ILLUMINATE

“You’re a firework. Come on, let your colors burst!” – Katy Perry

 
During darkness, there’s an opportunity to see the light, to shine, and to ignite the fire.

Before the light, there is darkness as they say. In darkness, you’ll appreciate the light even more. 

Watching these fireworks display made me realize a lot of things.


In order for the firework to shine brightly above, we need darkness; For us to appreciate the beauty of lights. In life, sometimes, we need to experience hardships and pain in order for us to learn and for us to appreciate life ever more. Difficulties are always present, not to make us suffer, but for us to believe in ourselves. 



Deep realizations tho, lemme back to watching fireworks as it illuminates the sky above me. 

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RANDOM THOUGHT 

“None of us wants to be reminded that dementia is random, relentless, and frighteningly common.”– Laurie Graham



Working closely with geriatric residents makes me wonder lots of bizarre thoughts, one of that is, what if one day, I’ll have dementia and I’ll forget everything that’s once important to me or everyone whom I love? 

Just a wild random thought but might happen. 

Is it so sad to forget everything or everyone in your life? 

Of course.

I really can’t imagine myself with no memories of what are the things that are making me happy. Weird. Such a weird feeling. 

But we don’t know what will happen to us. Yes, that’s a fact. There’s a possibility that it might happen. 

Hmm. So, am I just going to think about this random shits or what? 

What am I going to do?

Enjoy. 

Enjoy every moment as long as I’m healthy.

As long as I’m capable of doing everything.

Start accomplishing all in my bucket list! (One by one of course)

I need to do my happiness list too. In case I forgot everything, I’ll just read it. Who knows what will happen. Oh, in case I forgot everything, I can check my visual diary on Instagram and I can read my articles as well. Lol 

Time to make the most of every single day.

Grow. Make mistakes. Have fun. Go cliff diving. Eat everything you like. Travel. Learn. Love. Just do everything you want to accomplish! No more procrastination. 

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SECRET PASSAGEWAY

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”– Rabindranath Tagore



Hidden passages or secret tunnels are hidden routes used for stealthy travel, escape, or movement of people and goods. Such passageways are sometimes inside buildings leading to secret rooms. Others allow occupants to enter or exit buildings without being seen. Hidden passages and secret rooms have been built in castles and houses owned by heads of state, wealthy individuals, and criminals. (Wikipedia)

During the War, secret passageways were used to enter war or fallout shelters to protect occupants from radioactive debris and such. 

Mostly, secret passageways have hidden back doors that are camouflaged so that they’ll appear to be part of the wall or the place.

St. Catherine’s Old Church or also known as St. Gregory’s Church, located in Zejtun, has been discovered to have a secret passageway. 

In April 1969, it was reported that three passageways were uncovered by workmen. It’s not just a simple one though, alongside discovering the passageways were finding large number of human bones. 

How did they discover it? By accident. 3 workmen were waterproofing the church’s vaulted roof. One worker accidentally scraped a narrow crack between two stone labs. The crack widened and the worker threw some stone, to his surprise, the stone fall nearby. 

“There’s something underneath the roof.”

He called the others then removed the stone lab. A dark void appeared. A small hole that only small boy can fit, so a boy was tied to a rope and given a box of matches. After inspecting the site, the boy experienced a traumatic event, he came up with lots of human bones. 

No evidence exists on the provenance of the bones, or how they ended up in these secret passages. 



Speculation suggests that these were the bones of unfortunate victims of the 1614 Turkish raid. Some says that it was used as an ossuary. An ossuary is a chest, box, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

Another great and thrilling experience for me. It was so fascinating to witness the secret passageway that has lots of historical significance. I’ll not recommend this if you’re claustrophobic tho cos the passageway is too narrow, but if you love to discover places like this, you better get your ass in here and explore the secret passageway of St. Gregory’s Church. 



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GONE

An afternoon at Gozo

“Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.” 

– Kareena Kapoor Khan




It’s my second time here at Gozo, the sister island of Malta. I can still remember the first time I’ve been here, we got lost. We supposed to visit the Azure Window but we got lost. Such a shame that I’ll never get the chance to see the Azure Window. Gone but not forgotten.

Today, we visited Dwejra Bay, the site where Azure Window was located before it collapsed due to a strong storm. You can hear the agony in the atmosphere here. Nature brought the Azure Window and nature also took it from us. 


It was still magical here. Tourists still come here for the view mainly cos Azure Window once stood tall here.



After visiting Dwejra bay, we went to Ta’ Pinu Shrine. I’ve posted a separate article for Ta’ Pinu and you can view it at my old posts. 

https://thekurtdavid.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/ta-pinu-shrine/

Then last stop is Victoria, the capital of Gozo. Also known as Rabat or by its title Citta Victoria. It is known for its medieval Citadel with fortified walls. Lots to see here but we don’t have much time exploring here so I didn’t have the chance to witness what Victoria offers, but I have a plan of coming back here so just wait for that moment cos I’ll surely post an article about it.







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EXPLORING KALKARA

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”– Eleanor Roosevelt



A day at the village of Kalkara. Honestly, I’ve never been here. I heard this place before but it didn’t excite me so I didn’t bother to go. But not until a wonderful guy introduced me to the wonders of this place.


I’m quite amazed of how much this village can offer, so we set a morning just to see the glimpse of the beauty of Kalkara.

We started our day at around 9am. 

Our first stop is the old gate of Kalkara. What’s with the gates though? Before, the three cities were surrounded by Bastions or defensive walls for protection against the attackers. Kalkara is just outside the three cities.

