The veil of a REALITY in TRAVEL: Paddle your OWN canoe. 


It’s probably not merely by chance that you’re alone sometimes and considering yourself selfish and being boastful as your source of pride if you think that you’re not a run-of-the-mill individual that almost married to your comfort zone. You may have had your catnapping moment while forming your dreams in your mind, but you’re trying to wake up because you’re excited to make your own reality to whatever your thoughts life is shaping. Have you ever questioned why some people are being blessed to do what they love and love what they do and some are just there trying to love what they do and run out dry at the end of the day? Perhaps because they run out of choice or maybe because they don’t open their eyes that the world where we live is big enough to wander and get lost to whatever God has intended for us to enjoy and savor while we are still in good shape and in a good physical condition.


Yes, there is way better beyond the walls of your comfort zone and you’ll be astonished by God’s wonderful creation if you’re willing to take the risk and fight your love of bed and stop the plea of your considered jaded body that always kiss your bed and seemed to be like a sticking glue until it run dry and stay at its comfort. If you dream while sleeping, then don’t get your dreams in life sleeping as well. Hey, wake up, go, move, take an action and establish them into reality. 

It’s okay that once in our life we loved our comfort zone cause I’ve been there and I thought it was the only life I have until the end, but I was completely wrong until I was forced by my sheer determination without bothering to think about my empty room of experience in traveling. Forging against all odds on my journey that absolutely maddens, strengthen and ultimately heals me from all the pains of the past, until I realize that I’ve got an ace up my sleeve and that brought me to where I am now. 

Photo Credit: @foureyedlaagan

I’ve been backpacking and traveling solo in the Philippines for almost 3 years now and it taught me a lot in life. One of the lessons I have learned is to “PADDLE MY OWN CANOE” It is deciding independently and decide my own fate, the things I want, the things I enjoy, the learnings that I want to treasure, the memories that I want to keep, the people I meet along the way and lock them in my vivid memories and bring them always wherever I go. Yes, I failed sometimes, I fell off the ground like a toddler who have just learned the process of walking, he got wounded and kept bawling, but he begins to hoist himself and begin to take another step until he masters the equilibrium in walking.

Lessons I learned I had never gotten a chance to learn from school and the four corners of my office. I’m still learning a whole lot and I will never get tired of embracing whatever life challenges thrown to me. It is when I open my eyes to the place where nobody knows and recognize me, when I able to smile to people whom I didn’t know without expecting in return. When I walk to a street with crowded people, I learned to observe. When I get lost in a place with no one to rely, but the stillness and peace is sturdy enough to trust myself.

This is what I always love when I travel, the unending random people I talked with and have inspired me as well, the different culture I get to delve into, the natural experiences that will surely mold me, the infinite excitement whenever I start to see new things, the awkwardness I get whenever I experience new things and the learnings I acquired along my journey. It is the happiness that money can’t buy, after all, it is the life I want to live and the road I want to take with the determination to get to a destination with the assurance of lessons, peace, happiness, love and memories to treasure forever.


NOTE:

THE VEIL OF A REALITY IN TRAVEL is my series blog posts that tackles about my journey in life, especially my personal reflection in my travels expresses in an idiomatic expression. You’ll get to know me more by sharing my random thoughts in life and deem to inspire others through my story with the strong motivation to encourage others and the dictation of my inspiring prompted words base on a personal experience.

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70 thoughts on “The veil of a REALITY in TRAVEL: Paddle your OWN canoe. 

  1. This is a really inspirational article. Isn’t it amazing how much traveling can teach you? It makes you sad to think of all the people who are afraid of the world and refuse to leave their hometowns.

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  2. I have been to a lot of places because I used to work in an international cruise ship. I worked there from 2013 to 2015. It was a rewarding experience even though working in the ship was exhausting. I was able to meet a lot of people. It broadened my knowledge and understanding. Traveling makes you feel grateful and content.

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  3. Great series. I enjoyed reading your own personal reflections on your travel in this post, and I think ‘Paddle My Own Canoe’ is a pretty good philosophy to approach life.

