situation made me realize that it can apply to anything and everything in life. Good thing for us, our life isn't ending here yet. This pause definitely made us think about the more important aspects of our lives and the next step is that we shouldn't really take things for granted. Diba, ang bilis lang mawala ng mga bagay-bagay. Haaay

Anyway, 


I was watching the newest video of my favorite food vlogger and it reminded me of the reason why I aspire to become someone like him. Despite the travel and food trips from all around the world that he had done in the past couple of years, I'm amazed how he maintains to be appreciative of everything. You can observe it through the way he speaks and his reactions that he's humble, sincere, and not hard to please.

Lakas talaga maka-goals neto. Masaya ka sa five star hotel pero masaya ka rin sa tent. Masaya ka sa tuwing may medium well na steak sa harap mo pero masaya ka rin sa isang stick ng isaw baboy or when you make tusok-tusok the fishballs or calamares of manong. HAHAHA! Masaya ka kapag nag lalakad ka sa park sa bagong lugar na napuntahan mo pero masaya ka rin habang naglalakad sa park sa lugar niyo. Parang ganyan siya. Nakakahawa 'yung saya niya kahit nanonood ka lang. Gusto ko rin (maging) ganon. Sobrang like. Idol. Good vibes. Positive. Simple. Don't you think that it's imperative that we must not lose our sense of wonder and gratitude in this life?


I am putting watermarks in my Thailand trip photos so I'm sharing some below:

there I stood once 
wondering what the heck was I doing
trying to be courageous 'cause I'll be on my own
there I explored the unknown
taking countless photographs
enjoying the view and unique experiences
eating food with names I can't pronounce
conversing with strangers from around the world
there I felt fine with being alone
saying hellos and bidding goodbyes
 catching flights not feelings
there I felt at ease
and though it took me by surprise
I met someone new
I've come to like her so much since then
I want you to meet her too - 
the braver me

Thailand trip is one of the craziest and most memorable things that I've done in this life yet. Chiang Mai and its elephant sanctuary and Buddhist temples have always been in my bucketlist but I never have thought that I'll be alone for this trip. Nadala lang ng emosyon. hahahaha. One night when I was booking flights (for other people), I saw that Bangkok - Chiang Mai airplane tickets (RT) were on sale and they were sold for only P 800.00. So yes, as expected nag book ako for myself din. Tiwala lang meron ako pero binili ko 'yung P 800.00 na RT tickets. HAHA! The waiting was I think around eight months so I had enough time to look for my Manila - Bangkok tickets. Good thing there was a piso fare promo so I was able to purchase MNL - BKK roundtrip tickets for P 2,270. Patiently waiting for the day or midnight when I'd get giddy again 'cause I am able to snag cheap plane tickets during piso fare promos.

Note: You can ride a bus or a train (worth around P 2,000/way) from Bangkok to Chiang Mai but the travel time is more or less 12 hours. Kaya nung nakita ko 'yung plane ride na P 400.00/way, g na g. Pikit-mata. Bahala na lang nasabi ko. 😂😂


I rode the bus that dropped me off near the Grand Palace but I didn't go there yet 'cause I wanted to travel there again with friends. What I did was go to the adjacent temple called Wat Pho where the humongous reclining Buddha is located. 

I was sightseeing and enjoying the walk but I think, it looked like I was lost. Well, that's not possible 'cause how would I be lost if I don't know where I was heading to in the first place? HAHAHA! Lam mo na, you can't get lost when you don't know where you're going. :))) LOLJK I was looking for the entrance of Wat Pho - natagalan lang bago ko na-locate. Kaya akala ko wall tour sa Bangkok 'yung ginagawa ko nung umpisa. 


I was amazed at the beauty of the temples in Thailand. Wat Pho looks a lot different from those temples in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Ayutthaya.

Speaking of Ayutthaya, which I haven't posted about yet, I would've loved to explore it while riding a bicycle. I thought about that whether I'd join a group tour or do it on my own and rent a bike 'cause I heard a lot of backpackers do that but hahahaha wala lang, natakot ako mag-isa kasi baka may mumu.🤦🏻‍♀️🤣👻 Sounded like a crazy but fun idea and would have definitely done it if I was with someone that time.

This suddenly took me back to those days when two of my guy friends would go at our house para sumundo and we'll bike around QC together. Or nakakamiss lang kasi talaga lumabas ng bahay kaya pati pagb-bike sa labas e miss ko na gawin kahit takot na ko mag-bike maski maki-angkas sa motor ngayon. Di pa ganon ka-traffic dati kaya di pa masikip kalsada kung saan ako nakatira. Hindi ko na gagawin 'yon ngayon dito, noh. Jusko. Sa probinsiya siguro pwede pa. Daming sinabi. HAHAHA! Na-miss ko nga lang talaga lumabas. 


