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. What an amazing year you have had! Congratulations on your accomplishments in such a short time. As a fellow blogger you have really inspired me to kick my blog into high gear.

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    1. Thanks Elayne! Let's make it a great year! :)

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  2. Wow you have definitely gone on some adventures! Looks like 2016 will have some more adventures and I can't wait to follow along. It must be so awesome to be able to see the world. Learning about new cultures and getting to know the people. Very cool to be able to do what you love!

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    1. Thank you Felicita. This has been my dream so I'm very happy to be able to live it as early as now. Much love!

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  3. I can't wait to hear all about your future trips. I am so glad you've had success with your blog in the past year! I will have to search through your previous year!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! I'm very excited! :D

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  4. Congrats on your success as a travel blogger!! It is so much fun to be able to share your experiences when you travel the world. I can’t wait to see were you travel to next it’s fun to see others travels and experiences.

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    1. Thank you! I already have some trips lined up for next year so I'm very stoked!

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  5. Truly an inspiration Aileen. This is my first time on your blog, but I promise you it will not be the last. I myself, started about a year ago on world travels, but because I have a strong fascination for the middle east, this is the region where I will more than focus on for a while.
    The main reason why I started my blog was to give people, particularly Western/Latin American an opportunity to learn about life in the middle east beyond the Western media agenda. I hope to share my experiences in an honest, vulnerable way. New Subbie!!

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    1. Hey Petra, thank you so much for your kind words. And that's really amazing what you're trying to focus on for your blog! I'm quite intrigued as well ;) I wish you all the best, dear!

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  6. It sounds like you have had a very amazing year Aileen and accomplished a lot within a short time frame! I have a couple of similar stories in terms of accomplishments over the past year and I have two great trips planned (so far) for 2016 with some amazing stopovers and layovers along the way. Can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you!

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    1. That's awesome Chanel! Maybe next year, our paths may cross ;) Anyhow, I wish all the best for you!

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  7. I can see why you have gained exposure. I am fascinated by your blog. I have always been interested in travel. Seeing other places. But our budget really keeps me here. Unless the trip is sponsored for my blog.

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    1. Aw, thank you Jenn! There are always ways though to keep travel costs to a minimum. Let me know if you ever need advice.

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  8. Wow, I am SO jealous of your 2016 travel schedule. I have never been to Europe, but have always wanted to go - it must be great to be so close! Add South America and a trip to Asia on top of that, and I'm in travel heaven. One day I will get to all of these places!

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    1. I bet you will Jaime! And thank you! It's really jampacked but I hope all goes well as planned :)

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  9. I've been researching visas, and they're definitely difficult to secure in the European countries that I've researched. It sounds like Belgium is the same. That's a bummer but at least you have access to amazing beer and chocolate.

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    1. That's very true! And even more difficult for 3rd world passport holders like me. :/ But yeah, indeed all is still well! (Though I'm slowly getting fat here haha)

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  10. Love this. I have never been out of the country and so to see the beautiful places and hear about them is so good to me and it feeds my traveling bug even though I can't go anywhere anytime soon.

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