600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

Day 6: Paris - City of Love

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Sunday, September 16, 2007

I arrived in Paris with exuberance. Paris, the city of "love". The receptionist at my hotel was a young french man. When I enquired about my room and requested to change to a smaller room so that it might be cheaper, he gave me an interesting solution.

"If the room is too big for you, you could invite me, huh? What are you, a single girl, doing alone in Paris?! How would you keep yourself entertained?" Then he continued, "In France, it is our duty to be your guide in this instance." He smiled.

I pretended I didn't understand French, smiled, took the keys and checked into my room. Half an hour later, I felt more and more uncomfortable and indignant that I went back to the reception to "sort him out".

He was very careful and respectable the next day. =)

The young in Paris....

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