QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = SWIM WITH WHALE SHARK

To swim with a baited whale shark is ethically questionable. However, an experience such as this does give one a better understanding of these mammoth creatures. And given that humans inevitably destroy everything in their paths, this increased knowledge can lead to a more significant effort of preserving these giants of the deep blue sea. In short, I give a thumbs up to this venture, despite what moral qualms others may have. Sometimes rules need to be bent for the greater good. It is just that simple.

 

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = ADVENTURE!

People think traveling is easy.  This could not be further from the truth.  Here is a “quite common” day in the life of my travels around the world!

 

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = HANGING COFFINS

After trudging through mud and water in the thickly forested valley of Sagada, I came across these bad boys hanging from the side of a limestone rock.  And no, it is not Halloween.  Welcome to the Philippines!

 

Hanging coffins galore!

Hanging coffins galore!

 

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS

Martial arts, primarily tae kwon do and american boxing, have been a part of my life for almost a quarter of a century. The benefits are not only physical and mental, but a sense of ethics/morality is also installed in your mind. I have also had my fair share of tournaments over the years, along with a multitude of injuries (three knee surgeries, one elbow operation and and counting!). But as I travel though Asia, regardless of my IR status, I want to explore some of the fighting arts in their native countries. So when I came to the Philippines, I could not pass up the opportunity to learn Filipino martial arts. And I was not disappointed. That is to say, to be able to play with weapons and get a workout at the same time – can I be in any higher of a heaven? I don’t think so.

What is your weapon of choice?

What is your weapon of choice?

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = TEMPLE STAY

After visiting a myriad of temples in both Japan and South Korea, I thought it was fitting to embark upon this experience.  Interesting, very interesting.

 

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