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The Bittersweet Beginning of an IndoChina Adventure

Some photos from the travel included...

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View Living the Trip of my Dreams & The sickest trip everrr! & Thailand<3 & Laos stop & Vietnam Take 1 on moonlitskies's travel map.

===Matagal ko nang nasulat to, mahigit 10 years ago. Habang nasa byahe, lalong lumalim yung understanding ko sa pinagdadaanan ko nung panahong isinusulat ko 'to. Lalong lumawak at nabigyan ng justice yung paghusga ko sa sarili kong "overly dramatic" pag nasaktan. I hope you learn something from my experience. Enjoy===
I
Lagi mo 'kong tinatanong kung pa'no ba mag move on. Saan ka maguumpisa? Baka 'di mo kaya...
II
'Yan din ang paulit ulit ko'ng tanong sa sarili. Dahil hanggang ngayon nabubuhay pa rin ako sa alaala. Kahapong di na kayang ibalik at irewind.
Kasi life, and it has to happen. Pero paano nga ba?
Ikaw?
Paano iwasang mahalin ang taong dahilan ng pagtibok ng puso mo? Paano limutin ang mga ngiting kinakapitan mo?
Parang tanong kung paano pigilang huminga. Ang daming paano at biktima tayo. Biktima....
III
Makakalimutan nga ba ang tanging taong umokupa ng malaking puwang sa puso mo at gumanap ng napakalaking bahagi sa magulong istorya ng buhay mo? Na lalo pang naging komplikado no'ng magkita kayong muli, magkasama at magkausap ng iilang sandali pero nabaliw nanaman ang mundo mo. Isa sa mga bagay na nagdudulot ng saya at lukso sa puso mong naghihintay pa rin. Bagay na lagi na'y laman ng mga lihim mong pagasam. Natatawa ka na lang dahil madalas mo pa ring gisingin ang hating gabi sa pananaghoy at pangungulila. Alam ko namang 'di mo sinasadya, dahil pilitin mang iwasan ikaw pa rin ang dehado sa laban. Dahil naghangad ka, kahit alam mong walang resulta.
Ngayon tinatanong mo sa 'kin kung masama bang mahalin pa rin ang tulad n'ya na may mahal nang iba. Ginusto mong paniwalain ang sarili mo na 'di ka nasasaktan sa katotohanang pagkakaibigan na lang ang kaya n'yang ibigay. Iniisip mo na masaya ka naman dahil andyan pa rin sya matapos ang lahat, tinanggap ka pa rin bilang kaibigan n'ya. Pero nahihirapan ka. Dahil ngayon, yung sinasabi nila tungkol sa pagbura ng panahon eh parang 'di tumatalab sayo.
IV
Hindi pa kayang burahin ng panahon ang katotohanang mahal mo s'ya at s'ya pa rin ang gusto mong makasama. Nasasaktan ka dahil kailangan mo na'ng maging masaya para sa kanya. Hindi ka sigurado kung hanggang saan o hanggang kailan ka aasa. Hindi mo matanggap na nagmamahal ka pa rin sa taong matagal na'ng bumitaw, hindi na ganon at hindi na ikaw.
Tama ba?
Alinlangan
Paano nga ba lumisan sa nakaraan? Paano Limutin? Paano takasan? Dahil sinubukan ko na rin pero nahirapan lang ako. Kung kaya ko lang matagal na sana.
Kaliwanagan
Hindi ko man masagot ang mga tanong mo, tandaan na lang natin to, "hindi masamang magmahal ng taong may mahal nang iba kung doon ka sasaya. Hanggat masaya ka. Hindi mapapagod ang panahong maghintay. Isang araw, magigising ka na lang at mapapangiti." :)
-Ezang

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(loc. Chiangrai, Ciangmai, Huahin, Bangkok, Phuket)

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Healing in Laos

Lovely rustic city...