Next stop was the Santa Liberata Church. The building of the church and friary was completed in 1743 and on the 2nd August of that same year, the church was blessed and opened to the public. 

I’m really fascinated about the story of the original cross of this church, I’ll try my best to research and write an article about it soon. 

Next destination is the Kalkara Naval Cemetery. 


This cemetery, which once belonged to the Admiralty, is close to a Capuchin monastery from which it takes its name. There are now 351 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war, 5 of which are unidentified, and there are 694 burials of the 1939-1945 war commemorated in this site. 



Next is the Smart City. Though we didn’t explore it much cos he said that it’s better to go here during nighttime cos of the dancing fountain. 

A glimpse at the Site of the Film Studio and the beach side.







Next is the Wied Ghammieq Cemetery. The chapel and cemetery were built in the 19th century and it became the resting place for hundreds who died during the cholera epidemic in 1837.

Then we wander in the streets of Kalkara. 



Here are some of interesting monuments you can find in Kalkara.


(This monument is for the commemoration for the victims of war.)


(This monument is for the commemoration of the papal visit.)

Lastly is the most important place in the village, San Guzepp Parish Church. With people moving to Kalkara, the need of a church was soon felt and in 1890, a church dedicated to St. Joseph was built. 


There are still lots of places to visit here. A morning is not enough to explore the whole village so just wait for my future blog posts about the attractions that I didn’t mention in this article. 

Overall, I’m deeply in love with this village, such a quiet, peaceful and reflective place. Filled with lots of attractions and historical sites. You can find everything here. A very moving experience. 

Thanks to my man, Ivan for this wonderful day.

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SUMMER CARNIVAL

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”– Audrey Hepburn


Carnival parade that happens annually is the Malta Summer Carnival held last August, 2017. This year, it was held at Bugibba. This is just a summer version of the traditional Carnival every February. Lots of colorful floats, costumed and masked revellers parade in the Main Street to the sound of marching band and lively sounds. 




Such a great event. Fun and full of positivity. Lots of people dancing. Full smiles, extravagant costumes and full of colors. 




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ONE YEAR!

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”– James Cash Penney



Time flies really fast!! I am now celebrating my first year anniversary moving here at Malta. September 19, 2016 was the day I arrived here. Wow. Looking back to myself a year ago makes me cringe. Lol. Lots of things have changed. The level of my maturity now has remarkably changed a lot. I became independent. I’m managing my finances well, paying bills, budgeting and such. 

A year ago, I’m hoping for a brighter future ahead of me. I tried looking for a better opportunity that’s why I ended up here in this country. 

I left everything back home, my family, my friends, my dogs, to have a better job. I missed everyone back home. But we need to sacrifice in order for us to achieve our goals.

At first, I struggled a lot. It’s hard living away from your family, you must do everything for yourself, you can’t depend on your mom. Days, weeks, and months have passed, I started learning and growing on my own. 

I’m way different now. Looking back to myself a year ago, I’ve noticed that a lot have changed, from an anxious guy to matured, independent and carefree man.

Malta taught me so many things. I’m looking forward spending years and years here. 

I just want to thank everyone who helped me here specially my family at work and at flat and to Ate Loisa and her family. All my friends here were so incredibly nice to me. I love you all.








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POISON

“Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.”
– Paracelsus

I can’t change you. 

I knew that from the start. 

FYI, I won’t change you. Don’t have any plans in doing so. 

You’re a poison.

 
My friends said I need to stay away from you.

But they didn’t see what I saw.

You’re always there for me.

Gentle.

When I’m with you, I got no worries.

Everything’s chill.

You became my stress reliever.

We may do some crazy things.

Popping pills and shits but who cares.

Sniffing good vibes together.

We’re just two fucked up who’s trying to keep our shits together. 

You keep me company. 

You keep me calm.

You became my Turkish delight.

You’re my guilty pleasure.

Everybody’s got their poison, and mine is you.


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SAILING

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott


Where am I right now? At this point of my life I should’ve known where am I headed in the future, but no. Im still at the edge of the unknown. I’m currently lost in the middle of a swelling storm. 

But what’s good with being lost? You wander. You seek what you’re looking for. You tend to find what’s missing. Suddenly you’ll discover what’s lacking in you. 

If you’ll discover what’s missing, you’ll know how to complete the pieces. The pieces in your life that fell in an empty space.

“Save me!” Sometimes you try to seek help, but you’ll realize no one’s listening. No one’s there except yourself. Alone and frustrated. 

All the sadness and shits are running wild inside your head. 

“Leave me!” You screamed. Confused. All you felt was pain in your heart. You looked at yourself in the mirror. All you can see are scars all over your body. Fear and pain. But something’s in your eyes. 

Hope. It’s time to leave the nothingness inside of you. Erase all the negativity. You’ll find out eventually the reason why you’ve been through hell.

Fragile but determined. Time to face a new day and keep going til you’re healed and complete.

No need to escape the eye of the storm just chill and keep sailing. 

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SALINA NATIONAL PARK 

“Don’t take things too seriously, and just chill.”
– Kailash Kher


If you’re looking for a spot to have picnics, this is perfect for you. A spacious park to accommodate everyone. You can do everything here. You can jog, walk your dog, watch your children play at the playground, sit on the benches and read, lay on the turf and catch some rays or if you just wanna be alone and so. 



It is located at southern part of Qawra.

What can you find here?

  • A Kennedy memorial
  • Beautiful path ways / walkways
  • Lots of trees
  • Playground
  • Huge turf
  • Gazebo 
  • A cafe 
  • Picnic area 
  • Artificial water stream flow











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