We Work to Live, to Eat and to Travel

This is the very first post of this blog and supposedly, we’re to write something deep explaining why we started this blog and an invitation for you to follow our travel journal. 😀


Though we already explained the reason behind the creation of this blog on our About Us page, I thought it’ll be appropriate for us to write a formal introduction. The truth is I don’t know where or how to start, but let me just try.

Aside from our passion and love for food and cooking (have you seen Certified Foodies?), one of the many things our nanay inspired us to do is to travel as much as we can. She loves to travel and she’s already been to different parts of the country. However, due to our finances – she was the only breadwinner of our family when we were growing up – her budget for traveling was limited. That didn’t stop her though from doing what she can to take a vacation and travel somewhere she’s never been. And I admire her for that. We still can’t figure out how she did all that while sending my brother and I to very decent schools while feeding our family of 4.

Our nanay riding the cable car at Loboc Adventure Park in Bohol

This is why we vow to travel more, not just for our sanity, but for our nanay as well. We want to travel the world with her, let her see the wonders of the places we only see on TV or on the internet.

Mostly, though, this is for US… for me. I’m a workaholic. Even when it’s my rest day, my dedication to my work, whatever it is, never stops me from checking in at work to see how my team’s doing. But when I travel, I realized it’s easier for me to allow myself to cut my connection from all the stress of work, other people, and even my blogs. I give myself a chance to pause and relax. And I always come back with a different perspective in life (ugh… too cliche).

Though it’ll probably take more years before I’ll have the courage to travel solo, I am glad that this year, 2013, will mark a new beginning for me, my brother and our nanay. A big part of this is the feeling of being worthy of a getaway after all the hard work we’ve put into everything we do all these years. We deserve this and we’re claiming it.

Mhel and Ken Ignacio in Bohol - Travelsilog

This blog will be more personal than informational. We’ll do our best to share with you all the details of our trips. Sometimes, we might forget to help you out at all. However, please know that with this blog, we also hope to encourage more people to travel.

We’re not the most budget-conscious travelers, that’s for sure, but we just want to spend enough to ensure we make the most of our trips while not stressing too much about the budget.

We’re not the most adventurous of all, especially because I’m fricking afraid of heights. I have yet to overcome this fear, but that’s the challenge I’m willing to take this time around (especially after I took that cable ride in Bohol and saw my bro swing past us while he was ziplining). Hopefully, through this blog, we’ll be more courageous to experience something new.. something extraordinary. And we want to somehow document it right here on this blog.

Ken ziplining at Loboc Adventure Park in Bohol

We’re storytellers, so expect our blog posts to be long, detailed most of the time, and personal. Often, no holds barred. We can’t wait to see the rest of the world, and we hope you’ll join us or even share your own experiences with us. 🙂

We work to live, to eat and to travel. We have simple joys in life, and we love writing about it. Whether you choose to stay and read through our travel journal or not, nothing’s stopping us in writing about our travels as we explore the world one spoonful at a time.

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