BATU, Indonesia. Photo by Jes Aznar

Sunday, February 17, 2008

amazing race

So the Singapore boys won while the Pinoy team, the perennial first runner-up for most of the race, came in last.

Irony of ironies. Such is life. You just never know what you're going to get in the end.

But I'm happy for Collin and Adrian. They've always been my choice because they were so determined and focused yet humble and considerate. For them, it was all about the journey and how they went through it. They didn't try to get ahead of the whole pack by being dishonest or scheming. They just did their best. And they had faith.

I've always believed that when one has faith in oneself, he has already won half the battle.

In the end, it wasn't about strength and stamina. It was a mind game, after all. It was about which flag came first.

It's a lot like life. You just never know what happens in the end. No matter how much you try, a single road block can change the course of things forever. One just has to keep his fingers crossed that things would turn out only for the better.

Amazing, indeed.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Marie Claire

To those who enjoy reading travel stories, I invite to get a copy of the February 2008 issue of Marie Claire (Philippine edition). My travelogue on Cambodia has been published by the magazine. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the piece and discovering that part of the world.