For this blog carnival, let me give the first spot to our travel bloggers who are going to join this edition for the first time.
"Starting this travel blog not only forced me to see places that I only read about but it has also brought me so much realizations... By a strange twist of faith, I boarded a plane ride back to my homeland for a very important mission. A mission that will require me to adapt a new and exciting, albeit temporary lifestyle."
|"I dream and dare."|
Drew boarded back to the Philippines from freezing cold Canada to savor the fun of the country he once left.
He said that he was constantly daydreaming of the tropical beaches of the Philippines as he spent a part of his life in Canada. It was a journey going back to his homeland that made him a travel blogger and embraced a lifestyle that gave him many realizations -- realizations that allowed him to find the meaning of his existence. For Drew, it was a mission. Read Drew's official entry and be blown away on how he has written his inspiring entry passionately! Enjoy his random trippings in his travel blog!
 Budget Biyahera
|“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain|
 Franc Ramon | My Thoughts, My Travels, My Runs
Franc Ramon | Makati City
Travel and blogging came to me at different times. I was a writer. I was a blogger. I was a traveler. These were different versions of me and yet there came a time when the traveler in me met the blogger in me and I became a travel blogger.
|"There's Always a Better Way."|
He said he is workaholic being an auditor working on a top audit firm in the Philippines. But yeah, his work has made him to love traveling, how? Well saan ka pa! He was sent to Paris and Amsterdam due to his work and for that opportunity, how come you can not love traveling? Ikaw na Franc! Of course, Franc also traveled within the country and his journey to Marinduque fused the three different elements of writing, traveling and blogging into one - thus, he considered himself a travel blogger. How Marinduque made him a travel blogger? Read Franc's official entry.
"It does not limit on the first journey itself but a series of amazing and unforgettable trips I had that gave birth to Boy Palaboy travel blog."
| “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain|
Note: I apologize because some parts of this post is missing. We hope that we could fix this glitch very soon.
Well for Rey, aka Boy Palaboy, he has already traveled a long way before he started his travel blog. For him it was his trip to the beautiful province of Palawan that awakened his soul to travel more and discover the beauty of the Philippines and beyond.
Rey's travel blog was born a year after his Palawan trip. So, read Rey's official entry and learn how he was amazed by Palawan. That province signaled the start of more travels and eventually his travel blog Boy Palaboy.
|"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a SINGLE step."|
His travel blog was born of traveling by foot, as the blog name implies. That walking tour was the beginning of more journeys, and eventually a new lifestyle and a travel blog that showcases the rich culture and heritage of the Philippines. Check out Glenn's official entry and learn who are the PTB members who inspired him and on how that single step was followed by a journey of thousand miles. You may also want to browse the whole blog and fall in love with our rich heritage! Glenn, welcome to the Blog Carnival! Cheers to your advocacies!
Joseph Ian Macalino | Porac, Pampanga
|"We are our own heroes, we are our own god."|
His idea of coming up a travel blog started with uploading his travel photos on facebook wherein his friends were asking the details of his trips. He used to put captions on those photos until he realized delimiting those information to his facebook friends by putting up a blog wherein everyone can see. Check out Ian's official entry and learn how it all began and what is the meaning of limbonis. Well, welcome to the PTB BLog Carnival Ian!
Renz Bulseco | Davao City
"Everybody thought that I'd become a medical doctor. But unlike most of my batch mates, I decided not to pursue that road... Many thanks to those who didn't believe that I will be successful in this kind of career. Well, you guys motivated me to push harder."
|"It is not the strongest nor the smartest one that survive, but rather the one most responsive to CHANGE."|
For Renz, it was actually a tough journey but he chose to start and deal with a travel blog instead of dealing with human anatomy and physiology. As everyone thought he will become a physician, he has chosen a career that raised the eyebrows of some.
However, he is always thankful to those who didn't believe in him. Thanks to his college field trips, among his first entires, that later on made him blossom as a travel blogger, met travel buddies and traveled even more. It was a life journey with no regrets. Read Renz's journey in his official entry.
 Juanderful Pinoy
Mark Chino Pantua | Manila
"I am deeply in love with an adventure with a purpose and hoping to make a difference to the community in my own little way."
|"Life is what you make it."|
Official Entry: Ridiculous Ponderings and a Bit of Wanderlust
 Adventure Accounting
Loraine Gallevo | Quezon City
|"Work hard, play hard."|
 My Comings and Goings
Mhe-Anne Ojeda | Valenzuela City
"This blog is created so I can account and show to families, loved-ones, relatives, friends and colleagues, my journey through life ...through written words and photos of special event, trip and accomplishment".
|"[Learn] Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:79)"|
|"Travel and be a blessing to others."|
 Lakwatserong Tatay (Meet the X-Plorers)
Brian Aballe | Antipolo City
"...if I really want to talk to my nanay, go for some heights...like mountains."
|"All my travels is for my nanay."|
Brian has climbed a lot of mountains and seen most parts of the Philippines. A father, happily married, blessed with three adorable kids, the passion for outdoor activities remains in shape. He is just one lucky father to have a family that even pushes him to follow his passion in life. Well, how Brian started as a blogger? His entry was written with passion, humility and no traces of pretention. Read his official entry and learn how the death of his nanay transformed him as a passionate traveler.
