strong and barely controllable emotion.intense sexual love. an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.
I guess I want to take a break of publishing travel guides and become more personal and share a long story about my “PASSION.” Yes, this blog has been here because of that- of writing and sharing about my passion.
(Note: To see the bigger picture, you can read “My 12 Life-Changing Moments last 2012.”)
I don’t want to sound “mayabang” but I would say that at this very moment, “I’m living my life.” NO, I didn’t say that I already arrived, far from it. I’m just saying that I’m ecstatic with what’s happening in my life right at this very moment. For that I want to thank my God for continually blessing me. I also want to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends who support me in this journey of mine. I don’t want to miss this opportunity of thanking my dear blog readers, followers and supporters for without you guys I would not be enjoying what I have right now.
“I’m just saying that I’m ecstatic with what’s happening in my life right at this very moment. For that I want to thank my God”
I’M LIVING MY LIFE.
Yes, I’m living my life. Going to any place I wish with the help of Cebu Pacific Air. My clothes are provided by Diadora and shades by Spyder Philippines. Thanks to blogging!
Yes, I’m living my life. I just graduated from SSI Open Water Course in Coron, Palawan. And yes, I paid for that in full- Php15,000. Although it hurt my bank account pretty bad, the experience of weightlessness and breathing underwater was a different high. I’m reminded of my Instagram post, “Your biggest asset is yourself…invest in your competence and abilities…” – Randell Tiongson. Now, I can add a different dimension in my blog posts. Plus I can be you dive guide whenever you are in Coron.
Yes, I’m living my life. Investing and trading on Philippine Stocks Exchange and thinking of my future. If you want to start investing, try to visit Philstocks.ph.
Yes, I’m living my life. I just paid in full a piece of lot in Brgy. Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental and is now building a small kubo. It’s a 5-minute walk to the white sand beach and surf spot. I guess I can now call my self a local of Mindanao, a Bisaya. And yes, I used my blog earnings to pay this piece of lot.
Yes, I’m living my life. I surf almost everyday since 2013 came. The feeling of “stoked” has kept me sane and excited to live another day, to continue enjoying the ocean and its waves. I’m no pro but I have been to almost all the famous surf spots in the country.
Yes, I’m living my life. Enjoying my free and flexible schedule without someone telling me to do this or that. No boss and no filling of leaves. I’m currently writing again my #ISANGDAAN Journey book.
” I’m no pro but I have been to almost all the famous surf spots in the country.”
A brag? Maybe. But if you know me, the real me you would think twice.
Four years ago, I just ended my contract as a teacher in one of the private schools in Los Banos to follow my dream- traveling the world. It was hard at first and although I’m not into writing I pushed myself to write and share my crazy adventures to a handful of friends because they wanted to save on expenses while traveling.
I still remember that I would borrow money from my younger sister just to attend media events in Manila in order to keep my then new blog updated with the latest happenings in the running community. Back those days, I can’t afford a new shoes or shirt and I was using an old N3310 phone. I cut all my credit cards because I can’t afford to buy anymore. Yes, I was poor to the point that I somehow got depressed for being a bum. But I tarried, I continued even with minimal resources. There was a time where I would walk around Umali Subdivision selling cold cuts- burger patties, longganisa, tocino, bacon, ham, etc to carinderias and stores to somehow finance my dream. I didn’t mind doing that for the sake of pursuing my life-long dream. Because I don’t have lots of money, I learned the art of spending less while traveling.
“There was a time where I would walk around Umali Subdivision selling cold cuts- burger patties, longganisa, tocino, bacon, ham, etc to carinderias and stores to somehow finance my dream.”
Because of my crazy adventures I began to have a small following on my blogs until I was invited to be featured on Jessica Soho’s Summer Special. From that time on, my blog shoot up and daily readership of 200-250 almost tripled. I told myself this is it. I have to seize the opportunity and little fame and continually up the ante of my adventures. Advertisers came and it started the travel blogging career. I was earning GBP and USD while blogging. It continually funded my adventures. The same time I started pitching for travel magazines particularly in Mabuhay and Smile. They pay good and before long, I found myself enjoying travel blogging more and more. I also told myself to focus on one thing- “budget travel in the Philippines.” I want to be that guy that comes to mind whenever someone asks about backpacking the Philippines or traveling on a budget. (Try to google: Backpacking Philippines)
By the start of 2011, I was getting paid while traveling. I continued to receive emails from advertisers. During that time, I also went back into online stocks trading. Since my work is mobile and internet-based why not add this to my “hobbies.” I also continue to receive sponsored travel invitations and of course, I would accept them. Who doesn’t want free travels?
By the end of 2011, I was ready for a bigger adventure of backpacking the Philippines for 100 days. So in February of 2012, I started a journey I would never ever forget in my entire life. I never thought that when you follow your dreams, the world would be awesome enough to reorder things for the fulfillment of that dream. “Dreams Do Come True” has always been in my heart and mind whenever I attempted to do something bigger than me. I just have to put my heart into it even though it scared the hell out of me.
“I never thought that when you follow your dreams, the world would be awesome enough to reorder things for the fulfillment of that dream.”
Year 2012 was my year. Before it ended, I decided to enter into tour organizing which has been my bread and butter until now. Readers would always tell me that the tour of this or that is so expensive and so they were brought to my blog. And so I thought why not create tour packages that are more affordable to my friends and readers. And so clients came one by one at first and now in groups. I zeroed in in Palawan since that has been my home for at least a year. I made customized itineraries for tourists according to what they want and their schedule. I love what I’m doing and I believe it helped others to save on money. Plus the small amount I get in these tours I use for my further travels. And I think it would not hurt if I would tell you that my travels are not just for the sake of traveling. I always make sure that I do something for the development of the community I visit. (Google: Leaving a Legacy in Gubat, Sorsogon and/or #ProjectJomalig)
“And I think it would not hurt if I would tell you that my travels are not just for the sake of traveling. I always make sure that I do something for the development of the community I visit.”
Why I am saying this to you? If you think that I’m so ‘mayabang‘ and I’m just bragging it’s okay. I write this piece to remind me of what I’m doing year 2013 when I’m already 50 or 60 years old.
You see, if you just follow your heart and pursue your passion, that one thing you want to do for the rest of your life, you become free. You begin to be yourself, unlimited of the possibilities you can do. You begin to enjoy your life and live your life away from the expectations of your family or friends or the community where you belong.
“…if you just follow your heart and pursue your passion, that one thing you want to do for the rest of your life, you become free.”
I’m sharing this because I want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and do something crazy. If you can still read this blog, then you are well and healthy and its not too late making your dream come true.
Me? I’m just happy living my life, enjoying the ocean with my borrowed surfboard and sharing the stoked.
Life is meant to be lived, to be enjoyed, and I say that again- TO BE ENJOYED. Let’s do everything to do that each day of our lives. That’s all, bow.
“Life is meant to be lived, to be enjoyed, and I say that again- TO BE ENJOYED. Let’s do everything to do that each day of our lives.”
Stoked for life,
PS. Girlfriend nalang kulang. But wait! I fond her already! Read: I fell in love in Bali.