So, I was browsing the interwebs, and I found this cool tag! Of course, I’m not currently traveling, so I was looking for fun things to blog about. I was this tag here, and thought, “oh, that looks like fun!” Thus, without further ado, let’s go!
1. Where in the world are you from?
I grew up in two place– Alaska and the Philippines. I’m a biracial child, and my parents are what Alaskans call snow birds; meaning we leave the state when the snow arrives. Although, not so much these days, because my little sister and I are in University.
2. Have you been overseas? When/where?
Aside from America and the Philippines, I’ve only been to the Tokyo and Taipei international airports! I plan on moving to either Taiwan or Japan after graduation though, so I’m really excited for that!
3. Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
Ehhhh, this is hard. I actually prefer winter, but not the harsh Alaskan ones. I can’t stand anything below zero (degrees Fahrenheit), about twenty above is the coldest I’m willing to live through, so even if I don’t go to either Japan or Taiwan, I’ll go to somewhere where the temperature stays above twenty.
4. Summer or winter fashion?
Winter for sure, I mean I also love wearing dresses, but I’ve always been more of a sweater weather kind of person!
5. Where is somewhere you would love to travel to?
Singapore! We were supposed to go when I was a preteen, but my immune system was acting up, and my mom decided not to buy the tickets. So, I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore since then!
6. Name your essential makeup items for the beach.
Sunscreen, lipbalm with SPF, and a cute cover-up! LOL to my conservative Pinoy upbringing because now I feel weird wearing a swimsuit without one… Even though I know it’s fine, I’m not fine. Kudos to the girls who are confident enough without one!
7. Are you currently saving up for a trip?
Yeah, I’m going to Florida with my childhood best friend this winter break (if we ever get around to buying the tickets lololol)! We went last year, but we spent a lot of time in the car because we went to Atlanta too. Hopefully this time we’ll get to see more of Florida.
8. Do you like/dislike traveling?
I loveeeee traveling! Especially the plane ride! I know it’s weird, but I love airports because it’s the ultimate cross-road; everyone is going somewhere, and it’s people from literally all over the world, it’s so cool seeing all the diversity!
9. Name a place in the world you’d like to shop.
Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan! I’ve always wanted to go to all the kawaii stores in Shibuya, and buy all the makeup in Seoul, so yeah, those two places!
10. What is your favorite accent in the world to hear?
Not to be a basic American, but I really like British accents! Australian accents are a close number two though!
11. How many countries have you visited?
Uh, four? No. Five, including Mexico when I was five!
12. Why do you travel?
I love seeing new cultures and experiencing new things! I’ve been traveling since I was a child, so I hate staying in one place for too long.
13. Favorite city or country?
Why are you asking me to chose???? All countries are beautiful and special in their own way, plus I have many more to see, how could I know?
14. Most memorable experience
My last visit to the Philippines was right before I started high school when I was thirteen, and right before we left we stopped in Bacolod to see my grandparents. We took a bus from there to see my moms friend in a nearby town, and my little sister was reading a book on my Nook. She took a step backwards to get out of the way of a group of people, and fell into a open sewer ditch.
I still laugh when I think about it, she was okay but didn’t smell very nice for a long time. Even after she showered several times.
15. Best item purchased
You got me, I can’t think of one specific thing. I like handbags, so I guess any of my purses?
16. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?
I know it’s scary, and unfamiliar, but honestly it’s life changing. You get to see new places, and meet all kinds of interesting people! It’s worth every dime, nickel, and penny. Also, start small if you find it to intimidating. For example, go on a car trip to the state next to yours, or even to a city you’ve never been to!
17. Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles?
Planes! Although, train rides are fun too! You get to see more of the country/state that way, and it’s faster than a car (sometimes).
18. Top three travel items.
Smart phone, book for the ride (audiobook if I’m driving!), and a bag to carry it in!
19. Hostel or hotel?
Hotels for sure. A hostel is cheaper, and you can meet some pretty interesting people, but I hate sleeping with strangers. Even if they were friendly, I’m always afraid I’ll snore too loudly and they’ll hate me in the morning…
20. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
A little of both, honestly. I feel like two weeks isn’t enough time to see everything there is to see, but it’s nice to explore new places too!
21. Can you recite your passport # from memory?
No, but kudos to anyone who can!
22. Do you read up your destination for culture history or safety or do you just wing it?
How can you not read about the culture you’re going to visit? A) it’s too risky you’ll offend someone if you don’t, and B) I’m always excited to explore a new place, so I always do tons of research before hand to see what that place has to offer!
23. Where would you recommend a friend to visit?
Go to Palawan, and visit the Underground River! It’s so pretty, I’m pretty sure I’ve been there over five times!
24. You’re leaving tomorrow and money is no option, where are you going?
Uh, back to the Philippines. Mostly because it’s been a while, and I want to visit again!
25. Favorite landmark you’ve visited.
This is so hard, I don’t knowwwww, they were all a lot of fun!
26. Beach or explore vacation?
I dislike the beach, because sand gets everywhere, and only Westerners like getting tanned. Also, as an Alaskan, I find the sun annoying, so explore vacation!
And that concludes my first tag! I tag anyone who wants to participate, and as always, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in my next blog, later!