Isn’t it so amazing when you try out something new and realize how much you actually love it? I recently discovered a newfound love for travelling. I think the first time I ever travelled by plane was back when I was 6 years old. It was a trip to a faraway location for one of papa’s movies. It was probably “Mama’s Boys” although I’m not so sure. Anyway, that trip was more of a work thing and the family just sort of tagged along since it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to relax and bond. We were never really the type of family that had annual trips abroad. The closest thing would have to be our trips to Baguio in the summer.
On my own, I started travelling for leisure when I was already in my 20’s. But my first trip abroad was to Hong Kong when I was 15 and it was for work. It was one of my first big hosting gigs and I loved it! I was asked to cover the Disney on Ice event for a local TV show in Manila. I love being able to travel to different places for work but it was only when I met someone who loved travelling so much that I fell in love with it too.
The first time Chino and I “met” was in Boracay (the very first time we really met was when we were both still in college at Ateneo). He was there for just a while because right after that trip, he was going to Barcelona with his mom and sister. As a family, they love to travel a lot. His sister Monica is actually such an inspiration because she quit her day job to start her own travel agency now known as Bookie because her real passion in life is to explore the whole world! Awesome! It’s quite evident that a passion for exploration is shared by these siblings. They are two of the most passionate and dedicated people I have ever met in my life and because of them, I have learned to love and appreciate travelling all the more.
So far, I’ve already been to Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Hawaii, Davao, Boracay, Palawan, Cebu and so many other provinces in the Philippines. I’m so excited to go to so many more places! I’m not gonna lie. Turning 27 last November gave me a slight heart attack thinking how little time I have left before I turn 30. But since I’ve started looking at things from a different perspective, I actually see this as the perfect opportunity to travel more. I’m just so excited to make the most of the last years of my 20’s. The world is such a marvellous place! All we need to do is open our eyes and see the beauty in everything that surrounds us. It’s always just about perspective, really. My glass is always half full.