#RoadTripperMonday – a weekly feature of our very own Road Tripper.
We all have heard the saying, “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. When you first meet Isang, you will probably think twice in engaging a conversation with her because of her “taray” looks. You will miss out a lot if you do. She is one of the deepest, most caring person you will meet in your travels. We were lucky to actually meet her during Singles Road Trip #5 when we traveled to the unknown spots of Zambales. Extremely cyncial at first to be going to a province that has become such a common destination, we showed her how different it was to travel with us. And with her newfound appreciation of Zambales, so did her appreciation of us (we hope, hahaha)! A go to person when you need a listening ear or a coffee companion. Haha! Thank you Isang for being the awesome person you are! ^_^
To know more about Isang, read more about her here —
1. What do you do for a living?
I’m a Corporate Yaya. Hahaha. Nah. I’m a Human Resources Officer.
2. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Soaking up the sun (and saltwater!) on the nearest beach I can get to.
3. What is the title of the movie of your life?
Just keep swimming…
4. If you could go back in time what would you tell your 16 year old self?
Smile. The weight of the whole world is not on your shoulders. Pray. You will be alright. If all else fails, go to the beach. Swim.
5. If you can be teleported anywhere around the world, where would it be and why?
South America. I am fascinated with the great civilizations – Aztec, Maya, Inca (I think I watch “Ancient Aliens” too much hahaha). I’m really into nature so I think there’s more to see in South America with all its great landscapes and natural sights as compared to Europe which offers more of history and architecture (but of course, I will still like to go to Europe someday).
6. Which celebrity would you go on a “one-night-only-date” with?
Surprisingly, I’m not into celebrities. First one that came to mind is Jason Bourne so I can ask him to teach me all those fight and self-defense moves but realized he is not a celebrity but a fictional character. Hahaha!
7. You, unfortunately have been condemned to die, but fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?
Japanese buffet!!! All the fresh sashimi, sushi, tempura, soba, ramen…ay heaven!!!
8. If you could trade places with anyone right now, for a week, who would it be and why?
Hmmm…who is in Machu Pichu right now?
9. What is the best present you ever received?
A chance to start over with my life. Hahaha…
10. If you could meet a famous or not so famous person, who would that be and why?
Oprah Winfrey. Need I explain further?
11. How old should a person start traveling?
Hahaha…As young as possible. I think parents should teach their children to travel as young as possible. Travelling opens one’s eyes to a world beyond that which one moves around in (school, home, or for adults –the office). It’s an opportunity to learn — to be flexible when things don’t go as you planned; to have courage to try new things or adventures which can contribute to building one’s confidence; to socialize by meeting new people, understanding their culture, making friends! There are so many more I can list on why a person should travel but I think what’s important is that we enjoy the journey and live life to the fullest!
12. What is your best experience in traveling/living in the Philippines?
All those moments that my jaw dropped upon seeing the beautiful, less travelled places in the country. I only discovered the “art and science” of travelling in 2011 so I’m still a newbie. There’s still so much to see and experience in the Philippines; and the great thing about it, is that it’s reachable. I can do it on weekends. I don’t need a visa to get to these places.
13. In one sentence, how would you like people to remember you?
The girl who travelled and found her smile.