Life is what you make it


You can feel trapped, you can be free. You can survive in a nightmare or live a life beyond your wildest fantasies. You consciously or unconsciously control your own destiny, you can either follow the crowd or take the road less traveled. You can even make your own path if you wish. No one else is responsible for your happiness but yourself, so have the courage to start the rigorous process of finding yourself and discover who you are, what you’re made of and what you ultimately want in this life. So that at every given random moment that you find yourself in, you are happy and you can tell yourself, “I am exactly where I’m supposed to be”. On the other side of fear lies everything you want. Everything is possible, don’t let anybody ever tell you otherwise.

Love

You can quit your job and travel the world, immerse yourself in strange cultures, jump off cliffs but love is the biggest adventure you will ever take, if you ever decide to reward yourself with the privilege. I’m talking about the kind of love that evolves from love-at-first-sight to have-to-see-you-again to can’t-live-without-you sort of love. 

The kind of love that transcends phases, seasons and ultimately, the test of time. The kind of love that moves mountains, pushes boundaries, the kind of love that is worth crossing oceans for. The kind of love that lets you be, but at the same time transcends cultural and language barriers and welcomes you to start a different life in a whole new world. The kind that gives you a reason to be, a reason to stay and if you find all this in one person, well, you may just have to bring those walls down and let that love live. Let life happen.

It’s impossible to live life to the fullest without losing control of your senses and letting yourself fall in love and be madly in love. 

Interview with Digital Photographer Philippines

How did you start blogging about your travels?

When I met Lois Yasay of We Are Sole Sisters at a Flow surfyogasamba retreat in Baler, I was inspired by her vagabonding lifestyle and how she sacrifices everything to satisfy her wanderlust. Deeply encouraged, I decided to start writing about my travels as well. We became good friends and immediately planned a trip. She and I explored Indonesia for two weeks, but I stayed behind and explored the other lesser known islands for the next two months. So many people were intrigued that I stayed there for so long and were so curious about my (mis)adventures.

Lois eventually gave me the honor to become a contributor for her blog. I was proud to be part of a movement that inspired women to be more independent. For the longest time I was scared to travel solo, but eventually realized that it’s such a liberating experience. The freebies and privileges that we get from time to time aren’t so bad either.


What is YOUR question?

I left the Philippines to travel 9 months ago. I never really intended to travel this long, and though I love my country, I dread going back home to Manila for visa runs. Dirty politics, gloomy humid weather, pollution of every sort and traffic everywhere. 12 million inhabitants crammed in the country's capital. Dozens of typhoons wreck havoc on its path each year. The world's strongest typhoon ever recorded in history, Typhoon Haiyan, devastated a large portion of the Philippines and killed over 6,000 of my countrymen, scientists are fearing that it was a direct result of man-made climate change. 

The truth about travelers

Nemoj izlaziti sa devojkom koja putuje (Serbian)

To je ona, neuredne, raščupane kose obojene suncem. Nema ni traga onoj beloj puti od pre. Nije čak ni preplanula od sunca, već izgorela, sa različitim nijansama tamne, ranama i ubodima insekata tu i tamo. Ali svaki beleg na njenoj koži priča po jednu zanimljivu priču.


Nemoj izlaziti sa devojkom koja putuje. Teško ju je zadovoljiti. Uobičajeni odlazak na večeru i u bioskop će je ubiti u pojam. Njena duša žudi za novim doživljajima i avanturama. Neće je oduševiti tvoj novi auto i tvoj skupi sat. Radije bi se popela na neku stenu ili skočila iz aviona nego slušala tvoje hvalisanje.

Nu-ți da întâlnire cu o fată care călătorește (Romanian)

Ea este fata cu părul dezordonat, neîngrijit și colorat de la soare. Pielea ei este acum mult diferită de ceea ce era odată. Nu poți spune că e bronzată. Pielea-i este arsă, cu mai multe straturi de bronz, răni și mușcături pe ici și colo. Dar pentru fiecare imperfecțiune de pe pielea ei are o poveste interesantă de spus.

Nu-ți da întâlnire cu o fată care călătorește. Este greu de mulțumit. Întâlnirea clasică de genul cină-film la Mall o va seca de viață. Sufletul ei râvnește după noi experiențe și aventuri. N-o s-o impresionezi cu noua ta mașină și cu ceasul tău scump. Ar prefer să escaladeze un munte sau să sară dintr-un avion decât să te audă pe tine cum te lauzi.

Gezgin Bir Kızla Çıkma (Turkish)

Bu kız saçı bakımsız, dağınık, saç rengi güneş ışığı tarafından değişmiş olan biridir. Cildi bir zamanlar olduğu gibi güzellikten çok uzaktır. Hatta düzgün biçimde bronzlaşmamıştır. Cildinde bir çok güneş yanığı çizgileri, orada burada yaralar ve böcek ısırıkları vardır. Fakat cildindeki her bozukluk için anlatacağı ilginç bir öyküsü olacaktır.

Gezgin bir kızla çıkma. Memnun olması zordur. Bildik alışveriş merkezinde akşam yemeği ve sinema randevusu bu kızın içindeki yaşama sevincini yok edecektir. Ruhu yeni deneyimler ve maceralar için kıvranmaktadır. Bu kız yeni arabandan ve pahalı kol saatinden etkilenmez. Bir kayaya tırmanmayı veya bir uçaktan atlamayı senin övünmelerine daha çok tercih eder.