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Me in Hoi Ann

This blog is about unconventional travel hacks and tips, my stories and living an unconventional life.

My international journey started as a university lecturer in China. I worked with people from over 50 countries and gave talks and training on a variety of topics including writing, public speaking, culture and travel. After China, I lived in Chile, Thailand, Vietnam and currently split my time between the U.S. and the Philippines.

I had been teaching for more than 6 years. I wanted to know what else is out there. So I decided to maximize my experience in this world.  As a Renaissance woman, I have been a disc jockey, assistant marketing director, a public relations specialist, a freelance writer, an editor for a huge international NGO,  instructional designer, a speaker and a business trainer. Now I’m a life and travel coach and completing my certificate in Counseling.

I have an insatiable thirst for travel and adventure. I’ve traveled to more than 20 countries and my goal is to visit every continent in the world (yes, Antarctica that includes you).

The gang and I set off to off the beaten path, Rabat where we saw the incredible Mohammed Tower. As you can see, I couldn't resist climbing up.

In Rabat, Morocco

If you have a travel story to share in this blog, drop me a line. 

Get in touch with me via the Contact form.

Watch my interview with the international travel show Atlas Sliced below. It’s also packed with tips for traveling, moving forward and networking with other expats.

Where to begin? 

You can start by visiting my archives where you can browse through all entry titles in their respective categories.

Why I Write-tells you why my dream of writing will never fade.


21 thoughts on “About

  1. JB says:

    Hey, are you having much fun there in HK? I hope so. If the answer to this is in your blog, sorry but I choose not to read it. I can’t bring myself to read a girl’s diary(even if I got her permission or like this open-to-all blog). Damn, my job here tries to keep me away from getting my downloads. But no biggie. I won’t let it stop my obsession of downloading! In fact I got Ouran 6 very recently but not from lunar, yet it’s really great!

    Yikes! I think I’ve just felt a chilling sensation in my bones telling me to better end here with this particular topic. Who knows what YOU’LL DO to me when you get back! But there is one thing I can tell you though. I’m enjoying the animes that you have listed me to download!!!

    Okay, maybe that last statement only sealed my fate into your (stranggling) hands. As I bid you my ultimate farewell I’ll treasure the remaining days of my life…………WATCHING MELANCHOLY & OURAN. HA HA HA!!!

    Enjoy HongKong!!! Ja Ne!

  2. ksyu says:

    To JB: I just know you enjoyed the shonen-ai series I asked you to download. And here I thought that as a straight guy, you don’t like boys lurve!

    To Os: Thanks! I hope you do.

  3. June Saville says:

    Well done on thinking/acting outside of the box. Couldn’t agree more, so long as things don’t get out of hand. It’s wonderful to break loose when you’re younger and travel your chosen path, whatever it may be. But some time down the track I suggest a bit of stability may not seem so boring. However, I’m at the other end of the arc of life.
    Thanks for visiting me. What did you think of my writing blog?
    June in Oz

  4. ksyu says:

    —“so long as things don’t get out of hand.”

    Lol. Sometimes they do. But I’m still learning and have a bit of laugh if things mess up. 😉

    A bit of stability is indeed good but at this stage of my life, whenever I find myself getting too comfortable I’d like to shake things up a little. Like right now, I’m in a position where it’s pretty stable, salary’s good, workplace good, flat is luxurious but it’s not what I want to do. So I’m going to continue to be dissatisfied till I get myself out of this.

    I’ve visited your blog and wow, looks like you’ve gone through many stages of your life and I’m still beginning mine –two opposite ends of the arcs indeed if we’re continuing the metaphor. Going off to read some of your short stories now.

  5. ruthi says:

    HI, I heard about you through my friend Vienna. I met Vienna in the same way that you did. I browsed your blog and was jealous. I suddenly realized that I did dream to be a writer too. I did dream to publish my own book too. I started blogging when I came here in the US and next thing I knew I had 9 blogs. I write everyday… but due to my present situation, I feel that I lost the drive to write from the heart. It turned out too that all my posts were plain rants and whines. I can’t get the right ideas and much less the inspiration that I need to write masterpieces. And since I am not working, I write mostly paid posts which usually written in good taste, in my personal opinion because I write for the money. I miss the old me. You are an inspiration. Keep it up.

    • Kate says:

      Hi Ruth!
      Welcome! Your comment has certainly put tears in my eyes after reading it–a great way to end an exhausting day after teaching for 5 hours straight this afternoon. It’s gratifying and humbling to know that my words have the ability to inspire people to go after their hearts.

      I’d like to soon get started on a freelancing career and was afraid that I’ll do some uninspiring work that’ll prevent me from following what it I truly love. I don’t want to lose my drive to write. I’d like to choose writing
      projects that I like and mostly avoid those that I don’t. Or still set aside a big chunk of the time writing things I’m passionate about –fiction and blog entries that I think will struck a core with the people.

      I hope that you rediscover the path towards your heart again. In doing so, I believe you can hold happiness in your hands once again.

  6. vienna says:

    @ kate and ruthi,

    I am glad that you two met each other already. 🙂

    I do write but i don’t suppose I have the same dream like you guys (to be a writer) but I do read and I enjoy reading the works of impressive people (gaya nyo!).

    I am simply glad that through my blogs, people like you two found me.

    Happy writing. 🙂

  7. Kate says:

    I’m happy that Ruthi found my blog from yours. Gosh, exactly how many blogs do you have Vienna?? I like the one that you left in your comment. Ang ganda!

    Thanks for reading our work. I’ve yet to have a thorough read of Ruth’s blog (and it’s about teaching!).

    The world of blogging truly connects people together.:D

  8. outonvacation says:

    I’m like reading myself on your post, how I find this thrill in looking forward to my next travel adventure. I’m seeing Morocco up there, in case your looking for a travel buddy 😀 It’s in my bucket list but I can’t seem to find any friends who have the same passion I have about Morocco hehehehe. Wishing you more happy travels..I’ll link you in my site..and one more thing…wonderful photographs 🙂

    • Kate says:

      Definitely Morocco fo’ sure! Am always up for a travel buddy- it’s better to share experiences with someone. Thanks for linking my site and liking my photographs. I had just finished watching a Lonely Planet feature on Morocco and I’m just jumping up and down with excitement at the colors, spices and the old feel of the place. I want to visit Fez- definitely one of those places where it feels you’ve jumped into the pages of Aladdin.

  9. Homer says:

    Hello Kate, i just found you via

    i would like to be ur friend, i emailed u using the email address provided above on this page, please get back to me dear.

    salamat po, Homer from TW,PH,USA,PL

    • Kate says:

      hola Homer! I hadn’t received your email yet but I do have your address and will get back to you soon. Saan ko kayo makita online? Mayroong kang twitter or linked in or ibang social media? Yung ibig sabin ng PL is Poland right?

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