Hello there! Thank you for visiting my travel blog / diary.
My first name is Ma. Patricia, but I prefer to use my nickname – Rica. I was born and raised in Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental (Central Philippines) but currently reside in the Philippine capital of Manila.
I created Rica’s Rucksack travel blog in 2010, a year after my first and life-changing backpacking journey along the famous Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam route.
The blog started out as a regular travel blog with the usual photos, but in 2011, I decided to write more about my personal journey.
Let me put it this way: 2011 made me realize a lot of things.
You see, prior to it, I thought life was all about partying, getting wasted, spending a big amount of cash on liquor and other “unnecessary” things. My directionless past somehow blinded me from seeing and experiencing the beauty of life. I was too proud and selfish. Even after experiencing a drunk-driving, hit and run car accident that nearly put me on a hospital bed, I was still too stubborn to wake up and listen.
Then came 2011 and life turned around for me: my family was hit by a financial storm and two of my friends passed away.
Since then, I started valuing life more, and this new appreciation for life led me to a book that played a huge part on my journey: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.
Vagabonding means “taking the time off from your normal life to discover and experience the world on your own terms.” Inspired by the book, I decided to create my own journey, which eventually opened a lot of doors for me, including publishing my first book , The 3rd World Traveler, and quitting my 9-5 job to travel for a good nine months.
I’m now in my late 30s and so much has happened – wonderful, sad, bad, amazing and exciting things. I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning (life, after all, is a never-ending journey).
But I’m happy to say that without going through what I went through in the past, I wouldn’t have been able to realize how precious this life is. And if not for the courage to create my own journey, I wouldn’t have been able to see the beauty life has to offer.
So, that’s it for now. Thank you so much for reading!
Just a little bit more about me:
- Aside from serving the country full-time, I write.
- Please see my Press / Media page for more information about my published travel articles, interviews and talks conducted.
- My articles have also appeared in Grief Digest Magazine, Live Tennis and Cvlt Nation.
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