Why I named my Daughter Summer

I grew up in a small Barangay called Dibuluan, in town of Jones in the province of Isabela. It's 10 hours drive away from Manila, northern part of the Philippines. The people's livelihood there is farming. Thirty years ago there's only basic TV, no internet and we only had a corded cellphone. Our backyard was … Continue reading Why I named my Daughter Summer

7 Days Nature Walk Challenge 

A generation of children is not only being raised indoors, but is being confined to even smaller spaces. Jane Clark, a University of Maryland professor of kinesiology . . . calls them "containerized kids"--they spend more and more time in car seats, high chairs, and even baby seats for watching TV. When small children go … Continue reading 7 Days Nature Walk Challenge 

What is your Travel Mantra?

Sometimes I wonder why my long awaited holiday trip ends very fast. In a blink of an eye I find yourself already in last day of my trip thinking why it is ending so soon. Living in a fast paced, internet ready world,  always connected generation it's so easy to be distracted by different things … Continue reading What is your Travel Mantra?

Living Wholeheartedly

I decided to begin a class with the single women in my ministry that was based on my on-going online ecourse that time (2014). We are now in Session 8 and we are getting so much out of it and we are getting more connected as friends definitely. They are single mature women ages 40-60 … Continue reading Living Wholeheartedly

Vulnerability and Motherhood

I'm very excited as I start writing post about my journey as a mother. I know I travel a lot with her and it's seems right to not just highlight our traveling "happy/fun" moments as a mother or as a family but also to highlight the struggles and difficulties I faced and will be facing. … Continue reading Vulnerability and Motherhood

The Gifts of Imperfection 

We Just finished our women's class tonight and our topic was: Courage, Compassion and Connection Are the gifts of imperfection! In Breńe Browns research, wholehearted people practices these 3 Cs. In order for us to grow in our worthiness, we need to grow in our courage, compassion (to ourselves and not just others) and connection … Continue reading The Gifts of Imperfection 

Gratitude: The Secret of a Joyful Traveller 

For a travel enthusiast like me, it's very easy to fall into a trap of finding our joy in travelling. It's true travelling  really gives me joy but thinking that's the only way to be joyful can be very dangerous. I cannot afford to be travelling all the time right? Though sometimes I day dream … Continue reading Gratitude: The Secret of a Joyful Traveller 

Hello Hanoi and Halong Bay 

So this was the last leg of our 5H trip - Hà Nội and Halong Bay. We were excited but a bit tired at this point. We took train to Hà Nội from  Hue but we didn't book Our train tickets prior so we ended up not getting the sleeper train. Sitting in a train … Continue reading Hello Hanoi and Halong Bay 

Embracing Nature in our Parenting 

It all started when I watched a YouTube TED talk about Forest Preschool; my daughter was only turning 2 years old then. Now she's 26 months old to be exact and I'm so excited to share my journey about things I'm learning recently. I always have this mindset that it is good for Summer (my … Continue reading Embracing Nature in our Parenting 

5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Penang, Malaysia 

I want to be extra grateful today. I decided to rediscover #Penang - the city where I'm currently living. Because it's my birthday today. Yay! For those who are not familiar in Malaysia Penang is located in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. It is 3 hours drive up to the border of Southern Thailand … Continue reading 5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Penang, Malaysia 

Laughter, Song and Dance Gremlins 

According Breńe Brown's research,  laughter, song and dance emerged in the data as important and vital to our wholeheartedness. This week's intention: "Cool is an emotional straightjacket. I am going to take it off."When I am young I sing a lot, dance a lot and laugh a lot until I feel pain in my stomach … Continue reading Laughter, Song and Dance Gremlins 

Traveling with a Baby: Tips and Tricks

  I'm blessed to have the chance to travel with my family. As young as 2 months old, Summer my little girl flew in an airplane for the first time. We lived for 2 months in Kota Kinabalu Sabah, East Malaysia then moved to Penang West Malaysia when she's 5 months old. We travelled quite … Continue reading Traveling with a Baby: Tips and Tricks

What is your Dream Slash Job?

  What does it mean to have a work that has meaning and perspective to me? What is meaningful work looks like to me? It can be different for you and can be different from people that I love and respect and want to gain approval from. Meaningful work is where I will channel my … Continue reading What is your Dream Slash Job?

Why are you travelling? 

As I start blogging my travels and after a month into it,  it makes me think deeply why do I want to start a travel blog. Some question that comes to my mind: Is this important? Will the people that I will inspire through my blog really need travelling as part of their lifestyle? Why … Continue reading Why are you travelling? 

 Day trip in Mūi Nè, Vietnam

  It's a beautiful day and the team we're all excited because we are heading to Mũi Né a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. We decided to have a day trip. It is my first time here and I only know we are going to a hot and dry "desert" place that … Continue reading  Day trip in Mūi Nè, Vietnam

Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam by population.I'm kinda excited and grateful to explore Ho Chi Minh City again after 6 years. It's my second time here in Ho Chi Minh and now I'm with my almost 2 year old daughter and with my mom. The first time … Continue reading Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

Grateful Traveller

I am excited to talk about gratitude and travelling and why my blog is called Grateful traveller.  I've been wanting to write about gratitude for a long time now. I believe this virtue is so important and so effective in making our lives lighter, more joyful and meaningful yet it is so hard to practice … Continue reading Grateful Traveller

When the beach says “I love you”

So beautiful isn't? I came back recently from my trip to Western Australia and had my best reflecting times in this beach. It's for our junior staff retreat in church. Oh man I just love Australia, people there are just blessed to have amazing and breathtaking sceneries. That trip was so special because it makes … Continue reading When the beach says “I love you”