Real People: Cathy Lee

Real People: Cathy Lee

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…

Real People: Jelly Macachor

Real People: Jelly Macachor

It was my sister who gave me the hot tip for this week’s Real People featured traveler. She said Jelly Macachor, her classmate in high school, had been having the most amazing adventures and I should feature her, like, stat. She was right! Not only…

Real People: Gea Pino

Real People: Gea Pino

Gea is so passionate about travel (and so eloquent about the experience AND so resourceful with funding…you’ll see what I mean later!) that it’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t always going off to one place or another. And yet there was a time when…

Real People: Francis Tenefrancia

Real People: Francis Tenefrancia

When I was fiddling with my Real People publishing schedule — trying to put people in categories (mostly by how/where I met them) so I could spread them out and create a balanced order — I wasn’t quite sure where to put Franc. High school?…

Real People: TGnewyorker

Real People: TGnewyorker

TG was one of the very first people to encourage me to keep travel writing — I will always remember and appreciate that! We were in grade school together, so she’s also the first person, among those in this Real People series, that I ever…

Real People: Yvonne Carangue

Real People: Yvonne Carangue

* I met Yvonne in Batanes. There were 5 of us having breakfast together: Yvonne was there with her friends Marge and Cheng, while Sir Onkar and I were both solo travelers. I was fumbling my Tagalog when, to my great relief, I found out…