You are Volunteering your Presence, so Thank You | Smokey Mountain, Manila

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My feet were unusually dirty. My shoes got soaked from mud and garbage and rain. But it is the exact opposite of what this is about.

When asked about how I felt after the visit to Smokey Mountain, a famous slum area in Manila, I was left unanswered. It continues, the perplexity still puzzles and there is no arrival. There is only living through, living along, living on, living. It appears fragile, it feels hopeful. We are ever more present in the scheme of things. Given that gift, we are ever more mindful of the little things we can do for the improvement of communities that we may or may not be dwelling in.

More importantly, these little things impact a shift in the mindset of the whole.

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What I Learned about Habits and Happiness after Meeting Burmese Novices in Mandalay Hill | Mandalay, Myanmar

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After classes in Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School, Sai Kham and Max walk more than a thousand steps up the Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset. Aside from observing the setting sun and the steady horizon and the roving clouds, they also wait for foreigners and happily mingle with them to practice their English. One fateful day, Reina and I had a spontaneous and enlightening encounter with these two Burmese novices.

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