During the third month of my backpacking adventure, I made a side trip to Singapore and Boracay. I was supposed to be in Chiang Mai or Laos but there were sudden changes of plans that I had to reroute the destinations and go home earlier than expected.
I told myself that I’d be gone for at least six months; however, it wasn’t really something I wanted to carve in stone. The point of this whole digital nomad lifestyle gig is to show to others that it is possible to bring your work with you and travel at the same time. I think I’ve done fairly enough to say that it can be done.
leaving Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok
Singapore was not set until the first week of August. I was going to visit the country when I had more money in my bank. I knew that this was going to be an expensive place given that this is a First World country so I wanted more time to save before I check out its attractions. Due to circumstances, I arrived here too soon.
I was surprised at how modern the vibe was. Everyone seemed to be always on the rush and everyone was doing something. It reminded me of Hong Kong, only with a bigger space.
Singapore made me wonder how it would be like to stay here and work. You can feel the the energy from people who also want to work hard. It’s totally different from the previous month where I stayed in Siem Reap, Cambodia and everything was laid back.
What I like best about the place is how organized everything seemed to be. Even if everybody was busy, it didn’t feel chaotic. Aside from the cleanliness of the surroundings, the internet speed was really fast! I ran a speedtest and I couldn’t believe it reached 36 Mbps. It’s a blogger/internet freak’s haven.
head stand at the Helix bridge in Singapore
Passed by Cebu and visited friends and afterwards, Boracay was the next destination. I’ve been here before; only it rained when I finally had the chance to tour the island so I didn’t see it in it’s full glory. There were a lot of tourists and it was mainly because of the summer season. This was a nice break as it’s been awhile since I went to the beach. How perfect it was to get a tan in one of the best beaches in the world.
Boracay, I finally saw you under the sun!
There was no exact rule to this trip. I just wanted to go to different countries in Southeast Asia and bring my work with me while at it. However, something just came up.
So what cut my trip short and why am I back so soon? I had to attend to personal stuff that were more important.
Why I’m home so soon.
With the whole location independence lifestyle, I can be anywhere I choose to be. So long as I don’t compromise my work, my boss wouldn’t mind where I am. Money still plays an important role because I can’t easily travel from one place to another without it. But such is the beauty of this freedom. I’m glad that I have the flexibility and time to stay wherever I want.
Now I’m back in Cebu and I’ll be living here for a month before I go back to the land of the Angkor.
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