On happiness

To be happy—that’s too complex to stereotype. We can perhaps agree though that it is quite easy to spot a happy moment when it’s staring back at you, difficult even to resist taking part in it.

Browsing through this year’s photos, we see beautiful sunsets and sunrises; we see turquoise seas and brown earth—for all these, we are thankful. But we also see people looking unequivocally happy doing everyday things—getting food, sitting under a tree, doing a day’s work. No uncomplicated I’m-going-on-an-adventure-today shiz.

This has been one of the best things about traveling to new places—it reminds us, time and again, that happiness comes in the simplest, most uncomplicated, and sometimes unexpected packages. To meet complete strangers and have them teach us this lesson on gratitude has been among the most incredible things about going out there, where, as Cesar Pavese said—

Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky

2013, it has been an amazingly happy journey.

Portraits from Malapascua, Cebu

Portraits from Malapascua, Cebu

Portraits from Malapascua, Cebu

Sunset - Malapascua, Cebu - Photo by Nikka Corsino

Malapascua, Cebu

Malapascua, Cebu

All photos taken August 2013 in Malapascua, an island in northern Cebu province, Philippines, devastated by typhoon Haiyan.

  • Maria Angela Ocampo Nacpil

    A-Ma-Ziiiing photos you got here! What camera do you use?! And where did you get those kickass photography skills? I’m drowning in envy so you better reaply guys! :D

    • http://www.two2travel.com/ Two2Travel

      Thanks a lot, Angela! We use Nikon D600/D90. And an Olympus OMD EM5 which we’re selling. Hahaha. :) Hope you drop by here from time to time! :D