Living the local life – a personal insight

Living the local life – a personal insight

Because it has been a long time since I traveled out of my country, local living has become my daily routine. I still travel around the country and have experienced the lifestyle of different classes of society.
Somehow I do see the benefits of each side of the story. If you’re gonna ask me which lifestyle suits me best, I’d say it depends on the situation.

When you’re traveling as an elitist, or part of the upper class, you will be served with comfort and class. However, people will look at you with $$ in your eyes and expect money in every move you make. I was traveling in style when a cousin from London and a Chinese friend came over last month. And you have no idea how worried I am about being kidnapped… not because I’m rich, but because kidnappers might notice my companions are rich.. so dear elite friends, please dress down when you are with me.. I had enough mishaps in my life already, thank you. Sorry posh pictures are private property unless I’m given permission to boast about them :P

Here’s one of our tour spots, Waterfalls of Tibiao, Antique:

water falls in Tibiao Antique

And even if I travel solo, I just don’t blend. One time while eating breakfast solo in a hotel, a police woman went in the hotel to observe me.. Does this thin looking frail lady look harmful? Maybe the owner think I look like I will eat all the food in the buffet. :D

On the other hand, when traveling on a budget, you’ll get glares from the elitists who will look at you from head to toe. I do notice that when I was in Tagaytay in a gathering. Amongst families with cars, I was one of the people who arrived in a tricycle. Well at least I will not be taken advantage of.. wait, the tricycle driver overcharged me I think. Great.

This scenario makes me not want to travel around the country.

Not traveling has its advantage actually.. you’re safe eating home made fresh foods in a house that you call home. You can be your true self and no matter what you wear, your pet dog will adore you.


In my case, not traveling makes my friends from afar visit instead.. So far, friends from Vietnam, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Taiwan, China, US and UK has visited my hidden paradise.. My aunt who hasn’t traveled out of the Philippines yet felt like she has traveled already thru the stories of my friends..

But not traveling will also make a person not see the beauty of the world.. I hope people continue to travel despite what harshness media is telling them.. or despite harshness I have personally experienced :)).. coz yours might be a different story who knows..

Travel peels off all your labels and brings out the best in you.. Authentic travel brings out true friends too.. It is thru understanding cultures and learning their way of life that true peace is achieved. Isn’t it great that you be friends with everyone in any part of the world?

I do look forward to the time where I can become myself with no labels. I can stay in whatever posh hotels or serviced apartments.. or sleep on bus stops or hitchhike in Europe.. and no one will measure my ability just by looking at me from head to toe.

I look forward to the day I can travel freely, where I can encounter no hatred, only welcoming people wanting me to stay in their warm homes.. But for now, I can just dream.. until I set foot on that long journey again.


beautiful life


10 Life and Travel Quotes part 3

10 Life and Travel Quotes part 3

And so here I go again where I contemplate on words of wisdom I saw around the net. For those who wants to reflect on their lives, feel free to browse around. The quotes may not only give meaning to me but it may struck a chord on you too. If you want to see my previous quote compilations, check out my Miss Quote section.

Quote 1. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama The previous year I just spent traveling the same route with my mom and relatives. This year should be a year of discovery..

travel to a place youve never been

Quote 2. working hard for something we don’t care is stress, working hard for something we love is called passion – Simon Sinek
There are times I hardly slept just to deal with projects and there are times I put myself at risk when traveling (never gonna do that again don’t worry) but for the love of my projects which include traveling, I never felt that it was work.. even if I’m earning money from these projects.. guess I found my passion.

2 passion

Quote 3. hard times will always reveal true friends. I’ve been under the wheel of life and underwent the test of time.. there I met real friends who stick with me thru good and bad.. and indeed, they were jewels of my life.

