It is a challenge and a hair-raising experience to go on a pilgrimage. It’s not an ordinary travel just because we paid an enormous amount of money to travel in luxury and be catered to. I join a pilgrimage because … Continue reading →
As she looked at her own face in the mirror, she suddenly recalled the sorrowful widow. It was at that moment that she wrote the opening lines of “Solitude“.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In giving shape my view of the world having a solitary person in the foreground suggests that it is okay to be alone but not lonely.
All work and no rest makes a man boring. Rest he did in his three-wheeler taxi cab. Who needs money when one is too tired to enjoy life. When he wakes up from his solitude, life becomes bearable again.
And what on earth is he doing down there alone? Fishing! Men prefer to reel a fish similar to playing golf, alone. So why do men enjoy fishing alone? Because the fish are bigger and the stories are better with no witnesses!
In a crowd of a million tourist, he just have to sit down with a non-verbal companion. Maybe he had enough listening, blah-blah-blah. Or maybe he is just like me observing how silly tourist really are. Or maybe he left his wife in a store shopping. Or maybe…
All I wanted is to take a photo of a blank wall. This is no ordinary wall. It’s a Cuban wall. It’s a Cuban blue wall. But in a place considered to be a tourist trap, it was next to impossible for … Continue reading →
In our travel package, we all receive a booklet about our itinerary, brief history of places, travel info, prayers, hymns and most importantly a guide or commandments as pilgrim.This preamble is actually hilarious.The organizer knows when to invite us to read this list especially after a week of travelling. That’s the time we are starting to feel heated due to lack of sleep, high expectations or just plain cranky.We all read this without laughing, as prayerfully as possible. Are you kidding? Have you ever tried to suppress your laugh and it comes out of your nose?So here are some clips on prayer guide:Response: Lord, May I Remember that I am a Pilgrim and not a Tourist.If any delays should occur or changes take place prior to any departures and I became anxious: Response.If I do not get the seat of my choice on the plane and the bus: Response.If some things do not happen on schedule as per itinerary: Response.If my meals, bed and washroom in a foreign country are not to my liking: Response.If a person in front of me buys the last item I really wanted: Response.Travelers’ Commandments:Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou hast them at home, for thou hast left thy home to find things differently.Thou shalt not let the other pilgrims get on thy nerves for thou art paying out good money to have a good time.Remember thy passport so that thou know where it is always, for a man without a passport is a man without a country.Thou shalt when in Rome do somewhat as the Romans do. If in difficulty, thou shalt use thy Canadian sense and friendliness.Remember thou are a guest in every land and she that treats her host with respect shall be treated as an honoured guest.As pilgrim, I prefer to soak in everything with my mind’s eyes and soul in places we traversed. Here are a very few pictures I captured.