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#TRAVELMEMORIES x BEYOND TOXICITY

Grateful. Ecstatic. Overwhelmed. Excited. Hopeful. Despite my pineal gland is fighting a good battle with Insomnia, because I need to stay awake for my responsibilities as I work on perpetual night shifts in an Award-winning-International-medical-insurance-company based in Dubai with branches worldwide, I cannot put into a single word the mixed emotions I’m currently experiencing as…

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OF WANDERLUST AND BUCKET LIST : FEW TRAVELS THROUGH THE YEARS.

HOW DID I FALL IN LOVE WITH TRAVELING? You will not understand it unless you also love traveling. Call me cynical, but I will bet my last dirham on my pocket that we’re not on the same page unless we have the same passion. More than two decades ago, I simply enjoyed going to tourist spots and…

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DOCGELO’S CHOICES : REMARKABLE TASTES FROM MEMORABLE CITIES

Traveling and eating. Food and places. These are indubitably inseparable. Each time I set foot in a country that’s absolutely new to my senses, I try my best not to leave without sampling any dish that at least represents that place, or any plateful delight that could make my days more memorable. Frequently, I crave not only for…

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TOKYO STREET

With the sight of that giant Japanese lantern, there was a flashback. Vivid memories of my day in Asakusa (blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2010/04/06/letters-about-tokyo-12-asakusa-temple/ ) after I rode the train in Tokyo from Gotanda to its tail end just to experience that much celebrated temple and my very first glimpse of cherry blossom.  Fourteen long days…

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : RENEWAL

A Shinto Wedding, Meiji Temple, Tokyo. April 2010. Immaculate blooms at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, May 2012. Offerings at the Temple, Cheah Kongsi, George Town, Penang, June 2012. These photos to me mean renewal of self, life and faith. This post is my entry to Weekly Photo Challenge : Renewal

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EVERYTHING JAPANESE AT 2011 PENANG BON ODORI FESTIVAL

16th July 2011, Saturday.  My family and I spent our late afternoon in Esplanade, George Town, an open-space-park by the bay and soaked ourselves in Japanese colors. As you may know, dusk falls in Malaysia later than other Southeast Asian skies due to its location so the sun was still up at 6PM when the…

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LOOKING BACK AT 2010, LOOKING FORWARD TO 2011

The outgoing year has given me a lot of humbling experiences. Only my family and truest friends can attest that 2010 has been a tough year for me, financial-wise. I have been under the weather but nevertheless, I am so grateful to our good Lord for providing His blessings in critical times when I needed the most.  Huge decisions…

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LETTERS ABOUT TOKYO #14 : PASALUBONG!

Dear Tina and Gabby, Despite the very limited budget and only 20-23kg luggage allowance from PAL, I still managed to get you some stuffs from Asakusa, Tokyo Disney Resorts and Akihabara as my little pasalubong for you!   From ASAKUSA TEMPLE, I got these ref magnets to add TO OUR FRIDGE MAGNETS COLLECTION… I got these 2 keychains as…

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LETTERS ABOUT TOKYO #13 : TOKYO SEA LIFE PARK

Dear Tina and Gabby, About three weeks ago, I spent my first weekend in Tokyo with sharks, school of fish and corals… I rode a train with a bunch of fun-loving Pinoy MDs from Gotanda to Tokyo Stations then we took a 15 minute-train-ride from JR Tokyo Station via Keiyo Line.  Entrance fees to the aquarium are  Y700 (PhP 350) for adults,…

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LETTERS ABOUT TOKYO #12 : ASAKUSA TEMPLE

Dear Tina and Gabby, One of my memorable mornings  in Tokyo was spent in ASAKUSA TEMPLE  (heard them pronounced it as Asaksa).   From Gotanda, I rode a subway train alone directly to Asakusa; after few minutes of train ride, I’ve explored their so-called “traditionally Japanese atmosphere.”  I had mixed thoughts on seeing human-powered-transport in the form of RICKSHAWS. …

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