3 hard times

Quote 4. We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. – Fight club

Guess that’s why I became antisocial.. because there are lots of people who treat you according to the level of your money.. it has become a material world so i try to be real, even if i don’t impress.

buy things we dont need

Quote 5. If life gives you lots of lemons, makes lots of lemonaide, lemon jam, lemon cake, and sell them. I just modified the quote a bit because really, at one point of my life, I think I was given lots of lemons ^_^.. so that’s why I accumulated different income streams :D.. Lemons pa more!

if life gives you lemons

Quote 6. If you fall, I’ll be there – floor. Just a silly quote.. although sometimes this is true.. embrace being alone though, it’s a baptism of fire that makes you stronger

5 fall

Quote 7. a flower does not think of competing against the flower next to it, it just blooms

6 flower

Quote 8. Love in such a way that the person you love feels free. – Thich Nhat Hanh

love in such a way

Quote 9. The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is – Jim Carrey

the effect you have on others

Quote 10. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.

promote what you love

10 Life and Travel Quotes part 2

10 Life and Travel Quotes part 2

There are times where I just sit back and reminisce, look back so I can move forward. I guess I can call it checkpoint phases in my life.

And these reflections always involved quotes.. I used to do poetries but my attention span has become shorter so quotes will do at the moment.

I already had a first batch of these quote collections, feel free to check it out. If you find yourselves in the crossroads and might need some words of wisdom, hope you find it in the short but powerful quotes that I’ve gathered around the internet.

Quote 1. I am in competition with no one, I hope we all make it.

quote about competition

Quote 2. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

2. the world is a book travel quote

Quote 3. if we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet

travel quote

Quote 4. The world is my village and my religion is to do good

travel quote

Quote 5. birds of the same feather are the same birds

5. birds of the same feather life quote

Now the quotes below are bits of wisdom about money and how to handle them or how to look at alternative richness aside from money. I can attest to these quotes and if you have financial challenges at the moment, hope you can reflect on them too.

Quote 6. Humans are the only species that pays to live on this planet

6. money quote

Quote 7. The grass is not greener on the other side, it is greener where you water it

money quote

Quote 8. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things that you have that money cannot buy

money quote

Quote 9. Some people are so poor all they have is money

money quote

Quote 10. Your network is your net worth

money quote


Inspired? Read more quote compilation here:

Reasons for you to NOT travel

Out of curiosity, and also out of wanting to create another passive income stream, I asked around on what topic should I have for an ebook..

(Yeah, despite my grammers, I still dream to create an ebook.. humans can dream right?)

And one of the topics were how to discourage people from traveling… like after all my adventures and breath taking pictures, I will then tell my readers to NOT TRAVEL?


beautiful Thailand

Don’t get me wrong.. I love traveling.. and after I get another large buck, you won’t be seeing me sitting around in my computer.. but after much thought.. I realized, travel indeed is not for everyone.

And believe me, there are phases in my life where I also don’t want to go out of the house and just want to sleep in my bed forever.. till I realize I have an online job.. boo.

So maybe.. just maybe.. travel may not be for everybody.. Some people will thank me for this because at least they will feel that they are a normal person not bound by the new norm that a person is required to travel.


So, for those who would like to be discouraged to travel, this is for you:

Travel may not be for you if.. if you can’t part ways with your bed, your dogs, your cats, your garden, your house, etc.. like you go out to the mall for a few hours, then you wanted to come home immediately. Sorry dear, you’re bound to love your roots forever. Do you realize once you go travel far and wide, you cannot come home immediately? You’ll be homesick and won’t be able to enjoy your trip.. do yourself a favor, start getting unattached to people, animals and things or don’t travel.


Travel may not be for you if you’re picky about food.. if you can’t take spicy food, then don’t travel around Asia.. if you can’t eat without rice, then bring rice in your travels and cook in the places where you’ll be visiting.. but if you can’t cook… oh dear.. make your life simple.. you already know what I mean.



Travel may not be for you if you’re antisocial.. wait, scratch that. I’m antisocial yet I still travel. I do have set of friends, and I make friends sometimes.. sometimes :D.. I’m working  on it!


Travel may not be for you at the moment if you don’t have the funds to travel.. OUCH. Although really I tried many times to travel like a vagabond and I survived, thank you angels.. Looking back, I also cannot understand how I was able to do that.. but dear, please don’t be so adventurous.. I may just be lucky so if luck is not on your side, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.



