How Does Traveling Change Us by Joel F

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Traveling , it leaves you speechless and turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

How does traveling change us? Let me count the ways.

1. It opened our eyes.

We see things we never see before or things we pretend we’re not aware of.

2. It turns us into a storyteller.

Well what’s the use of reading a book if you can’t share its story. My friend once said that just because you can write a one paragraph article about something doesn’t necessarily make you a writer. To some extent i agree with him but come to think of it, if one can write , he is a writer , either a good writer or a bad writer doesn’t make a difference , after all it is your story. Besides, taste is subjective. 🙂

3. We discover something about ourselves.

We all want to share our photos, where we’ve been, what we ate, what we did ,not just to our family and friends, even to strangers….as if we are always the center of other people’s universe. Can’t blame us, we’re all humans…needing validations and a sense of happiness , always thinking that something worth doing is worthless unless being shared.

A little peek into our travel journey and we discover, inside us, there’s a tinge of narcissism.

I remember an old friend saying “you can see how lonely a person is by the number of times he indulge in selfies.” I definitely beg to disagree, happy people want more happiness by sharing their happiness. Well, of course there will always be an exception to that rule. Most of us would rather share our experiences than our savings, i don’t think that’s narcissism and even if it is…..who cares? Love begins within , whatever that means.

4. We learned time.

“I don’t have time, i’m too busy. The truth is we all believe that we are the master of our fate and the captain of our ship and yet we never learn that time must be our slave and not the other way around for how can one say that we make our own life and yet we don’t own our time…that confused me. In any way one defines it, i learned that we learned the essence of time when we travel.

5. It changes us.

Either it transformed us into grateful beings for appreciating all the things we have or unsatisfied creatures yearning for more.

A certain writer says “it leaves you speechless” , yes, speechless because you realized that traveling is not about the places you’ve been to but the moments you discover that the journey begins and ends within you. .

 

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Leaving by Joel F

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No need to ask.
No need to question.
but sometimes we still need to know
The Reason.

-Memories flashed after watching an old disney film Lilo and Stitch.

 

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Betrayal

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“Hello,
do you remember me?
I’m back in town.”

You hear it
on your mind
while you see
the sunset
outside the window.

The love
you never tried
The fears
that live inside

“Hey i’m back in town,
you still remember me?”

The what ifs
and could have been
The blooms
you could have seen

“Hey i’m back in town,
you still remember me?”

Your dreams
that dare to speak
when you betray
your heart
because of fear.

You close
the door now
but you remember it
all the time.

 

Daily Prompt:   Scorched

 

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The Mask is Falling, A Halloween Story

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My friend ask me if i’ll be joining a halloween party. She says “I’ll be little red riding hood, what’s your costume?”

Scary thoughts suddenly creep. Do i really need to wear a costume? Am i not wearing this halloween mask all these years?

– Those moments i smile when deep inside i’m crying
– Those times i pretend i’m brave enough when my soul is scared

So numerous moments when i pretend to be someone i’m not. And no one notices because everyone is wearing their own masks.

And when the masquerade ball is inviting me to join and dance in its party, i welcome it unwittingly. And after leaving the masquerade ball, i’m no longer cautious if the mask will fall.

No matter how much one hold on to something, soon the mask will be falling. And sometimes when you look at the mirror, you don’t see the mask. You see what’s inside you.  But still you question in horror why a different face welcomes you every morning when you knew all along you’re alone after the party.

Still you dust if off and learn to move on.  Looking forward to the next masquerade ball.

 

Daily Prompt:   Transformation

 

 

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For Halloween’s Sake

Halloween and All Soul’s Day

Since it’s almost halloween in some parts of the globe and almost all soul’s day in my country the Philippines, i’m giving my readers an option to show their kind soul by clicking / tapping the photos of my halloween posts, reading the musing/poetry of the corresponding image.

Although i hate sounding like i’m campaigning and surely i’m not pandering to your taste, rest assured that reading them can give you a smile and if these posts didn’t make you smile,  let me know through your comments, so we can make halloween great again.   🙂

 

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The Pumpkin and The Maze Race

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My Favorite Ghost Movies

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The Ghost Tour and My Goodlooking Ghost

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Thanks for reading.  See you next halloween. Enjoy your trick or treats.

 

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Pebbles In My Shoes by Joel F

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Then it showed me the way with flickering lights and buzzing bumble sound.  Not leaving through the main hallway but through the backdoor leading to some alleys.

My walk being halted by  pebbles in my shoes, picking up the pieces and throwing those pebbles away.  To my surprise a car slowed down, a stranger inviting me for a ride.

With gratitude i declined and noticed the damaged window shield.  How those tiny rocks so quickly cracked the stranger’s car was beyond me.

And if circumstances are seeking its revenge by slowly enticing me to ride, then surely blowing its horn is not a welcome sight.

The  irony of courtesy and ambivalence courting dangers and respect.  Now, where else would i go when i took off my shoes so there won’t be  any pebbles to halt my motion?

But  pebbles still seep into my sole now that i’m barefooted.  Damn if you do, damn if you don’t.  Life is clever and i’m not.

So i continue walking in the alleys searching for the main road.  Who cares how long it would take me.  What matters this time is i know where it will take me.

 

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Memoirs of A Sundrenched Horizon

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Memoirs of a
sundrenched horizon

Pave the
way

For blue sky
to sprinkle its tears

On petals
that scarcely bloom

Awakened
from the tomb

Of past
not so distant

Whispering
in rhythm

Speaking
its voice

Calling you
Singing its song

So you can
dance

Hold his hand
and be reunited

In a symphony
of  storms and kisses.

 

*** Sometimes, the heart must learn to Trust again.

Daily Prompt:  Trust

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Have You Encountered A Drama Queen

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Have you encountered a Drama Queen?

For sure you do,  there are thousands of them in wordpress,  millions in facebook.

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I Am Jessica Rabbit, Ramblings of a Fairytale Fanatic

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Dropping by at an art exhibit , i happened to see a cartoon artist.  For a few dollars he’ll create your cartoon portrait.

Suddenly confusion, illusion or simply wild imagination made me think.   If i will spend a few dollars, why would i need a sketch of my face? I have tons of photos on my facebook anyway. Besides, i can always look at the mirror and create a better portrait of myself, anytime for free ,  although sometimes looking at the mirror doesn’t lead to happy endings. 🙂

So i rather spend that moment fulfilling a life long childhood dream……. to be one of those fairy tale divas.

Once again in my adult life i’m faced with a million dollar question:

If i could be a fairy tale character, who would i be?

Cinderella?  Nope, i had a very happy childhood.

Sleeping Beauty? Hmm, true love kiss and a prince, almost , but my dad is not a wicked king. .

Okay, let’s try Snow White, but i don’t have a wicked stepmother.

Aha, since i consider myself beautiful, why not Belle in Beauty and The Beast?

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