 Nomadic Experiences
Marky Ramone Go | Meycauayan, Bulacan
"I figured years later that, one will never ran out of stories to tell when traveling. It was then that I branched out to travel blogging"
|""Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry." — Jack Kerouac|
 Epic Potato
Lauren Gaile | Quezon City
"...there’s that realization that I’m just doing it because I irrevocably love traveling… and writing."
|motto: /def/ a random bunch of words with a slight evocative meaning that sounds smart but it has no bearing on how I live my life whatsoever.|
Before the birth of Epic Potato, there was another blog she used to maintain. Remember Pandelicious? It was the blog Pandelicious that according to Lauren, her first formal weblog. If you'll read her official entry, you will learn what is the role of Ragnarok (online game) to her travel blog and of course what are those fortune I am referring to.
Cris Reyes | Valenzuela City
"Because I think that I'm already living via a gift of second life from God, it would be such a waste if I don't get to share my adventures and misadventures to the world if ever I get in the same situation again."
|"Love Conquers All."|
She said she almost died trekking non-stop to the deadly, muddy and slippery trail with all the rain, chill and exhaustion for straight 14 hours up, going down is a different story. But above all, the blog was born because of conquering the peak of Mt. Apo in search for her "leading man," which I must say, the Mt. Apo Love Story, that made her believe that love conquers all, hence the blog. Curious? Read her official entry.
Violy Vallester | Olongapo City
|“Be the change you wish to see in the world"- Gandhi|
 Rakistang Nars
Rain Amantiad-Campanilla | Auckland, New Zealand
"Years passed and I went on traveling. I went on until things began to be more traveling than writing; more of the present than the past; more creating than mending."
|"There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind."|
She practiced her profession in New Zealand but it doesn't mean she has to set aside her first love, writing ♥ However, aside from her congenital disease of writing-itis and her chronic ailment of hyper-writing-omy she was infected with another virus, uh-oh, the vagabonding virus severely and she acquired it in New Zealand when she started earning well making her confident to travel everywhere. From there, those ailments were fused into one making it a pandemic phenomenon that is now making every reader crazy. The infectious syndrome was quarantined at rakistangnars.com. Read her entry to understand what I am talking about. Fellow nurse, keep r0ckin' \m/
|"If others can, why can't I?"|
 Kurapengpeng: Tara Usap Tau!
"I really don't care if someone will read it or not. I just need to write it down because it's what makes me happy. And I thank those who made my blog their stress reliever too. I truly appreciate it."
|"Expect the worst, hope for the best."|
Kung paano nga naman nagsimula ang trabel-blag ni Kura ay madali lang naman. Maliban kay Boy Abunda, Adobo Magazine at kay pareng C2 na wala naman talagang kinalaman sa umpisa ng makati niyang paa, nag-umpisa ito sa kuwento ng mga insekto! Insekto? Oo, hindi mo ba nabasa. IN-SEK-TO ('yung parang komersiyal ni Caridad Sanchez na gamot, hehe, korni korni). Medyo Rated SPG nga lang ng MTRCB ang kuwento niya. Sige na nga, hindi ko kaya ang pawers ni Kura dahil kapag ako ang nagsulat, gusto ko iiyak ang mambabasa, haha. Kura is Kura, Ayan basahin niyo ang opisyal na kontribusyon ni Kura para malaman kung paano nabuo si Kura mula sa mga insekto.
 Untied Escape
Gladys Sydalg | Muntinlupa City
"I then was able to find my guts to explore and realized that it wasn’t only me who aspire to see the world and that will only happen if I’ll work on it and pursue it."
|"Know what you want, and claim it. Live your life to the fullest as you'll never know when your last day will be."|
|"Live life to the fullest."|
Marx said that he wasn't aware that there is a thing called travel blog until he stumbled to great blogs of PTB where he started following, as a fan, as a reader. He has followed their steps until he became a travel blogger himself. Marx further said, "Then a thought came into my mind, 'why not blog as well?'. Share my experiences, share my stories and share my journey. Though I wasn't professionally ready for blogging, my passion and inspirations lead me the way to my blogging journey." Read his official entry and learn how Marx was inspired by other bloggers to create his travel blog.
 Lakas ng Trip
Josiah Sicad | Palawan
"Ang gusto ko talaga ay lumakbay ang mga tao sa probinsiya para makatulong sa mga tao." - excerpt from Josiah's podcast interview
|"Kung alam mong mapapahiya ka na itodo mo na."|
His contribution in this edition of the blog carnival is the longest. I mean, you have to listen for the podcast interview for about 30 minutes to learn about how and why his travel blog exists.
