Welcome to round 85 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.
Random Traveller #85
Who are you?
Mabuhay! My name is Mica Rodriguez, a twenty-something traveler from the Philippines who loves to eat, explore and celebrate life. I maintain a number of blogs and one of which is Senyorita.net, where I put most of my travel-related stories. I also write for a Philippine entertainment tabloid where I am free to feature the Filipino celebrities I like… and dislike.
What’s the deal?
Originally, I bought the domain Senyorita.net for SEO purposes. I wanted to venture into all types of niche blogging and it is supposed to be a Beauty and Fashion blog. Unfortunately, I am not girly enough to keep up with that.
I started traveling in 2009 and I kept on sharing my stories at my personal blog (Micamyx.com). Some friends suggested that I make a separate blog for my travelogue and since Senyorita is quite catchy, I decided to convert it into a travel blog. I still have a lot of backlogs to work on, but I am not complaining. My recent trips opened my eyes to different possibilities and I am simply thankful with all the blessings I’m receiving now. Life is good!
When was the last time you had a specific “I love travel” moment?
My recent solo trip to El Nido, Palawan. Most of my travel blogger friends claim it as their top favourite destination in the Philippines. I wanted to go there with friends, but they’re all unavailable due to work schedule or the budget. I’m glad I pushed through with the trip as I was able to enjoy the island hopping tours, met new friends (locals and tourists) and ate a lot! It is also fun to see a lot of foreigners enjoying their holiday in this part of Palawan.
Have you surprised yourself while travelling doing something you never thought you could?
I am surprised that I am willing to sacrifice comfort and live within my means. My trip to Chiang Mai last February is a spontaneous decision and I went there with just enough money to feed me for a few days. My first mixed dorm experience was a memorable one. I grew up in an environment where the people around me are protective and look after me all the time. Sleeping with strangers is a big no-no and I remember almost crying during my first night in a mixed dorm. I’m glad that my room mates turned out to be cool and nice.
Of all the places you’ve been were could you see yourself setting up home most?
I have two destinations in mind: Chiang Mai in Thailand and Siem Reap in Cambodia. It may sound redundant, but Chiang Mai is like a digital nomad’s haven – cheap food, cool weather and it seems like you can do a lot of things there. I also love Siem Reap because of the low cost of living and the Khmer people are really friendly and nice to talk to. I enjoyed talking to the locals during my short stay there. There were some instances where we’d talk about Manny Pacquiao and Marian Rivera – two of the Filipino celebrities that are admired in Cambodia. In the Philippines, I can see myself staying longer in El Nido.
I had big travel plans months ago, but it didn’t push through. I just realized to just not plan too much or expect that a big thing will happen because you may end up disappointed. For now, I am heading back to Palawan within the month with a good friend. We’re revisiting Coron and we will take a sidetrip to Culion and Calauit.
A big thanks to Mica for taking part, great to have you. Be sure to check her out here:
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