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I'm not being overly-dramatic when I tell people that it feels surreal to be here. My journey to Sole Sisterhood is a story of faith and hopefully it would be an inspiration.
Once upon a time, I could only dream of being able to do the things I love doing most and Sole Sisters showed (with pizzaz) that it could be done. An opportunity came, the search happened, I tried my luck, got short-listed, almost backed out when I found out that the winner would be chosen merely by means of vote. I mean, I was just a regular person who ached to explore places. I was up against established travel bloggers who had huge following. But despite the odds seemingly stacked against me, I hung on and kept my faith. Surprised and grateful for the love and support of friends and even people I don't know.
I am now here.
When I finally got the chance to meet Sole Sister Lois in person, she asked me to answer a few questions to get to know me better (or maybe just to check if I fit the bill, haha!).
What inspires you to travel?
I call myself a beauty-spotter . I'm always drawn to scenic places, interested to meet beautifully-spirited people, and keen on getting a taste of rich food, art and culture. I love to bask in earth's splendor.
I am fascinated by the colorful stories of people and I have realized I'm most interested in the battles they fight and the kind of character they take on in order to triumph.
Going to places indulges me to the beauty that the world is abundant of. But I guess, I haven't really answered what inspires me to travel. Well, I have itchy soles so everything makes me want to travel - from music to books to food to films, music and music.
I know you haven't traveled out of the country, what's your ultimate destination of choice?
Yeah, I haven't gone out of the country because I had limited time but more than that, honestly, every time I planned on it, I would be more attracted to a beach destination here in the Philippines. There are too many amazing places to explore in our country, don't you think? And it's my goal to cover as many as possible!
Outside the country, some of the places I'd love to go to are Italy, Greece, Spain mainly for food and culture; the United Kingdom for the Glastonbury Festival; and the Caribbean Islands - I adore the beach if you still haven't noticed!
What's your favorite travel moment?
There's not a single moment. But top of mind would be: stargazing on the sands of Calaguas Island. I have never seen so many stars, a blanket of constellations so close, it was like I could touch them.
Two, non-stop-happy-drinking-session-all-trip-long-til-we-got-mega-sun burnt with my crazy girl friends. We drank on the road, on the sand bar, in the water, every place we could be still and we're having too much fun we didn't realize we got super toasted so I looked even more like a timber! Gaaah! Really fun time, though!
Have you ever fallen in love while traveling?
With places? All the time! Haha! Kidding aside, nope. I don't easily fall but I was once a sucker for summer flings and that's the closest kilig story I have to falling in love while traveling. Met a guy in summer, he was quite a hunk and fun. We dated until we were back in Manila. And then let's just say, summer ended.
What are the best lessons you've learned from your travels?
Here's a couple... When traveling, come as a blank page and be open but at the same time it's important to have a sense of yourself - allow yourself to be who you are so you won’t judge others if they do the same. It's good to appreciate similarities but remember to respect differences.
Also, I've learned that sometimes, even the best photos, videos or words can not capture or describe the most memorable, awesome, sensational sights, events and moments. You must go out there and experience exploring these for yourself.
You have shared your story on becoming a Sole Sister and I want to know, what do you want to get out of this experience?
I think a lot of us will agree that We Are Sole Sisters has been a source not only of fun, exciting travel stories but also of encouragement and empowerment for Filipina travelers - especially at the time when not a lot of us knew where to begin or how to do it. I think that's the core of this sisterhood - inspiration and empowerment.
So apart from chasing new travel adventures with you (Lois) and learning from you (to readers: I'm telling you that she is really an awesome person), what I would like to get out of this experience or maybe it's better to say, what I would like to impart is this - pursue your passion. You love to explore the world? Just go out there and do it - whenever you can and while you still can. And as Sole Sisters, we are here to help make your travel possible!
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