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How to Travel Without Quitting Your Job

“I quit my job to travel the world,” “I’m the girl who quits her corporate job to travel the world,” “Why quitting your job is the best move if you want to travel the world,” bullshit this, and bullshit that. So, what do you want now? A cookie or a star stamped on the back of your hand?

If you’re one of these people and you’re genuinely happy with your move, then yey! I’m happy for you but don’t come dictating other people what they should do with their lives and treat yourself as superior because you quit your job and traveled instead.

Breaking news: NOT EVERYONE CAN DO IT EVEN IF THEY WANTED TO AND ALSO NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO QUIT THEIR JOB JUST TO TRAVEL. 

So stop implying that they should work harder to be just like you.

You can blog and say how you did it but not blog and say that they should do it, too because it’s like the ~best thing evuuurrr~

People like these should be banned from using the Internet especially when their blogs are popular! Readers, eventhough they can make their own decisions, tend to be encouraged to quit their job just to travel.

If you’re planning to quit your job so you can travel, hear me out first. YOU. DO. NOT. NEED. TO. DO. THAT.

For starters, read this article first:

This Couple Quit Their Jobs To Travel And Now Scrub Toilets To Get By

Quit job and travel? What for? So that I’ll fall into the “Millenials who made it” category? Quit job and travel? So that I can have something all my Millenial homies be envious about? Or so that I can have an Instagram-worthy post?

Surprise, surprise! There are people who want to travel but are still happy to pursue their careers.

Different strokes for different folks, y’all. We all have our own definition of success and we all have our own ways to do it but don’t you fucking get me the advice to “QUIT YOUR JOB AND TRAVEL” to make yourself feel better that you did it.

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I traveled without quitting my job

I went abroad, had the best time of my life, and went back to my amazing job. No, I never ever thought of quitting my job just to travel when I can do both. I think that this is why the German Embassy granted me a visa to go on multiple entries plus added more days on my stay (I asked for 50 days and they gave me 75 days) – it’s because they know that I am happy with my work here and I would never be an illegal immigrant in EU.

Switzerland with my new friends while still having a job

Switzerland with my new friends while still having a job

I believe that if you want a long-ass vacation or break from your job, that means you are in the wrong industry and it means that you are not happy with your job. I am happy to travel for 2 months but those 2 months, I can’t keep thinking about my job back home and I can’t wait to resume my work. It’s because I am passionate about it and I enjoy working.

Ask yourself: “Why would I want to quit my job just to travel?”

I’ll answer it for you! Maybe it’s because:

  • you think that having a full-time work might get in the way of your traveling
  • you think your employer won’t let you travel for more than a month
  • you want to go full-on traveling without working and checking your emails

and I’m here to say that none of these matters just as long as you know the art of negotiation.

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Advice, Opinion, Personal, Travel

How I Saved Money For Travel

I can’t believe that my Eurotrip video with my face all over it was already liked by 6,100+ people and has been shared 600+ times. Out of all the 800+ comments and 10 million (lol) messages sent to me, I’ve been asked how much I spent for the 65-day Eurotrip. To be honest, I don’t know the exact amount. I tried jotting all my expenses down but after a while, I realized that it’s useless. What for, right? Besides, I felt guilty seeing all of the money I spent for the trip. To estimate based on the amount I had when I went there to the amount I have now on my bank account, I spent around 350k.

Just to tell you frankly, I don’t feel comfortable disclosing my expenses because some might think that is too much for a 21-yr old lady to spend just for traveling. I know other people will still judge what other people do with their money but eh, whatever. Aside from that, I don’t want you to base your expenses on your future travels with how much I spent. We’re all different individuals and I don’t have any idea about your traveling style. I’m the kind of girl with no arte and pride meaning I don’t mind sleeping in a hostel, asking for a relative to accommodate me, and even asking for a family’s friend for a roof for some nights. I don’t know if you’re like that too so throwing out how much I spent is useless unless you’re like me.

Anyway, yes. I did spend more or less (but probably less) than 350,000 pesos for a 2-month of travel and that is not bad at all. Some even said that their relative/friend spent almost a million for a month of Eurotrip.

I saved a lot because I booked a group tour, stayed with a relative and a family’s friend for a month, and then saved enough money for the 10-country group tour. That means saving a lot for 51 days just for me to spend a lot for that 14-day group tour I joined.

Yes, I had the most amazing wine, pizza, pasta, steak, beer, and memories in my life. Yes, it’s expensive. 

What the hell do you do anyway?

I may look cute and spoiled but this 15-year-old self was already working her ass off for her dreams

I sacrificed three babies and bathe in the blood of virgins in exchange of this Eurotrip.

LOLJK.

