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Yoga Upanishad Yoga

Yoga Upanishad

(December 12, 2023) The Yoga Upanishad is a collection of ancient philosophical Hindu text that talks about the principles and practice of yoga - meditation, breath control, and subtle energy channels...more »»

Benjamin Franklin Peoplescape Book Review

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

(November 30, 2023) Benjamin Franklin became a recurring name thrown at me. First, while watching an interview of billionaire Charlie Munger, he said he kept 2 busts in his home of 2 people he admired the most - Benjamin Franklin and Lee Kuan Yew. On a '19 Recommended Books to Read in your Lifetime', I saw Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography. And while watching the American Revolution, Benjamin loomed larger than life. While watching an interview of celebrated author Walter Isaacson who was promoting his recent book about Elon Musk, I learned that he also authored a Benjamin Franklin biography! In my world-view of a benevolent universe blazing a path for me, this is a strong statement that I should roll up my sleeves and get to know Benjamin Franklin in an intimate way - by reading his autobiography...more »»

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Yoga Book Review

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

(Aug 8-???, 2023) The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali have been the classic reference and standard in the practice of Raja Yoga - yoga of the mind. Beyond asana, this book underscores the importance of ethics/morality (Yama/Niyama) and meditation. In this book, Sri Swami Satchidananda gives his commentary...more »»

The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami yoga book review

The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami

(datedate) Srivatsa Ramaswami was a direct one-on-one student of the legendary Tirumalai Krishnamacharya for 33 years. His experience with the Master encompassed yogic elements of asana, breathing, mindfulness, and therapy. With so many neo-yoga versions by self-styled revisionists nowadays, this practice takes us back to the source. A true gem!....more »»

2024: A Year in Review Lucid Thoughts

2024: A Year in Review

(Dec 31, 2024) 2024 started out with me wanting to leave Siquijor for interaction and stimulation in a small city (Cebu? Dumaguete? Bacolod? Iloilo?) - one year in an isolated island living a monk's life was enough.....more »»


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Wanna Fight? Lucid Thoughts

Wanna Fight?

(July 20, 2006) It was 4:30 am in Sagada as I was waiting for the first bus trip to Baguio. There were only a handful of people around that early as it was still dark. A drunk looking for a fight picked on me. Fight or Flight? Either way I do it, I lose. What to do? Luckily, I found a third way out.....more »»



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Backyard Organic Carrots

Backyard Organic Carrots

(February 15, 2023 Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines) Backyard carrots don't look pretty and they are rare in the market. They are small, grungy and assymetrical. But they don't have pesticides, no nitrates and no preservatives to extend their shelf life. They are richer in nutrients and a lot cheaper. Carrots coming from Cebu sell for P200/kilo, from Dumaguete, it's P140/kilo. But this bundled lot, about 1/2 kilo is only P20!


Food Odyssey batchoy
Special Batchoy with Egg at Bacolod's Super Batchoy House, P125
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Feb Snapshots: Carrot, Egg, Ginger Snapshot

Feb Snapshots: Carrot, Egg, Ginger

(February 1-29, 2024) February has been giving me a glimpse of the rare finds in Siquijor (and the rest of the country for that matter) - native eggs, native ginger and backyard carrots....more »»

Siddhi-Activation Workshop Yoga

Siddhi-Activation Workshop

(Feb 4 - Mar , 2024) The Siddhi-Activation workshop has long been in my thoughts but remained inert all this time. With renewed impetus for 2024, I kick-started the preparation with my business partner and headed to Cebu to talk to the studio owners...more »»

Renewed Perspective About Siquijor Traveling

Renewed Perspective About Siquijor

(February 7, 2024) After an 11-day travel covering Dumaguete, Bacolod, Don Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos, Toledo and Cebu City in search of a place I could settle down on, I'm back home in Siquijor with a renewed perspective on where I stay....more »»

Cebu City for the Siddhi Workshop Traveling

Cebu City for the Siddhi Workshop

(Feb 2-5, 2024) There were a few things to do in Cebu City - talk to the yoga studio owners about my planned Siddhi Workshop, reconnect with friends (Mikko, Marky, TS group) and re-group with Marky about our business partnership. My plate was full....more »»

Exploring Toledo City, Cebu Traveling

Exploring Toledo City, Cebu

(Feb 1-2, 2024) I had high hopes for Toledo since it was the gateway to Cebu City from people coming from Northern Negros. I imagined it to be prosperous with a bustling city life. From San Carlos, I just had to take a ferry across Tanon Strait to the island of Cebu....more »»

Exploring San Carlos, Cebu Traveling

Exploring San Carlos, Cebu

(Jan 30-Feb 1, 2024) From Bacolod, I would have stopped at Don Salvador Benedicto for its cool climate and elevation, but it was too isolated and remote for a place to settle down to. I decided to see it from my bus window en route to San Carlos. I haven't been to San Carlos and I'm curious what's there....more »»

Bacolod to Reconnect with Kram Traveling

Bacolod to Reconnect with Kram

(Jan 26-30, 2024) Restless in my pursuit to find a place to settle down to, I embarked on an inter-island travel in search of that resonance. With Kram willing to host me in Bacolod, I made it my first stop. Kram is good people to me and I looked forward to reconnect with him...more »»

Yin Yoga Meditation Yoga Meditation

Yin Yoga Meditation

(January 11, 2024) Yin Yoga is a practice unto itself. But some asanas of Yin Yoga are perfect for meditation. You allow gravity to do its thing as the body sinks into the pose, while the mind keeps awareness on the sensation of the stretch...more »»

Kumbhaka / Nada Meditation Meditation Yoga

Kumbhaka / Nada Meditation

(January 9, 2024) When you hold your breath and meditate on the Nada sound, prana no longer flows along Ida and Pingala - it now flows on Sushumna, the central nadi pathway redirecting prana from Muladhara Chakra all the way to Sahasrara Chakra. Magical things begin to happen...more »»

The Ultimate Nature of Reality Yoga

The Ultimate Nature of Reality

(January 3, 2024) While reading yogic books, the nature of reality became confusing because some books espouse non-duality and others duality. For the longest time, I thought they were saying the same thing - that at the end of the day, Consciousness is the ultimate reality. But apparently, not. ..more »»

The 4 Cycles of Yuga Yoga

The 4 Cycles of Yuga

(January 4, 2024) We are at the worst epoch in the 4 cycles of Yuga - Kali Yuga, the age of darkness, degeneration, moral decay and spiritual ignorance. It began 5,000 years ago and things get worse until it ends 400,000 years from now. Hang on to your seats!..more »»

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