After a two-month break, I’m back to featuring travelers on my Real People series. My buena mano for this year is Cathy Lee, a lovely lady with whom I had the pleasure of working for several years. She’s one of those people that, you know, if you really want something done, you assign it to her, and then you can rest easy knowing she’ll find a way. (Not that I asked her to do things; she was technically my boss!) I actually interviewed her several months ago, so she mentions going to Bacolod for the holidays, but she’s actually already done it. (My fault! I’ve been busy!) Cat’s got helpful tips on how to survive Manila and her travel philosophy is spot on. (Sometimes you really gotta TNPL!) Enjoy reading!
Cathy Lee (“CL”)
I supervise a team and act as assistant manager.
HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
I take my budget from my latest salary hehe! I just once saved for a long trip, when we went to Manila for a couple of days and it was not work related (most of my recent trips in Manila are). I’d love to go on impulse trips but I’m kind of blessed with a boyfriend who wants to plan things out before booking or going somewhere. That’s the time I sweet talk him to approve the trip and to save for “us” in case I go short in budget. Haha!
WHERE WAS YOUR MOST RECENT TRAVEL?
I was in Manila for a business trip. Tips would be: don’t try to bring a colorful bag and check it in, or you might see nasty battle-scars. Also, use the WAZE app when riding a taxi. Make sure it’s not on silent mode. The app will instruct you on directions and will help you get to your destination without being tricked by the driver. Oh, and try not to speak any language other than Tagalog or English. Daghan mangingilad sa Manila!
WHERE ARE YOU PLANNING TO GO NEXT?
I’m hoping to go to Japan. My friends are planning to go international next time, but I might travel to Bacolod within this year for the holidays.
WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
* Go back to Boracay. The last time I was there was like 15 years ago! Sheesh!
* The US! Anywhere with snow hehe.
Probably when I went to Hong Kong/China. It was by far the most memorable trip that I had, it was with my family, and it was like 6-7 years ago. Tips? Well, number 1, as in very important, take a looooot of pictures!! It’s the only thing that can preserve your whole experience so take a lot of pictures in every angle that you can and make sure you’re on it. Make sure too that if you’re bringing an old camera with a memory card in it that it won’t mess up during the trip and erase all your pics!!! That’s what happened to us so I don’t have a lot of pics in Hong Kong with the symphony of lights and alley of the stars.
I’d say it’s Somerset Hotel in Makati. My room had a hair blowdryer, rice cooker, flat iron with horse, and hot water. The staff were so polite, courteous, and accommodating.
Chelsea at Serendra. I love the Nutella banana shake (I’m not sure if that was the name but it was a drink with Nutella in it)! Their food was also delish and the portions were BIG!
Hmmm…travel now, pay later hahaha! Just kidding. Probably to just get on with it. Carpe diem! And enjoy the ride.