As you listen to the podcast, you will learn about a "swimming cow," and if Josiah wants to become a politician someday, Uh.. More... Where to travel with a money from 2K to 5K and why farmers are great people in his view. Without too much adieu, check out his official entry to learn his style. You will surely smile :)
|" Life is short so enjoy it while you still can!"|
Ian Dela Peña | Valenzuela City
"My blog started to take shape and direction and most of my posts were travel related. Thanks to my new found friends who influenced me to travel more."
|"Life is unfair... Deal with it."|
Since Ian has been traveling just before the existense of his travel blog, he tend to browse travel blogs and he noticed that "badge" that is present to every travel blog he was reading. What he did? He followed the source of that badge until he stumbled to that group of Pinoy Travel Bloggers. Since then, he was inspired to create a new blog -- a travel blog. Learn more about that process by reading his official entry.
 Mandaragat. Mamumundok. Lagalag
Renevic Amago | Jurong West, Singapore
|"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney|
 Journeying Pinay | Authentic Islander
Hazel Ramos | Manila
It was a realization that this is exactly what my physical and emotional being had been looking for. Get drenched, dripping wet, with salt water. And be immersed with nature. And feel it. By my skin. By my heart. I was shouting joyously. And I just knew then in my heart that this is just the beginning of my journey.
From that journey, she became more hungry to experience more islands in the Philippines, determined to capture further and strong-minded to touch down to every island and become an islander. Check Journeying Pinay's official entry for this blog carnival edition and how the islander in her was born.
Alvin Sabay | Makati City
|"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."|
This trip was very memorable for Alvin because as he said, the art of backpacking was very new to him that time, a newbie in budgeting and it was his first time to stay in a hostel. While having a sip of coffee in that place, the idea of creating a travel blog popped out his mind. A week later his Brunei trip, he created his travel blog. Well, his blog name was derived from a song. Read his official entry and learn how a song influenced his blog name and dig how his travel blog began with that Brunei trip.
|Erratum: ponderingpaodaolei.com should be ponderingpaodaolei.net (my apologies)|
 Tips 'n Travels
Karen Valdez | Pasig City
"But I've promised myself I will keep this blog even if nobody reads it. For me, my travels and the memories that came with it will stay here in my heart, in my mind and in my humble blog!"
|Carpe Diem - 'Seize the day!'|
Her blog is her souvenir, and she won't dare stop blogging even if no one reads it. Karen, marami kang fans, hindi mo lang alam, hehe. Anyway, that is the heart of a fighter, and that's what we call a passion for blogging. Karen is a Multiply and Friendster girl. She started blogging with those (now almost gone) platforms.
He gained readers from her Multiply time to present until individuals she know are already asking her "tips" from her travel experiences. Because of those queries, she decided to create Tips 'n Travels where she shared her travel tips. Read Karen's travel blog evolution in her official entry. You can also read her travel tips too.
"...it was a trip of many firsts. It was also the travel that played a big part of what I am doing today. "
|" It hurts to love someone and not to be loved in return. But what's most painful is never finding the courage to let that person know how you feel. Don't expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in their hearts, but if it doesn't, be contented it grew in yours."|
Yes you read it right. It is like a Titanic story (in a different version). Paula was with a man whom she considered as a very special man in her life. They were together for only 20 hours but the emotional attachment between them has been established so well from Bacolod to that big white ship bound for Manila. They have to depart, the separation anxiety was there. They stay connected through phone but the sad thing is she found later that her special man perished on board another ferry in 2008 due to typhoon Frank. The moment Paula was traveling with that man was already the first and the last. Read Paula's official entry!
 Journeying James
"Because I was doing what I love doing, I felt no pressure. I was smiling. Opportunities came, lots of and I continued to find of ways to improve and up the ante until I finally reached one of my dreams- to travel the whole Philippines. "
|"Follow your passion and make your dream come true. It will not happen if you don’t start it NOW"|
So how it all started? For James, it started with a realization that he is not getting any younger. Encapsulated with a dream, he left his employed life as a teacher. Yes, you can call him Sir James, teacher James, or simply Journeying James (choose which of them must fit, hehe). Anyway, with his last fund of 4, 000 pesos, guess what he did? He was already unemployed that time. He did not invest that for business or any networking business but instead, embarked into a journey that changed his life forever. It was an investment without any known bright ROI, but James has broken the rules, he made it this far! Check out how this budget traveler started his journey to stardome (talagang stardome ha, hehe) by reading his official entry.
It is an honor that I hosted this month's edition of the PTB Blog Carnival. It truly inspired me a lot, made me more mature and feel so blessed. Every story is worth sharing. If we will become much older, let us show our children and grand children how we have spent our lives when we were young.
This is the July 2012 edition of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival with the theme:
"The Journey that Made Us a Travel Blogger:
Hosted by: Yours Truly
Check out the previous editions by clicking the image.
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