Looking back before moving forward – Highlights of the year 2016

Last year was generally a good one. I was not able to travel internationally but had authentic travels around the country. Sometimes it’s nice to be a nobody coz you get to meet real people.. :D

You know, when you’re a nobody, people will treat you genuinely.. and because of that, I got more cynical ;D… read between the lines.

Makes me not want to be human sometimes but hey.. that also means there’s lots of room for improvement too. I got to experience horrible times, but I also had high moments. Let’s start with the high first so as not to bore you.

Here they are:

I was able to create my own pepper spray, so I won’t ever buy one again ^_^… great achievement in my book of life :P

I was able to find a natural cure for my mom’s allergy. I think this is a major accomplishment because we used to buy expensive creams but now it’s 90% cured, we hopefully won’t need to buy one again^_^

I was able to live in the best island on earth according to posh magazines– Palawan. It’s only for 2 months and maybe it’s not the right time to move there at the moment but we’ll see.

Career wise, here’s how it goes:

As a Philippine country coordinator of a global market research company that caters to luxury clients, I was tasked to do quality audit of high end clients. Since there were nationwide projects that came in, I also worked with auditors in other provinces as well. Playing the role of critic to these ridiculously expensive brands and getting paid to do it is fun….. :D

I still have other gigs so I’m grateful for multiple income streams.

I should concentrate on working smarter instead of working harder, and at the same time help people help themselves too. I don’t want to be celebrating accomplishments by stepping on other people so let’s celebrate together. Some of my projects are at grasya.org, feel free to reach out and collaborate.

Here’s my travel updates:

I still traveled. I was not able to blog about them, because I feel like it’s repetition to talk about it again when the content is located in all other websites.. If there’s something of unique value to be shared, then I’ll write it down. So far, last year, I was able to travel in the following locations:

– Palawan to do a short term government research project
– Toured the Malls in Metro Manila because I’m paid to do it.
– Bacolod with my Aunt to see heritage places
– Antique to learn farming and to entertain foreign friends on the bliss of living in the forest
– Boracay for a short hang out
– Tagaytay for the Focolare reunion
– Iloilo City staycation with my cousin from the UK
– Guimaras to have a mini reunion with second degree cousins
– Tuguegarao to do some short work and meet people for the tribestay project
– Baguio and Sagada to introduce a friend the art of backpacking.
– Quezon Province to visit a hacienda with cousins from Zamboanga

Future goal should be to finally get out of this country so I can see the beauty of the earth. I will need to renew my passport first and hopefully will be able continue long term travel this march or april.

Now, the bad side of the story.

Last time, a horrible story in my life’s book was when a thief was trying to break into my room. I still have the trauma and I still freak out whenever cats are walking in our rooftop at midnight thinking it’s a thief. He was never caught so not sure if he’s still roaming the village.
Now this year, it’s the other way around, police was trying to take pictures of me while I was in a hotel eating breakfast. WHY?

Nope, it’s not a fan move. I confirmed with the front staff that the admin of the hotel asked for the police to observe me. I was actually evaluating the hotel as a mystery guest. I’m sure you know what feedback I gave them – worst staycation ever.

Despite everything, life is still beautiful. Remember, if life gives you many lemons, make lots of lemonade, lemon jam, lemon candy and lemon cake.

The start of the year 2017 is great. Projects doubled, travel plans tripled. Guess this is a sign of a bright future. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned.

Project Updates: Looking back to make sure I’m moving forward

Project Updates: Looking back to make sure I’m moving forward

I’ve found my routine. But my routine involves changing from one place to another.

And I’ve been multitasking too much in the hopes that these different projects grow together in love and harmony but then, just like what others have warned me, I’m way diversifying and thus loosing focus. That is why this article checkpoint should always remind me of what is essential in life.

I’ve been trying to hustle for too long so I think I need to catch my breath. Otherwise, it will feel like I didn’t left the rat race.. I mean, I left the corporate office cubicle yeah, but I’m still wheeling like that rat but only in my room.. or different houses or coffee shops.

coffee shop

Oh you see winner pictures? That’s only for a minute.. because when you’re in front of the computer most of the time, it feels more like a sad sight instead.

