A Glimpse of Georgia

A Glimpse of Georgia

Four days gave me a brief first impression of Georgia. Here’s how I describe it: Captivating. Modern. Historical. Unkempt. Cloudy. Come back to me.

A little-known former Soviet country, Georgia sits in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia, and is surrounded by Russia to the north, Azerbaijan to the southeast, Armenia and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the west. Tbilisi, its capital city, is six hours away from Yerevan, Armenia. When we get guests in Armenia, we suggest they also visit Georgia because it’s Armenia’s sister country and, hey, it’s only a drive away. This time, we saw it for ourselves!

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Posted by Issa Adalia in Georgia, Travel, 2 comments
I Can Only See an Oasis in the Desert

I Can Only See an Oasis in the Desert

I stepped out of the airplane and got shipwrecked in a sea of faces from many races before I entered the Dubai International Airport train.

After navigating a couple of months through the overly-familiar landscape of the Philippines, my excitement peaked as I plunged into a melting pot of cultures again. My smile brimmed out from my lips.

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Posted by Issa Adalia in Travel, UAE, 4 comments
The Faces of Armenian Art

The Faces of Armenian Art

One of the reasons why you should visit Armenia is to encounter its rich arts and culture. To discover them, you don’t have to travel far around the city of Yerevan.

Statues will greet you from roundabouts and roadsides. Walk along an outdoor museum at the Art Vernissage (a French word meaning “market”), and you’ll meet painters who showcase and sell their art. Also, you can watch charcoal painters and spray paint artists work in the midst of Northern Avenue’s foot traffic.

But to visit an art exhibit is an entirely different experience.

My Armenian friend, Amalia, who is the daughter of sculptor Misak Melkonyan, invited my family and our friends to attend the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s annual awards ceremony and exhibition two weeks ago on May 23, 2017.

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Posted by Issa Adalia in Arts and Culture, People, 1 comment
15 Reasons Why I Have the Coolest Dad

15 Reasons Why I Have the Coolest Dad

Dear Dad,

Belated happy birthday! If Mom got a blog post for her birthday, you havta get one too.

This was easier to write than hers – probably because we put our heads together to write more often. (Also, I don’t wanna do these surprise birthday posts for you or Mom anymore because I still don’t feel confident about not having both of your opinions. Waaaaahh.)

I hope you enjoy this birthday gift as much as I enjoyed writing it! Without further ado, here are the reasons why you’re the coolest.

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15 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

15 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

Dear Mom,

I’m sorry because I was supposed to post this on your birthday two days ago as my gift. I didn’t plan this right and I really wish I finished it on time.

You’re the most punctual one out of the family and I wish I had done that quality of yours justice. But you also patiently put up with me over and over again, so here’s to hoping that part of you wins over the other. 🙂

So, among many others, here are 15 reasons why I love you.

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Rising Above the Himalayan Tremors

Rising Above the Himalayan Tremors

Exactly 737 days ago, my world literally shook, and since then, my life has trail-blazed diverse galaxies of epic milestones. Well, six days ago, we remembered the second year anniversary of the great Gorkha Earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015.

I survived the strongest tremors a teenager could ever ride: an M7.9, M7.3, and almost 500 aftershocks.

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Posted by Issa Adalia in Life Events, Nepal, Travel
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