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  4. I haven’t tried traveling alone in the Philippines because I feel like traveling with a partner or with friends is my comfort zone. 🙂 When in silence, I also like observing how people react in different situations and in different places.

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  5. Yey i found you again..some of the blogs i follow dont show up in my reader anymore..nor i get a notification…i get through you cos i navigated way back then at my old posts to find your comment and theb get through you..

    Beautiful pictures..i need to go through your latest travels now..

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  6. There are so many other benefits other than the beautiful sites, right? I totally agree that travel has definitely taught me things that I would never have learned in a classroom. Your posts reads very wise and I’m grateful to people who take the time to step back and reflect on their travels.

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  7. Paddle Your Own Canoe – so true! I traveled as a solo female for years, and you absolutely nailed how travel opens your eyes and teaches you independence.

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  8. I like this post. It makes me stop, figuratively, and think awhile. I want to believe that I have been on the move most of my life. The change in scenario fascinates me. Even the thrill and fear of the unknown that crawls down my spine keeps me going. I often wondered why there are others who doesn’t seem to share my enthusiasm. But my travels have also led me to different kinds of people and I have come to accept that we have different paths in our lives and we have varying choices. We just have to paddle on our own towards the course we intend to take. Nice read. -Claire Algarme

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  9. We travel our lives everyday, bracing for the next adventure. Living life is really a day at a time. It can really give unexpected surprises, which could be good or bad, We need to cope with these challenges as they come. – Fred

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  10. I always love articles like these. Many people don’t take the jump into the unkown but that is the part that’s so appealing to me. They don’t know what they miss out of, but to be honest, it’s not for everyone and that’s okay too:)

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  11. I have not really backpacked and travelled solo. But I am sure it brings loads of new experiences. When travelling with family especially kids, it’s another ball game altogether!

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  12. Nice little article on solo travelling~ I’ve never tried that, and not sure if I should be doing that as being a petite girl, I kinda feel insecure without someone. Maybe I don’t mind going to developed cities alone, but not rural areas or developing countries.

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  13. I loved the phrase, “Paddle your own canoe”, it says so much in a few words. One needs to take charge and decide what one wants to do with life. Of course things will not always go your way, but still you would be moving in the direction that you have decided on.

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  14. You made me revisit my blog post about my travels, Lai. Thank you for that. I needed to reestablish the foundation of why I travel. You have actually articulated the reasons better than I did in all my posts.

    I’m a fan and I would love to cross paths with you when the time comes. I hope the universe conspire to make that happen.

    I’m equally grateful for that first travel experience in November 2009. It was about helping four amputees reach Mt. Batulao’s summit. The adventure was life changing and I fell in love with it, meeting amazing people from different walks of life and experiencing so many wonderful things. I was enamored by the idea that there’s more to see, discover, and experience in the vast world out there. I became passionate about documenting each travel and began sharing the stories and photos via my blog.

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  15. This is really good Lai. Indeed, when one travels often, he/she will realize and learn how to be independent, one way or another, it is useful in life to be your own master and don’t let anyone tell you what to do. You ket yourself do what you think is good for yourself. Thanks master Lai for making me see that.

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  16. Three years, and countless adventures….you are absolutely sooooo inspiring and admirable! How incredible that God gifted you with a drive to travel…as a consequence, people in any number of lands benefit from the blessing you are…and, that includes those of us who’ve met you by virtue of your blog…thank you for allowing us to share, vicariously, in your travels. 🙂

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  17. Wow, that’s amazing! I love that you’ve been travelling for that long! I really want to visit the Philippines again, I feel like when you travel you experience a whole new world away from your own.

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  18. Very inspiring. I myself had a hard time exploring things. Firstly, because I am introvert, I fear to do things alone. But when I have the closest friend around me, I go wherever I can. That is how I am enjoying traveling right now. But in the near future, I hope I can break this barrier, and let myself live life to the fullest may it be with friends or alone.

