TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hi, my name is Dea. I’m a travel and food blogger from the Philippines. I am the person behind the blog How She Wanders. Aside from traveling and blogging, I also help manage our family business in my hometown, while also being active in the church ministry, specifically in youth and music ministry.
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
At first it was merely for convenience, because I got asked a lot about our travel details and it’s hard to answer everyone one by one. I liked the idea that everytime people ask, I’ll just send them the link to my blog and let them read the full details and get inspirations as well. I actually stopped blogging for years because I got too busy at work (I’m also a registered electronics engineer).
But after 4 years of working while traveling across the Philippines, I resigned from my job. But it’s not so I could travel full-time! I just wanted to live normally (because I live in the province and my work is in Manila and there’s no opportunity for my profession in my hometown). I didn’t know that it would open the door for me to blog again. So now I’m back and finally decided that I want to blog not just for myself (convenience), but also to help other travelers and inspire others to travel as well!
HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
Yes, because at first the blog is focused on travel until restaurant owners invited me to feature their restaurants on my blog.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
It’s when a cosmetics company offered me products to be reviewed but I don’t do make-ups so I declined. Also, when a women’s swimwear company offered me bikinis but I don’t wear bikini so I declined. Well, those aren’t even funny.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
It’s when tons of people’s inquiries even reached my personal Facebook account. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t quick to reply from my page as I’m really not a social media person (I can’t stay in social media for hours). What made it worse is that the answers to some of the inquiries are already stated in the blog (I guess it also happens to every blogger). It came to a point that I just wanted to stay offline for weeks because I didn’t want to see all the notifications on my messenger.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?
Don’t be afraid to be different as long as you are being yourself. And don’t let the trend lose your identity. Don’t try to be like someone else, many are doing that already that’s why they are all the same.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?
When I started blogging, I was only concerned about convenience and nothing else. I didn’t know that aside from that, blogging could also give me lots of opportunities.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I like listening to worship/Gospel music as I’m a worshiper of God (even in all else that I do). I also enjoy playing with my nephews and nieces, then return them to the mother when they cry! *wink*
IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
I think that would be impossible because I don’t play lottery. But if there’s a huge amount deposited “miraculously” on my bank account (it happened to a friend), I will give it all to the church to be used for the furtherance of His Kingdom! Yey!
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
(sorry I can’t think of anyone right now)
You can follow Dea at
Blog – How She Wanders
Facebook – @howshewanders
Instagram – @dea_howshewanders
Thank you Dea for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.
If you missed last weeks post or any of the other posts in the series, you can find the post in my Meet The Blogger section.