Life Lately: The Past 9 Months

Life Lately: The Past 9 Months

It has been a loooong while since I last did this kind of post. In fact, my last ‘Life Lately’ update was in December 2014 — so surely, there’s a need for a recap on the past 9 months that have passed! And boy… I am telling you now that a lot of things happened in my life and this travel blog. (And oh, I just celebrated my 24th birthday this month!)

Now, I don’t want to make this too long so I’d just pick the top 3 ‘developments’ that I’ve been through:

  1. Surprisingly gained TONS of exposure online and offline for my travel blog these past months.
    I launched this blog in September 2014 and all that I was aiming for was a chance to write my travels and experiences after I quit my job in April 2014 to become a digital nomad. I simply wanted to share it all online to my friends and to the ‘few’ people on the web who would happen to pass by my blog; however… somewhere along the way, after a successful article or two about my life, my blog received a lot of readers. It was all so surreal for me, and the months after that were a whirlwind of trending articles, collaborations with travel brands, exposures on big websites (like National Geographic, Lonely Planet, BuzzFeed, etc.), features on prints (apart from Philippine publications, I was also published on Belgium’s biggest newspaper! You can see more information on my media page) and press trips too!
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    It has been AMAZING. And I have you guys to thank! I honestly wouldn’t have been able to write more nor would I have been able to have well-shared articles if not for everyone’s support, encouragement and suggestions. (Up till today, I still continue to receive messages from you guys, thanking me for the inspirational pieces that I wrote. I honestly never thought that one day I would help and inspire others, so it truly makes me happy whenever I hear these from anyone. You guys give me strength, and it assures me that what I’m doing is right! ♥)

    If you want to join my travel community, I set up a Facebook group called: ‘Ultimate Travel Group‘. Come and connect with like-minded individuals there! I also regularly share blogging and travel tips, resources, deals and giveaways weekly. I hope you’d love the group!

  2. Exploring more of Belgium and becoming more ‘Belgian’ day by day!
    I have been trying to process my long-term visa here in Belgium especially after transferring our online business, Adalid Gear, from Hong Kong. The business set-up was finished easily but the approval of my visa is taking quite a while, and such a procedure prohibits me from traveling to other countries. But that didn’t dampen my spirits since I resorted to taking my own sweet time into exploring more of the places here in Belgium! Apart from the trips that I took with Jonas, I also did several solo trips so that I can explore new places by myself. (Ghent, Bruges, Brussels, Leuven, and more!)
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    To add, I am slowly integrating myself into the ‘Belgian society’. (I have been here for a year now so you can say that I’m already a true-blue Belgian person, haha!) But yeah, apart from an integration class, I have also been taking Dutch classes and as of this moment, I’m already on Level 2. (Each level takes two months). Now, I can’t really speak fluently yet, but I can already understand texts and speeches. It’s quite hard… but also easy. I am unable to explain it, but one thing is for sure: it is an exciting experience to learn a new language! I already know 3 (English, Tagalog, Ivatan) and I guess after I master Dutch, I will try to take on French since half of Belgium uses it.
  3. Planning and doing big trips!
    Once my visa is done with, I will be going on 3 BIG trips in 2016, so I’m using this time to plan it all well. First one would be a long trip to neighboring southern and eastern European countries by train as I still have a pending partnership with Eurail that needs to be executed.Second one would be a trip back to Asia. I will be visiting my home country, the Philippines, for a bit to see some of my friends, my family, and also because it’s my sister’s wedding. After that, I plan to (finally) go to Japan (so stoked for this one as I am a HUGE fan of their culture) and then to China (to visit some places but mainly to visit our business suppliers). If I would still have time, maybe a side trip to South and North Korea as they are along the route.Last of the ‘series’ would be to South America to not only visit some of our nomadic friends but to also, of course, explore the amazing countries packed in this dynamic continent. I’m reaaaally excited!

P.S. I plan to do this every month instead of every week, which I did before. But… I actually just received an awesome vlogging camera for review, so I’m still contemplating as to whether I should make this more frequent along with a video/vlog update. So we’ll see!

How about you?

  • What have you been up to lately?
  • Do you like this ‘Life Lately’ series? Should I continue doing it or not?
  • Would you prefer a weekly update or a monthly update?

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31 comments

  1. Wow~ I just found your blog and it's very impressive!

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    1. Thank you!

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  2. Hi! I absolutely love your blog! It is exactly what I have been planning to do for the past 6 months and I am finally moving to Australia next Feb for 2 years! Super stoked! Thanks for all the advice on how to start a blog and travel on a third world country passport (mine's Indian -_-)

    All your posts give me so much encouragement to start my own blog soon! Maybe if you ever visit the land down under, we can meet :)

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    1. Hey Ritika, I'm very thankful for your kind words! That's great to hear by the way that things are going well for you! I wish you nothing but the best and I hope my articles can be of help. I hope to meet you someday too! Australia is definitely on my list ;)

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  3. I just discovered your blog and it's inspiring! I love that your mission is to travel the world on a third world passport, I just recently learned the challenges associated with having a passport from the Philippines when my sister’s boyfriend couldn't come to the wedding of my other sister... Anyway, really like your blog and will definitely keep reading it! Happy travels in 2016, your plans sounds great. Groetjes Lotte (from the Netherlands;-)

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    1. Hey Lotte! I'm glad that you stumbled into my blog :) And yeah, it's really quite a challenge that's why I want to inspire those who have less powerful passports like me and let them know that it's still possible. Overall, really thankful for your kind words and thank YOU for sticking around! Happy travel to you as well! Dank je wel!

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      1. I am sure you are inspiring many people to travel via this blog, regardsless of their passport:-)

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        1. Thank you Lotte! I'm happy to hear that you think that :)

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  4. Wow I thought I had guts driving from California to Tennessee in my 20's by myself. I didn't even know where I was going to live. I think it is awesome that you are doing what you love and do an awesome job at it. Always follow your heart.

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    1. Hey Emma, that's already amazing!!! Kudos for your for having been able to do that :) And thank you as well, it's the message that I want to send across -- that great things happen when you follow your dreams!

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  5. Great things are happening for you. Congrats on the blog and I'm so excited for you. I will look forward to hearing more about your trips. Traveling by train sounds really fun. Good luck and enjoy!

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    1. Thank you so much! :)

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