Project Updates and plotting my escape plan

I never learn. After encountering all possible mishaps on the road, here I am plotting my next escape plan. Hopefully this time, while I’m traveling, no one will rob our house already. I’ve been working with my community on their self sustainable livelihood so we can decrease the number of hungry people in the area.. I hope robbery will decrease too!

Hopefully this time, my ATM will work.. the last time was great timing because I needed to have a rabies checkup and my ATM don’t want to spit cash! Want more stories of my mishaps?

We try to remember the beautiful side of travel and forget the not so good stories.. I remember both :D

metrobank issue

Hopefully this time, the airplane that I’m in won’t divert back due to weather disturbance.. this happened just 2 weeks ago. Actually I’ve collected enough misadventures that I can make an ebook out of it already.. Will you buy it? :D

Hopefully this time, all my projects are working and getting profits.. except of course for

And since my projects are all in baby phases, I hope I’ll get a great client that will pay me enough to travel. For those interested on how I am able to live this way of life, and would like to have a similar one (without the mishaps of course), I offer travel lifestyle coaching on a pay what you want basis. Feel free to reach out at grasya (at) grasya dot com.

So what am I doing so I can maintain this way of life? Here are project updates:

1. and – All the earnings from the site are allotted for my travel funds so I can explore more homestays, stay with tribes, do community projects, create a beautiful life.

Top relevant searches for this site:
tagaytay trip budget
things to buy in nepal
baking cake with sand
comparison of thailand and philippines
laguna philippines trip

Top searchers are from Philippines, United States, India, United Kingdom, Malaysia

2. Tech projects – at the moment, this income stream is a low earner. Which means I really need to sit down and focus on this area.

3. Errand to go – Since it has started, errand runners has been earning already. However, I have not earned yet xD… Guess I need to start doing some of the errands too!

4. Mystery shopping – I’ve got a steady client already yay! And beyond that, I’m actually helping people get mystery shopping gigs too yay! Hope for more projects to come.

5. Rental properties – My dad’s house in our hidden paradise is up for rent. I’m also helping my friends rent their beautiful houses too. So far, it earned a meager amount last Christmas. I’m actually giving you travel credits if you book thru airbnb. So both of us will be happy

6. Online loading – This was a play project with my niece before but she did not push it thru. So I transfered the project to my neighbhor for her self sustainable livelihood.

Non Monetary Revenue

1. I was given 2 free plane tickets last January and February courtesy of clients
2. I earned 3000 credits for a home exchange platform Trampolinn. I can give you credits too

My other income streams that are not yet earning are my language tutorial site, my self sustainability site, online store and a book where I’m featured.

Working on the Road small

Yeah, they are plenty but it’s still a long way to go to conquer my target monthly goals. I’m pretty much optimistic though, because these are my babies and I’m proud of my projects. Do you want to collaborate together?

I’ll be traveling with my mom on the mid of this year to Thailand and Vietnam. And then I’m plotting an escape plan to a new continent. I really prefer to stay in a place longer and not just point and shoot so we’ll see what the future holds. I want an authentic experience but of course sponsors are welcome every now and then.

Ok.. now.. where to go next?

Travel has taught me how to love

Travel has taught me how to love

** I wrote this on a Valentines day last Feb 14, 2013.. it still applies to this day, with the addition of a few countries and places ;D.. enjoy reading!

let my words flow
playfully inside my soul

let the melody of a song
invite me to compose this poem

let the sweet wind
carress my long black hair

let your imaginary eyes
radiate a delightful stare

I created that poem a long long time ago.. More corniness if you click here. Couldn’t believe how cheesy I was..

But that was ages ago and im not really that flirty flirt :P… I’m a changed lady now. Ohm~~



Because my travels taught me the whole new meaning of loving. My travels taught me to love different people. ^_^ And they are indeed plenty. Different colors of hair, colors of eye, different nationalities and religion.. and gender too! ^_^





presenting my loves:


and yeah, i call them friends, and yes, I do love them… the platonic way.. but still I do love them ^_^..


My travels also taught me to love not just people, but places.. I have declared my love for Bohol here in the Philippines..

I have a proposal, can we be together dear Bohol? :)) But hope you dont mind if I love other places and countries too ok?

But I love Antique too.. and not to mention the allure of Tawi tawi.. And yes I love my bed in Lake Sebu.. Colors of the mosquito net are real pretty ya? ^_^

And did I mention I’m also deeply  in love with Thailand? So much in love I’m going back there soon.. and yes how can I forget enchanting Myanmar/Burma…


And it has been a long time since I was in India but memories (and smell) still linger like it was yesterday.

If I wasn’t left by my flight in Malaysia, I could have enjoyed my trip 100% and would really loved it.. but maybe it needs a second chance, we’ll see.. Speaking of second chances, how I long to see Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore again.. and seeing Laos for only 2 hours is a bit unfair.. not really complaining but next time I really have to make a plan to see plain of jars..


And my last country crush is Indonesia.. why are you so hard to forget Cinta? I was traveling solo but people who became friends made me feel like I was not really solo at all..

So yeah, travel taught me to love different people and places..


