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Dreams Collected

Our Story in Bellingham – an invitation to say YES!

Dreams Unlimited @BELLINGHAM

One of our Couchsurfing hosts, owner of The Table and Bellingham Pasta Co., Katie shared on our Facebook page: “Bellingham is a better place today because of these two.” Being stranded, almost homeless; and definitely sleepless in Seattle in June this summer – we were this close to packing up and moving on from the […]

Sharing at Rainbow Cafe in Antigua – “Listening” to the Universe

Paola's photo of the dreams in their hands

It felt like most of our sharing sessions – we shared from our hearts, and set an intention for people to open their hearts and truly “listen”… We collected hands at the end of the sharing, just like we did at every sharing in Latin America… A few days later, we received an unexpected email […]

Niños del Lago – When we pause and give attention

Standing amidst her dream, Arlaine was radiating joy from within

We walked into Niños del Lago’s office upon seeing “Inspiring the Dreams of Guatemalan Children” on a banner inside the office. How apt – we thought. And we were hoping we could co-organise a sharing session for the children they work with. The staff in the office, Armando, spent some time with us to explain […]

Helga and The Kids – Our Family in Guatemala

"I want you to keep this key. This is your home. It will always be."

This is a story of how two Couchsurfers met, fell in love, and became family… The Meeting – A Fiasco Beetroot Dinner When we wrote to Helga our couchsurfng request, we told her that “We love sharing stories over home-cooked meals; and certainly would love sharing our grandmother’s recipes with you and the family! On […]

Mikaso Hotel – Space for Nourishment

Guatemala Dream 022

We left IslaVerde, restored and ready for to continue on our journey. Waiting for us on San Pedro de la Laguna, was our hostess, Laurence from Mikaso Hotel. At the beginning of this journey, we found it difficult for us to reach out and ask for help – be it in sponsorship for our gear, […]

IslaVerde – the island where we “came ashore”

Collected thoughts, Restored souls

Cyanobacteria. The blue-green algae choking up Lake Atitlan due to pollution from the people living around the lake. This was the sight that greeted us throughout our 15 minute boat-ride across the lake from Panajachel to Santa Cruz de la Laguna, where our new host, IslaVerde awaits. And it perfectly reflected our state of being […]

Chinitas’ Auntie Ling – The “Asian” Flavors of Life

Perhaps it was the “Free Wi-Fi” sign that drew us into the Chinitas. For 12Q a pot of tea that was shared between us, we plonked ourselves in Chinitas to work on our laptops for our first couple of days in Guatemala – Tay working on the videos and Val working on emails to build […]

Mayan Homestay Experience – “Lemar”, cual es tu sueño?

When we were making decisions to travel through Latin America, we decided that we’d take shuttles/buses whenever we have to cross borders. Having to transport our equipment, bicycles and ourselves safely across immigration was simply not worth the risk. And so, we got into Lake Atitlan, Guatemala from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico; […]

Helen & Talk Show: What is it that keeps you going?

We left Pine Home with the lesson and reminder, that “There is an Invisible Force out there”. Little did we know that as we left Puli County, that very Invisible Force was already working…and it led us to meet Helen. Helen was a Couchsufer in Taichung. She runs an English learning center, “Talk Show” to […]

Pine Home: There is an Invisible Force out there

Moving on from Taiwan: It has been some time since we posted a video post; the last one being our experience of Sharing in Puli’s Neighbourhood (see post here). YY, our friend from Polar told us, “Posting and videos are also one of the best token of appreciation you girls can bring back home. You […]

Dreams Are The Reason We Live

David's Handwritten Poems

“I cannot think of anything better to do with my life.” – David Wood We needed to make a stop between Taichung and Puli; and our Couchsurfing attempt landed ourselves in Cao Tun, at David’s house. David’s couch was the only couch available at Cao Tun, a really really tiny township. What piqued us more […]

A Reminder To Listen To Our Hearts

Jonathan’s sharing with us stirred something within, yet we didn’t really know or understood the lesson fully at that time. And just before he went to bed that night, he passed us Vicky’s number and suggested that we give her a call. “She might have some interesting stories to share with you.” Laying in bed, […]

Cycle across America – Life’s Learnings from a Dream Fulfilled

Many people recommended “Couchsurfing” when they heard about our trip. It is basically an online community, where travellers offer their spare couches to fellow travellers. We grew up with our parents telling us, “Do not talk to strangers. Do not let strangers into the house.” Free accommodation simply because we are fellow travellers? Simply on […]

What’s in a Dream?

Shot on Canon by Koh Help us continue inspiring by sponsoring this video. Click here to find out how. When we were asking the students about their dreams, most of them had no concept of the word, “dream” – they either do not know the word or they have never given such a far-fetched idea […]

Life’s Mementos

“要趕快把這些火車站照起來。。。 (I’d like to take photos at these Train Stations…before they are gone)” – Luo Papa Shot on Canon by Koh Help us continue inspiring by sponsoring this video. Click here to find out how. 原來 只有儅我們很認真地活在其中 若干年后 它才會成爲值得我們回憶的一段 酸甜苦辣 你的人生,寫着什麽樣的故事呢? In Luo Papa’s eyes, we saw life A life lived in passion A passion […]

The Meaning Behind Each Journey

People have asked us, and we have asked Luo Papa ourselves, “Why did he want to go on this journey?” And everyday, we understood a little more. “这段逐梦的过程 (This journey to fulfill his (Luo Papa’s) dream) 让他走过以前的岁月 (Has let him retrace his life at the railway) 找回美好的记忆 (Has helped him find those lost memories)” – […]

Taiwan Railway Cycling Journey – Let’s Go!

View the countries we have “conquered” on our bicycles in this section.

It is possible to “Live your Dreams”

很多人问我们:“为什么会选择台湾第一站呢?” 我们都回答:“不是我们选择台湾,而是台湾选择了我们!” A lot of people have asked us, “Why did we choose Taiwan as our first stop?” We answered, “We didn’t choose Taiwan. Taiwan chose us.” 那是多麼偶然的緣分: 是台灣讓我們遇上了許多“夢想家” 是台灣讓我們打開了夢想的門 是台灣讓我們感受到了“冥冥中有一股力量” 是台灣讓我們認識了他 是台灣讓他提醒我們- 有夢想,要好好地去“活”它 是台灣讓我們叫他:“駱爸爸” A series of beautiful coincidences: It was in Taiwan, that we met the many dreamers It was in Taiwan, that […]

Did we get our bicycles?

View the people who funded this dream; and consequently, inspired many other dreams in this section.


Read the pictorial story about how we met “Luo Papa” in Taiwan, and how his story inspired us to embark on this journey.