Unmoored But Not Adrift in El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is a “managed resource protected area” in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is 420 kilometers or about an hour’s plane ride from Manila.

It has 45 islands and islets, each one a quiet corner to get unmoored from the hustle and bustle of city life.


One can while away the day on a boat, not to go adrift, but perhaps get back one’s bearings.


Or, when the day is done, simply enjoy the sunset, in a place where no one is in a hurry, not even the sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the shore.


The day is long, as it should be, because when the days are long, then life is long too.

Natural Heritage

Today I Passed the End of Day Test

“Each day is a new canvass to paint upon.
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness,
and at the end of the day you don’t look at it
and wish you had painted something different.”
– Author Unknown


It’s not perfect, but I’ll take it. And tomorrow I’ll paint another one.

(Pico de Loro Cove, Batangas, Philippines)


Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste

“And remember what peace there may be in silence…”


As the year comes to a close, we often reflect and take a look at the past as well as the future.

Life is a journey, our path not always straight. This has been a year of surprises. Many of them were like flowers that bloomed by the footpath, some were like rivers we had to cross, and others were like a sudden downpour that invited us to dance instead of dampening our spirits.

Yes, life is a spiritual journey too, and I hope yours has been meaningful too.

And we keep moving forward.

I have read this poem from long ago, but every time a surprise comes along the path of life, it always takes a new meaning.

May your path be always filled with pleasant surprises…

Desiderata (excerpts)

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste
And remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself…

Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass…

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness…

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul…

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”
– Max Ehrmann

Path Retreat