After a month and a half, I’m back on the road. I got past the immigration counter without them asking for much information. Compared to my experience last February when I was interviewed twice, this time was a breeze. They only asked for my return ticket and I was through. Maybe smiling at them did the trick, I don’t really know. I’m just glad I’m at the pre-boarding area now.
at NAIA Terminal 3
I started my backpacking adventure after I quit my job of six years to see if a digital nomad’s lifestyle is truly for me. I spent two months outside the country but it was cut short due to personal reasons. While in the Philippines, I maximized my time by spending it with family and friends. Being away for a while made me look at life from a different angle which made it a great opportunity to reconnect with people; especially my loved ones.
I also visited Manila, twice; and met a number of travel bloggers, old and new. It was swell to mingle and get inspired to continue this passion of mine by being with them for coffee or pizza.
Right now, an old 28L Deuter backpack and a company duffle bag are what I brought with me. I left a pair of sandals, my DSLR camera, and a few shirts with my friend in Siem Reap. Looking at my bags, it seems that I still haven’t learned my lesson when it comes to packing. Though items have been less bulky, I know I can still bring the weight down.
This will do for now; besides, the reason why my baggage is heavy is because of my gadgets. Gadgets that I need for my freelance work online. My laptop, external hard drive, and a point-and-shoot camera. I wish I can finally get a high-end phone as I’m still using an analog Nokia 1280 for calling and texting. I want one for my podcasts as my previous recording device is broken. I’m looking at iPhone 4S deals online, and I’m not sure if I’ll get one anytime soon.
I’m going back to Siem Reap, and I hope that the bike that I constantly use when I lived there for a month will still be around. I miss biking in this quaint city.
biking in Siem Reap
Not sure how long I’ll be out of the country; maybe I might be home unexpectedly, again. But I plan on visiting Bangkok, Laos, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Singapore, and Chiang Mai. We’ll see how this goes.
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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