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.

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About Me

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, February 21, 2009
The things that I love that make me who I am:
- A notebook with no lines
- A mind with no boundaries
- A mosaic of cultures
- A tango of soulmates
- A book that takes me traveling
- A travel that changes me, in deep and unseen ways...

During one of the most important voyages I made, I met a special lady who shared a seat next to me on the train, and imparted words that I will never forget. I considered her an Angel of the Camino. Many people, Martine from Martinique said, live on the fringe of who they are. She said, in life, we must not pass ourselves by. We must live completely. Head on with our true self.

Hence, that is the promise to myself. I shall love life as fully as I can. I shall see the world with child-like wonder, and be a traveler at heart. Having been to 194 cities in 27 countries, I now realize that the interior world and the universal human heart have greater shades of truth to explore. What is more interesting to me is the process of spiritual growth inspired by travel, by walking God's earth and by meeting God's people.

We are all, in varying degrees, nomads at heart. So these are bits of stories about me, from me, that are also perhaps in you.

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