I did a root cause analysis of why I’m in such a situation and the results I told myself is due to I’m selling myself short for different clients, I’m not proactive enough to secure a contract and yeah, thank you slow internet.. Now I’m tapping myself for being my own life coach..

Maybe you feel my frustration.. and since I don’t sound like a winner, I’m sure I will be loosing readers.. that’s ok, I need friends, not just readers.. So long, farewell ^_^


if you can't handle me at my best

Ok, still here? Great! Thanks for bearing with me. ^_^ I highly appreciate it, how can I help you too?

And if you’re asking me the same question, I’m on a quest to do a long travel journey so others can follow the trail. I’m not that eccentric to always think about myself and ignite envy.. because – hello robbers, I might go home with all my stuff empty xD

So I will need supporters and clients to partner up with this goal. To make this dream a reality, you can collaborate with me on any of the following:

1. Article writing and business promotion. I have a network of travel writers and social media influencers with different niches and millions of views. This will help your business be promoted to your target audience. But if you want to focus on my blog only, one of the most loved articles are the following

a. How I saved in our Makati Staycation
b. How I earned online

People who are viewing this blog are interested in:

a. Where to eat in Cebu
b. Travel and Work Quotes
c. How to bake a cake using sand
d. Tagaytay under 1000 pesos

2. Web development, maintenance, and software quality assurance. I work with virtual teams to upgrade your website, make it mobile friendly and install additional functions such as a booking plugin or a payment section. Currently I have 2 passion tech projects with 2 wonderful ladies who is currently in Germany and Australia. This website has parallax design, database integration with messaging and payment features. The good news is since it’s a passion project, I’m sure many people will benefit from it.. the not so good news, I have devoted so much time with very minimum amount but I’m excited for what the future holds for this baby project. It will be launched very soon and I’m excited to spam the internet about it :D

3. Partner sponsors. Last year, I was able to travel with my mom to Thailand and Vietnam. This year, I was able to bring my Aunt to Bacolod, and I was able to do tours in El Nido with a local from Palawan who wasn’t able to travel around El Nido islands yet..


palawan with ate jo

Not only that, my client from the US gave me the chance to promote their hostel via a contest on my blog.
Thank you so much to sponsors who made our travel easier. Now I need a sponsor for my tickets, my backpack, my phone, my laptop and I’m ready to go. I realized, these are my regular needs because every few years, these gadgets break down. If I accumulate all the computers I had since I was 15, I have traveled round the world already.

4. Virtual assistance to your regular task that you want to outsource like hiring people, newsletter promotion, translation, online shopping, etc.

5. Quality feedback of your business via mystery shopping agencies


For those who are still here reading… wow.. I really appreciate you. To ease out the feeling of frustration, here are my milestones:

1. Nationwide projects for my mystery shopping gigs. I work with CEOs, elitists and other high profiled people in the society… nope we don’t ask them for money, instead, we pay them to window shop. :D

2. Traveled to Bacolod, Palawan for 2 months, Baguio, Sagada, Boracay, Antique and around Metro Manila.

3. Sponsored local people including my Aunt on different travels. It is ironic that these local people are the ones who haven’t seen the beauty of places nearby.. I hope I get more sponsors for this project.


Bacolod

3. I got less blogging projects, but increased my tech projects. Ironically I’m paid more when blogging than doing tech projects this time, but I’m sure this will balance once my tech projects starts to earn and has gained momentum.

Now, that I’m planning on going to the other side of the world, it feels jittery and I need all the support I can get. I will also write about my feelings of frustration every time I go on a journey and the solutions on how to mitigate such risks. The world is too beautiful not to see in our lifetime. I just hope it’s that easy.

For more details of my project updates, please see the Miss Chief section of grasya.com


travel quote

So you want to work online and have a travel lifestyle? Read on.

So you want to work online and have a travel lifestyle? Read on.

I sipped my iced coffee in a coffee shop somewhere in Palawan while having this view as a live wallpaper. Oh what a wonderful life you must have thought..

