Saturday, November 11, 2017

The mere thought of traveling and learning

I love to travel and make a difference. I was born and raised in Caloocan City. My dad is from Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte and my mom is from Meycauayan City, Bulacan. Therefore, I am a citizen of three cities and living life in the hustle and bustle of the metro.

The Labasin Lake view from Coco Pavilion at Villa Escudero. 
I started traveling when I was 18 to leave my worries behind and to widen my understanding of the world. I have always been searching for something new to explore, seeking to venture out and interact with people from all walks of life.

Taken at The Great Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City. Image by Potpot Pinili of Travel Trilogy.
And so when I entered college, I took Marketing Management. At the start of my journey, I created marketing materials and built connections. Three years later, I learned advertising, marketing research, marketing plans, and a series of useful social media marketing tools that help make marketing communication more effective and efficient.

Taken at Brgy. Madadamian, Echague, Isabela. Image by Ferdz Decena of Ironwulf En Route.
After three years of studying, I filed a Leave of Absence to try my luck outside the country as a Visual Merchandiser. However, the unexpected happened. Things are not always what they seem. My dream did not turn out as planned. My documents expired. In other words, I was not able to leave the country. But that did not stop me from doing better. I looked for alternative sources of income. I worked as a Marketing Officer in a leading Korean salon in the Philippines, entered a freelance career as a Content Writer, Marketing Researcher and pursued my hobby as a Travel Blogger.

Luli Island is one of the islands in Honda Bay Tour in Palawan.
As a travel blogger, I have been to places I had never imagined visiting. I got the chance to board the iconic vinta of Zamboanga City. To discover the previously unexplored collection of majestic waterfalls in Isabela. To experience the white-powdered sands and sparkling blue waters of the World's Best Beach in Palawan. To enjoy the colonial culture of Cebu City, Vigan City, and Taal, Batangas. To be sent on an all-in-expenses-paid trip to the land of Kiwi: New Zealand, after my short essay was awarded a top prize. Traveling opens my mind--indeed our minds--to previously unknown possibilities and creates our paths to certainties.

The afternoon sky is partly cloudy, white patch blanket of clouds with thick blue sensations that mirror the colors of the sea. Taken at Malabrigo Pebble Beach.
Taken at the Monastery of Holy Eucharist, also known as Simala Church in Sibonga, Cebu.
The air is so cold yet the leaves of the tree are on fire. Taken at Auckland Domain in Auckland, New Zealand. Image by Andrew Russel Villena.
A year later, I returned to studying, striving to finish the work I had started. And now, I am in my last year of college, pursuing my passion for discovery and for traveling throughout more of the Philippines and beyond. I have learned photography, writing and the desire to see more of what the world has to offer. Life never stops teaching, and so I never stop learning. Through all these, I have realized that you find meaning in doing what makes you happy, in relishing what gives you joy, and in discovering what makes you whole. 


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