Why You Should Travel Too

Awesome Architecture in Chicago
One of the perks of having no financial responsibility other than myself (Thanks to mom and dad that I am able to do this), is that I get to travel. I choose to travel for I get to expose myself in a different world, meet interesting people and learn from their culture.
View from Maggie Daley Park, Chicago

My recent one was when my friend and I finally booked ourselves to fly over to Chicago for a 3-day weekend. This was an intention long overdue since 2 years ago. We packed ourselves with a list of places where we want to go and see. Chicago did not disappointment.

We appreciated their rich historical architecture, ate at their must eat pizza parlors and learned from a few locals about their history. We couldn't help but gush over this Lou Malnati's salad we ordered, we liked it so much and found that the secret was actually in the dressing they use. And to our delight, they were selling it. We ended up ordering it on line. (Thank God!)
"The Cloud Gate" at the Millennium Park

I travel because it is one of things that I do that gives me joy. It is acknowledging that there is another world outside of work in the States. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do. It is a break from the never -ending professional and personal advancement that I do. They say peak performers always has to make time to relax. This way they can charge on with an even better vigor and energy when they come back.

Cliche as it may sound, I believe in work- life balance. That in order to enjoy this life-there's time to be more serious and there's time to be carefree and just be. Kind of like Pooh (in Winnie the Pooh), where as Andrew Matthew says in his book, Being Happy, quoting Benjamin Hoff's The Tao of Pooh, " while Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates and Owl pontificates...Pooh just IS."

House and Studio of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Archt of  Falling Waters and Guggenheim Museum)
As an immigrant from a third world country, I choose to reap what I sow. I work hard. I reward myself.  I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't splurge on material things. This is my "vice", if you will.

And now, as I resume my studying for another certification in my field, the next plan for a trip is brewing...