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

The Path to Change

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Thursday, January 15, 2009
With the new year, come new thoughts. It's rather amazing how our thoughts, even though at times unconscious, could motivate our actions and translate into reality.

I wanted to stop writing my blog towards late last year. It became necessary to reflect what I wanted to write about. The subject has to be true to me, and meaningful to others. Hence I decided to take a break, and be silent for a while.

It became more evident to me that I should write about change - personal change, the path to change. As we try hard to live life the best we can - I mean that by being true to ourselves, embracing life's fullest and simplest moments and facing with courage anything that comes our way - we find that the road is sometimes long and trying, taking us around detours instead of straight to destination. My hope is to write about that journey. These entries will later serve as a reminder to myself, when the road becomes long and trying again.

I read somewhere that the path to change isn't a straight line, but seems like a circle. It isn't really a circle either, because we grow and never really come back to the same point. So the path is really like a spiral...Change is painful, and so is growth - like the caterpillar that struggles to transform. The beauty of the butterfly awaits those who do not fear change and growth.

As we go through phases of struggle and change, we might feel completely alone - or want to be left alone. I hope these words will bring some comfort that we are not really alone, and don't have to be.

Buen Camino,

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