March 18, 2013

On Graduations and Traveling

They say graduations are not the end, but the start. It's true, right?

Yet, more than the speeches and the applause, I always think of graduations as times when:
-- feelings of pure joy and happiness overwhelm you.
-- accolades and congratulations are given.
-- gifts and thank you's are bestowed.
-- recollection of the memories makes you laugh and cry.
-- all you wanted to do is to feel the moment and enjoy.

Preschool Graduation

Graduations are just like that.

And I also think that the moments during graduations are just like the times when traveling.


Because when you travel:
-- you will experience overwhelming joy and happiness.
-- accolades and gifts may not be given to you, but you will have the opportunity to give it in service to others.
-- the experiences will create memories that will last a lifetime.
-- all you wanted to do is to feel the place, the people, and the culture.
-- you will never think of anything else but to enjoy!

Klement Backpacking and Ministry Team in Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
These are my college batchmates who dedicated their time serving and ministering
to the needs of others during our mission trip in Thailand and Cambodia.

Photo Credit: Regin Reyno

In traveling, you will give up many things. But opportunities and success will come in return. 

In schools, there will always be graduations. But there is no graduation in traveling and in life itself.

Ephraim Arriesgado
BS Nursing
Mountain View College

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for March 2013
with the theme "Things I Graduated From Since I Started Traveling"
hosted by Kaiz Galang of Miss Backpacker.

 For previous Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival topics, click here.


  1. your purpose of travelling is so inspiring ;)

  2. Graduation and Travelling maybe difference in understanding but have the same output to make you who you are as a person.

    1. Yeah, you are right, Raine! They both help us as we to go through our lives. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  3. Graduating and travelling for me are opposite sides of the pole ironic. Ironic because graduating is getting grounded somewhere, achieving something for something you are establishing like a future. Travelling on the other hand for me is being random at the randomest times, being a nomad. But good read, thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here! :)