But you know what the truth is? It’s that little baby you’re holding, and its that man you fought with this morning, that’s true, that’s love too.. the last sentence is stolen from a lyrics of a song –  I’ve never been to me.. (corny strike 2)


So there you go, may we celebrate love with its different forms and meaning… not only today but hopefully everyday ^_^

UPDATE as of Feb 2015, I have added Nepal as my latest country crush. Malaysia was sweeter the second time around as well as Vietnam and of course Thailand.. so sweet, I will go back there again this time together with my mom.. On the other hand, Hong Kong, which is my least favorite country, has been good to me from my last visit.. Looking forward to what’s in store for upcoming years dear Universe… how lovely indeed is our dwelling place

The Free Postcard to Happiness Project

The Free Postcard to Happiness Project

The week was hellish and I’m running around to attend daughter and cousin duties. Now that activities are almost over, I still have no new story to tell.. well I have several on queue but those will be up next week, please bear with me as I catch my breath.

And because I’m not posting any new stuff recently, I then owe my readers postcards..

Yeah, free of charge until next month ^_^.. my small way of saying thank you for reading my thoughts.. or since I don’t have new thoughts up in the blog these days, thank you still for being patient and tolerating my sponsored advertisements.

And I do hope the wee gift spreads happiness to your heart then creates ripple effects to the rest of the inhabitants of mother earth. You can send me a postcard too if you like, I’d greatly appreciate that ^_^

If you like it, just email me your address at grasya (at) with the subject: Postcard

All I can afford is a postcard right now but who knows what can I send next? ^_^ #goodvibes

Frugal Tips Series on the Road #7

Frugal Tips Series on the Road #7

This pretty girl does not really have a frugal tip because she travels for free… Why? Because she works in a ship and travel is part of her work, isn’t it great? ^_^

You might be thinking of work where she sails around the Baltic seas, explore islands off the UK’s coasts, or gaze at the Northern Lights from a cruise around Scandinavia. But apparently, she does not work in a luxury ship.. At least she gets to travel. ^_^ Read on and let’s get more women on ships.

1. Can you tell me something about yourself? Occupation/hobbies/etc
Im Zali Calupaz,22 yrs old. A graduate of BS Marine Transportation & Engineering at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific but pursued marine engineering due to demand. I was sponsored by Maerskline and now about to join their fleet as 4th Engineer.

I was born in San Fernando, Pampanga but grew up in Puerto Galera, Or. Mindoro. 4th of 6 siblings and the only seaman in the family. I became a seafarer because I couldn’t let pass MAAPs outstanding offers.

2. How many countries have you been so far? Which is your favorite and why?
I’ve been in LA, California. Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Egypt, Spain (Barcelona, Valencia, Algeciras) Rotterdam, Bremerhaven Germany, Felixstow UK, Morroco..

3. How do you fund your travels?
Well its not a luxury travels are for work purposes.. I board a plane to join my respective vessel and that is funded by my company.. and other places I’ve been are itinerary of my vessel.

4. What are your plans in the future?
Well, im focusing on my brother who has special needs. i want to put him in a good school and provide for his medical needs. so far thats my goal..and to have our house in the province renovated. for my personal plans, none yet.. family first.

5. How can you make the world a better place?
By being competent in my profession and by being kind to people. since i work with different nationalities ill be able to show them the good qualities of Filipinos.

6. Lastly, any frugal travel tips you want to share?
I don’t really have a frugal tip since i travel for free..but when i go on shoreleave and go around, I don’t go gaga over stuff that you see abroad and buy them impulsively. i still weigh their value and if its worth it or if i can use it.

For the ladies who wants to do what Zali does, check out MAAP‘s website, its high time to break the stereotype and the gender ratio ^_^

How to install wordpress on your local computer

I am updating this article because there were minor changes in the steps due to version upgrades. Feel free to let me know if you have other questions.

What you need:

1. WordPress installer:

2. XAMP installer:;1

Step by step guide:

1. Download and install xampp in your computer. Choose your C drive as root directory for installation.

2. Start the apache and mysql services. Keep the window open.


**For those who are experiencing problems because of port 80, it might be that Skype is using the same port. Open Skype and go to Tools-> Options -> Advance -> Connection and uncheck Use Port 80 checkbox.
*** If it is still not working, if you are using Windows 8, go to command prompt and type in services.msc and find World Wide Web Publishing Service and stop it.

3. Open your browser and type http://localhost/.

4. Create a MySQL database in phpMyAdmin. Locate the Database tab and Create New Database fields. Enter the name of the database and choose utf8_unicode_ci in the drop down box. Then click Create.


5. Download and extract wordpress files in this location-> C:\xampplite\htdocs
Make sure all the wordpress contents are in c:xampplite\htdocs\wordpress folder. You can rename the wordpress folder into whatever name you like

However, if your “wordpress” folder is inside a “wordpress [version]” subfolder, then you should take it out of that folder and put it directly in the htdocs folder

6. In your browser, enter this url: http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php

7. Click Create a configuration file button, then click Let’s go button

8. Then type in details of your database, if the name of your database is wordpress, then just copy the details below:

Database Name: wordpress
User Name: root
Database Host: localhost
Table Prefix: wp_

After you click on submit, you must choose a username, password, and website title on this page.

9. Click next until you’ve got a freshly installed wordpress.

**thanks to Brandon Macdonald for helping me out polish the guide