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. (read: The Year That Was: 2014 In Luck, Fate, And Several Weekenders).
Taking a sabbatical.
Leaving my job mid-2015, I started my long-term holiday by traveling across Europe and Northern Africa, rounding up 34 cities between 11 countries in 88 days. I’ve never been alone that long as a traveler. A “holiday within the long-term holiday” was essential and it happened in the Philippines. (read: The Year That Was: 2015 In Life And Wander).
The year 2016 began with a slow-paced exploration between beaches and islands in some parts of the Philippines. After realizing that 1 year was not enough, I continued my travels with Taiwan and different parts of Southeast Asia, thinking to go on until end of the year. This was also the year I discovered the surreal world of diving and got addicted to it! By 3rd quarter, I have officially become the other half of a backpacking couple. It was also by then that I knew I would extend my long-term holiday. (read: The Year That Was: 2016 In Love And Love Of Travel).
By 2017, I traveled with my boyfriend to some parts of the Philippines, Myanmar, and Iran until I left for the US to celebrate an important family milestone. Mid-US trip, I explored some parts of Mexico and have taken my diving to the next level. (read: 2017 And Counting: How Life Has Been).
As of writing, I am back home in the Philippines taking a break from traveling, making LDR work, and preparing myself to embark on a new journey as I find inspiration with life’s surprises and this universe’s calling.
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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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.