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Hey hey hey!

Hey hey hey!

Hey, Stranger!

My apologies for failing to humor you these past few weeks. My alter ego–the geeky academic in super cute clothes–has been crazy demanding lately and well, I can’t really deny her the satisfaction derived from good grades and productivity at work. So naturally, TCW has to take a backseat for a bit. But don’t worry, I’ve lined up a couple of stories your way which I hope you’ll enjoy very soon. I’m also working on a collaboration with a fellow blogger (omigod, it feels so weird and awesome at the same time to *tease* about it) and I, too, am excited about our project. In the mean time, you can check out my Instagram (I’m doing the #100HappyDays challenge and it’s going well so far, you might want to try it, too) or back-read my articles if you feel like being nostalgic–that is if you’ve been joining my adventures since Day 1, which you’ve probably not, but that’s just me daydreaming that you are, in fact, a regular in this–my–bubble.

Anyway, have a great summer, dear reader. I miss writing, too. And though I can’t see you, I hope I’ve made you smile.

No?
How about now?
There ya go.

Love lots,
Cole Walks 🙂

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Of Sneakers and Master Degrees

Feeling blessed. In Laos, these cotton strings are tied around one’s wrist for luck, happiness, safety, good health, wealth, etc. What a way to start the new academic year (my last year with the program–hopefully!).

Hey, Stranger!

If you are my Facebook friend, Twitter follower, Tumblr follower, estranged acquaintance, classmate, former/current professor, and/or random lurker–do not get confused with the content of Cole Walks–you have come to the right place.

I have been talking about pursuing my graduate degree online, and the cool thing about it? One of the requirements is to maintain a learning blog. Since I have already invested in Cole Walks’ domain for another year (and my travel stats are plummeting by the minute), I have decided to make use of this space, and hopefully, would be able to share something more apart from travel and culture.

If you are a regular reader, do not be surprised if you stumble upon posts about Development, Social Mobilization, Social Marketing, or any topic that has something to do with social change–that means you have met my alter ego. I am down to my last two semesters with the University of the Philippines Open University under their distance learning program, and my days are filled with intellectual discourses, readings and write-ups that I may or may not be able to survive. But I will try.

On the other hand, if you are of esteemed academic relation, please do not get turned off with my personal posts/adventures/or topics of, or relating to my travel writing days (for example, the Nightlife in some territory). You can skip the gory details of my traveling side, as it is on hiatus, but if you want to know more about Laos, and the rest of Southeast Asia, a little about the Netherlands, about Project Digital Natives With A Cause(?), about confessions of a twenty-something, feel free to browse the dates located on your right-hand side–just in case you get bored with Facebook, or you are killing time while waiting for a classmate’s reply in the Discussion Boards of MOODLE.

This is just a friendly signposting as to how Cole Walks is moving this year. It still is the same old Cole Walks though, I still love telling stories. Enjoy reading!

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Off-Peak, I Guess

Hey, Stranger, welcome back!

Oy, I am a bad blogger. Maintaining a blog sure can be handful especially if it’s about travel, which requires…resources. I haven’t been on my foot an awful lot of times this year. We’re almost half-way through 2011 and I feel that I’m so behind my adventures!

I have my reasons, you know! My Luang Prabang Trip became even more memorable because it was the time I received a letter from One Young World informing me that I am a candidate for the global summit. Honored, yes. Excited, yes. Budget, eep! So apart from scouring for potential sponsors and donors (YOU can be one of them!), I am saving for this trip –which awfully translates to I’m cancelling all my planned trips from May to July. Bummer, yes. But Zurich and an experience of a lifetime are at stake, so I think two months lurking in the city will be enough. I hope. Although, if something comes up that I absolutely need to be part of, I’m down!

But look on the bright side, from August until January 2012, I already plotted a number of trips for you! Hint: There are some cultural-immersions, cosmopolitan walks and beaches! I’m crossing my fingers for these stints. Some destinations will be a first, but most of them are places I’ve visited. I guess, it’s time to discover new things in a familiar place, isn’t it? Second-half of the year is going to be really exciting; in the mean time, you can go through my previous posts and woes.

OR

If you’re missing my stories (I bet you don’t but for the sake of this post!), you can check out my baby, Cole Walks on Paper –I’m kidding! Seriously, you might want to check out the second issue of Visit Laos Magazine, our travel quarterly, if you want to know more about Laos without much blab from the author *wink*. In this issue, I served as the editor/writer/photographer, so I call it my baby, for some reason (the first issue is the God of Visit Laos, hence my idol). This is a special issue because it covers Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) and articles about Temples in the city, hotel info, The List of Must-Tries, flight details, etc. Everything you need in a travel magazine, that is. I also included downloadable maps, just in case!

It’s here!

You can also check out the first issue here.

Don’t forget to visit from time to time, you’ll never know if I happen to win a free ticket or something!

Hugs and toodles,

Cole Walks

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