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In a Nut Shell

This blog was born (circa 2006) out of a notion that there must be something more to life and that what I was experiencing thus far was somehow fragmented, disconnected, and artificial. At one point, I was fed up or burned out (or awakened, whichever way you want to look at it); I had left a top-tier university education, a budding career, and all the comforts that a life in the US might offer -- basically just dropping everything -- in order to search for "something." Nothing was really planned; I left the US with about 200 dollars in pocket and a couple boxes of personal things to live a new life in my motherland -- the Philippines.

What was or am I looking for? I don't really know exactly. Or perhaps I kind of do, but don't know how to get there. There are so many paths, yet we do not even know which path will get us there the quickest, or with the most ease; actually, we do not even know which one will get us there at all.

Anyway, once Coconuter was born, life began -- in the sense that I was now actually living, instead of just making a living. Times were fun, times were hard; but at least I had liberty -- the freedom. No expectations, no judgment, no boundaries... It remains to be seen whether I actually ever obtained pure freedom -- probably not. I think there were always lingering attachments, feelings of guilt, chains of responsibility just waiting to recoil. But at least it was as close as I've gotten thus far to freedom in its purest form.

The adventures began, and there were many stages: the simple life in the rural provinces, living in the urban jungle of Manila, returns to the US to try and resurrect the pyramid that was really never my idea, returns back to the Philippines because ultimately I never wanted to build the pyramid in the first place, and several meanderings in between... like a lost soul feeling his way through the dark, just trying to find some kind of direction and pick up enough momentum to get wherever it is I've been trying to get to or whatever it is I have been trying to find.

Obviously, I lose myself sometimes... Often just taking off, running away from something, and looking for something else. Vague? Arguably, yes. I guess it's just difficult to sum up a life's story into a few paragraphs.

But, in general:

This is, for the most part, a travelogue detailing "The Adventures of the Coconuter"--the adventures (and misadventures) of David the Coconuter (that would be me) in his epic journey as a modern nomad in the Philippines, USA, and wherever fate may take him, as he searches for purpose and meaning to life encapsulated in an allegorical golden coconut. It documents my travels through life, nature, and the world, as I photograph and write about places, wonders, events, and experiences.

Furthermore, this blog is about...

Nature. Natural living. Following instinct. Preserving the environment. The way things are.

Love... of family, of people, of cultures, of memories, of the Philippines, of travel, of freedom, of life...

Life. The battle between truly living and merely making a living. The stages of life. Finding purpose and meaning to life.

Peace. Soul-searching and finding oneself. Understanding and solving the problems around us. Connecting the past, present, and future.

God. The wonders of life and our world. Having faith without religion. The universe and the unknown.