A lot of travellers are also corporate employees who spend their weekends and vacation leaves out of town. Young urban professionals or “Yuppies” who have spending power and choose to explore the country when they can.
Episode 11 of my Podcast Interview Series
Chyng of ChyngReyes.com
Chyng Reyes is an urban nomad who blogs about her personal life on her site with the title “No Spam, No Virus, No Kiddin’!” She is one feisty woman who is not afraid to travel by herself. Her blog is a light read and she also takes beautiful photos. One trivia is that she comments first on her blog posts before anybody else does!
I admire how Chyng engages herself with her readers. She has organized vacation tours in groups with her avid followers which is something I haven’t tried myself. She also gives back to the community by creating and organizing Outreach programs during the Christmas holidays.
Interview Location: Bo’s Coffee Club, Bonifacio High Street
Surfing in Baler
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What is your primary goal why you set up your travel blog?
Initially, I started blogging because I was bored. I ran out of things to do while waiting for the anti-virus (I used to work for an anti-virus company) to complete a scan. So there, my blog “No Spam No Virus, No Kidding!”was born.
I’m just a blogger who travels. I still consider my blog as personal. But I made my travel entries very detailed because I want my friends to stop asking and bugging me about my itineraries, accommodations, and total expenses of my previous trips.
What do you do outside blogging?
Many! Blogging is just a hobby; just a past time. Other hobbies include splurging at hotels and trying out different Japanese and Thai restaurants. On a more serious note, I’m currently working in an R&D company at Global City, The Fort, as a software QA Engineer.
You go to different hotels and review them in your blog, do you get invited to these places?
Basically, I get invited by friends; not by sponsors. Lucky me for my set of friends, they always treat me for hotel accommodations and hotel buffet experiences. I have many friends who are very generous. =)
Can you tell us more about your red trolley bag instead of a backpack?
I've got two words: OLD AGE! My body is weak, I can't carry a 40L or 15-kilo backpack for a whole day. Besides, I don't want to look like a hardcore backpacker.
Apo Reef, Balicasag
You went to Indonesia and you were held at the Immigration office because of being alleged as drug traffickers. That incident caused a big controversy nationwide. How's it been?
After that, we're traumatized. The moment we stepped in Manila and the news about my blog really exploded all over, it became stressful for the two of us. Especially the media, other people, detractors, and supporters were all the way to message me and gave me comfort about the incident. But after that, my friend and I were okay. It’s just an incident. We’re not going to Bali anymore but there are many other countries.
Before, I used to Google search for pictures, my itinerary, expenses. But now, I consider the crimes or the fears that a backpacker or a traveller might encounter in that place. So it’s really a learning experience for the both of us.
Are there any tips you'd like share to those who are hesitant to go out and explore the world?
I need them to stop wishing that they have the guts, the time, and the money. Because if you want to make it happen, you will do something. As the little prince said, "A goal is just a plan without a wish."
But as a tip, they can start maximizing their sick leaves and vacation leaves in the office.
On a side note, Chyng is included in the PHL360º project. This is a fusion of reality TV and travel show composed of travel advocates, bloggers, photographers and cinematographers. PHL360º is the country’s first ever reality travel web series where eight different kinds of travellers will be doing four extraordinary trips in four different destinations in the country (north, south, east and west).
Thanks for the interview, Chyng!
Check out my podcasts with other bloggers below:
- Episode 001: Gael of ThePinaySoloBackpacker.com
- Episode 002: Estan of Langyaw.com
- Episode 003: Brenna of PhilippineTravelogue.com
- Episode 004: Mica of Senyorita.net
- Episode 005: Ron of FlipTravels.com
- Episode 006: Flip of FlipNomad.com
- Episode 007: Chichi of WeAreSoleSisters.com
- Episode 008: Doi of TheTravellingFeet.com
- Episode 009: James of JourneyingJames.com
- Episode 010: Nina of JustWandering.org
- Episode 011: Chyng of ChyngReyes.com
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