Today’s guest is a blogger I’ve been following for a while. She comes from the Philippines and often talks of places I’ve never been to. Please meet Mica Rodriguez of senyorita.net!
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I currently live and work in the Philippines and travel from time to time. I can say I’m a backpacker/staycation-er 😛
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I have a full-time job at the moment. I also accept online gigs and blog advertorials.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I grew up in Pangasinan (five hours away from Manila) and I have fond memories of travelling to Baguio City (the Summer Capital of the Philippines). I remember being amused with the city lights of Metro Manila whenever we go there for special occassions. In 1994, I embarked on my first international trip with the parents and visited Hongkong. It took 14 years before I got the chance to ride a plane again. I still remember telling my mom and dad that I will build my own hotel when I grow up and adults are not allowed to interfere with kids’ business!
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
I have this habit of not researching before going on a trip (or I’m not much of a planner as the others). I can say that Siem Reap is a big surprise for me because all the while, I thought the usual Angkor Wat photo featured in postcards is the only important place to visit in the archeological park. Little did I know that it is just one of the many temples of Siem Reap! The Tonle Sap Tour was surreal in a weird way too. I enjoyed my stay there and even thought of staying longer.
Within the Philippines, I can say my Siquijor trip is a good surprise. When I was a kid, there were lots of stories claiming that one shouldn’t visit the mystical island because of witchcraft and other scary stories that will make a TV show’s rating high and scare kids for good. For the longest time, I longed to explore the place on my own. Thankfully, I met a fellow blogger who is a Siquijodnon and I stayed in his family’s home for a week. All I remember is the amazing bodies of water (waterfalls, beaches, hot springs etc), unusual silence, goodness of the people I met.
Oh wait I have another one! I joined a group tour in a place called Batad in the Philippines. Again, I didn’t do any research since I joined the last minute. I thought Batad is part of Sagada. Apparently, it’s not! So I was wondering why we’re required to trek for almost 2 hours just to reach Batad. The view upon arrival though is simply breathtaking! I can’t believe such place exist and how the locals managed to surpass daily life challenges.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Loosing a scarf given to me by a fellow travel blogger was heartbreaking. I guess that’s the worst so far.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
I have a lot to share although I think dancing at the middle of Khao San Road wearing shades at night is the funniest I can think of at the moment. I even asked a friend to record it for me and since I am not satisfied with the video clips, I end up dancing in different corners and at one point, a stranger danced with me in the tune of “Moves Like Jagger” =))
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I don’t have a real list, but I would love to visit Spain, Croatia and British Guyana.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Nope! I have to go somewhere at least once a month or a staycation in a nice hotel will do 😛
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Watching movies, reading novels… writing movie scripts and chicklit novels in Filipino.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
SENYORITA.NET – http://www.senyorita.net
When did you begin your website?
I registered the domain in 2008 for SEO purposes. I kept registering domains but don’t have enough time to put content on it! When I was about to renew, I figured out that the domain name is quite catchy and that time, the travel bug had bitten me so I decided to keep the domain and build a travel blog. I don’t regret my decision!
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I can say a bit of everything you said. I love sharing my experiences and interacting with readers. It also an outlet for me since I write in the ‘personal’ way most of the time. The money? That’s the useful bonus! 😛
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I think every site is unique from one another. I write my blogs in a personal manner and I think I have something good and fun to share. Whatcha think?
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I’m working on a secret project. I’m hoping your readers will support this project of mine when it is out 😀
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
In terms of hits? I guess a post about a luxury place in Batangas, though I think the main reason behind it is I’m the first one to blog about it. I think my posts related to my home province Pangasinan and favorite tourist destinations such as Boracay and El Nido helped a lot of travelers in planning their trips.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My post about Culion Island in Palawan is a favorite even if you’d spot a lot of grammatical errors on it. It’s been a dream of mine to visit the former leper colony because my great grandfather once worked there and his contribution to the research for the cure of leprosy is recognized all over the world.
What’s Your Top 3 Favorite Philippine Destinations?
Palawan because of the pristine beaches and the variation of things to do, Siquijor Island because of its charm, and Batanes is simply breathtaking! The Ivatans (locals of Batanes) are the nicest!
Do you often travel solo, duo or groups?
A bit of all three. I love traveling on my own, but I also long for the company of others. At the maximum I am comfortable travelling with four people. I get overwhelmed with more especially if we have to stay in one place for a week or more. I’m an introvert so I need my space 😛
How does it feel like traveling with your family?
It is rewarding and I cherish every moment. I have some roadtrip memories with the family as a child. I often travel with my grandparents now. What makes it special? The first-hand stories. You also get to learn more about the history of the place. I would love to travel more with my mom and brother. My dad would’ve made yearly roadtrip plans if he’s still alive since he loves to drive.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
All mentioned! I also like the tuk-tuks of Siem Reap and the colorful Philippine Jeepney 🙂
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just go and pursue that trip but be alert at all times. Enjoy and don’t just take good pictures for your blogs or Facebook. Just enjoy and feel every single moment!
What has travel taught you?
I’m more patient, appreciative and open-minded.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Emirates and Philippine Airlines
Favourite country? Philippines
Favourite city? London
Favourite beach? Diniwid Beach in Boracay
Favourite food? Bulalo
Favourite language? English and Filipino. Would love to learn Spanish though
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.senyorita.net
Twitter handle? @senyoritamyx
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/senyoritamyx
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/u/0/117094910996016398058/posts