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Three cities in three hours

Once a year, our church holds a Discipleship conference.

It’s a big thing: it was to empower leaders to raise up leaders.
It’s a big thing: over 10,000 people all over Metro Manila were to be in attendance.
It’s a big thing: it was held simultaneously across 16 locations.

Our team’s involvement was in the preparations. My (non-)conversation with a colleague captured it:

“Is it so hard? I mean, don’t your department just have to prepare everything and so that all the other locations can execute it?”

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Boatman at sea in Bohol

7,107 Islands

When a friend visited the Philippines recently, there was a question that people asked him quite a few times.

“Of the 7,107 islands in the Philippines, how many have you visited?”

He just smiled and said: “Two. The island where Manila is, and the island where Davao is.”

During a conversation with him later, he swung the question back at me.

“Definitely more than two,” was my easy answer.
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The Bakit List of Your Bucket List

One of my best friends, Loraine, is a traveller. (She’s also an accountant, which is really helpful when it’s time to do budgeting and accounting before, during, and after a trip.) Like a lot of people, she has a bucket list–most of it being places to travel to–but, unlike a lot of people, she’s actually plowing through her list at an impressive pace. When I asked her how she’s able to do this, she said:

Protect the integrity of your bucket list.

The thing about bucket lists is that people usually put a lot of stuff there just to put stuff there. Just because. YOLO and whatever. It’s all up to you, really, but Loraine says that if you want to actually do the stuff in your bucket list, make sure you know WHY you’re listing down what you’re listing down.

Want to backpack every single province in the Philippines? Want to visit every single country in South East Asia? Want to set foot in every continent in the world?

First ask the question: WHY? Bakit?

(I, for one, travel to eat, because I love food.)

There should be a good reason–or reasons–why you’re putting things in your bucket list. That reason should make sense to you, and it should be important to you. If you protect the Bakit, the why, of your Bucket List, then you’re all set and good to go.

Loraine can say a lot about planning, financing, surviving, and enjoying a trip. Read more in her (mostly) travel blog, Adventure Accounting.

Don’t touch the walls

We were starting our tour of Angkor Wat when our guide, Khemra, points out the cordon that forces tourists to walk a foot away from the temple walls carved with the history and legends of Cambodia. He says that we cannot touch the walls in order to preserve it for the future generations.

“They are our heritage. Because of our heritage, tourists come. When tourists come, there is money for the country. When there is money for the country, we can take care of our heritage. When we take care of our heritage…tourists come.”

Khemra didn’t just ask us to take care of the ruins — he told us WHY we should take care of them. That’s something that stuck out to me. Sure, he told us of Cambodia’s rich history and culture almost as if he lived through it since the ancient times, and he told us of little trivia and tidbits while walking from one temple to the next. But, that — that little speech right there about  something that should be common sense, but it’s also something that everyone needs to be reminded of constantly — was one of the things that stood out.

Em Khemra, Licensed English Speaking Tour Guide
http://www.angkorunitedtour.com
E-Mail: emkhemra@hotmail.com
Phone: (855) 12 863 271
Also, try searching Tripadvisor for him. You’ll get good reviews like this one.