How the Journey Began?

“Here I am after 24 years, thank you God for giving me such a wonderful 24 years of life. And here’s to me for more amazing years to come. As a gift to myself, I’ll start a new blog!”

It was the passage from my first ever post on this blog. Dated September 12, 2010, just right after my birthday celebration I published that post with excitement, admiration and passion. 

I actually don’t see myself as a writer as I don’t really have this passion in writing.  In fact, it took me an hour to start writing this post. Sometimes it is just so hard for me to get inspiration to start but because of my passion in travelling, everything changes eventually.

So how does my travel-blogging journey really began?

I’d been to few places before I started blogging. I’ve been to Cebu which was actually my first plane ride, been to my grandparent’s hometown in Bicol, been to a solo trip in Sagada, been to Baguio, Batangas, Quezon for some summer travels to name a few. But among these travels, there’s one that eventually made me become a travel blogger and that was my first camping experience in Zambales with my best friend. 

My Zambales trip introduced me to a different perspective of traveling. A trip not about comfort and luxury but more of the places, people and experiences. A single trip that consequently acquaint me to various opportunities. A step for me to see the world and make my travel dreams do come true. 


I’ve been addicted to traveling. The travel bug had bitten me, as what they say. That Zambales trip eventually followed by number of travels. It opened me to different places, adventures and people. True enough, those travel blogs I’ve been reading about says exactly what they had written. That travelling is more than just the place.

Before, I wasn’t aware that there’s such as what you called, travel blogs until I saw the blog of Chyng Reyes. As a matter of fact, it was my best friend who introduced Chyng’s blog to me. She was the one who discovered Chyng’s blog  when we were planning our trip to Zambales. From then on I started reading Chyng’s blog, as well as back reading her previous posts. I always look into her blog when it comes to travel and places I wanted to visit.

I remember whenever I travel I always look to Chyng’s itinerary and stories. She went to Cagayan De Oro, I went to Cagayan De Oro as well. She went to Ilocos, I went to Ilocos as well. She went to Calaguas, I went to Calaguas as well. That’s how a big fan I am. Her travel blog was one of my inspirations on why I continually blog and share my experiences. I was and will always be a fan of her travels.

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 leaded me the way to my blogging journey.


I write about my travels stories, food cravings and adventures. From that moment when I published my first post, I knew back then that a lot of amazing experiences will come on my way. True enough, this travel blog gave me more than I expected. I’ve been to different places I must say. I’ve met a lot of people, shared and heard their stories, passion and determination. I’ve experienced different adventures and embraced diversed cultures. That’s how so far this travel blog gave me. Indeed this blog is a gift, a gift which I will always recall on how this journey began. Once a traveler, always a traveler. It was bound to happen.

I owe this to my number one blogger idol, Chyng Reyes. If it’s not because of her I will not be part of this group and not be able to write this entry for PTB’s Blog Carnival for July. Many thanks to you and to my loyal readers as well (if there’s any) πŸ˜€


This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for the month of July 2012, with the theme “The Journey that made us a travel blogger” hosted by Edmar Gu-Quibb of Edmaration Etc.

38 Responses

  1. Mick says:

    My kids were eagerly waiting to go out for their vacations, as they wanted to visit the attractive places in Lisbon and its surroundings. It was a total fun to have a fun-filled travelling experience with my family with the help of a cheap car hire Portugal based service.

  2. Mick says:

    My kids were eagerly waiting to go out for their vacations, as they wanted to visit the attractive places in Lisbon and its surroundings. It was a total fun to have a fun-filled travelling experience with my family with the help of a cheap car hire Portugal based service.

  3. Vash Lingan says:

    Same as yours I am a fan din of Ate Chyng! I am the avid stalker of that girl. That's why I started blogging as well. I'm liking your blog as well.

  4. Vash Lingan says:

    Same as yours I am a fan din of Ate Chyng! I am the avid stalker of that girl. That's why I started blogging as well. I'm liking your blog as well.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i hope i could be travel blogger one day. i do love nature tripping but i don't the means,hahaha..It's a good thing that you let us know how beautiful nature is and for sharing with us your unforgettable travel experience..share more..

  6. Anonymous says:

    i hope i could be travel blogger one day. i do love nature tripping but i don't the means,hahaha..It's a good thing that you let us know how beautiful nature is and for sharing with us your unforgettable travel experience..share more..

  7. marxtermind says:

    That's how a big fan I am, kahit mga ka-travel mo, kinaka-travel ko na din! Hehehe!

    Sama ako sa travel mo soon basta weekender lang. πŸ˜€

  8. marxtermind says:

    That's how a big fan I am, kahit mga ka-travel mo, kinaka-travel ko na din! Hehehe!

    Sama ako sa travel mo soon basta weekender lang. πŸ˜€

  9. Chyng says:

    hi marx!

    tampalin mo ko, ngayon ko lang nabasa to. sorry na..

    im very flattered. and now, im very proud. daig mo na ko. at nakakainis pa, magkakasama na kayo magtravel nila maricar and carla without me. grabe kayo iniwan nyo na ko. hehe

    jokes lang. im really happy fou. high five to my co-astigin traveler! paaak!

  10. Chyng says:

    hi marx!

    tampalin mo ko, ngayon ko lang nabasa to. sorry na..

    im very flattered. and now, im very proud. daig mo na ko. at nakakainis pa, magkakasama na kayo magtravel nila maricar and carla without me. grabe kayo iniwan nyo na ko. hehe

    jokes lang. im really happy fou. high five to my co-astigin traveler! paaak!

