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Bohol Yoga Festival, April 21-22, 2024
Bohol Yoga Festival

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Bohol Yoga Festival Yoga

Bohol Yoga Festival

(April 20/21, 2024) I was in the midst of my move from Siquijor to Bantayan when I got an invite from Joan to teach a class at the Bohol Yoga Festival in her resort, Fox and Firefly Cottages. I said yes, and went to the event with all my belongings for Bantayan....more »»

Elon Musk Book Review Peoplescape

Elon Musk

(April 4-, 2024) This is a special book to me for its subject (Elon Musk) and its biographer (Walter Isaacson). Elon is perhaps one of the most fascinating guys who ever walked on this planet and nobody writes better than Walter Isaacson....more »»

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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    Old Man and his Heavy Payload

    Old Man and his Heavy Payload

    (March 26, 2023 Cebu, Philippines) Some political influencers make millions in bribes. But for most, like this old man, he scratches a living carrying heavy payload. Life isn't fair. Or maybe, it's all part of intelligent design.


    Food Odyssey
    Homemade Pizza

    Homemade Pizza

    (March 9, 2024 Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines) Homemade pizza is a weekly indulgence. I'll make one from scratch using a rice cooker, a wok or a frying pan...gotta have my pizza!
    ...more Food Odyssey from March
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    Goodbye Siquijor Traveling

    Goodbye Siquijor

    (April 18, 2024) After 15 months in Siquijor, it was time to say goodbye. I thought I could stay here until I was old and gray but despite its beauty, I was left wanting. Wandering into Bantayan sparked new vigor into what was becoming stale resignation over Siquijor. It was time to pack again....more »»

    Bantayan: in search of a home Traveling

    Bantayan: in search of a home

    (March 23-26, 2024) Marky brought up Bantayan after the workshop. I remember asking Mikko a year ago what place he will settle down for life if Cebu was no longer an option. He said Bantayan. Hmmm...maybe this is the universe talking to me. This is the best time to visit Bantayan in search of a new home since I was already in Cebu City. Impromptu, I asked Marky if he would like to go with me to Bantayan the next day, all expenses paid. I'm glad he said yes. I handed him all my earnings from the workshop as our pocket money....more »»

    Siddhi-Activation Workshop Yoga

    Siddhi-Activation Workshop

    (March 22, 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 »»

    Cebu City for the Workshop Traveling

    Cebu City for the Workshop

    (March 20-23 / March 26 - April 1, 2024) My coming to Cebu City, primarily, was to do the Siddhi-Activation workshop. I brought my folding bike with me and stayed at Hostel 7 Cebu. I made a 3-day visit to Bantayan Island and came back to Cebu and stayed another week - I didn't really feel like going back to Siquijor yet. With a bike, I roamed around the city streets, going to Ayala Mall, Robinson's Galleria and SM City. It was a whole new adventure....more »»

    Via Dumaguete for Neva's Pizza Traveling

    Via Dumaguete for Neva's Pizza

    (March 20, 2024) From Lazi to Cebu City, although there is a direct passage via Sugbo Urban bus, the easy-chill way is via Dumaguete. Dumaguete has perks - Neva's Pizza being one of many....more »»

    Nine (9) Bandhas Yoga

    Nine (9) Bandhas

    (March 9, 2024) Three bandhas are popular and widely used in Yoga - Mula bandha, Uddiyana bandha and Jalandhara bandha. However, there are lesser and obscure bandhas. Altogether, there are 9 in total...more »»

    NOSTR: Decentralized Social Media Technology

    NOSTR: Decentralized Social Media

    (March 7, 2024) Social media is more and more controlling, becoming outright tyrannical. Anything posted contrary to the mainstream agenda is de-platformed. The public knows this but is helpless to do anything against - there is no alternative. Until now!...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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