Monday, December 25, 2017

My 2017 Travels

by Regin Reyno



2017 has been a great year, especially in terms of travel. I was able to visit for the 1st time, 5 countries in total and lots of domestic travels. Since I started this yearly travel summary on my blog in 2011, I think this year is my most traveled year. I thought I traveled a lot in 2012, but this year surpassed it. 

The Lord has been gracious and faithful. Despite the tragedy that happened to our family this year-which was the death of our grandma and cousin-overall, I still experienced His grace, love, mercy, and Him being true to His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5

So I praise and thank God for all these wonderful travel opportunities.   

I am also intentionally living with less material things. Acquiring less and giving more importance and focus on things that matter; relationships, spiritual life, experiences, and memories.  

  1. January 2017: Russia
Transportation from/to Beijing: Aeroflot Russian Airlines 
The Hermitage Museum
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Simples Things I Enjoy When Traveling

by Regin Reyno

We travel to be happy. In whatever we do in our travels, at the end of the day, the reason we do those things, is to achieve happiness and/or meaningfulness. Whether that be hiking on the Great Wall of China, witnessing Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son at The Hermitage Museum, scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro, swimming with whalesharks in the Philippines, riding Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain, or simply enjoying an over water villa in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. We go to great lengths to achieve happiness and meaningfulness. 
But in traveling, I also find happiness in simple things. They’re simple. In fact, some people take them for granted. But these simple things or activities make me happy. It allows me to have positive emotions. To have feelings of joy, contentment, and comfort. 
Every time I travel, every time I book that ticket, I feel excited not just for the major sites and activities that I’m going to do in a particular destination, but also for these simple things and activities when traveling. I’m a person who finds happiness in simple pleasures. 

1. Meal time on planes

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Underground River sa Palawan

ni Regin Reyno

Dahil ngayon ay Linggo ng Wika, napagdesisyon ako na mag-blog gamit ang wikang Filipino.



Maaga kaming nagising nong araw na yon kasi madaming activities ang nakaplano. Naka-plano kaming puntahan ang Underground River sa Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Excited kami dahil di lang namin mararanasan ang napaka-pambihirang spelunking activity, kundi dahil ito ay tinaguriang isa sa 7 Wonders of Nature. Isang malaking accomplishment at pribilehiyo na mapuntahan ‘to.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Train from North Korea to China

by Regin Reyno
I woke up early on that freezing day. Looked through my window on the 25th floor and saw the frozen Taedonggang river and some other buildings in that beautiful city. It was the 2nd day of January 2016. Yes, winter. I just finished days of touring Pyongyang and Kaesong in the secluded country, North Korea, where locals don’t have access to the internet and cannot just travel outside of their country, unless sponsored by the state. It was my last day in that country. A country where a lot of people are scared to visit. 
After a good breakfast at our luxurious, Yanggakdo Hotel-a hotel built during the soviet era, located on an islet in the middle of Taedong river-I hopped on our bus taking us to Pyongyang train station.  
The train station was quite packed that time. Buses arrived. Tour buses that carried foreigners. Foreigners like me, who are curious what North Korea is like. Mostly Europeans and Australians, as Americans are not allowed to take the train. The Americans headed to Kim Il Sung Airport, also that same day. There were some Chinese, too. I think I was the only Filipino in North Korea that time.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

26th

by Regin Reyno

Today, I arrived in Qufu, Shandong, China-hometown of Confucius, founder of Confucianism-via an 8.5-hour sleeper train ride. Comfortably slept in my cabin. Visited the Temple of Confucius, Qufu; the largest and most renowned Confucian Temple in the world. It was built in 478 BC and rebuilt in 1499. Confucius’ teachings are the foundation of China’s traditional cultural values. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Visited Philippine Provinces

"Wag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan." (Don't be a foreigner/stranger in your own country).

Before I was able to have my first international trip in 2005, I was exploring the Philippines. It started when I was young. My parents make it a point to have family vacation somewhere at least once a year.
Camiguin

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Staying with Nomads in Mongolia

by Regin Reyno

Staying with nomads in the steppes of Mongolia. 

My host family were singing traditional Mongolian songs after dinner on a cold autumn night over Arkhi. 



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