It would be the shortest time I spend in a country on my trip. I had detoured my Singapore trip to meet a friend (AJ) there because he wanted to do a short trip with me. And after 5 months of constantly meeting people, a tiring travel romance, and the fact that I was nearing the end of my trip, I was starting to put less effort into meeting people.
I read the message on my phone. It was from my friend who was in town. He visits pretty often because his girl friend lives here.
“Yo, what are you doing?” It said.
The final twelve hours in Vancouver were not exactly how I imagined them. I was not excited. I had started getting pre trip jitters a few days before but they had settled down for the most part. I had been worrying about how I would fair on my first solo trip. I knew once I got into the groove, I wouldn’t have an issue. I had backpacking experience and I have always felt I was a good instinctive traveler by nature. On the other hand, I was overly emotional over other things. Continue reading
She saw me on Facebook. It has been a long time since we talked but apparently she thought it would be a good idea to take another stab at a friendship. Continue reading
Things don’t always go smoothly and sometimes we get into conflicts. We get mad at friends, family members, significant others etc. At the end of the day, most relationships stay in tact because people work things out. Continue reading
She called me an idealist. I understood what she meant. It’s something I’ve been trying to change about myself. It’s not an easy process for me. I used to be very impatient with a short temper to match. Combine it all together and you have someone who could get emotional over something and let it turn to animosity and grudges. In other words, I didn’t always let things go easily. All my life I’ve probably been that “idealist“. I’ve grown up with ideals and strong principles and I didn’t tend to back down from them. As I try to do this thing called “growing up”, it has taught me that letting go of some of those ideals is simply required. Continue reading
Sometimes you know you are right about something and the other person is wrong. And sometimes the pride (or principle) of being right will get you in “trouble”. You can be right, but at what cost? Continue reading