 

palawan


Then the phone rings, after that, there’s a skype notification from another client that asks if we can talk.. after that, there’s a report I need to write..

Then there’s another call.. then email.. then chat..

Time flies (or fries) and I get my task finished and my brain exhausted, hardly having the time to look and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. Oh yeah, I forgot I have a website project to build too..

I must be proud to have this multitasking ability and mimicking that Hindu God with several hands.. but when I glimpse into those tourists who do nothing but leisurely chitchat, I actually feel more envy at the same time.

So yeah dear friends, this is my lifestyle where I travel and bring online work with me. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies but I chose this way of life, and despite the downs, it’s still great to be able to take control of your life. And I’m still grateful.

For those who wants to embark on a similar travel lifestyle, here’s more rants.. not to discourage you but instead to paint the reality that at some point in your online career, a similar situation might happen to you.. so you should find a countermeasure of how to solve discomforts head on.

Here’s some points to ponder if you want to work online and have a travel lifestyle:

1. Most people will always wonder how you’re able to spend, travel around HongkongThailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc and stay in hotels.. Here’s me in Indonesia:


working online


Most people still think that to have work is to go to an office or have a boss. Otherwise, they’ll think you’re just lazy, have a rich boyfriend, or you are selling your body online. And it’s such a difficult effort to explain. The struggle is real.

 

2. If you work online, you can do work in whatever time you feel like it. True if you get a client that allows flexible time. Also flexi time means working at midnights, weekends, holidays too :D.. ok so you still want to work online? This was taken in a hotel when me and my mom was traveling to Thailand.. i think you’ll know where my part of the bed is.


temporary office in the hotel


 

3. Working online means you’re always online and you will love it. But you will always be online until you hate it. This picture was taken by my Colombian friend Maria.. sums up my online journey xD


reality online work


 

4. If you chose to work at home, you can have the time to be close to family. At some point, you’ll even bring your work to the mall, to the beach, do client chats while eating dinner, and taking point number 1, some people will have a hard time thinking that you’re actually working while eating.

Here’s my temporary office in Laos:

 



5. There is no security of tenure, and add to that you’ll get to pay for own tax, health insurance, etc.. unless you hire an admin staff to do this for you..

Well never mind the hassles. If you don’t like to be confined in the same box every working day, if you love creativity, if you love doing what you do, why settle for security of tenure if working from anywhere and be whatever you want makes you happy? Possibilities are indeed endless.. This was a temporary office.

temporary hotel office
 


When I was doing the 9-5 job, I still felt vulnerable to lay offs, so what is there to loose if my current work doesn’t really feel like work? ^_^

 



 

As a personal experience, I’m keeping track of this lifestyle redesign at my Miss Chief section, and the achievements are way beyond my expectations after I left the cubicle.. It’s a roller coaster ride but I’m happy and grateful.

In the future, I will need to reduce my online working hours because I love my offline moments too.. Increasing passive income streams and doing offline projects is a goal as well… let’s see what the future holds ^_^

Win FREE 2 nights stay at Jazz Hostel in New York

Win FREE 2 nights stay at Jazz Hostel in New York

February is the month of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.. Perfect timing to give away freebies ;)

Here’s a very easy way how to avail free 2 nights stay at Jazz on Columbus Circle Youth Hotel in New York. All steps are required for you to be eligible to win. I give special treatment to those who will give a little effort to comment in this blog post. ^_^


a Rafflecopter giveaway
A few years ago, New York Food Tour gave out complimentary food trips. Now Jazz Hostels, a former tech project client, is giving away freebies via this blog. Isn’t that awesome? ^_^


Columbus Circle Jazz Hostel =New York
You’ll find that the Youth Hotel is nestled next to Central Park, a stone’s throw away from the world famous Columbus Circle traffic circle. Take time to visit Lincoln Center a short walk away, catch a bus or one of the 5 subway lines (A.B.C.D&1) to anywhere in New York. With restaurants, art galleries, bus/bike tours, shopping, clubs and bars surrounding the youth hotel, you will become more than a visitor, you will be a part of the fabric of New York.


