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Welcome to Kaleidoscope Wonders! I’m Joan Narciso and I have been to 20 of 81 Philippine provinces, and 8 Asian cities. BUT I am not here to merely fuel your wanderlust. I am here to inspire you to awaken your sense of wonder, see beyond the cracks and messy parts of adulthood, and discover beautiful people, moments, and things whether you are home, or somewhere else. No, this blog is not a resource for travel hacks, or random poetry. THIS BLOG is a spectrum of life’s tiny tiny bits of darkness, glory, heart-wrenching, heart-healing, and life-defining moments. Join me, grab your colored lenses, and together, let’s experience this life in constant wonder.
Contrast
2018-07-21 18:34
“There is strength in the ability to remain soft after the world has tried relentlessly to toughen you up.” –Noor Shirazie Read More
Review: ‘Two Lights: Relúmĭno’
2018-06-26 15:10
Not a second bit was wasted on mere motion. As a short film, it made sure every bitrate carried a certain emotion, or sometimes a combination of two. For a story about people with impaired v… Read More
Sunflower
2018-06-22 21:46
I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like th… Read More
2018-06-22 21:26
When I look at You, I see this holy, perfect, wonderful, all the good superlative adjectives fit for You—the God of the known and unknown universe. Then there’s me. This grumpy… Read More
2018-06-22 21:11
When the ocean’s been parted for you, you have three options: One is to step into it and walk your way to freedom. Or to freeze in front of it and wait for the enemy to come and get yo… Read More
Easy Sunday Salad
2018-05-08 19:23
Our Sunday mornings are usually of everyone off to church, with my parents going home a little late in the afternoon. When they do, they come with some of their friends. As we barely gather… Read More
Hyori’s Kitchen Tools Are GOALS!
2018-04-22 11:02
Hyori’s Homestay, aka Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast, is about to finish season 2. It’s such a feel good variety show that I’ve grown somewhat attached to Hyori, Sangsoon… Read More
Trying Out Hotteok At Home
2018-03-20 20:55
Last week, I shared a Bibimbap recipe I learned from Youn’s Kitchen. To my pleasant surprise, a few friends messaged me that they liked the new viand (ulam) idea, and they would try m… Read More
KDrama Inspired-Bibimbap
2018-03-12 07:23
Well, not entirely kdrama, but k-variety shows got me making their seemingly delicious K-dishes by myself. Watching Three Meals a Day, Running Man’s cooking contest specials, and rece… Read More
[Quick Review] Two Lights: Relúmĭno
2017-12-21 17:03
Two Lights was short, but was sweet enough to tug at my heartstrings. The story was presented in a light manner, but the characters were so natural that, there was an air of heaviness circl… Read More
A Breeze, A Storm
2017-11-27 03:22
She grew up thinking she’s but a two-second breeze on a humid day, and people half-notice before carrying on. Hence, her distant demeanor. If only she knew that to most people, she&rs&helli…Read More
2017-11-24 12:50
It was a tough day. The kind which made her all numb one minute, and breaking down in pain the next. Finally, it was time to go home. The sun was setting and playing colors with the sky. Sh… Read More
2017-11-15 03:59
November 14, 2017 5:30 PM Tarlac City Most often, the sky playfully combines contrasting hues just before or after a heavy downpour. It’s as if God’s hands use the clouds’… Read More
Saturday Jumble | Vol. 01
2017-11-04 15:09
Hello! I thought of starting this weekly, or bi-weekly (if I’m being realistic), blog updates because… Social Media …I’m sort of quitting Twitter, my main social m… Read More
2017-10-07 04:06
Annyeong Haseyo! [Hello!] I’ve been meaning to write about my favorite kdrama shows, but I could not find enough time to re-watch episodes, screen grab stills, go through emotional hig… Read More
Her Walls
2017-09-29 06:22
Walls don’t hurt But sometimes Out of curious wonder Walls seem to suffocate Still, She’s too aware That the illusion of lacking air is better Than the real thick smoke outside F… Read More
Scratch Paper Musing #1
2017-09-27 07:20
I have a pile of pretty notebooks with blank pages. I have a few sets of unused colored pencils and pens. A box of scrapbook materials, untouched. And dozens of notepads that are likely to r… Read More
Iceberg
2017-07-13 02:39
Looking back, she almost fell for him because he was the one who reminded her that she is more than her wide collection of songs, sunset obsessions, and five feet six inches of flaws that s… Read More
2017-05-25 10:41
I never thought myself falling in love with a city outside the Philippines. That is, until I set foot in Taiwan. I think it’s safe to say, I left a piece of my heart there. After a qu… Read More
2017-05-20 08:21
In the Philippines, almost every place is named after a folklore, a tradition, or a  people’s way of life. Children grow up to stories that end with “…and from then… Read More
2017-05-13 11:29
If I have not mentioned, my work is based in Tarlac City. It is where the advocacy of our organization was born and raised. When I joined our organization in 2014, Tarlac City became my ho… Read More
2017-04-13 19:11
So I’ve blogged a quick run of my 9-day trip in Taiwan, shared my own list of the best Taiwanese food, and echoed the announcement of the anticipated Taiwan visa-free travel for F… Read More
2017-04-12 14:43
UPDATE as of May 16, 2017: The implementation of visa-free entry to Taiwan for Filipinos has been moved to September. For more details, see the ROC’s official announcement here. B… Read More
2017-04-10 08:15
Update as of April 14: This poem was sitting on my drafts for months until I finally rewrote it a hundred times over, and published it here on my blog. Somewhat feeling good for finishing on… Read More
2017-02-17 03:31
At the risk of annoying people because I can’t shut up about Taiwan, I am listing down the best of Taiwanese food that captured my stomach & heart. It’s only been a week sinc… Read More
2017-02-12 08:57
I wish I could say that I’ve seen all of Taiwan in my nine-day trip. But that would be  unbelievable because of two things: This is my first solo trip abroad, and if you know me… Read More

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