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2016 archive

February 2016 Blogs

Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday meditation
Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday
(Feb 29, 2016) Mondays are called Lazy Monday when the monastics are free to do what they wish to do for the day. Usually, they take a mild hike to a nearby plateau and have a picnic. Fortunately, I was invited...more »»

Plum Village Monastery: Day 2-3 meditation
Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled
(Feb 27-28, 2016) Slowly, I began to acclimatize to learn Plum Village's rites, rituals, routines and learning as much as I can absorb. Not everything came with instructions so I take my cue from the monks. If they bow, I bow. If they hear a bell and stop doing what they're doing, I do the same thing. If I stray out of convention, someone stears me back into place...always with a smile...more »»

Plum Village, day 1 meditation
Plum Village, day 1
(Feb 26, 2016) Leaving Bangkok for Pak Chong to Plum Village to begin my 3-month monastic life, one good thing happened after another...a good omen for things to come....more »»

Loving Bangkok All Over Again traveling
Loving Bangkok All Over Again
(Feb 22-26, 2016) Before my 3-month monastic life in Pak Chong, I stayed 4 days in Bangkok and rediscovered its magic all over again. The food, the energy, the abundance and the promise it brings....make it all overwhelming. I love Bangkok!....more »»

Adventure Hostel Review Hotel Review
Adventure Hostel Review
(Feb 22-26, 2016) An objective review of Adventure Hostel, a dorm-style backpacker hostel by the N7 BTS Train Station near Chatuchak Weekend Market....more »»

Goodbye Manila traveling
Goodbye Manila
(Feb 22, 2016) After an extended 2-month stay in Manila, I finally packed-up once again to pursue the call of the open road. This Manila episode was marked by the shifting sands of my peoplescape, the vibrant Blues Music scene and the personal challenges that have come and gone.....more »»

Exploring Guijo Street (Makati) Area traveling
Exploring Guijo Street (Makati) Area
(Feb 17-21, 2016) Moving to Guijo Street in Makati allowed me to explore the trendy scene shaping up the once residential pocket....more »»

Conducting a Half-Day Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation Workshop in Makati yoga
Conducting a Half-Day Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation Workshop in Makati
(Feb 13, 2016) Conducting a half-day yoga workshop in Makati with pranayama and meditation for Chinqui and her friends....more »»

Bernie Sanders, US Presidential Candidate 2016 politics
Bernie Sanders, US Presidential Candidate 2016
(Feb 9, 2016) With the US presidential election shifting into high gear, the front runners are once again doing their show-and-dance number, preaching what people want to hear, widening their smiles, kissing babies and shaking hands - all smoke and mirrors except one exceptional individual who, for decades, has been sincerely and tirelessly crusading for the interest of the ignored majority - the American middle class and working poor. His name is Bernie Sanders....more »»

Yoga Modeling for the Feati School of Fine Arts art
Yoga Modeling for the Feati School of Fine Arts
(Feb 4, 2016) When I was invited to model some yoga poses by the Feati School of Fine Arts for their Annual Faculty Students and Alumni Exhibit, it was a chance for me to do something new and exciting - I didn't hesitate to say yes....more »»

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