jazz hostel columbus new york
I haven’t been to New York yet, sometimes I ask myself why can’t I be the one to go to New York instead.. but then I realized, I’m the fairy here.. so my work is to grant your wishes. xD

And maybe it’s not yet my time to go to the Big Apple but it’s the ripe time for me to be a fairy to those who are already there or are planning to be there this year. And even if you’re not planning to go, just in case you win, you can still send a representative to avail your freebie instead.. that way, you can also become a fairy. ^_^


jazz columbus circle new york
And that makes me already happy. ^_^ Don’t worry, I’m in a paradise called Palawan, the best island in the world, so there’s nothing to complain :P

This giveaway will run starting Feb 8, 2016 and will end on March 8, 2016. Only 1 winner will be declared, afterwhich the lucky person can avail the prize within 1 year.

If you feel it’s your lucky day, start joining, start sharing and start wishing to win a Free 2 Nights Stay at Jazz Hostels Columbus Circle in New York.


The winner for this contest is Gabriel Boffa who joined the contest from Argentina. Congratulations!

Project Updates: 2015 Recap and 2016 action plan

Year 2015 was a year of hustling and staycations..

So since I was almost always in front of my computer, and staycations are like lazy vacations where you just stay in hotels.. there’s not much action I did last year.

Which is good..

I’m not complaining though specially if you get to sleep in different posh places like this:


makati staycation2
 

and this.

hotel in Thailand


Don’t get me wrong, I’m still the girlscout cheapskate that you know who sleeps in airport floors and bus benches.

It’s just that I’ve upgraded a bit. Thank you for the sponsorships and opportunities dear Universe.

I have hustled more last 2015.. Errand To Go has a good start, the gigs were mostly language transcription and translation jobs and I get to delegate this to people in different parts of the Philippines. And as the Philippine coordinator of a mystery shopping company, it was fun to work with CEOs, managers, and other elitists in this country.. can’t believe we pay them to window shop.

This blog is earning too. Yes dear universe, that long travel is shaping up. And when the ocean is kept quiet for so long, it means a tsunami is coming… can’t wait for an overwhelming tsunami chapter of my life. ^_^

I ate (and cooked) more traditional and international meals too ranging from a posh dish I learned from Italians I met in Tagaytay to ants.. yep, ants. If you can’t beat them, eat them. I learned to eat that when I was in Kalinga..


ants


Soooo, that wraps up my 2015.

In this year 2016, it seems like I had enough dreaming and this is the time for action. My goals are the same as previous ones, guess I know exactly what my ideal life is coz it’s the same goal every year. And what are they? As usual.

More travels.

2015 was travels with mom and staycations with relatives. 2016 must be more travels to new places that I can also call home.

Meanwhile, my travels should not in any way invite jealousy. So while I figure how that can be done.. please bear with me.

That’s the reason why I don’t post so much posh pictures, because everytime I do, something bad happens – hello thieves, you must be reading this. Thanks still for adding up to my number of readers. How can I help you change your ways? ^_^

And despite numerous burglaries, my mom don’t want to abandon our home due to sentimental reasons so I need to figure out how to resolve this before I go on that long travel journey again.

More books.

2015 was like a year of hustle, and because of this I haven’t read books that much. Must read more this year.

More beautiful homes to stay in.

More beautiful souls to meet.

More sustainable communities to discover.

And yeah, to be able to afford those goals.. I need to do more hustle ;)

And while I serve as a secret fairy to others, thank you to those who are secret fairies to me too.. I’m always grateful and always would like to know how best grasya.com and grasya.org can serve you.. Till then, let’s all look forward to a beautiful life.

Life skills I have learned while traveling

Since at the moment I’m on the stage of planning to get to know other continents than Asia, like to have a very long retreat in Italy, experience sustainable living in Switzerland, hang out with friends and family in England, go on a holiday to Playa de las Americas, I also feel there are people who can never understand why some perpetual travelers go on journeys like this.

