Ground Zero

Hello, it’s Meryl and here’s my hundredth attempt at bringing this back to life. I contemplated on celebrating and making a huge production out of this, but some things just don’t feel right anymore. It’s the smallest things, really. Like how I don’t feel like myself anymore with wavy, long hair and side-swept bangs. (In…

Flooded by the unfamiliar

I didn’t know know anything about Mandalay. Most travelers skip this because, according to them, it’s a city clogged with people and dusty streets. I didn’t fear the crowd or the dust. For me, there was a big appeal in going to places that most people disliked – what was about it that made them…

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Last night I received an email from my domain host, informing me that they updated my WordPress site. It reminded me for the nth time this year of that burning desire to write – one that has been plaguing me the past few days, but has been leaving me in a limbo. The desire is…

Caring For A Parent With Cancer

What happens when you suddenly need to be the parent and the parent becomes the child? This is a question I had to deal with last year, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I actually spent hours reading other people’s experiences, especially whenever I felt I was flying blind and didn’t know how to…

A Year of Transitions

If 2015 was the year of travel, I hereby declare 2016 as the year of transitions. Finding peace in the chaos Back in July, my mother went out for her annual executive checkup and was later hospitalised for severe anemia. What we thought would be a maximum two day hospital stay turned out to be…

Finding my feet in Vientiane COPE Center

Fact: Laos is the most heavily bombed country in the whole world. Between 1964 to 1973, the United States of America waged a secret war against Laos. They dropped 270 million cluster bombs in the span of 9 years, 80 million of which did not detonate. You might be wondering: why? What’s the reason behind…