Summer Sojourn 2019

A “once-in-a-lifetime” 3.5-month adventure traveling all across Asia with my best friend.

And just like that, it was over. Three months in Asia flew right on by. From getting locked out of my condo on our first night at 2am (so fun!) to carrying around 5-6 pieces of luggage up and down subway stairs and through alleyways all across Japan, this summer has definitely gone down as one of the best experiences Cal and I have been able to share together. So much so, that we got engaged at the end. More on that later. Please read my “I quit my dream job…to travel” post if you want to know more context around why I took this trip.


I quit my dream job…to travel

Two months ago, I resigned from what was once my dream job: designing for Apple.

But after 12 years in the retail industry and over 10 years in San Francisco, I was ready for a change. It’s been a longtime dream of mine to experience living overseas and I felt it was an opportune time to take an extended break from corporate-life in pursuit of a (temporary) life abroad. The choices I make now have become much less about climbing my way up the corporate ladder and more about finding fulfillment in my personal journey. And recently, where I’ve felt most fulfilled is through traveling. So after manifesting the idea for years, I get to embark on an exciting new adventure starting June 8: a 3-month sojourn in Asia.


How I’ve come to love travel and what traveling means to me

Growing up, my family rarely traveled. While other kids spent their breaks from school taking trips to places like Disneyland, I spent mine beside my older sister wherever she went while my parents were busy working. My parents, both native Filipinos, lived the typical immigrant story of working day and night to provide a more comfortable life for our family. Knowing my parents’ free time was limited, traveling became something special—a little luxury we couldn’t afford often. Early on, this instilled the idea that hard work came before any leisure and that any leisure afforded is a reward for working hard.


Exploring the Aichi Prefecture of Japan

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