Frequently Asked Questions
How Old Are you?
20-something! 1994 baby.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines.
Why Did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2006, just as a journal of sorts. From there, I've hopped from one blog to another, trying my hand at fashion blogging and then eventually arriving at this current travel blog. I am a writer at heart, and storytelling is just something I do. I look at my blog as a passion project instead of a job, and so my primary motivation for running this is travel documentation. I don't want to forget these amazing memories!
Do you have a day job?
Yes. Multiple, actually. I work as a social media specialist and freelance writer by day, and a vlogger at night. Despite my packed schedule, travel is possible because of my remote work status. I work from home or just about from anywhere!
How do you fund your travels?
I work 3 jobs and don't pay any rent because I live with my parents (Filipino culture, hehe). One day I hope to travel for work, and transition into full-time travel b/vlogging. That would be the most ideal set-up for me.
What camera/Equipment do you use?
For Youtube videos, I use a Canon 70D (wide angle lens for vlogs, just my standard kits lens for sit-down videos), a GoPro, and my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 5. I also have a simple LED light from Lazada, and a Rode VideoMicro for my microphone. My editing software of choice is Final Cut Pro.
Why do you talk like that?
I get this question a lot, so I thought I'd include this. HAHA. I speak in a weird American-with-a-pinch-of-Filipino accent because I spend a lot of time watching American TV... no kidding. I didn't practice it intentionally, but between speech classes since 1st grade and my exposure to native speakers (both IRL and on TV), it was inevitable for me to talk like this, I think. I also talk to myself a lot, whenever I'm stuck in traffic or just alone. I can speak Tagalog though, and fluently, too!
How'd you overcome your brown skin insecurity?
It's not the easiest thing to do, especially when you live in the Philippines where skin whitening is a multi-million dollar industry! I've learned over time, though, that embracing myself and everything that comes with me is the only way to truly love who I am. Life is short, too short, to be bothered by things as trivial as physical looks. And anyway, my brown skin is beautiful, I just wasn't told while growing up. But now I know!