I booked a ticket for Manila out of the blue. I didn’t have any trips as I’ve been saving for a travel fund I’m preparing for next year. But then this unexpected opportunity came up and I didn’t want to miss out on it. Or probably I was just looking for an excuse to go out and travel. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I pushed through with it.
In the middle of September, I spent my days attending travel talks, conducting podcast interviews and meeting travel bloggers.
Travel Talks by WeAreSoleSisters.com
I attended two travel talk events by the Sole Sisters. The first time I was a spectator and the second time I got to participate by sharing my ‘crazy travel story’ which was my bungy jumping experience at the Macau Tower.
photo by Lauren
It’s been a long while since I talked in front of a crowd so my nerves really got me. I think I did okay in relaying my adventure to the audience (I hope).
I was also surprised that a few people had introduced themselves saying that they read my blog. I’m honored and humbled by these readers who said that they found my blog useful – made me feel good that somehow, it has found its worth.
Thanks for saying “Hi” guys!
Congrats Chichi & Lois on your travel talks! More events for you guys and thanks for setting up an event to unite the travel community!
Podcast Interviews for SoloFlightEd Sessions
I am known to maximize time especially when I think the cost doesn’t equate the reason. Given that I booked tickets that weren’t really purchased with normal discounts, I decided to find other means to make the most out of my stay. Hence, I interviewed travel bloggers. Meet-ups here and there, I appreciated the fact that these people were game enough to lend their voices and stories for my project.
I now have enough material for the next 4 to 5 months. Still, I’ll continue interviewing people when I have the chance. See my Podcast page for more information. Thanks again guys, hope to interview more bloggers soon!
Travel Blogger Meet-ups
I got to meet so many people within those 4 days. Some I’ve already met before, but more that I’ve been introduced for the first time. Josiah, Jerome, Tina, Karen, Gael, Darwin, Chichi & Lois, Ron & Monette, Ferdz, Dong Ho, Lauren, Eileen, Brenna, Mica, Catherine, Robbie, Joel, Drew, Estan, Lloyd, James, Nina, Chyng, Upper, Anton, and Izah. So many people in such a short span of time!
Pinoy Travel Bloggers!
Surrounding yourself with them was really overwhelming as it reinforces your desire for adventures. This is what I needed especially when I don’t get to travel as much when I’m back at home.
IMPRINTS Art Installation Exhibit
By the way, one event I wasn’t able to join due to time constraint was the IMPRINTS exhibit by Dispatch Magazine. An art installation exhibit was set up with travel shoe gears of different travel personalities. Footwear from Rome Garduce, Robert Alejandro and your favorite travel bloggers are present up to now and is still going on at the R.O.X. Store at the Bonifacio High Street.
Ron in the flesh
So you can say that despite being on vacation, I spent my Manila trip busy with different commitments. It would’ve been nice to go to a country like Turkey and spend the turkey holidays getting all the rest and relaxation needed. But I guess that will take place in another time.
It went pretty hectic but I’m not complaining. I’m happy enough to finally meet the people behind the blogs that I read. These bloggers inspire me to continue doing what I’m doing now and I’m looking forward to meet more soon.
with Chichi & Lois
PS: Almost missed my flight on a Monday morning. I checked in early at the airport and was at the preboarding area being so tired from an all-nighter. I dozed off sitting on a bench with my notebook on my lap. The next thing I knew, people were lining up so I hurriedly rolled the cable wires around my laptop and inserted my way on the line.
I was still half-awake when I located my plane seat. All I could remember was that I was on a flight to Davao which after some time, made me wonder why I even got in. I was too exhausted to even care if I ended up somewhere else. Luckily, I was wrong and it was bound for Cebu (the correct destination) after all.
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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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