Travel may not be for you if your brother sister mother father grannies aunts neighbors and neighbors cousins (which is your cousin too) is dependent on you… I salute you dear bread winner who works 2 jobs in the West to support a Village where some members survive by gossiping the whole day! I do not approve of creating a family dependency on you.. what if you get to be on the other side of getting sick and do not have the means to work? Travel may not be for you at the moment, but I do hope you allot the happy fund for yourself because you deserve it.


grasya in bagan

Moving on, travel may not be for you if you’re a hard headed person and breaks the rules of the country you are in.. Example, there’s a rule in Thailand where you’re not allowed to say anything negative about the king or you’ll be jailed.. you may agree that it is weird but once you break this law, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.


Also, travel may not be for you if you complain about everything.. You complain about the weather, food, no mcdonalds in Bagan, no jollibee in the Himalayas… You complain about travel time that is too long, sand is not white enough, sea water not blue.. Don’t get me wrong, I do complain too thank goodness my country has freedom of speech.. but sometimes there are people who complains a whole lot.. Dears, do yourself and your travel companions a favor, stay home where mcdonalds and jollibee is within reach.. and learn photoshop skills to make the white sand truly white.

Travel may not be for you if you can’t handle racism.. Reality check, not all that glitters are great places.. Example, I love Hong Kong, the last time I was there I had great time with friends.. but the first time was indeed a culture shock.. even the boat dispatcher shouts at you! In my mind, I was like.. “Ate, I may just look like your typical maid but I have a higher education than you”.. but well, she doesn’t care xD


So if you think you can’t bear all these.. I think I’m giving a good advice for you to just not travel..  you won’t experience racism, you won’t get homesick, you will always have your favourite food, you’ll be happier that way believe me.

There’s an alternative way to not experience all these misfortunes.. book a tour so you’ll be in a tour group, in a happy bubble, not noticing the real culture experience.. but at least you’re surrounded by staff smiling because you paid them to be patient with your complaining ;D.. oh by the way, this is not applicable in some parts of Vietnam where certain tour guides will shout at you for being a complainer… sorry reality hurts sometimes.

But despite that, you can still try to travel and see the world as it is.. and if you realize I was right in the first place, you’re welcome. And if you overcome the challenges and still see that despite all that, the world is still beautiful, then well done, you have made the step to become a global citizen.. an addition to the tribe of explorers indeed, now your new challenge is how to get rid of the travel bug.


**if you want me to gift this to your beloved as a way of disrupting his/her plans to travel, let me know and I’ll create an ebook just for you :D

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How do you know True Freedom?

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day.

That’s because today, June 12, is National Independence day in the Philippines. I’m grateful that our national heroes did everything they can to set our country free…. fast forward to today… think about it.. Are we truly free?

1. Do we have freedom of speech? Are journalists and the rest of the people free to say what they want to say without being threatened (or cyber bullied) ? Can honesty be spoken in such a way to not hurt people?

2. Are we free to do things we want to do? Do we do things because we feel we are born to do them? Do we like to work because we want to work? Do we like to write because we want to write? Do we like to cook because we want to cook? Are we doing our passions or purpose in life? Not binded or blinded by the money?

3. Speaking of money, do we feel rich? Not necessarily monetary but richness in other aspects in life. Are we rich in health and spirituality? Rich in the unconditional love that our family and friends are giving us? Do we not always think of money and base our decisions on this all the time?

4. Do we have abundant food? Do we not have problems about where and what to eat because Mother Nature is giving us land to plant and grow food?

5. Are we self sustainable yet interdependent? Do we know the value of each other? That jeepney driver is important otherwise who will give you cheap fare to ride everyday? That market vendor is needed.. That farmer or fisherman needs to upgrade his social status otherwise they might not farm or fish then might go abroad to search for good living conditions leaving you hungry or eat canned and junk foods thus get cancer.

In all fairness, life in the country is improving. Many people can now afford to travel.. facebook is now open to everyone, even our Balot vendor has a facebook account. And despite “regular” catastrophies of Mother Nature, we “regularly” get back on our feet as if nothing happened.

But we’re still a long way to go. I see young people that are very nationalistic and that’s a good sign… I guess. Hope it’s not only a facebook status.