Tired in Turkey

Two days after our Maldives event, I left for Turkey to help out in our annual conference. With the 5-hour time difference, and my body still drained from the past work week, I was dead tired upon landing Istanbul. I was dragging myself while lining up at the immigration and the queue was sooooooo long I thought I was going to pass out.

Glad we had a great turn-out at the conference. We all went home exhausted but with smiles on our faces. We were able to join the half-day city tour offered by the host organization (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar) and these are some of the very few photos I have.


Blue Mosque 


Hagia Sophia

Omg this baklava is sooo good.

 Turkish Delights!

Maldives

Welcome to Maldives, where the skies and the waters are the bluest of blue... and where I ate the most expensive Caesar salad in my lifetime.

I had the opportunity of  visiting "the" Maldives in November last year for work purposes. It was beautiful... however, the idea of spending so much money to visit the place (and to check-in at one of those water villas) is really beyond me. But then again, let me contradict myself by saying that people pay for experiences, and the joy you get from them is truly priceless.

Some photos from the trip. Just to remind me that once upon a time, I set foot in Maldives.

Nice touch from the resort staff!


 

Pardon my vanity!

Hello, 2019


Happy Lunar New Year! It's already the second month of the year and I hope 2019 is treating you well.

I chanced upon this beautiful sunset while we were driving along Tplex on our way back to Manila from Pangasinan. The colors reminded me of those many days spent at the uni library watching the sky and typing the day away, rushing before dusk and walking home, savoring the last few glimpses of light before it turns dark. Ahhhh year 2009... you were glorious... you taught me everything I know about life.

So much can happen in a span of 10 years. Sometimes I regret not documenting some days, but I think there lies the beauty of undocumented moments. Trying to recall images, tastes, sounds, silly conversations... digging your heart, the nooks and crannies of your mind just to remember moments. I live for those undocumented times.

Dear 2019, I hope to keep as many moments in my heart, perhaps more than ever.