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Finding Goodness at the Source: Pok Pok

Call it a pilgrimage if you like, tonight’s dining experience is no less than a holy act as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve come to SP Chicken, megalithic restaurant at least in the history of one of my favorite, and one of Portland’s most famous, restaurants. Behold the inspiration of Pok Pok!!!

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Flying backwards at the Chiang Mai Night Market

I love the ways experiences unfold together, happening in a great and beautiful sequence. As I look back upon my past few weeks I can’t help but be struck with the sense that everything is occurring perfectly and just as it should. That every single event leads inexorably into the next and the following after that. Simple. Beautiful.

At present I’m sitting at a street corner getting a Thai foot massage. Continue reading


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Day four: 30 day yoga challenge

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As earlier alluded, I’m pursuing 30 days of consecutive and daily yoga practice while here in CM. Why? Why not?! It’s not as though there’s anything else that I “need” to do and frankly, my body is calling for it; it’s been nearly 6 months since I had a regular yoga, or regular anything, practice.

…I suppose that in turning 28 this month, I realize that my health and fitness are never going to be as elastic as they are now and so I better get down to the business of being healthily, laying a foundation for the rest of my life, if you will.

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How do your chakras feel today?

I’m quite content to be alone. This is one of the magical gifts of travel: it exposes what you probably need most by giving you space to be fully self-directed, self-motivated & “selfish.”

There’s nothing wrong with being alone, and there’s nothing wrong with being selfish. The word selfish has a very unfortunately negative connotation. This pejorative implication of selfish can prevent us from making decisions that are in our own best interests. Following the advice of my Oregon Mom, I replace ideas of selfishness with “valuing oneself” and “making choices and decisions in the interest of my self-betterment.”

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Hey Thailand, Call Me Maybe

“Hi Thailand. I just met you, and this is crazy, but [I love you] maybe.”

Only 24 hours in Thailand–Chiang Mai to be exact–and I’ve got a good feeling about this place. It could be that I’ve had roommates and ex’s who’ve spent time here, or maybe that I have Thai relatives and close family friends. Or maybe it’s the food that I’ve always had an affection for. Continue reading


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Strange habitu├ęs

Oh Lordy, I’m speaking French for the first time in years. Oh dear this is quite a challenge.

My seatmate to Chiang Mai is a Frenchman who does not understand the security instructions on our air Asia flight… So I am to translate for him. How doubly humorous that I am to translate and that what I am translating seems so silly and so, so “budget airline” (or something).

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Bushwhacked

NOTE: this was written on dec 11 but due to lack of wifi is being posted on dec 14. Other posts will be forthcoming in next few days and will offer a “retrospective” on the past days and weeks in Borneo. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, comments or curiosities about the chronology.

So darn beat, bushwhacked, exhausted, rung out, wiped, done, over, whooped, spent.

This shall go down as best birthday ever [to date].

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This one time… In Borneo

This trip has immensely surpassed any expectations I had set for it. The youth cultural conference was too much fun and I think more an inspiration for me and my fellow speakers than even for many of the participants–at least it’s hard to imagine being any more inspired, humbled and amazed than we feel so I hope the participants also had life-altering/affirming experiences.

Have spent the last few days bumming around Kuching but, true to my nature, I grow weary of the city life. It’s been fun and I continue to learn, continue to make new friends however the woods call to me.

I have yet to see a monkey, orangutan or majestic hornbill–chasing after natural wonders will come soon enough however. For the time being it is simply wonderful to be basking in the company of friends and with myself as I fulfill my mission: Travel. Write. Learn.

I joked yesterday that if I’m doing two of the three it’s not a bad day. I do have some posts written but haven’t had the sustained opportunity to get onto the Internet to fiddle with proper formatting and publishing. Those will be coming shortly–at least before I leave Borneo next week.

Please keep checking back, leaving comments and also celebrating your own life.

Much love to all!