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10 on 10: Ten Things I Learned from Travel in Ten Years

10 on 10: Ten Things I Learned from Travel in Ten Years

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” I was 15 when I first read this quote. I didn’t even know back then that it was attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo. All I can remember is that […]

Beaten but NOT Broken

Beaten but NOT Broken

It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop. July 25, 2011 Omskaya Oblast, Russia 10:00 PM It has been a productive afternoon. I’ve been sitting in the same spot the entire afternoon trying to finish […]

How Ramadan Teaches Me About Productivity

How Ramadan Teaches Me About Productivity

In a couple of days, the entire Muslim community around the world will observe the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is the time for fasting in commemoration of the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. For us here in the […]

Letter to my 20-year-old Self

Letter to my 20-year-old Self

On this day, ten years ago, I obtained my college degree. Finally, school is over. I was one of the millions of graduates from batch 2007. Ten years passed by swiftly. I can’t help but feel a little old. A lot had happened in that […]

How Escadaria Selaron taught me about Passion

How Escadaria Selaron taught me about Passion

Escaderia Selaron and the entire neighborhood of Lapa and Santa Teresa might be tagged as the home of hipsters and weed junkies but what I would remember from the place more than the brightly colored tiles that Jorge Selaron patiently and meticulously rebuilt each step. For me, it is the home of passionate people.

When is God o’clock?

When is God o’clock?

Discover God’s glory and power when you let Him move at the 11th hour.

When in Rio: Gringo & Rio

When in Rio: Gringo & Rio

On a humid night along the shores of Copacabana, what could an Indian, Australian, Lebanese, German, French, Moroccan, American, and a Filipino possibly share in common?

Why everyday SHOULD be Valentine’s Day?

Why everyday SHOULD be Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day. Heart’s Day. Global Single Awareness Day. Whatever you wanna call it, it is the time of the year again when everyone becomes affectionate, romantic and for some, depressed (even more). That single day when the world highlights the earthly definition and mere concept […]

Why you should be your Best Version Always?

Why you should be your Best Version Always?

It isn’t by size that you win or you fail–
Be the best of whatever you are!

Fearless in Favelas: The City within a City

Fearless in Favelas: The City within a City

For many, Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with Cristo Redentor, the Sugarloaf, or the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. While I agree that these places entice me to come and visit, I wanted to go to Rio to visit a favela (shanty town). Yes, that […]