If I were in your shoes, I’d probably doubt someone’s claim that she’s a 21-yr-old self-made, too. I mean, how? You just freaking graduated and you’re in the Philippines working. How did you have almost half a million pesos to finance your travels?

I’m just 21 years old but I’ve been working since I was 12 making Friendster layouts and charging people 300-1000 pesos per layout. I’m not saying that I still have those money on my bank account now and that I’ve been saving for 9 years for this Eurotrip. However, those that I’ve earned back then I immediately used it as a capital for another business: selling contact lenses. I think I was one of the first people who sold contact lenses here and I got my supplies straight from Hong Kong. I did this since I was 13 years old to 14 years old and then moving on to another business which was buying and selling phones. I would buy a phone on OLX (formerly Sulit) and sell it for higher the price I bought it. My parents who I adore so much never, ever gave money to buy new clothes and things that I want when I reached the age of 13 and I am happy they did that! I was never spoiled and I learned how to hustle. When I was 16, I got a big break writing articles for a NZ and US-based companies. That allowed me to earn 17k pesos a month and that is big considering I was just 16. Sadly, back then, I didn’t know how to save money so I just kept on spending my money to eat and eat and eat. I kept that job and other freelance writing work until I graduated college. Aside from that, I sold makeup and did makeup for graduation. Imagine waking up 2 in the morning to do makeup for 20+ students then heading straight to class and then after class, meeting up with makeup buyers then in the evening, work on the articles on queue. Yes, I am that hardworking and I deserve all the things that I have now. 

If you’ve just seen my travel photos and the stuff that I have without knowing me, you would definitely think that I have a sugar daddy or a financer.

I would always joke about getting a sugar daddy when I’m tired of working but nuh-ah. I’m not perfect and modelesque but I would never have sex with a wrinkly old man aka an expired hotdog just to have money when I can get it myself.

…but it you know me and my life, you will be proud of me and you will say that “Hard work really pays off.” You can just go ahead and take a look at those comments from my friends saying they’ve seen me at the bottom and they’re proud where I am now.

Here I am, clapping for myself. I’m such a loser. LOL.

Anyway, to answer your question: I work as a Professional Content Writer and Digital Marketer now. I do earn a decent amount per month for me to be able to save and at the same time, give my family a monthly financial contribution. I also have other sidelines such as selling makeup and my kidney. LOLJK.

How long did it take for you to save your Eurotrip fund?

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Less than a year. Woah, right? I’m not really sure but I asked UnionBank how much I had when I graduated college last year. They said that I had 80,000 pesos then I asked them again how much I had when I left my last job which was July last year and I only had 35,000 pesos left. I moved to my current job, sold makeup, did makeup, work on freelance writing and in less than a year, I had more than enough funds to cover my Eurotrip.

Oh, okay. So how exactly did you save?

I just like saving and if there’s this hobby, yes, my hobby would be saving. I want to take a look into my bank account and be satisfied that’s why I’m doing everything to be thrifty. I would give you few tips on how I save money.

© Header image by my tourmate and wonderful friend, Keri Ferreira (Prague, Czech Republic)

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Advice, Opinion, Personal

How I Handled My Birthday Depression

When I was younger, I was a big birthday person! I always celebrate with my friends, tell everyone it’s my birthday, and just basically think that I own the world every 18th of November. I swear, I reunite our whole high school gang whenever it’s my birthday because they all know that I take birthdays very seriously. LOL.

I’m basically Lily.

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Life happens and birthdays don’t seem that fun anymore. In fact, it’s scary and every year, I just want to skip the 18th of November. I don’t like being a year older because I have these goals and dreams that I want to reach by the time I’m 23 years old, 25 years old, and 30 years old and birthdays are a reminder that I’m such a piece of trash that will not achieve these dreams sooner.

For 4 years now, I cry during my birthdays.

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I feel depressed, angry, scared, and all sorts of negative feelings on my birthday. I always wonder how to overcome this “Birthday blues”. Then I suddenly realized that instead of moping, why not turn it into something fun and rewarding?

I realized that it’s not everyday that I’m willing to spend thousands of pesos just to “pamper” myself. That’s why a week before, I already planned what I’m gonna do on the date itself. I initially planned to treat myself by buying expensive high-end makeups online and have it delivered on my birthday but meh, I did that on my 19th birthday and I had buyer’s remorse the day after. I didn’t need all those expensive makeup! I need to pamper myself internally LOL if that’s a thing!

So, a week before my birthday I called my favorite nail salon, waxing studio, facial salon, and the restaurant that I’ve been dying to try for a reservation.

My birthday depression suddenly turned into a fun waiting game of treating myself.