Biggest Reclining Buddha in Thailand

 I've been interested in Buddhism ever since my first "Temple Run" in Cambodia's Angkor Wat. This is the reason why going to Thailand and walking among the monks and walking around temples are experiences that I always hold close to my heart. Well, it's not like I'm reading about it so I think it would be more proper that my interest in seeing the different styles of Buddhist temples started in Angkor Wat. Also, syempre, binabasa ko lang 'yan sa Asian History dati pero napuntahan ko na. Na-scam nga lang kami pero napuntahan pa rin. HAHAHAHA! 

How NOT to Get Scammed in Cambodia link: here.
Siem Rip Off at Tonle Sap link: here.
Pub Street with Feelings link: here.


Definitely! :))

At one point, I was questioning my choices if all the expenses, sleepless nights, inconveniences, and sacrifices were worth it but I can say YES to it now. I know that I've just been a little on the lucky side that's why I was able to live that way kaya nga nagpapasalamat ako... salamat ng marami sa kung sino man nakakarinig ng bulong na 'yan sa hangin.

And once, I was told that giving thanks would've been so easy if things went well all the time but I think that it's largely dependent with the way you look at your life. I mean, you can be rich but still be miserable and sad. I've talked to a lot of people who don't have much and yet they're happy and thankful. It doesn't depend on external factors, you know. BUT, okay I'm not saying that I'm always happy but at least I can say that I'm always grateful. Yes, Mark? Kasalanan mo 'tong inarteng 'to. HAHAHA


The photo above was taken in the hostel that I stayed at in Bangkok and they have a common area which is facing the river. HAHAHAHA. I don't know about you but I have times when I'm looking forward to drinking a cold bottle of beer and just stare blankly into space. I was looking at photos of Bangkok accommodations and I immediately thought that it'd be nice to sit here at night while drinking beer. Syempre, book naman ako agad. Yes, girl? Okay lang ba tayo?

 
Just to give you an idea how cozy that place looks like. This is the only reason why I chose to check in at that hostel. During the first and second nights, I drank alone 'cause it was a bit past midnight when I went here. Alam mo 'yung gusto ko lang talaga tikman 'yung BKK beer tas tumingin sa kawalan. Ganon lang. On the third night, I wasn't thinking of drinking but there were other backpackers hanging out here and so I joined them since it was my last night in Thailand after all so gusto ko rin maki-chika. HAHAHA

 

The funniest thing is when you're famished and you realize that the menu doesn't have photos nor English translations. So the food I ate here was the first photo in the collage below. As in, ito 'yung version nila ng papaitan ata. Tawang tawa talaga ko sa sarili ko kasi ang na-priority ko atang sabihin ay "No chili" Wala na kong gana magtanong non, eh. Hahaha! Putek 'yan. So kahit ano, besh basta walang anghang?! Ayan, binigyan ako ng isaw at atay soup. I liked this a lot pero natatawa lang talaga ko kung paano naging ito 'yung kinain ko. Nakakabaliw lang 'yung gutom. HAHA! The owner was trying to talk to me despite our language barrierI appreciated her 'cause she was friendly and kept on asking me if I liked the food. Pero baka tinignan lang niya kung maka-kain ko ba, noh?

 Ate, naubos ko po. Khob khun ka (Thanks in Thai)!!


Ano, Mark?! Akala mo ikaw lang nakapag-food trip? (bakit ba ko nanga-away? Haha!) Marami na rin ako nakain dati dyan. Mga hindi ko nga lang alam pangalan halos lahat maliban sa Hainanese Chicken Rice, MATCHA EVERYTHING, Thai Milk Tea at Khao Soi.

SHET NAKAKAMISS TALAGA VIETNAMESE AT THAI FOOD.
 

“Traveling messes you up, but in all the good ways. It leaves you always craving more, and addiction that can never quite be met. Every place, every trip, every person is a new adventure; pulling you deeper into the love of wanderlust. Your heart begins to hurt when you’re standing still, and your mind begins to itch over the idea of new places you haven’t been. Fill your soul with adventure and traveling and you will live a fulfilled life.”

Your heart begins to hurt when you’re standing still -  yes to this but I am embracing this new chapter of our lives 'cause travel is not going to happen in the next months so I'm embracing home and growing... at home. nyahaha!

“Travel does not exist without home.... If we never return to the place we started, we would just be wandering, lost. Home is a reflecting surface, a place to measure our growth and enrich us after being infused with the outside world.”


Pero 'yon nga, the most important thing that we should do right now is survive kaya keri lang kahit ano basta mabuhay tayo. :))) Tignan nga, ganon ganon na lang, kalahating taon na pala 'yung lumipas! Nakakaloka, noh? Halos lahat ng plano nawala pero at least, buhay! 


Always looking and moving forward in Grace and Gratitude.
 Wishing you all the best!

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