Chyng Reyes

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Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success.
Manila, PH 🇵🇭

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from a weekender type of traveler to a slow paced one. i realized that i was wrong when i said long and slow kind of trips are not for me. been on trips lately for almost 2 months, a longer period after each time. i admit i seriously enjoyed this style - to settle, to blend in, and to belong. there's something magical about dropping the crazy manic sightseeing and focus more on finding connection in the place, the people, and myself.

now i understand why some prefer  slower and longer trips. intense but this really makes sense. simpler yet more fulfilling.

#slowdown #doyou
"when i am happy, i see the happiness in others. when i am compassionate, i see the compassion in other people. when i am full of energy and hope, i see all the opportunities around me.

but when i am depressed, i noticed the sadness in people's eyes. when i was weary, i see the world as boring and unattractive.

who I am is what I see!"
and i am grateful for beyond physical connections specially those who stared back at my soul.

very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
found this extra beautiful yoga shala right in front of the beach, in the uncrowded area of Bali. absolutely one of the best places I've ever practiced.
but nonetheless, I realized that it doesn't matter where I practice, who my teachers were, and who I practice with. it's all about my intention and perception after all.
"Do you know her?" asked the police officer as he was pointing to the picture frame, a recently caught Filipina drug mule. - I answered no.
"Did you take drugs?" - Of course not!
"Did you have drugs hidden in your body?" - What?! Never!
And a lot more interrogations in the holding room as I proved myself inoccent.
A true story. Midnight of May 2011.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. 💉
while focusing on other's garden,
you left your flowers alone.
and then you ask why others
are happy on their own.
i wish everyone i've met on my journey nothing but peace and love. whether we became closer, stayed in good terms or seperated indifferently: i wish you well, i wish you success - however you define and measure it.

may we find what melts our hearts and calms our souls. ❤
For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing?

Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. FIND THE OTHERS...
- T Leary
in a society which values productivity, i have a sense of achievement whenever i do loads of activities which excite my brain and body. apparently, there's something about "being busy" that makes one's life more exciting and more eventful. and i don't want this kind of thinking anymore.

among the many lessons i learned through my journey, slowly learning to be still and present are my favorites. a normal day in the ashram would include a morning meditation and asana practice, swimming, reading, a lot of quiet time listening and absorbing the teachers' and co-participants' stories and experiences, and simple vegan meals in between.

stillness is also my weakness, and i'm glad i'm slowly having progress on this. it's inspiring to meet people who invest, value, and prioritize stillness and peace. it is definitely more empowering to be comfortable at being still.
for the last stretch of my bum stage, i chose to stay in an ashram for a week. i chose a simple ashram which is tucked away from the mainstream of human population. i chose the ashram which is lead by local balinese teachers and practitioners.

in general, an ashram is not designed to be a comfortable hotel rather a spiritual place. it's a reminder to step away from worldly affairs and return to a simpler way of living. i chose the simplest accommodation to fully immerse myself with the ashram experience.

true enough, sustainable joy comes from simplicity, not luxury. the basics are just what we needed to survive. it was a great week to practice mindfulness, non-attachment, simplicity, stillness, and gratitude for the present moment.
Like in any journey, it's not always what you take with you, it's also what you leave behind.

After my daily yoga class, I would join the locals in whatever activities they have in mind. It's the low season that's why most boatmen and guides were stuck inland, yet no one's complaining. Anyway, activities would be mostly cliff climbing and exploration of the islands which are not part of the common El Nido tour. Not easy but definitely rewarding, I was in awe each time we reached the top. What amazed me more were the locals' appreciation towards their beautiful El Nido. After all these years of living in the island and climbing the cliffs, they still felt so grateful and so blessed that they have a stunning hometown. Im humbled and stoked! #goosebumps

On other days, I would share my yoga practice with them. I would be stared at and hear questions like "what are you doing each morning and never tour at all?". We found ourselves setting up a nice quiet place in a rooftop and began our basic yoga. They loved it. On the following days, Im surprised to see them already googling their preferred yoga practice in youtube. Made me really happy that they found their peaceful me-time moment in yoga.
...and that was another heartbreaking story when I was bound to leave. Thank you El Nido for being my home and family for 2 weeks. Someday, it would be a one-way ticket trip. ❤
L is for beyond Landscapes and Limestones

it's already my 5th time in El Nido but this one easily turned out to be the most special. it's the first time i've seen this place on a new perspective: beyond the beaches, the landscapes, and the limestones. soul-itude kind of trips are just the best. ❤
thank you @lioelnido and @casakalaw for providing a quiet place for beach lovers. it's a very good option for families with kids. and thanks for providing me a yoga mat! 😘
#lioelnido #liopalawan #elnido
You do not have a soul.
You are a soul. You have a body.

so much gratitude to be surrounded by the beautiful souls i met in el nido. reminds me to stay grounded, contented, kind, and just be in the present moment.

my heart is overjoyed. namaste! 🙏
📷 @beksoriano thanks for the awesome rocket yoga class. you're inspiring!