  11. I started out as a fan as well. Pero kay Gael at kay Nina naman ako! It's because of them that I was inspired to blog as well. Tapos after that andami ko na ring nakilalang travel bloggers that became my friends as well like you guys! By the way, kelan ba next gala natin?

  12. I started out as a fan as well. Pero kay Gael at kay Nina naman ako! It's because of them that I was inspired to blog as well. Tapos after that andami ko na ring nakilalang travel bloggers that became my friends as well like you guys! By the way, kelan ba next gala natin?

  13. Chino says:

    On the blogosphere, I met a lot of people and counted them as friends. Friends who have the same interest and Passion. I used to like green pero I changed my mind nagiging greenminded kasi ako *wink. Til we meet again . =)

  14. Hi there Marx, for that 24 years of your life, you're lucky to have set foot to those places. In no time, you can tour around the Philippines! Nice to know you love green, my fave color too, hehe.. Thaks for joining the carnival, it is my honor to compile all your great contributions. All are inspiring, all are worth reading. God Bless πŸ™‚

  15. marxtermind says:

    Wow nag comment ulit si blog ko Idol Kura! Mukhang di ka na busy ah. Hehehe! πŸ˜€

    Sana magpa-fans day si Chyng! ;D

  16. marxtermind says:

    Wow nag comment ulit si blog ko Idol Kura! Mukhang di ka na busy ah. Hehehe! πŸ˜€

    Sana magpa-fans day si Chyng! ;D

  17. Kura says:

    mga baliw! hahaha! Ayaw mo nga sa green noh? lol! take it as a compliment. Maganda sa mata ang bagong bihis ng blog mo. Parang peppermint. hihihi!

    Halos lahat pala tayo nainspire ni chyng. Isa na siyang institusyon. Kailangan na ng fans day. hahah!

  18. Kura says:

    mga baliw! hahaha! Ayaw mo nga sa green noh? lol! take it as a compliment. Maganda sa mata ang bagong bihis ng blog mo. Parang peppermint. hihihi!

    Halos lahat pala tayo nainspire ni chyng. Isa na siyang institusyon. Kailangan na ng fans day. hahah!

  19. marxtermind says:

    Maricar is my stress reliever. Hahaha! Ginawang gamot! πŸ˜€

    Ahm… obvious ba masyado na fave ko ang green? Hehehe! πŸ˜€

  20. marxtermind says:

    Maricar is my stress reliever. Hahaha! Ginawang gamot! πŸ˜€

    Ahm… obvious ba masyado na fave ko ang green? Hehehe! πŸ˜€

  21. marxtermind says:

    Next week na tlaga? Excited lang! πŸ˜€

  22. marxtermind says:

    Next week na tlaga? Excited lang! πŸ˜€

  23. marxtermind says:

    Nag-bblog na ako nun ng konti, secret blogger pa nga lang. Hehehe! πŸ˜€

  24. marxtermind says:

    Nag-bblog na ako nun ng konti, secret blogger pa nga lang. Hehehe! πŸ˜€

  25. marxtermind says:

    The best part of my blogging career, "career talaga" is to meet you guys and be friends as well! πŸ˜€

  26. marxtermind says:

    The best part of my blogging career, "career talaga" is to meet you guys and be friends as well! πŸ˜€

  27. Robbie says:

    I started out as a fan as well! I've been a regular of Ada's blog, and then I also found Chyng's while blog-hopping and bilib talaga ako sa babaeng yun! πŸ˜€

    At first time kitang ne-'meet' nung Christmas Outreach ni Chyng! Di ka pa ata blogger nun. Hahaha.

  28. Robbie says:

    I started out as a fan as well! I've been a regular of Ada's blog, and then I also found Chyng's while blog-hopping and bilib talaga ako sa babaeng yun! πŸ˜€

    At first time kitang ne-'meet' nung Christmas Outreach ni Chyng! Di ka pa ata blogger nun. Hahaha.

  29. Paula O says:

    Lalala! Cheers Marx..can't wait for our Palawan adventure next weeek! Weee! lol

  30. Paula O says:

    Lalala! Cheers Marx..can't wait for our Palawan adventure next weeek! Weee! lol

  31. Mitch says:

    Haha, we have the same idol before entering the world of blogsphere. Chyng really did inspired me to pursue this passion pati na rin pag nababasa ko blog ni Maricar. Kahit wala man lang ko sa kalingkingan nila. Btw, new and improved blog, so nice. Let me guess, ur fave color is… GREEN?!

  32. Mitch says:

    Haha, we have the same idol before entering the world of blogsphere. Chyng really did inspired me to pursue this passion pati na rin pag nababasa ko blog ni Maricar. Kahit wala man lang ko sa kalingkingan nila. Btw, new and improved blog, so nice. Let me guess, ur fave color is… GREEN?!

  33. Drew says:

    Like you, I also started as a fan, Marx! I still am more of a fan than a blogger really but I am glad that aside from being fan of these talented bloggers, I can now also call them as my friends! And I am glad you're one of them! Happy blogging always! πŸ˜€

  34. Drew says:

    Like you, I also started as a fan, Marx! I still am more of a fan than a blogger really but I am glad that aside from being fan of these talented bloggers, I can now also call them as my friends! And I am glad you're one of them! Happy blogging always! πŸ˜€

  35. marxtermind says:

    I wonder how it looks like now. Hope the place was still the same, it's been two years!

  36. marxtermind says:

    I wonder how it looks like now. Hope the place was still the same, it's been two years!

  37. great start πŸ˜‰ in anawangin. my favorite. happy travel and blogging to you marx!

  38. great start πŸ˜‰ in anawangin. my favorite. happy travel and blogging to you marx!

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