Real People: Denise Lim

Staying home this weekend? That’s okay. The next traveler in the Real People series doesn’t just stay home, she has to work most weekends.

Denise is currently a surgical resident (hence the neverending work) but she’s also a travel enthusiast. “Feature Cebu first!!! Sooo much to seee!!!!” — with exactly that many exclamation points — was what she said when I first asked if I could feature her here. She describes her trips as mostly “solo travel on a shoestring budget” and tries to fit as much of it into her once-in-a-blue-moon 7-day leaves. Her travel photos have long caught my eye, but what hooked my heart was this note she once wrote on Facebook (I think you’ll love it too):

© Denise Katrina Lim
© Denise Katrina Lim

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NAME
Denise Katrina Lim
aka Dora with the wandering feet

OCCUPATION
Resident Physician, Department of Surgery

HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
I always save up for my travels. That’s why they’re really well-researched and well-planned. Did that sound geeky?! Well, you know how it is…we show up at the hospital everyday, and for 5 years! So the two 1-week vacations per year are really something to look forward to.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
To the playground of the gods! Mount Pulag trek in February.

FAVORITE DESTINATION
Hmmm…soooo difficult to decide!!! Toss up between Venice and the heritage site of Georgetown, in Penang, Malaysia. Penang oozed with art and culture and wonderful people everywhere, and the fact that you have a map and things to find…

WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
Macchu Picchu!!! Santorini, Greece…Egypt…India….China…London…Vietnam…the list is endless. Locally, I still want to go to Batanes, Siargao…climb Mount pinatubo and Kitanglad-Dulangdulang…Laoag…Vigan…

TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY
Most of my travel is local because I cram everything into my 7-day vacations, and they’re mostly solo travel on a shoestring budget. I like clustering up the places I want to go to.

CEBU TRAVEL TIPS
Go south. Drop by Argao for the caves, Mantalongon for Osmena Peak, and Kawasan. Then go round south. Drop by Liloan, Santander. Hop on the ferry to Siquijor. Come back and take a pump boat to Sumilon. Don’t forget to swim with the whale sharks. There’s Tumalog Falls and Bantay sa Hari, also in Oslob. Then there’s Alcoy; canyoneering in Moalboal, trekking up a river and rappelling down 3 waterfalls; and Aloguinsan for the caves.

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