another travel blog from a guy who quit his job to go see the world
Here now and now here or nowhere
The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.
While in Singapore I decided to out for a walk along the The Southern Ridges. According to Wikipedia, The Southern Ridges are a 10km group of green spaces in Singapore spanning the hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park. It is an area rich in history and is home to to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It sounded like something nice to do in the city full of shopping malls and concrete structures. The walk is beautiful, with numerous elevated canopy tree line paths among rich flora, though not much fauna. The contrast of the nature, the city skylines, and the water in the distance was a wonderful stark contrast from each other. There is a small beautiful bridge along the way, the Henderson Waves Bridge which is rather unique and elegantly designed bridge and highlight of the walk for many. You don't need to walk the full 10km, though I highly recommend it as the canopy trails are all different and the scenery changes as well.
Goodbyes are never easy. I've said it numerous times before and will say it numerous times again. I've spent the last week in Singapore staying with a wonderful family. Daily yoga classes, playing basketball with a very talented and sharp 11 year old, and running around after a very naughty but incredibly adorable 2 year old. It's been a week of family time, which is something I don't get much on the road and appreciate when I can. My family is very close and was as well when growing up. To stay with good friends from such a big and loving family is truly nice. There will be moments of drama and sadness, but mostly happiness and love. It has been so nice to be included in that all. And now, I must head off, as we can't always stay in one place forever, especially when it isn't "our" home. And so I have to say a sad and hard goodbye. Or a see you next time. But what will help to ease that sadness... is...
that I'll be going to Cambodia for a few days to visit one of my dearest friends whom I became close with in Bhutan. So I will leave one beautiful community and go to another. A goodbye to a HELLO!
Constant travel can wear on the soul (and body). When I can travel from loved ones to loved ones, it does help make living this life a lot easier (and happier)
With sadness I will leave Singapore, and happiness arrive to Phnom Penh.
.... and get into the scene! "Get out from behind the camera, and get into the scene!"
This is a statement to all. Stop living behind your camera's, behind your phones, behind your fears. Drop them, put them aside. Go out there and live this one life (or more for the Buddhists reading this) that we've been given. I keep seeing too many of my "friends" online constantly barraging the web with self photos and photos of their every move. When you take a photo of something you are not part of that something. Once you step into instagram (or whatever) mode you now are outside the scene. Disconnected from whatever was happening. And when you share every little detail, does it maybe seem like maybe a scream for help. "I'm so insecure about my constant every move that I am BEGGING for your approval. Like this photo, give me more followers, feed my Ego."
Now this isn't to say that a photo or social share of whatever sort from time to time, even multiple times a day are bad. (Heck, what is bad anyways.. but that's a post for another day.) No, rather just a wake up call to start to see why we do what we do as well as what we are actually doing. This can also lead into a deeper and deeper rabbit hole of self inquiry.
But please, don't "like" this post. You can share it with people if you feel, but I'd rather not feed my own ego here and request you honor that. First off, I am guilty of much of what I write about. Secondly, I write this all for your enjoyment. I get the enjoyment from sharing my adventures with you all, that is my "like" of it.
Now get off from in front of this screen, close the blog, and go out and explore. Go do something new, exciting, familiar, comforting, nurturing. But sign off and go do it. Do it now!! Because the next moment may be too late. (and if you must, feel free to take a photo of yourself doing it.)