I often wondered what it would be like to just hop on board a cruise ship and go wherever the wind blows.

Over breakfast this morning I was telling my Mom about this project and how I imagine that instead of the sea, this voyage happens on the internet. I think it's a brilliant idea.

This is a great opportunity for me. Primarily because I'm a "closet artist". :) I studied music since 4 years old and went to conservatory by highschool. I took up psychology in college because music and anything related to the arts is not a "viable career" in my country. I ended up building a career instead of responding to a vocation. I ventured on to business school and I now I sit as the head of human resources for a packaging company.

Yet, despite that, I still am not fulfilled. I shoved my artistic inclinations under the rug and everywhere I turn is a haunting longing to reach for the creative impulse.

I suppose the ship passed by for me at the right time because I have been going through an archeological dig of all my old creations. From photos to songs to poetry. Trying to just sift through my own material and wondering, where my creative impulse wants to take me.

This morning I sit behind this desk of a day job a little bit rejuvenated after jumping aboard SNS Challenger. Looking at the captain's logs about Manila and Cebu.

Perhaps I can share a little bit about my country through my past chronicles in my archives found here.

A look at Intramuros. One of the pictures taken the HMS Challenger shows a photograph of the Manila Cathedral that I still have to recreate next weekend. But this post in my archives shows some photos I've taken in the Cathedral itself.

I was born in the island of Cebu before moving to the city of Manila. 2 years ago I took two of my good friends there for a wonderful journey that it felt like I discovered my hometown again. One of my friends Adi, now studies in Wimbledon college who's mother is the cultural officer of the Philippine embassy that got me the ticket to go on board this ship. I wanted to show them what I saw in my hometown.

That trip to Cebu (September 6, 2008) started off a series of adventures and discoveries. I remember our mouths gaped wide open when we saw this. We took more pictures and discoveries around the area of Magellan's tomb which is also one of the photos I have yet to recreate from the HMS Challenger album.

So, I am happy to be here and I hope this journey will open a lot of discoveries for me.

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Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 27, 2010 at 3:26am
It will be worth it :)
Comment by Kathy Ponce on November 26, 2010 at 10:17pm
Hi Eleanor! Thank you. :) I know. But at least we will all share a similar experience here in SNS.
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 26, 2010 at 9:52pm
Lovely introduction! It's going to be interesting being on board with a group we'll likely never meet - but maybe get to know quite well! Hope it's an worthwhile journey.

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