Hi! My name is Grecel Lopez. I started this blog in January 2016 as a personal project – to serve as motivation and inspiration for all of us to get out there, not just see the world but to get to know our hometown. With every discovery is a post with information of the places I have been giving you insights on what to expect in every trip. Also, I like to feature things, sites and places that are often deemed as understated. These are things you sometime don’t read about in the guidebooks. Hopefully these will help you all a great deal.
Here are a few things about me:
I used to work at a high-tech company in Silicon Valley in the travel department for the company. I also worked as a travel agent for a corporate travel agency. Most of my career in the hotel and travel industry was spent in hotel sales for various properties in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. I thought jobs like these would allow me to travel but I ended up booking other people’s travel and accommodations instead. Not all who works in the travel and hotel industry actually travels.
I am always looking for the unusual and different about a place, the places that you do not see written about often enough to promote it to visitors. The underrated that most people tend to ignore.
I’m not big on selfies. You will soon notice that most if not all of the photos in this blog does not have me in it. I prefer to be behind the lens and not in front of it.
I was born in the Philippines and I now live in Silicon Valley. I love it here because of its diversity and the weather is great!
As much as I like to be stylish when I travel, I keep coming back to the practical. My travel wardrobe tend to be mostly jeans and a T-shirt.
I still send postcards to my loved ones when I travel. With social media dominating the daily lives of our generation, writing postcards is becoming to look like a dying art. The recipients do not seem to mind at all.
I like to travel by train. It’s a good way to see the rest of the country. It is also less stressful than flying.
I think a traveler should also explore his/her hometown. It’s not just to promote local tourism, but it also encourages you to get out there and get to know where you live. When its time to leave home to travel afar, you have stories to tell people you meet on the road. It’s great for conversation.
Sometimes in order to find yourself, you need to go back where you came from. Go back to your heritage. Going home and learning about your heritage is always a great inspiration.
I am always bringing and writing journals when I travel which then inspired me to create this blog. To share not just my discoveries to everyone but my thoughts on them when I travels. Let some of my stories to an inspiration to all to pack their bags and just wander off.
I recently upgraded to a Panasonic Lumix GX850 from a Nikon D3200 DSLR but there are some of the photos were taken by my smartphone. Though both these models may seem entry level, it serves my purpose very well. Even with equipment like this, I still consider myself an amateur in photography. The smartphone I have is the Samsung Galaxy S7. **All the photos that you see in this blog are shot by me unless noted. Please contact me if you wish to used them. The photos here are copyrighted.**
I like historic buildings. They tell very good stories, if only those walls could talk.
I like history. I think this is one of the reasons why we go where we go. Why do we go to see Versailles? Why do we go to see Angkor Wat? Why do we go to Mount Vernon? Because there is history in these places.
I like to collect miniatures of city landmarks as souvenirs. I know it sounds corny by it serves as reminders of my adventures – they are such great memories. The miniatures are the easiest souvenirs to take home.
I like museums. They collect art and artifacts that is available to the public to see. You don’t have to own a masterpiece if you have a museum in your city that collects it.
I’m a person who travels on a budget most of the time unless I see a good value in the next price up. However, I certainly do not mind staying at upscale properties and upgraded seats as I have done before.
Most of the time I prefer traveling solo. I like to do things in my own time and follow my own agenda.
I love watching movies. Some of my travels were inspired by the places I have seen in films.
When it comes to food, I prefer simple, down-to-earth, hearty, unpretentious food. I don’t go for low-fat, fat free, gluten free or food for snubs. Why? Life is too short.
I like bread. One of the most amazing scents to me is the smell of freshly baked bread. Yes! I eat carbs!
I love coffee. I could not start my day without a cup of joe.
I love chocolate. I even add it to my coffee. Mocha anyone?
I love desserts, a slice of good chocolate cake is always welcome.
I love ice cream, chocolate ice cream especially.
My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, then a morning snack, then lunch, then afternoon snack and possibly another afternoon snack. I rarely have dinner unless there is good company.
My favorite breakfast is eggs, scrambled if possible. I’m always on the lookout for a good omelet.
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