After two years working at the biggest tech company in the world—and over 10 years hustling in the retail industry—I decided it was time for me to say ‘See You Later’ to my former dream job as Senior Designer on Apple’s Retail Marketing team and ‘Hey Girl!’ to a new adventure away from corporate-life: a 3-month sojourn in Asia.
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 migrants from the Philippines, lived the typical immigrant story of working day and night to provide a more comfortable life for our family. Traveling was not a priority, but more of a luxury. So traveling as a kid meant something special, knowing my parents’ free time was often limited. Early on, this instilled the idea that hard work came before any leisure and that any leisure afforded is a reward for working hard.