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the conquest of nubra by ron “the great” (part 1)

driving to khardung la . Two flights and combined 12 hours of waiting in airports, my transit from metropolitan Singapore to the far depths of the Silk Road battered and harassed my mortal body as if I went through five rounds of repeatedly being spanked like a...

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hamilo coast @ pico de loro: quick escape near manila

hamilo coast @ pico de loro: quick escape near manila The most common first impression of inbound travelers upon landing in Manila is usually revolving around disillusionment. The urban chaos smudges what they have in mind when they planned the trip, the lush tropical tourism brochures...

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traveling 101 for techies

My biggest concern while on the road is staying connected. Other hipster travelers will vehemently condone bringing of laptops and mobile phones when traveling because it apparently defeats the purpose of the escape, well, I beg to differ. The convenience of the ability to access online maps,...

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the road to pangong tso

By Ron Cruz . Allizvell! Allizvell! When I saw that final scene in the film Three Idiots, my whole world froze in suspended animation, my conscious attention zeroed-in towards the TV frame, to that unworldly landscape, that vivid shade of teal. While in deep awe, I immediately grabbed a pen. LADAKH,...

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delhi: first impressions

By: Ron Cruz . Who will be ready for India? For sure I wasn't. But will anyone ever be? My destination for this trip was Kashmir and before I start haranguing non-stop of its awesomeness, let me tell you a short story of Delhi and how she welcomed me: . Delhi,...

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bears and introspection: magome to tsumago

. On high mountains the wind is created easily. In deep oceans it is difficult to measure the volume of water. People cannot know the limits of space. ~Kukai (774–835)  . A pilgrimage is intended to be difficult, that is how one will draw the perseverance to complete the trail in...

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lols in translation

. A young drunk Japanese man sat beside be and started baffling threads of words like as if we've known each other before. I don't want to embarrass him so I just played along. Guy: Hokrshamzxchmgame dshuwaka me desh, chishaganxzwqb desu ne? Me: So desu ne! Guy: Hahahahahahahha Me: Hahahahahaha...

anhui, anyway, anyhow.

shanghai to huangshan by bus Few minutes away to what we felt like an impending hypothermic shock, the Bus terminal gates opened sucking the pool of shivering passengers inwards like a fast filling vacuum hole. Sleepless, cold and hungry, we scanned through the schedule grid as fast as...

types of travelers with annoying online habits

- [DISCLAIMER] This is the result of an informal survey that I conducted within my own social circle. These are just general observations of online behaviours that somehow, I myself is guilty of. So, please don't take this seriously. Now, if you will not be receptive and be a douche...