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  19. Paddle your own canoe— when I read the title, I thought this article is related to water adventures. Yet I love how you related it to life and travel experiences. Well-written and inspiring—kelangan ko pa yta ng maraming hugot to write one like this 🙂 Drop me a message if you’re around Sarangani,

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  20. Really cool post. I agree that travelling solo is one of the most empowering things to do and it means you can completely do it your own way! Although i travel with my boyfriend, I would love to travel solo somewhere one day to see for myself!

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  21. Act independently and decide your own faith. What a very beautiful meaning for paddling your own canoe. I agree on all your points about traveling solo. I’m an advocate of solo traveling and encouraging my friends to go out of their comfort zone and explore the world on their own. I want them to experience the joy of traveling independently, engaging with locals and traveling on your own phase.

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  22. I’m so impressed with your determination and passion to travel and see the world. Right now I don’t think I can do solo travels that’s why I’m always in awe of people who can do such. I don’t have issues traveling and exploring alone as long as I’m already familiar with the place. I’ve done it many times. But being in a foreign land alone is something I have yet to conquer.

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  23. I feel you. Paddling your own canoe is your way to learn about life without being too much dependent on others. It will be hard but you will get there. And I am sure a lot of people can relate to your insights.

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  24. Well said, be true to your authentic self! Life is a learning process in and of itself! Mostly I believe when are left to our own devices we can be amazed at who we find ourselves to be! I feel pretty selfish in that this is the first time in my life that I have considered another person in it and lost a bit of myself along the way, I miss the days of solitude and depending solely on myself!

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  25. I agree with your point of view. I always say that traveling is the best “university” you can ever find in life. Not for the new places & culture but also for the people (locals or travelers) you meet on the way. Happy travels

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  26. Sometimes the best travel companion you can have is yourself. I spend a lot of time on the road and I’ve learned that solo travel is easier than you might think – Liberating and rewarding. After a few life changing experiences, I’m now hooked on solo travel. I have a little bit different way of traveling. I always volunteer. Not just to get freebies but also to learn how to cook and speak like a local. I always take my time because I believe this is the only way that you will be able to know about a culture and a country.

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  27. I think your series of life travels is a great inspiration to many Lai. We all are responsible of our own, yet, many are dependent in so many things because of fear.

    This is a good read and a life changing path for those who want to get out of their comfort zone.

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  28. Real life experiences are always the best teachers. I remember one quote saying “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. I believe that when you take some risks and you fail fast, you learn quick. Determination and preserverance are main key to paddling your own canoe because if you lack that, you might be taken by the huge waves of the sea and end up messing yourself. Great Master Lai!

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  29. You are one brave soul, Lai. I don’t get too travel alone that much now, and I have to admit that I am not confident to do so because of a traumatic experience. I still do travel alone, and it helps me become more vigilant of a lot of things.

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  30. Travelling alone really just has a sense of fresh air to it. Going out there by yourself and experiencing true independence I feel is essential towards true growth as a person and should be experienced by people if they have the means.

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  31. Learning new things, re-learning old things, and learning per se is what we all are bound to do in our life here on Earth. With all the things we learn, some would mean nothing and a lot will essentially be part of who are.

    Insightful article.

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  32. I was able to read one of your post in social media about how you come up with blogging and it tells us the story of your experiences before you became a travel blogger.This figurative speech really described your Personality Lai. You stand in your own and decide your own fate. Great read!

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  33. Wow Master Lai! This article is so inspiring. I prefer to have a buddy when traveling, I love to travel with someone I know wherein I can talk to anytime and do crazy stuffs with, but this post made me think that I will probably try to travel solo again. Maybe not always but I have to do it once in a while.

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  34. No one else can paddle your canoe but you..that’s true. In the same way that no one can change the way you think. No matter how much people try to convince you about something, you still have the last say. Haha. Sorry may pinaghuhugutan 😛

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  35. Cheers for going outside the comfort zone! Which is really a struggle at first but it’s just a matter of getting used to. And yes, paddling your own canoe is best done by no one but yourself! And it’s really interesting to travel not just because of the destination you are going to but also the experiences and learning you get from the people you meet along the way. 🙂

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