Saturday, November 2, 2013

The adventure of being alive and the power of the human touch




“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. 
I want to know what you ache for, 
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. 
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. 
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, 
for your dream,  for the adventure of being alive.” 

~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Yesterday morning, someone posted the above on Facebook.

I'm not normally one for such things, but I liked this saying enough to keep it on my desktop as a reminder of how I always want to live my Travelife.

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A NOT SO LAZY DAY IN A LONG WEEKEND

Yesterday was supposed to be a lazy day in a lazy long weekend, on a rare occasion that I'm not on a plane headed somewhere.

But for some reason, I was instead enjoyably busy.

REMEMBERING TANZANIA


I started to write my articles on my recent trip to Tanzania yesterday morning.

It was with some nostalgia that I remembered how we were in Zanzibar having a very nice breakfast of passion fruit and sweeties exactly one week ago, living a Travelife.

What an enjoyable trip this was.

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LUNCH AT THE PENINSULA MANILA

Then for lunch, I met up with a dear friend at the Spices restaurant of the Peninsula.

Each of us ordered something we liked and then we shared everything over a long and lazy lunch.

I ended up eating way more than I should have, and by the time we walked out of Spices, afternoon tea was already being set up in the lobby.

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SHOPPING AT TRAVEL CLUB

Then I headed over to Travel Club in Rockwell to start stocking up on supplies for a trip to South Africa in a few weeks.

Yes, it's slightly crazy to be criscrossing continents the way I'm doing right now, but I'm headed back to Africa again for another adventure in my never-endingly eventful Travelife.



THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY

But the most touching thing yesterday was a casual dinner with an ambassador and his wife at my home.

I'd invited them over to my home because we'd talked about getting together over the long holidays.

Besides, I was still in the mood to cook for friends.



We had a really nice time.

But what made an impression on me today was the sincere way they genuinely and quietly tried and keep trying to make a difference in the world -- today and at every opportunity.

AN ORPHANAGE IN NEED OF HUMAN TOUCH



Yesterday morning, without fanfare, they privately visited an orphanage for babies in the suburbs of Manila.

It was a very poor orphanage that was obviously in need of funds and assistance.

But when the ambassador and his wife outrightly asked the sisters in charge what they needed, the sisters did not hesitate in responding: "We need the human touch."



The sisters meant that they needed more people to come and visit them, even simply to hold the babies so that they feel the warmth and care of another human being.

The sisters were very willing to do this, but there were just too many babies for them to care for.



EVERY PERSON NEEDS THE HUMAN TOUCH

The ambassador said: "Every person needs to feel another human being around them. That simple act of touching someone is so important."

I couldn't agree more.

And for some reason, it made me think of someone quite in need of it, and yet quite oblivious of it, in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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