Dear Reader

Dear Reader,

This is my gratitude note. You’ve been reading and following this blog for years/months/weeks/days, and I couldn’t thank you enough for your trust, for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts, and for your encouraging responses and emails.

I know I’ve been quiet lately, that’s because right now, I’m all about blogging only when I have something important to say. In the first place, I’m not paid to update this blog. However, I have a few things in mind that I would like to share:

I quit my job at the backpacker’s hostel. I ended my employment last month after a year of working as front desk (part-time guest relations). I honestly enjoyed every minute of my time there and wouldn’t trade it for any other experience. I met new friends and learned something new everyday (including how to smile and stay patient in front of assholes). But I had to move on.

I also went to Coron, Palawan last December and learned how to snorkel properly. The best thing about that trip was, it made me experience underwater life for the first time. I know it sounds embarrassing for my age but I was able to do it despite experiencing panic attacks. I’ve gone beyond my fear of being in deep water and I owe it all to traveling.

Coron Palawan

Priceless

What’s next for me? I hope to finish my online travel writing course under Matador University before the end of February. I used to dream a lot about traveling to other places (actually, I still do), but right now, I’m more focused on delivering quality work and being published “internationally”. American novelist Mary Sojourner has been giving me feedback on my schoolwork. In my spare time, I re-read articles from World Hum and The Kyoto Journal. I’m also following Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk and studying the way he writes because he is an amazing travel writer. And there’s Amy Gigi Alexander as well, another American writer, who gave me good pointers after I showed her one of my blog articles. I’m getting all the help that I need, but I know that I have to work harder if I want to become a really good travel writer.

Blogging for me is more than just putting out listicles or writing about a recent trip. It’s about being honest to your readers and sharing with them a part of your life. And I’m
happy that you, dear reader, continue to be with me on my journey.

Better days and stories ahead,
Rica

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