Christmas time, time to count one's blessings and reflects on past successes and failures. It is a time for cheer as well as a time for fear. Cheer because it's a time where everyone has a chance to slow down and appreciate our friends, get together and talk about our lives. Fear because it's a time where many won't be around to celebrate Christmas with loved ones but has instead chose to put on their traveling shoes and will miss this great opportunity of getting together. I know many such friends and relatives. As with life, we all make our choices and live according. This year, I hope I could at least make a point to see as many friends I could have in the 12 days of Christmas. That might bring me from China to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and even Kota Kinabalu. It's just a thought but I hope I'd be able to see as many people who have come to love me and means a lot to me. Mission for Christmas in placed! Stop 1: Toronto (Canada) - Yes, it's 12 days ahead of Christmas but there's no rules on this but my own, so here it is.
As long as I can remember, my cousins have always been first and foremost, my friends. I've many cousins and I live among them as a child. There were many older and younger children at my grandparents' home each day after school and my childhood was filled with games and fun time with my cousins. As we grew older, we were spread out in different cities but I still managed to stay close and intimate with some of my favorite cousins. I do love my cousins very much and although I haven't seen a few for a long time, I am hoping I could correct that in the coming weeks.
These are friends whom I made while in University of Toronto and they come from all walks of life and also different countries. I do keep in touch with many and see them often enough. They are simply the greatest friends I've made in my life. I'm thankful to them for their friendships and love. This year, one of them was diagnosed with cancer just and she's now undergoing treatment. I'll be there for her as much as possible so possibly less time for Lunch and other online sites I'm on. However, friends will always be my top priority in life. I'm best when I'm with them. :-)
It may not be easy to be friends with colleagues and the likes as at times, corporate politics and competition do not allow one to do so. However, in my line of work, it was quite possible and I've had some wonderful friendship with my colleagues (now former colleagues since I've left my job a few months ago). The trick is simply to be yourself and trust that others are being their best selves too.
Internet Friendship does exist. In fact, internet relationships have progressed to marriages and I've known at least 2 couples personally who met through VirtualTourist.com and got married. They are Atsuko from Japan & Demitris from Greece, Richie from U.S. & Doreen from Germany. Online relationships do work in some cases though not many. However, simply as friends, my experience is they are some of the greatest and most open. That's just my experience though. I've made a dozen of greatest friends from simply writing about my trips on the site and then meeting up with people who are crazy about travel in their respective cities. These are very fulfilling relationships where I'm concern. If you haven't try it, you should consider, esp. if you do like travel.
See the full review, "Travel @ the speed of thought!".
While traveling solo across the world, I meet many strangers who later become the best of friends. I may not see them often, but they sure have a great impact in my life. I'm forever thankful I meet them while traveling and am looking forward to meet many more. Traveling is like the air I breathe, I need them all the time! :-)
See the full review, "Travel - A life in transition".