serendipity

When I was in college, all I could think of when hearing the name Sri Lanka was the place where Ravana took Sita after abducting her away from Rama and Lakshman. In my professor's version of Ramayana, Ravana took a big leap from India to...

respite

I stepped out of Bandaranaike International Airport with all the soot and grime of Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and of course, Sri Lanka. Four airports, three plane rides, damning heat of the summer sun, one 1-hour bus ride, and one 4-hour bus ride in 24...

prambanan

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Bandung Bondowoso. We shall call him Hunk. And also during that time, there was a gal named Roro Jonggrang. Let's call her Babe. Of course, Hunk wanted to marry  no less than "the" babe. So he went to...

incessant proposal

There is one thing that ticks me off when I travel, and that is being asked the never ending question of why I am alone (except, of course, when I travel with Ron, then WE suffer the question: "how long have you guys been dating?"...

the forbidden palace and the rocket scientist

It was my last day in Beijing and my train ticket back to Shanghai is my last rope and if I miss it, I should consider looking for a day job to earn for an airfare back home. With limited time and budget, my dream of...

playing Moses

Filled with loathsome La Paz Batchoy soup, we decided to move along to get to our next destination, the Beach. Finally...

beauty and madness

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots and spring rain. ~t.s. eliot, the waste land It was late afternoon in 1991, when I noticed that the window in my room is covered with what seemed to be like...