Some people think that traveling is an expensive hobby. But not many people realize traveling and seeing the world is a great global education that you can never learn if you confine yourself in the classroom or the office cubicle. I have realized those valuable lessons and so I’m sharing with you what I have learned when you think I’m just spending unnecessary money:

Math skills. I have learned how to convert currency from Peso to Dollar to the currency of the country where I am in. I love math when I was studying in College (I suck at this subject in Elementary and High School). But to be honest, I fumble during practical applications. Traveling forces me to put theories into practice, otherwise I will be out of money if I don’t keep track of spending!

Barter and Negotiation skills. I have learned how to score cheap plane tickets and I have learned how to negotiate and haggle in the market, and even in hotels :D.. Trick is to ask different sellers selling the same product/service.. then buy from the one that is offering the cheapest price, and then haggle down more xD

Social skills. The typical traveler for many -> Western people from a rich family.. Well, I don’t belong to the bracket. If people will judge my shy and frail skinny appearance, people will find it hard to believe this wee lady has traveled solo at some point in a formerly closed country, Myanmar; or survived living in one of the poorest region in India, Kolkata, on 40+ degree weather.


grasya in the thai-burma border

I never knew what I’m capable of until I was thrown out of my comfort zone. I also thought I’m that shy frail skinny lady not capable of making any friends but hey, I checked on facebook and I’ve got friends all over the world including Tajikistan and Slovenia! What more if the Universe has granted me a gift to travel around the world ;D


christmas in India
Language skills. I have learned a bit of Italian when I lived with Italians in Tagaytay. I have learned a bit of Bangla when I lived in Kolkata. I now speak a bit of Thai since I lived in Thailand.. and now I still get confused on Karay-A/Ilonggo/Cebuano/Boholanon dialects in the Visayas region but I’m catching up on these languages.

I learned how to live the present moment. I don’t think much of events that is not under my control when I travel. It might be selfish to not think of the typhoons in the Philippines while you’re enjoying the weather in Thailand.. But sometimes, being worried is not helping. I’d rather stay calm, pray, meditate, that all will be well. And of course do the drill – the never ending fundraising and volunteering activities after every typhoon xD..

I now understand the culture and food differences of people. I understand the way that Indians like to eat with their hands even on public places. I have Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu friends and we all get along. I still try to appear that I’m not shocked when some friends drinks, smokes, I hope they do realize health is wealth.

On the other hand, I realized the value of being vegetarian and the health hazards of eating too much sweets.. And I hope my friends also understand why I point on things with my mouth. Or have to raise both of my eyebrows when agreeing. Or respond to someone who shouts – pssst!

But I also realize, even if I have learned life skills on the road and have met lots of people all over the world.. it is another challenge when you get back to the roots and re-learn everything for you to be part of your society again. Learning to reintegrate is another life skill that a person who has come back from a long journey also needs to master.

For those on the crossroads, let me know how we can help you in the transition. I may not be able to cater to your need, but I can refer you to people who is more knowledgable than me in this so called life.


antique road less traveled

For now, let’s enjoy the planning stage of travel again.. ^_^

Project Updates and plotting another long term travel

I’m not traveling at the moment.. coz I’m working hard and hustling harder. I’m preparing for another long term travel… but before that, I must make sure that once I start to travel again, our house will not get robbed, my bank will not hold my money, and people will not pop out of the blue to borrow money… then disappear when I’m on the side of the coin of being distressed *sigh*

Ok, enough negative thoughts :)))

Let’s get back to business. I’m really determined to get these baby projects to work. I think I’m diversifying too much but only thru that way I’ll be able to know which work and which does not work earlier than focusing on just one project at a time. Thank you to kind souls who have been supporting me, my sincerest gratitude to you. Please don’t make me go back and be that lady wearing high heeled branded shoes on that high rise building of a corporate company, I’m trying my best to suppressed my horns :D.. although to be honest, sometimes I miss those high heeled days.. just the dressing up, not the corporate politics :))

I still prefer to work in coffee shops, thank you.


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Enough blah, here’s the updates, if you are reading this and would like to support my sustainable lifestyle goals, please let me know how we can collaborate:

1. Grasya.com and grasya.org – 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:
bohol transient house
things to buy in nepal
5 beautiful spots in Palawan
freebies in the Philippines
comparison of Thailand and Philippines
antique foods

Top searchers are from the Philippines, United States, India, United Arab Emirates, Australia

2. Tech projects – Once upon a time, I was paid to break database softwares but I got busy with other projects I lost this client. I will have to find clients who will pay me to break their stuff.. yes there are clients like that. I need to polish my geeky brain too to provide solutions to sites and softwares that I break. But first, i need a new laptop and a high speed internet.