24 °C
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How should I start this? I have been meaning to write sooner but some things didn't go as planned. I left home more than a year now and have not been back since. Exploring South East Asia, volunteering, teaching English here and there and loving every second of it. The fact of the matter is, it's not an easy job, teaching is not something you feed on a photocopier and things will turn out the way you want it. Teaching is the toughest challenge I have to face in this journey so far.
After I finished a year of Volunteer Teaching in a High School in the northernmost part of Thailand, I decided to travel outside and get some sort of a personal healing time. Laos sounds interesting and visiting some of UNESCO's heritage sites in Asia has this unique appeal to me. But first I need to attend to something important in Vietnam, so this travel blog will commence in Hanoi, Vietnam. Separate blog for the Vietnam trip will be coming up next.. ;P
Like any other country in Asia, Laos has charming landscapes and wonderful people. I started the journey in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the north, situated in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until 1975. It is known for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating to the 16th century, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism.

===Leaving Hanoi===

So I booked an international night bus straight to Luang Prabang from Hanoi. Which based on my research is not a popular way of traveling to Laos from Vietnam, for VND990.000 (45-47USD) and a pick up at the Travel Agency at 4:00PM. Other travelers don't recommend it because it is tedious. But I took the challenge. I mean, when will I ever get the chance to do it in my lifetime? All checked out of my hostel and off to the Travel Agency. Waiting. At 4:00PM, a guy from the bus company and two foreigners arrived and pointed to pickup my bags and follow them quickly. We walked for a good 15 minutes to a bus stop, which was so unexpected. I mean where the hell is the bus? I have 2 luggages and a backpack for ef's sake! Luckily, the two foreigners are kind enough to help me. We waited for a few minutes for the other tourists and the shuttle bus that will take us to the location of the International bus.

The International bus left at exactly 6:00PM to Tây Trang (Vietnam-Laos) land border. It was a rough ride going through winding and unpaved road with nothing to do but stare outside the bus window and witness the day turn into night. In daylight, you witness the stunning view of Vietnam countryside and at night, nothingness. We had a few stopovers at rural towns along the way for toilet breaks, smoking break and every other much needed breaks in this long journey. There are only about 15 people on the bus. Two Asian tourists, me and one girl from Nepal who grew up in Ireland and her group of six Irish friends. Two German ladies, one solo backpacker from London, one American who's currently working in a Farm in Vietnam, a guy in his fifties who's on his way to Vang Vieng, Laos and our two friendly Vietnamese bus drivers.

===Vietnam Land Border Exit at Tây Trang===

Laos Entry at Border Crossing 113

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At around 8:00AM, we finally reached Tây Trang land border in Dien Bien Phu Province, Vietnam. First, we lined up at passport control and Immigration for an exit stamp. We are now officially leaving Vietnam. Second, another bus ride to no-man's land and into Border Crossing 113, entry to Laos. Third, upon arrival, you will need a pen to fill out some forms, departure cards etc. And last, prepare a few dollars/kips to pay for entry stamp depending on your Nationality. I paid $1 for a health check and $3 for the entry stamp. I ask the officer, "Really?! Philippines? $3?" and he just smiled, looked away and expected me to get the message. Sketchy? Yes it is. Philippine passport holders (it's the two Nations agreement), can get up to 30 days FREE visa. For other nationalities like Europeans they have to pay $40 or more for it. After everyone finishes their business. Note, including toilet breaks. At around 9:00AM, we officially entered Lao People's Democratic Republic, breezing through its windy terrains.

I reached my hostel at around 11:00 pm. I booked a place with free breakfast at a touristy area, right in the center of Luang Prabang night market, Phousi Mountain, National Museum and Mekong river. Which I highly recommend tourists to do.

===A History filled few days===

Destination: Luang Prabang

Waking up every morning, knowing I have another day to just relax in the beauty of this old town is comforting. Walking by the river and hearing cicadas singing. Watching yellow leaves fall gently from acacia trees. What more can I ask for? Luang Prabang is old, quiet and generous and its people are friendly and unassuming. With its size, you can easily explore every nooks and crannies on foot. Other foreigners go out and explore waterfalls and other landmarks but this old town is enough for me. It's funny how on the first day, I woke up and told myself "I want to live here, I think I can live here.."

Here are some of the pictures I took during my stay.
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