Hey there! My name is Katrina, the writer of the Stories of a Wandergirl. By profession, I am an Electronics Engineer focused on Telecommunications. By passion, I am a traveler and a storyteller.
I was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. I live in a developing albeit beautiful country of 7107 islands in the west of the Pacific, in Southeast Asia. Growing up in a low-income household , I could only imagine traveling abroad when I hit my 40s — the age where most had envisioned to have a stable career, family, and extra money for luxury.
Being bitten by the travelbug.
Traveling to USA in 2008 (during my crazy fan-girl phase) with the sole objective of attending the after party of a one-night only show by my favorite band, Incubus was what motivated me to apply for a US Visa, spend my more-than-a-year-long hard earned money ($1300) for airfare without realizing that THAT would actually bite me hard with a travelbug. Note that when I left the country then, I didn’t know that my life would change forever.
Embracing the life of an expat.
In 2009, a job opportunity in Dubai, United Arab Emirates paved the way for me to culturally immerse in what the country had to offer. That also paved the way for me to see bits and pieces of Europe as well as South Asia.
Going on hiatus.
The end of 2012 marked the time for me to move back home. In 2013, I went on a hiatus both in the corporate life and life of travel as I submitted to a spinal fusion surgery to correct my scoliosis. I am now a proud owner of Titanium rods parallel to my spine.
Writing the Stories of a Wandergirl.
I have always loved writing and it is something that I have wanted to do since I started traveling. It was only in 2013, during my hiatus, that I was able to start this blog. This blog served as a platform to share my thoughts and experiences in the places that I’ve visited, hoping to inspire other people who come across my posts while at the same time, remind myself at times that I needed it.
It always gives me that sense of comfort and feeling of gratitude every time I look back at the past. And somehow, my past travels also inspire me to embark on a new travel destination for the future.
Reading other people’s notes, articles, stories and reviews whether it be about travelling, beauty, or music inspires me on sooo many levels. That feeling of having a new idea challenge your current thoughts. Either that, or, it supports whatever it is that is on your mind. At the end of the day, these things inspire me. And that’s all I could hope for.
For some of you who come across my posts, I could only hope that it will have the same effect to you as the way some posts did to me: inspire.
Tough weekend getaways.
From 2014 to mid 2015, I had an amazing yet very demanding job. It was rewarding albeit very time consuming. In 2014, in spite of my tough schedules, I caught up with traveling a few cities in Southeast Asia even if it was only during the weekends.
Taking a sabbatical.
Since mid 2015, I’ve been on a sabbatical. I traveled across Europe and Northern Africa for 3 months and currently, traveling slowly within the Philippines.
I believe that once we embrace ourselves by pieces and by whole, then our life would be filled and full. This is currently what I’m doing, watching this surreal wonderful world watch over me, picking up pieces and making memories one moment at a time.
I have no idea except that I will continue to write and to travel. Hopefully get the balance and hang on. 🙂
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