3. Errand to go – The latest gig was a bunch of translation and transcription projects where I get to delegate tasks to freelancers in different parts of the Philippines. Can’t wait to get the payment so I can roll this in for more projects.

4. Mystery shopping – As a Philippines coordinator, it’s fun to work with elitists, managers and CEOs on this mystery shopping gig. It’s a good feeling when people are getting paid to window shop.. It brings me anxiety too because sometimes we have payment issues from my steady client.. This gig actually takes up a lot of time but I need to find a way to work smarter at this gig so i can focus on other projects…

5. Rental properties – I’m helping my friends rent their beautiful houses in the Philippines and Thailand. So far, a French lady went to the Tboli tribe homestay in South Cotabato and a Japanese guy went to the homestay in Leyte. Lately, I’ve added two beautiful homestay in Thailand. Ironically, I’m still preparing the homestay in Antique despite several foreign visitors who visited the place already because I have to wrestle with my clan’s belief that if you get rid of mickey/minnie mouse, they will wreck havoc in the house and eat your clothes.. traditions are crazy sometimes.

6. Online loading – I once gave this project to my niece, and it didn’t work. I transferred the project to my neighbour for her self sustainable livelihood, now she is ignoring me when I ask updates about the project.. obviously didn’t work. Need to collaborate with other people who will not ignore me once they get funding.

 

Non Monetary Revenue

I was able to travel with my mom last June in Thailand and Vietnam and most of the hotels were free courtesy of sponsors.. thank you so much <3

My other income streams that are not yet earning are my self sustainability site, online store where I promote paintings and other artworks of my friends and my online book store via Amazon.

I’ve come a long way.. and I still have a lot more to do.. It’s tiring sometimes but I’m hopeful. Ok.. now.. while I hustle, please bear with me.. Let’s look forward to brighter days.

Oh I forgot to mention my micro projects at grasya.org… i know i’m working toooOooo much, I deserve a round the world travel holiday ;)

Projects Update and celebrating my 4 years of freedom

Projects Update and celebrating my 4 years of freedom

I never thought I will survive redesigning my life so I can have freedom to have a balance life.. I’m still in progress state but to be honest, I still would like to choose this way of life and would do anything to maintain it.

Most people often wonder how I make money. I often think I’m lucky enough to be generating money while telling stories.. But I also have different jobs too, like I get paid to break stuff and I am paid to window shop so that’s an additional income ;).. Here’s a list of updates of my gigs:

 

1. Grasya.com and grasya.org – 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:

what to do in Laguna
what to do in Antique
tagaytay trip budget
things to buy in nepal
comparison of thailand and philippines
bohol accommodation

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

2. Tech projects – at the moment, this income stream is a low earner. I got a high paying client back but only for a few days because they need someone who is onsite. Oh well, I really need to sit down and focus on this area.

3. Errand to go – Errands this past few months ranges from language translation to taking pictures of a perfume in a Mall :D… I have added 2 new admins from outside the Philippines so they can spread the project too.

4. Mystery shopping – As a Philippine coordinator, it’s fun to work with elitists, managers and CEOs on this mystery shopping gig. And delegating projects while I’m in the boondocks planting malunggay. Hope for more projects to come.

5. Rental properties – I have to let go of managing some properties of my friends sorry to those who inquired! But I was able to have a French lady visit the homestay in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. I’m also talking to a rentapreneur about promoting a Bohol apartment too. Awesome days ahead!

6. Online loading – I transfered the project to my neighbhor for her self sustainable livelihood. Let’s see how it goes.

Non Monetary Revenue

1. Grateful for the unlimited food every fiesta in my hidden paradise in Antique. There’s fiesta almost every week in different places and I have to bail out on the last invitation due to food overload. I need to give chance to others. For those who are curious, you can check out my story about Fiesta in the Philippines.

