Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Seeing the world through others eyes

I recently read through the comments of those who wanted to join World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship. Sadly, I came upon this confirmation that I am no longer eligible to join. A professional writer of any sort (travel writer or otherwise) won't be allowed to apply, especially if 25% of their income comes from writing.

All along I thought that I was exempted since I was writing for a different niche. Well, I already wrote my contribution. But instead of deleting it completely from the system, I decided to just post my entry here instead. In that way, I still get to share my story.

Anyway, the topic that I picked out was 'Seeing The World Through Others Eyes'. Enjoy!


I’ve always dreamt about becoming a flight attendant. And I always knew that through this profession that I'd be able to fulfill my dream to see the world. I started my journey towards this dream. I’ve had my share of triumphs and have also been rejected without further reason to it. 

Some of my friends have already been given their wings as cabin crew. And it's through their photos that I'm able to indulge myself with all of their global tales. I've grown envious of their photos, as I’ve witnessed every symbol of the world being shown right before my eyes. 

Their separate trips to Moscow have made me want to experience the beauty of the Kremlin, and not just to see the dazzling lights of the historical structure on their portraits. 

I hunger for those cycling tours in Berlin, in hopes that I would have the same chance at getting those few snapshots of the Brandenburg Gate as my background.

I pine for the same sentiments of getting different religious inspirations from the monks of Kathmandu, or to experience the same pathway as Mother Teresa walked on during her days in Calcutta.

I desire to feel the same excitement that's discernible from their eyes when they’ve finally seen the dancing lights of the Eiffel Tower during their 24-hour layover.

I want to feel the rush of my blood when I see a sprint of wild animals during a safari adventure in Kenya. Or to find myself interacting with real kangaroo’s in Australia, just like they have.

I crave to be kissed by the sun's golden rays while on a Maldives beach, and speak about how I’ve come to see the beauty of this paradise in just half a day.

These endless pictures of the world have given me both life and hope. I’ve also realized that no matter how envious I got of my friends journeys, that I would always tell myself that I was placed on this path for a greater purpose. 

I believe that there is life in traveling. And I will continue to breathe it, see it, and feel it, through other people’s journeys, until my moment comes.


Explore & Be Free!
Mai 

38 comments:

  1. well written Mai, but sorry you were disqualified. i heard about this scholarship from a fellow travel blogger and i believe she got in. i agree that you are placed in the situation you are in for a greater purpose!

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  2. Hello Mhe-anne! They didn't disqualify me just yet.. I pulled out before it actually happened..hehe! Good thing that I read through the comments section. It would have broken my heart more siguro. =P 

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  3. I agree with your last sentences. We'll just wait and enjoy their journey but don't lose hope and just believe in ourselves that our time has not yet come. :)

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  4. Our time is yet to come, but know that it will come. =) Thanks for dropping by Patricia! =)

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  5. Buti pala nakita mo agad ang rules at nakapag pull out kaagad. I love the way you write very informative 

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  6. Malabo kasi yung rules. =( Mas naliwanagan pa ako when I started reading through the comments thread. Several people were also as confused as I was. 

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  7. I feel the emotions behind your words. Good write-up indeed. Not every blogger does :)

    BTW, can I still join this? How to join?

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  8. Hey Edmar!!!

    You can still join the travel writing scholarship. Just make sure that 25% of your income doesn't come from writing. =)

    Here's the link to the site: http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/story/82158/Worldwide/Travel-Writing-Scholarship-2012-Southeast-Asia

    Last day of submission is April 23, 2012. =)

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  9. Wow,  reading your crystal clear description of those major destinations in the world takes me to those wonderful places vicariously. My eagerness to travel the world kicks in even more. Thanks for taking me to those great attractions of the world :)

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  10. Enjoyed reading this, you're a good writer who can speak out what's on your mind clearly, I envy you :)

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  11. Awww.. thanks so much Ms. Josie! Thank you for the kind words.. and nothing to be envious here. We are all good writers. =)

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  12. Great thoughts you shared, it was just all emotional.  Yeah! sometimes we wish for things that we desire so much but in the end we get something different.  Whatever was destined, surely there is a definite plan for that, only that we need to personally realized why it was meant for us.

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  13. One of the greatest jobs that I can think of, is having the opportunity to travel to other countries. Sarap ng feeling if you got to visit our countries, you learn a lot.

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  14. I feel you.  This is a great post. You painted very nice pictures of this places in my mind. Your time will come when you will have the whole world at the palm of your hand.:)

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  15. Great post! You're writing is very lyrical and fun to read.  Just be patient and continue to dream and someday, you'll be able to do what you've always wanted :)

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  16. Like you I'm wishing those same things.

    If I remain to be single for a while, I might as well consider travelling while I can still do that.

    I noticed that you're a traveler already, and I think that, if you are really determined, you will truly have your turn in sharing your own adventures to your friends.

    Be well.

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  17. I remember my dad used to say... that traveling is part studying... and it is one of the best teachers... He always encouraged me to travel and explore new places... as through experience that I will learn the best lessons of life...

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  18. "My eagerness to travel the world kicks in even more." - Same here!!!! SO much more..

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  19. I agree with ate Josie, this post is great! Sayang di pwede isali 

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  20. Yeah, I was a bit emotional when I was writing that.. hehe. And I agree, only time will tell if our dreams do turn out the way we've hoped these to be.

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  21. Hear hear! That's why dream ko talaga maging FA.. di lang pinapalad sa applications, hehe!

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  22. I hope for the same thing po, Blanca.. thank you so much for your kind words. =)

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  23. Will do. =) I do hope for the same thing. =) Thank you for the nice words..

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  24. Slowly but surely, I know that I'm getting there.. And you're right. While we're single, we should definitely travel while we still can. =) 

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  25. You and your dad are so right.. we're on the same page. My dad was able to instill the same teaching to me before he passed away. 

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  26. Onga po Ms. Levy.. I really wanted to join. And thank you po for the kind words. =)

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  27. yaniconquistadoraApril 17, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Never lose hope. Always reach for your dreams. Dreams do come true!!!!!

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  28. Will do, Yani! Thank you!

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  29. Don't worry my dear...
    You're still young and a bright future is 
    awaiting for your arrival.  Don't stop
    DREAMING... while you're breathing.

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  30. Thank you po Marri.. your words bring so much hope and meaning! I am grateful for those. =)

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  31. there is life in travelling.. indeed! You right pretty well! Applause! :) I love your blog and im following you <3

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  32. Thank you so much for the kind words, Wander Shugah! =)

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  33. i've never really considered myself with travelling because i'm boring that way, but with my friends' encouragement and persuasion, i tried going out for the first time, as in spend time browsing around places that i don't normally go to and i am kind of liking it. nevermind that i'm a late bloomer, but im learning new things is what's important to me :) -from rizawritten.com

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  34. That's a really great realization. I applaud you for your strengths, and for being brave in exploring new things. Anyway, where have you traveled so far? =)

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  35. Someday, you will reach your dream. Traveling is embedded na kasi sa heart mo Mai.

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  36. Salamat Tay! That means a lot, especially coming from you po. :) Magdilang anghel po sana kayo.

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  37. I think travelling is in your blood. I want to travel the world too, but I think it's not yet the right time as I have too many responsibilities. However, I will be a traveler soon

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