reading the titles and headlines of local magazines and newspapers in Vientiane, Laos. It’s a good thing many of them are in English (unlike in Bangkok, Thailand).
writing key words down to help me remember some of the interesting things I’ve learned while traveling.
listening for Filipino words that may be spoken around me. It’s interesting that although the people around me look vaguely Filipino, they speak a foreign language that are not even remotely familiar.
thinking about what it’s like to stay here in Vientiane for at least a year or two, or maybe raise the girls here. It’s peaceful and quiet here, after all, and there are so many institutions where I can practice my profession either as an ESL teacher or PR professional.
smelling the scent of wood every time I open the closet in our room
wishing we’re experiencing the same weather back home, i.e., 19–24º C
hoping to find a battery pack for my Nikon D5100 very soon. I have packed the whole thing, complete with charger and an SD card waiting to be filled with memories, but for some reason, well, the battery’s missing. It’s a good thing hubby gave me an iPhone 6s on my last birthday; it’s resolution is much the same as that of a DSLR camera, though my hands are really itching to hold my good old cam.
wearing my very comfortable “I CAN HELP” Saddleback volunteer’s shirt. It’s so soft, I wish all shirts were made with exactly the same material!
loving the fact that my family and I are blessed to be able to travel outside the country. We may not own a car back home, but that obviously doesn’t hinder us from going to places.
wanting to go out and explore this foreign city, which would be our home for the next few days, but I suppose that could wait. I need to catch up with my translation and editing commitments, not to mention blogging, too! (Crossing fingers that my aunt-in-law’s WiFi connection would remain stable.)
needing to write and document our travel. I just have to sit down and write, you know; it doesn’t matter if there would be readers, I just have to write (for my own sake).
feeling a little tired and still lacking sleep. After more than 24 hours of being on the road, i.e., traveling on foot, by bus, car, and airplane, my body is telling me to lie down and rest, yet my mind continues to come up with ideas and stuff to write about.
praying that all will be well for all of us for the rest of our trip, and that no harm would come upon our relatives back home. I also pray that our enemies would have a life-changing experience this Yuletide season, one that would make them want to become better individuals and stop doing evil to anyone.