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

 


Working on the Road small
 

 


Hard life, I know.

To be honest, income streams are not consistent and I’ve experience a lot of dry months, and it happened while I was traveling too! So you see, travel sometimes is not fun :P

But all the more, I have experienced life worth living since the day I quit my regular day job, I never experienced playing politics in the workplace or having serious bad feelings toward someone, except when I fight with my siblings but that is normal right?

I would like to share with you what I have accomplished the past 4 years of freedom:

1. I have traveled more extensively now that I have luxury of time.. in fact, I will be traveling with my mother to Thailand and Vietnam this June, thank you piso fare and discount accommodation of friends and advertisers ^_^

I can’t wait to see those beautiful countries again! And I can’t wait to meet people and eat their kind of food too… Want to meet up? Let me know. ^_^

2. I also have lots of time with family, extended family, and have learned a few skills like cooking and gardening… I still failed 3 times to produce garlic though xD

I moved away from the concrete jungle, so no stress, no pollution, no traffic, hopefully no snatchers or house burglars exists in this hidden paradise.. it is helpful that most people, despite their seemingly poor appearance, are all well fed, thank you to Mother Earth who is generously providing sustenance..

Although this does not happen everywhere. In some villages, some people do not grow their own food.. thus becomes vulnerable and hungry. This mindset needs to change.

3. I can save now even with less salary than my corporate job because I cut on transportation costs and office attires. The cost of living in places where I travel are low yet quality of living is high.. When I was living in Makati, I was spending around 500-1000 pesos a day, now the expenses is significantly reduced. Of course I would like to still have a higher salary and have this quality of living, I’m working on it thru my diversified gigs..

4. I am able to contribute to worthy causes thru grasya.org and was able to help fundraise for different organizations in Nepal, Thailand and the Philippines in collaboration with other international travel bloggers. I am actually taking a breather to these kinds of activities but I can’t help myself specially that sometimes I feel everyone is taking a breather too xD.. there’s a lot of things to do to make this world a better place.

5. I never desire to be famous. But after I quit my corporate job, I see my name on press. Well, it’s high time for simple living and frugality to be on the limelight. Cheers to coordinating luxury clients in posh malls while planting malunggay.. :D


aim high
 

It’s too early to say I’ve reached my goals but I’m happy with what is happening. And you know what, everyone can do this lifestyle too.

And I’m determined to make this kind of freedom work not just for me but for everybody…

Follow your bliss, and choose a job that you love so you will never have to work a single day in your life.

 


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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


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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 grasya.org..

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. Grasya.com and grasya.org – 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?

Earnings report temporarily halted

Earnings report temporarily halted

And I thought I could save for a long trip in early July which I’m currently in right now.. but family expenses and emergencies always finds ways to drain my savings… Plus my cousin says our house got robbed are not very good news.

And this makes me want to not report my earnings anymore.. I really wanted to inspire people to follow their dreams and I live simply and frugally just to travel.. I don’t smoke, drink, rarely go to parties, and I live in the mountains, etc… just to save so I can travel.

But emergencies and robberies are not good omens really.. who knows what will happen next..

I’m getting horrible thoughts already @_@

Although I am inspired that other bloggers are all the way out declaring to the world how and what they are doing to live their dreams so others can get inspired too.. to think that one lives in Africa..

I’m a believer of Ubuntu and its also not right that I’m the only one benefiting from what I’m doing so I’m sharing my thoughts.. but if even if I’m trying to do good, I still get bad results after.. something is really wrong.. or maybe I’m not doing it right.

Yeah it could be my fault that instead of motivating them to follow what I’m doing, I have created a motivation to rob our house XD… I’m such a bad person.

Such a shame really, I wanted to tell people how I earn but I fear getting robbed or kidnapped.. Besides, I’m telling my earnings so people can at least do similar activities that can also fulfill dreams.. I cant really say I’m an expert and I still have a lot to learn since this is not a stable earning strategy.. For now, please bear with me, I’m frustrated too.

For those who still wants me to reveal my earning strategies, kindly email me at grasya@grasya.com