Seize the moment

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How do you say good morning when it is time to say goodbye?

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As with every journey begins with leaving, so is with every vacation’s end. Leaving is hard at first, but you’ll get used to it as you travel more often. Eventually, it becomes a normal part of journeying.

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You won’t get over this fact of traveling without learning some important lessons. For one thing, you’ll begin practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness allows for non-judgmental observation, making you see things take their natural course without you clinging to or rejecting what is happening before you.

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As a result, you’ll pay attention to what is important in the moment, tune out any distractions and experience it fully.

And if you’re lucky – which is often most likely to happen when you’re at the height of intense awareness – you’ll see all strange and wonderful things unfold without you doing anything but still your mind.

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Then you can leave without regrets knowing that you’ve learned how to be present wholeheartedly and perceive things in an open-hearted way.

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So how do you say good morning when you’re leaving?

Just say it, but mean it. And let go.

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my cousin seizing the moment

Have a blessed Sunday!

[Photos: Captured from Paniman Beach, Caramoan, the coastal areas of Tiwi and Sagada]

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Photos of friends attuned in a moment-to-moment travel experience. They taught me to seize moments too (and sometimes nag me for wanting to sleep more in travels than seize the day). Thanks guys for being you!

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playing with the water while getting a hydro massage in Coron, Palawan
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me time (a friend’s cousin)
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all smile after witnessing the sunrise at Mt. Kiltepan, Sagada
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Welcoming new friends at the “Pink Beach” Subic Beach, Sorsogon
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enjoying the pool while it is available to ourselves
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feel at home in Bicol?
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the kids’ at heart
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just enjoying the great weather
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First time to ride on top of the jeepney. It was scary but exhilarating at the same time!
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whoa!
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Meditating under the water? Now I’m feeling envious haha Kayangan Lake, Coron
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entertaining ourselves for getting stranded on the island due to a typhoon Calaguas, Camarines Norte
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while waiting for our turn to cruise the underground river, Puerto, Princesa, Palawan
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because it’s more fun in Caramoan
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Bang! Ely’s signature pose hihi
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Sagada is love
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Finding a playground in Sagada
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so what if it’s raining
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Entertaining ourselves by making fun (good-naturedly) of one of our companion’s family alias. Peace out, Josh.
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Typhoon Bebeng you can’t stop us from enjoying Mahabang Buhangin

On Gratitude

Counting our blessings each day is one way to cultivate the attitude of gratitude. And a simple way to do it is to keep a journal of gratitude. So here I am compiling some photos that would remind me, that no matter how some days can be awful, there is still something good that we can find in it and be thankful for, like a fantastic weather.

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Sunrise by the beach at Baybay fishing village, Tiwi, Albay. (Photo by my cousin)
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Life’s simple pleasures. At Albay Park and Wildlife
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Partly cloudy, partly sunny. At Atulayan Island, Camarines Sur (Photo by a friend)
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The field opposite a cemetery on a bright, sunny day. Libjo, Tiwi, Albay
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A quiet escapade. Atulayan Island (Photo by a friend)
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A weekend bonding. At Baybay, Tiwi
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finding something good without looking for it (Photo by my cousin)
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Surfing before dusk. Baybay, Tiwi. (Photo by a friend)
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Mt. Mayon in a rather subdued perspective. Libjo, Tiwi, Albay

Although Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US, being grateful for the things and people that make our life beautiful is a universal thing. So happy Thanksgiving Day, my friends!

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more pictures of Mt. Mayon captured from the field in front of our house here