17 Jun

Traveling makes me oh so happy [nami island, south korea]

I got very strict parents growing up – the type who never allowed me to watch movies with friends until I was in 1styear college. Dapat kasama lagi ang ate o kuya.  I had those no boyfriend til you finish school, need to be at home by 7pm and all that. Pag mas late pa don, my dad would pick me up wherever… parang taxi yun, any point of Luzon kasi bawal ang sleepover. I was 19 when I had my first taste of sleepover, kailangan ko pang magmakaawa!

So when I finished school and entered the so called real world, I ached for one thing… FREEDOM! Not the I wanna be free, wanna live alone and be totally independent type. Saktong freedom lang haha! The freedom to go out and see the world on my own terms. My first job didn’t pay me enough to even buy a domestic ticket, but even if I was clearly underpaid, I stayed for 6 months because it was inspiring enough. I was a travel agent then. Yes, I arranged other people’s trips. Hanep, ininggit ko lang ang sarili ko. But it also inspired me to make my dreams come true – GO OUT AND SEE THE WORLD.

When I realized that I didn’t like to just plan and I wanted to experience it myself, I switched to a better paying job. I told my friend Anne that we should take a trip abroad for Thanksgiving holiday. Even if that trip turned out more expensive than it should have been since everything was planned in less than 2 weeks, it truly changed my life! Haha! Sounds pretty dramatic but true nonetheless.

Fast forward to present, I’ve…

…been to 8 countries, 2 continents, numerous cities, different states, several provinces

…experienced what it was like be completely lost

…been thrown off in the middle of the sea

…been suspended 4,000 ft above sea level

…travelled alone

…travelled for the sake of fangirling

…met fellow wanderers

…seen penguins, pandas, polar bears, dolphins, whales, tarsiers and other rare species

…(sort of) conquered my fear of heights

…survived language barriers

…enjoyed different cuisines

…got severely drunk on the beach

…been at two places at one time

I may not have a major investment under my name but I am happy because I am living the life I want for myself. My travel bucket list keeps on adding up and I hope I’d be able to make it all happen.

This blog is my attempt to document my adventures as I leave footprints around the world ^^

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain


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