I initially wanted to be alone the whole day but my mom and dad were home so I invited them to dine with me instead. Dining in the restaurant that I wanted didn’t push through because it’s a French restaurant and my folks like Chinese. We went to Mann Hann and the food were great! Honestly didn’t think they have good food because we’re just always passing by it at the mall. Didn’t have time to take pictures of everything we ordered because we were so hungry but it’s the fried rice, beef and garlic broccoli, lechon Macau (must try!), lemon iced tea, and cha bihon thing. We liked it!

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I TAKE BAD PHOTOS, OKAY? DON’T EXPECT ANY GOOD PHOTOS HERE ON MY BLOG LOLOLOL

I had a great time with my mom and dad because we talked about my dreams and goals in life and I’m 100% super blessed to have such supportive parents who believe in me.

After that, I bid goodbye and went to my favorite salon, Nailaholics, to have a basic mani-pedi.

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MADAM JACKLYNNE FOR THE DAY!

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In love with this nail polish. I got complimented by strangers! It’s Orly in Sheer Natural.

Such a relaxing time because I truly adore talking to strangers and what better way is there than having a nail technician share her life with you and vice versa? LOL I should have my own talk show. Try Nailaholics! Service and staff are fantastic!

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Facial time! It’s been months since I last had a facial and my skin is already breaking out. I chose their basic facial but because it’s my birthday, I let myself be cajoled by the one assisting me into adding a mask which tripled the price of my facial. K LOL NO REGRETS.

So relaxing and this is the first time I didn’t cry when being pricked. IDK if it’s because the girl assisting me is good or she’s bad that’s why it didn’t hurt. Hah.

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GURL HAVING HER VAJAYJAY HAIR REMOVED

The day I tried Brazilian wax, there was no turning back. Who doesn’t like her vajayjay so soft and hair-free? I do! I had  Brazilian wax 3 times now and the last one was last July. I know. Don’t judge me. I’m not used to having a new waxer (?) wax person (?) LOL and the one that was always doing my Brazilian wax is from the one near my former office. Anyway, the one in Market! Market! seems okay but she was so harsh I think she wants to kill me.

Not mine and of course, not me but I tried Ventosa massage! Sorry no pics because it was hella dark in the massage room and dang! That felt nice! I’m kinda feeling sick now, though! Massages overwhelm me and make me sick but I’m so addicted in getting one!!!!!!


Birthday Breakdown:

  • Food – PHP 1450 at Mann Hann
  • Manicure & Pedicure – PHP 500 at Nailaholics
  • Facial + Acne Mask – PHP 895 at Let’s Face It!
  • Brazilian Waxing – PHP 500 at Lay Bare
  • Hilot + Ventosa – PHP 460 at Montalbo

I paid PHP 3805.00 for a meaningful and well-rested birthday! So worth it!


 

That’s basically it! That’s how I personally dealt with my birthday depression this year and it worked! I should do this everytime. I suggest you do it, too!

Not exactly follow what I did but something that you know you’ll look forward to! Maybe it’s the new phone you’ve been eyeing or that hair treatment that you want but you know is expensive. Now’s the time to get it! You deserve it! You are a special snowflake in your own way and you should treat yourself like one.

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Advice, Beauty, Review

Removing Makeup Using Lip Balm feat. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

If it wasn’t for sanitary purposes, I wouldn’t want to remove the makeup I worked hard applying flawlessly forever. LOL. But it is one of the rules of hygiene and beauty to REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE GOING TO BED no matter what happens. Before, I just use water and a soap to remove my makeup and realized that it’s taking me so long to remove all that waterproof goodness of my mascara. That’s why I converted to using makeup remover and yes, it removes makeup so well but I can feel dryness and itchiness after. Luckily, I bought Smith’s Rosebud Salve and thought “Hey, if it’s safe to use as a hand lotion, hair polish, and lip balm, I guess this can be a makeup remover, too?”

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This time, curiosity didn’t kill the cat. It works wonderfully as a makeup remover. It makes my face feel so soft and moisturized plus it smells so good! Its main use is lip balm and it makes my lips soft, too! If you don’t know Smith’s Rosebud Salve, it’s a cult favorite and it’s been around since 1892!!! It’s raved by both celebrities and makeup artists because of its versatility and you won’t wonder why the minute you bought this.

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It originally comes in a vintage tin can but I find that a little unsanitary dipping my fingers and applying that on my face everyday so I opt for the tube type. They also have this in different variants such as Minted Rose, Strawberry, Mocha Rose, Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm. I got mine for PHP490.00/ $10 in PCX Stores and I’ve been loving mine eversince I got it. It’s not too thick and not too runny! I LOVE IT!

So, how to remove makeup using a lip balm? Watch this!

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